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.
1. Luke Perry
2. Carol Channing
3. Albert Finney
4. James Ingram
5. Fatima Ali
6. Gene Okerlund
Absolutely devastating news this week out of the world of social media:
Brittani Boren Leach, a YouTube poster with nearly 150,000 subscribers, has revealed that her three-month old son died on Christmas day after he went down for a nap …
… and never woke up.
Leach opened up about this tragedy over the weekend by sharing a number of photos from the hospital and by including with them a lengthy message that explained what happened as follows:
“When I went to check on him, he was not breathing. We are living a nightmare, and I’m dying inside. Please pray for my baby. This can’t be real.”
Brittani and husband Jeff named their baby Crew.
After setting this horrible scene for followers, Brittani said she and Jeff were left with a worst-case scenario.
“Crew’s tiny earthly body is still with us, although I know he’s already dancing and playing in Heaven. We have some hard decisions to make over the next 12 hours, that no parent should ever have to make,” she wrote.
“We need prayer now, more than before, specifically prayers for peace and clarity on the decisions that have to be made, and for our hearts, the pain is unbearable.”
On Sunday night, Brittani confirmed that doctors will be taking Crew’s organs for donations.
“Crew will be going into the operating room tomorrow at noon to potentially save 3 to 4 babies lives. Tonight we are soaking up every moment with him by bathing him, holding him and loving him,” she shared.
“We ask that you keep our family in your prayers tomorrow, knowing that it will be the hardest day of our life.”
Leach, who has over 800,000 Instagram followers, has been receiving an outpouring of support ever since.
But there’s only so much anyone out there can really do, of course.
Continued Jeff in his own heart-shattering update:
“The doctors have concluded that the damage to Crew’s brain is catastrophic & irreparable. We are devastated.
“We have made the difficult decision to donate Crew’s organs in the hopes that he can help another child and family in need.
“Crew fought bravely, so we could spend this time together. We’re so blessed to have been here with him.”
Since the family first shared their story, a GoFundMe page has been created with more than $110,000 raised from followers and strangers alike.
You can donate to it HERE.
Added Jeff on Facebook yesterday:
“We are grateful for our family and friends who have stepped up to care for us & our kids in this time of need. Thank you to everyone who visited him, sent a note, said a prayer or made a contribution. Your love has lifted us.”
No cause of death has yet been made public fro Crew.
We send our thoughts to his friends, family members and loved ones.
Billy Smith and Joe Smith, twin brothers who starred on the British TLC reality show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, were found dead on Saturday in England, multiple outlets have confirmed.
They were 32 years old.
The causes of their deaths were not made public.
However, the bodies of these siblings were discovered near a country road near a farm in rural Sevenoaks, Kent -- they are believed to have taken their own lives in a joint suicide.
The Sun was the first publication to make this allegation in print.
But Celebrity Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty has at least confirmed the fatal news on Facebook, calling it a "terrible, terrible tragedy" and adding:
"I'm very sorry for their troubles from the bottom of my heart. May God look after them, may God have mercy on them, they are two angels, harmless, they were unbelievable."
Concluded Doherty in a Facebook video:
"Anyone watching this please say a prayer for those left behind. May God look after them. They are two angels. They're in the kingdom of Heaven, walking on gold."
Elsewhere, Billy's partner, Kristina Davey, wrote the following on social media:
"Hardest day of my life. RIP my perfect Bill, you were so pure so lovely. You made me the happiest girl - did everything for me, showed me love I never had.
"You always see stuff like this but you just never think it'll happen to you."
"I can't believe I have to type this together struggling to speak never mind put a sentence together," Davey continued. "I'm gonna make you so so proud my Bill, my life, my angel."
Bill and Joe starred in the third season of the aforementioned hit show. They were just 24 years old and working as gardeners at the time.
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, overall, chronicles the lives of and traditions of Irish traveler families.
Kent resident Jane Chippendale told The Mirror that Bill and Joe -- the father of a young son and daughter -- worked for their uncle's landscaping company... and had recently stayed at her house for almost two months because there was no room at a local B&B.
She added that she last saw them aboout a month ago when they moved out and told her they were going to live at an aunt's house, shortly after they returned from a trip to Thailand.
"They were like sons when they were here," she told this newspaper.
"They were so identical. It was hard to tell them apart. I can still see them smiling in front of me."
As of this writing, police are investigating the tragedy and will soon file an official report.
Without divulging the details why they believe so, however, the authorities are very confident these brothers took their own lives.
May they rest in peace.
Mama Cax -- a model, advocate and cancer survivor -- passed away this past Monday, a message on her officialy Instagram account confirmed on Friday.
The popular figure, whose real name was Cacsmy Brutus, was 30 years old.
This is what the aforementioned statement read:
It is with deep regret and immense sadness that we announce the passing of Casmy Brutus (Mama Cax).
Mama Cax spent the past week in the hospital, and unfortunately, on Monday, December 16, 2019, she left this world.
To say that Cax was a fighter would be an understatement.
As a cancer survivor, she had grown accustomed to taking on life's several challenges head on and successfully. It is with that same grit (fervor) that she fought her last days on earth.
As you can see, no official cause of death has been announced for Mama Cax.
But the statement concluded as follows:
We are aware that this loss will be felt globally and will not be easy for anyone.
We ask that you please respect Cax's privacy in this difficult time. We will make information about funeral arrangements public once they are finalized.
About one week ago, the model posted online that she had been experiencing significant abdominal pain -- and, eventually, several blood clots were discovered in her leg, thigh, abdomen and near her lungs.
We can assume that this incident contributed to her passing, but cannot confirm as much at this time.
At 14 years old, Cax was diagnosed with bone cancer that metastasized to her lungs.
After undergoing an unsuccessful hip replacement, her right leg was amputated and some of her hip was also removed.
This awful news has spread around the fashion and entertainment community, with industry stars such as Rihanna, models Tess Holliday and Hunter McGrady speaking out on the loss.
"A queen. A force. A powerhouse beauty that brought her strength to the @savagexfenty stage this year inspiring so many across the globe," Rihanna wrote in tribute on her Instagram account. "Rest In Power sis."
"My heart is broken. We lost a fierce woman. A fighter. Thank you for changing the game Cax you are so loved."
Actress and activist Jameela Jamil also spoke out about Cax's death, Tweeting:
"My beautiful friend was the most extraordinary role model. Mama Cax was a cancer survivor, model, amputee, and activist. She was sent home TWICE prematurely by our underfunded NHS and died in her hotel room.
"This happens so often now in the UK, especially to young black women."
May Mama Cax rest in peace.
Terrible news this weekend out of the television universe:
Chuy Bravo, the personality best known as Chelsea Handler’s sidekick on the comedian’s long-running talk show, died suddenly on Sunday evening.
He was 63 years old.
The Mexican-American actor — who appeared on an endless number of Chelsea Lately episodes — passed away after being hospitalized a day earlier in Mexico City, where he had been visiting family for the past month.
TMZ has confirmed the awful development.
According to various family members, Chuy came down with a severe stomach ache on Saturday and had to be rushed to an emergency room in town, where he remained overnight.
On Sunday, loved ones say they were told Chuy had died; his exact cause of death is unclear.
Chuy worked on Chelsea Lately from its 2007 debut until 2014, when it ended its eight-season run.
Earlier this month, the star paid tribute to her good friend on his birthday.
“Happy Birthday to my OG Nugget @chuybravo,” the comedian wrote as a caption to a picture to of the two posing together on the Chelsea Lately set.
“I love this picture because—not only does it look like Chuy just launched out of my peekachu, I look like a member of ZZ Top,” she added. “Happy birthday Chuy, and thank you for 8 years of heavy petting.”
Not a great deal was known about Chuy throughout his run alongside Handler.
But he was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at age 15.
According to Hollywood lore, he wandered onto the set of the classic comedi Three Amigos and decided to get into entertainment.
He says he started taking classes and eventually got cast in Austin Powers in Goldmember.
“I just heard minutes ago about our Chuy,” Chelsea Lately writer Heather McDonald wrote tonight on Instagram, along with an announcement about her pal’s death, adding:
“I don’t have many details but we are finding now.
“Please keep his family in your prayers and remember all the laughs and joy he brought to so many of us. #chuybravorip.”
In an interview posted on Radar Online just last week, Chuy thanked Chelsea for her kind birthday wishes and said of their relationship:
“She is very busy,” he told the outlet. “We have both been busy trying to do our thing that we haven’t seen each other since. But we text, we call each other.
“She called me last week actually before my birthday.”
“I love her. She is my dearest,” he added. “I would definitely accept a job if she offered it to me.”
Chuy also had roles in such movies as The Rundown, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Honeymooners, The Sex Trip” and Tiptoes, among others.
He revealed in 2012 that he was a survivor of prostate cancer — and that he was a recovering alcoholic.
Chuy was also born with dwarfism and stood at four feet and three inches in height.
We send our condolences to his family members, friends and loved ones.
May Chuy Bravo rest in peace.
Juice Wrld, an up-and-coming rap sensation who wrote the hit 2018 track “Lucid Dreams,” has died at the age of 21, according to TMZ and other outlets.
He was 21 years old.
Sources confirm that the artist, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a seizure shortly after exiting a plane in Chicago.
He was on a flight from California… deplaned… and then fell to the ground at Chicago’s Midway Airport, shaking and bleeding from the mouth.
Juice Wrld was then transported to a local hospital by paramedics and was reportedly conscious when he got there — only to pass away shortly after his arrival.
The specific cause of death is unknown at this time.
The Chicago Police Department confirmed the death of a 21-year-old man in a statement on Sunday.
“A 21-year-old male suffered a medical emergency and was transported to Christ Hospital where he was pronounced,” Officer Matlock told to Life&Style, adding:
“Area central detectives are conducting a death investigation. No further information at this time.”
The popular rapper began his career on SoundCloud via the release of 2015’s “Forever” and 2017’s “Too Much Cash.”
He reached mainstream recognition in April of 2018 with the release of his smash single “All Girls Are the Same,” which peaked at number-41 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Lil Yachty was featured on the remix of this track.
Wrld’s biggest single to date was 2018’s “Lucid Dreams,” which rose all the way to number-two on the Billboard charts and was certified five times platinum.
He released a pair of studio albums over the course of his career: 2018’s Goodbye & Good Riddance and 2019’s Death Race for Love.
Wrld also won Best New Artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, which is where he’s posing in the picture above.
Moreover, the artist had a feature on Travis Scott’s enormous “AstroWorld” album, singing the hook on the track, “No Bystanders.”
The rapper most recently toured with Nicki Minaj on her Nicki Wrld Tour and released the hit single “Bandit” in October.
In response to Juice Wrld’s death, a number of well-known names in the music industry have expressed their shock and sadness on social media.
“rip juice. so sad how often this is happening lately to young talented rising artists,” Tweeted Lil Nas X, for example, while Camila Cabello used a broken heart emoji to react to Juice’s death.
A native of Chicago, Juice Wrld has only just turned 21 on December 2.
May he rest in peace.
Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain and a serious ex-boyfriend of Lindsay Lohan's, was found dead inside his Beverly Hills home on Saturday.
He was 38 years old.
A spokesperson with the Beverly Hills Police Department spoke to People Magazine and confirmed the tragic piece of news.
This spokesperson said Harry’s younger brother, Matthew, was the one to find the restauranteur unresponsive inside of his residence.
The Los Angeles County Coroner also confirmed this development to E! News, stating that cause has not been determined.
There is no evidence of foul play, however, and an autopsy is pending.
Morton is the son of business tycoon Peter Morton, the co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe and Hotels.
He's also the grandson of Arnie Morton, founder of Morton’s The Steakhouse.
In addition to starting Pink Taco, which has locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas, Harry also once owned the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood.
He's an investor in Beacher’s Madhouse.
Said Pink Taco in a statement:
“We are saddened by the passing of Harry Morton, the founder and former owner of Pink Taco.
"Harry was a visionary and restaurateur ahead of his time, and his contributions, both professionally to our brand and personally to those he worked with, were numerous.
"Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this difficult time."
On the celebrity gossip front, Morton dated Lohan in the summer of 2006.
In 2010, he and Jennifer Aniston even went on a few dates -- Harry and Demi Moore also were a romantic for about six months in 2013.
Two years later, Harry and Britney Spears went on at least one date in 2015.
Harry has been close with Paris Hilton for a number of years and there have also been rumors of those two stars having been together at some point in the past.
Morton recently made headlines for purchasing Elvis Presley's former Beverly Hills estate, the one this iconic singer bought the year he married Priscilla Presley.
To be clear, though, this is NOT where Morton was found dead.
As of this writing, none of Morton's famous exes has spoken out on his passing.
May he rest in peace.
You can't tell the story of the last half-century in American movies without telling the story of Paramount Pictures in the 1970s.
And you can't tell the story of Paramount in the '70s without telling the story of Robert Evans.
The Godfather, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, and countless other classics from Hollywood's second golden age may have never seen the light of day were it not for the influence of Evans, the iconic studio chief who passed away today at the age of 89.
With his high-flying lifestyle and famous joie de vivre, Evans blurred the line between reality and big-screen fantasy, and his improbable rise to power has become the stuff of Hollywood legend.
Evans' persona and history-making career inspired an acclaimed documentary, an animated series, a beloved SNL sketch, and at least one Oscar-nominated performance.
(Dustin Hoffman's smooth-talking movie mogul in the 1997 film Wag the Dog was based on Evans.)
And with even a cursory examination of the man's life and times -- characterized as much by excess as by achievement -- it's not hard to see why so many creative types were in awe of Evans' story.
After starting his career as a radio actor while he was still in his teens, Evans was forced to take a year off due to a collapsed lung, and he quit show business entirely after he found it difficult to book gigs following his recuperation.
From there, he took a job in sales with his brother's sporting goods firm, but it wasn't long before Hollywood came calling in the form of a chance encounter with movie royalty.
According to legend, actress Norma Shearer spotted Evans while he was lounging poolside in Beverly Hills and pegged him to play her late husband Irving Thalberg in a film based on the life of the famed producer.
Following his performance in Man Of a Thousand Faces, Evans enjoyed a brief career as an in-demand actor, appearing in such classic films as The Sun Also Rises.
But a string of flops -- highlighted by a notorious dud entitled The Fiend Who Walked the West -- put a stop to Evans' acting and led him to pursue a career behind the camera.
In a twist worthy of a Hollywood screenplay, he soon became a wunderkind producer, not unlike the man he portrayed in his big-screen debut.
"People said, 'That B‐actor is suddenly becoming an executive,'" Evans told the New Tork Times in 1976.
"When I came into Paramount, they thought I'd last six months."
Instead, he continued to produce films under the Paramount banner for the next 35 years.
With his seven wives (including actress Ali McGraw) and his quotable catchphrases ("the kid stays in the picture" became the title of Evans' autobiography, as well as the documentary based on his life), Evans soon became as famous for his persona as for his excesses, and he continued cracking wise on Twitter until July of this year.
"There are three sides to every story: my side, your side, and the truth. And no one is lying," Evans once famously said.
"Memories shared serve each one differently."
And few have lived lives as memorable as that of Robert Evans.
Robert Forster, the beloved actor whose career enjoyed an unexpected revival after he starred in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, died of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles on Friday.
He was 78 years old.
The sad news was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by Forster's publicist.
Forster's passing came just hours after his final performance, as he played a role in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which was released on Netflix on October 11.
The veteran star also made a final appearance in Last Man Standing last year, portraying the father of Tim Allen's character.
"A truly gifted actor and one of the loveliest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. RIP Robert," wrote Last Man Standing actress Nancy Travis on Twitter Friday in response to the sad development.
Forster appeared on 10 episodes of this ABC sitcom.
Still, he was best known for his work on the big screen.
He made his film debut opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) and then received rave reviews as an ethically challenged cameraman in Haskell Wexler's ultra-realistic Medium Cool (1969).
Forster was a successful box office draw for over a decade -- but his career than took a dip.
By the early 1990s, the actor was down to supporting roles in such low-budget efforts as Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, Body Chemistry 3: Point of Seduction and Scanner Cop II... while supplementing his income with speaking engagements.
Until Tarantino entered the picture, that is.
In 1997, Tarantino directed Forster to an Oscar-nominated performance in Jackie Brown.
Filmmaker David Lynch later cast him as a detective in Mulholland Drive -- and Forster would go on to work with Lynch again in 2017, playing Sheriff Frank Truman in Showtime's Twin Peaks revival.
"I went 21 months without a job. I had four kids, I took any job I could get," Forster told the Chicago Tribune in 2018, adding:
"My career went like this for five years and then like that for 27.
"Every time it reached a lower level I thought I could tolerate, it dropped some more, and then some more. Near the end I had no agent, no manager, no lawyer, no nothing. I was taking whatever fell through the cracks."
Forster's other credits over the recent years have included Firewall, Me, Myself and Irene, Lucky Number Slevin and Olympus Has Fallen.
Forster said that when his career was at its lowest ebb, he had what he called an "epiphany."
"It was the simple one," he said, "when you realize, 'You know what? You're not dead yet, Bob. You can win it in the late innings. You've still got the late innings, but you can't quit. Never quit.'"
He is survived by his third wife, Evie, and children Elizabeth, Katherine, Maeghen and Robert.
May Robert Forster rest in peace.
Very sad news today out of the reality television universe:
Cassandra Waldon, a memorable CBS personality who became the first-ever Big Brother contestant to enter the house on the U.S. version of this program, has been killed.
She was 56 years old.
According to TMZ, the outlet that broke this sad piece of news, Waldon passed away on September 25 from injuries related to a car accident in Rome.
A source at the United Nations -- where Cassandra worked -- tells the celebrity gossip website that the ex-reality star struck by a vehicle about two months ago, suffering a head injury in the process.
Tragically, she never regained consciousness before her death.
The standout former Big Brother contestant is now being remembered and mourned by those who knew who well.
And those who remember her run way back in the day.
Host Julie Chen, for instance, wrote the following on Instagram:
"Thank you for bringing your intelligence, warmth and wisdom to the Big Brother house Season 1."
In the end, Weldon finished sixth out of 10 houseguests. In the history of the U.S. version of Big Brother, no contestant who entered the home first has ever come out on top.
The same actually holds true for the Canadian version.
Prior to her passing, Weldon worked at the UN as its Director of Communications for the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
She was living and working in Rome when the crash took place.
Fans of Big Brother are also speaking out on social media about this tragedy.
"Sad news, Cassandra Waldon of Big Brother 1 passed away last month," one fan wrote, adding:
"She worked at the U.N. at the time she was on the show, and was well-liked by her roomies and viewers alike."
"Such a shame... She was my favorite contestant on season one. She was so thoughtful and smart."
Added Chen in her tribute:
"Your light will continue to shine in this world because of the way you lived your life: with class and grace... You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God Bless your soul."
TMZ reports that told her funeral will be held next weekend in her home state of Maryland.
May she rest in peace.
Linda Porter, a veteran actress likely best known for roles on Twin Peaks and Superstore, died this past Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Shew as 86 years old.
Porter was most recently seen by television viewers in her recurring role as Cloud 9 employee Myrtle Vartanian on the aforementioned NBC sitcom.
She had just appeared on the Season 4 finale in May.
The character, a beloved fan favorite, had been rehired on the show as new manager Amy’s (America Ferrera) assistant after being laid off in Season 3 ... and then brought back as a customer-greeting hologram.
Overall, Porter had appeared on 35 episodes of the comedy series, which returned for its fifth season just a day after she died.
Porter had not filmed any Season 5 episodes before her death, however, and therefore will not be featured posthumously on the program at any point.
The ensemble comedy will likely pay tribute to one of its guest-starring MVPs next week, though.
Following news of her passing, several tributes poured in from Porter’s costars and fellow actors.
“Here’s hoping the angels don’t call cut right away because your best stuff always came at the end. We’ll miss you Linda Porter,” Superstore star Ben Feldman Tweeted, for example.
Added Danny Gura, who portrays Elias on Superstore:
“We lost a good one. R.I.P. Linda Porter, who was always smiling and always brightened up the Superstore set. This is a hard one. You will be missed.”
And there was this from Lauren Ash:
"The Superstore team lost one of its best members. RIP Linda Porter. Always funny, always vibrant and ALWAYS enthusiastic. I don’t know that anyone loved our show more than Linda.
"Both you and Myrtle will be deeply missed. xoxo"
Porter had also recently recurred as Lady Slot-Addict in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival for Showtime.
Her multitude of other TV credits included guest roles on:
- Childrens Hospital
- 2 Broke Girls
- The Mindy Project
- How I Met Your Mother
And her big screen work included Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, Mercy and Dude Where’s My Car?
She was most recently seen in 2017’s The House.
“Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic – working with her brightened everyone’s day,” Superstore executive produces/co-showrunners Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green said on behalf of the show’s cast and crew.
“We’re lucky to have been a small part of her long career. The Superstore family won’t be the same without her.”
May Linda Porter rest in peace.
Very sad news today out of the reality television universe:
Chris March, a popular contestant who competed on Season 4 of Project Runway, died on Thursday of a heart attack.
He was 56 years old.
Bravo personality and producer Andy Cohen mourned the loss of March in a heartfelt Instagram post, which read a follows:
"This is how I'm going to remember Chris March, dressed as Lisa Vanderpump as I wear a Giggy costume he made for one of our first Halloween specials.
Chris was a finalist on Season 4 of Project Runway.
He designed for everyone from Beyoncé, Gaga, Madonna, Meryl, Prince and many legendary downtown drag queens (And Sonja Morgan!).
He had a big booming laugh; he was a joy and delight. #RIP.
According to TMZ, which broke this tragic news, March had been in and out of the hospital for the past year or so.
He had been battling some pretty serious health problems -- and yet the fatal heart attack came as a surprise to his doctors and loved ones. He was even designing dresses all the way up until the end.
Along with making it to the finals on Season 4, March also appeared on Project Runway All Stars and had his own show on Bravo called "Mad Fashion."
Moreover, he made cameos on The Real Housewives of New York City, helping find elaborate costumes for Sonja Morgan.
In 2017, March suffered an almost-fatal fall in his apartment that left him in a coma for the subsequent two months.
A GoFundMe was launched on the reality star's behalf to help offset the monetary challenges of his ongoing medical treatments.
After this hospitalization, March entered a nursing facility.
"I came close to death many times -- they called my family and they were told if they wanted to say goodbye to come right away," he said of the major mishap.
Throughout his impressive career, March designed for Madonna, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Coolidge, Beyonce and Meryl Streep.
He was responsible for the latter's 2010 Golden Globe and Oscars ensembles.
Just a few months ago, March shared an update on his health, revealing he had "run into several setbacks in my recovery."
As he described on the GoFundMe:
"I am also in need of leg braces, specialized physical therapy, a hearing aid, and a new living arrangement.
"Where I am now is unbearable and makes me anxious and depressed every day. I have considered suicide many times. I have tried my best to make strides."
March's supporters raised nearly $60,000 of his $100,000 goal after his accident.
We send our condolences to Chris March's friends, family members and loved ones.
May he rest in peace.
The televisionw world is in mourning.
Valerie Harper, a veteran actress best known for having played one of TV’s most popular and enduring characters died on Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was 80 years old.
Harper enjoyed a long and highly respected acting career.
However, she will forever be remembered for taking on the role of the constantly dating, constantly dieting Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Her passing was confirmed late Friday via statement on behalf of the late star’s husband, Tony Cacciotti:
It read as follows:
“My dad has asked me to pass on this message: ‘My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away at 10:06am, after years of fighting cancer.
"She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria. -Anthony."
Harper had been dealing with a number of health issues over the past few years, including leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, lung cancer and brain cancer.
On July 8, just about two months before she died, a family friend set up a GoFundMe page titled “The Valerie Harper Cancer Support Fund."
It was meant to assist Harper with her daily “unrelenting medical costs” so that she would receive “the best care possible.”
Within the first week, the campaign had raised over $40,000 from friends, family and many of Harper’s long-time fans and supporters.
Back in 2013, the actress was given a mere three months to live after being diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, an extremely rare condition in which cancer cells spread to the membranes surrounding the brain.
She defied the odds after undergoing chemotherapy treatments, even competing on Dancing With the Stars later that same year. Incredibly.
“People are saying, ‘She’s on her way to death and quickly,’” she told Fox News in September of 2017. “Now it’s five years instead of three months.”
Harper debuted in her iconic role the kooky neighbor from New York on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970.
She won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress that same year, despite the comedy struggling in the ratings at first.
From 1974 through 1978, she anchored the spin-off Rhoda, later winning the Best Actress Emmy.
When this character got married on October 28, 1974, the special hour-long episode destroyed ratings records with 52 million viewers.
The actress also starred on Valerie (also titled Valerie’s Family and The Hogan Family), in addition to films such as Freebie and the Bean and Chapter Two.
She earned a Tony Award nomination in 2010 for her performance as Tallulah Bankhead in Looped.
Harper is survived by Tony, whom she married in 1987, and their daughter, Cristina.
May she rest in peace.
Back in July, baseball fans were stunned by the death of Tyler Skaggs, a 27-year-old pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels.
Now, medical examiners in Los Angeles county have released the results of toxicology testing that points to the cause of Skaggs' death.
According to the official coroner's report, Skaggs passed away due to a combination "alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents."
It appears that after a night in which he ingested several intoxicating substances, Skaggs choked on his own vomit while unconscious.
Now, in a shocking turn of events, the Skaggs family has revealed that they intend to take legal action, as they believe an employee of the Angels is directly responsible for Tyler's passing:
"We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol," the statement said.
"That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much," it continued.
"We are grateful for the work of the detectives in the Southlake Police Department and their ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Tyler's death. We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels," the grieving family added.
"We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them. To that end, we have hired attorney Rusty Hardin to assist us."
This is the first time the family has publicly suggested the possibility of taking action against the Angels.
In his own statement, attorney Hardin stated that it's "way too early" to speculate on any potential legal action by Skaggs' loved ones.
"I think the thing to keep in mind is they're just still so devastated, both the wife and the family, about this young man's death, and they just want to know what happened and how it happened," Hardin told the Los Angeles Times.
"We're going to want to know how it came about that those drugs were ingested and whether or not others are responsible for what happened."
The Angels have yet to publicly respond to the allegations and have issued no official statement on Skagg's passing since their initial press release:
"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," the team said at the time.
"Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time."
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Pernell Whitaker, a legendary boxer who was referred to by the nickname "Sweet Pea," died on Sunday after being hit by a car in Virginia.
He was 55 years old.
The Virginia Beach Police Department said in a press release early on Monday that Whitaker was crossing the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road at approximately 10 p.m. last nightwhen a vehicle struck and killed him.
The famous athlete succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident.
"This remains an active investigation, no further information is available at this time," reads an update to the press release.
Whitaker was among the great boxers of his era, winning world titles at four different weight classes: lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight.
Pernell had just posed for a photo on Saturday with Floyd Mayweather, as the boxers both attended an autograph show in Virginia.
"R I P champ, one of the best fighters to ever do it," wrote Mayweather shortly after Whitaker was killed.
Whitaker started his professional career 1984 and continued to box through 2001, compiling a record of 40-4-1 record with 17 knockouts.
He also won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and was named Fighter of the Year by Ring Magazine in 1989.
Between the years of 1993 to 1997, most knowledgable fans considered Whitaker to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
As for what transpired on Sunday evening?
Officials have told NBC News that police do not believe speed or alcohol played a role in the fatal collision, although investigators still must confer with prosecutors.
The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene to be interviewed by authorities during their investigation.
The Norfolk, Virginia, native was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.
In response to his shocking death, athletes from across various fields have reacted in stunned sadness on social media.
"Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker was in the class of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard as one of the most entertaining fighters in my lifetime. I’m praying for his family," wrote Magic Johnson, for example.Ad
Added ex-NFL star Michael Vick, who's also from Virginia:
"'Sweet Pea' Whitaker was our hometown legend and the greatest of all time. My prayers are with his family and loved ones."
Reached Monday morning by phone, Pernell's youngest son, Devon Whitaker, could only offer so much after learning what had happened.
"I guess he was wearing dark clothes, the road was dark and the driver didn't see him," said the 23-year-old, adding that his dad was "cool" and concluding:
"That's all I can say about him. I can't really say how I'm feeling because I'm feeling shocked. I'm still trying to process everything that's going on. But he was a cool guy."
Whitaker is survived by four children: Tiara, Dominique, Dantavious and Devon.
He was predeceased by his son Pernell Jr., who died in 2015 after a battle with cancer.
May he rest in peace.
Stephanie Niznik, a peter actress best known for roles on Everwood and Star Trek: Insurrection, died unexpectedly in Encino, California on June 23.
She was 52 years old.
As of this writing, no official causre of death has been listed by Variety, which broke the sad news, or any other outlet.
Niznik rose to prominence due to her role of Nina Feeney, the neighbor of the Brown family and eventual love interest for Dr. Andy Brown (Treat Williams), on Everwood.
She portrayed this character for four seasons and recently returned for the show's 15th anniversary panel at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour in 2017.
It is from this event that we took the photos immediately above and below.
The actress was a native of Bangor, Maine.
She reportedly hoped to become a geneticist prior to graduating from Duke with majors in theater and Russian.
From there, Niznik pursued a masters at Cal Arts and then started acting with roles in programs such as Vanishing Son and Murder She Wrote. These roles marked the beginning of an impressive career on the small screen.
Niznik also appeared on Nash Bridges and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman before landing a recurring role on Diagnosis Murder.
Along with her work on Everwood, she enjoyed recurring roles on Life is Wild and made guest appearances on Lost, NCIS and CSI: Miami, some of the highest-rated series of their era.
As mentioned previously, Niznik will likely be best remembered for her extended time on Everwood.
But she also played Trill Starfleet Ensign Kell Perim in the feature film Star Trek: Insurrection, returning to the Star Trek universe to play the Wraith in the Rogue Planet episode of the series Star Trek: Enterprise.
Niznik also stopped by ABC for an important episode of Grey's Anatomy; she was on the backdoor pilot special for spinoff series Private Practice, playing Carol in the fan-favorite Season 3 installment.
She is survived by her mother and stepfather, brother and sister-in-law, her niece and nephews, aunt and uncle and her beloved dogs Nucleus and Jake.
May Stephanie Niznik rest in peace.
Tragic and shocking news today out of the television universe:
Cameron Boyce, a rising and popular actor best known for roles on Disney projects such as Descendants and Jessie, has been found dead.
He was only 20 years old.
According to a statement releasd by Boyce's family, the actor passed away in his sleep after suffering a seizure.
This is what the 20-year old's loved ones wrote in their heartfelt statement:
It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron.
He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated
The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.
We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.
Boyce had been acting since he was nine years old and was deeply involved in charity work.
In March of this year, he was actually introduced former Vice President Joe Biden at the Biden Courage Awards.
He was also honored with the Pioneering Spirit Award at last year's Thirst Gala, sponsored by the Thirst Project, a nonprofit for which Boyce raised $30,000 to build wells for clean drinking water in Swaziland.
Cameron was a very impressive young man.
"We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in response to the awful news.
After making his big screen debut in the film Mirrors, Boyce struck it big just two years later when he was cast as one of Adam Sandler's children in the movie Grown Ups.
He went on to achieve Disney stardom as one of the leads in show Jessie.
Boyce starred as Luke Ross alongside the eponymous Jessie Prescott, played by Debby Ryan on a series that ran for four seasons and 98 episodes.
His role in the Descendants films, which led cable TV film ratings in 2015 and 2017, catapulted him to even greater heights.
Here is a promotional photo from that franchise:
Added Disney Channel in its message:
"From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world. As a young man, he was fueled by a strong desire to make a difference in peoples' lives through his humanitarian work.
"He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend."
Boyce, who had 8.1 million followers on Instagram, was next set to appear in the HBO shows Mrs. Fletcher.
We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.
May Cameron Boyce rest in peace.
Shocking and sorrowful news out of the Major League Baseball universe today:
Tyler Skaggs, a starting pitcher for the Los Angele Angels, was found dead in his hotel room on Monday afternoon, hours before his team was scheduled to take on the Texas Rangers.
He was 27 years old.
No cause of death has been announced and authorities will soon conduct a thorough investigation, but sources confirm that no foul play is suspected in the tragic death.
“The Southlake Police Department responded to a call of an unconscious male in a room in the Hilton Hotel,” authorities confirmed in a statement this evening, adding:
“Officers arrived and found the male unresponsive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
The game between the two teams was postponed for a later date.
And the Angels released a statement of their own that reads as follows:
It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas.
Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.
On Sunday, Skaggs shared a picture to his Instagram page featuring his Angels teammates, who were all dressed in cowboy attire, outside of an airport before their scheduled game against the Rangers.
"Howdy y’all #TexasRoadtrip," he wrote as a caption to the snapshot.
He had just taken to the mound to pitch on Saturday against the Oakland A's, giving up two runs in 4.1 innings.
Overall on the season, Skaggs has seven wins and seven losses and had compiled a 4.29 ERA.
For his career, Skaggs won 28 games in just over six years.
Skaggs was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
He made his professional debut in 2012 for the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he played until 2013, prior to returning to the Angels ... where he's played ever since (he missed the 2015 season due to surgery).
After this awful news went public, numerous athletes and fellow players reacted with shock on social media.
Wrote Bryce Harper:
"By far the nastiest prep arm I ever faced. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tyler's family! Gone too soon!"
And Treavor Bauer:
"We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together. Your memory, your love for life, everything that made you, you, will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew you. Rest In Peace brother. We love you."
And Ender Inciarte:
"Terrible news. Unbelievable person and teammate. So sad to hear something like this. RIP brother."
Added the Rangers as an organization:
"The Texas Rangers organization wants to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss.
"The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time."
Skaggs is survived by his wife, Carli Skaggs, and parents Debbie and Darrell Skaggs.
May he rest in peace.
Granger Smith has suffered the worst kind of personal tragedy.
The country music artist shared the “unthinkable” news on Twitter and Instagram Thursday afternoon, revealing to the public that his and wife Amber’s three-year-old son, River Kelly, has passed away.
Smith explained to his followers that River died as the result of a "tragic accident” where “despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived.”
Wrote Smith in full:
I have to deliver unthinkable news. We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident, and despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived.
Amber and I made the decision to say our last goodbyes and donate his organs so that other children will be given a second chance at life.
Our family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father.
We truly cannot imagine what Smith and his loved ones must be going through.
“Riv was special,” the singer continued. “Everyone that met him knew that immediately. The joy he brought to our lives cannot be expressed and his light will be forever in our hearts.”
Concluded the singer:
“If there are words to say more, I cannot find them in this moment. Love the ones close to you. There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this.”
Smith has released nine studio albums, one live album and one EP.
He won the BMI Country Award for "Backroad Song" in 2016 and was nominated for Best New Country Artist a year later at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Alongside a selfie with her son, Amber shared the same heartbreaking caption as the one her husband wrote above, beginning it as follows:
“Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news.”
She added at the end of this emotional message:
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name. The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible.
There are no further details at the moment regarding exactly what happened to River. We simply know that the accident took place on June 5 and that a 911 call was placed from the Smith's home in Texas.
In the wake of this awful news, country singers showed the couple their support as best they could.
“I’m here for you if you need anything at all bro just hit me up,” Kane Brown wrote, while Maren Morris added:
“I am so, so sorry. Thinking of you and your family at this time."
The couple, who got married in 2010, welcomed their daughter, London, one year later.
She became a big sister when Lincoln was born in 2014; and then River arrived two years later.
What a true and terrible tragedy.
We send our condolences to Granger Smith, his wife and all who knew their son well. May he rest in peace.
Daniel Wright, a former contestant on NBC's reality competition The Biggest Loser, died this week almost two years after first being diagnosed with cancer.
He was 30 years old.
Wright competed on the seventh season of the long-running weight-loss reality series.
He passed away on Sunday morning from leukemia, a multitude of his Biggest Loser costars sadly confirmed on social media.
“I am so so heartbroken to hear about Daniel Wright this morning. He has fought SO HARD during his battle with cancer & more,” former contestant Courtney Crozier Respess wrote on Facebook, for example.
“This man is one of the kindest people I have ever met & is a true difference maker in this world!
"His faith has never faded, even in the darkest of times. I am honored to have known him!!!"
Daniel was married to another former Biggest Loser Star, Rebecca Wright, who had been keeping fans apprised on her husband's health on her Facebook page.
In her most recent update on May 24, she said Wright's doctors were doing an endoscopy at the hospital and asked fans for prayers.
The prognosis did not sound positive.
"So last night Daniel Wright had a lot of blood clots come out of his stool &this morning he threw up blood so they are doing a Endoscopy here in the next couple of hours to find the source of the bleed & then clamp,band,flush,or cauterize the source," the post read.
"This comes with complications be cause he is so sick but more if we do nothing!"
Rebecca continued at this time:
"Yesterday, the Lord broke me down & today because of your prayers & my pleading our Lord has made me warrior strong!! I will let you know when they will be doing the procedure as soon as I know.
"He is much more alert today but still quite foggy. Once that’s all finished they’re going to be switching him back to the CVVHD or continuous dialysis because he's so weak and we need to get him to make that urine!!
"Man alive this is insane & alone seems impossible but with GOD all things are possible. THANK YOU for your prayers & well wish I adore you all!!!!"
Wright was initially diagnosed in October of 2017.
He had started to return to work and to regain some normalcy in his life ... when he relapsed with a more severe case of leukemia in December of 2018, according to his GoFundMe page, which remains active.
Within 24 hours of this relapse, Wright was transported by ambulance to an Iowa City hospital,.
This is where he spent nearly four weeks dealing with “fevers, infections, low blood counts, chemotherapy side effects, and attempts with immunotherapy treatments,” the GoFundMe states.
Wrote Season 12’s Joe Mitchell as a tribute tribute to his friend on Monday.
He's pictured here with Rebecca, shortly after leaving the hospital earlier this year:
Wrote Season 12’s Joe Mitchell as a tribute tribute to his friend on Monday:
“Please keep Rebecca Wright and her family in your thoughts and prayers. After a long heroic fight, my fellow Biggest Loser and Browns fan Daniel Wright is at peace now in our Lord and Saviors arms.
"He was a hero and a man of faith who inspired so many, including me, during his short time on this earth.
"He and his lovely bride showed the whole world what true love, faith and commitment are all about and he will be truly missed."
May Daniel Wright rest in peace.
Ashley Massaro, a former WWE Superstar who also competed on a season of Survivor, died early Thursday morning.
She was 39 years old.
The aforementioned professional organization confirmed this sad piece of news in a Tweet that reads as follows:
We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.
She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.
According to TMZ, Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, New York to a local hospital several hours ago -- but few other details are available at this time.
The officials who spoke to this celebrity gossip website would not reveal the cause of death, but told TMZ that it's being classified as "non-criminal.
Massaro famously won the WWE's 2005 Raw Diva Search, earning herself a contract with the company at the time for one year at a $250,000 salary.
She went on to become a valet for WWE tag team champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick.
She also competed against Melina at Wrestlemania in 2007 and, later that same year, Massaro appeared on the cover of Playboy, an honor that was announced on an episode of Smackdown.
Along with starring as a contestant on Survivor: China in 2007, Massaro had small roles on Smallville and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The Blast, meanwhile, has obtained dispatch audio of a call placed to paramedics in which they are told of unconscious female at 5:23 a.m. today.
These paramedics proceeded to administer CPR on the way to the hospital.
Massaro cut ties with WWE in 2008, although she returned for a stint with a lesser known pro wrestling company in 2017.
She leaves behind one daughter.
"This is just awful news," wrote WWE legend Mick Foley upon learning of the news, adding on Twitter:
"Ashley Massaro is gone. She was only 39. She lived in the same town as me...I loved seeing her around. She was always so nice...and now she’s gone. #RIPAshleyMassaro."
Added a wrestler named Bull James:
This sucks. Ashley just started training at NYWC & was SO excited about wrestling again.
Always had a smile on her face & was one of the most down to Earth people you could meet. If you’re going through tough times, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. RIP Ashley Massaro.
We'll update this story as more news breaks.
May Ashley Massaro rest in peace.