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Ian Cognito, British Comedian, Dies On Stage

Ian Cognito, a popular British stand-up comedian, passed away on Thursday night while performing a routine at the Atic bar in Bicester, England.

He was 60 years old.

According to the bar’s owner, Ryan Mold, per an interview with CNN, Cognito “sat down” at one point in his set, “put his head and arms back; his shoulders were twitching.”

The crowd presumed it was part of his act initially, as Cognito had joked about his health shortly beforehand.

“Imagine if I died in front of you lot here,” he actually, incredibly told attendees.

An ambulance was quickly called after it was clear this was a serious situation because a fellow comedian realized something was legitimately wrong.

Cognito was pronounced dead at the scene upon the arrival of the paramedics.

Andrew Bird, who runs the Lone Wolf Comedy Club, told BBC News that Cognito was not feeling well before he went on stage, yet he wanted to perform anyway. 

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Cognito began performing as a comic in the mid-1980s.

He was best known for envelope-pushing comedy, claiming to have been banned from more clubs than any other comedian in all of Great Britain.

One of his signature bits involved hammering a nail into the wall and hanging his hat on it.

“This lets you know two things about me,” he explained. “Firstly, I really don’t give a sh-t. Secondly, I’ve got a hammer.”

That’s pretty funny.

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Cognito earned Time Out Comedy Award in 1999, earning respect of countless comedians over the years.

Many of them paid tribute to him on social media after learning of Cognito’s death.

Tweeted Jack Whitehall:

“Gigged with him when i first started out and he was always so much fun, had his own mythology on the circuit his exploits where [sic] legendary. A true maverick. Hope he’s found somewhere to hang his coat in heaven.”

And Jimmy Carr:

“I’ll never forget his kindness when I started out & how god damn funny he was.”

And Matt Lucas:

“He was always kind to me when I started out, and brilliant and provocative and entirely original onstage. What a loss.”

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We echo the sentiments of those who knew Ian Cognito.

We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.

May he rest on stage.

34 Musicians Who Died Way Too Young

Chalk it up to drugs to lifestyle or to some unknown factor, but the following big names in music all left this planet far too soon.

Scroll around below to see at what age they passed away and from what cause.

And join us in hoping they rest in peace...

1. Nipsey Hussle

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May Nipsey Hussle rest in peace. The Grammy-nominated actor has been killed at the age of 33.

2. Kurt Cobain

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The lead singer of Nirvana shot himself in the head at the age of 27, leaving a note that read: "Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I'm too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away."

3. Mac Miller

Miller was only 26 years old when he died of a drug overdose in September of 2018. Just so very sad.

4. Janis Joplin

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Janis Joplin also died at the age of 27. Officials determined that she overdosed on heroin.

5. Jimi Hendrix

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Yup, Jimi Hendrix was also 27 whe he died due to asphyxiation in his own vomit after he took sleeping pills.

6. Scott Weiland

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Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus in December of 2015. He passed away from cardiac arrest.
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Nipsey Hussle: Cause of Death Revealed

As you've likely heard by now, hip hop icon Nipsey Hussle was murdered outside a store he owned in Los Angeles on Sunday.

He was just 33 years old.

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For the past 48 hours, Hussle's death has dominated headlines and social media feeds for two distinct reasons:

1. The rapper's music and philanthropy made him an indispensable part of the hip hop community and a role model to millions.

2. Hussle's killer remains at large, and his murder is viewed as symptomatic of the growing gun violence problem in America and the unique challenges facing neighborhoods such as Nipsey's native South Los Angeles.

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While a suspect in Hussle's shooting has been identified, the Los Angeles Police Department is still gathering facts as the manhunt for 29-year-old alleged gang member Eric Holder continues.

Today, that meant releasing the results of an autopsy that confirmed the tragic cause of Hussle's death:

According to a report released this morning, Hussle "was found to have died from gunshot wounds of the head and torso."

The LA County Coroner's office added that Hussle was shot and then "taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m."

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"The manner of death was certified as a homicide," the department wrote.

This statement aligns with tweets posted by the LAPD in the moments after the shooting:

"At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to a local hospital where one was pronounced deceased," police tweeted Sunday afternoon.

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"We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available."

The department has been praised for its diligence and transparency in this matter, as well as for keeping the public apprised on the investigation.

The LAPD tweeted yesterday that it would be forgoing its annual April Fools' joke "in light of yesterday's events" so that they might better focus "on bringing justice to yesterday's homicide on Slauson & Crenshaw in South LA."

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Hussle dedicated much of his life to bettering the neighborhood he grew up and helping to curtail gang violence.

He was scheduled to meet with LAPD officials to discuss these matters just one day after he was gunned down.

"Having strong enemies is a blessing," he ominously wrote on Instagram just hours before his passing.

We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

Nipsey Hussle, Grammy-Nominated Rapper, Shot Dead in Los Angeles

Nipsey Hussle, a Grammy-nominated rapper just this past year, was shot dead outside of his own clothing boutique in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

He was 33 years old.

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A multitude of insiders told TMZ and NBC News that the artist was among three victims struck by bullets in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, with the LAPD writing the following Tweet:

"At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to a local hospital where one was pronounced deceased."

The incident took place outside of the Marathon Store he opened back in 2017.

It wasn't immediately known whether Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Ashgedom, had survived the shooting, as all three victims were taken to a local hospital and two were listed in stable condition.

(Police said a male suspect fled by car and, as of this writing, had not yet been apprehended.)

However, NBC News has now Tweeted that Hussle has, indeed, been prounounced dead.

The outlet quotes "multiple law enforcement sources" in making this statement, as you can see below:

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Right before being killed, Hussle appeared to acknowledge some sort of beef or feud, Tweeing the following just a few hours ago:

Having strong enemies is a blessing.

The rapper hails from the Crenshaw area of California and has been rumored to possess ties to the Crips.

But TMZ notes that he's made music with both YG and The Game, both of whom have been ties to Bloods; having gang ties of any kind, it ought to be noted, is pure speculation at this point.

We cannot say for certain if these affiliations exist or if they played any role in Hussle's murder.

(UPDATE: TMZ now writes with confidence that the homicide WAS gang-related, stating that the shooter walked right up to Hussle and shot him on the street; he then ran to a waiting vehicle.)

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Hussle's debut studio album, "Victory Lap," was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year's Grammy Awards. (He lost out to Cardi B in this category.)

Prior to this release, he had come out with numerous mixtapes over the course of a decade-long career.

In September of 2018, gunfire also rang out nearby Hussle's clothing store. But he was not around at that time.

The rapper and actress Lauren London are the parents of a two-year-old child; he has another kid from a previous relationship.


As the sad word spread that Hussle had been shot, numerous performers and athletes, including LeBron James, 50 Cent and Steph Curry, quickly tweeted best wishes.

Wrote Curry, prior to learning that the star was dead: God please cover and restore @NipseyHussle right now!!

And 50 Cent: Thoughts and prayers for @NipseyHussle

James. meanwhile, simply included a series of exclamation points after tagging Hussle's Twitter handle.

Drake, for his emotional part, wrote this on Instagram after Hussle was confirmed to have passed:

F-ck. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long.

You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don.

Rest easy my g.

May Nipsey Hussle rest in peace.

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UPDATE: TMZ and many other outlets have also confirmed Hussle's death.

Meek Mill has said the loss "broke me," writing on social media:

"We really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level of hatred that we are born in .. I'm tired. prayers for my brother and his family."

Pharrell Williams tweeted:

“You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars.”

Rihanna first posted this photo of Nipsey and his daughter...

... and then wrote as a caption:

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"This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones!

"I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle."

We send our condolences to his friends, loved ones and relatives.

Janice Freeman: Cause Of Death Revealed

Terrible news broke on Saturday, March 3, as it was revealed that popular contestant on The Voice, Janice Freeman, had passed away at 33. 

The TV and music worlds were shocked by Janice's sudden death, which was reportedly caused by a blood clot. 

However, more details have since been released regarding the cause behind the singer's tragic passing. 

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Documents now report that The Voice star died from a pulmonary embolism, according to her death certificate.

The 33-year-old mother also suffered from lupus which was a contributing factor and had battled many health issues throughout her life, including another autoimmune disease called Sjogren's syndrome.

She also had meningitis and even beat cervical cancer, according to E! News

Once her husband, Dion, realized his wife had stopped breathing, he reportedly called 911 and had to perform CPR on his wife until paramedics arrived.

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Janice was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 5:30 p.m. 

Freeman is survived by Dion, her 12-year-old daughter Hannah, her mother Janice, brothers and sisters, and many extended family members. 

She had made it all the way to the final 11 on NBC'S The Voice for season 13 and was coached by Miley Cyrus. 

The pop singer expressed her sorrow following Freeman's death online and even spoke at her celebration of life earlier this week

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She and her father Billy Ray Cyrus performed "Amazing Grace" at the ceremony. 

"Before we sing this song for Janice, I just want to clear up a rumor. I was never her coach, ever, she was always mine," Cyrus said holding back tears. 

"I've learned more from her than anyone that I've ever gotten the honor to be in the room with, not just vocally, I should've gotten more lessons than I did, but she taught me everything that I know about love."

The Malibu singer continued by saying, "And, to be here, and I had planned on singing a song for her, but just losing her is just too much for me."

"So my dad's gonna take care of this for me. But, I'll always be your sister, I'm here for you, and I'm here for your family, and Janice I'll miss you more than I could ever say."

Freeman and Cyrus were more than just partners on a reality competition show, they actually developed a genuine friendship. 

According to Janice, Miley Cyrus took care of her family's security deposit for a temporary two-bedroom apartment to live in early last year, along with the first six months of rent. 

Freeman was quick to acknowledge her sincere gestures on Instagram saying, "Miley, you are my dawg, like, my best friend, and I will defend you to the bitter end."

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She even spoke through tears in an Instagram video saying, "This woman blessed me to be able to move in. Do you understand? What she don't know is, I've been praying for her."

The day after Miley heard about her dear friend's passing, she shared a photo to Instagram of a beautiful rainbow. 

Captioning it, "You are now a rainbow. Something beautiful that comes after something so gloomy." 

Rest easy, Janice. Your voice and energy were an inspiration to us all. 

Justin Carter Dies from Shooting; Country Singer Was 35

Tragic news today out of the music industry:

Justin Carter, a rising country artist, died this week due to an accidental shooting that took place in Texas.

He was 35 years old.

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According to a local ABC affiliate, Carter passed away after a prop gun (being used as part of a music video shoot) went off in his apartment.

Mark Atherton of Triple Threat Management, with whom Carter had recently signed, told ABC13 in Houston of the late singer:

"Justin had a potential to, you know, in our eyes, and a lot of people's eyes to be the next Garth Brooks."

The sad news went public on Thursday but a message was shared on Carter's Instagram page on March 17 that reads as follows:

Please Keep Justin’s Family In Your Prayers & Give Them Privacy In This Hard Time. Justin Is No Longer With Us, He Has Passed Away. He Will Be Missed By Us All.

He Was Always Full Of Joy, Laughter, And Loved On So Many People In His Life. Justin Appreciated All His Fans And Their Support. Justin Loved All Of You.

Thank You All For Your Support! We Will Have More Details Releasing Soon On How You Can Help Donate & Help His Family With Burial And Everything!

Rest In Heaven My Brother!

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Carter's mother also spoke to ABC11, telling the outlet of her son:

"His music was his world. He was always there for everybody."

She added in a separate interview with Fox News:

"He was a wonderful artist. He was the voice, he was the total package and we’re trying to keep his legend [alive]… He just loved music, he was very gifted and by God, his voice was spectacular."

Atherton, meanwhile, added that he "doesn't know too many details" about the accidental shooting -- except that, as previously mentioned, it occurred during production of a video.

He also described his new client as “kind of like the class clown, but when it was time to get down to business, he got down to it.”

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On his official Facebook bio, Carter listed Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Clay Walker, Garth Brooks and George Strait among his favorite artists.

This same profile also says that Carter’s passion came from “the sound of old country, and he clings to that feeling he gets when he hears it and tries to push that into his music.”

Carter, according to that page, had just finished his solo album.

Over a six-month period, he wrote, produced and recorded over 30 songs.

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Carter was an Army veteran, and his mother has set up a fund to solicit funeral expenses while waiting to see whether his service qualifies for VA assistance.

"Justin always wanted to reach the top,” reads a statement posted on the singer’s Facebook page. “It’s unfortunate it has to be this way, but Justin’s name is worldwide now & his music.”

Our thoughts go out to Carter's friends, family members and loved ones.

May he rest in peace.

Mike Thalassitis, Former Love Island Star, Dead at 26

Mike Thalassitis, a former reality star who competed on the third season of the British series Love Island, tragically passed away on Friday.

He was 26 years old.

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The BBC reported that Thalassitis’ death was confirmed by his management company, although we have no direct quote from that company ourselves.

There has been no announced cause of death, either.

As mentioned above, Thalassitis competed on the third season of the British reality show back in 2017, where he became known as "Muggy Mike."

He also appeared on Celebs Go Dating a year later in 2018.

According to the Daily Mailt, the ex-reality star was found dead on Friday in his hometown of Essex. That's all the information any outlet appears to have thus far on what transpired.


As far as his biography goes...

Thalassitis was a semi-pro soccer player who played on teams such as Chelmsford City F.C. and St. Albans City F.C.

A London-born athlete, he remained very close to a handful of his Love Island co-stars, many of whom mourned the loss on social media on Saturday.

Johnny Mitchell shared an especially long and poignant tribute.

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"I genuinely can't believe what I'm seeing here," he wrote alongside a photo of the two friends smiling.

Mitchell concluded:

"My boy from the villa and one of my best mates from the show coming out. An absolute hero and a legend and someone I looked up to since I met him, always full of so much positivity and charisma.

"One of the best people I've ever known taken from us far too soon, I'm heartbroken and can't put into words how much I'm gonna miss you bro!

Here is the photo Mitchell included along with those very kind words:

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Elsewhere, Love Island host Caroline Flack referred to Thalassitis a "total gentleman" in her post about him on Instagram.

And Rachel Fenton, another competitor, tweeted: "I'm lost for words. My heart breaks for your family."

Stevenage FC, a soccer team Thalassitis played for during his career, shared its own tribute. It reads:

"Everybody at #StevenageFC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis. Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends."

According to the BBC, Thalassitis was previously in a relationship with The Only Way Is Essex star and country singer Megan McKenna.

Last June, another former Love Island contestant named Sophie Gradon, also passed away.

May Mike Thalassitis rest in peace.

Jim Raman, Former Amazing Race Runner-Up, Dead at 42

Dr. Jim Raman, an orthodontist who completed on the 25th season of The Amazing Race, died this past Monday in South Carolina, multiple outlets have confirmed.

He was 42 years old.

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According to local authorities, Raman's body was discovered in his home, with Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirming the tragic news in a statement to WIS-TV that reads:

"Nothing suspicious or criminal is involved with the case you are referencing and out of compassion and respect for family, my office will not comment on it.”

Raman was a native of Irmo, South Carolina and he competed on the long-running CBS reality show in 2014.

He partnered on the global competition with his wife, Misti, finishing in second place overall and winning five of the show's 12 stages.

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The couple shared two kids, Lexi and Jimmy.

After their stint on The Amazing Race - on a season that included surfer Bethany Hamilton and country artist Whitney Duncan - they worked together at Irmo Smiles, a dental practice in South Carolina.

The company confirmed the news of Jim’s death in a statement of its own:

Irmo Smiles has suffered a tragic loss this week. It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Jim Raman.

As our staff and the family prepare for Dr. Raman’s celebration of life, please join us in praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Your patience is greatly appreciated as we give Dr. Misti Raman time to grieve the loss of her loving husband.

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Officials have not released a cause or manner of death, but are continuing to investigate what transpired.

Police were called to the Raman family home at 4:30 a.m. on March 12, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Captain Adam Myrick has told WIS-TV, adding simply that Raman was found dead on the scene.

Jim was a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

He received his doctorate in dental medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.

According to obituary published online, funeral services are scheduled to take place at a church in Irmo on Saturday, March 16.

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In 2018, Raman wrote a “Letter to the Editor” to The State about his autistic son, urging South Carolina to do more to provide health care coverage for autistic patients.

"As a parent, I would give anything to remove the burden of autism from his life," Jim wrote at the time.

Such sad news.

We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.

May Dr. Jim Raman rest in peace.

Lotte van der Zee, Miss Teen Universe, Dead at 19

A former Miss Teen Universe has tragically passed away at the young age of 19.

Model Lotte van der Zee, from Holland, was on a family ski trip when she suffered a fatal heart attack

Her parents, Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van het Hul shared the devastating news through their daughter's Instagram account.

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"Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:47," they captioned the post. 

"It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore. Our hearts are truly broken."

The Dutch model passed away a day before her 20th birthday, according to E! News.

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During the family trip to Austria, her parents spoke with a Dutch newspaper where they reported that "Lotte started to feel unwell throughout the course of the afternoon."

They said their daughter had been out with friends the night before her heart attack but that she had returned "cheerfully and without health complaints."

But she did not show up for breakfast the next morning and when her parents went to check on her, they found her sick in bed.

They wrote on Lotte's Instagram account that her sickness "swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest" later that day.

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She was resuscitated by her mother and rushed to a nearby hospital before being placed into a coma where she was kept asleep under intensive supervision by the doctors in order to monitor her health. 

The young model was then transferred to a special hospital in Munich, Germany where she began suffering organ failure, according to reports.

Since their daughter's unexpected passing, her parents have received an incredible amount of messages. 

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"We would like to thank you all again for all the support and heartwarming messages."

The 19-year-old won the Miss Teenager Universe title back in 2017.

The pageant's social media account sent their sympathy, writing, "Losing someone we loved is not easy, but knowing that we have been able to be part of her life, it has been [an] amazing journey," they wrote.

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"Our deepest condolences to your family and friends."

Her family told the newspaper that tests are still being carried out to determine what exactly caused her heart attack.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lotte's family and friends at this time. 

Janice Freeman, Popular Voice Contestant, Dead at 33

Tragic news today out of the music and television world:

Janice Freeman, a beloved contestant on The Voice in 2017, died on Saturday evening of complications related to a blood clot.

She was 33 years old.

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According to TMZ, who spoke to the singer's family, Freeman was at home in West Covina with her husband, Dion, when she began to have trouble beathing.

Dion reportedly called 911 and had to perform CPR on his wife until paramedics arrived.

Janice was then pronounced dead around 5:30 p.m. at a local hospital.

"We are heartbroken to report that Janice Marie Freeman passed away on March 2, 2019 from an extreme case of pneumonia," Freeman's rep told E! News and other outlets.

Continues this statement:

"She was a survivor and fighter, and a beautiful force in this world. Janice gained notoriety through her success on NBC's The Voice as a member of Miley Cyrus's team.

"Her story inspired fans nationwide, having successfully battled cervical cancer and living her life to the fullest while fighting lupus."


Freeman also overcame cervical cancer and meningitis, but this blood clot allegedly traveled to her lungs and there was nothing that could be done to save her.

The artist advanced all the way to the final 11 on Season 13 of The Voice.

She was a member of Team Miley Cyrus and stayed in close touch with the superstar, actually sharing an emotional thank you video dedicated to Cyrus after the celebrity assisted Freeman and her loved ones when they were searching for a place to live last year.

“Thank you ALL but she found us placement until we found permanent housing, gave me the deposit, covered me for 6 months so I can get on my feet!” Freeman tweeted at the time, adding:

“@MileyCyrus you are one of my closest friends and what you did for me and my family Im praying GOD gives you the desire of your heart!”

Wrote Miley as a caption to the photo below, upon learning of Freeman's death:

Thank you @janicefreeman.. for everything. This represents you perfectly.”

She's referring, as you can see here, to the picture of a rainbow.

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Concludes the statement from Freeman's rep:

"Her friends and family greatly appreciate your prayers, call, and texts during this time, and ask that they be given space to remember everything that Janice was to them as they process and mourn her loss.

"She is survived by her husband Dion, daughter Hannah, her mother Janice, brothers and sisters , and many extended family."

In response to this awful piece of news, Jennifer Hudson also commented on Instagram.

"@janicefreeman the voice of hers we got to hear and the bit of life we got to watch her live was a blessing and inspiration to us all!" the Oscar winner wrote.

"My heart and prayers go out to @janicefreeman daughter and family ! @mileycyrus @nbcthevoice #ripjanicefreeman"

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Just a few weeks ago, meanwhile, Freeman shared her own heartfelt message on Instagram.

This is what she wrote:

"I want to give ALL praises to THE FATHER for this healing process! It has been a difficult, trying, discouraging, mentally draining, etc last 3 months I have had to deal with in a very long time!

"But God is FAITHFUL and HE is healing my body and I'm starting to see a little clearly again!... I'm so grateful and overwhelmed because HE loves me so in spite of me deserving it or not."


This is so awful.

May Janice Freeman rest in peace.

We'll update this story if we learn any new information about what transpired.

And we send our condolences to Freeman's friends and loved ones.

Precious Harris Dies; Sister of T.I. Was 66

Precious Harris, the older sister of rapper and VH1 reality show star T.I., died on Friday of injuries she sustained in a car accident several days prior.

She was 66 years old.

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According to TMZ and other outlets, Harris was involved in an awful wreck in Atlanta last week -- and the news of her tragic passing was shared yesterday by her daughter.

This is what she wrote as confirmation:

"From my best friend on earth to My beautiful angel in heaven.

"I love you so much. I’m so heartbroken but the way you looked so @ peace this past week has confirmed that you are resting... no more asthma attacks... damn but baby I am going to miss you."

Harris has reportedly been on life support ever since the crash.

She never regained consciousness.

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T.I. and his wife, Tiny Harris, are devastated by Precious's passing, numerous insider say.

The family, whose lfe has been chronicled on the series T.I. of T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, is extremely close.

Harris leaves behind three children: Kayama Chapman, Avis Chapman-Reese and Kareem “Plug” Chapman.

The latter went on to memorialize his mother in his own touching tribute, writing on Instagram:

“I got to spend 38 amazing years with this Angel but today my Mom made her transition to be with the Lord.

"Cherish your time yall as my mom @preciousharris1913 did! She danced, she loved and most importantly she LIVED.

"Im gone miss the s— out of this woman! Pray for our family, myself @[email protected] @the.leading.man.”


T.I. himself has not yet spoken on this tragedy, but the rapper (born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.) shared a photo that appeared to show Harris standing in front of a life-size image of the star just days before her death.

It seems to have been his way of acknowledging her time was near.

“I Love You Sis,” T.I. wrote, adding a red heart emoji. “We can’t thank you enough. #MyBiggestFan.”

The Harris family chose to halt production last week for season 2 of “Friends & Family Hustle” after learning of the 66-year-old's car crash.

T.I. was reportedly waiting for his sister to pull through to continue filming.

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T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, meanwhile, was a legacy show for VH1, airing for six seasons and becoming the first VH1 series to hit the 100-episode milestone.

The program concluded after Tameka Harris filed for divorce.

She and T.I. later reconciled, and the new stage in their relationship is at the heart of the current show.


T.I. has now posted the following on social media...

We ALL Love You, Miss you, & Appreciate you for your love,service,& lifetime dedication to US!!! And while We’re ALL Happy to see you get your well deserved wings of eternal peace... free from pain, worries, & anguish...


Don’t even trip about US tho sis... you spent your entire life making sure WE was straight... Now we owe you to NOT be selfishly consumed by our pain,but to be HAPPY for you claim your peaceful place in paradise.

You earned it sis. We’ll be miserable for a while for missing your physical presence, but your lessons of love,words of wisdom & historical memories WILL NEVER DIE!!! Tell Pops me and Bryce said Whattup.

Y’all save us a spot... until then... farewell Big Sis.

May Precious Harris rest in peace.

Brody Stevens, Beloved Comedian and Actor, Dead of Apparent Suicide

Brody Stevens, a stand-up comedian and actor best known to many for his role in The Hangover, was found dead on Friday of an apparent suicide.

He was 48 years old.

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Reads a statement from Brody's rep, released shortly after this sad piece of news was made public:

“Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community. He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious.

"He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed.

"We respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”

Stevens reportedly took his own life via hanging.

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Over the years, Stevens had been very candid regarding his struggles with depression and anxiety.

On his Comedy Central show, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It, the writer and his friends often talked about his mental state and the challenges he overcame both prior to making it big and even as he grew more and more famous.

In one clip, Zach Galifianakis said the following:

"Brody was really in a dark place... I think he thought that was how his life was going to be and I think that got him depressed."


According to The Blast sources, Los Angeles Police Department officers were dispatched to the Brody's home around 1 p.m. on Friday.

This website has obtained audio from the emergency dispatchers, where officials described the scene as a “hanging."

That said, no official cause of death has been announced just yet.

Stevens appeared as Officer Foltz in the 2009 comedy The Hangover. He was also in The Hangover Part II as Kingsley Guy, which was his last feature-length film role.

The star had also stopped by talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, while serving as regular panelist on Chelsea Lately.

In 2015, he appeared in the short films Near Fall and Alone Together.


Following Brody's reported suicide, those who knew him well took to social media in order to express their shock and sorrow. 

To wit...

The official account for The Comedy Store: Thank you Brody for sharing your Comedy and positive energy with us for so many years. You made late nights so much fun, pushing boundaries, being different, and never doing the same show twice. Joke writing, crowd work, drums, baseball. We love you forever Brody.

Patton Oswalt: If you are depressed or feeling suicidal please please please please please reach out to ANYONE. I never get to see Brody Stevens again I can’t stand this.

Bob Saget: Brody Stevens ~ Such a funny man. Such a good man.  We need you and your comedy. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Loved Brody. Rest In Peace kind soul.

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Whitney Cummings: I love you so much Brody Stevens. Nobody has been nicer in comedy than you. My heart is shattered.

Nick Kroll: #RIPBrodyStevens he was so funny and weird and vulnerable and wild and kind. Every time he was onstage it was an adventure. Here’s some comics talking about what made him so special.

Kathy Griffin: Thank you for sharing this story. Brody Stevens doing what he did so well. RIP.

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

May Brody Stevens rest in peace.

James Ingram Dies; R&B Singer and Music Legend was 66

R&B legend and music icon James Ingram has passed away.

The news broke about the "Somewhere Out There" singer's passing on Tuesday afternoon after a friend shared the difficult news.

Ingram was 66 years old, and was just over two weeks shy of turning 67.

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"I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir," longtime friend Debbie Allen tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

"He will always be cherished, loved, and remembered," she affirmed.

Her tweet continued: "for his genius, his love of family, and his humanity."

"I am blessed to have been so close," she acknowledged.

Her heartfelt tweet concluded: "We will forever speak his name."

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James Imgram is, as we mentioned, an R&B legend who has been a titan within the industry for decades.

His best known album work was also his first Number 1 pop hit.

The song, "Baby, Come to Me," was a duet with Patti Austin.

That was not his last time to top the music charts.

In 1990, he once again soared to the top with "I Don't Have the Heart."

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But if you really want to talk about his biggest impact, you need to talka bout his soundtrack work.

In 1986, Ingram did a notable duet with Linda Ronstadt for the animated film, An Amiercan Tail.

That song? "Somewhere Out There." One of the most famous songs of all time.

The song reached Number 2 on the pop chart.

It also won the Grammy award for Song of the Year -- though the award went to songwriters James Horner and Cynthia Weil.

Everyone on the planet has heard Ingram's voice.

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From 1982 to 1996, Ingram was nominated for 14 different Grammy awards.

Yes, that's an average of about one per year.

He won for male vocal R&B performance for "One Hundred Ways."

He also won for R&B performance by a duo or group after a collaboration with Michael McDonald: "Yah Mo B There.":

Ingram was also nominated for Oscars, both for best original song, in 1994 and 1995 for his theme songs from Beethoven's 2nd and Junior.

His Oscar nominations for best original song came in 1994-95 for his theme songs from “Beethoven’s 2nd” and “Junior.”

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James Ingram is originally a native of Akron.

He was a session keyboard player and singer in Los Angeles before his "big break."

His guest singing on the "The Dude" album was so popular that he received a Grammy nomination before ever putting out an album of his own.

Ingram was also a member of the 1970s group, Revelation Funk.

Notably, the group made a brief appearance in the 1975 cult film, "Dolemite."

Details about Ingram's cause of death have not yet been released.

It is believed that he has been ill for some time. He has not been active, musically, for about a decade.

Kevin Barnett, Comedian and Rel Co-Creator, Dies at 32

Kevin Barnett, a highly successful stand-up comedian who recently helped create the sitcom Rel, was found dead during a vacation last week in Mexico.

He was 32 years old.

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The cause of Barnett's death remains unknown at this time, but the tragic piece of news was confirmed via a Tweet from the official account of the Last Podcast Network, on which Barnett co-hosted the weekly series Roundtable of Gentlemen.

"Dear Last Podcast family," opens this sad message, which expounds with the awful details as follows:

It’s with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett. The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received.

Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.

We'll share more details about what happened as they come in.

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Over the weekend, however, Barnett shared his last-ever social media post: a photo of himself on a sidewalk in Mexico, along with a caption that read:

“In mexico. Bought myself a sweater. Been accused of appropriation several times. In my head I just gave a lady some money so I ain’t cold. Either way. Swag heavy. Mixtape comin."

Barnett wrote and contributed to a multitute of television shows and films, including Broad City, The Carmichael Show and The Heartbreak Kid.

The sitcom Rel, which he co-created, premiered just a few months ago in September; it stars Get Out actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery and Sinbad.

Barnett also had a few movies in the works as well, including one called The Wrong Missy with David Spade.

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“Our hearts are broken, as are those of everyone at Rel, at the news of Kevin Barnett’s passing. He was an incredibly funny, wildly talented man who had so much more to do and so many more stories to tell,” a rep for Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said in a statement.

It concluded:

“We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this difficult time.”

Comedy Central also paid tribute to Barnett after the awful news broke, writing:

"Kevin Barnett was an incredible comedian and writer, contributing to Broad City, the stand-up community and beyond. He'll be greatly missed."

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Chelsea Peretti, meanwhile, Tweeted, “i am so sad."

And Crashing‘s Jamie A. Lee added on Instagram: “A shocking, horrible loss. Kevin Barnett was a brilliant comedian and a great guy. RIP @fatboybarnett. This is so awful."

“I’m at a loss for words hearing about Kevin Barnett… We went to college together and both moved out to LA to pursue the dream,” actor and comedian King Bach wrote on Twitter, concluding:

“Rest in paradise brother.”

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Then there was The Simpsons and Parks and Recreation producer Mike Scully, who worked on The Carmichael Show and said of Barnett:

"Kevin Barnett was a great standup, but I knew him as a smart, funny, talented TV writer and just a really sweet guy who made the insanity of the late nights more fun.

"Condolences to his family and friends. Can't believe I'm writing this."

We concur.

This is what Pete Davidson wrote of the tragedy:

"The world lost a great one today. One of our comedy family members Kevin Barnett has tragically passed. I love Kevin. I've known him for nearly 10 years and he's always been the sweetest and funniest.

"Always had a smile on his face. Was one of the few that treated me like a comic even when I was just 16 years old. He always made me feel part of the group."

May Kevin Barnett rest in peace.

Jo Andres, Wife of Steve Buscemi, Dead at 65

Jo Andres, the director of the 1996 festival circuit hit Black Kites and wife of over 31 years to actor Steve Buscemi, has died from causes unknown.

She was 65 years old.

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The award-winning actor - known for his roles on Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Fargo and The Big Lebowski - married Andres in 1987.

They welcomed one child together, a son named Lucian, in 1990.

No date of death has been disclosed, but a memorial service reportedly was held last Tuesday at the couple’s home in Brooklyn.

The sad news has only just gone public now.

Andres, who posed on the red carpet with Buscemi seven months ago, rose to prominence within the 1980s art world through what is described on her website as "film/dance/light performances."

She made her directorial debut with the aforementioned Black Kites.

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Black Kites is a 26-minute short film based on the 1992 journals and drawing of Sarajevan visual artist Alma Hajric.

It was was written and directed by Andres and it starred Mimi Goese and Buscemi.

Lucian Buscemi, the then-six-year-old son of the actor and Andres, also appeared in the movie.

According to Andres’ website, she worked at various times as an artist in residence at numerous universities, museums and art colonies; including Yaddo and The Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.

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Andres’ other big screen resume includes the 2012 short Liquid Tara, along with videos of her performance pieces.

She directed the 2013 music video When The Curtain Comes Down for Diana Krall, which featured Buscemi and which was played during the singer-pianist’s international tour.

In a 2009 Q&A with The Independent, Buscemi said his favorite work of art is "something by my wife Jo Andres. She paints, she makes films, she has done performance."


“Condolences to Steve Buscemi and loved ones on his loss,” tweeted actor James Woods on Saturday, adding:

“This fine family was so supportive of first responders during 9/11 tragedy."

Our thoughts go out to Andres' friends, family members and loved ones at this time.

May she rest in peace.

Celebrities Who Died in 2018: In Memoriam

Below is a tribute to celebrities we have lost in the year 2018.

These entertainers are gone, but will never be forgotten by their fans.

May they rest in eternal peace.

1. Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain, world traveler, celebrity chef and CNN journalist, was found dead at the age of 61 in June. There was perhaps no greater star in the food world, and no more unique an individual around.

2. Aretha Franklin

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Arguably the greatest singer EVER, Franklin died in August after a brave battle against cancer.

3. John McCain

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The heroic U.S. senator lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 81. May he rest in peace.

4. Kate Spade

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Kate Spade is pictured here back in 2008. The designer very sadly killed herself years later at the age of 55.

5. Mark Salling

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Mark Salling took his own life. The Glee star was 35.

6. Jerry Van Dyke

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May Jerry Van Dyke rest in peace. The actor, pictured here in 2002, has died at the age of 86.
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William Hathaway, Wicked Tuna Star, Dies in Fatal Car Crash

William "Willbilly" Hathaway, a cast member on the National Geographic Channel reality show Wicked Tuna, died on Saturday due to injuries he sustained in a car accident.

He was 36 years old.

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According to local news outlets, Hathaway was involved in a crash in Salisbury, Maryland after he swerved off a remote countryside road into a ditch.

WBOC16 says that Maryland State Police received a 911 call from a concerned citizen who drove past a Toyota truck on Old Ocean City Road; the station then received numerous similar calls shortly afterwards.

The incident took place around 4 p.m. local time.

Hathaway, meanwhile, supposedly called his wife after the accident occurred and said he was alright.

However, paramedics quickly arrived at the scene and found the reality star "slumped over the center console," not breathing.

The aforementioned news outlet claims he was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.


Hathaway was allegedly forced off the road and into the ditch when another vehicle cut him off.

His airbags reportedly never deployed.

In response to this tragedy, friends and loved ones have started a Facebook fundraiser  to raise money for Hathaway's wife and their newborn daughter, Molly.

"He was an exceptional human being whose passion was the sea. He always brightened the day of anyone he met. His wife and new born baby girl he was most proud of,” a spokesperson for the Ocean CityFishing Community wrote on the page, adding:

“Due to his untimely death we are asking for donations to help them stay on their feet while trying to survive this tragedy."

As of this writing, more than $56,500 of the $250,000 fundraising goal had been reached.

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Hathaway was part of the fishing crew on the Ocean City-based Foolish Pleasures vessel, which was featured on "Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.

The series itself debuted in April of 2012.

As detailed by Wikipedia, it "takes viewers into the unrelenting North Atlantic waters infamously spotlighted by the novel-turned-feature film The Perfect Storm, to follow captains who are relied upon by their families, their shipmates, and by Gloucester itself, to haul in boatloads of the large but elusive bluefin."

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Tragically, another Wicked Tuna star lost his life earlier this year.

Nicholas Fudge died in July after a lengthy battle with substance abuse. He was only 28 years old.

We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of William "Willbilly" Hathaway.

May he rest in peace.

Jael Strauss, America’s Next Top Model Alum, Dead at 34

Jael Strauss, the America's Next Top Model contestant who revealed just two months ago that she had breast cancer, died Tuesday morning around 11 a.m.

She was under hospice care at the time.

And she was 34 years old.

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Insiders close to Strauss tell TMZ that her condition took a turn for the worse on Monday night, following several days during which Strauss was unconscious.

Her family has been allowing visitors to see Jael, however, up until the final few hours of her life.

It was clear at that point that the Season 8 hopeful did not have much time remaining.

Strauss chose to stop chemotherapy around Halloween and went into hospice on Thanksgiving, writing on Facebook:

"First night in hospice. So many things I never knew about life. Or death. So many things."

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It was only a month or so before this transition that Strauss wrote a lengthy and emotional message to fans about her Stage IV breast cancer.

Likely aware at the time that the diagnosis was fatal, she said: "It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable."

"With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the 'few months' doctors said I could make it. I don't want to die."

"I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013."

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With this statement, Strauss was referring to a past battling the devastating affects of crystal meth addiction.

This was something difficult and personal, and which she addressed publicly in an appearance on Dr. Phil in 2012.

In August, just two months before the breast cancer diagnosis, Strauss celebrated five years of sobriety.

This is what she wrote on Instagram in tribute to herself, her situation and all those who helped her along the way:


I know a few things to be true:

Miracles are real, Recovery is possible for everyone no matter how far gone you think you are, We are never too broken to be put back together.

Service work feels better than the greatest high.

Sobriety makes you weirder not normal and I'd be dead if it weren't for all the love and forgiveness I've been showered with by my friends and family.

A GoFundMe was opened for Strauss about a month ago that has thus far raised more than $18,000 to fund her treatment.

SAid Jael's family and friends to TMZ in a statement:

"The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed. She brought so much light to people."

As mentioned above, Strauss competed on the eighth season of America’s Next Top Model in 2007 and finished sixth in the competition.

May Jael Strauss rest in peace.

Excelsior, Mighty Marvelites, Stan Lee Passes into the Next Realm at 95

Sad news today as the world loses an icon. Marvel Comics Empresario Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, has shuffled off this mortal coil at the age of 95. Unlike the rest of the world, I haven’t been sitting on a pre-written obituary for the last five years, so instead, let’s just take a look at Stan The Man’s best cameos from the big screen adaptations of some of his finest creations…


I don’t think he ever had a better cameo than the one in Mallrats, but here’s a quick Top 5 of my favorite Stan The Man cameos…

5. Captain America: Civil War

It doesn’t get much funnier than “Tony Stank,” except that it totally does…


4. Spider-Man: Homecoming

“How’s your mother” is the most New York thing anyone can say. God bless Stan for nailing it.


3. Ant-Man

I’m a sucker for this running gag with Luis in the Ant-Man movies, and this is one of the most perfect ways to use Stan.


2. Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

I want to give this the number one spot, but I can’t. But I REALLY want to.


1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

This one ties them all together, and it’s glorious. I don’t think he’s gotten a better cameo than this.

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James Karen, Actor You Know From Everything, Dies at 94

James Karen, a veteran actor with an extensive big screen resume, passed away this week at his home in Florida, according to multuple outlets.

He was 94 years old.

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Karen died with over 200 movies to his credit, but he's probably best known for his role as the developer Mr. Teague in the modern horror classic Poltergeist.

The long-time star also appeared in Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, China Syndrome, and Wall Street -- among MANY other films.

One of the best known character actors of all-time, Karen once joked that nobody knew his name, yet everybody knew his face because he "did so much damn work."

Actually, he may not have been joking about that.

Mostly known for his work in the movie world, Karen also played a key part on the finale of Little House on the Prairie and he worked with director Oliver Stone on three occasions:

1. As Lynch, the office manager at Jackson Steinem, where Charlie Sheen’s stockbroker character works, in Wall Street.

2. As Secretary of State William Rogers in Nixon.

2. As a Miami Sharks executive in Any Given Sunday.

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Karen was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and served in the United States Air Force during World War II.

Following a stint on Broadway, Karen moved to the land of television when he starred as Dr. Burke on As the World Turns and was the original Lincoln Tyler on All My Children.

Along with starring in thousands of commercials, Karen also worked as the TV and radio spokesman (“Why pay more?”) for Pathmark, an East Coast supermarket chain that was liquidated in 2015.

On the personal front:

Karen was married to the late Susan Reed, the beloved folk singer and zither player, from 1958 until their divorce in 1967.

The couple shared a son named Reed, whose godfather is the legendary Buster Keaton, a very close friend of Karen's throughout his adult life.

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In the horror genre, other notable movies in which Karen played a part include:

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, Poltergeist, Invaders from Mars, The Willies, The Unborn, Piranha, Apt Pupil and Mulholland Drive.

And other television roles include:

Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Dallas, The Golden Girls, L.A. Law, Murphy Brown and The Waltons.

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In the cult classic The Return of the Living Dead, Karen starred as the manager of a medical warehouse who inadvertently releases a gas that re-animates the dead.

He said it was the most fun he ever had in making a movie, saying in 2006 that he had some say in how the character died:

“It was the deal where he figures out he’s becoming a zombie and decides to incinerate himself in the crematorium.

"He kisses his wedding ring as he goes in. It was a very emotional scene, but it also got me out of being one of the rain-drenched zombies milling around outside the place at the end of the film.

"I didn’t really want to do all that muddy stuff.”

The Hollywood Reporter first confirmed Karen's death.

May he rest in peace.

Dennis Hof, Famous Brothel Owner, Dead at 72

Dennis Hof, a world famous brothel owner and reality television personality, was found dead Tuesday at his often-frequented Love Ranch in Nevada.

He was 72 years old.

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A Republican candidate for the state Assembly in a southern Nevada district, Hof reportedly died in his sleep just hours after a celebration that featured pornography star Ron Jeremy... former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio ... and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.

This news was confirmed by Hof's campaign manager, Chuck Muth.

Jeremy, the best known porn star on the planet, actually found Hof's body early on Tuesday.

Hof formerly anchored the series Cathouse, which aired on HBO and which chronicled life at his sex-laden residence.

However, he recently made national headlines after earning a primary victory over a three-term Republican in a rural district in Southern Nevada.

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The Nye County Sheriff’s office said Tuesday that it was investigating Hof’s death.

“We had a wonderful event last night,” Muth told the Reno Gazette Journal. “He was having the time of his life.”

In the celebrity gossip universe, Hof was perhaps best known for running the brothel at which Lamar Odom suffered a near-fatal overdose in 2015.

Speaking to NPR earlier this year, Hof was unabashed about his work as a legal pimp, along with his political aspirations.

"Dennis Hof is the Trump of Pahrump," he said, outlining the way people spoke about him in the most populous town in the district and adding of himself:

"He's rich, he's famous, he's got nerves of steel. He likes hot girls."

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported a few months ago, however, that numerous former prostitutes had accused Hof of sexual assault.

The cases were never prosecuted and, according to USA Today, Hof denied the allegations.

Hof posted bail for Liberace’s former lover, Scott Thorson, in 2013, after Thorson took up residence at the Bunny Ranch.

He also hosted a “Get My Grandpa Laid" contest on the Howard Stern show later that year, often doing these sorts of explicit publicity stunts in order to stay in the news.

As for his unexpected candiacy?

“It’s all because Donald Trump was the Christopher Columbus for me,” Hof said of why he won his primary. “He found the way, and I jumped on it.”

And Hof could actually still win the seat for which he was running.


Ballots for the November 6 election have already been printed.

Outlets say that notices of Hof's death will be posted at the polls.

If he should win, according to a spokesman for the Nevada secretary of state, the seat would be considered vacant.

Commissioners from the three counties in the district would then appoint another Republican to the position.

“This is not anything that I would have ever guessed would happen,” said Hof's Democratic opponent, Lesia Romanov.

“My heart goes out to those who care about him. Just a crazy turn of events."

Paul Allen Dies; Microsoft Co-Founder Was 65

Paul Allen, the multi-billionaire who co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1975, died on Monday afternoon at his home in Seattle.

He was 65 years old.

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Allen, who was worth around $20 billion around the time of his passing, lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a disease he announced had returned two weeks ago.

"Some personal news: Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned," Allen Tweeted on October 1, addingat the time:

"I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result. Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge."

The wildly successful businessman's Vulcan Inc. confirmed the sad news today, writing on Twitter:

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of @PaulGAllen, our founder and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts.

All of us who worked with Paul feel an inexpressible loss today.

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Allen's sister, Jody, also released a statement.

She said Paul was "a remarkable individual on every level," adding in full:

While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.

Paul's family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern.

For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends.

At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.

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Allen and Gates were both college dropouts.

They came up with the idea for Microsoft in Albuquerque, designing software together for the nascient personal computer revolution.

Microsoft moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1979.

He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1983 and resigned shortly thereafter, but still was an active member of the board until the year 2000.

Allen was also a prominent figure in the professional sports world.

He had owned the Seattle Seahawks since 1997 and the Portland Trail Blazers since 1988. He was also the co-owner of the MLS' Seattle Sounders FC.

Over the years, Allen donated over $2 billion to charity.

He was never married and left behind no children.

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Said Vulcan CEO, Bill Hilf, of Allen:

“All of us who had the honor of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today.

"He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.

"Today we mourn our boss, mentor and friend whose 65 years were too short – and acknowledge the honor it has been to work alongside someone whose life transformed the world."

May Paul Allen rest in peace.

Scott Wilson Dies; The Walking Dead Star Was 76

Scott Wilson, a veteran actor of the small screen and big screen, has passed away from complications related to Leukemia.

He was 76 years old.

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Wilson had an extensive resume to his name at the time of his death, one that included well over 50 movie credits.

But he's likely best known at this point for his long-running role on The Walking Dead of Hershel Greene.

In both the comic books on which the AMC drama is based, along with television series itself, Hershel was introduced by saving the life of Carl Grimes, the son of Rick Grimes, after the boy is shot by one of Hershel's neighbors.

During his stint on the program, Greene served as the moral center of his group of survivors.

Wilson appeared on 37 episodes of The Walking Dead, debuting in 2011 and leaving in 2014.

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Scott's rep, Dominic Mancini, spoke to TMZ and confirmed the cause of death fo the celebrity gossip website

He added that Wilson was "a national treasure, a calm voice, and a gentle spirit to everyone who came in contact with him."

He reportedly passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles.

At The Walking Dead's panel at New York Comic-Con just this week, showrunner Angela Kang said that Scott (along with former stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Jon Bernthal) would be returning for the upcoming ninth season.

It premieres this Sunday, October 7.

(This announcement took fans by surprise, considering Hershel was decapitated in the season four episode Too Far Gone, only to have his head turned into a zombie and then killed again in the later episode After.)

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While most modern TV fans know Wilson well from this role, he arrived to The Walking Dead after many decades in the entertainment industry.

Wilson's career got underway in 1967 when he landed a role in the classic film, "In the Heat of the Night."

He went on to appear in a multitude of other iconic movies, such as "In Cold Blood," "The Great Gatsby" and "Dead Man Walking."

Scott earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for playing Captain Billy Cupshaw in the 1980 film, "The Ninth Configuration."

His other recent television roles include Hostiles, The OA, Damien and Bosch.

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Tweeted Titus Welliver, the lead actor in the final show listed above, upon learning of Wilson's passing:

Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother.

Wilson's survivors include his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney.

No memorial plans have been announced.

May the beloved actor rest in peace.

Mac Miller Dies; Rapper and Ex-Boyfriend of Ariana Grande Was 26

Shocking news out of the music world today, as TMZ reported moments ago that Mac Miller has passed away

The widely-acclaimed hip hop artist, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was just 26 years old.

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Though details about Miller's passing are scarce at the moment, TMZ is reporting that the cause of death appears to be a drug overdose.

Miller's body was found at his home in San Fernando Valley after authorities were contacted by a friend of the rapper's.

He was reportedly pronounced dead on the scene.

Though a respected figure on the hip hop scene since the release of his 2011 mixtape "Best Day Ever" and 2012 debut album, Blue Slide Park, Miller is perhaps best known for his personal life.

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Most notably, his romantic relationship with pop superstar Ariana Grande. Miller and Grande began dating in 2016.

The relationship was often described as a whirlwind romance, and the engagement rumors that circulated on multiple occasions were tellingly never denied by either party.

Miller dedicated his 2016 album The Divine Feminine to his then-girlfriend and stated in the press that Grande taught him to reflect on the important role that women had played in his life and development.

Sadly, in May of 2018, Grande and Miller broke up.

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According to Grande, his substance abuse played a role in her decision to end the relationship.

Shortly after the split, Miller was arrested for a DUI hit and run after he crashed his G-Wagon and fled the scene on foot.

He was later apprehended at his home and blew twice the legal limit on a breathalyzer test.

When fans blamed Grande for the Miller's downward spiral, she pushed back on social media.

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"I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be," she tweeted.

"I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years."

Grande added:

"Of course I didn't share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was."

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According to TMZ, he had a hard time moving on.

In the months following the breakup and Grande's subsequent engagement to Pete Davidson, friends were instructed not to mention the situation in Miller's presence.

Miller seems to have struggled with substance abuse his entire life, to the point that premature death was a subject that was often on his mind and one that he addressed frequently in his music.

He delved into great detail about his addiction to promethazine and codeine (a combination known as "purple drank") on his 2014 album Faces.

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Addressing his substance abuse issues in a 2012 interview, Miller had this to say:

"I'd rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can't even get out of his house."

"Overdosing is just not cool. You don't go down in history because you overdose. You just die."

A profile of Miller was published by Vulture on Thursday and contained this tragically illuminating quote about the rapper's mindset in his final days.

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"A lot of times in my life," he said, "I've put this pressure to hold myself to the standard of whatever I thought I was supposed to be, or how I was supposed to be perceived."

He added:

"And it creates pressure."

For his last words, publicly anyway, that line is extremely telling. Mac Miller was scheduled to begin a nationwide tour next month.

His final Instagram post features a portion of his song "So It Goes," which features the lyrics:

"Nine lives, never, die, f-ck a heaven, I'm still gettin' high."

Our thoughts go out to Miller's loved ones during this difficult time.

Christina Grimmie’s Mother Tina Dies Two Years After Singer Was Killed

Two years after Christina Grimmie was murdered, her mother, Tina Grimmie has lost her battle with breast cancer. 

“We are saddened to announce the loss of our beloved Tina, also affectionately known as ‘Mama Grimmie’ to the millions of fans of Christina Grimmie around the world. She will be missed immensely,” the Grimmie family said in a statement via social media on Sunday.

Christina Grimmie and Tina Grimmie

“Tina fought a courageous and brave battle with cancer for many years, even until her final hours with family by her side,” the statement continued.

It concluded as follows:

“While this is a bittersweet moment for us as a family, particularly after losing Christina two years ago, we rejoice at the thought that Tina and Christina are united once again in the presence of our Lord and Savior.”

In June 2016, Christina was shot by Kevin James Loibl after performing as the opening act for Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando. 

The singer was signing autographs for fans when the gunman opened fire. 

Christina Grimmie in Black

Christina was hospitalized following the shooting but died from the gunshot wounds. Her killer turned the gun on himself shortly after Christina's brother Marcus tackled him. 

Loibl died at the scene as a result of his injuries. 

“Tina Grimmie was a powerful and shining example of motherhood, being an amazing wife while giving love and encouragement to others. Her laugh, energy, passion and joyful spirit will eternally be a part of all of us,” the statement added.

"Tina was truly a one of a kind soul and our hearts are heavy. We respectfully ask for some private time to process her passing. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make donations to the Christina Grimmie Foundation in Tina’s honor," the statement continued. 

Prior to her passing, Christina had been open about her mother's health woes, admitting that she had survived breast cancer four times. 

Christina Grimmie: RIP

“My mom has had breast cancer four times, now. And she just got put back on chemo again,” she told AXS in October 2014. 

Christina shot to fame in 2009 when she began uploading videos of her singing to her Youtube channel. The account racked up over 375 million views by 2013, further solidifying the fact that she was a talented young woman. 

She went on to appear on NBC's The Voice in 2014, and immediately struck a chord with viewers thanks to her vocal range and bubbly personality. 

She ultimately finished in third place, behind winner Josh Kaufman and runner-up Jake Worthington. 

Christina Grimmie Attends Radio Disney Music Awards

Since Christina's death, her family has kept in touch with fans by releasing previously recorded music, and by launching a foundation in the star's name. 

The foundation was started with the aim of supporting families who lost a loved one to gun violence and families with relatives diagnosed with breast cancer. 

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the Grimmie family at this difficult time. 

John McCain Dies; War Hero, U.S. Senator Was 81

John McCain, a Vietnam war hero who served as a U.S. Senator for over 20 years, died Saturday at his home in Arizona, his office has confirmed.

He was 81 years old.

John McCain at the Mic

This is what the statement from his office read:

"With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

The politician proudly referred to himself often as a "maverick" over his long and impressive career, as McCain was known over the years as a Republican who was unafraid to work with Democrats and/or to speak his mind.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1958, McCain was shot down while on a bombing mission over Hanoi in 1967.

He famously refused to be let go by his captors until all other American soldiers also apprehended were released and ended up serving as a prisoner of war for five years.

McCain was tortured for the duration of his captivity.

He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics.

John McCain: A Snapshot

(UPDATE: Cindy McCain has said the following in a Tweet:

My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years.

He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.)

In 1982, McCain was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served two terms.

He then entered the U.S. Senate in 1987 and easily won reelection five times, most recently in 2016.

McCain's passing comes over a year since he announced to the world from a rare type of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.

As soon as he revealed this awful news in July of 2017, it was sadly assumed that he would not have very much longer to live.

John McCain Snapshot

But McCain once again defied the odds.

Not only did he survive for over a year, he played a significant political role during this period, even casting a deciding vote on healthcare reform in 2017.

He passed away days after wife Cindy announced that her husband had chosen to "discontinue medical care."

"I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey," she wrote as a caption to the following message on August 24:

John McCain stattement

Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers, reads the message, concluding:

God bless and thank you all.

McCain ran for President in 2000, losing in the Republican primary to George W. Bush.

He also ran for President in 2008, earning the Republican nomination and losing in the general electionto Barack Obama.

A maverick up until the very end of his run in the Senate, McCain voted against the Republican-led effort to repeal Obamacare last year...


... and has spoken out strongly against President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After being diagnosed in 2017, McCain returned to the Senate floor and gave a rousing speech about politics and public service.

He implored his fellow politicians to vote with their conscience and to remember why they were voted into office by the citizens of their state and country.

Having lamented the polarization and decline of civility in our political system for years, he urged his colleagues to rise above party affiliation.

McCain, John

"Our responsibilities are important, vitally important, to the continued success of our republic," he said at the time.

"And our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all.

"The most revered members of this institution accepted the necessity of compromise in order to make incremental progress on solving America's problems and defend her from her adversaries."

Expect plenty of tributes to pour forth from those who knew McCain and those whose lives were touched by McCain in the hours, days and weeks to come.

McCain is survived by Cindy, his wife of 38 years, and his five children: Meghan, John, James, Bridget and Sidney.

May this great American rest in peace.

(Scroll down for reaction to McCain's passing.)

UPDATE: Senator Mitch McConnell has released a statement in light of this news.

It reads as follows:

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And this is what Barack Obama and Michele Obama have said:

We shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed...

Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did.

But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own.

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There's also this from Melania Trump:

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation.

And this from Meghan McCain, on her dad:

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McSkillet, Popular YouTube Personality, Dies in High-Speed Crash

McSkillet, one of the more popular personalities on YouTibe, caused a wrong-way car crash on Thursday that killed himself, a woman and her 12-year-old daughter in San Diego.

News about the horrific incident only went public on Saturday afternoon.

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The 18-year-old viral star, born Trevor Heitmann, was reportedly driving his black McLaren 650S at close to 100 miles per hour south into oncoming traffic in the northbound carpool lane near University City on the I-805 highway.

The vehicle struck a 2010 Hyundai SUV, causing it to burst into flames.

An unidentified 43-year old woman and her child died in the accident.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed the fatal crash took place on Thursday around 4:30 p.m. on August 23.

All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene, with The San Diego Medical Examiner reporting that Heitmann died due to “blunt force trauma.”


Heitmann is a wildly beloved presence on YouTube.

He has close to 900,000 subscribers on his channel.

The teenager first rose to popularity as a player of Counter Strike: Global Offensive, a first person video game.

He was later known for trading "skins," which are digital files used to customize the appearance of the game's players.

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Incredibly, and very disturbingly, this car accident took place about 30 minutes after Heitmann also crashed his sports car into a gate at Ashley Falls Elementary School, San Diego Police have said.

After crashing through the gate, Heitmann exited his car and smashed a window at the school.

This is a photo from the scene of the deadly crash::

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According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the crash impacted almost a dozen automobiles caught in rush hour traffic, with “multiple vehicles on fire,” CHP Officer Mary Bailey told the newspaper.

One individual was reportedly seriously injured but is expected to survive.

“People were running around … and someone was on the ground,” an eyewitness told this publication of what transpired on the highway, adding:

“They were trying to help him, he was raising his hand, and they were just surrounding him.”

It's unclear right now whether or not McSkillet intentionally drove the wrong way down this road.

Craig Zadan Dies; Beloved TV Producer Was 69

Craig Zadan, a television producer who had been in the news over the past few years for helming NBC's popular string of live musicals has passed away due to complications from shoulder replacement surgery.

He was 69 years old.

Craig Zadan

Under their Storyline Entertainment banner (recently renamed Zadan/Meron Productions), Zadan and Neil Meron were responsible for the film versions of Chicago and Hairspray, along with five musical programs for the aforementioned network.

Most recently, they worked to bring Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert to the small screen.

This producing tandem was also behind the the drama Smash and produced a trio of Oscar telecasts.

In confirming the sad news, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt released the following statement on Monday night:

It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery.

On behalf of his life partner, Elwood Hopkins, and his producing partner, Neil Meron, we are stunned that the man behind so many incredible film, theatre, and television productions - several of them joyous musicals - was taken away so suddenly.

Craig’s distinguished career as a passionate and consummate producer is eclipsed only by his genuine love for the thousands of actors, directors, writers, musicians, designers, and technicians he worked with over the years.

His absence will be felt in our hearts and throughout our business.

Craig Zadan in 2014

On Broadway, Zadan producers revivals of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Promises, Promises.

Along with Meron over the years, his collection includes:

Six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 17 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Grammy Award, six GLAAD Awards, four NAACP Image Awards and two Tony Awards.

The tragic news was met with shock and sadness from those in the entertainment community who either worked with Zadan or had grown to know him well.

Craig Zadan Picture

"RIP to our friend Craig. He produced Jesus Christ Superstar with us and also produced the Oscars when Common and I sang “Glory” in front of a replica of the Pettus Bridge," Tweeted John Legendm adding:

"A wonderful producer and a lovely man,” Legend wrote on Twitter.

“Added Kristin Chenoweth, who is pictured above with the producers:

"Annie, The Music Man, Promises, Hairspray… Craig, you were there with me from the beginning. This is a true loss not only for me, but for the world.

"Rest in peace, sweetheart."

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As far as we can tell, Zadan was not married and did not leave behind any children.

But his work and his influence will continue to be felt for years to come.

May he rest in peace.

Deven Davis, Wife of Korn Frontman, Dead at 39

Deven Davis, the estranged wife of Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis, was found dead on Friday.

She was 39 years old.

Jonathan Davis, Wife

The details surrounding Deven's passing, along with her marriage to Jonathan, are both confusing and tragic.

The artist actually filed for, and was granted, a restraining order against Deven just hours before she died.

It prohibited Deven from having any contact with the family dog and also from seeing the two kids she shared with Jonathan.

However, for those wondering whether Deven took her own life or if her passing was in any way related to this legal ruling, the answer is no: TMZ sources say she had not been served prior to her death.

In his court documents, Jonathan alleged that Deven suffered from a serious drug problem and that she had unsuccessfully be battling it for more than two decades.

Jonathan Davis

The Korn frontman says this heavy drug use caused Deven to neglate her kids.

He wrote in his court declaration that she has been dependent on both prescription and illegal narcotics over the years.

He also said had been to rehab six times and "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco."

It gets even more grisly, however.

The singer went into extreme detail when it came to these allegations against his wife.

korn singer

Jonathan went on to claim that Deven had a drug dealer boyfriend ... who was recently passed out on her living room couch when he brought the children to her house.

The artist also says he found a heroin pipe and cocaine floating in the toilet bowl and found Deven passed out on the floor upstairs.


Finally, Jonathan claims when Deven went on a major drug binge that she would "routinely bring home unsavory characters, including strangers...

"Some of these people are random fans of my music who she allows to come into the house, go into the master bedroom closet and try on my clothes."


According to the documents, Deven had been in a sober home but went missing last Friday and hadn't been seen for a week

The couple split in 2016, but were still legally married.

No cause of death has been announced as of this writing.

UPDATE: "The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis," a representative for Jonathan said in a statement to Blabbermouth, adding:

"We ask that you respect their privacy — and the privacy of those close to the family — and allow them the space to mourn in private.

"We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time."

Celebrities Who Died in 2018: From Aretha to Anthony…

Below is a tribute to celebrities we have lost in the year 2018.

These entertainers are gone, but will never be forgotten by their fans.

May they rest in eternal peace.

1. Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain, world traveler, celebrity chef and CNN journalist, was found dead at the age of 61 in June. There was perhaps no greater star in the food world, and no more unique an individual around.

2. Aretha Franklin

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Arguably the greatest singer EVER, Franklin died in August after a brave battle against cancer.

3. Kate Spade

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Kate Spade is pictured here back in 2008. The designer very sadly killed herself years later at the age of 55.

4. Mark Salling

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Mark Salling took his own life. The Glee star was 35.

5. Jerry Van Dyke

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May Jerry Van Dyke rest in peace. The actor, pictured here in 2002, has died at the age of 86.

6. Dolores O'Riordan

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Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has passed away. She was just 46 years old.
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