Nick Cordero, a Tony-nominated actor and popular Broadway performer, has passed away after a long, challenging and public battle with complications related to the coronavirus.
He was 41 years old.
Cordero -- whose credits include Waitress and Rock of Ages -- died on Sunday morning at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He had been hospitalized for over 90 days, ever since contracting the aforementioned virus in March.
The actor is survived by his wife Amanda Kloots, whom he wed in September of 2017, and who had been keeping fans apprised of her husband's struggle for months.
She and Cordero are parents to a one-year old son named Elvis Eduardo.
"God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth. ⠀
"I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk.
"He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband.
"Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday," Kloots wrote on Instagram Sunday.
Cordero had his right leg amputated, lost more than 60 pounds during his hospitalization and was hoping to receive a double-lung transplant.
In 2014, Cordero received a Tony Awards omination and a Theatre World award for his tap-dancing turn as the ghostwriting crook Cheech in the musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway.
He was also known and very well respected for his role in A Bronx Tale the Musical.
In her message of mourning, Kloots thanked her husband’s “extraordinary doctor,” Dr. David Ng, who cared for the Broadway star throughout his lengthy stint in hospital.
“There are not many doctors like you,” she wrote.
“Kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion. You’re a diamond in the rough.”
She concluded her post by stating gratitude everyone who supported her and her husband throughout his battle.
“I cannot begin to thank everyone enough for the outpour of love, support and help we’ve received these last 95 days," she wrote.
'You have no idea how much you lifted my spirits at 3pm everyday as the world sang Nicks song, Live Your Life.
"We sang it to him today, holding his hands. As I sang the last line to him, ‘they’ll give you hell but don’t you light them kill your light not without a fight. Live your life,’ I smiled because he definitely put up a fight.
"I will love you forever and always my sweet man.”
In the wake of this tragic news, many entertainers took to social media in order to pay tribute to Cordero.
Tweeted Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda:
"Devastating. What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight."
Actress Viola Davis, who starred in Fences on Broadway, added:
"RIP Nick Cordero! My condolences to you Amanda who fought and loved so hard....so sorry for his little one. My heart is with you. May flights of angels."
Josh Gad, who was in The Book of Mormon, wrote:
"My heart is broken. I feel ill. Along with the entire Broadway community and the entire world, I mourn the loss of the incredible Nick Cordero and send my sincerest love and prayers to @amandakloots , Elvis & and entire family. RIP Nick."
Then there was this from Bradley Whitford, who was featured in the Broadway production of A Few Good Men:
"Horror. Love to the Cordero family. Please wear a mask. It has the power to prevent unspeakable suffering and sorrow. Rest In Peace Nick Cordero."
We'll give the final moving words to Steve Kazee, who won a Tony Awards for his performance in Once and who shared a tribute to Cordero that reads as follows:
I never had the honor of meeting Nick Cordero. By all accounts that was a huge loss for me.
Every person that I know who encountered this human was changed for the better and everyone that I knew that knew him I’m sure felt lucky to do so. I, like so many others, have followed @amandakloots stories every day hoping for a miracle.
Sadly, this morning, Nick lost his fight against COVID-19. My heart breaks because he leaves behind a young son and a wife who loved him with everything they had to give and I can relate. Listen to me friends. T
his virus does not discriminate. It doesn’t care about statistics.
My heart is shattered tonight for this man and his family and I beg you all to take this seriously and protect yourself and others.
Wear a mask.
We can beat this. We just have to have a little compassion for our fellow humans and stop being so selfish. Rest In Peace Nick. I really hoped to meet you someday.
Now I join the world in mourning you.
Steve Bing, a movie writer and producer who financed a number of hit films, reportedly killed himself on Monday by jumping to his death from a luxury apartment buildiing.
He was 55 years old.
Bing wrote the film Kangaroo Jack and spent over $100 million to get the Tom Hanks production The Polar Express up and running.
He also backed Beowulf and the Rolling Stones’ Shine A Light concert movie.
According to law enforcement sources in Los Angeles, Bing leapt 27 floors off a Century City building at around 1 p.m. on Monday.
Following standard protocol, the Los Angeles Police Department would not confirm that the individual in question was Bing -- but TMZ has since confirmed his identity.
This same celebrity gossip website also reports that Bing resided in this apartment building from which he committed suicide.
Moreover, TMZ writes that insiders close to the producer said he had been depressed of late due to the quarantine and his lack of human contact.
To be clear, however, we cannot confirm that any sort of mental health issues played a role in Bing's death.
Bing was also known as an influential political donor and a a real estate tycoon who, in 2012, pledged a $30 million legacy gift to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
He dropped out of college during his junior year after inheriting $600 million from his grandfather and first entered the world of entertainment by serving as an executive producer of the Sylvester Stallone film Get Carter in 2000.
He later founded Shangri-La Entertainment.
Bing also made headlines about eight years ago when he committed to Bill Gates and Warren Buffet's "Giving Pledge," which asked wealthy indiviiduals to give away the majority of their wealth over his lifetime.
“For years Steve Bing has been one of the most philanthropic and generous people in our industry,” Jeffrey Katzenberg said in 2012 after the donation to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, adding:
“He has also been one of the most loyal supporters of the MPTF through both the good and challenging times.
"Now with this amazing contribution he puts us another step closer to securing our long-term goals.”
Bing is survived by his tw0 kids:
Damian Hurley from his relationship with Elizabeth Hurley; and daughter Kira Bonder, who he had with former pro tennis player Lisa Bonder.
May Steve Bing rest in peace.
The daughter of country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr. was killed in a car crash in Henry County, Tennessee on Saturday night.
She was 27 years old.
According to numerous reports -- from People Magazine to USA Today to the WKRN local news station -- Katherine Williams-Dunning was behind the wheel of her SUV around 7:45 p.m. when it crossed the highway median and rolled over before coming to a stop on the shoulder.
The vehicle was towing a boat at the time.
Katherine's sister, Holly Williams, confirmed the trafic news in an emootional Instagram post that was shared on Sunday morning.
"I have no words," she wrote to begin the caption of the following family photo.
"On Friday morning I talked the family into taking this picture and had no idea it would be our last together with my precious little sister Katie.
"We all went to my great aunts funeral on Thursday whom we all loved dearly, and now are faced with another one. ALL we need is prayers."
While Williams-Dunning was killed in the crash her husband, Tyler Dunning, was transported to a nearby hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident.
In her message, Holly wrote that Tyler was "awake and responding," however, they "don't know injury extent yet."
“This is an active investigation and more details will be made available later,” a Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman said, according to The Paris Post-Intelligencer.
Katherine was the youngest daughter of country singer Hanks Williams Jr. and his wife, Mary Jane Thomas.
The 27-year-old was also the mother to two children, son Beau Weston, 5, and daughter Audrey Jane, 2, with whom she's posing in an Instagram photo here:
Katherine ran a clothing company called Weston Jane, which dubbed itself as having been built on the idea of “moms supporting moms.”
All of the items sold on the company website are either handmade by moms or printed by parents.
Concluded Holly in her heartbreaking post:
Jesus is close. Thank you all. Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. Psalm 31:9.
"This news is just heartbreaking," country music star Travis Tritt wrote on Twitter. "My family and I knew Katie ever since she was a kid.
"I cannot even imagine what Hank, Mary Jane and the rest of the Williams family are going through right now. Please say a prayer for all of them and share your love any way you can."
Our thoughts go out to Hank Williams Jr., his family members and his loved ones.
May Katherine rest in peace.
Tragedy has struck the television world.
Jas Waters, a writer who worked on This Is Us, has passed away from causes not currently known and/or released.
She was 39 years old.
The tragic news was broken on Twitter by the official This Is Us writers' Twitter account, which released a statement on Thursday night that reads:
The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing.
In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones.
She was one of us. RIP @JasFly.
The creator of the smash hit NBC drama, Dan Fogelman, also took to Twitter to express his condolences.
"This news took my breath away," he wrote, adding of Waters:
"Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell. She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones.
In addition to This Is Us, Waters worked on shows programs as Kidding, Hood Adjacent With James Davis and The Breaks.
She also held a story by credit for the 2019 movie What Men Want.
Prior to her work as a screenwriter, Waters ran her own entertainment website and served as a columnist for Vibe magazine.
You also may recognize her as a former reality star.
Under the name JasFly, Waters played a role on The Gossip Game, a VH1 reality show that focused on bloggers and other media figures covering the music industry.
"I’m very audacious. This was always the plan for my life, even before I knew it," she said in 2018 interview with Shadow and Act.
"A billion things had to conspire together for me to get here. Listen, I was raised in an old folks’ home. I never had a traditional life;
"I never had a safe, cookie-cutter, predictable, affirming life."
In the wake of her passing, various This Is Us stars and other celebrities that knew Waters also jumped on social media to remember the late TV writer.
Mandy Moore wrote on Twitter: "Sending love and light to @JasFly's family and loved ones."
Added actress Susan Kelechi Watson: "Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels."
Insecure's Issa Rae tweeted: "I'll never forget being so excited to get an interview w/ @JasFly for Necole Bitchie back when I was working on ABG. I could feel her warmth through the phone.
"Over the years, I got to know & appreciate her even more. She was so generous, beautiful and REAL. I'll miss you, girl."
E! News host Nina Parker wrote: "Wow. I just heard about @JasFly and I truly don't even have the words. I'm so incredibly sad to hear of her passing and I just don't even know how to begin to process this.
"I don't know what to say... this hurts. Rest in paradise Queen."
Glee's Amber Patrice Riley shared: "I can't believe I woke up to hearing you are gone @JasFly. You inspired me so much and challenged my thinking also. I truly admired you as a writer and just as a black woman.
"We never got to work together like we wanted, but I'm so glad to have known you. #RIPJasFly."
In a tweet on Wednesday, Waters' management called her a "talented & gifted writer."
"It is with extremely heavy hearts that all of us at RMG mourn the life of our client & friend, Jas Waters," Rain Management wrote on Twitter.
"Jas was a talented & gifted writer, an amazing person, & a sweet soul who will be forever missed. Though she is no longer with us, her impact will be felt for years to come."
May Jas Waters rest in peace.
Mary Pat Gleason, a veteran actress of the small and big screen, died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.
She was 70 years old.
Gleason's manager confirmed the sad news to Variety, revealing the late star -- who appeared in countless TV and movie projects throughout the past four decades -- was a "fighter to the end."
Writer and director Ron Fassler also posted a triibute to the actress on Facebook.
"Mary Pat Gleason, one of the dearest and sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure to know, passed away last night at the age of seventy.
"She has 174 credits on her IMDB page (with one unreleased film still to come), but she was so much more than a wonderful actress," he wrote.
Gleason had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Mom as Mary, a woman who was an AA member that often shared unusual and hilarious stories with the group.
Her character passed away during a season 7 episode after suffering a brain aneurysm while attending an one of these meetings.
"She was one of a kind. So caring, so funny, and so delicious to be around, that I find it hard to imagine a world without her shining presence and smiling face. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved her," Fassler continued, concluding as follows:
"Let's all raise a glass to her this evening as one and offer a final toast and a fond farewell in her memory."
Gleason made her acting debut in the 1980 television movie Paul’s Case.
She continued to find steady guest-starring opportunities for many years afterward... on shows such as Full House, ER and Saved by the Bell.
The actress also appeared in A Cinderella Story, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, among major films.
Gleason’s Mom costar, Mimi Kennedy, also spoke out in the wake of the actress’ death, Tweeting the following:
“I’m saddened to learn that Mary Pat Gleason (Mary on @MomCBS) passed away.
"From her nephew, ‘Her curtain closed at 10:20 Tuesday evening.’”
“I’m sure she was met with thunderous applause and a great party backstage. My love to you Mary and to your loved ones.”
In 1986, Gleason won a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding drama series writing team for her work on The Guiding Light.
George Steeves, who starred in Pencil Town alongside the late star, shared a lovely tribute in honor of Gleason’s passing as well.
“Last night I was saddened to hear about the passing of my colleague and friend Mary Pat Gleason,” he wrote online, sharing several photos of the pair.
“I had the honor of working with Mary Pat in Pencil Town last year. It was truly an honor to be in her presence.
"Thank You for the conversations and the words of encouragement. #RIP.”
Gleason has reportedly spent the past couple months under hospice care.
May she rest in peace.
Hana Kimura, a professional wrestler and the star of the Netflix reality show Terrace House, passed away very suddenly on Saturday, May 23, Stardom Wrestling has confirmed.
She was 22 years old.
“We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away,” the wrestling company tweeted on Saturday, adding:
“Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends. We appreciate your support during this difficult time.”
A statement on the wrestling company’s website also read as follows:
“Our company player Hana Kimura passed away today on May 23. We apologize for the sudden concern and sorrow for our fans and all concerned.
"Regarding the details, there are some parts that we have not yet grasped, so we will continue to cooperate with the investigation between the parties concerned.”
A cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Fans, however, grew concerned about Kimura after the athlete — who appeared on season 5 of the aforementioned Japanese reality series — shared cryptic messages via Twitter before her death.
“I love you, have a long, happy life. I’m sorry,” Kimura wrote alongside her final Instagram post, which was hared on Friday, May 22.
According to the Washington Post, Kimura had also recently posted numerous troubling tweets, al which have since been taken down.
“Nearly 100 frank opinions every day," she also wrote this week.
"I couldn’t deny that I was hurt. I’m dead. Thank you for giving me a mother. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you to everyone who supported me. I love it. I’m weak, I’m sorry.
"I don’t want to be a human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved.
"Thank you everyone, I love you. Bye."
Kimura’s death was mourned by many in the professional wrestling community.
“I don’t even know what to say or feel. Numb. I can’t express it. RIP Hana Kimura,” wrote U.K. wrestler Jamie Hayer, who has been competing in Japan since 2018.
“Such a wonderful human being. The gaijin helper. All the potential. A beautiful soul. Kind.
"I just can’t even put in to f—ing words how upsetting this is. I hope you found peace.”
Kimura was the daughter of former pro wrestler Kyoko Kimura; she made her own professional wrestling debut in 2016 for Wrestle-1.
Later that year, she won her first title at the JWP Junior Championship.
The Japan native left Wrestle-1 in 2019 and began wrestling at Stardom as part of the Tokyo Cyber Squad.
Kimurajoined the cast of Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 in September 2019.
The Netflix reality program follows a group of men and women as they live together in a house and face the struggles of everyday life.
May Hana Kimura rest in peace.
If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Hagen Mills, an actor who has appeared on such shows as Baskets and Swedish Dicks, is dead in what Kentucky police believe to have been an attempted murder-suicide
He was 29 years old.
The Mayfield Police Department has confirmed that authorities responded to a 911 call Tuesday night, shortly after 5:45 p.m. local time.
When officers arrived at the residence, they met Erica Price -- the mother of Mills' four-year old daughter, Mila -- who had gunshot wounds to her arm and chest.
According to police, Price managed to tell officers that Mills shot her... and that he was still inside the house... and that he had turned the gun on himself.
The 34-year old woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is currently listed in stable condition; Hagen, meanwhile, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The little girl was also inside the home at the time, the police have said, as was Price's mother.
Neither were injured during the incident.
Investigators allege that Mills held his daughter and her grandmother inside the house until Price returned.
Upon her arrival, Price was almost immediately shot by Mills. (It's unclear exactly where the toddler and Price's mom were at the time of the shooting itself.)
Most recently, Hagen Mills was set to appear in an Indie film called Star Light.
According to IMDB, the film tells the story of a teen's life turned upside down when he helps a world-famous pop star on the run to escape her violent pursuers.
Mills grew up in Kentucky, prior to relocating to Los Angeles to pursue acting in the early 2010s.
He often returned to his native state, however, partly because that's where Price lives.
The couple started dating in 2012, and welcomed their daughter in 2016. It's unknown when the couple split.
During his time back in Mayfield, Mills was arrested on multiple occasions:
Records from the Graves County Jail website indicate the actor was arrested for a DUI in 2016; wanton endangerment in 2017; and second degree assault in 2018.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Gregory Tyree Boyce, an actor best known for portraying Tyler Crowley in first Twilight Saga film, was found dead in Las Vegas on May 13.
He was 30 years old.
According to Las Vegas Medical Examiners, both Boyce and girlfriend Natalie Adepoju were discovered in their condominium on the aforementioned date, with their causes of death still pending.
"Greg's cousin woke up and noticed that Greg's car was still at the house. He was worried because Greg was to be in LA. His cousin went to check on him and found them," a E! News source says.
TMZ, meanwhile, reports that an unknown white powdery substance was allegedly also found at the scene.
The actor only had Twilight and a short film titled "Apocalypse" to his name -- but Boyce's role in the former movie was not small.
He played a character who vied for the heart of Kristen Stewart's Bella and he memorably almost hit the heroine with his van in one scene.
In December, Boyce celebrated his 30th birthday, commemorating the occasion with an Instagram post reflecting on his life that read as follows:
"At one point I didn't think I would make it to see 30 years old. Over the years like everyone else I have made mistakes along the way, but today is one of those days I only reflect on the great ones.
"What a time to be alive. Happy Dirty 30 self! Let's make the rest of these years your best!!"
His mother also paid tribute to his son via an emotional Instagram message:
My baby boy, Greg Boyce was the best chef....oh man. He was in the process of starting a wing business, West Wings.
He created the flavors to his perfection and named them after west coast rappers. Snoop Dog, Kendrick Lamar, Roddy Ricch, The Game, etc.
He had flavors like, Tequila Lime Agave...those were my favorite. A Hennessy Maple flavor, oh man, just so damn good. I can say that my son was my favorite chef.
He was on to something great and that was his passion.
As for his girlfriend Natalie, E! News shares they'd been dating for "a little over a year."
She was 27 years old.
The actor also leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter; Adepoju, who is originally from Los Angeles, is survived by her young son, Egypt.
A GoFundMe for Adepoju is asking for a donation to assist in funeral services for the Las Vegas resident.
In a statement shared to this GoFundMe page, her family described Adepoju as being a "loving daughter, niece, sister, cousin, and friend."
"Natalie had so much life to live [and] we are saddened that her life was cut short," this message continues.
"Natalie leaves behind her one and only baby boy Egypt, her father, two brothers and one sister, and a host of family and friends who love her dearly."
In conclusion, Boyce's family has released the following statement:
We as family of Gregory Boyce are very saddened by our loss. He was a dad, son, grandson, brother, uncle, and friend.
He was the light of all our lives and we are very saddened by his death. The Gregory we knew was intimate with the world and a good person.
He was a very respectful and responsible man. He always put others first.
The family would like to ask for our privacy as we mourn our losses and thank you for your well wishes.
Lynn Shelton, a filmmaker and director of critically-acclaimed independent movies and television shows, died suddenly on Friday of a rare blood disorder.
She was 54 years old.
Shelton's her publicist, Adam Kersh, confirmed the tragic news, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shelton, who began her career as an actress and photographer in her twenties, starting making films about two decades ago.
She's best known for her award-winning films including 2009's Humpday, 2011's Your Sister's Sister, 2018's Outside In and most recently, she directed four episodes of the Hulu series Little Fires Everywhere.
She was also behind the camera for episodes of The Mindy Project, GLOW and Mad Men.
"I have some awful news. Lynn passed away last night,” comedian Marc Maron, who was Shelton's romantic and creative partner for the past year, shared in a statement with IndieWire.
"She collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week...It was not COVID-19. The doctors could not save her. They tried. Hard."
Maron worked with Shelton on Netflix's GLOW and wrote that he was "in complete shock," simply trying to comprehend how to move forward after the loss.
She was a beautiful, kind, loving, charismatic artist. Her spirit was pure joy. She made me happy. I made her happy. We were happy.
I made her laugh all the time. We laughed a lot. We were starting a life together. I really can’t believe what is happening. This is a horrendous, sad loss.
Other fans, friends and former colleagues of Shelton have also taken to soecial to express their condolences and pay tribute to the late filmmaker and director.
"We lost our dear friend Lynn Shelton," wrote Mark Duplass, who starred in Shelton's Your Sister's Sister on Twitter.
"We made so many things together. I wish we had made more. Her boundless creative energy and infectious spirit were unrivaled. She made me better. We butted heads, made up, laughed, pushed each other.
"Like family. What a deep loss."
Elsewhere, When They See Us creator and director Ava DuVernay also shared her fondest memory of Shelton.
"Lynn Shelton changed my life when she handed me the Directing Award at Sundance in 2012," the director wrote on Twitter.
"She announced my name with pride. Handed it to me with love. Rooted for me long after. I can't believe I'm typing this. Rest In Peace, Beauty.
"Thank you for your films. And for your kindness."
In her own post, Mindy Kaling mourned as follows:
"Lynn Shelton loved actors and we loved her back. She was a dream on set.
"Her lovely, sunny energy was infectious and actors always drifted to video village between takes to be around her.
"She had such a quiet power and I will miss her. Rest In Peace, Lynn. Love you."
We'll give the final words to Reese Witherspoon, who starred in Little Fires Everywhere and also produced the drama:
I’m so devastated to hear about Lynn Shelton’s passing yesterday. I’m in complete shock that this vibrant, talented, and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us. Lynn was so passionate about our show, Little Fires Everywhere.
She said the book truly spoke to her, and that she longed to direct a show that spoke meaningfully about motherhood, sexuality, race, and class in America. And she did.
She cared deeply about the WHOLE cast and crew, making sure we all felt heard, seen and appreciated. Lynn also shared so much of her life with us.
Her love of her son, how motherhood changed her life, her life changing decisions that made her the woman she was. I feel so fortunate that I got to collaborate with Lynn on both The Morning Show and Little Fires Everywhere.
Her spirit touched so many people in the filmmaking world.
Her memory lives on in our vivid days together on set and in her wonderful films.
Please watch her work and see her talent for yourself. #RestInPeaceLynn.
Shelton is survived by her former husband of eight years, Kevin Seal, and their son Milo.
May Lynn Shelton rest in peace.
Fred Willard, a long-time film and television star who had most recently appeared on several episodes of Modern Family, died on Friday of natural causes, according to his rep.
The actor was 86 years old.
"My father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end," his daughter, Hope Mulbarger, told People Magazine in a statement.
"We loved him so very much!"
Willard's career spanned many decades, but he was likely best known for playing Phil Dunphy's dad on the aforementioned ABC sitcom, along with his roles in Best in Show, This Is Spinal Tap and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Jamie Lee Curtis -- whose husband, Christopher Guest, directed Willard in several movies, including This Is Spinal Tap -- shared a clip of the actor in Best in Show, writing on Saturday, May 16:
“How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard’s gifts. He is with his missed Mary now. Thanks for the deep belly laughs Mr. Willard.”
(Willard’s wife of 50 years, Mary Willard, passed away in 2018.)
Willard was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards over the course of his illustrious career.
He hosted Saturday Night Live in 1978 and appeared in more than 100 sketches on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
The popular star also guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, portraying characters including the ghosts of Fred Trump and George Washington
An endless array of actors and filmmakers who adored and admired Willard's work went on to pay tribute to the late actor on social media.
"Rest In Peace sweet @Fred_Willard," wrote his Modern Family costar Jesse Tyler Ferguson, adding:
"You will always be a true original and I am so honored that our lives intersected. No one will ever come close to replacing your genius.
Willard’s Modern Family character, Frank Dunphy, appeared in episodes across 11 seasons of the ABC smach hit, scoring an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010.
His character died of old age in January.
"Gutted," Christina Applegate Tweeted today. "His immense talent and kindness will never be forgotten. We love you Fred Willard. Thank you for the decades of laughter."
"There was no man sweeter or funnier," Jimmy Kimmel added. "We were so lucky to know Fred Willard and will miss his many visits."
Then there was this from Kathy Griffin:
"RIP to the legendary #FredWillard.
'The first time I worked with him ironically it was a table reading for a Drama/comedy play.
"I was still in The Groundlings in those days. He looked right in my eyes when we had dialogue. Basic but vital acting tip. Oh and funny as f—k."
In addition to his onscreen roles, Willard also spent time working with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, City of Hope, and Actors and Others for Animals.
He is survived by his daughter and son -in- law, Hope and Mitch Mulbarger, as well as his grandson Freddie.
May Fred Willard rest in peace.
Little Richard, one of the best known rock and roll artists in music history, has died after a brave battle with bone cancer.
He was 87 years old.
The sad news was confirmed to People Magazine and other reputable outlets by the singer's long-time publicist, Dick Allen, who has released the following statement:
Little Richard passed away this morning from bone cancer in Nashville. He was living with his brother in Nashville.
He was battling for a good while, many years. I last spoke to him about two or three weeks ago. I knew he wasn’t well but he never really got into it, he just would say 'I’m not well.' He’s been suffering for many years with various aches and pains.
He just wouldn’t talk about it much.
Little Richard sky-rocketed to popularity due to his electrifying stage presence and lively piano skills.
He was known for such classic songs as “Tutti Frutti” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly."
Kelvin Holly, a longtime member of the musician's band, shared a tribute to Little Richard on social media shortly after the news broke.
"Rest in peace Richard. This one really stings," he wrote, adding:
"My thoughts and prayers go out to all of my bandmates and fans all over the world. Richard truly was the king!"
Born as Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia, the artist took an interest in music after he took a part-time job as a teenager at the Macon City Auditorium.
His talent was eventially discovered by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who invited him to open her show -- and this jump-started his career in the professional industry.
Over time, Little Richard's work was covered by other legendary artists, from Elvis Presley to Buddy Holly.
His music also influenced a new wave of up and coming artists at the time ... including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Rod Stewart.
On stage, Little Richard's act was far ahead of its time. To wit?
He tore off his clothes. He leaped upon the piano. He embraced androgyny long before the subequent stars such as Mick Jagger, Elton John and Bowie.
"I wanted attention," he once said.
"I always had a big head. I wasn’t that interested in money. I wanted to be famous and have a Cadillac. Where I was born the only time you rode in a Cadillac was after you were dead."
Little Richard was iinducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, alongside his contemporaries James Brown, Presley, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke.
The Library of Congress later added the track “Tutti Frutti” to the National Recording Registry in 2010.
Richard is survived by his son, Penniman.
May he rest in peace.
UPDATE: Many more tributes have now come pouring in.
"Sadly, Little Richard passed away today," wrote Gene Simmons, for example, adding:
"A founding Father of Rock And Roll, his contributions simply can’t be overstated. I had the honor of meeting Richard in his later years and was awed by his presence.
"He told me, “I am the architect of Rock And Roll.” Amen!"
Added Stevie Van Zandt:
"RIP Little Richard. The man who invented Rock and Roll. Elvis popularized it. Chuck Berry was the storyteller.
"Richard was the archetype. Maureen and I were so honored being the first marriage he conducted.
"We were lucky to know him. He lives forever in the Underground Garage."
Roy Horn, the iconic magician best known for being part of the duo Siegfried & Roy has passed away from complications related to Covid-19.
He was 75 years old.
The animal trainer, who performed in Las Vegas for decades with Siegfried Fischbacher, had tested positive for the disease last month.
It was Siegfried himself who confirmed the tragic passing.
"Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” said Siegfried in a statement.
“From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried."
"Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days.
"I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy’s life."
Horn and Fischbacher have best known for years for their Las Vegas show at the Mirage Resort and Casino.
It ran from 1990 until 2003, when Horn was attacked on stage by one of the white tigers used in the pair's popular act.
The aforementioned mauling left Horn partially paralyzed and barely able to speak.
Horn started spending time with exotic animals when he was 10 years old, back when a family friend gave him access to the Bremen Zoo.
He met Siegfried onboard a cruise ship... and the tandem began a nightclub act into which they snuck a tiger.
After being discovered by Tony Azzie in 1967, they were asked to perform in Las Vegas. The rest, as they say, is history.
Siegfried and Roy stopped performing as an act after the tiger attack.
And, yet, Horn never blamed the tiger for what happened.
He even said that he suffered a stroke on stage and the animal actually helped save his life by dragging him off stage shortly afterward.
"He instinctively saw that I needed help, and he helped me," Roy previously told People Magazine.
The tiger was named Mantecore and he died at the age of 17 in 2014.
“Mantecore is a great cat. Make sure no harm comes to Mantecore,” Roy was heard saying when he was taken to the hospital years ago.
The show was closed after the accident and the duo performed one more time for a 2009 20/20 special.
"I will forever believe it was his concern for my safety and well-being that caused him to act as he did on that night long ago," Horn also said of the incident, adding after the animal died:
We spent many hours together and he never failed to bring me great joy and wonderment. It was my great honor to be beside him at the end."
We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Ray Horn.
May he rest in peace.
Matt Keough, a former professional baseball player and cast member on The Real Housewives of Orange County, passed away this week.
He was 64 years old.
No other details regarding Keough's death, such as the cause or the date, have been released as of this posting.
But Kara - the daughter of Real Housewives of Orange County alum Jeana Keough - shared the tragic news.
Her father’s death took place almost a month after her son, McCoy Casey, died during the course of his birth.
“Daddy, please take care of my son,” Kara wrote in an emotional tribute to her dad, an ex-pitcher with the Oakland Athletics.
“Teach him the circle changeup and how to find forever friends. You’re on grandpa duty in heaven now.”
Kara, shown above and below in recent pictures, shared a number of images of her dad, along with these heartfelt words.
Matt and Jeana, meanwhile, married in 1984 and separated 20 years later.
But they continued living together during early seasons of The Real Housewives of Orange County, and long-time viewers of the show likely feel as if they knew Matt pretty well.
In a separate own tribute, Kara's brother Shane wrote that he was also comforted knowing his father would be able to be there with McCoy.
“My favorite place was always on your shoulders," he wrote.
"It makes me smile knowing McCoy will be there with you; right there on your shoulders. It wasn’t always perfect but I wouldn’t change it for the world."
“You taught me more than you’ll ever know and I hope that I make you proud. Kick back and enjoy the eternal sunshine."
"Till I see you again - I love you dad.”
Matt Keough pitched for Oakland for seven seasons, posting a 4.17 ERA in over 200 appearances.
He was an All-star in 1978 and earned the American League Comeback Player of the Year in 1980.
Keough was also on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1981.
In addition to Oakland, Matt took the mound for for the Cardinals, Cubs, Astros and Yankees.
Matt also also had his share of legal trouble in more recent times.
He was arrested twice for DUI and getting hit with a one-year jail sentence as a result of the second infraction.
But despite that, Jeana, who said last year that she had “signed the divorce papers” following over a decade of separation from Matt, paid emotional tribute to the father of her three children.
The Bravo personality and successful real estate agent posted a throwback photograph of Matt in his MLB uniform, which she shared without a caption.
His former (and forever) team also mourned his passing.
Keough was an assistant with the A's long after retiring as a player for the team and game he loved so dearly.
The team’s executive vice president of baseball operations, Billy Beane, said in a statement, according to the Associated Press:
“Matt was a great baseball man and a proud Oakland A."
“He had an incredible passion for the game and we were lucky to have him and his wealth of knowledge alongside us for the years he worked as a special assistant."
"He left an unforgettable impression on everyone he touched in baseball," Beane said.
"Our sincere condolences are with the entire Keough family tonight.”
May Matt Keough rest in peace.
Sam Lloyd, a veteran actor best known for playing hilarious sad sack lawyer Ted on the sitcom Scrubs, has passed away.
He was 56 years old.
Lloyd was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year, a tragic development that was revealed via a GoFuneMe campaign that was launched by Scrubs producer Tom Hobert and his wife.
The show's creator, Bill Lawrence, confirmed the actor's passing with a tweet on Friday that read as follows:
“Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many.”
Lloyd portrayed attorney Ted Buckland on all nine seasons of Scrubs, and actually reprised the role on another Lawrence-created series, Cougar Town.
He was also a frequent television guest star throughout the 1990s on, including a turn as the Elaine-obsessed Ricky on Seinfeld and a two-season run as Dr. Albert Goldfine on Desperate Housewives.
His most recent small screen credit was a 2019 episode of American Housewife.
Overall, Lloyd died 60 credits to his name across a 30-year career.
Along with Lawrence's previously cited tribute, Scrubs star Zach Braff also memorialized Lloyd via Twitter:
“Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together.
"He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy."
As the news of Lloyd's passing has spread across social media, other tributes have come pouring in as well.
Such as this one from Robert Maschio, who played Todd on Scrubs and who posted his message along with a photo of himself and Lloyd:
“Simpler times, happier days, the kindest man I ever met. Easy going Sam, Rest In Peace. #RIPSamLloyd."
Lloyd's diagnosis came just over a year ago, shortly after the birth of his first child.
The discovery of his lung cancer and an inoperable brain tumor was a shock to many, as his family broke the awful news via a statement that read:
Midway through January , Sam began to experience headaches and he had lost 10 pounds/
He figured the headaches were caused by the lack of sleep that came along with his new role as Daddy, and the weight loss seemed like it could easily be the byproduct of a busy schedule...
Sam had spent the better part of 2018 going back and forth to Vermont to care for his ailing mother, Marianna.
He helped her make the move to assisted living and he cleaned out the family home of 50+ years – no small task, indeed. On Thursday, January 17th, as his headaches grew stronger, Sam decided to go to the doctor.
The doctor thought the pain might be sinus-related so he ordered a CT Scan. The scan revealed a mass on Sam’s brain. Within a day, he was in brain surgery.
Unfortunately the tumor was too intertwined so the surgeons couldn’t remove it.
By Sunday, Sam and Vanessa were informed that the cancer in his brain had metastasized from his lungs. Further scans showed the cancer was also in his liver, spine, and jaw.
The GoFundMe raised nearly $160,000 and the page continued to update Lloyd's condition through this past March.
Lloyd, meanwhile, was also known for his musical work; his a cappella group the Blanks appeared several times on Scrubs, and he was a member of a Beatles tribute band called the Butties.
Lloys is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their child.
May he rest in peace.
Fred the Godson, a popular rapper from The Bronx whose real name was Frederick Thomas, has died after contracting Covid-19 earlier this month.
He was 35 years old.
The artist revealed on Twitter back on April 6 that he was one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who had been infected with this virus.
"I’m in here wit this Corvus 19 shit! Please keep me in y’all prayers!!!!" Fred wrote as a caption to the photo above.
His wife, LeeAnn Jemmott, told News 12 on April 8 that a doctor said her husband wasn’t faring well. His prognosis was not very positive.
“It was just like -- he’s gone and he’s gonna die, that’s it. I don’t even know how I felt, I just felt like I was going to die,” she said at the time.
However, Jemmott added that Fred had started to show some hopeful signs while in the hospital, with the ventilator supporting him 70 percent rather than 100 percent at one point.
Fred, who has two kids with Jemmott, ultimately passed away from the deadly disease on Thursday, a rep confirmed to Complex.
The news of the 35-year-old’s death originally broke through on social media, with people paying tribute to his life. To wit, there was this from Fat Joe;
“My little brother ooooh how sad am I, I prayed and prayed and prayed for you all night long.
"So many dreams so many conversations so many great times we had. I am in shock to say the least I love you soooooooo much little brother it’s been years since i felt this pain."
The MC was best known for tracks such as "Toast To That" with Jadakiss and "Doves Fly" featuring Pusha T.
Fred the Godson also collaborated with Diddy and Meek Mill, among others.
He remained prolific until his death, dropping a solo project -- as well as a collaborative release with Jay Pharoah -- just this year.
Fred "was loved ... never heard one bad thing about you RIP @fredthegodsonmusic Sleep Well my brother," wrote DJ Self this afternoon, while friend and collaborator Jaquae Tweeted:
"Sleep in peace my brother.... You'll never be forgotten. LOVE U MAN. I have so much things to say but I'm lost right now."
Nas also posted a heartfelt statement, mourning the loss of the talented artist by writing:
“Peace to you Fred The God Son on your grand ascension. Prayers to your family. Salute.”
Fred the Godson is the latest musician to die as a result of the novel coronavirus, joining an increasingly long list that includes;
- John Prine
- Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger
- Joe Diffie
- Matthew Seligman
- Lee Konitz
- Ellis Marsalis
- John "Bucky" Pizzarelli
- Wallace Roney
- Alan Merrill
- Manu Dibango
- DJ Black N Mild
To date, Covid-19 has killed more than 48,000 and sickened nearly 868,000 in the United States.
UPDATE: DJ Clark Kent also remembered his friend's skills, saying:
"His wordplay was INCREDIBLE. He was easily one of the most dangerous MC’s around. Lately he was battling this horrible virus. Today he lost the fight •
"Rest In Power To One Of My Favorite MC’s."
May Fred the Godson rest in peace.
Ashley Mattingly, a former Playmate of the Month, took her own life at her home in Austin, Texas on Wednesday.
She was 33 years old.
According to TMZ, which broke this sad news, the ex-model's sister and twin brother confirmed Ashley's suicide.
They also told the celebrity gossip website that Mattingly left a suicide note -- but it hasn't been made public and we can't speak on its content right now.
Police took the note into custody as part of their investigation.
Ashley was reportedly found unresponsive Friday after a friend called the Austin Police Department for a wellness check because the friend had not heard from Mattingly in days.
The 33-year old was named Playboy's Miss March in 2011. She made news in subsequent years, however, for unfortunate and troubling reasons.
In 2012, Mattingly's boyfriend, an actor named Lane Garrison, was convicted of domestic battery in a case where Ashley was the victim.
Mattingly was also charged with DUI back in 2016 after allegedly plowing her golf cart into four parked cars while she was under the influence of alcohol.
Ashley's family has told TMZ that Mattingly had been living in Austin for the past two years -- and that she was struggling with substance abuse.
These same loved ones say she was working hard to get her life back on track at the time she committed suicide, though.
She had recently adopted a Golden Retriever puppy, which is now staying with her relatives.
It's just a huge tragedy all aroound.
During the Coronavirus outbreak, Mattingly had updated her Facebook banner to feature a photo with the text, “Social Distance Please,” on April 7.
A day later, she shared a black and white photo of herself quartanting at home, which Mattingly made as her new profile picture.
Shortly after news of his twin sister's suicide went public, Mattingly’s brother shared the following message on his Facebook page:
Hey guys alot of people have reached out about my twin and rockstar/Beauty Queen. So I would like to take this time out of repect to her friends to let everyone know she has passed away.
I know I will get to a memorial/tribute type post when words present themself bit I wasnt even ready for this post.
Who is, right?.. If anyone wants to leave a comment or memory on her page that would be awesome!
I will keep her friends posted on a celebration of life when the opportuniy presents its self.
Special thanks to anyone and everyone who was or is a friend of hers or showed her love of any kind.
Ashley's sister, meanwhile, wrote the following:
Because I can’t find the words to say, I will just leave this here. I love you and will miss you everyday.
Fly high sister, I know you are the most gorgeous angel in heaven!
Death brings pain that time can only heal, No words could ease what we truly feel but with god, her joy is eternally sealed and I’ll cherish her memories that death can’t even steal.
Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of the pop-rock band Fountains of Wayne and a songwriter largely known for his contributions to The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has died.
The musician was 52 years old.
According to Schlesinger's attorney, Josh Grier, the composer passed away Wednesday morning due to complications from the coronavirus.
In a statement through his agent to Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday, Schlesinger’s girlfriend said:
“Adam has been hospitalized with COVID-19” and is “on a ventilator and has been sedated to facilitate his recovery.”
The musician was “in critical condition,” she said at the time.
“He’s very sick and is heavily sedated, as are all people on ventilators, but no one has used the word ‘coma’ to me,” Grier told Variety in a previous report.
As cited above, Schlesinger was probably best known for his work as co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and co-writer of their 2003 hit "Stacy's Mom."
He also worked as an executive music producer on the musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and composed songs for the following:
- Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
- Too Late With Adam Carolla
- The Howard Stern Radio Show
- The Dana Carvey Show.
The artist is also credited as a writer of songs for these programs and specials:
- Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers
- The 2013 Emmy Awards.
- The 2012 Tony Awards
- The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
- My Name Is Earl
- One Tree Hill
- The 1997 Academy Awards
He was as prolific and as popular as anyone in his field.
Schlesinger won three Emmy Awards during his career: one for writing lyrics for Rachel Bloom‘s hit CW musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and two for his lyrical contributions to the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards telecasts.
In an emotional tribute to Schlesinger on Twitter Wednesday, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna remembered the musician as “so funny, so kind, so opinionated, so clever, so passionate.”
“We worked together and agreed and disagreed and rejoiced and bemoaned and celebrated and it felt extra sweet for me because I’d known him so long.
"I love that guy. I love all the memories”
One the movie side, Schlesinger wrote the iconic song "That Thing You Do," performed by The Wonders, from the 1996 Tom Hanks-starring film of the same name.
He also wrote tracks for titles such as Netflix's To the Bone, Warner Bros.' Music & Lyrics, 20th Century Fox's John Tucker Must Die and Me, Myself & Irene and Universal's Josie and the Pussycats.
Among the many tributes in his honor following Adam's death:
Tom Hanks: There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today.
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional: I am grasping for the right words. My dear friend Adam Schlesinger has passed away from COVID-19. You know him best through his music... I knew him best as a mentor, and a friend.
We must take this seriously. People are sick and dying. It is hard to stay locked indoors but lives will be saved. Take care of each other. Rest In Peace, my dear friend.
Jack Antonoff: Adam Schlesinger took pop music writing to its classiest and most untouchable place. An honor to live at the same time he made his work.
Covid-19 has prompted a nationwide shutdown and, to date, caused close to 5,000 deaths.
Please stay safe, everyone.
And rest in peace Adam Schlesinger.
John Callahan, a verteran actor best known for his role as Edmund Grey on the popular soap opera All My Children, has died.
He was 66 years old.
The awful news was confirmed by the Daytime Emmys, which sent out a Tweet on Saturday that reads as follows:
We’re devastated to share that John Callahan passed away earlier today. Sending our deepest condolences to Eva La Rue and all his loved ones.
According to TV Line, Callahan passed away at his home in Palm Desert, California from a massive stroke.
La Rue is both Callahan’s ex-wife and a fellow All My Children alum.
In tribute to her ex, the actress shared numerous throwback pictures of the pair and their daughter Kaya, 18, on Twitter. The actress also posted a lengthy Instagram message to Callahan.
“May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend,” she wrote, adding:
“Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya.”
Mixing sentiment with emotion and humor, La Rue continued:
“Kaya and I are beyond broken-hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess.
'You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins!
"The Yankees has just lost their biggest fan."
Callahan acted as All My Children's enigmatic and dashing Edmund Grey for 13 years.
However, Callahan’s soap opera credits also include Santa Barbara (where he played Craig Hunt), Days of Our Lives, General Hospital (as Leo the shady masseur)... along with the the web series The Bay.
Added La Rue in her tribute:
"That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! ‘Johnny Numbers’, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to ‘Yesterday’).”
Among those who also mourned Callahan online?
Kelly Ripa, who starred on All My Children from 1990 to 2002.
"Because there are no words, all i can muster is Rest In Peace #johncallahan My heart breaks for you @evalarue and @kaya_callahan," she Tweeted.
And also Sarah Michelle Gellar, who appeared on All My Children from 1993 to 1995.
"He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn’t have a father to be there," wrote the actress about the late Callahan, concluding:
"Hohns greatest joy in his life, was when he had a daughter of his own @kaya_callahan. John left us this morning.
"I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and @evalarue as well.”
Callahan and LaRue were married from 1996 to 2004. He was previously married to Linda Freeman from 1984 to 1992.
May he rest in peace.
Kenny Rogers, a beloved singer and performer, passed away at his home on Friday.
He was 81 years old.
“The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81," reads a statement that confirmed the sad news.
"Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.
"The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.
"They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date."
Rogers is a Country Music Hall of Famer, but his career spanned multiple types of music and he had fans from all genres.
The crooner was known for an impressive string of hits that crossed over to top 40 pop hit radio.
The biggest of his 60-year career include, "The Gambler," "Coward of the County," "Lucille," "Lady" and his #1 duet with Dolly Parton, "Islands in the Stream."
While the timing of his death may have come as a surprise to some readers out there, the singer has had serious health issues in the past.
Back in 2018, for example, he had to cancel the remaining dates of his 'Gambler's Last Deal' farewell tour due to unspecified "health challenges."
When he was forced to cancel, Kenny joked at the time: "I didn't want to take forever to retire.
Then, on May 31, 2019, spokespeople for the star put tabloid rumors about his near-death to bed, revealing that Rogers was hospitalized, yet in stable health.
“Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration,” the statement from his rep read about 10 months ago.
"He will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge.
"He appreciates the concern and well wishes he has received from his fans and can assure everyone he plans on sticking around through the years to come."
The icon was born and raised in Houston, and was the fourth of eight children. He has also five kids of his own ... and got married five different times.
Over his illustrious five decades-long career -- which includes sales of over 100 million records -- Rodgers won three Grammys, 18 American Music Awards, and the aforementined spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Kenny also released a mind-boggling 39 studio albums.
A very successful businessman, Rogers co-founded the restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters, which once earned a prominence reference on a popular Seinfeld episode.
His final concert took place on October 25, 2017, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Rogers is survived by his fifth wife, Wanda, and three adult children, in addition to his twins.
May Kenny Rogers rest in peace.
Lorenzo Brino, a former child actor who was best known for his role on the show 7th Heaven, was killed in a car accident in Southern California last week, police revealed on Sunday.
He was 21 years old.
Lorenzo reportedly lost control of his 2016 Toyota Camry and crashede into a utility pole while driving in the city of Yucaipa, where he resided, just after 3 a.m. last Monday.
This, according to a statement from San Bernardino County Sheriff's Departmen.
police was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other occupants were in the vehicle, per TMZ, and the accident remains under investigation.
Brino was one of the qudruplets who played infants and then older kids on the former WB/CW family drama.
He and his siblings -- Zachary Brino and Nikolas Brino and sister Myrinda "Mimi" Brino -- took on the roles of twins David and Sam, the youngest children in the large Camden brood.,
They were introduced early on and served as series regulars Seasons six through 11.
In response to this tragedy, Brino's sister shared a touching tribute to him on her Instagram page, including along with it several family photos such as the ones above and below.
"To my amazing and crazy brother. You might be gone but it's true when people say 'gone but never forgotten,'" she wrote.
"Saying that you were a blessing is an understatement. You brought light to so many lives and you did so much with the too short of a life that you had...
"I am so so happy to know that I was beyond loved by you and that I forever have a guardian angel by my side.
"Rest In Peace Lorenzo, I love you now and I'll love you forever."
As TMZ noted, Brino's aunt, Janet Brino, also issued a tribute to the late 21-year-old.
"To my dear sweet nephew, your loss left a hole in my heart," Janet said, adding:
"God needed another Angel and he took you.
"Please watch over your mom and dad. You sister Mimi, brothers, Antonio, Zachary and Nicholas ... You got a big job up there."
7th Heaven aired for 11 seasons, ending in 2007.
It helped launch the career of Jessica Biel and also starred Stephen Collins, Beverley Mitchell, Barry Watson, Catherine Hicks, Mackenzie Rosman, and David Gallagher.
"My heart is broken for his family!" Mitchell wrote on Instagram, concluding:
"So many fun memories watching them grow up! Just devastating! RIP Zo!! You were full of light and will not be forgotten! #7thHeaven."
May Lorenzo Brino rest in peace.
Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a rising star in Hollywood best known for her role in the 2016 Disney film Queen of Katwe, died on Sunday.
She was 15 years old.
Waligwa was initially diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, as her those who worked with her on this movie mobilized to get her treatment in India.
She made a recovery in 2017, but the tumor returned last year.
Not many details are available at this time, and we wish to respect Waligwa’s privacy, but the actress’ high school took to Twitter this morning to share their condolences and heartbreak over the news of her passing.
“Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa,” the Gayaza High School wrote.
“You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tender age. Nikita was in S.3. Rest in Perfect Peace dear.”
Queen of Katwe was a biographical film that was inspired by the true story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), which chronicled the chess prodigy… who rose from the Ugandan slum and went on to compete in international tournaments
It starred Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher.
Waligwa portrayed Gloria in the movie, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her.
On Sunday, David took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late young star.
“We mourn the loss of our beautiful Nikita Pearl Waligwa. She was a ball of light in @queenofkatwemovie and in life,” the veteran actor wrote, adding:
“Her battle with a brain tumor was humbling to witness.”
He closed his post as follows:
“Her light will live on.”
The post, as you can above, also included a photo of Waligwa in character, holding up two chess pieces.
A quote from her character was also in the image, reading:
“In chess, the small one can become the big one.”
May Nikita Pearl Waligwa rest in peace.
Caroline Flack, a British television presented and personality best known for hosting Love Island, was found dead in her apartment on Saturday.
She was 40 years old.
The sad piece of news has been confirmed by both The Mirror and The Sun, a pair of tabloid newspapers in England.
As of this writing, no cause of death has been confirmed or announced.
“We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February,” read a family statement given to the U.K.’s Press Association, adding:
“We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”
Flack -- who began her career as an actress and who actually dated Prince Harry and Harry Styles -- left her position on Love Island in late 2019 after she was accused of attacking her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.
At the time, Burton claimed that Flack hit him with a lamp -- but he has since backtracked on this allegation and Flack always maintained her innocence.
The incident in question took place on December 14 and it resulted in Flack being hospitalized because she was reportedly cut with broken glass during the confrontation.
According to The Sun, her death came just one day after Burton made contact with Flack, defying a court ban in the process.
Flack's assault trial was scheduled to begin in just a few weeks.
Burton, meanwhile, shared the photo below of himself and Flack just hours before the latter was discovered dead:
“The most extraordinary woman. This is wrong. And I’m angry. This is so wrong,” The Sun‘s Dan Wootton wrote on Instagram as news began to spread, alongside a photograph of Flack.
He then added on Twitter:
“Caroline is one of the most extraordinary woman I’ve ever met. She was kind to a fault. She cared like no one else. She was vulnerable. Other people’s feelings meant the world to her.
"She deserved so much more. I am truly heartbroken. This is so wrong. So wrong."
On Thursday, Flack briefly commented on her legal case, taking to her Instagram Stories and saying she could not keep quiet any longer.
"I'm going to speak today… mine and my family's life is no longer up for entertainment or gossip," she wrote at the time.
But that was all she said in the end.
However, this is what she stated upon stepping down as Love Island host in December:
There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regards to my personal life.
While matters were not as have been reported, I am committed to cooperating with the appropriate authorities and I can’t comment further on these matters until the legal process is over.
However, Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order not to detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is stand down for Series 6.
I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.
Love Island is currently airing its latest season in the United Kingdom.
As mentioned above, Flack was due back in court on March 4, an appearance she mentioned not very long ago on Instagra, writing:
“Thankfully I know a lot of you will not believe all that you have heard and read following today’s court hearing…Thank you for your continued support and love…
"It’s going to be a relief when I am able to give my side of the story, when I’m allowed to."
UPDATE: The Sun has written that Flack took her own life.
But we cannot confirm this reporting at this time.
May she rest in peace.
Kirk Douglas, the father of actor Michael Douglas and a multiple-time Academy Award nominee, died on Wednesday from causes related to his age.
He was 103 years old.
This sad piece of news was confirmed by Kirk's famous son, who released the following statement this evening:
It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103.
To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.
But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.
Kirk Douglas was one of the first true stars of the big screen.
He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1959 for his role as boxer Midge Kelly in Champion and then earned perpetual critical praise a year later for starring in Spartacus.
Douglas also earned a pair of Oscar nominations as a producer for The Bad and the Beautiful in 1953 and Lust for Life in 1957.
In December, Michael became a Golden Globe nominee for The Kominsky Method as his father rang in his 103rd birthday.
"What a great day. Thank you HFPA for the Golden Globes nomination and for making my Dad proud on his 103 birthday!” Michael wrote on Instagram at the time to mark the occasion.
Continued Michael Douglas today:
Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet.
Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true.
Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.
Douglas acted alongside John Wayne in three movies -- In Harm's Way, Cast a Giant Shadow and The War Wagon.
He also shared screen time with one Arnold Schwarzenegger ... in the 1979 film The Villain and with Farrah Fawcett in the sci-fi flick, Saturn 3.
In November of 2018, Douglas attended Michael’s induction at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in November ... where the Basic Instinct star honored his father.
“It means so much to me, Dad, that you’re here today,” Michael said tearing up. “Thank you for your advice, inspiration, and I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.”
Douglas received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 from President Jimmy Carter.
In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.
Kirk's survived by Anne, children Michael, Joel and Peter and seven grandchildren.
May he rest in peace.
Last month, the music world was stunned by the passing of Juice WRLD.
The up-and-coming rapper died unexpectedly after suffering a seizure at a Chicago airport.
He was just 21 years old.
The strange circumstances of his death coupled with his youth have led to intense interest in the cause of Juice WRLD's death.
The rapper -- whose real name was Jarad Higgins -- frequently referenced hard drug use in his songs, and his mother issued a statement that seemed to suggest that substance abuse had played a role in her son's passing.
But until today the speculation that Higgins had died from an overdose was just that.
Now, the Cook County Medical Examiner has released a long-awaiting toxicology exam conducted as part of inquiry into Higgins' death.
“The Office determined that Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity,” the report reads.
Sadly, the news does not come as a shock to fans.
Oxycodone is the active ingredient in Percocet, a painkiller that Higgins became addicted to early on in his career.
In his lyrics, Juice WRLD often alluded to his fondness for lean, a concoction made from codeine-based cough medicine.
At the time of his death, Higgins' plane was being searched by police.
Officers eventually found 70 pounds of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, and several weapons, including two 9mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets.
Witnesses say Juice WRLD swallowed several pills during the search, which were believed to be Percocet.
Several sources familiar with the case claim Higgins swallowed the pills in order to prevent police from finding them, but suffered a seizure as a result of the abnormally large dose.
Officers on the scene administered two doses of Narcan and were able to temporarily revive the rapper.
He was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in nearby Oak Lawn, conscious, but bleeding heavily from the mouth and nose.
Higgins passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Our thoughts go out to Higgins' family during this extraordinarily difficult time.
Rocky Johnson, a WWE Hall of Famer who was also the father of Dwayne Johnson, died on Wednesday.
He was 75 years old.
Johnson started out in the National Wrestling Alliance in the1960s, but earned widespread notoriety and acclaim when he joined the WWE in the 1980s.
Along with Tony Atlas, Johnson became the organization's first African-American tag team champions when they competed as The Soul Patrol.
Known as the "Soul Man," Rocky ohnson retired from wrestling in 1991 and was inducted in the aforementioned Hall of Fame in 2008.
His son, Dwayne, would continue his wrestling legacy and transform it into a blended sports and entertainment career, which now almost solely consists of making blockbuster movies.
The Rock does, on occasion, return to the WWE ring, however.
Said the WWE to open a lengthy statement tonight in honor of the late Johnson:
WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has passed away at age 75.
WWE extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans.
“The National Wrestling Alliance is saddened to hear of the passing of Rocky Johnson,” added the NWA in a statement, adding:
“His legacy stretches across every promotion. He was a champion everywhere he went including holding the NWA Georgia Championship. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.”
Dwayne Johnson, of course, adopted The Rock as his wrestling moniker in honor of his dad.
The two remained close up until the day Rocky passed away.
The Rock even presented his father with a brand new car and a house for Christmas.
"My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest," wrote Dwayne of his dad at the time, concluding:
"I] appreciate the fun times he would beat my ass in the gym so bad when I was 13 and say "If you're gonna throw up, go outside.. and if you're gonna cry, then go home to your mother."
I hated it then, but I embrace it now. Made a man outta me. Without pissing on my turkey.. Just a small way of saying thank you dad and Merry Christmas.
Upon his retirement from in-ring competition, Johnson worked as a trainer... most notably with his son.
After The Rock's in-ring debut, Johnson made an appearance at WrestleMania 13 to interfere on his powerful kid's behalf in his win over The Sultan.
Johnson is survived by The Rock, as well as his other son, Curtis, and his daughter, Wanda.
May Rocky Johnson rest in peace.
Sad news from the world of music, as one of the most beloved rock drummers and lyricists of all time has passed away.
It was revealed today Neil Peart of the legendary prog-rock group Rush died at his home in California on January 7.
He was 67 years old.
Unbeknownst to fans, Peart had been battling brain cancer for quite some time.
His death was confirmed in a statement from his surviving bandmates:
“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma)," reads the statement from Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
"We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time," the band added.
"Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name.
While he was long considered to be one of the most gifted technical drummers to ever take the stage, for generations of rock fans, Peart was so much more than just a percussion god.
He was also the man primarily responsible for Rush's rich, literary lyrics that tackled topics as varied as environmental collapse to the interplay between science fiction and philosophy.
Throughout his 50 years in the spotlight, Peart's passion for his craft never waned, and he revealed in one of his final interviews that he still takes drum lessons in order to keep his skills sharp.
“It’s about being your own hero,” he once told Rolling Stone.
“I set out to never betray the values that 16-year-old had, to never sell out, to never bow to the man. A compromise is what I can never accept.”
News of Peart's death instantly made his name the top trending topic on Twitter, as tributes poured in from all corners of the entertainment world:
"Thanks for opening the door, Neil. Your thunderous playing, your thoughtful lyrics, and extreme dedication were inspirational to me in every way," tweeted Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart.
"There are drummers and then there is Neil Peart. I believe for most of us he was the “one”. I would Rush ( no pun) home from school to play Natural science , subdivisions and numerous other tracks. His playing helped shape the drummer I am today. RIP professor," wrote Charlie Benante of Anthrax.
"F--k this timeline. Definition of gut punched. I feel like I just lost my cool uncle. My cool uncle that was also the best rock drummer to ever live," said comedian Brian Posehn.
"So sad there will never be Rush 50, still thought I’d see them one last time in Toronto doing a one off."
As so many have said today, there will never be another band like Rush or another drummer like Neil Peart.
Our thoughts go out to the rock legend's family during this difficult time.
Tragedy has once again struck the world of reality television.
The former MTV personality, who played a key role on the show Are You The One, was found dead at her home in West Virginia on Thursday.
She was 23 years old.
According to TMZ, police arrived at this residence after receiving a call that a woman was in cardiac arrest.
While the outlet reports that no foul play is suspected, police are waiting for a toxicology report to determine her cause of death.
No foul play is suspected, but the authorities are waiting on the results of a toxicology report to determine the cause of Eddy's death.
Eddy appeared on season 6 of MTV’s reality dating competition in 2017.
Viewers may remember the West Virginia native saying on camera that her cousin was a convicted murderer during the season. It was a standout moment at the time.
We don't want to speculate on what may have happened here, but Eddy was very open and candidon social media about her struggles with substance abuse.
However, as recently as late this past Septembe,r she said she and her father were both clean and sober.
As you can see above, Eddy was understandably proud of this accomplishment.
“Pic on the right was two years ago… what a difference,” she captioned these two photos with her dad on Twitter. “So very blessed today. #RecoveryRocks.”
As for the details behind her passing and what transpired, they are still coming in at this time.
However, a family member tells TMZ that Alexis arrived home to her mom's house Wednesday night around 11 p.m. and seemed to be just fine.
She was then discovered by another family member the next morning; her loved ones, for what it's worth, believe Eddy had remained sober from the fall up through her tragic death.
Along with the above snapshot, Eddy shared a selfie in September from outside the Community Recovery Center.
“Recovery at its finest. Gr8ful 2 b clean & sober #justfortoday,” she wrote at the time via Instagram.
In October, Eddy also announced her engagement to Nate Lee.
“Went to play in the woods…Walked out engaged,” she captioned a series of images from the proposal at the time. “Love you @natelee4176.”
In another caption, she wrote: “Another picture with the love of my life #SURPRISE. Here’s to finding my soulmate.”
The couple seemingly split, thought, prior to Eddy’s untimely passing.
In addition to tweeting about dating, Eddy stated she was spending New Year’s Eve as a single person last month.
“I’m bringing a mirror with me out tonight so I can kiss myself when the ball drops,” she wrote on December 31 oon Twitter. “#2020 got love for ME and ME ONLY."
We send our condolences to the friend, family members and loved ones of Alexis Eddy.
May she rest in peace.
Silvio Horta, the creator of ABC’s popular comedy Ugly Betty,” was found dead in a Miami motel room on Tuesday in an apparent suicide.
He was 45 years old.
Insiders have told Variety that Horta died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound... while a representative for Horta has confirmed his passing, but declined to comment on the circumstances behind it.
The American version of Ugly Betty, which turned America Ferrera into a household name, ran for four seasons on ABC; from 2006 to 2010.
It was adapted from the hit Colombian telenovela “Yo soy Betty, la fea" and Horta served as showrunner and head writer on the beloved series.
The show centered on Betty Suarez, a young, intelligent Mexican American woman from Queens who gets a job at an upscale fashion magazine in Manhattan.
During its run, Ugly Betty won two Golden Globes, one for best comedy series and one for Ferrera as lead actress.
Horta earned his big break in 2000 with his screenplay for Urban Legend.
He later went on to work on Jake 2.0 and The Chronicle. Most recently, he wrote and produced the 2015 television movie The Curse of the Fuentes Women.
In other biographical news, Horta was born in Miami to Cuban parents and majored in film at NYU.
The Ugly Betty cast and crew reunited for the ATX Television Festival back in July of 2016.
At the time, Horta and many of the show's stars -- including Ferrera, Eric Mabius, and Michael Urie -- talked about how the series came to be.
According to Horta, he envisioned Betty (Ferrera) as an FBI agent working undercover at Mode magazine instead of the writer that she ultimately ended up being.
"I'm met with just crickets," he recalled of his original pitch for the series. "They said, 'Look, we think what was done originally worked and stay with that. Don’t shy away."
Back in 2016, Horta also said that he wasn't opposed to rebooting Ugly Betty, but that everyone from the original would need to be involved.
"If we were to do something, it would be a dream, but everybody on the stage would have to be involved, including Becki Newton," Horta said, noting that Newton was not present for the reunion because of a previous commitment, adding:
"There's a lot more stories to tell."
We send our condolences to the loved ones of Silvio Horta.
May he rest in peace.
This morning, the world awoke to the shocking news that Nick Gordon had passed away at the age of 30.
Gordon was the longtime boyfriend of Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who died from a drug overdose 2015.
Early reports indicated that drugs were involved in Gordon's death, as well, but initial details were vague.
Now, a clear picture of Gordon's tortured existence and sad final days has come to light, thanks to a revealing interview with his brother, Jack Walker Jr.
Walker spoke with People magazine today and revealed that Gordon never fully recovered from the loss of Bobbi Kristina.
“He literally talked about her every single day. He still loved her so much,” Walker Jr. said.
“He would say to me, ‘Man, I wanted to marry that girl, I miss her so much," he continued.
Gordon and Brown were essentially raised as brother and sister.
For obvious reasons, their relationship was controversial, and both were devastated by the death of Houston in 2012.
“There was not a day that went by that he didn’t get emotional about her. He loved her and he wanted to be with her,” Walker Jr. added.
“He would always say to me, ‘I wish I could have done things differently, man. I wish things had been different. She shouldn’t have gone the way she did.’ ”
Walker added that Gordon had been particularly troubled in recent weeks due to issues with his current girlfriend, Laura Leal.
“A few weeks ago he and Laura started having issues. It got pretty bad so Nick moved into a hotel,” Walker said, adding that Gordon “got distant" in the weeks before his death.
Walker says that he learned of the overdose from his father, who called him in the early morning hours of January 1.
“Our father called me early and said, ‘Son, get to the hospital. Nick is in ICU and it does not look good,’” Walker said.
“From what our dad told me, the police found him in the hotel room at 6 a.m. Apparently he had been dead for 15 minutes," he added.
"The paramedics got his heart beating again, and at the hospital, it kept stopping so they had to keep bringing him back.”
Walker adds that he rushed to the hospital in order to say goodbye to Nick, but was informed on his arrival that he was too late:
“When I arrived at the hospital they had him attached to so many tubes, they were literally bringing him back to life again and again,” he continues, adding that “it was too late.”
Walker and a family attorney named Joe S. Habachy have confirmed that Gordon died of a drug overdose, but both declined to offer specifics.
The transcripts of a 911 call obtained by TMZ reveal that dispatchers were told that a black, foamy substance was issuing forth from Gordon's mouth and nose, a common symptom of opioid overdoses.
Our thoughts are with Gordon's loved ones at this devastating time.
Below is a tribute to celebrities we have lost in the year 2019.
These artists, athletes, politicians, and pop culture icons may be gone -- but they will certainly never be forgotten by their fans and loved ones.
May they rest in eternal peace.