Deven Davis, the estranged wife of Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis, was found dead on Friday.
She was 39 years old.
The details surrounding Deven's passing, along with her marriage to Jonathan, are both confusing and tragic.
The artist actually filed for, and was granted, a restraining order against Deven just hours before she died.
It prohibited Deven from having any contact with the family dog and also from seeing the two kids she shared with Jonathan.
However, for those wondering whether Deven took her own life or if her passing was in any way related to this legal ruling, the answer is no: TMZ sources say she had not been served prior to her death.
In his court documents, Jonathan alleged that Deven suffered from a serious drug problem and that she had unsuccessfully be battling it for more than two decades.
The Korn frontman says this heavy drug use caused Deven to neglate her kids.
He wrote in his court declaration that she has been dependent on both prescription and illegal narcotics over the years.
He also said had been to rehab six times and "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco."
It gets even more grisly, however.
The singer went into extreme detail when it came to these allegations against his wife.
Jonathan went on to claim that Deven had a drug dealer boyfriend ... who was recently passed out on her living room couch when he brought the children to her house.
The artist also says he found a heroin pipe and cocaine floating in the toilet bowl and found Deven passed out on the floor upstairs.
Finally, Jonathan claims when Deven went on a major drug binge that she would "routinely bring home unsavory characters, including strangers...
"Some of these people are random fans of my music who she allows to come into the house, go into the master bedroom closet and try on my clothes."
According to the documents, Deven had been in a sober home but went missing last Friday and hadn't been seen for a week
The couple split in 2016, but were still legally married.
No cause of death has been announced as of this writing.
UPDATE: "The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis," a representative for Jonathan said in a statement to Blabbermouth, adding:
"We ask that you respect their privacy — and the privacy of those close to the family — and allow them the space to mourn in private.
"We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time."
Below is a tribute to celebrities we have lost in the year 2018.
These entertainers are gone, but will never be forgotten by their fans.
May they rest in eternal peace.
1. Anthony Bourdain
2. Aretha Franklin
3. Kate Spade
4. Mark Salling
5. Jerry Van Dyke
6. Dolores O'Riordan
Brian Christopher Lawler, the son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler and a former WWE Superstar himself, passed away on Sunday, hours after being placed on life support.
He was 46 years old.
According to TMZ and other outlets, Christopher was surrounded by friends, family members and loved ones at the time of his death, which took place after he tried to kill himself on Saturday night.
He did so via an attempted hanging in jail.
Prison guards discovered Lawler in his cell outside Memphis.
He was taken to a hospital shortly afterward, where he remained in critical condition until late Sunday morning.
Lawler, who wrestled in the WWE under the name Grandmaster Sexay, was arrested earlier this month for DUI after leading cops on a wild and dangerous chase.
Police reported that Brian smelled of alcohol and had an open 12-ounce can of beer in his center console; they arrested him on the spot.
Bail had been set at $40,000.
As Grandmaster Sexay, Christopher teamed with Scotty 2 Hotty to form the tag team Too Cool and even won the tag team title at one point in his career.
Brian's father, Jerry Lawler, is one of the most well-known wrestling personalities on the planet.
He is a WWE Hall of Famer and works for the company as an announcer.
Said the company in an announcement shortly after Brian died:
WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool's Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away.
Lawler, who is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler, competed during the height of the Attitude Era.
WWE extends its condolences to Lawler's family, friends and fans.
Brian also wrestled for a number of different independent promotions, most notably the United States Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tennessee.
His father and his family are legends in that city.
The WWE released Lawler in 2001.
However, he made occasional appearances on WWE television in subsequent years.
In the buildup to Jerry Lawler's match against Michael Cole at WrestleMania XXVII in 2011, Bruan returned to confront his father at the announcers' table.
Brian also reunited with Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty for an old-school edition of Raw on Januart 6, 2014 and defeated 3MB. The photo above was taken after this match.
He then tagged with Scotty 2 Hotty in a losing effort against The Ascension at NXT Arrival on February 27, 2014.
Earlier on Sunday, WWE also confirmed that former star Nikolai Volkoff had also passed away. He was 70 years old.
Said former WWE announcer and legenary personality Jim Ross this evening:
"So saddened today re: the deaths of @WWE HOFER Nikolai Volkoff, #BrickhouseBrown, once targeted to replace #JYD, and #BrianChristopher, the talented son of the great, @JerryLawler#RIPGentlemen #CondolencesToAll."
Added ex-wrestler Taz:
"Two men from different generations of wrestling industry both extremely successful careers have left us unfortunately.
"I knew Brian during my WWE years & shared lots of laughs with him. My deepest sympathies to the families & friends of #BrianChristopher & #NikolaiVolkoff - RIP."
May they both rest in peace.
Very sad news today out of the reality TV universe:
Nicholas "Duffy" Fudge, a recurring cast member on the popular series Wicked Tuna, was found dead last Thursday, July 19.
He was only 28 years old.
The Nat Geo program confirmed the discovered alongside a photo of Fudge in a tweet on its official Twitter account yesterday.
We've shared the Tweet above and it reads:
[email protected] and @Pilgrim_Studios were saddened to learn that Wicked Tuna cast member Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge passed away this week.
Duffy was the first mate on Captain Tyler McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel. We join his family and friends in mourning his untimely loss.
Nicholas had been a crew member on the show since 2013. He was based out of New Hampshire.
On the Wicked Tuna Facebook page, the post mentioning his passing read as follows:
Duffy was the first mate on Captain Tyler McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel, and has appeared on both Wicked Tuna and our spinoff series Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.
We join Duffy’s family and friends in mourning his untimely loss.
As of this writing, the case of death is unknown.
Wicked Tuna first aired in April of 2012.
It tracks fisherman out of Gloucester, Massachusetts who risk life and limb on the North Atlantic waters in order to track down bluefin and earn a huge payday in exchange.
According to Fudge's obituary in the New Hampshire Union Leader, the reality star "may have been the victim of decompression sickness."
He was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts and resided in Greenland, New Hampshire at the time of his death.
He was a graduate of Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire and was an impressive athlete.
Fudge "excelled in any sport he played, and among his favorites were fishing, hockey, lacrosse, skiing, snowboarding, and surfing," reads the obituary.
It added at one point:
"As a child, Nick began tuna fishing with his father and grandfather.
After becoming one of the top sport fishermen in the country, he earned a place on the National Geographic reality show Wicked Tuna for multiple seasons.
"Nick also treasured the environment and he took seriously his responsibility to protect it."
Fudge is survived by his parents; his brother Cody; his girlfriend; his paternal grandfather; his maternal grandparents; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
In the wake of this terrible news, many fans of the show left comments on the online obituary.
"So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Loved watching Duffy on Wicked Tuna. The show will not be the same without him. May you all find comfort during this painful time," one fan wrote.
"Duffy was a great guy, I love watching the Pinwheel... [Pray] for the family and his friends."
NatGeo aired a moment of silence during Sunday's episode in Fudge's honor.
May he rest in peace.
If you're a fan of the popular History Channel series Pawn Stars, then you probably know that the men of the Harrison family don't always get along.
But while the on-camera conflicts are mostly good-natured, it seems there's some serious bad blood behind the scenes.
Family patriarch and beloved Pawn Stars co-star Richard "Old Man" Harrison passed away last month at the age of 77.
Now, new information about Harrison's will has prompted questions about his relationship with his children.
Harrison worked alongside his middle son, Rick Harrison, with whom he co-owned Gold & Silver Pawn Shop from 1989 until his death.
But it's his relationship with youngest son Chris that's making headlines this week.
For reasons that remain mysterious, Richard Sr. cut Chris out of his will entirely.
"I would like to express my love and affection for Christopher Keith Harrison,” reads the document obtained by Fox News.
“However, for purposes of this Will, I have intentionally and with full knowledge failed to provide for him and his issue.”
The Harrison family has declined to elaborate.
"The family had previously discussed this information and it is a private matter," Rick Jr. said in a statement released today.
The younger Harrison previously paid tribute to his father in a moving eulogy:
"Richard Benjamin ‘The Old Man’ Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved. He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over," reads a press release issued by Rick Jr. at the time.
"He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad.
"That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him."
"He lived a very full life and through the History television show Pawn Stars touched the lives of people all over teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor.
"We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask that we are provided some privacy at this time."
Annabelle Neilson, a former star on Bravo’s reality show Ladies of London and a famous British aristocrat, was found dead last week, sources have confirmed.
She was 49 years old.
As of this writing, no cause of death has been announced or determined.
The London Metropolitan Police told Us Weekly that officers were called to Neilson’s address on last Thursday, July 12, after a woman had been “found deceased at the location.”
Per the authorities, Neilson’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
No foul play is believed to have taken place.
Neilson appeared on seasons 1 and 2 of the aforementioned Bravo hit prior to announcing her departure from the series in 2015.
She starred alongside full-time cast members Caroline Stanbury, Marissa Hermer, Juliet Angus, Caprice Bourret and Noelle Reno for the first season of the show, which premiered in 2014.
“Good buy to Ladies of London these are the ladies I love and are my real friends!!” Neilson wrote alongside an Instagram photo of herself and Kate Moss in November 2015.
She added at the time:
“im blessed and greatfull to say fair well!! I wouldn’t say it’s been a ride, possibly a disappointment but we all make mistakes … See you on the other side ❤❤❤❤❤out.”
In addition to being a reality star, Neilson worked as a model before her passing.
She was close friends with Moss and Naomi Campbell, as well as the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen... whose suicide in 2010 completely devastated her.
Neilson was actually the last person to see him alive.
“He was my brother, my boyfriend, my soulmate. Most of the time people called me Mrs McQueen. Quite often we were sharing a bed,” Neilson told the Daily Mail in 2015, adding back then:
"The truth is I was happier with Lee than with anyone else. He asked me to marry him towards the end and I said no. I wish now that I had said yes."
Elsewhere, Neilson released a series of children’s books.
She told MyBaba in 2015 that her inspiration behind the series was largely based on her experience with dyslexia.
“Angry Me is a character based on me in part as a child with severe dyslexia - but I think Angry Me evokes the frustrations and feelings for children when they can’t release such a powerful emotion as anger and it can be so many different things that a child can struggle with,” Neilson told the outlet at the time.
“Other characters have been based around friends, some family, some godchildren.
"You do look for inspiration amongst the people close to you."
Neilson was also honest in the past about becoming addicted to heroin after being beaten severely at the age of 16.
“The attack lasted for two hours. I was tied to a tree and continually beaten. I looked like the elephant girl by the end of it,” she told the Daily Mail in 2015, candidly admitting to the newspaper:
"I managed to escape with my life but I needed reconstructive surgery because my face was so disfigured.
“After that, I fell into a serious depression and became a heroin addict because it provided an escape bubble and was the only way I could cope."
In 1994 Annabelle married wealthy banker Nat Rothschild in Las Vegas, before divorcing in 1997.
She does not leave behind any children.
May Annabelle Neilson rest in peace.
Tyler Honeycutt, a former star for the UCLA Bruins who played parts of two seasons in the NBA, was found dead on Friday inside his home after a violent standoff with the police.
He was 27 years old.
The details behind Honeycutt's death are both sad and bizarre.
The Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. Fire Department told USA Today, TMZ and other media outlets that a man with a firearm shot at officers around5p.m. on Friday, prior to barricading himself inside his Sherman Oaks, California home for nine hours.
The SWAT team eventually arrived and entered the residence ... only to find Honeycutt lying on the ground, unresponsive.
On Saturday afternoon, the official LAPD Twitter account die not cite Honeycutt by name, but did provide an update on the situation from the evening before, writing:
Regarding last nights Officer-Involved Shooting in Van Nuys Division, it appears as if the suspect was not struck by any officer’s gunfire.
The suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
TMZ reports that a gun was found inside the premises, near Honeycutt's body, and it is presumed he took his own life.
This same website says that Honeycutt's mother was the person who called police Friday, saying her son was acting erratically on Friday.
The former college star's family has confirmed his passing to a local ABC affiliate, while his agent has done the same to the Russian team for whom Honeycutt had been playing professionally.
No officers were injured in the altercation, according to LAPD.
Meanwhile, several residents in the area had been evacuated as a precaution.
Honeycutt earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors in 2011 as a sophomore, leading his team to the NCAA Tournament.
He was then drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the second roundon tha NBA Draft, playing sporadically for two seasons with them, before heading to Europe to continue his career.
He most recently played with Moscow's BC Khimki.
Former Kings teammate DeMarcus Cousins was one of several players to mourn Honeycutt's death on social media, Tweeting this afternoon after the tragic news broke:
"Prayers up for his family and friends. Rest easy bro!"
Honeycutt’s coach at Khimki, Giorgios Bartzokas, was too overwhelmed to comment, saying simply when asked by reporters:
“I am sorry I cannot talk right now, I am really sad.”
Added New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday:
"Still can’t believe this... Rest In Peace to my brother Tyler Honeycutt."
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the friends, family members and loved ones of Tyler Honeycutt.
May he rest in peace.
We have tragic news to pass along.
Three popular Canadian YouTubers - Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper - all died on Tuesday in a tragic accident that took place at Shannon Falls in British Columbia.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Squamish RCMP wrote the following about this awful incident:
“On July 3rd, 2018, at 11:55 am Squamish RCMP received a call from BC Ambulance regarding three people who were swimming in one of the pools at the top of Shannon Falls.”
Continued the police in this statement:
“The individuals were with a group of friends when they slipped and fell into a pool 30 metres below."
All three corpses have since been recovered and the case is being referred to the British Columbia Coroners Service.
(Shannon Falls, it should be noted, is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. it reaches a a height of 1,009 feet.)
According to The Vancouver Sun, the fatal accident occurred after Scraper slipped and fell off the waterfall.
Gamble (pictured below) and Lyakh reportedly then got swept away by the water while attempting to save her.
The British Columbia Coroners Service has told People Magazine that it cannot confirm or release the identities of the victims, but that they are “in their late 20s - one female and two males.”
In a YouTube video shared on July 6, members of the group High on Life - which posts travel videos online - published a tearful memorial for the three deceased vloggers.
This is what was said on it:
On July 3rd, 2018, we lost three very dear friends of ours: Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper.
There are truly no words that can be said to ease the pain and the devastation we are all going through right now.
They were three of the warmest, kindest, most driven and outgoing people that you could ever meet and the world has lost a good deal of light with their passing.
From what we can gather via Facebook, High on Life was started in 2012 after Gamble, Lyakh and another friend named Parker Heuser gave up the lease on their apartment and chose to start traveling the world together.
As you can see from the photo above, and has been confirmed by various outlets, Scraper was dating Lyakh at the time of their deaths.
Shortly before his passing, Gamble wrote a long message on Instagram about finding his “purpose” in life.
“When life is on purpose and I feel clear with my direction, all my other decisions seem to get easier,” he wrote, adding that “it took me 29 years to understand this" and continuing as follows:
"So if you have a strong masculine core, and find yourself drained of energy, attention, and power, check in with this notion of your ‘purpose’ and see what comes up.
"Make purpose the focus above everything else in your life and watch how the rest will fall into place."
Elsewhere, a GoFundMe page/account has been created by High on Life to help pay for a memorial “to commemorate the beautiful lives and legacies that these 3 friends left behind.”
Any additional funds raised will go towards travel arrangements and expenses for the families of the deceased.
Our thoughts go out to all affected by these deaths.
May Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper rest in peace.
Terrible news today out of the music world:
Tina Turner's oldest son, Craig, was found dead at his home in Studio City, California at 12:58 p.m. this afternoon.
He was 59 years old.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office has confirmed this tragedy, telling multiple outlets that Craig was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities reportedly arrived at his residence just after noon and pronounced him dead just a short while later, at the scene.
The aforementioned spokesperson told the press that a 911 call was placed, although it's unclear just who made the call.
Says the spokesperson in a little more detail:
"The call was reported as a suicide, gun shot wound. The next of kin has been notified. There will be an autopsy done and there is an investigator at the scene.”
Craig was born when Tina was 18 years old, prior to her up-and-down marriage Ike Turner.
Once Tina and Ike were husband and wife, however, Ike adopted four-year old Craig.
(His biological father was a saxophonist named Raymond Hill, who performed with Ike's band.)
This awful piece of news of comes as the legendary artist is making a rare trip outside her new home country of Switzerland to attend Paris Fashion Week events.
Craig Turner worked in the real estate business in the San Fernando Valley.
His mother is, simply put, one of the most successful and respected solo singers in history.
She counts "What's Love Got to Do With it" and "Proud Mary" among her best-known singles.
Tina also starred in such movies as Mad Max: Thunderdome and Last Action Hero.
Craig's suicide, meanwhile, follows a sad rash of similar events around the entertainment world.
Over the past few weeks alone, iconic fashiond designer Kate Spade has committed suicide, while beloved chef and author Anthony Bourdain has done the same.
Both these stars took their own lives via hanging.
Spade was 56 years old and Bourdain was 61.
May they rest in peace and may Craig Turner rest in peace.
Our thoughts go out to Tina and all of her loved ones.
Matt Cappotelli, the winner of WWE's Tough Enough Season 3, lost his brave battle with cancer on Friday morning,
He was 38 years old.
This sad piece of news was confirmed a couple hours ago by Cappotelli's wife, Lindsay, who wrote in a statement:
"Today my love-my strong, sweet, beautiful love-took his last breath at 3:30 a.m. and went Home to be with Jesus exactly one year after his brain surgery.
"You think you can be prepared for this when you know it’s coming, but you just can’t.
"The only person who’s comfort I want right now is the one who can’t give it to me. I miss him so much. I know where he is now is so much better, but it doesn’t change how much I miss him."
Cappotelli underwent a second surgery to remove a brain tumor about a year ago, in June of 2017.
This procedure took place a decade after he had another one removed and, as a result, was forced to cut his professional wrestling career short.
Tragically, though, this surgery did not solve the health problem.
In December, Cappotelli was told he had a Grade 4 tumor that was too close to his brain to operate.
He knew his days were numbered after this diagnosis.
Tough Enough, meanwhile, was a reality-type show that the WWE owned and operated.
It pitted a number of aspiring grapplers against each other, with the winner each season earning a WWE contract and a shot at true stardom.
Think American Idol, but for the wrestling world.
After winning Season 3, Cappotelli made multiple appearances on Monday Night Raw and went on work with developing talent in Ohio Valley Wrestling.
However, the Louislve resident retired professionally as a wrestler in 2007 due to these health concerns.
In response to his passing, numerous WWE stars and others who knew Matt well paid him tribute on Twitter.
WWE star Kassius Ohno wrote:
"Crushed to hear about the passing of Matt Cappotelli. He was talented, passionate & possessed a heart of GOLD.
"Everyone should fight as hard as Matt fought. Condolences to his friends, family & the countless others he touched on his journey. Rest In Peace Capp.”
And then there was this from Bill DeMott:
"I'm heart broken with the news of the passing of Matt Cappotelli. He is an inspiring young man that touched so many with his smile, his heart, and his faith.
"My love and prayers go out to Matts wife Lindsay and the family. #TeamCapp #RIPMAtt."
Cappotelli's passing comes just about a week after WWE legend Vader also passed away.
May Matt Cappotelli rest in peace.
Vinne Paul, a veteran musician in the heavy metal music industry and a founding member of the band Pantera, died this week from unknown causes.
He was 54 years old.
The drummer's death was announced by Pantera on Saturday via Twitter, as the group simply posted the following message:
Vinnie Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.
Paul helped create Pantera in the 1980s, along with his brother, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Their father a famous country and western songwriter and producer named Jerry Abbott.
The group enjoyed mainstream success with second lead singer Phil Anselmo.
Throughout its career, Pantera earned four Grammy nominations and charted nine albums on the Billboard 200, including its 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, which debuted atop the chart at the time of its release.
After Pantera split up, the Abbott siblings formed Damageplan in 2003.
However, the band was performing in December 2004 when Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage during a concert in Columbus, Ohio.
Since 2006, Paul was the drummer for Hellyeah, a heavy metal band that included Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.
In the wake of Paul's passing, some major names in the music business have shared their condolences on social media.
Alice Cooper Tweeted the following:
“Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing.
"Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.”
And then there was this from Slash:
“Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today.
"He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good & fun friend. We’re going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy."
And this from Bret Michaels:
"Vinnie – You will be missed! You were an amazing human being & we had many great times together. A toast to you my friend, my prayers are with you!"
And this from Dave Mustaine of Megadeth:
"I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me.
"Rest In Peace, my dear friend."
"Gutted to hear about the nicest guy in metal passing. Vinnie Paul showed us nothing but love. We'll miss you Vinnie," Papa Roach also wrote in response.
As we said above, we do not know how Paul died right now or even on which day.
We'll update this story with more information and news as it breaks,
May Vinnie Paul rest in peace.
Sophie Gradon, a reality star who appeared on the British dating show Love Island, was found dead at a residence in Medburn, Ponteland this past Wednesday.
She was 32 years old.
"At about 8:27 p.m. yesterday (20 June) police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased," Northumbria Police told BBC News in a statement Thursday, adding:
"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner."
Gradon's cause of death is unknown at the moment.
The late Love Island contest's boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, also paid touching tribute to Sophie on Facebook, writing the following:
"I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always."
Armstrong included the following selfie with Gradon along with this heartwrenching caption:
Love Island is hosted by Caroline Flack and it plops single people down in a luxurious paradise, with the hope that they will find romance with each other there.
Throughout the series, Flack delivers challenges, twists and surprise announcements to the stars, each meant to test the relationships between those "stranded" on this island.
To remain on the program, contestants must couple up and win the hearts of the public, as viewers ultimately decide who stays on Love Island and who goes.
Flack, meanwhile, responded to Gradon's passing on Twitter:
"So very sad . Such a beautiful soul .... such a beautiful smile ...thoughts and love with friends and family @sophiegradon."
And the series itself had this to say:
"The whole ITV2 and Love Island team are profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie, and our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to her family and friends."
Gradon, who had over 400,000 Instagram followers, appeared on Love Island in 2016.
So did Alex Bowen, who said on social media that Sophia was "a beautiful person with a beautiful soul," while Kady McDermott, another 2016 participant, said she was "absolutely heartbroken" over this news.
The 32-year old, it's worth noting, was also crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009.
The organizers of the latter beauty pageant said on Twitter they were "sending all our love" to Gradon's family. And we are doing the same.
Meanwhile, an on-screen tribute was featured prior to Thursday's episode of the show:
Other reality television stars have also mourning Gradon online, with Mario Falcone from The Only Way is Essex saying he was left "speechless" by the news.
We send our condolences to Gradon's friends, family members and loved ones.
May she rest in peace.
Stunning news out of the food world today, as beloved celebrity chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has passed away at the age of 61.
The news was confirmed this morning by Bourdain's home network, CNN.
The outlet has revealed that the cause of death appears to be suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement.
“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.
"His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Sources say Bourdain was filming an episode of Parts Unknown in France, where he was found unresponsive in his hotel room by fellow chef and longtime friend Eric Ripert.
There was perhaps no greater star in the food world than Bourdain, who first rose to prominence outside the New York restaurant scene with the publication of his 2000 book, Kitchen Confidential.
He went on to author two more bestselling books and host several popular TV series, including No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown.
Bourdain's trademark wit and erudite commentary have been widely imitated but never duplicated, as his adventurous lifestyle and observations about food, travel, and the world around him attracted a larger and more diverse audience than any previously enjoyed by a celebrity chef.
In recent months, Bourdain became an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement, largely as a result of his relationship with actress Asia Argento, an alleged victim of Harvey Weinstein's.
News of his passing comes just days after the death of fashion designer Kate Spade, who also took her own life.
On social media friends, fans, and fellow celebrities are paying tribute and expressing shock over the death of a man whose jet-setting, epicurean lifestyle made him the envy of millions.
"According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain," tweeted actor Bryan Cranston.
"RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering."
Anthony Bourdain is survived by a daughter from his second marriage.
Our thoughts are with his family during this tremendously difficult time.
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Just because you are rich and famous, this does not mean you do not suffer.
Tragically, the following stars all proved this point to be accurate when they took their own lives.
We mourn their passing and we hope they have found the peace in death that they could not find in life...
1. Robin Williams
2. Mindy McCready
3. Kurt Cobain
4. Tony Scott
5. Jovan Belcher
6. Lucy Gordon
Elizabeth Sung, a veteran actress whose three-decade career included stints on such small screen classics as The Sopranos and The Young and the Restless, died on Tuesday.
She was only 63 years old.
The Associated Press confirmed this sad news late Friday, but not provide any additional details.
Sung was likely best known to television fans for her popular run on The Young and the Restless.
From 1994 through 1996, she portrayed Luan Violen Abbott, the owner of the Saigon Shack restaurant, on this beloved CBS soap opera.
The character was married to Jack Abbott, played by Peter Bergman, until her passing.
But if this was considered the highlight of Sung's career, it was merely one stop among a great many.
Sung covered this old edition of Soap Opera Digest.
Sung had over 90 credits on her resume, starting with a 1988 episode of The Equalizer, according to her IMDb page.
She also appeared in the films Tango & Cash (1989), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), The Joy Luck Club (1993) and House Under Siege (2010), among other films.
In the world of television, Sung guest-starred on nearly too many shows to even list.
Among them: episodes of CSI, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bones, NCIS: Los Angeles, Elementary, Shameless, and Mike & Molly.
Also along them: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, House, Crossing Jordan, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Night Shift, Flashforward, Passions, ER, Touched by an Angel and Knots Landing.
Sung was born in Hong Kong.
Multiple outlets have confirmed she was fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, having earned a BFA in dance from Julliard.
Moreover, Sung was a member of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and had an MFI in directing from the American Film Institute.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sung was a strong supporter of AIDS charities after her older brother died of the disease back in 1985.
Sung is survived by her husband, screenwriter Peter Tulipan.
"SAG-AFTRA is saddened by the loss of soap pioneer, dedicated unionist and #sagaftramember Elizabeth Sung," SAG-AFTRA said in a statement on Twitter.
A handful of celebrities also took to Twitter to mourn her death, such as actor Carl Weathers, who wrote:
RIP Elizabeth Sung. Your lovliness and talent are unmatched. #BePeace.
And Ming-Na Wen:
I was shocked and sadden ro hear about the passing of Elizabeth Sung. #TheJoyLuckClub sisters/family mourn the loss of this lovely, talented lady.
Wen added: Too soon, too sudden.
My heart goes out to Peter, her family & friends. RIP.
We share these same sentiments.
May Elizabeth Sung rest in peace.
According to reports, early Friday morning, a 47-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy were found dead after an apparent jump from a Manhattan building.
This is a grim story, no matter what transpired before they plummeted to their deaths below.
And now multiple news outlets believe that they have identified the woman as a former Playboy centerfold model.
First, what we know with relative certainty.
According to Lieutenant John Grimpel, a 47-year-old woman appears to have jumped from the 25th floor of the Gotham Hotel in Manhattan.
Police indicate that this occurred at around 8:15 AM on Friday morning.
Reports say that the two bodies were found on the second-floor landing of the Gotham Hotel's courtyard.
Police were not initially willing to confirm or deny the identities of the deceased, for obvious reasons.
One, identifying them may have been challenging if normal identifiers were not available.
Two, as is always important, police needed to notify the family.
There's no good way to learn that you have lost a loved one, but learning from the news would have to be one of the worst.
Multiple media outlets, including The New York Post and NBC News 4, are reporting that this woman was Stephanie Adams.
Stephanie Adams was a former Playboy model.
In fact, she was the November centerfold in 1992.
Which would make the 7-year-old boy Vincent, her son.
She shared Vincent with her estranged husband, Charles Nicolai, the owner of of Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness.
Staff at that practice have declined to comment.
Reports say that Stephanie and Nicolai were engaged in a fierce court battle over custody of their son.
Things were allegedly so contentious between them that handovers of Vincent took place at a NYPD precinct, allegedly to "prevent violence" from occurring.
Stephanie filed for divorce from Nicolai in 2017, and she was currently seeking child support from him.
As is often the case during divorces, she owed money to her attorneys.
Adding to this, The New York Post reports that Stephanie had become distraught because she would not be able to take her son on a trip to Europe over the summer.
She and her estranged husband fought over this and, ultimately, a judge sided with Nicolai -- and ordered Stephanie to surrender Vincent's passport.
Stephanie Adams, who claims to be a descendant of John Quincy Adams and who entered the modeling profession at age 16, had a history of both civil rights advocacy and of troubled lawsuits.
But none of this explains what could have led her and her son to plunge to their tragic and premature deaths on Friday morning.
Our sympathies go out to their loved ones as they struggle with this loss.
We hope that investigators are able to provide answers.
Yesterday, we reported on the tragic death of Mark Vanderpump, the beloved brother of Bravo reality star Lisa Vanderpump.
It was initially reported that the 59-year-old DJ's lifeless body was discovered in his London apartment, but as new details of Vanderpump's death emerged, a different narrative began to take shape:
We now know that Mark was still alive when he was discovered, and he died later at a Swindon Hospital.
We also know that news of Mark's passing was kept private for more than two weeks, with new reports confirming that he passed away on April 30.
Given his profession and history of substance abuse, it's not hard to see why many jumped to the conclusion that Vanderpump's death was the result of an accidental overdose.
But the controversial British model Gemma Walker - who had recently got engaged to Vanderpump - says that's not the case.
Walker tells Radar Online that she's 100 percent Mark intended to take his own life:
“It was for sure suicide,” the 36-year-old tells Radar.
“I was the last person he spoke to.”
Walker dated Vanderpump for the final three years of his life after receiving permission to carry on an affair from her previous husband, who believed the relationship might alleviate her depression.
(“It was better to have an adulterous wife than have no mother for our two children," Mike Ramsay later said in a divorce hearing.)
Walker says she realized too late that Vanderpump was saying goodbye to her in his final text messages:
“He sent me a text message that said he was going to a better place,” she said.
“The last message he sent me was ‘My fingers are getting slower.’ I didn’t understand it at first. I was calling him and texting him back, and I heard nothing.”
Walker says she's been inconsolable in the weeks since Vanderpump's death, telling Radar:
“Of course I am devastated. I loved him very much. I am with my family now."
Vanderpump and Walker's relationship was often a subject of interest to the British tabloid press, and not only because of the unusual circumstances under which their relationship began.
Prior to meeting Walker, Vanderpump participated in a reality show with the stated goal of helping men find "gold digger" girlfriends.
Vanderpump's appearance on Gold Diggers and Proud came on the heels of his divorce from his wife of 22 years.
He stated at the time that he enjoyed dating "four or five women" at a time, and while promoting the show, he secured a date with a 31-year-old co-star after gifting her with a $50,000 ring on live TV.
Walker was present when Mark got into a loud public altercation with his famous sister back in January.
“Lisa and her husband Ken and daughter Pandora were eating dinner with her brother Mark and a few others," one witness told Radar at the time.
"They were all obviously really upset. Lisa and her brother were shouting at each other so that the entire restaurant could hear! … At one point, Lisa’s brother slammed his hands on the table and screamed ‘Enough is enough!’"
We'll have further updates on the increasingly bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Mark Vanderpump as more information becomes available.
Lisa Vanderpump is in mourning.
According to The Daily Mail, the long-time Bravo star's brother, Mark Vanderpump, was found dead at his home in Gloucestershire, England on April 30.
He was 59 years old.
The aforementioned British newspaper explains that Mark worked as a DJ and that his death is believed to be the result of a drug overdose.
As of this writing, it's unclear whether this overdose was accidental or deliberate.
This awful news has only just gone public, but it explains why Lisa has not been updating her social media page or making any statements of late.
In a statement released to DailyMail.com, Vanderpump says the tragedy is a "shock to us all," adding that she last had contact with her sibling the day before he died.
Scroll down for a look at Lisa's full statement:
This has come as a shock to us all. My brother and I had connected the day before this tragedy and I was completely unprepared for this.
He was my only sibling and I am shocked and saddened by his passing.
I am trying to be supportive to his two young sons that he has left behind, and help them get through this tragedy.
We appreciate your consideration in this private and extremely difficult family time.
Lisa and Mark often vacationed together, while the latter was a frequent visitor to his sister's Los Angeles restaurants Sur, Villa Blanca and PUMP.
Below, for example, the loved ones are seen together in August of 2014.
We don't wish to speculate wildly and we certainly don't want to speak ill the dead, but Mark's 22-year marriage ended in divorce.
He appeared on some kind of reality show titled "Gold Diggers and Proud" and was living a "very colorful life until it all sadly went wrong," an anonymous insider tells The Daily Mail.
This same source says Mark had his share of legal troubles, the details of which are not really known at this time.
Lisa Vanderpump, meanwhile, has been a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since 2010.
She also stars in a spinoff, Vanderpump Rules, which features her West Hollywood restaurant Sur and its employees.
The 57-year-old is also famous for her philanthropy, having founded the Vanderpump Dog Foundation to help fight the sale of dogs for meat.
No one associated with either of Vanderpump's Bravo programs has spoken out yet on this awful development.
We'll update this post with more information as news breaks.
For now, however, we simply send our condolences to Lisa Vanderpump and her relatives.
May Mark rest in peace.
Lil Lonnie, a fan favorite in his native state of Mississippi, was one of two people fatally shot in while driving in Jackson on Sunday night.
He was 22 years old.
The artist, whose real name was Lonnie Montrel Taylor, was in his vehicle along with an unidentified female passenger around 10:30 p.m. yesterday.
According to news station WAPT, the Jackson State University student was shot from the rear multiple times, which caused his SUV to swerve and crash into a house.
The female passenger remained unharmed, while Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene.
As of this writing, Jackson Police Department has been unable to find a suspect or a motive for the killing.
The artist rose to local game in 2015 due to the release of the track "Colors."
He later earned the the top-downloaded mixtape spot on LiveMixtapes with "They Know What’s Goin’ On" that same year.
Elsewhere, the single “Special” has garnered over 2.4 million views on the Worldstarhiphop YouTube channel.
In a December 2017 interview with ThisIs50, Lil Lonnie talked about advice he got from 50 Cent, telling listeners his goal of buying his family a home with his first “mega-check.”
In Lonnie's view, that day was coming up in the near future, too.
"Career-wise everything has been going [well], so I took that advice and I ran with it," he said of what 50 Cent told him, adding just four months ago:
"Keep the ground consistent, keep moving around, make my face a presence everywhere."
During this same interview, Lonnie was asked who he signed with to put a billboard up in Jackson, with the interviewer actually asking whether he was selling drugs.
"I don't do none of that," Taylor replied. "I've got morals that I stand by."
Just hours before he was fatally shot, Lil Lonnie wrote as a caption on Instagram:
no going back....you know imma keep it coming.
In light of this tragedy, some major names in hip hop have expressed their condolences via social media:
LL Cool J: Rest in power Lil Lonnie.. may your music live on.... may the almighty lift up and bless your family..
Juicy J: RIP Lil Lonnie he was so talented. prayers up.
Tha Joker: Woke up to terrible news for the city and state as a whole. Prayers up for the family and team of @_LilLonnie_ #RIP.
Finally, and tragically, in this December interview, Lil Lonnie said the following:
"I want to be the next icon people look up to.
"I want to motivate others around from where I'm from because not too many get the recognition I do, and I just want to bring that impact to where I'm from and help people out.
"I'm willing to open the door to everybody."
May he rest inpeace.
Sad news out of Hollywood today, as multiple media outlets have now confirmed that actor Verne Troyer has passed away.
He was just 49 years old.
Troyer's cause of his death is unknown at this time.
Best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of films, Troyer suffered a number of personal setbacks in the wake of his meteoric rise to fame.
Earlier this month, Troyer was hospitalized after police were told that he was drunk and exhibiting suicidal behavior.
Doctors reportedly treated him for alcohol poisoning upon his arrival.
There's no word yet on whether Troyer's death was in any way tied to his most recent struggles.
Beginning his career as a stunt double in the 1994 film Baby's Day Out, Troyer eventually amassed almost 60 film and television credits over the course of his decades in Hollywood.
But it was his role in 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged for which the actor will best be remembered.
Hamming it up as a diminutive clone of Mike Meyers' Dr. Evil, Troyer became a fan favorite and an overnight sensation.
Troyer went on to work with Meyers on two additional films, including Austin Powers in Goldmember, and he even made a brief cameo in the first Harry Potter film.
Sadly, the 2000s saw a steep decline in both the actor's career and personal life.
He continued to find work in Hollywood, but now it was mostly bit parts in small-budget comedies and degrading appearances on reality TV shows.
In 2015, Troyer married actress Brittney Powell, with whom he appeared on an episode of ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap.
Troyer also appeared on such short-lived reality shows as Celebrity Juice and The Surreal Life.
Born with a condition known as achondroplasia dwarfism, Troyer says he was never treated differently as a child, but later revealed that his condition had often made his adult life tremendously difficult.
He is survived by Powell and a stepson named Tyson.
Our thoughts go out to Troyer's family and friends at this difficult time.
The wrestling world is in mourning today.
Bruno Sammartino, one of the most respected and revered WWE stars of all-time, died on Wednesday morning at his home in Pittsburgh.
He was 82 years old.
Known as "The Italian Superman," Sammartino won the WWE Championship in a match against Buddy Rogers in Madison Square Garden in 1963...
... and then held the belt for eight straight years, easily the longest reign in the company's history.
To be exact, he was champion for 4,040 days in a row.
He got his start in what was then known as the WWWF, an organization run by Vince McMahon Sr.
But Sammartino went on to do color commentary and make plenty of on-camera appearances for the WWF (now the WWE) throughout wrestling's explosion into the mainstream in the 1980s.
The cause of death is unknown at this time.
Sammartino was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the 2013 class after turning down previous offers to do so, according to ESPN.
Why did he wait to long to accept this honor?
Because he first insisted on seeing changes made in the organization, such as performing drug tests on athletes and the end of the frequent use of profanity.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden is the biggest thing in my life,” Sammartino told ESPN years ago, adding:
“Anytime that people feel that you accomplished enough to enter into a Hall of Fame, of course this is a tremendous, tremendous thrill for me."
Sammartino was actually inducted at the time by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Bruno is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Carol, along with three children.
He also leaves behind a wrestling legacy few can match, as evidenced by the messages that have come pouring in via social media since news of his death went viral.
Hulk Hogan: RIP Bruno,thank you for loving and living our business,only love HH.
Triple H: Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man... A true friend...and one of the toughest people I've ever met. My thoughts are with his entire family. #RIPBrunoSammartino #AmericanDream.
Bret Hart: Forever a champion. Rest in peace.
Back in July, musician Bruno Mars even shared a photo with his namesake while holding a replica championship belt.
“I was nicknamed after this professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Tonight in Pittsburgh I had the honor of meeting him!” the singer captioned the snapshot.
We certainly did not.
May Bruno Sammartino rest in peace.
Below, we have compiled a list of other wrestlers who died over the past few years, many of whom were far younger than 82 years old.
This is a tough business and it can take its toll on its participants, both physically and mentally.
We send our condolences to their friends, family members and loved ones.
David Ogden Stiers is best known for having played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on the hit series M*A*S*H* and for voicing Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.
Those are just two highlights of a prolific career. Sadly, the legendary actor has now passed away.
He was 75 years old.
David Ogden Stiers passed away peacefully in his home in Newport.
His agent, Mitchell Stubbs, tells The Oregonian/Oregon Live that the esteemed actor had been waging a losing war against bladder cancer.
Cancer is a vicious killer, and doesn't care how talented someone is or the level of their cultural impact.
Even those who have never seen an episode of M*A*S*H* in their lives have doubtless been touched by Stiers' work on television, in films, in animation, and in video games.
David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois to parents Margaret Elizabeth (whose maiden name was Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers.
As a young man, David briefly attended the University of Oregon after graduating from North Eugene High School.
However, he would end up moving to San Francisco in order to pursue his passion for acting.
He worked with such groups as California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Actors Workshop, and an improv group called The Committee.
Stiers studied drama at Juilliard from 1968 until 1972, where he was mentored by John Houseman.
His very early acting credits included The Mary Tyler Moore Show and appearing in the pilot of Charlie's Angels.
David Ogden Stiers' very distinctive voice can be heard off-screen in THX-1138, which was George Lucas' very first film.
Obviously, most people's first memorable introduction to Stiers was when he joined the cast of M*A*S*H* in 1977, filling the void created by the departure of Larry Linville (who portrayed Frank Burns).
Stiers portrayed an aristocratic and haughty man who was nonetheless an extremely talented surgeon.
He was nominated for two Emmy Awards for that role, the first in 1981 and the second in 1982.
In terms of voicework, easily his most famous role was in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, voicing Cogsworth, the clock who quips "If it isn't Baroque, don't fix it."
He would go on to do more work for Disney, voicing the primary antagonist of Pocahontas (we mean Governor Radcliffe, not the concepts of colonialism or of Disney's historical whitewashing).
He also had roles in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (arguably Disney's most underrated film) and in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
And, of course, he voiced Jumba Jookiba in Lilo & Stitch.
David Ogden Stiers continued to make appearances in live action media as well, appearing as the villainous Oberoth in a recurring role on Stargate Atlantis in 2007 and appearing in an episode of Leverage in 2011.
In 2009, Stiers came out as gay, stating in an interview that he was "very proud to be so" and he no longer wished to hide it. Good for him.
Though he lived a full life and fans will always treasure his work, he will be missed.
Emma Chambers, a veteran actress likely best known for her sizable and very funny role in Notting Hill, died this week of natural causes.
She was 53 years old.
The surprising news was confirmed by Chambers' agent in a statement to The Guardian.
“We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers,” said John Grant to the British publication.
“Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many and we be greatly missed.”
Overseas, Chambers rose to fame by portraying Alice Tinker in the BBC's The Vicar of Dibley.
She earned acclaim Stateside in 1999 by playing the character of Honey - opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant - in the aforementioned romantic comedy.
Tweeted Grant in response to his former co-star's passing:
"Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news."
British broadcaster Emma Freud, who is married to Notting Hill writer and producer Richard Curtis, also jumped on Twitter Saturday to express her condolences, writing:
“Our beautiful friend Emma Chambers has died at the age of 53.
"We’re very very sad. She was a great, great comedy performer, and a truly fine actress. And a tender, sweet, funny, unusual, loving human being.”
And here is Dawn French, her Vicar of Dibley co-star:
"Emma was a very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for. I will miss her very much...
"I loved her. A lot."
Here is a look at other Twitter reactions to this unfortunate news:
Prior to making it big on television in 1994, Chambers worked for years as a stage actress.
She was asthmatic and had a severe allergy to animals, but it's unknown if either of these traits played a role in her death.
In 2002, Chambers told The Telegraph that her allergy could leave her needing a steroid injection or being rushed to hospital.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years.
May Emma Chambers rest in peace.
Reg E. Cathey, a veteran actor likely best known to television fans for roles in House of Cards and The Wire, died this week from lung cancer.
He was 59 years old.
According to TMZ sources, Cathey was surrounded by friends, family members and loved ones at the time of his passing, which took place at his home in New York.
It's unclear at the moment for how long Cathey had been battling his illness.
The Wire creator David Simon confirmed Cathey's death on Twitter, leaving the following statement along with a photo of the veteran star:
Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. Not only a fine, masterful actor -- but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set.
On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing.
Cathey was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2014, 2015 and 2016, each time for his portrayal Freddy Hayes on HBO's House of Cards.
The character was the owner of a rib restaurant that provided the Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood a sanctuary and secret hideout.
He won this Emmy Award in 2015.
On Season 4 of The Wire - generally considered to be the legendary drama's best - he played Norman Wilson, a reporter-turned-political operative who consulted with Tommy Carcetti as the latter quickly rose to prominence up in Maryland politics.
Cathey also played a part on The Corner, Simon's predecessor to The Wire on HBO.
A native of Alabama, Cathey's big screen resume included roles in Fantastic Four and Se7en.
In response to this sad news, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon said the following on Friday evening:
Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent.
Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace, Reg.
Having been in the business for so long, Cathey was mourned on social media by a wide range of actors from both the TV and movie worlds.
Mike Colter: Go gentle into that good night my brother. It was an honor spending time with you on set. Getting to know you as a person and an artist. You will be missed. Condolences to your family. I salute you.
Michael McKean: Reg Cathey was my friend and my wife's friend and a great actor. I am very very sad. RIP, Reg.
Bobby Cannavale: We lost a sweet, sweet man and a sweet, sweet, SWEET artist today. Rest In Power, Reg E. Cathey We will miss you.
Chandra Thomas: Absolutely heartbroken. Reg, miss your brilliance, sharp wit and gracious love for your Cheremio beyond words....
Our thoughts go out to the family of Reg E. Cathey.
May he rest in peace.
Mickey Jones, the beloved character actor who amassed more than 100 credits over the course of his career has passed away at the age of 76.
A statement from Jones’ family indicates that he had been battling an illness that resulted in several hospitalizations in recent months.
The statement did not offer any specifics regarding the nature of the illness.
While Jones’ name may not be familiar, if you’re a film and television fan, you’re almost certainly familiar with his face.
He belongs to the class of character actors so instantly recognizable that they’re known to elicit shouts of “that guy!” from audiences.
Jones’ imposing size, signature beard, and tremendous versatility made him an intimidating presence in crime dramas and an unexpected source of laughs in lighthearted comedies.
While it might be his role as Tim Allen’s rugged, yet unexpectedly sensitive friend Pete Bilker on Home Improvement for which Jones is best remembered, the gentle giant left his mark on countless esteemed projects over the years.
In addition to his work on such iconic television shows as MASH, Entourage, and Bones, Jones turned in memorable performances in such films as Total Recall, Sling Blade, and Tin Cup.
Prior to his acting career, Jones made a name for himself as a drummer for various high-profile rock and roll acts.
Before making the switch to Hollywood, he backed such legends as Kenny Rogers and Bob Dylan.
In 2009, Jones published a memoir entitled That Would Be Me.
The title was taken from his Home Improvement character’s signature catchphrase.
Thousands of tributes to Jones have been pouring in on social media since his death was announced Wednesday afternoon.
It’s a testament to the length and diversity of his career that he’s being remembered by film and television fans from various generations, and for projects as varied as Baywatch and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
Mickey Jones is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Starr, and their two children.
Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.
Just because you are rich and famous, this does not mean you do not suffer.
Tragically, the following stars all proved this point to be accurate when they took their own lives.
We mourn their passing and we hope they have found the peace in death that they could not find in life...
1. Robin Williams
2. Mindy McCready
3. Kurt Cobain
4. Tony Scott
5. Jovan Belcher
6. Lucy Gordon
A lot of reality TV stars have tragically passed away in recent years.
Some are from well known reality series. Some are lesser known.
All of them are gone from this world, but will never be forgotten. Pay your respect below...
1. Gia Allemand
2. Big Ang
3. Mindy McCready
4. Corey Haim
5. Lisa Marie Naegle
6. Valerie Fairman
The music world was stunned yesterday by news that Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan, had passed away unexpectedly at the age of 46.
The death was reportedly sudden and unexpected, leaving fans confused as to what might have befallen the seemingly healthy rock icon.
Earlier today, police issued a statement declaring that there was "nothing suspicious" about O'Riordan's passing.
The news prompted widespread speculation as to other possible causes.
Not surprisingly, the leading theory seems to be that O'Riordan either took her own life or died accidentally in connection with her history substance abuse.
Both possibilities have been erroneously reported by various media outlets, but currently, there is not enough information to confirm either theory.
Seemingly suggesting that O'Riordan may have overdosed on sleeping pills, The National Enquirer reprinted this quote from a 2014 interview:
"I cannot have sleeping pills around, because if I have a few drinks, I'll take them," O'Riordan remarked.
“On tour, it was just so easy to say: ‘I can’t sleep, I’ve had a couple of drinks, maybe I’ll take one.’ Then you take another. Then you don’t wake up. That can happen. I am careful now.”
Irish tabloid The Mirror hinted that O'Riordan's history of heavy alcohol consumption may have factored into her death, digging up this comment from an interview the singer gave several years ago:
“I am pretty good but sometimes I hit the bottle,” she said.
“Everything is way worse the next morning. I chain smoke when I drink. I have a bad day when I have bad memories and I can’t control them and I hit the bottle. I kind of binge drink. That is kind of my biggest flaw at the moment.”
Both outlets pointed out that O'Riordan's final years were marred by erratic behavior and domestic unrest.
In 2014, the singer was arrested for assaulting a police officer and a flight attendant on a flight from Dublin to New York.
That same year, her twenty-year marriage ended on contentious terms.
None of this is to say that O'Riordan necessarily turned to drugs in her final years or intentionally ended her own life.
Police say it may be weeks before they're able to release a cause of death, as they're currently waiting on results from an intensive toxicology screening.
What matters most to fans, of course, is not the manner in which O'Riordan died, but the cherished body of work she left behind.
Our thoughts go out to her family during this difficult time.
The sudden passing of Dolores O’Riordan continues to reverberate around the music world.
As previously reported, the lead singer of veteran rock band The Cranberries died suddenly on Monday at the young age of 46.
The cause of death remains a mystery, but a few new details have emerged regarding this unfortunate piece of news.
According to O’Riordan’s longtime friend and Eleven Seven International Managing Director Dan Waite, per People Magazine, the Irish artist had left a voicemail on his phone mere hours before she died.
There was no signs of any kind at the time that the end was near.
“Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of Zombie,” said Waite of O’Riordan’s remix of The Cranberries’ 1994 hit track with the hard rock band, Bad Wolves.
“She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.”
The singer was scheduled for a recording session on the day of her death.
Concluded Waite to People:
“She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week.
“The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”
During O’Riordan’s run as the lead singer of this group, The Cranberries were responsible for eight top-20 hits, foremost among them “Linger,” “Zombie,” and “Dreams.”
Tweeted former co-musicians Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler upon learning of her death:
“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores.
“She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries.
“The world has lost a true artist today.”
O’Riordan’s publicist, meanwhile, confirmed her passing in a statement to earlier in the day.
The statement reads as follows:
“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.
“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.
“No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
The band had canceled a number of tour dates last July due to ongoing back problems for O’Riordan, but she recently assured fans she was feeling much better.
In the wake of this news, sales of The Cranberries’ album “Something Else” surged 913,350% on Amazon.
Records by the group also dominated the Top 10 list of iTunes at the moment.
It can at least be comforting to know that music fans are realizing just what kind of special artist O’Riordan was, although the circumstances could not be any sadder.
Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac, who previously managed The Cranberries, also released a statement.
“From the very first time I met Dolores, I knew she was a great talent. Managing the Cranberries and being part of making ‘Zombie’ one of the biggest records of its time was a great professional honor,” he said, concluding:
“So when Dan Waite called me suggesting a collaboration with Dolores and Bad Wolves’ on Zombie, I was excited to once again be a part of the magic she was able to create.
“My heart goes out to her children, I hope they can find some peace despite this tragic event.”
Bobby Zarin has lost his battle against cancer.
The husband of Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin, Bobby passed away on Saturday while surrounded by family members and loved ones.
He was 71 years old.
In tribute to her late soulmate, Jill posted an official statement on her website on behalf of the family.
It reads as follows:
"With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.
"There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone for all your love, and support during this difficult time."
Along with this simple and sentimental message, the website included a photo of Bobby in a suit.
Here it is:
Bobby Zarin was initially diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009.
He went on to have his thyroid removed, while also undergoing radioactive iodine treatment in an attempt to overcome the very serious illness.
"He's in a better place now," said friend and fellow Bravo personality Ramona Singer to E! News.
In July of 2015, Bobby spoke to People Magazine about the diagnosis and treatment.
“The radioactive iodine usually kills off whatever undetectable cancer cells are left in your body after surgery,” he explained at the time, adding:
“We thought it was cured – and it usually is in about 93 percent of cases. But I wasn’t able to absorb the radioactive iodine. So it came back.”
In emotional footage shared on her Instagram page back on December 3, Jill discussed how her husband was in the hospital and "was [doing] okay."
But she clearly knew the end was sadly near.
"I'm just going to miss Bobby," she said tearfully in this video. "I'm going to miss my life with him."
Although the Real Housewives of New York City veteran tried to be optimistic throughout Bobby’s treatment, she said “his cancer took an unexpected turn” over the summer.
In July of last year, Bobby was admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he recovered from a procedure related to his disease.
“He is not going down without a fight,” Jill told People. “We’re hoping for a miracle."
The couple was married for 17 years at the time of Bobby's death.
In addition to Jill, Bobby is survived by his children - David Zarin, 41, Jennifer Zarin, 38, Jonathan Zarin, 35; along with 25-year-old stepdaughter Ally Shapiro.
A service for Bobby will be held at a Riverside Memorial at a yet-to-be determined date.
Our thoughts go out to Jill Zarin and all others affected by this tragedy.
May Bobby Zarin rest in peace.