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Aaron Grissom, Former Top Chef Star, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Aaron Grissom, a contestant on on Season 12 ot Top Chef, died Tuesday after suffering "multiple blunt force injuries" in a traffic accident, according to the Pierce County medical examiner.

He was 34 years old.

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Grissom was involved in a motorcycle crash near Chambers Bay in Washington, Yu Nanakornphanom -- who owned Moshi Moshi ramen bar where Grissom previously worked as head chef -- told The News Tribune two days ago.

Grissom had actually given his kidney to Nanakornphanom when the restaurant first opened, the eatery owner explained to the publication.

The ex-reality star left the establishment in 2019 and was cooking for touring musicians from various genres prior to concerts being canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

His death has been ruled an accident.

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Nanakornphanom added that the late chef had been living in Mexico since the outbreak.

“He had a lot going on,” Grissom former's boss said “I think he had a good future ahead of him. He’s always learning to do something. He was driven. He lived his life fully.”

In addition to his brief run on Top Chef: Boston, Grissom appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives while working as an executive chef when the Food Network program centered on Dirty Oscar's Annex in Tacoma.

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After he was eliminated from Top Chef, Grissom moved to the online series Last Chance Kitchen, a decision for which Bravo was criticized, Eater reported at the time.

Grissom had been arrested on domestic violence charges around this time, as he was accused of pushing his girlfriend so hard she suffered a knee injury.

Grissom was eliminated at the end of the first episode of Last Chance Kitchen, which was filmed before the alleged incident took place.

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Nanakornphanom, for whatever it's worth, has disputed the story.

"He is not that. He might be hotheaded, but — I mean, a lot of chefs are like that," Grissom's friend told the News Tribune.

"I think that’s really normal for chefs who are really driven.

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In 2014, Grissom served as the executive chef at Los Angeles' Bow & Truss.

He later teamed up with bartender Colin Smith to open a second outpost of Dirty Oscar's Annex in Montana in 2016. The restaurant was closed in 2018, according to online reviews.

"Bravo and the Top Chef family are saddened to learn about the passing of Chef Aaron Grissom from Season 12: Boston," a representative for the network told People Magazine in a statement.

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends."

Diana Rigg, Beloved Game of Thrones Star, Dead at 82

Diana Rigg, a veteran actress likely best known for current television fans for her popular role on Game of Thrones, has passed away.

She was 82 years old.

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"She died peacefully early this morning," the long-time actress' agent told the BBC on Thursday. "She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time."

Rigg rose to fame as the witty, seductive spy Emma Peel on the British series The Avengers in the 1960s, earned her two Emmy nominations for the role.

She then garnered a new contingent of fans decades later as the gloriously wicked Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones from 2013 to 2017.

This role also earned her Emmy Award nominations in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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Rigg actually won an Emmy Award in 1997 for her performance as Mrs Danvers in Rebecca and a Tony Award for portraying the the title character in Medea.

She was also known for being a Bond Girl in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Rigg's daughter, Rachael Stirling, said her mother died peacefully in her sleep after she was diagnosed with cancer in March.

"I will miss her beyond words," Stirling said to PA Media.

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Rigg earned a special BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award in 2000, alongside Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley and Linda Thorson, who all appeared in The Avengers.

The actress, who also won a BAFTA in 1990 for her role in TV series Mother Love, was considered one of the most memorable Bond Girls of all-time by Daniel Craig.

Stirling, meanwhile, told The Hollywood Reporter that her mother "spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession."

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Her agent, Simon Beresford, added:

"Dame Diana was an icon of theatre, film, and television.

"She was the recipient of BAFTA, Emmy, Tony and Evening Standard Awards for her work on stage and screen.

"Dame Diana was a much loved and admired member of her profession, a force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors. She will be greatly missed."

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Rigg once said she wanted to earn a living as an actress as soon as she turned 12 years old.

"I love my life," she formerly told People Magazine.

"I'm a very lucky woman. I'm in a position to do exactly what I want. I travel quite a lot. I read prodigiously. I go to the theater, to concerts. London is a wonderful city to live in."

May Diana Rigg rest in peace.

Ethan Is Supreme, YouTube Star and Beauty Influencer, Dies at 17

Ethan Peters, a social media personality, YouTube star and beauty influencer known as Ethan Is Supreme, has died.

He was 17 years old.

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This is all we can report on at the moment, as details of the teenager's death -- including when it happened and for what reason -- remain unknown at this time.

On Sunday, several fans and friends in the beauty community mourned the death of Peters on social media.

To wit:

"My best friend in the entire world, my twin flame.....the only person there for me when I had no one. I love you Ethan, I am at a loss for words. I wish I knew how bad it was. I know what you’d want me to say to the Internet rn but I’m to [sic] heartbroken to say it. Rip," fellow influencer Ava Louise Tweeted.

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This same friend said that the well-known makeup artist, who hailed from Texas, had been battling with addiction prior to his passing, writing on Sunday:

"Addiction is a disease. I had to pull Ethan aside in recent weeks and have talks with him about his usage. Everyone close to him was scared.

I just wish I f---ing tried harder I f---ing wish I yelled at him more I wish I didn’t enable a single pill he popped.

Snap your friends out of it before it’s to [sic] late. Get your friends REAL help before it’s to [sic] late.

"Ethan told me a week ago he wanted help...I wish I forced him I wish I yelled at him. I f---ing wish I didn’t let him do pills in front of me. This pain is insane."

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Manny MUA also mourned Ethan's death on Twitter.

"rest in peace ethan @trashqueenethan," he wrote. "You were so incredibly talented at such a young age. i know he’s made many many mistakes... but to say he deserved to pass away is horrible and inhuman. i pray for his family and loved ones, a horrible loss."

Added Tana Mongeau:

"Rip angel. my heart goes out to his family and friends. If you need anything reach out please."

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UPDATE:

Ethan's father, Gerald Peters, confirmed his son’s passing to Fox News, saying that he found the teen in his bedroom at around 11 a.m. on Sunday and believes he died of a drug overdose.

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“The cancel culture we find ourself in weighed heavy on his heart,” Gerald told the outlet, revealing that he’d last spoken to his son at about 10 p.m. on September 5.

“He wanted nothing but to inspire, make people laugh and push the boundaries of what is acceptable in our world for All young people.

"He was [a] kind soul, who accepted everyone for who they were.”

If you're struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call SAMHSA's National Helpline -- a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service -- at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Chadwick Boseman Dies; Black Panther Star Was 43

Tragic news out of Hollywood today, as one of the movie industry's most beloved young actors has been struck down in his prime.

Chadwick Boseman -- best known for his starring roles in Black Panther, 42, and Get On Up -- has passed away.

RIP, Chadwick Boseman

He was just 43 years old.

News of Boseman's death was confirmed by a statement from his family.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement read. 

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"Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to sage IV," the family continued.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” they added.

“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more — all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”

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The statement continued with a poigant revelation about Boseman's most famous role:

“It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther," the actor's family wrote.

Boseman's death comes at a time when tens of millions of Americans are attempting to come to grips with centuries of racial inequality.

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He passed on the day that Major League Baseball players wore the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, the trailblazer who was so memorably brought to life by Boseman in the critically-acclaimed film 42.

News of Boseman's death instantly made the beloved actor's name the top trending topic on Twitter, where tributes poured in from family, friends, and a legion of grief-stricken fans.

"Think about how one man played James Brown, Jackie Robinson, Black Panther...Chadwick Boseman was born to bring legends to life," writer Jenelle Riley tweeted.

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"It takes a legend to do that."

"I keep thinking about my 3-year-old in his Black Panther costume. How he wore it almost every day when he got it, refused to take it off," Atlantic columnist Clint Smith wrote.

"The way he walked around saying 'I’m the Black Panther.' How happy it made him. What Chadwick gave us was immeasurable. What an enormous loss."

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Boseman's loss is one that will no doubt be felt for many, many years to come.

Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this enormously difficult time.

Wakanda forever.

Chi Chi DeVayne, RuPaul’s Drag Race Star, Dead at 34

Chi Chi DeVayne, an accomplished entertainer who competed on two seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, died on Thursday following several days in the hospital.

She was 34 years old

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Just under a week ago, DeVayne (whose birth name was Zavion Davenport) told Instagram followers that she was under the care of doctors, sharing a video that included a very simple message.

"Keep me in your prayers. I'll be back soon," DeVayne said in the footage, which she posted last Saturday morning and which featured her attached to medical equipment while lying down in a hospital bed.

In July, DeVayne was also hospitalized.

That instance, it was for high blood pressure and suspected kidney failure, as she informed fans at the time that she had catheters to her heart and kidneys surgically installed prior to undergoing dialysis treatment.

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DeVayne was eventually discharged later that month.

At this time, her cause of death is unknown.

A week ago, however, fans began to flood the comments section of DeVayne's Instagram, saying the star was "battling pneumonia right now."

Again, though, we cannot confirm the exact nature or basis of her passing.

Chi Chi DeVayne in the Hospital

"I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne," RuPaul said in a statement provided to Entertainment Weekly, adding:

"I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all."

In a tweet posted to the RuPaul's Drag Race Twitter account, the famous drag queen continued:

"On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy - from our family to hers."

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DeVayne rose to television prominence on season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race, where she garnered fame and popularity due to her quick wit and personality... finishing the competition in fourth place.

She was later asked to return to compete on the third All-Stars spin-off in 2018.

In this case, the star was eliminated on the fourth episode.

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DeVayne often credited the program with inspiring her to evolve her skills in an art form that served as a gateway for her to escape a difficult upbringing involving gangs, along with struggles with her sexuality.

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"I was so stressed out and it got to a point where I was like, okay, I’m in the bottom every week. It might be time to go home and work a little bit more on my drag," DeVayne told EW shortly after her All-Stars 3 exit.

"I’m a real person, and I just felt it was my time to go. There was no reason to be sad or bitter."

Tweeted All Stars winner Shea Coulee upon learning the awful news:

"I'm literally so devastated and sick to my stomach. Wake me up when it's all over."

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In addition to her appearances on RuPaul's Drag Race, DeVayne had a small part on season 1 of the Apple TV+ anthology dramedy Little America.

She also appeared on fellow Drag Race alum Yuhua Hamasaki's Bootleg Opinions YouTube series.

And guested on an episode of the popular queer talk show Hey Qween, while also taking part in various performing gigs and tours as a drag artist.

May Chi Chi DeVayne rest in peace.

Wilford Brimley, Veteran Movie Star and Quaker Oats Pitchman, Dies at 85

Wilford Brimley, a long-time actor and famous commercial salesman, died on Saturday while hospitalized in St. George, Utah.

He was 85 years old.

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The late star had been in the ICU, where he was on dialysis while being treated for other medical issues that have not yet been disclosed.

"Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust," Brimley's manager said in a statement to E! News and other outlets.

"He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a gruff exterior and a tender heart. I'm sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend's wonderful stories.

"He was one of a kind."

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Brimley was likely best known for his film roles in Cocoon, The Natural and The Thing.

He also appeared on several television shows, including Our House, The Waltons and a handful of other programs.

Later in life, Brimley started to be featured in Quaker Oats commercials, quickly became synonymous with the food brand and the company's tagline:

"It's the right thing to do and the tasty way to do it."

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Brimley was diagnosed diabetes in 1979... and soon cautioned viewers to check their blood sugars in numerous Liberty Medical commercials over the years.

For these actions, he was honored for in 2008 by the American Diabetes Association.

In the wake of the actor's passing, a number of well-known celebrities paid tribute to Brimley on social media.

"RIP Wilford Brimley What an absolute legend," wrote Seth Green, who appeared in 1984's Hotel New Hampshire with the actor.

"I was lucky enough to make my first movie with him. I was only 8, but he treated me like a peer, and gave me confidence as an actor. Forever grateful for his kindness & generosity."

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Added Stephen Colbert:

"RIP Wilford Brimley - so many great performances, but I’ll never forget seeing him sing this surprisingly tender 'It's Not Easy Being Green."

And Meghan McCain:

"I am very sad to hear of Wilford Brimleys passing. He was a very early and passionate supporter of my Dads.

"I had the privilege of spending time with him on the trail, including a special bus tour with veterans. Sending love, prayers and gratitude for our experiences with him."

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Brimley is survived by his wife, Beverly Berry, and his four sons -- James Charles, John Michael, William Carmen, and Lawrence Dean -- from his first marriage to Lynne Bagley.

May he rest in perpetual peace.

Regis Philbin, Iconic Television Host, Dies at 88

Regis Philbin, the legendary talk show host best known for co-anchoring Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee and the original version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, has passed away on Friday.

He was 88 years old.

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"We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday," his loved ones told People Magazine, adding via statement:

"His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.

"We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss."

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Philbin rose to small screen fame alongside Kathie Lee Gifford in 1988 when the friends started hosting Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.

The two remained at the forefront of this daytime show for 15 years, at which time Kathie Lee decided to move on.

Regis, however, stuck around, partnering with Kelly Ripa until he finally decided to depart in 2011.

Philbin also made cameos in Miss Congeniality 2, Shrek the Third, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, and The Simpsons, among other shows and movies.

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As cited above, Philbin was the original host of the American version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 1999, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2001.

He also emceed the first season of America’s Got Talent in 2006, flying between New York City and Los Angeles to shoot both programs.

Here's a little known but incredible fact:

Regis Philbin appeared on the air for more hours of television (over 16,000!) than anyone else in human history.

He died a true legend of the business.

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In 2008, Philbin earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards. He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Throughout his career, Philbin suffered through a variety of health issues.

He underwent an angioplasty in 1993, followed by triple bypass surgery due to plaque in his arteries in March 2007.

In December of 2009, the television personality had his hip replaced.

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In the wake of this sad news, tributes from across the entertainment world have been pouring in.

Tweeted Jimmy Kimmel:

"Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun. He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go unmatched.

"Regis, I hope our friend Rickles met you at the pearly gates with open arms and a slew of the insults you loved so much."

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Upon leaving Live! in 2011, this is what Philbin said:

"I think I'm going out a pretty proud and happy guy.

"I wanted this show to be a show where people would feel better about themselves, would look at life in, maybe, a different way, a funnier way, and I think that's what we accomplished and I'm very happy about that aspect."

Amen, Regis.

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The television host was married twice and had four kids.

He is survived by his wife Joy, their two daughters, Joanna and J.J., his daughter from his first marriage, Amy, and grandchildren.

His son, Danny, died in 2014.

UPDATE: Gifford has shared a photo of herself and Regis on Instagram and penned the following caption:

“There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis.

"I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day.”

Kathie Lee Gifford Says Goodbye

"I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh.

"It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life.

"There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

Daisha Riley, Good Morning America Producer, Dies at 35

Daisha Riley, a beloved producer on the ABC program Good Morning America, died unexpectedly this week.

She was 35 years old.

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“This is a tough morning for us here at ‘GMA,'" co-host Michael Strahan began on Tuesday in breaking this awful piece of news.

“One of our stars, Daisha Riley, a young and talented producer, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.

"She rose through the ranks over the years on our show, working on stories that have made so many of you, our viewers, smile and tear up.

"Her legacy lives on in a powerful voice she shared through storytelling.”

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Strahan went on to honor his late co-worker as a series of shots were shown of Riley smiling and laughing with colleagues, friends and loved ones

“You might not have known Daisha Riley’s name, but if you watched ‘GMA’ for the past 14 years, trust us, you saw her incredible work,” Strahan said.

“Because Daisha loved nothing more than telling America a story. Daisha Riley could write a breaking news piece with lightening speed.

"On features, she could make you cry with her exquisite choice of words.”

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Strahan even added that Riley once successfully secured an Iron Throne for when the morning news show was interviewing the cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones, noting that the show's actors themselves were quite impressed by the feat.

“She was never the loudest voice in the room, but she was always the smartest,” Strahan went on.

“Funny and brilliant and above all, kind, quick with a smile and a kitten meme, just when you needed it most.

"You might not have known Daisha Riley’s name before today, but now you do: a world class producer, a pillar of ‘GMA’ and a friend to us all.”

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From there, the program aired footage of photos of Riley, while Strahan spoke directly to the camera again, saying she was “beloved by all of us here.

'Her smile lit up a room,” and he said that she “won multiple Emmys for her incredible work.”

“It’s just hard for us and difficult to even wrap our heads around this,” Strahan concluded. “But we can’t express how much we’re going to miss her.”

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GMA anchor Robin Roberts also paid tribute to Riley on Twitter.

"Daisha Riley was a remarkable woman....talented, creative, kind, a beautiful soul in every way," she wrote. "Condolences to her beloved family."

"Our @GMA family loved her and will be forever grateful to have experienced Daisha's grace & grit," Roberts added.

May Daisha Riley rest in peace.

Nick Cordero, Beloved Broadway Star, Dies of COVID-19

Nick Cordero, a Tony-nominated actor and popular Broadway performer, has passed away after a long, challenging and public battle with complications related to the coronavirus.

He was 41 years old.

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Cordero -- whose credits include Waitress and Rock of Ages -- died on Sunday morning at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He had been hospitalized for over 90 days, ever since contracting the aforementioned virus in March.

The actor is survived by his wife Amanda Kloots, whom he wed in September of 2017, and who had been keeping fans apprised of her husband's struggle for months.

She and Cordero are parents to a one-year old son named Elvis Eduardo.

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"God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth. ⠀

"I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk.

"He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband.

"Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday," Kloots wrote on Instagram Sunday.

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Cordero had his right leg amputated, lost more than 60 pounds during his hospitalization and was hoping to receive a double-lung transplant.

In 2014, Cordero received a Tony Awards omination and a Theatre World award for his tap-dancing turn as the ghostwriting crook Cheech in the musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway.

He was also known and very well respected for his role in A Bronx Tale the Musical.

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In her message of mourning, Kloots thanked her husband’s “extraordinary doctor,” Dr. David Ng, who cared for the Broadway star throughout his lengthy stint in hospital.

“There are not many doctors like you,” she wrote.

“Kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion. You’re a diamond in the rough.”

She concluded her post by stating gratitude everyone who supported her and her husband throughout his battle.

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“I cannot begin to thank everyone enough for the outpour of love, support and help we’ve received these last 95 days," she wrote.

'You have no idea how much you lifted my spirits at 3pm everyday as the world sang Nicks song, Live Your Life.

"We sang it to him today, holding his hands. As I sang the last line to him, ‘they’ll give you hell but don’t you light them kill your light not without a fight. Live your life,’ I smiled because he definitely put up a fight.

"I will love you forever and always my sweet man.”

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In the wake of this tragic news, many entertainers took to social media in order to pay tribute to Cordero.

Tweeted Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda:

"Devastating. What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight."

Actress Viola Davis, who starred in Fences on Broadway, added:

"RIP Nick Cordero! My condolences to you Amanda who fought and loved so hard....so sorry for his little one. My heart is with you. May flights of angels."

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Josh Gad, who was in The Book of Mormon, wrote:

"My heart is broken. I feel ill. Along with the entire Broadway community and the entire world, I mourn the loss of the incredible Nick Cordero and send my sincerest love and prayers to ⁦ @amandakloots ⁩ , Elvis & and entire family. RIP Nick."

Then there was this from Bradley Whitford, who was featured in the Broadway production of A Few Good Men:

"Horror. Love to the Cordero family. Please wear a mask. It has the power to prevent unspeakable suffering and sorrow. Rest In Peace Nick Cordero."

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We'll give the final moving words to Steve Kazee, who won a Tony Awards for his performance in Once and who shared a tribute to Cordero that reads as follows:

I never had the honor of meeting Nick Cordero. By all accounts that was a huge loss for me.

Every person that I know who encountered this human was changed for the better and everyone that I knew that knew him I’m sure felt lucky to do so. I, like so many others, have followed @amandakloots stories every day hoping for a miracle. 

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Sadly, this morning, Nick lost his fight against COVID-19. My heart breaks because he leaves behind a young son and a wife who loved him with everything they had to give and I can relate. Listen to me friends. T

his virus does not discriminate. It doesn’t care about statistics.

My heart is shattered tonight for this man and his family and I beg you all to take this seriously and protect yourself and others.

Wear a mask.

We can beat this. We just have to have a little compassion for our fellow humans and stop being so selfish. Rest In Peace Nick. I really hoped to meet you someday.

Now I join the world in mourning you.

Steve Bing, Famous Writer/Producer, Dead of Suicide

Steve Bing, a movie writer and producer who financed a number of hit films, reportedly killed himself on Monday by jumping to his death from a luxury apartment buildiing.

He was 55 years old.

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Bing wrote the film Kangaroo Jack and spent over $100 million to get the Tom Hanks production The Polar Express up and running.

He also backed Beowulf and the Rolling Stones’ Shine A Light concert movie.

According to law enforcement sources in Los Angeles, Bing leapt 27 floors off a Century City building at around 1 p.m. on Monday. 

Following standard protocol, the Los Angeles Police Department would not confirm that the individual in question was Bing -- but TMZ has since confirmed his identity.

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This same celebrity gossip website also reports that Bing resided in this apartment building from which he committed suicide.

Moreover, TMZ writes that insiders close to the producer said he had been depressed of late due to the quarantine and his lack of human contact.

To be clear, however, we cannot confirm that any sort of mental health issues played a role in Bing's death.

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Bing was also known as an influential political donor and a a real estate tycoon who, in 2012, pledged a $30 million legacy gift to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

He dropped out of college during his junior year after inheriting $600 million from his grandfather and first entered the world of entertainment by serving as an executive producer of the Sylvester Stallone film Get Carter in 2000.

He later founded Shangri-La Entertainment.

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Bing also made headlines about eight years ago when he committed to Bill Gates and Warren Buffet's "Giving Pledge," which asked wealthy indiviiduals to give away the majority of their wealth over his lifetime.

“For years Steve Bing has been one of the most philanthropic and generous people in our industry,” Jeffrey Katzenberg said in 2012 after the donation to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, adding:

“He has also been one of the most loyal supporters of the MPTF through both the good and challenging times.

"Now with this amazing contribution he puts us another step closer to securing our long-term goals.”

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Bing is survived by his tw0 kids:

Damian Hurley from his relationship with Elizabeth Hurley; and daughter Kira Bonder, who he had with former pro tennis player Lisa Bonder.

May Steve Bing rest in peace.

Hank Williams Jr.: Daughter of Country Music Star Dies in Car Crash

The daughter of country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr. was killed in a car crash in Henry County, Tennessee on Saturday night.

She was 27 years old.

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According to numerous reports -- from People Magazine to USA Today to the WKRN local news station -- Katherine Williams-Dunning was behind the wheel of her SUV around 7:45 p.m. when it  crossed the highway median and rolled over before coming to a stop on the shoulder.

The vehicle was towing a boat at the time.

Katherine's sister, Holly Williams, confirmed the trafic news in an emootional Instagram post that was shared on Sunday morning.

"I have no words," she wrote to begin the caption of the following family photo.

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Continued Holly:

"On Friday morning I talked the family into taking this picture and had no idea it would be our last together with my precious little sister Katie.

"We all went to my great aunts funeral on Thursday whom we all loved dearly, and now are faced with another one. ALL we need is prayers."

While Williams-Dunning was killed in the crash her husband, Tyler Dunning, was transported to a nearby hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident.

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In her message, Holly wrote that Tyler was "awake and responding," however, they "don't know injury extent yet."

“This is an active investigation and more details will be made available later,” a Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman said, according to The Paris Post-Intelligencer.

Katherine was the youngest daughter of country singer Hanks Williams Jr. and his wife, Mary Jane Thomas.

The 27-year-old was also the mother to two children, son Beau Weston, 5, and daughter Audrey Jane, 2, with whom she's posing in an Instagram photo here:

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Katherine ran a clothing company called Weston Jane, which dubbed itself as having been built on the idea of “moms supporting moms.”

All of the items sold on the company website are either handmade by moms or printed by parents.

Concluded Holly in her heartbreaking post:

Jesus is close. Thank you all. Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. Psalm 31:9.

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"This news is just heartbreaking," country music star Travis Tritt wrote on Twitter. "My family and I knew Katie ever since she was a kid.

"I cannot even imagine what Hank, Mary Jane and the rest of the Williams family are going through right now. Please say a prayer for all of them and share your love any way you can."

Our thoughts go out to Hank Williams Jr., his family members and his loved ones.

May Katherine rest in peace.

Jas Waters, This Is Us Writer, Dead at 39

Tragedy has struck the television world.

Jas Waters, a writer who worked on This Is Us, has passed away from causes not currently known and/or released.

She was 39 years old.

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The tragic news was broken on Twitter by the official This Is Us writers' Twitter account, which released a statement on Thursday night that reads:

The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing.

In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones.

She was one of us. RIP @JasFly.

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The creator of the smash hit NBC drama, Dan Fogelman, also took to Twitter to express his condolences.

"This news took my breath away," he wrote, adding of Waters:

"Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell. She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones.

"RIP @JasFly."

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In addition to This Is Us, Waters worked on shows programs as Kidding, Hood Adjacent With James Davis and The Breaks.

She also held a story by credit for the 2019 movie What Men Want.

Prior to her work as a screenwriter, Waters ran her own entertainment website and served as a columnist for Vibe magazine.

You also may recognize her as a former reality star.

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Under the name JasFly, Waters played a role on The Gossip Game, a VH1 reality show that focused on bloggers and other media figures covering the music industry.

"I’m very audacious. This was always the plan for my life, even before I knew it," she said in 2018 interview with Shadow and Act.

"A billion things had to conspire together for me to get here. Listen, I was raised in an old folks’ home. I never had a traditional life;

"I never had a safe, cookie-cutter, predictable, affirming life."

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In the wake of her passing, various This Is Us stars and other celebrities that knew Waters also jumped on social media to remember the late TV writer.

Mandy Moore wrote on Twitter: "Sending love and light to @JasFly's family and loved ones."

Added actress Susan Kelechi Watson: "Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels."

Insecure's Issa Rae tweeted: "I'll never forget being so excited to get an interview w/ @JasFly for Necole Bitchie back when I was working on ABG. I could feel her warmth through the phone.

"Over the years, I got to know & appreciate her even more. She was so generous, beautiful and REAL. I'll miss you, girl."

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E! News host Nina Parker wrote: "Wow. I just heard about @JasFly and I truly don't even have the words. I'm so incredibly sad to hear of her passing and I just don't even know how to begin to process this.

"I don't know what to say... this hurts. Rest in paradise Queen."

Glee's Amber Patrice Riley shared: "I can't believe I woke up to hearing you are gone @JasFly. You inspired me so much and challenged my thinking also. I truly admired you as a writer and just as a black woman.

"We never got to work together like we wanted, but I'm so glad to have known you. #RIPJasFly."

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In a tweet on Wednesday, Waters' management called her a "talented & gifted writer."

"It is with extremely heavy hearts that all of us at RMG mourn the life of our client & friend, Jas Waters," Rain Management wrote on Twitter.

"Jas was a talented & gifted writer, an amazing person, & a sweet soul who will be forever missed. Though she is no longer with us, her impact will be felt for years to come."

May Jas Waters rest in peace.

Mary Pat Gleason Dies; Veteran Actress Was 70 Years Old

Mary Pat Gleason, a veteran actress of the small and big screen, died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

She was 70 years old.

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Gleason's manager confirmed the sad news to Variety, revealing the late star -- who appeared in countless TV and movie projects throughout the past four decades -- was a "fighter to the end."

Writer and director Ron Fassler also posted a triibute to the actress on Facebook.

"Mary Pat Gleason, one of the dearest and sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure to know, passed away last night at the age of seventy.

"She has 174 credits on her IMDB page (with one unreleased film still to come), but she was so much more than a wonderful actress," he wrote.

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Gleason had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Mom as Mary, a woman who was an AA member that often shared unusual and hilarious stories with the group.

Her character passed away during a season 7 episode after suffering a brain aneurysm while attending an one of these meetings.

"She was one of a kind. So caring, so funny, and so delicious to be around, that I find it hard to imagine a world without her shining presence and smiling face. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved her," Fassler continued, concluding as follows:

"Let's all raise a glass to her this evening as one and offer a final toast and a fond farewell in her memory."

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Gleason made her acting debut in the 1980 television movie Paul’s Case.

She continued to find steady guest-starring opportunities for many years afterward... on shows such as Full House, ER and Saved by the Bell.

The actress also appeared in A Cinderella Story, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, among major films.

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Gleason’s Mom costar, Mimi Kennedy, also spoke out in the wake of the actress’ death, Tweeting the following:

“I’m saddened to learn that Mary Pat Gleason (Mary on @MomCBS) passed away.

"From her nephew, ‘Her curtain closed at 10:20 Tuesday evening.’”

Kennedy added:

“I’m sure she was met with thunderous applause and a great party backstage. My love to you Mary and to your loved ones.”

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In 1986, Gleason won a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding drama series writing team for her work on The Guiding Light.

George Steeves, who starred in Pencil Town alongside the late star, shared a lovely tribute in honor of Gleason’s passing as well.

“Last night I was saddened to hear about the passing of my colleague and friend Mary Pat Gleason,” he wrote online, sharing several photos of the pair.

“I had the honor of working with Mary Pat in Pencil Town last year. It was truly an honor to be in her presence.

"Thank You for the conversations and the words of encouragement. #RIP.”

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Gleason has reportedly spent the past couple months under hospice care.

May she rest in peace.

Hana Kimura, Netflix Reality Star, Dead at 22

Hana Kimura, a professional wrestler and the star of the Netflix reality show Terrace House, passed away very suddenly on Saturday, May 23, Stardom Wrestling has confirmed.

She was 22 years old.

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“We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away,” the wrestling company tweeted on Saturday, adding:

“Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends. We appreciate your support during this difficult time.”

A statement on the wrestling company’s website also read as follows:

“Our company player Hana Kimura passed away today on May 23. We apologize for the sudden concern and sorrow for our fans and all concerned.

"Regarding the details, there are some parts that we have not yet grasped, so we will continue to cooperate with the investigation between the parties concerned.”

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A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Fans, however, grew concerned about Kimura after the athlete — who appeared on season 5 of the aforementioned Japanese reality series — shared cryptic messages via Twitter before her death.

“I love you, have a long, happy life. I’m sorry,” Kimura wrote alongside her final Instagram post, which was hared on Friday, May 22.

According to the Washington Post, Kimura had also recently posted numerous troubling tweets, al which have since been taken down.

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“Nearly 100 frank opinions every day," she also wrote this week.

"I couldn’t deny that I was hurt. I’m dead. Thank you for giving me a mother. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you to everyone who supported me. I love it. I’m weak, I’m sorry.

"I don’t want to be a human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved.

"Thank you everyone, I love you. Bye."

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Kimura’s death was mourned by many in the professional wrestling community.

“I don’t even know what to say or feel. Numb. I can’t express it. RIP Hana Kimura,” wrote U.K. wrestler Jamie Hayer, who has been competing in Japan since 2018.

“Such a wonderful human being. The gaijin helper. All the potential. A beautiful soul. Kind.

"I just can’t even put in to f—ing words how upsetting this is. I hope you found peace.”

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Kimura was the daughter of former pro wrestler Kyoko Kimura; she made her own professional wrestling debut in 2016 for Wrestle-1.

Later that year, she won her first title at the JWP Junior Championship.

The Japan native left Wrestle-1 in 2019 and began wrestling at Stardom as part of the Tokyo Cyber Squad.

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Kimurajoined the cast of Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 in September 2019.

The Netflix reality program follows a group of men and women as they live together in a house and face the struggles of everyday life.

May Hana Kimura rest in peace.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Hagen Mills Kills Self in Attempted Murder-Suicide; Actor Was 29

Hagen Mills, an actor who has appeared on such shows as Baskets and Swedish Dicks, is dead in what Kentucky police believe to have been an attempted murder-suicide

He was 29 years old.

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The Mayfield Police Department has confirmed that authorities responded to a 911 call Tuesday night, shortly after 5:45 p.m. local time.

When officers arrived at the residence, they met Erica Price -- the mother of Mills' four-year old daughter, Mila -- who had gunshot wounds to her arm and chest.

According to police, Price managed to tell officers that Mills shot her... and that he was still inside the house... and that he had turned the gun on himself.

The 34-year old woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is currently listed in stable condition; Hagen, meanwhile, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The little girl was also inside the home at the time, the police have said, as was Price's mother.

Neither were injured during the incident.

Investigators allege that Mills held his daughter and her grandmother inside the house until Price returned.

Upon her arrival, Price was almost immediately shot by Mills. (It's unclear exactly where the toddler and Price's mom were at the time of the shooting itself.)

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Most recently, Hagen Mills was set to appear in an Indie film called Star Light.

According to IMDB, the film tells the story of a teen's life turned upside down when he helps a world-famous pop star on the run to escape her violent pursuers.

Mills grew up in Kentucky, prior to relocating to Los Angeles to pursue acting in the early 2010s.

He often returned to his native state, however, partly because that's where Price lives.

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The couple started dating in 2012, and welcomed their daughter in 2016. It's unknown when the couple split.

During his time back in Mayfield, Mills was arrested on multiple occasions:

Records from the Graves County Jail website indicate the actor was arrested for a DUI in 2016; wanton endangerment in 2017; and second degree assault in 2018.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Gregory Tyree Boyce, Twilight Saga Actor, Dead at 30

Gregory Tyree Boyce, an actor best known for portraying Tyler Crowley in first Twilight Saga film, was found dead in Las Vegas on May 13.

He was 30 years old.

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According to Las Vegas Medical Examiners, both Boyce and girlfriend Natalie Adepoju were discovered in their condominium on the aforementioned date, with their causes of death still pending.

"Greg's cousin woke up and noticed that Greg's car was still at the house. He was worried because Greg was to be in LA. His cousin went to check on him and found them," a E! News source says.

TMZ, meanwhile, reports that an unknown white powdery substance was allegedly also found at the scene.

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The actor only had Twilight and a short film titled "Apocalypse" to his name -- but Boyce's role in the former movie was not small.

He played a character who vied for the heart of Kristen Stewart's Bella and he memorably almost hit the heroine with his van in one scene.

In December, Boyce celebrated his 30th birthday, commemorating the occasion with an Instagram post reflecting on his life that read as follows:

"At one point I didn't think I would make it to see 30 years old. Over the years like everyone else I have made mistakes along the way, but today is one of those days I only reflect on the great ones.

"What a time to be alive. Happy Dirty 30 self! Let's make the rest of these years your best!!"

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His mother also paid tribute to his son via an emotional Instagram message:

My baby boy, Greg Boyce was the best chef....oh man. He was in the process of starting a wing business, West Wings.

He created the flavors to his perfection and named them after west coast rappers. Snoop Dog, Kendrick Lamar, Roddy Ricch, The Game, etc.

He had flavors like, Tequila Lime Agave...those were my favorite. A Hennessy Maple flavor, oh man, just so damn good. I can say that my son was my favorite chef. 

He was on to something great and that was his passion.

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As for his girlfriend Natalie, E! News shares they'd been dating for "a little over a year."

She was 27 years old.

The actor also leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter; Adepoju, who is originally from Los Angeles, is survived by her young son, Egypt.

A GoFundMe for Adepoju is asking for a donation to assist in funeral services for the Las Vegas resident.

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In a statement shared to this GoFundMe page, her family described Adepoju as being a "loving daughter, niece, sister, cousin, and friend."

"Natalie had so much life to live [and] we are saddened that her life was cut short," this message continues.

"Natalie leaves behind her one and only baby boy Egypt, her father, two brothers and one sister, and a host of family and friends who love her dearly."

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In conclusion, Boyce's family has released the following statement:

We as family of Gregory Boyce are very saddened by our loss. He was a dad, son, grandson, brother, uncle, and friend.

He was the light of all our lives and we are very saddened by his death. The Gregory we knew was intimate with the world and a good person.

He was a very respectful and responsible man. He always put others first.

The family would like to ask for our privacy as we mourn our losses and thank you for your well wishes.

Lynn Shelton, Indie Film and Television Director, Dead at 54

Lynn Shelton, a filmmaker and director of critically-acclaimed independent movies and television shows, died suddenly on Friday of a rare blood disorder.

She was 54 years old.

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Shelton's her publicist, Adam Kersh, confirmed the tragic news, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Shelton, who began her career as an actress and photographer in her twenties, starting making films about two decades ago.

She's best known for her award-winning films including 2009's Humpday, 2011's Your Sister's Sister, 2018's Outside In and most recently, she directed four episodes of the Hulu series Little Fires Everywhere.

She was also behind the camera for episodes of The Mindy Project, GLOW and Mad Men.

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"I have some awful news. Lynn passed away last night,” comedian Marc Maron, who was Shelton's romantic and creative partner for the past year, shared in a statement with IndieWire.

"She collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week...It was not COVID-19. The doctors could not save her. They tried. Hard."

Maron worked with Shelton on Netflix's GLOW and wrote that he was "in complete shock," simply trying to comprehend how to move forward after the loss.

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Continued Maron:

She was a beautiful, kind, loving, charismatic artist. Her spirit was pure joy. She made me happy. I made her happy. We were happy.

I made her laugh all the time. We laughed a lot. We were starting a life together. I really can’t believe what is happening. This is a horrendous, sad loss.

Other fans, friends and former colleagues of Shelton have also taken to soecial to express their condolences and pay tribute to the late filmmaker and director.

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"We lost our dear friend Lynn Shelton," wrote Mark Duplass, who starred in Shelton's Your Sister's Sister on Twitter.

"We made so many things together. I wish we had made more. Her boundless creative energy and infectious spirit were unrivaled. She made me better. We butted heads, made up, laughed, pushed each other.

"Like family. What a deep loss."

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Elsewhere, When They See Us creator and director Ava DuVernay also shared her fondest memory of Shelton.

"Lynn Shelton changed my life when she handed me the Directing Award at Sundance in 2012," the director wrote on Twitter.

"She announced my name with pride. Handed it to me with love. Rooted for me long after. I can't believe I'm typing this. Rest In Peace, Beauty.

"Thank you for your films. And for your kindness."

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In her own post, Mindy Kaling mourned as follows:

"Lynn Shelton loved actors and we loved her back. She was a dream on set.

"Her lovely, sunny energy was infectious and actors always drifted to video village between takes to be around her.

"She had such a quiet power and I will miss her. Rest In Peace, Lynn. Love you."

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We'll give the final words to Reese Witherspoon, who starred in Little Fires Everywhere and also produced the drama:

I’m so devastated to hear about Lynn Shelton’s passing yesterday. I’m in complete shock that this vibrant, talented, and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us. Lynn was so passionate about our show, Little Fires Everywhere.

She said the book truly spoke to her, and that she longed to direct a show that spoke meaningfully about motherhood, sexuality, race, and class in America. And she did.

She cared deeply about the WHOLE cast and crew, making sure we all felt heard, seen and appreciated. Lynn also shared so much of her life with us.

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Her love of her son, how motherhood changed her life, her life changing decisions that made her the woman she was. I feel so fortunate that I got to collaborate with Lynn on both The Morning Show and Little Fires Everywhere.

Her spirit touched so many people in the filmmaking world.

Her memory lives on in our vivid days together on set and in her wonderful films.

Please watch her work and see her talent for yourself. #RestInPeaceLynn.

Shelton is survived by her former husband of eight years, Kevin Seal, and their son Milo.

May Lynn Shelton rest in peace.

Fred Willard Dies; Beloved Modern Family Actor Was 86

Fred Willard, a long-time film and television star who had most recently appeared on several episodes of Modern Family, died on Friday of natural causes, according to his rep.

The actor was 86 years old.

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"My father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end," his daughter, Hope Mulbarger, told People Magazine in a statement.

"We loved him so very much!"

Willard's career spanned many decades, but he was likely best known for playing Phil Dunphy's dad on the aforementioned ABC sitcom, along with his roles in Best in Show, This Is Spinal Tap and Everybody Loves Raymond.

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Jamie Lee Curtis -- whose husband, Christopher Guest, directed Willard in several movies, including This Is Spinal Tap -- shared a clip of the actor in Best in Show, writing on Saturday, May 16:

“How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard’s gifts. He is with his missed Mary now. Thanks for the deep belly laughs Mr. Willard.”

(Willard’s wife of 50 years, Mary Willard, passed away in 2018.)

Willard was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards over the course of his illustrious career.

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He hosted Saturday Night Live in 1978 and appeared in more than 100 sketches on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

The popular star also guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, portraying characters including the ghosts of Fred Trump and George Washington

An endless array of actors and filmmakers who adored and admired Willard's work went on to pay tribute to the late actor on social media.

"Rest In Peace sweet @Fred_Willard," wrote his Modern Family costar Jesse Tyler Ferguson, adding:

"You will always be a true original and I am so honored that our lives intersected. No one will ever come close to replacing your genius.

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Willard’s Modern Family character, Frank Dunphy, appeared in episodes across 11 seasons of the ABC smach hit, scoring an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010.

His character died of old age in January.

"Gutted," Christina Applegate Tweeted today. "His immense talent and kindness will never be forgotten. We love you Fred Willard. Thank you for the decades of laughter."

"There was no man sweeter or funnier," Jimmy Kimmel added. "We were so lucky to know Fred Willard and will miss his many visits."

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Then there was this from Kathy Griffin:

"RIP to the legendary #FredWillard.

'The first time I worked with him ironically it was a table reading for a Drama/comedy play.

"I was still in The Groundlings in those days. He looked right in my eyes when we had dialogue. Basic but vital acting tip. Oh and funny as f—k."

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In addition to his onscreen roles, Willard also spent time working with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, City of Hope, and Actors and Others for Animals.

He is survived by his daughter and son -in- law, Hope and Mitch Mulbarger, as well as his grandson Freddie.

May Fred Willard rest in peace.

Little Richard, Iconic Rock and Roll Singer, Dies at 87

Little Richard, one of the best known rock and roll artists in music history, has died after a brave battle with bone cancer.

He was 87 years old.

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The sad news was confirmed to People Magazine and other reputable outlets by the singer's long-time publicist, Dick Allen, who has released the following statement:

Little Richard passed away this morning from bone cancer in Nashville. He was living with his brother in Nashville.

He was battling for a good while, many years. I last spoke to him about two or three weeks ago. I knew he wasn’t well but he never really got into it, he just would say 'I’m not well.' He’s been suffering for many years with various aches and pains.

He just wouldn’t talk about it much.

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Little Richard sky-rocketed to popularity due to his electrifying stage presence and lively piano skills.

He was known for such classic songs as “Tutti Frutti” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly."

Kelvin Holly, a longtime member of the musician's band, shared a tribute to Little Richard on social media shortly after the news broke.

"Rest in peace Richard. This one really stings," he wrote, adding:

"My thoughts and prayers go out to all of my bandmates and fans all over the world. Richard truly was the king!"

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Born as Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia, the artist took an interest in music after he took a part-time job as a teenager at the Macon City Auditorium.

His talent was eventially discovered by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who invited him to open her show -- and this jump-started his career in the professional industry.

Over time, Little Richard's work was covered by other legendary artists, from Elvis Presley to Buddy Holly.

His music also influenced a new wave of up and coming artists at the time ... including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Rod Stewart.

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On stage, Little Richard's act was far ahead of its time. To wit?

He tore off his clothes. He leaped upon the piano. He embraced androgyny long before the subequent stars such as Mick Jagger, Elton John and Bowie.

"I wanted attention," he once said.

"I always had a big head. I wasn’t that interested in money. I wanted to be famous and have a Cadillac. Where I was born the only time you rode in a Cadillac was after you were dead."

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Little Richard was iinducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, alongside his contemporaries James Brown, Presley, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke.

The Library of Congress later added the track “Tutti Frutti” to the National Recording Registry in 2010.

Richard is survived by his son, Penniman.

May he rest in peace.

UPDATE: Many more tributes have now come pouring in.

"Sadly, Little Richard passed away today," wrote Gene Simmons, for example, adding:

"A founding Father of Rock And Roll, his contributions simply can’t be overstated. I had the honor of meeting Richard in his later years and was awed by his presence.

"He told me, “I am the architect of Rock And Roll.” Amen!"

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Added Stevie Van Zandt:

"RIP Little Richard. The man who invented Rock and Roll. Elvis popularized it. Chuck Berry was the storyteller.

"Richard was the archetype. Maureen and I were so honored being the first marriage he conducted.

"We were lucky to know him. He lives forever in the Underground Garage."

Roy Horn, Legendary Siegfried & Roy Magician, Dies from Coronavirus

Roy Horn, the iconic magician best known for being part of the duo Siegfried & Roy has passed away from complications related to Covid-19.

He was 75 years old.

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The animal trainer, who performed in Las Vegas for decades with Siegfried Fischbacher, had tested positive for the disease last month.

It was Siegfried himself who confirmed the tragic passing.

"Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” said Siegfried in a statement.

“From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried."

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Continued Siegfried:

"Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days.

"I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy’s life."

Horn and Fischbacher have best known for years for their Las Vegas show at the Mirage Resort and Casino.

It ran from 1990 until 2003, when Horn was attacked on stage by one of the white tigers used in the pair's popular act.

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The aforementioned mauling left Horn partially paralyzed and barely able to speak.

Horn started spending time with exotic animals when he was 10 years old, back when a family friend gave him access to the Bremen Zoo.

He met Siegfried onboard a cruise ship... and the tandem began a nightclub act into which they snuck a tiger.

After being discovered by Tony Azzie in 1967, they were asked to perform in Las Vegas. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Siegfried and Roy stopped performing as an act after the tiger attack.

And, yet, Horn never blamed the tiger for what happened.

He even said that he suffered a stroke on stage and the animal actually helped save his life by dragging him off stage shortly afterward.

"He instinctively saw that I needed help, and he helped me," Roy previously told People Magazine.

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The tiger was named Mantecore and he died at the age of 17 in 2014.

“Mantecore is a great cat. Make sure no harm comes to Mantecore,” Roy was heard saying when he was taken to the hospital years ago.

The show was closed after the accident and the duo performed one more time for a 2009 20/20 special.

"I will forever believe it was his concern for my safety and well-being that caused him to act as he did on that night long ago," Horn also said of the incident, adding after the animal died:

We spent many hours together and he never failed to bring me great joy and wonderment. It was my great honor to be beside him at the end."

We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Ray Horn.

May he rest in peace.

Matt Keough, Former Real Housewives of Orange County Star, Dead at 64

Matt Keough, a former professional baseball player and cast member on The Real Housewives of Orange County, passed away this week.

He was 64 years old.

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No other details regarding Keough's death, such as the cause or the date, have been released as of this posting.

But Kara - the daughter of Real Housewives of Orange County alum Jeana Keough - shared the tragic news.

Her father’s death took place almost a month after her son, McCoy Casey, died during the course of his birth.

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“Daddy, please take care of my son,” Kara wrote in an emotional tribute to her dad, an ex-pitcher with the Oakland Athletics.

“Teach him the circle changeup and how to find forever friends. You’re on grandpa duty in heaven now.”

Kara, shown above and below in recent pictures, shared a number of images of her dad, along with these heartfelt words.

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Matt and Jeana, meanwhile, married in 1984 and separated 20 years later.

But they continued living together during early seasons of The Real Housewives of Orange County, and long-time viewers of the show likely feel as if they knew Matt pretty well.

In a separate own tribute, Kara's brother Shane wrote that he was also comforted knowing his father would be able to be there with McCoy.

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“My favorite place was always on your shoulders," he wrote.

"It makes me smile knowing McCoy will be there with you; right there on your shoulders. It wasn’t always perfect but I wouldn’t change it for the world."

“You taught me more than you’ll ever know and I hope that I make you proud. Kick back and enjoy the eternal sunshine."

"Till I see you again - I love you dad.”

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Matt Keough pitched for Oakland for seven seasons, posting a 4.17 ERA in over 200 appearances.

He was an All-star in 1978 and earned the American League Comeback Player of the Year in 1980.

Keough was also on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1981.

In addition to Oakland, Matt took the mound for for the Cardinals, Cubs, Astros and Yankees.

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Matt also also had his share of legal trouble in more recent times.

He was arrested twice for DUI and getting hit with a one-year jail sentence as a result of the second infraction.

But despite that, Jeana, who said last year that she had “signed the divorce papers” following over a decade of separation from Matt, paid emotional tribute to the father of her three children.

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The Bravo personality and successful real estate agent posted a throwback photograph of Matt in his MLB uniform, which she shared without a caption.

His former (and forever) team also mourned his passing.

Keough was an assistant with the A's long after retiring as a player for the team and game he loved so dearly.

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The team’s executive vice president of baseball operations, Billy Beane, said in a statement, according to the Associated Press:

“Matt was a great baseball man and a proud Oakland A."

“He had an incredible passion for the game and we were lucky to have him and his wealth of knowledge alongside us for the years he worked as a special assistant."

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"He left an unforgettable impression on everyone he touched in baseball," Beane said.

"Our sincere condolences are with the entire Keough family tonight.”

May Matt Keough rest in peace.

Sam Lloyd Dies; Beloved Scrubs Star Was 56

Sam Lloyd, a veteran actor best known for playing hilarious sad sack lawyer Ted on the sitcom Scrubs, has passed away.

He was 56 years old.

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Lloyd was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year, a tragic development that was revealed via a GoFuneMe campaign that was launched by Scrubs producer Tom Hobert and his wife.

The show's creator, Bill Lawrence, confirmed the actor's passing with a tweet on Friday that read as follows:

“Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many.”

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Lloyd portrayed attorney Ted Buckland on all nine seasons of Scrubs, and actually reprised the role on another Lawrence-created series, Cougar Town.

He was also a frequent television guest star throughout the 1990s on, including a turn as the Elaine-obsessed Ricky on Seinfeld and a two-season run as Dr. Albert Goldfine on Desperate Housewives.

His most recent small screen credit was a 2019 episode of American Housewife.

Overall, Lloyd died 60 credits to his name across a 30-year career.

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Along with Lawrence's previously cited tribute, Scrubs star Zach Braff also memorialized Lloyd via Twitter:

“Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together.

"He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy."

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As the news of Lloyd's passing has spread across social media, other tributes have come pouring in as well.

Such as this one from Robert Maschio, who played Todd on Scrubs and who posted his message along with a photo of himself and Lloyd:

“Simpler times, happier days, the kindest man I ever met. Easy going Sam, Rest In Peace.  #RIPSamLloyd."

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Lloyd's diagnosis came just over a year ago, shortly after the birth of his first child.

The discovery of his lung cancer and an inoperable brain tumor was a shock to many, as his family broke the awful news via a statement that read:

Midway through January [2019], Sam began to experience headaches and he had lost 10 pounds/

He figured the headaches were caused by the lack of sleep that came along with his new role as Daddy, and the weight loss seemed like it could easily be the byproduct of a busy schedule...

Sam had spent the better part of 2018 going back and forth to Vermont to care for his ailing mother, Marianna.

He helped her make the move to assisted living and he cleaned out the family home of 50+ years – no small task, indeed. On Thursday, January 17th, as his headaches grew stronger, Sam decided to go to the doctor.

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The doctor thought the pain might be sinus-related so he ordered a CT Scan. The scan revealed a mass on Sam’s brain. Within a day, he was in brain surgery.

Unfortunately the tumor was too intertwined so the surgeons couldn’t remove it.

By Sunday, Sam and Vanessa were informed that the cancer in his brain had metastasized from his lungs. Further scans showed the cancer was also in his liver, spine, and jaw.

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The GoFundMe raised nearly $160,000 and the page continued to update Lloyd's condition through this past March.

Lloyd, meanwhile, was also known for his musical work; his a cappella group the Blanks appeared several times on Scrubs, and he was a member of a Beatles tribute band called the Butties.

Lloys is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their child.

May he rest in peace.

Fred the Godson Dies from Coronavirus; Rapper Was 35

Fred the Godson, a popular rapper from The Bronx whose real name was Frederick Thomas, has died after contracting Covid-19 earlier this month.

He was 35 years old.

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The artist revealed on Twitter back on April 6 that he was one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who had been infected with this virus.

"I’m in here wit this Corvus 19 shit! Please keep me in y’all prayers!!!!" Fred wrote as a caption to the photo above.

His wife, LeeAnn Jemmott, told News 12 on April 8 that a doctor said her husband wasn’t faring well. His prognosis was not very positive.

“It was just like -- he’s gone and he’s gonna die, that’s it. I don’t even know how I felt, I just felt like I was going to die,” she said at the time.

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However, Jemmott added that Fred had started to show some hopeful signs while in the hospital, with the ventilator supporting him 70 percent rather than 100 percent at one point.

Fred, who has two kids with Jemmott, ultimately passed away from the deadly disease on Thursday, a rep confirmed to Complex.

The news of the 35-year-old’s death originally broke through on social media, with people paying tribute to his life. To wit, there was this from Fat Joe;

“My little brother ooooh how sad am I, I prayed and prayed and prayed for you all night long.

"So many dreams so many conversations so many great times we had. I am in shock to say the least I love you soooooooo much little brother it’s been years since i felt this pain."

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The MC was best known for tracks such as "Toast To That" with Jadakiss and "Doves Fly" featuring Pusha T.

Fred the Godson also collaborated with Diddy and Meek Mill, among others.

He remained prolific until his death, dropping a solo project -- as well as a collaborative release with Jay Pharoah -- just this year.

Fred "was loved ... never heard one bad thing about you RIP @fredthegodsonmusic Sleep Well my brother," wrote DJ Self this afternoon, while friend and collaborator Jaquae Tweeted:

"Sleep in peace my brother.... You'll never be forgotten. LOVE U MAN. I have so much things to say but I'm lost right now."

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Nas also posted a heartfelt statement, mourning the loss of the talented artist by writing:

“Peace to you Fred The God Son on your grand ascension. Prayers to your family. Salute.”

Fred the Godson is the latest musician to die as a result of the novel coronavirus, joining an increasingly long list that includes;

  • John Prine
  • Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger
  • Joe Diffie
  • Matthew Seligman
  • Lee Konitz
  • Ellis Marsalis
  • John "Bucky" Pizzarelli
  • Wallace Roney
  • Alan Merrill
  • Manu Dibango
  • DJ Black N Mild

To date, Covid-19 has killed more than 48,000 and sickened nearly 868,000 in the United States.

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UPDATE: DJ Clark Kent also remembered his friend's skills, saying:

"His wordplay was INCREDIBLE. He was easily one of the most dangerous MC’s around. Lately he was battling this horrible virus. Today he lost the fight •

"Rest In Power To One Of My Favorite MC’s."

May Fred the Godson rest in peace.

Ashley Mattingly, Former Playboy Playmate, Dead of Suicide

Ashley Mattingly, a former Playmate of the Month, took her own life at her home in Austin, Texas on Wednesday.

She was 33 years old.

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According to TMZ, which broke this sad news, the ex-model's sister and twin brother confirmed Ashley's suicide.

They also told the celebrity gossip website that Mattingly left a suicide note -- but it hasn't been made public and we can't speak on its content right now.

Police took the note into custody as part of their investigation.

Ashley was reportedly found unresponsive Friday after a friend called the Austin Police Department for a wellness check because the friend had not heard from Mattingly in days. 

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The 33-year old was named Playboy's Miss March in 2011. She made news in subsequent years, however, for unfortunate and troubling reasons.

In 2012, Mattingly's boyfriend, an actor named Lane Garrison, was convicted of domestic battery in a case where Ashley was the victim.

The terrible incident was even caught on tape.

Mattingly was also charged with DUI back in 2016 after allegedly plowing her golf cart into four parked cars while she was under the influence of alcohol.

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Ashley's family has told TMZ that Mattingly had been living in Austin for the past two years -- and that she was struggling with substance abuse.

These same loved ones say she was working hard to get her life back on track at the time she committed suicide, though.

She had recently adopted a Golden Retriever puppy, which is now staying with her relatives.

It's just a huge tragedy all aroound.

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During the Coronavirus outbreak, Mattingly had updated her Facebook banner to feature a photo with the text, “Social Distance Please,” on April 7.

A day later, she shared a black and white photo of herself quartanting at home, which Mattingly made as her new profile picture.

Shortly after news of his twin sister's suicide went public, Mattingly’s brother shared the following message on his Facebook page:

Hey guys alot of people have reached out about my twin and rockstar/Beauty Queen. So I would like to take this time out of repect to her friends to let everyone know she has passed away.

I know I will get to a memorial/tribute type post when words present themself bit I wasnt even ready for this post.

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Who is, right?.. If anyone wants to leave a comment or memory on her page that would be awesome!

I will keep her friends posted on a celebration of life when the opportuniy presents its self.

Special thanks to anyone and everyone who was or is a friend of hers or showed her love of any kind.

Ashley's sister, meanwhile, wrote the following:

Because I can’t find the words to say, I will just leave this here. I love you and will miss you everyday.

Fly high sister, I know you are the most gorgeous angel in heaven!

Death brings pain that time can only heal, No words could ease what we truly feel but with god, her joy is eternally sealed and I’ll cherish her memories that death can’t even steal.

Adam Schlesinger, Co-Founder of Fountains of Wayne and Beloved Artist, Dies of Coronavirus

Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of the pop-rock band Fountains of Wayne and a songwriter largely known for his contributions to The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has died.

The musician was 52 years old.

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According to Schlesinger's attorney, Josh Grier, the composer passed away Wednesday morning due to complications from the coronavirus.

In a statement through his agent to Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday, Schlesinger’s girlfriend said:

“Adam has been hospitalized with COVID-19” and is “on a ventilator and has been sedated to facilitate his recovery.”

The musician was “in critical condition,” she said at the time.

“He’s very sick and is heavily sedated, as are all people on ventilators, but no one has used the word ‘coma’ to me,” Grier told Variety in a previous report.

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As cited above, Schlesinger was probably best known for his work as co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and co-writer of their 2003 hit "Stacy's Mom."

He also worked as an executive music producer on the musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and composed songs for the following:

  • Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
  • Too Late With Adam Carolla
  • The Howard Stern Radio Show
  • The Dana Carvey Show.

The artist is also credited as a writer of songs for these programs and specials:

  • Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • The 2013 Emmy Awards.
  • The 2012 Tony Awards
  • The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • My Name Is Earl
  • One Tree Hill
  • The 1997 Academy Awards

He was as prolific and as popular as anyone in his field.

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Schlesinger won three Emmy Awards during his career: one for writing lyrics for Rachel Bloom‘s hit CW musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and two for his lyrical contributions to the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards telecasts.

In an emotional tribute to Schlesinger on Twitter Wednesday, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna remembered the musician as “so funny, so kind, so opinionated, so clever, so passionate.”

She continued:

“We worked together and agreed and disagreed and rejoiced and bemoaned and celebrated and it felt extra sweet for me because I’d known him so long.

"I love that guy. I love all the memories”

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One the movie side, Schlesinger wrote the iconic song "That Thing You Do," performed by The Wonders, from the 1996 Tom Hanks-starring film of the same name.

He also wrote tracks for titles such as Netflix's To the Bone, Warner Bros.' Music & Lyrics, 20th Century Fox's John Tucker Must Die and Me, Myself & Irene and Universal's Josie and the Pussycats.

Again: Prolific.

And respected.

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Among the many tributes in his honor following Adam's death:

Tom HanksThere would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do!  He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19.  Terribly sad today.

Chris Carrabba of Dashboard ConfessionalI am grasping for the right words. My dear friend Adam Schlesinger has passed away from COVID-19. You know him best through his music... I knew him best as a mentor, and a friend.

We must take this seriously. People are sick and dying. It is hard to stay locked indoors but lives will be saved. Take care of each other. Rest In Peace, my dear friend.

Jack Antonoff: Adam Schlesinger took pop music writing to its classiest and most untouchable place. An honor to live at the same time he made his work.

Covid-19 has prompted a nationwide shutdown and, to date, caused close to 5,000 deaths.

Please stay safe, everyone.

And rest in peace Adam Schlesinger.

John Callahan, Beloved All My Children Star, Dead at 66

John Callahan, a verteran actor best known for his role as Edmund Grey on the popular soap opera All My Children, has died.

He was 66 years old.

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The awful news was confirmed by the Daytime Emmys, which sent out a Tweet on Saturday that reads as follows:

We’re devastated to share that John Callahan passed away earlier today. Sending our deepest condolences to Eva La Rue and all his loved ones.

According to TV Line, Callahan passed away at his home in Palm Desert, California from a massive stroke.

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La Rue is both Callahan’s ex-wife and a fellow All My Children alum.

In tribute to her ex, the actress shared numerous  throwback pictures of the pair and their daughter Kaya, 18, on Twitter. The actress also posted a lengthy Instagram message to Callahan.

“May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend,” she wrote, adding:

“Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya.”

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Mixing sentiment with emotion and humor,  La Rue continued:

“Kaya and I are beyond broken-hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess.

'You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins!

"The Yankees has just lost their biggest fan."

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Callahan acted as All My Children's enigmatic and dashing Edmund Grey for 13 years.

However, Callahan’s soap opera credits also include Santa Barbara (where he played Craig Hunt), Days of Our Lives, General Hospital (as Leo the shady masseur)... along with the the web series The Bay.

Added La Rue in her tribute:

"That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! ‘Johnny Numbers’, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to ‘Yesterday’).”

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Among those who also mourned Callahan online?

Kelly Ripa, who starred on All My Children from 1990 to 2002.

"Because there are no words, all i can muster is Rest In Peace #johncallahan My heart breaks for you @evalarue and @kaya_callahan," she Tweeted.

And also Sarah Michelle Gellar, who appeared on All My Children from 1993 to 1995.

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"He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn’t have a father to be there," wrote the actress about the late Callahan, concluding:

"Hohns greatest joy in his life, was when he had a daughter of his own @kaya_callahan. John left us this morning.

"I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and @evalarue as well.”

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Callahan and LaRue were married from 1996 to 2004. He was previously married to Linda Freeman from 1984 to 1992.

May he rest in peace.

Kenny Rogers Dies; Legendary Singer Was 81

Kenny Rogers, a beloved singer and performer, passed away at his home on Friday.

He was 81 years old.

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“The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81," reads a statement that confirmed the sad news.

It continues:

"Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.

"The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.

"They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date."

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Rogers is a Country Music Hall of Famer, but his career spanned multiple types of music and he had fans from all genres.

The crooner was known for an impressive string of hits that crossed over to top 40 pop hit radio.

The biggest of his 60-year career include, "The Gambler," "Coward of the County," "Lucille," "Lady" and his #1 duet with Dolly Parton, "Islands in the Stream."

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While the timing of his death may have come as a surprise to some readers out there, the singer has had serious health issues in the past.

Back in 2018, for example, he had to cancel the remaining dates of his 'Gambler's Last Deal' farewell tour due to unspecified "health challenges."

When he was forced to cancel, Kenny joked at the time: "I didn't want to take forever to retire.

Then, on May 31, 2019, spokespeople for the star put tabloid rumors about his near-death to bed, revealing that Rogers was hospitalized, yet in stable health.

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“Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration,” the statement from his rep read about 10 months ago.

"He will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge.

"He appreciates the concern and well wishes he has received from his fans and can assure everyone he plans on sticking around through the years to come."

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The icon was born and raised in Houston, and was the fourth of eight children. He has also five kids of his own ... and got married five different times.

Over his illustrious five decades-long career -- which includes sales of over 100 million records -- Rodgers won three Grammys, 18 American Music Awards, and the aforementined spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Kenny also released a mind-boggling 39 studio albums.

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A very successful businessman, Rogers co-founded the restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters, which once earned a prominence reference on a popular Seinfeld episode.

His final concert took place on October 25, 2017, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Rogers is survived by his fifth wife, Wanda, and three adult children, in addition to his twins.

May Kenny Rogers rest in peace.

Lorenzo Brino, 7th Heaven Star, Dead at 21

Lorenzo Brino, a former child actor who was best known for his role on the show 7th Heaven, was killed in a car accident in Southern California last week, police revealed on Sunday.

He was 21 years old.

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Lorenzo reportedly lost control of his 2016 Toyota Camry and crashede into a utility pole while driving in the city of Yucaipa, where he resided, just after 3 a.m. last Monday.

This, according to a statement from San Bernardino County Sheriff's Departmen.

police was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other occupants were in the vehicle, per TMZ, and the accident remains under investigation.

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Brino was one of the qudruplets who played infants and then older kids on the former WB/CW family drama.

He and his siblings -- Zachary Brino and Nikolas Brino and sister Myrinda "Mimi" Brino -- took on the roles of twins David and Sam, the youngest children in the large Camden brood.,

They were introduced early on and served as series regulars Seasons six through 11.

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In response to this tragedy, Brino's sister shared a touching tribute to him on her Instagram page, including along with it several family photos such as the ones above and below.

"To my amazing and crazy brother. You might be gone but it's true when people say 'gone but never forgotten,'" she wrote.

"Saying that you were a blessing is an understatement. You brought light to so many lives and you did so much with the too short of a life that you had...

"I am so so happy to know that I was beyond loved by you and that I forever have a guardian angel by my side.

"Rest In Peace Lorenzo, I love you now and I'll love you forever."

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As TMZ noted, Brino's aunt, Janet Brino, also issued a tribute to the late 21-year-old.

"To my dear sweet nephew, your loss left a hole in my heart," Janet said, adding:

"God needed another Angel and he took you.

"Please watch over your mom and dad. You sister Mimi, brothers, Antonio, Zachary and Nicholas ... You got a big job up there."

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7th Heaven aired for 11 seasons, ending in 2007.

It helped launch the career of Jessica Biel and also starred Stephen Collins, Beverley Mitchell, Barry Watson, Catherine Hicks, Mackenzie Rosman, and David Gallagher.

"My heart is broken for his family!" Mitchell wrote on Instagram, concluding:

"So many fun memories watching them grow up! Just devastating! RIP Zo!! You were full of light and will not be forgotten! #7thHeaven."

May Lorenzo Brino rest in peace.

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Disney Movie Star, Dies at 15

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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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, Former Love Island Host, Dead at 40

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.

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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.”

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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:

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“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."

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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:

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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.

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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."

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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.