Jael Strauss, the America's Next Top Model contestant who revealed just two months ago that she had breast cancer, died Tuesday morning around 11 a.m.
She was under hospice care at the time.
And she was 34 years old.
Insiders close to Strauss tell TMZ that her condition took a turn for the worse on Monday night, following several days during which Strauss was unconscious.
Her family has been allowing visitors to see Jael, however, up until the final few hours of her life.
It was clear at that point that the Season 8 hopeful did not have much time remaining.
Strauss chose to stop chemotherapy around Halloween and went into hospice on Thanksgiving, writing on Facebook:
"First night in hospice. So many things I never knew about life. Or death. So many things."
It was only a month or so before this transition that Strauss wrote a lengthy and emotional message to fans about her Stage IV breast cancer.
Likely aware at the time that the diagnosis was fatal, she said: "It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable."
"With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the 'few months' doctors said I could make it. I don't want to die."
"I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013."
With this statement, Strauss was referring to a past battling the devastating affects of crystal meth addiction.
This was something difficult and personal, and which she addressed publicly in an appearance on Dr. Phil in 2012.
In August, just two months before the breast cancer diagnosis, Strauss celebrated five years of sobriety.
This is what she wrote on Instagram in tribute to herself, her situation and all those who helped her along the way:
I know a few things to be true:
Miracles are real, Recovery is possible for everyone no matter how far gone you think you are, We are never too broken to be put back together.
Service work feels better than the greatest high.
Sobriety makes you weirder not normal and I'd be dead if it weren't for all the love and forgiveness I've been showered with by my friends and family.
A GoFundMe was opened for Strauss about a month ago that has thus far raised more than $18,000 to fund her treatment.
SAid Jael's family and friends to TMZ in a statement:
"The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed. She brought so much light to people."
As mentioned above, Strauss competed on the eighth season of America’s Next Top Model in 2007 and finished sixth in the competition.
May Jael Strauss rest in peace.
Sad news today as the world loses an icon. Marvel Comics Empresario Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, has shuffled off this mortal coil at the age of 95. Unlike the rest of the world, I haven’t been sitting on a pre-written obituary for the last five years, so instead, let’s just take a look at Stan The Man’s best cameos from the big screen adaptations of some of his finest creations…
I don’t think he ever had a better cameo than the one in Mallrats, but here’s a quick Top 5 of my favorite Stan The Man cameos…
5. Captain America: Civil War
It doesn’t get much funnier than “Tony Stank,” except that it totally does…
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
“How’s your mother” is the most New York thing anyone can say. God bless Stan for nailing it.
I’m a sucker for this running gag with Luis in the Ant-Man movies, and this is one of the most perfect ways to use Stan.
2. Teen Titans GO! to the Movies
I want to give this the number one spot, but I can’t. But I REALLY want to.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
This one ties them all together, and it’s glorious. I don’t think he’s gotten a better cameo than this.
James Karen, a veteran actor with an extensive big screen resume, passed away this week at his home in Florida, according to multuple outlets.
He was 94 years old.
Karen died with over 200 movies to his credit, but he's probably best known for his role as the developer Mr. Teague in the modern horror classic Poltergeist.
The long-time star also appeared in Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, China Syndrome, and Wall Street -- among MANY other films.
One of the best known character actors of all-time, Karen once joked that nobody knew his name, yet everybody knew his face because he "did so much damn work."
Actually, he may not have been joking about that.
Mostly known for his work in the movie world, Karen also played a key part on the finale of Little House on the Prairie and he worked with director Oliver Stone on three occasions:
1. As Lynch, the office manager at Jackson Steinem, where Charlie Sheen’s stockbroker character works, in Wall Street.
2. As Secretary of State William Rogers in Nixon.
2. As a Miami Sharks executive in Any Given Sunday.
Karen was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and served in the United States Air Force during World War II.
Following a stint on Broadway, Karen moved to the land of television when he starred as Dr. Burke on As the World Turns and was the original Lincoln Tyler on All My Children.
Along with starring in thousands of commercials, Karen also worked as the TV and radio spokesman (“Why pay more?”) for Pathmark, an East Coast supermarket chain that was liquidated in 2015.
On the personal front:
Karen was married to the late Susan Reed, the beloved folk singer and zither player, from 1958 until their divorce in 1967.
The couple shared a son named Reed, whose godfather is the legendary Buster Keaton, a very close friend of Karen's throughout his adult life.
In the horror genre, other notable movies in which Karen played a part include:
Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, Poltergeist, Invaders from Mars, The Willies, The Unborn, Piranha, Apt Pupil and Mulholland Drive.
And other television roles include:
Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Dallas, The Golden Girls, L.A. Law, Murphy Brown and The Waltons.
In the cult classic The Return of the Living Dead, Karen starred as the manager of a medical warehouse who inadvertently releases a gas that re-animates the dead.
He said it was the most fun he ever had in making a movie, saying in 2006 that he had some say in how the character died:
“It was the deal where he figures out he’s becoming a zombie and decides to incinerate himself in the crematorium.
"He kisses his wedding ring as he goes in. It was a very emotional scene, but it also got me out of being one of the rain-drenched zombies milling around outside the place at the end of the film.
"I didn’t really want to do all that muddy stuff.”
The Hollywood Reporter first confirmed Karen's death.
May he rest in peace.
Dennis Hof, a world famous brothel owner and reality television personality, was found dead Tuesday at his often-frequented Love Ranch in Nevada.
He was 72 years old.
A Republican candidate for the state Assembly in a southern Nevada district, Hof reportedly died in his sleep just hours after a celebration that featured pornography star Ron Jeremy... former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio ... and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.
This news was confirmed by Hof's campaign manager, Chuck Muth.
Jeremy, the best known porn star on the planet, actually found Hof's body early on Tuesday.
Hof formerly anchored the series Cathouse, which aired on HBO and which chronicled life at his sex-laden residence.
However, he recently made national headlines after earning a primary victory over a three-term Republican in a rural district in Southern Nevada.
The Nye County Sheriff’s office said Tuesday that it was investigating Hof’s death.
“We had a wonderful event last night,” Muth told the Reno Gazette Journal. “He was having the time of his life.”
In the celebrity gossip universe, Hof was perhaps best known for running the brothel at which Lamar Odom suffered a near-fatal overdose in 2015.
Speaking to NPR earlier this year, Hof was unabashed about his work as a legal pimp, along with his political aspirations.
"Dennis Hof is the Trump of Pahrump," he said, outlining the way people spoke about him in the most populous town in the district and adding of himself:
"He's rich, he's famous, he's got nerves of steel. He likes hot girls."
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported a few months ago, however, that numerous former prostitutes had accused Hof of sexual assault.
The cases were never prosecuted and, according to USA Today, Hof denied the allegations.
Hof posted bail for Liberace’s former lover, Scott Thorson, in 2013, after Thorson took up residence at the Bunny Ranch.
He also hosted a “Get My Grandpa Laid" contest on the Howard Stern show later that year, often doing these sorts of explicit publicity stunts in order to stay in the news.
As for his unexpected candiacy?
“It’s all because Donald Trump was the Christopher Columbus for me,” Hof said of why he won his primary. “He found the way, and I jumped on it.”
And Hof could actually still win the seat for which he was running.
Ballots for the November 6 election have already been printed.
Outlets say that notices of Hof's death will be posted at the polls.
If he should win, according to a spokesman for the Nevada secretary of state, the seat would be considered vacant.
Commissioners from the three counties in the district would then appoint another Republican to the position.
“This is not anything that I would have ever guessed would happen,” said Hof's Democratic opponent, Lesia Romanov.
“My heart goes out to those who care about him. Just a crazy turn of events."
Paul Allen, the multi-billionaire who co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1975, died on Monday afternoon at his home in Seattle.
He was 65 years old.
Allen, who was worth around $20 billion around the time of his passing, lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a disease he announced had returned two weeks ago.
"Some personal news: Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned," Allen Tweeted on October 1, addingat the time:
"I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result. Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge."
The wildly successful businessman's Vulcan Inc. confirmed the sad news today, writing on Twitter:
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of @PaulGAllen, our founder and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts.
All of us who worked with Paul feel an inexpressible loss today.
Allen's sister, Jody, also released a statement.
She said Paul was "a remarkable individual on every level," adding in full:
While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.
Paul's family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern.
For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends.
At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.
Allen and Gates were both college dropouts.
They came up with the idea for Microsoft in Albuquerque, designing software together for the nascient personal computer revolution.
Microsoft moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1979.
He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1983 and resigned shortly thereafter, but still was an active member of the board until the year 2000.
Allen was also a prominent figure in the professional sports world.
He had owned the Seattle Seahawks since 1997 and the Portland Trail Blazers since 1988. He was also the co-owner of the MLS' Seattle Sounders FC.
Over the years, Allen donated over $2 billion to charity.
He was never married and left behind no children.
Said Vulcan CEO, Bill Hilf, of Allen:
“All of us who had the honor of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today.
"He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.
"Today we mourn our boss, mentor and friend whose 65 years were too short – and acknowledge the honor it has been to work alongside someone whose life transformed the world."
May Paul Allen rest in peace.
Scott Wilson, a veteran actor of the small screen and big screen, has passed away from complications related to Leukemia.
He was 76 years old.
Wilson had an extensive resume to his name at the time of his death, one that included well over 50 movie credits.
But he's likely best known at this point for his long-running role on The Walking Dead of Hershel Greene.
In both the comic books on which the AMC drama is based, along with television series itself, Hershel was introduced by saving the life of Carl Grimes, the son of Rick Grimes, after the boy is shot by one of Hershel's neighbors.
During his stint on the program, Greene served as the moral center of his group of survivors.
Wilson appeared on 37 episodes of The Walking Dead, debuting in 2011 and leaving in 2014.
Scott's rep, Dominic Mancini, spoke to TMZ and confirmed the cause of death fo the celebrity gossip website
He added that Wilson was "a national treasure, a calm voice, and a gentle spirit to everyone who came in contact with him."
He reportedly passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles.
At The Walking Dead's panel at New York Comic-Con just this week, showrunner Angela Kang said that Scott (along with former stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Jon Bernthal) would be returning for the upcoming ninth season.
It premieres this Sunday, October 7.
(This announcement took fans by surprise, considering Hershel was decapitated in the season four episode Too Far Gone, only to have his head turned into a zombie and then killed again in the later episode After.)
While most modern TV fans know Wilson well from this role, he arrived to The Walking Dead after many decades in the entertainment industry.
Wilson's career got underway in 1967 when he landed a role in the classic film, "In the Heat of the Night."
He went on to appear in a multitude of other iconic movies, such as "In Cold Blood," "The Great Gatsby" and "Dead Man Walking."
Scott earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for playing Captain Billy Cupshaw in the 1980 film, "The Ninth Configuration."
His other recent television roles include Hostiles, The OA, Damien and Bosch.
Tweeted Titus Welliver, the lead actor in the final show listed above, upon learning of Wilson's passing:
Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother.
Wilson's survivors include his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney.
No memorial plans have been announced.
May the beloved actor rest in peace.
Shocking news out of the music world today, as TMZ reported moments ago that Mac Miller has passed away.
The widely-acclaimed hip hop artist, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was just 26 years old.
Though details about Miller's passing are scarce at the moment, TMZ is reporting that the cause of death appears to be a drug overdose.
Miller's body was found at his home in San Fernando Valley after authorities were contacted by a friend of the rapper's.
He was reportedly pronounced dead on the scene.
Though a respected figure on the hip hop scene since the release of his 2011 mixtape "Best Day Ever" and 2012 debut album, Blue Slide Park, Miller is perhaps best known for his personal life.
Most notably, his romantic relationship with pop superstar Ariana Grande. Miller and Grande began dating in 2016.
The relationship was often described as a whirlwind romance, and the engagement rumors that circulated on multiple occasions were tellingly never denied by either party.
Miller dedicated his 2016 album The Divine Feminine to his then-girlfriend and stated in the press that Grande taught him to reflect on the important role that women had played in his life and development.
Sadly, in May of 2018, Grande and Miller broke up.
According to Grande, his substance abuse played a role in her decision to end the relationship.
Shortly after the split, Miller was arrested for a DUI hit and run after he crashed his G-Wagon and fled the scene on foot.
He was later apprehended at his home and blew twice the legal limit on a breathalyzer test.
When fans blamed Grande for the Miller's downward spiral, she pushed back on social media.
"I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be," she tweeted.
"I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years."
"Of course I didn't share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was."
According to TMZ, he had a hard time moving on.
In the months following the breakup and Grande's subsequent engagement to Pete Davidson, friends were instructed not to mention the situation in Miller's presence.
Miller seems to have struggled with substance abuse his entire life, to the point that premature death was a subject that was often on his mind and one that he addressed frequently in his music.
He delved into great detail about his addiction to promethazine and codeine (a combination known as "purple drank") on his 2014 album Faces.
Addressing his substance abuse issues in a 2012 interview, Miller had this to say:
"I'd rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can't even get out of his house."
"Overdosing is just not cool. You don't go down in history because you overdose. You just die."
A profile of Miller was published by Vulture on Thursday and contained this tragically illuminating quote about the rapper's mindset in his final days.
"A lot of times in my life," he said, "I've put this pressure to hold myself to the standard of whatever I thought I was supposed to be, or how I was supposed to be perceived."
"And it creates pressure."
For his last words, publicly anyway, that line is extremely telling. Mac Miller was scheduled to begin a nationwide tour next month.
His final Instagram post features a portion of his song "So It Goes," which features the lyrics:
"Nine lives, never, die, f-ck a heaven, I'm still gettin' high."
Our thoughts go out to Miller's loved ones during this difficult time.
Two years after Christina Grimmie was murdered, her mother, Tina Grimmie has lost her battle with breast cancer.
“We are saddened to announce the loss of our beloved Tina, also affectionately known as ‘Mama Grimmie’ to the millions of fans of Christina Grimmie around the world. She will be missed immensely,” the Grimmie family said in a statement via social media on Sunday.
“Tina fought a courageous and brave battle with cancer for many years, even until her final hours with family by her side,” the statement continued.
It concluded as follows:
“While this is a bittersweet moment for us as a family, particularly after losing Christina two years ago, we rejoice at the thought that Tina and Christina are united once again in the presence of our Lord and Savior.”
In June 2016, Christina was shot by Kevin James Loibl after performing as the opening act for Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando.
The singer was signing autographs for fans when the gunman opened fire.
Christina was hospitalized following the shooting but died from the gunshot wounds. Her killer turned the gun on himself shortly after Christina's brother Marcus tackled him.
Loibl died at the scene as a result of his injuries.
“Tina Grimmie was a powerful and shining example of motherhood, being an amazing wife while giving love and encouragement to others. Her laugh, energy, passion and joyful spirit will eternally be a part of all of us,” the statement added.
"Tina was truly a one of a kind soul and our hearts are heavy. We respectfully ask for some private time to process her passing. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make donations to the Christina Grimmie Foundation in Tina’s honor," the statement continued.
Prior to her passing, Christina had been open about her mother's health woes, admitting that she had survived breast cancer four times.
“My mom has had breast cancer four times, now. And she just got put back on chemo again,” she told AXS in October 2014.
Christina shot to fame in 2009 when she began uploading videos of her singing to her Youtube channel. The account racked up over 375 million views by 2013, further solidifying the fact that she was a talented young woman.
She went on to appear on NBC's The Voice in 2014, and immediately struck a chord with viewers thanks to her vocal range and bubbly personality.
She ultimately finished in third place, behind winner Josh Kaufman and runner-up Jake Worthington.
Since Christina's death, her family has kept in touch with fans by releasing previously recorded music, and by launching a foundation in the star's name.
The foundation was started with the aim of supporting families who lost a loved one to gun violence and families with relatives diagnosed with breast cancer.
We extend our thoughts and prayers to the Grimmie family at this difficult time.
John McCain, a Vietnam war hero who served as a U.S. Senator for over 20 years, died Saturday at his home in Arizona, his office has confirmed.
He was 81 years old.
This is what the statement from his office read:
"With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”
The politician proudly referred to himself often as a "maverick" over his long and impressive career, as McCain was known over the years as a Republican who was unafraid to work with Democrats and/or to speak his mind.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1958, McCain was shot down while on a bombing mission over Hanoi in 1967.
He famously refused to be let go by his captors until all other American soldiers also apprehended were released and ended up serving as a prisoner of war for five years.
McCain was tortured for the duration of his captivity.
He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics.
(UPDATE: Cindy McCain has said the following in a Tweet:
My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years.
He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.)
In 1982, McCain was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served two terms.
He then entered the U.S. Senate in 1987 and easily won reelection five times, most recently in 2016.
McCain's passing comes over a year since he announced to the world from a rare type of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.
As soon as he revealed this awful news in July of 2017, it was sadly assumed that he would not have very much longer to live.
But McCain once again defied the odds.
Not only did he survive for over a year, he played a significant political role during this period, even casting a deciding vote on healthcare reform in 2017.
He passed away days after wife Cindy announced that her husband had chosen to "discontinue medical care."
"I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey," she wrote as a caption to the following message on August 24:
Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers, reads the message, concluding:
God bless and thank you all.
McCain ran for President in 2000, losing in the Republican primary to George W. Bush.
He also ran for President in 2008, earning the Republican nomination and losing in the general electionto Barack Obama.
A maverick up until the very end of his run in the Senate, McCain voted against the Republican-led effort to repeal Obamacare last year...
... and has spoken out strongly against President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After being diagnosed in 2017, McCain returned to the Senate floor and gave a rousing speech about politics and public service.
He implored his fellow politicians to vote with their conscience and to remember why they were voted into office by the citizens of their state and country.
Having lamented the polarization and decline of civility in our political system for years, he urged his colleagues to rise above party affiliation.
"Our responsibilities are important, vitally important, to the continued success of our republic," he said at the time.
"And our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all.
"The most revered members of this institution accepted the necessity of compromise in order to make incremental progress on solving America's problems and defend her from her adversaries."
Expect plenty of tributes to pour forth from those who knew McCain and those whose lives were touched by McCain in the hours, days and weeks to come.
McCain is survived by Cindy, his wife of 38 years, and his five children: Meghan, John, James, Bridget and Sidney.
May this great American rest in peace.
(Scroll down for reaction to McCain's passing.)
UPDATE: Senator Mitch McConnell has released a statement in light of this news.
It reads as follows:
And this is what Barack Obama and Michele Obama have said:
We shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed...
Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did.
But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own.
There's also this from Melania Trump:
Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation.
And this from Meghan McCain, on her dad:
McSkillet, one of the more popular personalities on YouTibe, caused a wrong-way car crash on Thursday that killed himself, a woman and her 12-year-old daughter in San Diego.
News about the horrific incident only went public on Saturday afternoon.
The 18-year-old viral star, born Trevor Heitmann, was reportedly driving his black McLaren 650S at close to 100 miles per hour south into oncoming traffic in the northbound carpool lane near University City on the I-805 highway.
The vehicle struck a 2010 Hyundai SUV, causing it to burst into flames.
An unidentified 43-year old woman and her child died in the accident.
The California Highway Patrol confirmed the fatal crash took place on Thursday around 4:30 p.m. on August 23.
All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene, with The San Diego Medical Examiner reporting that Heitmann died due to “blunt force trauma.”
Heitmann is a wildly beloved presence on YouTube.
He has close to 900,000 subscribers on his channel.
The teenager first rose to popularity as a player of Counter Strike: Global Offensive, a first person video game.
He was later known for trading "skins," which are digital files used to customize the appearance of the game's players.
Incredibly, and very disturbingly, this car accident took place about 30 minutes after Heitmann also crashed his sports car into a gate at Ashley Falls Elementary School, San Diego Police have said.
After crashing through the gate, Heitmann exited his car and smashed a window at the school.
This is a photo from the scene of the deadly crash::
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the crash impacted almost a dozen automobiles caught in rush hour traffic, with “multiple vehicles on fire,” CHP Officer Mary Bailey told the newspaper.
One individual was reportedly seriously injured but is expected to survive.
“People were running around … and someone was on the ground,” an eyewitness told this publication of what transpired on the highway, adding:
“They were trying to help him, he was raising his hand, and they were just surrounding him.”
It's unclear right now whether or not McSkillet intentionally drove the wrong way down this road.
Craig Zadan, a television producer who had been in the news over the past few years for helming NBC's popular string of live musicals has passed away due to complications from shoulder replacement surgery.
He was 69 years old.
Under their Storyline Entertainment banner (recently renamed Zadan/Meron Productions), Zadan and Neil Meron were responsible for the film versions of Chicago and Hairspray, along with five musical programs for the aforementioned network.
Most recently, they worked to bring Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert to the small screen.
This producing tandem was also behind the the drama Smash and produced a trio of Oscar telecasts.
In confirming the sad news, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt released the following statement on Monday night:
It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery.
On behalf of his life partner, Elwood Hopkins, and his producing partner, Neil Meron, we are stunned that the man behind so many incredible film, theatre, and television productions - several of them joyous musicals - was taken away so suddenly.
Craig’s distinguished career as a passionate and consummate producer is eclipsed only by his genuine love for the thousands of actors, directors, writers, musicians, designers, and technicians he worked with over the years.
His absence will be felt in our hearts and throughout our business.
On Broadway, Zadan producers revivals of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Promises, Promises.
Along with Meron over the years, his collection includes:
Six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 17 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Grammy Award, six GLAAD Awards, four NAACP Image Awards and two Tony Awards.
The tragic news was met with shock and sadness from those in the entertainment community who either worked with Zadan or had grown to know him well.
"RIP to our friend Craig. He produced Jesus Christ Superstar with us and also produced the Oscars when Common and I sang “Glory” in front of a replica of the Pettus Bridge," Tweeted John Legendm adding:
"A wonderful producer and a lovely man,” Legend wrote on Twitter.
“Added Kristin Chenoweth, who is pictured above with the producers:
"Annie, The Music Man, Promises, Hairspray… Craig, you were there with me from the beginning. This is a true loss not only for me, but for the world.
"Rest in peace, sweetheart."
As far as we can tell, Zadan was not married and did not leave behind any children.
But his work and his influence will continue to be felt for years to come.
May he rest in peace.
Deven Davis, the estranged wife of Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis, was found dead on Friday.
She was 39 years old.
The details surrounding Deven's passing, along with her marriage to Jonathan, are both confusing and tragic.
The artist actually filed for, and was granted, a restraining order against Deven just hours before she died.
It prohibited Deven from having any contact with the family dog and also from seeing the two kids she shared with Jonathan.
However, for those wondering whether Deven took her own life or if her passing was in any way related to this legal ruling, the answer is no: TMZ sources say she had not been served prior to her death.
In his court documents, Jonathan alleged that Deven suffered from a serious drug problem and that she had unsuccessfully be battling it for more than two decades.
The Korn frontman says this heavy drug use caused Deven to neglate her kids.
He wrote in his court declaration that she has been dependent on both prescription and illegal narcotics over the years.
He also said had been to rehab six times and "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco."
It gets even more grisly, however.
The singer went into extreme detail when it came to these allegations against his wife.
Jonathan went on to claim that Deven had a drug dealer boyfriend ... who was recently passed out on her living room couch when he brought the children to her house.
The artist also says he found a heroin pipe and cocaine floating in the toilet bowl and found Deven passed out on the floor upstairs.
Finally, Jonathan claims when Deven went on a major drug binge that she would "routinely bring home unsavory characters, including strangers...
"Some of these people are random fans of my music who she allows to come into the house, go into the master bedroom closet and try on my clothes."
According to the documents, Deven had been in a sober home but went missing last Friday and hadn't been seen for a week
The couple split in 2016, but were still legally married.
No cause of death has been announced as of this writing.
UPDATE: "The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis," a representative for Jonathan said in a statement to Blabbermouth, adding:
"We ask that you respect their privacy — and the privacy of those close to the family — and allow them the space to mourn in private.
"We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time."
Below is a tribute to celebrities we have lost in the year 2018.
These entertainers are gone, but will never be forgotten by their fans.
May they rest in eternal peace.
1. Anthony Bourdain
2. Aretha Franklin
3. Kate Spade
4. Mark Salling
5. Jerry Van Dyke
6. Dolores O'Riordan
Brian Christopher Lawler, the son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler and a former WWE Superstar himself, passed away on Sunday, hours after being placed on life support.
He was 46 years old.
According to TMZ and other outlets, Christopher was surrounded by friends, family members and loved ones at the time of his death, which took place after he tried to kill himself on Saturday night.
He did so via an attempted hanging in jail.
Prison guards discovered Lawler in his cell outside Memphis.
He was taken to a hospital shortly afterward, where he remained in critical condition until late Sunday morning.
Lawler, who wrestled in the WWE under the name Grandmaster Sexay, was arrested earlier this month for DUI after leading cops on a wild and dangerous chase.
Police reported that Brian smelled of alcohol and had an open 12-ounce can of beer in his center console; they arrested him on the spot.
Bail had been set at $40,000.
As Grandmaster Sexay, Christopher teamed with Scotty 2 Hotty to form the tag team Too Cool and even won the tag team title at one point in his career.
Brian's father, Jerry Lawler, is one of the most well-known wrestling personalities on the planet.
He is a WWE Hall of Famer and works for the company as an announcer.
Said the company in an announcement shortly after Brian died:
WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool's Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away.
Lawler, who is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler, competed during the height of the Attitude Era.
WWE extends its condolences to Lawler's family, friends and fans.
Brian also wrestled for a number of different independent promotions, most notably the United States Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tennessee.
His father and his family are legends in that city.
The WWE released Lawler in 2001.
However, he made occasional appearances on WWE television in subsequent years.
In the buildup to Jerry Lawler's match against Michael Cole at WrestleMania XXVII in 2011, Bruan returned to confront his father at the announcers' table.
Brian also reunited with Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty for an old-school edition of Raw on Januart 6, 2014 and defeated 3MB. The photo above was taken after this match.
He then tagged with Scotty 2 Hotty in a losing effort against The Ascension at NXT Arrival on February 27, 2014.
Earlier on Sunday, WWE also confirmed that former star Nikolai Volkoff had also passed away. He was 70 years old.
Said former WWE announcer and legenary personality Jim Ross this evening:
"So saddened today re: the deaths of @WWE HOFER Nikolai Volkoff, #BrickhouseBrown, once targeted to replace #JYD, and #BrianChristopher, the talented son of the great, @JerryLawler#RIPGentlemen #CondolencesToAll."
Added ex-wrestler Taz:
"Two men from different generations of wrestling industry both extremely successful careers have left us unfortunately.
"I knew Brian during my WWE years & shared lots of laughs with him. My deepest sympathies to the families & friends of #BrianChristopher & #NikolaiVolkoff - RIP."
May they both rest in peace.
Very sad news today out of the reality TV universe:
Nicholas "Duffy" Fudge, a recurring cast member on the popular series Wicked Tuna, was found dead last Thursday, July 19.
He was only 28 years old.
The Nat Geo program confirmed the discovered alongside a photo of Fudge in a tweet on its official Twitter account yesterday.
We've shared the Tweet above and it reads:
[email protected] and @Pilgrim_Studios were saddened to learn that Wicked Tuna cast member Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge passed away this week.
Duffy was the first mate on Captain Tyler McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel. We join his family and friends in mourning his untimely loss.
Nicholas had been a crew member on the show since 2013. He was based out of New Hampshire.
On the Wicked Tuna Facebook page, the post mentioning his passing read as follows:
Duffy was the first mate on Captain Tyler McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel, and has appeared on both Wicked Tuna and our spinoff series Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.
We join Duffy’s family and friends in mourning his untimely loss.
As of this writing, the case of death is unknown.
Wicked Tuna first aired in April of 2012.
It tracks fisherman out of Gloucester, Massachusetts who risk life and limb on the North Atlantic waters in order to track down bluefin and earn a huge payday in exchange.
According to Fudge's obituary in the New Hampshire Union Leader, the reality star "may have been the victim of decompression sickness."
He was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts and resided in Greenland, New Hampshire at the time of his death.
He was a graduate of Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire and was an impressive athlete.
Fudge "excelled in any sport he played, and among his favorites were fishing, hockey, lacrosse, skiing, snowboarding, and surfing," reads the obituary.
It added at one point:
"As a child, Nick began tuna fishing with his father and grandfather.
After becoming one of the top sport fishermen in the country, he earned a place on the National Geographic reality show Wicked Tuna for multiple seasons.
"Nick also treasured the environment and he took seriously his responsibility to protect it."
Fudge is survived by his parents; his brother Cody; his girlfriend; his paternal grandfather; his maternal grandparents; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
In the wake of this terrible news, many fans of the show left comments on the online obituary.
"So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Loved watching Duffy on Wicked Tuna. The show will not be the same without him. May you all find comfort during this painful time," one fan wrote.
"Duffy was a great guy, I love watching the Pinwheel... [Pray] for the family and his friends."
NatGeo aired a moment of silence during Sunday's episode in Fudge's honor.
May he rest in peace.
If you're a fan of the popular History Channel series Pawn Stars, then you probably know that the men of the Harrison family don't always get along.
But while the on-camera conflicts are mostly good-natured, it seems there's some serious bad blood behind the scenes.
Family patriarch and beloved Pawn Stars co-star Richard "Old Man" Harrison passed away last month at the age of 77.
Now, new information about Harrison's will has prompted questions about his relationship with his children.
Harrison worked alongside his middle son, Rick Harrison, with whom he co-owned Gold & Silver Pawn Shop from 1989 until his death.
But it's his relationship with youngest son Chris that's making headlines this week.
For reasons that remain mysterious, Richard Sr. cut Chris out of his will entirely.
"I would like to express my love and affection for Christopher Keith Harrison,” reads the document obtained by Fox News.
“However, for purposes of this Will, I have intentionally and with full knowledge failed to provide for him and his issue.”
The Harrison family has declined to elaborate.
"The family had previously discussed this information and it is a private matter," Rick Jr. said in a statement released today.
The younger Harrison previously paid tribute to his father in a moving eulogy:
"Richard Benjamin ‘The Old Man’ Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved. He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over," reads a press release issued by Rick Jr. at the time.
"He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad.
"That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him."
"He lived a very full life and through the History television show Pawn Stars touched the lives of people all over teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor.
"We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask that we are provided some privacy at this time."
Annabelle Neilson, a former star on Bravo’s reality show Ladies of London and a famous British aristocrat, was found dead last week, sources have confirmed.
She was 49 years old.
As of this writing, no cause of death has been announced or determined.
The London Metropolitan Police told Us Weekly that officers were called to Neilson’s address on last Thursday, July 12, after a woman had been “found deceased at the location.”
Per the authorities, Neilson’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
No foul play is believed to have taken place.
Neilson appeared on seasons 1 and 2 of the aforementioned Bravo hit prior to announcing her departure from the series in 2015.
She starred alongside full-time cast members Caroline Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Juliet Angus, Caprice Bourret and Noelle Reno for the first season of the show, which premiered in 2014.
“Good buy to Ladies of London these are the ladies I love and are my real friends!!” Neilson wrote alongside an Instagram photo of herself and Kate Moss in November 2015.
She added at the time:
“im blessed and greatfull to say fair well!! I wouldn’t say it’s been a ride, possibly a disappointment but we all make mistakes … See you on the other side ❤❤❤❤❤out.”
In addition to being a reality star, Neilson worked as a model before her passing.
She was close friends with Moss and Naomi Campbell, as well as the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen... whose suicide in 2010 completely devastated her.
Neilson was actually the last person to see him alive.
“He was my brother, my boyfriend, my soulmate. Most of the time people called me Mrs McQueen. Quite often we were sharing a bed,” Neilson told the Daily Mail in 2015, adding back then:
"The truth is I was happier with Lee than with anyone else. He asked me to marry him towards the end and I said no. I wish now that I had said yes."
Elsewhere, Neilson released a series of children’s books.
She told MyBaba in 2015 that her inspiration behind the series was largely based on her experience with dyslexia.
“Angry Me is a character based on me in part as a child with severe dyslexia - but I think Angry Me evokes the frustrations and feelings for children when they can’t release such a powerful emotion as anger and it can be so many different things that a child can struggle with,” Neilson told the outlet at the time.
“Other characters have been based around friends, some family, some godchildren.
"You do look for inspiration amongst the people close to you."
Neilson was also honest in the past about becoming addicted to heroin after being beaten severely at the age of 16.
“The attack lasted for two hours. I was tied to a tree and continually beaten. I looked like the elephant girl by the end of it,” she told the Daily Mail in 2015, candidly admitting to the newspaper:
"I managed to escape with my life but I needed reconstructive surgery because my face was so disfigured.
“After that, I fell into a serious depression and became a heroin addict because it provided an escape bubble and was the only way I could cope."
In 1994 Annabelle married wealthy banker Nat Rothschild in Las Vegas, before divorcing in 1997.
She does not leave behind any children.
May Annabelle Neilson rest in peace.
Tyler Honeycutt, a former star for the UCLA Bruins who played parts of two seasons in the NBA, was found dead on Friday inside his home after a violent standoff with the police.
He was 27 years old.
The details behind Honeycutt's death are both sad and bizarre.
The Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. Fire Department told USA Today, TMZ and other media outlets that a man with a firearm shot at officers around5p.m. on Friday, prior to barricading himself inside his Sherman Oaks, California home for nine hours.
The SWAT team eventually arrived and entered the residence ... only to find Honeycutt lying on the ground, unresponsive.
On Saturday afternoon, the official LAPD Twitter account die not cite Honeycutt by name, but did provide an update on the situation from the evening before, writing:
Regarding last nights Officer-Involved Shooting in Van Nuys Division, it appears as if the suspect was not struck by any officer’s gunfire.
The suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
TMZ reports that a gun was found inside the premises, near Honeycutt's body, and it is presumed he took his own life.
This same website says that Honeycutt's mother was the person who called police Friday, saying her son was acting erratically on Friday.
The former college star's family has confirmed his passing to a local ABC affiliate, while his agent has done the same to the Russian team for whom Honeycutt had been playing professionally.
No officers were injured in the altercation, according to LAPD.
Meanwhile, several residents in the area had been evacuated as a precaution.
Honeycutt earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors in 2011 as a sophomore, leading his team to the NCAA Tournament.
He was then drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the second roundon tha NBA Draft, playing sporadically for two seasons with them, before heading to Europe to continue his career.
He most recently played with Moscow's BC Khimki.
Former Kings teammate DeMarcus Cousins was one of several players to mourn Honeycutt's death on social media, Tweeting this afternoon after the tragic news broke:
"Prayers up for his family and friends. Rest easy bro!"
Honeycutt’s coach at Khimki, Giorgios Bartzokas, was too overwhelmed to comment, saying simply when asked by reporters:
“I am sorry I cannot talk right now, I am really sad.”
Added New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday:
"Still can’t believe this... Rest In Peace to my brother Tyler Honeycutt."
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the friends, family members and loved ones of Tyler Honeycutt.
May he rest in peace.
We have tragic news to pass along.
Three popular Canadian YouTubers - Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper - all died on Tuesday in a tragic accident that took place at Shannon Falls in British Columbia.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Squamish RCMP wrote the following about this awful incident:
“On July 3rd, 2018, at 11:55 am Squamish RCMP received a call from BC Ambulance regarding three people who were swimming in one of the pools at the top of Shannon Falls.”
Continued the police in this statement:
“The individuals were with a group of friends when they slipped and fell into a pool 30 metres below."
All three corpses have since been recovered and the case is being referred to the British Columbia Coroners Service.
(Shannon Falls, it should be noted, is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. it reaches a a height of 1,009 feet.)
According to The Vancouver Sun, the fatal accident occurred after Scraper slipped and fell off the waterfall.
Gamble (pictured below) and Lyakh reportedly then got swept away by the water while attempting to save her.
The British Columbia Coroners Service has told People Magazine that it cannot confirm or release the identities of the victims, but that they are “in their late 20s - one female and two males.”
In a YouTube video shared on July 6, members of the group High on Life - which posts travel videos online - published a tearful memorial for the three deceased vloggers.
This is what was said on it:
On July 3rd, 2018, we lost three very dear friends of ours: Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper.
There are truly no words that can be said to ease the pain and the devastation we are all going through right now.
They were three of the warmest, kindest, most driven and outgoing people that you could ever meet and the world has lost a good deal of light with their passing.
From what we can gather via Facebook, High on Life was started in 2012 after Gamble, Lyakh and another friend named Parker Heuser gave up the lease on their apartment and chose to start traveling the world together.
As you can see from the photo above, and has been confirmed by various outlets, Scraper was dating Lyakh at the time of their deaths.
Shortly before his passing, Gamble wrote a long message on Instagram about finding his “purpose” in life.
“When life is on purpose and I feel clear with my direction, all my other decisions seem to get easier,” he wrote, adding that “it took me 29 years to understand this" and continuing as follows:
"So if you have a strong masculine core, and find yourself drained of energy, attention, and power, check in with this notion of your ‘purpose’ and see what comes up.
"Make purpose the focus above everything else in your life and watch how the rest will fall into place."
Elsewhere, a GoFundMe page/account has been created by High on Life to help pay for a memorial “to commemorate the beautiful lives and legacies that these 3 friends left behind.”
Any additional funds raised will go towards travel arrangements and expenses for the families of the deceased.
Our thoughts go out to all affected by these deaths.
May Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper rest in peace.
Terrible news today out of the music world:
Tina Turner's oldest son, Craig, was found dead at his home in Studio City, California at 12:58 p.m. this afternoon.
He was 59 years old.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office has confirmed this tragedy, telling multiple outlets that Craig was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities reportedly arrived at his residence just after noon and pronounced him dead just a short while later, at the scene.
The aforementioned spokesperson told the press that a 911 call was placed, although it's unclear just who made the call.
Says the spokesperson in a little more detail:
"The call was reported as a suicide, gun shot wound. The next of kin has been notified. There will be an autopsy done and there is an investigator at the scene.”
Craig was born when Tina was 18 years old, prior to her up-and-down marriage Ike Turner.
Once Tina and Ike were husband and wife, however, Ike adopted four-year old Craig.
(His biological father was a saxophonist named Raymond Hill, who performed with Ike's band.)
This awful piece of news of comes as the legendary artist is making a rare trip outside her new home country of Switzerland to attend Paris Fashion Week events.
Craig Turner worked in the real estate business in the San Fernando Valley.
His mother is, simply put, one of the most successful and respected solo singers in history.
She counts "What's Love Got to Do With it" and "Proud Mary" among her best-known singles.
Tina also starred in such movies as Mad Max: Thunderdome and Last Action Hero.
Craig's suicide, meanwhile, follows a sad rash of similar events around the entertainment world.
Over the past few weeks alone, iconic fashiond designer Kate Spade has committed suicide, while beloved chef and author Anthony Bourdain has done the same.
Both these stars took their own lives via hanging.
Spade was 56 years old and Bourdain was 61.
May they rest in peace and may Craig Turner rest in peace.
Our thoughts go out to Tina and all of her loved ones.
Matt Cappotelli, the winner of WWE's Tough Enough Season 3, lost his brave battle with cancer on Friday morning,
He was 38 years old.
This sad piece of news was confirmed a couple hours ago by Cappotelli's wife, Lindsay, who wrote in a statement:
"Today my love-my strong, sweet, beautiful love-took his last breath at 3:30 a.m. and went Home to be with Jesus exactly one year after his brain surgery.
"You think you can be prepared for this when you know it’s coming, but you just can’t.
"The only person who’s comfort I want right now is the one who can’t give it to me. I miss him so much. I know where he is now is so much better, but it doesn’t change how much I miss him."
Cappotelli underwent a second surgery to remove a brain tumor about a year ago, in June of 2017.
This procedure took place a decade after he had another one removed and, as a result, was forced to cut his professional wrestling career short.
Tragically, though, this surgery did not solve the health problem.
In December, Cappotelli was told he had a Grade 4 tumor that was too close to his brain to operate.
He knew his days were numbered after this diagnosis.
Tough Enough, meanwhile, was a reality-type show that the WWE owned and operated.
It pitted a number of aspiring grapplers against each other, with the winner each season earning a WWE contract and a shot at true stardom.
Think American Idol, but for the wrestling world.
After winning Season 3, Cappotelli made multiple appearances on Monday Night Raw and went on work with developing talent in Ohio Valley Wrestling.
However, the Louislve resident retired professionally as a wrestler in 2007 due to these health concerns.
In response to his passing, numerous WWE stars and others who knew Matt well paid him tribute on Twitter.
WWE star Kassius Ohno wrote:
"Crushed to hear about the passing of Matt Cappotelli. He was talented, passionate & possessed a heart of GOLD.
"Everyone should fight as hard as Matt fought. Condolences to his friends, family & the countless others he touched on his journey. Rest In Peace Capp.”
And then there was this from Bill DeMott:
"I'm heart broken with the news of the passing of Matt Cappotelli. He is an inspiring young man that touched so many with his smile, his heart, and his faith.
"My love and prayers go out to Matts wife Lindsay and the family. #TeamCapp #RIPMAtt."
Cappotelli's passing comes just about a week after WWE legend Vader also passed away.
May Matt Cappotelli rest in peace.
Vinne Paul, a veteran musician in the heavy metal music industry and a founding member of the band Pantera, died this week from unknown causes.
He was 54 years old.
The drummer's death was announced by Pantera on Saturday via Twitter, as the group simply posted the following message:
Vinnie Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.
Paul helped create Pantera in the 1980s, along with his brother, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Their father a famous country and western songwriter and producer named Jerry Abbott.
The group enjoyed mainstream success with second lead singer Phil Anselmo.
Throughout its career, Pantera earned four Grammy nominations and charted nine albums on the Billboard 200, including its 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, which debuted atop the chart at the time of its release.
After Pantera split up, the Abbott siblings formed Damageplan in 2003.
However, the band was performing in December 2004 when Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage during a concert in Columbus, Ohio.
Since 2006, Paul was the drummer for Hellyeah, a heavy metal band that included Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.
In the wake of Paul's passing, some major names in the music business have shared their condolences on social media.
Alice Cooper Tweeted the following:
“Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing.
"Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.”
And then there was this from Slash:
“Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today.
"He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good & fun friend. We’re going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy."
And this from Bret Michaels:
"Vinnie – You will be missed! You were an amazing human being & we had many great times together. A toast to you my friend, my prayers are with you!"
And this from Dave Mustaine of Megadeth:
"I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me.
"Rest In Peace, my dear friend."
"Gutted to hear about the nicest guy in metal passing. Vinnie Paul showed us nothing but love. We'll miss you Vinnie," Papa Roach also wrote in response.
As we said above, we do not know how Paul died right now or even on which day.
We'll update this story with more information and news as it breaks,
May Vinnie Paul rest in peace.
Sophie Gradon, a reality star who appeared on the British dating show Love Island, was found dead at a residence in Medburn, Ponteland this past Wednesday.
She was 32 years old.
"At about 8:27 p.m. yesterday (20 June) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased," Northumbria Police told BBC News in a statement Thursday, adding:
"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner."
Gradon's cause of death is unknown at the moment.
The late Love Island contest's boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, also paid touching tribute to Sophie on Facebook, writing the following:
"I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always."
Armstrong included the following selfie with Gradon along with this heartwrenching caption:
Love Island is hosted by Caroline Flack and it plops single people down in a luxurious paradise, with the hope that they will find romance with each other there.
Throughout the series, Flack delivers challenges, twists and surprise announcements to the stars, each meant to test the relationships between those "stranded" on this island.
To remain on the program, contestants must couple up and win the hearts of the public, as viewers ultimately decide who stays on Love Island and who goes.
Flack, meanwhile, responded to Gradon's passing on Twitter:
"So very sad . Such a beautiful soul .... such a beautiful smile ...thoughts and love with friends and family @sophiegradon."
And the series itself had this to say:
"The whole ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends."
Gradon, who had over 400,000 Instagram followers, appeared on Love Island in 2016.
So did Alex Bowen, who said on social media that Sophia was "a beautiful person with a beautiful soul," while Kady McDermott, another 2016 participant, said she was "absolutely heartbroken" over this news.
The 32-year old, it's worth noting, was also crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009.
The organizers of the latter beauty pageant said on Twitter they were "sending all our love" to Gradon's family. And we are doing the same.
Meanwhile, an on-screen tribute was featured prior to Thursday's episode of the show:
Other reality television stars have also mourning Gradon online, with Mario Falcone from The Only Way is Essex saying he was left "speechless" by the news.
We send our condolences to Gradon's friends, family members and loved ones.
May she rest in peace.
Stunning news out of the food world today, as beloved celebrity chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has passed away at the age of 61.
The news was confirmed this morning by Bourdain's home network, CNN.
The outlet has revealed that the cause of death appears to be suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement.
“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.
"His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Sources say Bourdain was filming an episode of Parts Unknown in France, where he was found unresponsive in his hotel room by fellow chef and longtime friend Eric Ripert.
There was perhaps no greater star in the food world than Bourdain, who first rose to prominence outside the New York restaurant scene with the publication of his 2000 book, Kitchen Confidential.
He went on to author two more bestselling books and host several popular TV series, including No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown.
Bourdain's trademark wit and erudite commentary have been widely imitated but never duplicated, as his adventurous lifestyle and observations about food, travel, and the world around him attracted a larger and more diverse audience than any previously enjoyed by a celebrity chef.
In recent months, Bourdain became an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement, largely as a result of his relationship with actress Asia Argento, an alleged victim of Harvey Weinstein's.
News of his passing comes just days after the death of fashion designer Kate Spade, who also took her own life.
On social media friends, fans, and fellow celebrities are paying tribute and expressing shock over the death of a man whose jet-setting, epicurean lifestyle made him the envy of millions.
"According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain," tweeted actor Bryan Cranston.
"RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering."
Anthony Bourdain is survived by a daughter from his second marriage.
Our thoughts are with his family during this tremendously difficult time.
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Just because you are rich and famous, this does not mean you do not suffer.
Tragically, the following stars all proved this point to be accurate when they took their own lives.
We mourn their passing and we hope they have found the peace in death that they could not find in life...
1. Robin Williams
2. Mindy McCready
3. Kurt Cobain
4. Tony Scott
5. Jovan Belcher
6. Lucy Gordon
Elizabeth Sung, a veteran actress whose three-decade career included stints on such small screen classics as The Sopranos and The Young and the Restless, died on Tuesday.
She was only 63 years old.
The Associated Press confirmed this sad news late Friday, but not provide any additional details.
Sung was likely best known to television fans for her popular run on The Young and the Restless.
From 1994 through 1996, she portrayed Luan Violen Abbott, the owner of the Saigon Shack restaurant, on this beloved CBS soap opera.
The character was married to Jack Abbott, played by Peter Bergman, until her passing.
But if this was considered the highlight of Sung's career, it was merely one stop among a great many.
Sung covered this old edition of Soap Opera Digest.
Sung had over 90 credits on her resume, starting with a 1988 episode of The Equalizer, according to her IMDb page.
She also appeared in the films Tango & Cash (1989), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), The Joy Luck Club (1993) and House Under Siege (2010), among other films.
In the world of television, Sung guest-starred on nearly too many shows to even list.
Among them: episodes of CSI, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bones, NCIS: Los Angeles, Elementary, Shameless, and Mike & Molly.
Also along them: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, House, Crossing Jordan, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Night Shift, Flashforward, Passions, ER, Touched by an Angel and Knots Landing.
Sung was born in Hong Kong.
Multiple outlets have confirmed she was fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, having earned a BFA in dance from Julliard.
Moreover, Sung was a member of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and had an MFI in directing from the American Film Institute.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sung was a strong supporter of AIDS charities after her older brother died of the disease back in 1985.
Sung is survived by her husband, screenwriter Peter Tulipan.
"SAG-AFTRA is saddened by the loss of soap pioneer, dedicated unionist and #sagaftramember Elizabeth Sung," SAG-AFTRA said in a statement on Twitter.
A handful of celebrities also took to Twitter to mourn her death, such as actor Carl Weathers, who wrote:
RIP Elizabeth Sung. Your lovliness and talent are unmatched. #BePeace.
And Ming-Na Wen:
I was shocked and sadden ro hear about the passing of Elizabeth Sung. #TheJoyLuckClub sisters/family mourn the loss of this lovely, talented lady.
Wen added: Too soon, too sudden.
My heart goes out to Peter, her family & friends. RIP.
We share these same sentiments.
May Elizabeth Sung rest in peace.
According to reports, early Friday morning, a 47-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy were found dead after an apparent jump from a Manhattan building.
This is a grim story, no matter what transpired before they plummeted to their deaths below.
And now multiple news outlets believe that they have identified the woman as a former Playboy centerfold model.
First, what we know with relative certainty.
According to Lieutenant John Grimpel, a 47-year-old woman appears to have jumped from the 25th floor of the Gotham Hotel in Manhattan.
Police indicate that this occurred at around 8:15 AM on Friday morning.
Reports say that the two bodies were found on the second-floor landing of the Gotham Hotel's courtyard.
Police were not initially willing to confirm or deny the identities of the deceased, for obvious reasons.
One, identifying them may have been challenging if normal identifiers were not available.
Two, as is always important, police needed to notify the family.
There's no good way to learn that you have lost a loved one, but learning from the news would have to be one of the worst.
Multiple media outlets, including The New York Post and NBC News 4, are reporting that this woman was Stephanie Adams.
Stephanie Adams was a former Playboy model.
In fact, she was the November centerfold in 1992.
Which would make the 7-year-old boy Vincent, her son.
She shared Vincent with her estranged husband, Charles Nicolai, the owner of of Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness.
Staff at that practice have declined to comment.
Reports say that Stephanie and Nicolai were engaged in a fierce court battle over custody of their son.
Things were allegedly so contentious between them that handovers of Vincent took place at a NYPD precinct, allegedly to "prevent violence" from occurring.
Stephanie filed for divorce from Nicolai in 2017, and she was currently seeking child support from him.
As is often the case during divorces, she owed money to her attorneys.
Adding to this, The New York Post reports that Stephanie had become distraught because she would not be able to take her son on a trip to Europe over the summer.
She and her estranged husband fought over this and, ultimately, a judge sided with Nicolai -- and ordered Stephanie to surrender Vincent's passport.
Stephanie Adams, who claims to be a descendant of John Quincy Adams and who entered the modeling profession at age 16, had a history of both civil rights advocacy and of troubled lawsuits.
But none of this explains what could have led her and her son to plunge to their tragic and premature deaths on Friday morning.
Our sympathies go out to their loved ones as they struggle with this loss.
We hope that investigators are able to provide answers.
Yesterday, we reported on the tragic death of Mark Vanderpump, the beloved brother of Bravo reality star Lisa Vanderpump.
It was initially reported that the 59-year-old DJ's lifeless body was discovered in his London apartment, but as new details of Vanderpump's death emerged, a different narrative began to take shape:
We now know that Mark was still alive when he was discovered, and he died later at a Swindon Hospital.
We also know that news of Mark's passing was kept private for more than two weeks, with new reports confirming that he passed away on April 30.
Given his profession and history of substance abuse, it's not hard to see why many jumped to the conclusion that Vanderpump's death was the result of an accidental overdose.
But the controversial British model Gemma Walker - who had recently got engaged to Vanderpump - says that's not the case.
Walker tells Radar Online that she's 100 percent Mark intended to take his own life:
“It was for sure suicide,” the 36-year-old tells Radar.
“I was the last person he spoke to.”
Walker dated Vanderpump for the final three years of his life after receiving permission to carry on an affair from her previous husband, who believed the relationship might alleviate her depression.
(“It was better to have an adulterous wife than have no mother for our two children," Mike Ramsay later said in a divorce hearing.)
Walker says she realized too late that Vanderpump was saying goodbye to her in his final text messages:
“He sent me a text message that said he was going to a better place,” she said.
“The last message he sent me was ‘My fingers are getting slower.’ I didn’t understand it at first. I was calling him and texting him back, and I heard nothing.”
Walker says she's been inconsolable in the weeks since Vanderpump's death, telling Radar:
“Of course I am devastated. I loved him very much. I am with my family now."
Vanderpump and Walker's relationship was often a subject of interest to the British tabloid press, and not only because of the unusual circumstances under which their relationship began.
Prior to meeting Walker, Vanderpump participated in a reality show with the stated goal of helping men find "gold digger" girlfriends.
Vanderpump's appearance on Gold Diggers and Proud came on the heels of his divorce from his wife of 22 years.
He stated at the time that he enjoyed dating "four or five women" at a time, and while promoting the show, he secured a date with a 31-year-old co-star after gifting her with a $50,000 ring on live TV.
Walker was present when Mark got into a loud public altercation with his famous sister back in January.
“Lisa and her husband Ken and daughter Pandora were eating dinner with her brother Mark and a few others," one witness told Radar at the time.
"They were all obviously really upset. Lisa and her brother were shouting at each other so that the entire restaurant could hear! … At one point, Lisa’s brother slammed his hands on the table and screamed ‘Enough is enough!’"
We'll have further updates on the increasingly bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Mark Vanderpump as more information becomes available.
Lisa Vanderpump is in mourning.
According to The Daily Mail, the long-time Bravo star's brother, Mark Vanderpump, was found dead at his home in Gloucestershire, England on April 30.
He was 59 years old.
The aforementioned British newspaper explains that Mark worked as a DJ and that his death is believed to be the result of a drug overdose.
As of this writing, it's unclear whether this overdose was accidental or deliberate.
This awful news has only just gone public, but it explains why Lisa has not been updating her social media page or making any statements of late.
In a statement released to DailyMail.com, Vanderpump says the tragedy is a "shock to us all," adding that she last had contact with her sibling the day before he died.
Scroll down for a look at Lisa's full statement:
This has come as a shock to us all. My brother and I had connected the day before this tragedy and I was completely unprepared for this.
He was my only sibling and I am shocked and saddened by his passing.
I am trying to be supportive to his two young sons that he has left behind, and help them get through this tragedy.
We appreciate your consideration in this private and extremely difficult family time.
Lisa and Mark often vacationed together, while the latter was a frequent visitor to his sister's Los Angeles restaurants Sur, Villa Blanca and PUMP.
Below, for example, the loved ones are seen together in August of 2014.
We don't wish to speculate wildly and we certainly don't want to speak ill the dead, but Mark's 22-year marriage ended in divorce.
He appeared on some kind of reality show titled "Gold Diggers and Proud" and was living a "very colorful life until it all sadly went wrong," an anonymous insider tells The Daily Mail.
This same source says Mark had his share of legal troubles, the details of which are not really known at this time.
Lisa Vanderpump, meanwhile, has been a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since 2010.
She also stars in a spinoff, Vanderpump Rules, which features her West Hollywood restaurant Sur and its employees.
The 57-year-old is also famous for her philanthropy, having founded the Vanderpump Dog Foundation to help fight the sale of dogs for meat.
No one associated with either of Vanderpump's Bravo programs has spoken out yet on this awful development.
We'll update this post with more information as news breaks.
For now, however, we simply send our condolences to Lisa Vanderpump and her relatives.
May Mark rest in peace.
Lil Lonnie, a fan favorite in his native state of Mississippi, was one of two people fatally shot in while driving in Jackson on Sunday night.
He was 22 years old.
The artist, whose real name was Lonnie Montrel Taylor, was in his vehicle along with an unidentified female passenger around 10:30 p.m. yesterday.
According to news station WAPT, the Jackson State University student was shot from the rear multiple times, which caused his SUV to swerve and crash into a house.
The female passenger remained unharmed, while Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene.
As of this writing, Jackson Police Department has been unable to find a suspect or a motive for the killing.
The artist rose to local game in 2015 due to the release of the track "Colors."
He later earned the the top-downloaded mixtape spot on LiveMixtapes with "They Know What’s Goin’ On" that same year.
Elsewhere, the single “Special” has garnered over 2.4 million views on the Worldstarhiphop YouTube channel.
In a December 2017 interview with ThisIs50, Lil Lonnie talked about advice he got from 50 Cent, telling listeners his goal of buying his family a home with his first “mega-check.”
In Lonnie's view, that day was coming up in the near future, too.
"Career-wise everything has been going [well], so I took that advice and I ran with it," he said of what 50 Cent told him, adding just four months ago:
"Keep the ground consistent, keep moving around, make my face a presence everywhere."
During this same interview, Lonnie was asked who he signed with to put a billboard up in Jackson, with the interviewer actually asking whether he was selling drugs.
"I don't do none of that," Taylor replied. "I've got morals that I stand by."
Just hours before he was fatally shot, Lil Lonnie wrote as a caption on Instagram:
no going back....you know imma keep it coming.
In light of this tragedy, some major names in hip hop have expressed their condolences via social media:
LL Cool J: Rest in power Lil Lonnie.. may your music live on.... may the almighty lift up and bless your family..
Juicy J: RIP Lil Lonnie he was so talented. prayers up.
Tha Joker: Woke up to terrible news for the city and state as a whole. Prayers up for the family and team of @_LilLonnie_ #RIP.
Finally, and tragically, in this December interview, Lil Lonnie said the following:
"I want to be the next icon people look up to.
"I want to motivate others around from where I'm from because not too many get the recognition I do, and I just want to bring that impact to where I'm from and help people out.
"I'm willing to open the door to everybody."
May he rest inpeace.