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Jim Nabors Dies; Former Sitcom Star Was 87

Jim Nabors, best known for having starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and then on his own spinoff, died at his home in Hawaii on Thursday morning.

He was 87 years old.

Hawaii News Now has confirmed this sad piece of news.

Nabors was born in Alabama and actually recorded over two dozen albums, having established a loyal music following as a result of his deep, operative voice.

It often took people by surprise, considering the Southern accent he used on television, along with what became his quasi catchphrase of Gawwwleee.

For a number of years, Nabors also sang “Back Home Again in Indiana” for the opening ceremonies for the Indianapolis 500.

In the early 1960s, the artist was a regular performer at The Horn – a cabaret theater on Wilshire Boulevard – when he was spotted by Andy Griffith.

The actor believed Nabors would be ideal to portray a new character on his CBS sitcom; a dim-witted mechanic named Gomer Pyle.

Gomer worked at Wally’s filling station in Mayberry and was a cousin of George Lindsey’s Goober.

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Nabors was signed for just one Season 3 episode, which aired in December of 1962.

But the character and the actor proved to be so popular that Nabors ended up appearing in a total of 23 installments.

His aforementioned signature saying sprang from a discussion in which Gomer extolled the sophistication of Don Knotts’ Barney Fife:

“Gawwwleee! He’s even been out with some nurses,” he said.

On the Season 4 finale, the character enlisted in the Marines, paving the way for Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which premiere in September of 1964 and ran for a total of five seasons before concluding in 1969.

The actor would end up reprising the role nearly 20 years later, in the 1986 TV-movie Return to Mayberry.

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Nabors retired from acting near the peak of his popularity.

“It got down to what you think you want to be: an actor or an entertainer. I want to entertain,” Nabors said in 1969, when he decided to hang up Pyle’s fatigues and host a variety show.

He added:

“I don’t think I’m much of an actor. The only part I ever played was Gomer. I’m the most surprised person around that I’m successful anyway.”

Nabors last sang at the Indy500 in 2015.

May he rest in peace.

David Cassidy Dies; Singer and Former Patridge Family Star Was 67

David Cassidy, the popular folk singer and former star of The Patridge Family, passed away today at a hospital in Florida.

He was 67 years old.

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Said the star's family via statement tonight:

On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy.

David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long.

Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”

The artist was rushed to said hospital late last week due to organ failure, with multiple outlets writing that he required a near-immediate kidney transplant to survive.

He was initially placed in a medically-induced coma, although sources said he was later drifting in and out of consciousness before the end arrived.

Cassidy was moved to the intensive care unit on Sunday as his condition worsened.

Cassidy rose to fame as Keith Patridge, the son of Shirley Partridge, on the beloved 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family.

The series centered on a family of musicians and propelled David to teenage superstardom.

He was one of the most popular singers in the country forty-plus years ago; you could almost refer to him as the Justin Bieber of his era, considering his fame among young women at the time.

Cassidy later enjoyed a career in both acting and music, only recently retiring from the entertainment field.

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Throughout his career, however, Cassidy struggled with alcohol abuse issues that resulted in drunk driving arrests in 2010, 2013 and 2014, along with a stint in rehab.

He filed for bankruptcy in 2015.

In February of this year, Cassidy also opened up about his battle with dementia.

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy told People Magazine, shortly after he forgot lyrics to a few songs during a live performance in California.

He told the publication that his mother also struggled with this tragic mental disorder.

It was due to this diagnosis that Cassidy stopped going on tour.

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“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” Cassidy said several months ago, adding;

“I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

Insiders say Cassidy was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away.

The late star appeared on The Partridge Family for four years alongside Danny Bonaduce, who released the following statement back when Cassidy confessed to his dementia:

"David Cassidy once had a bigger fan club than Elvis & the Beatles. If you’re a fan, now is a great time to send him your love & best wishes."

The same now applies in the wake of Cassidy's death, in regard to the singer/actor's friends, family members and loved ones.

May David Cassidy rest in peace.

Charles Manson Dies; Notorious Murderer Was 83

Charles Manson--arguably the most notorious criminal of the 20th century--has passed away at the age of 83.

News of Manson's death was revealed by Debra Tate, the sister of his most famous victim, who says she was notified by officials from Corcoran State Prison on Sunday night.

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TMZ confirmed the news of Manson's passing moments ago.

Manson was transported to a hospital in Bakersfield, California last week after suffering intestinal bleeding.

It was his second hospitalization in the past year, and on both occasions, doctors reported that the longtime inmate was too weak for surgery.

"It's just a matter of time," one hospital source told TMZ on Tuesday.

Manson's crimes and subsequent trial captivated millions of Americans in the late 1960s and early '70s.

Though he was never accused of taking a life with his own hands, the magnetic cult leader was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

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For many, Manson became a living symbol for the death of the 1960s hippie movement and its culture of pacifism and free love.

In the decades since his arrest, his name has become synonymous with evil.

Born to an unmarried 16-year-old runaway in 1934, Manson was placed with an aunt and uncle following his mother's imprisonment for robbery when he was just 5 years old.

His life of crime began at an early age, and he was first imprisoned at the age of 13 following a string of robberies.

After a youth spent primarily in detention centers, Manson was transferred to Terminal Island prison in Los Angeles in 1967.

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Following his release, Manson experienced a modicum of success as a musician, recording an album's worth of folk songs and collaborating with members of the Beach Boys.

Fame eluded Manson as a singer and songwriter, but his role as a sadistic cult leader would make him a figure of international infamy.

It was at Spahn Ranch in Chatsworth, California that Manson attracted a "family" of drifters and outsiders who, under his instruction, carried out the murders of Sharon Tate, Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Jay Sebring Leno, and Rosemary La Bianca.

At the time of her death, Tate--the wife of famed film director Roman Polanski--was pregnant with her first child.

Nearly fifty years after the murders that made him infamous, Manson's hold on the public's imagination is such that he became the number one trending topic on Twitter within minutes of the announcement of his death. 

Malcolm Young Dies; AC/DC Guitarist Was 64

Malcolm Young, one of the original members of AC/DC, has passed away.

He was 64 years old.

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At this point, it's not clear what caused Malcolm's death, though we do know that he'd been suffering from dementia since at least 2014.

It was then that his family -- his brother Angus co-founded the band with him, and another Young brother, George, acted as a producer -- announced he'd be leaving the band due to his health issues.

In a statement released this morning, AC/DC wrote that "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young."

"Malcolm, along with Angus [Young, Malcolm's brother], was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band."

"As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man," the statement continued. "He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted."

"He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed."

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In addition to the statement from AC/DC as a whole, Angus released one of his own.

"As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life," he wrote, "the bond we had was unique and very special."

"He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever," he added.

"Malcolm, job well done."

Yet another statement was released by the rest of Malcolm's family -- they referred to him as "a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many."

"From the outset he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show."

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"Nothing less would do for their fans."

Malcolm's death must have hit the Young family especially hard -- his older brother, George, passed away just last month.

His death will no doubt be tough for AC/DC fans, because after all, he was a huge, huge part of the band.

He and Angus formed AC/DC in 1973, and Malcolm played rhythm guitar all the way up until 2010 when they wrapped up their tour for their Black Ice album.

Black Ice, released in 2008, was also the last album on which Malcolm was credited as a songwriter.

Stevie Young, his nephew, replaced him in 2014 in time to record AC/DC's most recent album, Rock or Bust.

Our condolences to Malcolm's friends and family -- and, of course, all of his fans.

Wendy Pepper Dies; Former Project Runway Contestant Was 53

Wendy Pepper, a memorable contestant who competed on the very first season of Project Runway, has passed away.

She was 53 years old.

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According to The Washington Post, the reality star - whose real name was  Anne Eustis Pepper Stewart - died peacefully on Sunday surrounded by her family members and loved ones.

The cause of her death was not revealed in the newspaper's obituary.

But here is what a portion of the memorial article said:

A finalist on season one of Project Runway, Wendy designed and hand-sewed exceptionally beautiful clothes for children and adults.

She was a chef, a writer, and a life-long entrepreneur.

Her wit and humor were unmatched, as was her generosity of spirit.

Wendy is survived by her parents, Anne Livingston Emmet of Washington and Charles Willing Pepper of Palm Beach, FL; her loving daughter, Finley M. Stewart, of Middleburg, VA; her brothers Wing Pepper, Stacy Lloyd and Thomas Lloyd; her sister, Edith Pepper Goltra; and many adoring nieces and nephews.

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Pepper advanced to the finals at Fashion Week and ultimately came in third on the opening Project Runway season.

While on the program, she won numerous challenges, including the change to have one of her designs sold at Banana Republic and the opportunity to design Nancy O’Dell’s Grammy dress.

She was a fan favorite for sure.

Along with the inaugural run of Project Runway, Pepper also made an appearance during the second season of Project Runway All Stars, which aired in 2012 and 2013.

Moreover, she appeared on a pair of other Bravo reality shows: Celebrity Poker Showdown and Battle of the Network Reality Stars.

The late chef and designer was born in Dayton, Ohio.

She graduated from Potomac School, the Madeira School, and the University of Washington. 

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Said Pepper in a Project Runway All Star video many years ago:

"I realized I was a designer when I was living in Nepal.

"Dyeing some yarn, I suddenly turned to these people that I was living with and I started to drape the yarn. Oh my gosh, this is so much fun, I am creating this whole sort of experience with these women.

For me, fashion is communication...That's when I knew this was my life's work."

She also said Project Runway taught her that "if you really want to succeed, you've gotta be willing to throw yourself into the arena."

Pepper will be laid to rest at a Georgetown church on December 1.

May she rest in peace.

31 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. 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."

2. Janis Joplin

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Andy Gibb

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Andy Gibb struggled with substance abuse and died of a heart ailment in 1988, just prior to his 30th birthday.

6. Jim Morrison

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Jim Morrison was found dead in his Paris apartment at the age of 27. No official cause was ever revealed, though most believe he died of a heroin overdose.
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Bella Thorne Mourns Ex-Boyfriend Lil Peep In Tearful Video

On Wednesday, the music world was shocked by news that Lil Peep had died of an apparent overdose.

Sadly, many who knew the rapper and singer were also aware of the drug problem that eventually claimed Peep's life. 

But the advance knowledge that Peep (real name Gustav Ahr) was on a fatal collision course doesn't appear to have lessened the grief experienced by his loved ones.

Among those who mourning Peep today is actress Bella Thorne.

Thorne and Peep dated briefly over the summer, and they remained close friends in the months after their breakup.

Thorne took to Instagram today to pay tribute to her departed companion.

“I just wanted to say anybody out there who is a Lil Peep fan, you guys know how talented he was, you guys know how great he was... well he was even more f---king great as a person,” says a teary-eyed Bella in the clip below.

Thorne paid tribute to the late 21-year-old on Twitter as well:

"Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn't do your greatness justice,” she wrote.

Eerily, Peep's final tweet seemed to be a prediction of his own demise:

"When I die you'll love me," the rapper wrote.

Our thoughts to go out to Peep's friends and family in their time of grief.

Watch Bella pay tribute to her late friend below:

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Gord Downie Dies; Tragically Hip Singer Was 53

Gord Downie, singer of the beloved Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, has passed away at the age of 53.

News of his death came today via a moving statement penned by his family:

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"Last night, Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by," reads the statement issued this morning.

"Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss … on the lips.

"Gord said he had lived many lives," they added.

"As a musician, he lived 'the life' for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend.

"No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one."

Downie had been battling brain cancer since 2015, but did not make his terminal diagnosis public until May of 2016.

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That same summer, the Hip released their final studio album with Downie, Man Poem Machine, and embarked on a nationwide Canadian tour.

The string of concerts culminated with an emotional hometown performance at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a lifelong Hip fan, attended the farewell show, tweeting:

"Dear world, Please be advised that Canada will be closed tonight at 8:30 p.m. Have a #TragicallyHip day."

Trudeau tweeted again today, paying moving tribute to his nation's unofficial poet laureate:

"There will never be another one like you, Gord. Rest in peace my friend," Trudeau wrote.

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"Canada's identity & culture are richer for Gord Downie's work," he wrote.

Downie and his band's importance to Canadian culture cannot be overstated.

In 2013, the band was featured on a set of postage stamps and in July of this year, they received the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Downie is survived by his wife, Laura Leigh Usher, and four children.

Mychael Knight Dies; Project Runway Alum Was 39

Mychael Knight, a former fourth place finisher on Project Runway, died on Tuesday morning outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

He was 39 years old.

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News of Knight's passing was first reported by Obvious Magazine, which simply stated the following a short while ago:

American Fashion Designer, and Project Runway alum, Mychael Knight has passed away. He was 39 years old.

Mychael died at 7:25 am EST outside of Atlanta, GA on October 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

His family asks that their privacy is respected during this time of grieving.

No cause of death has been announced.

"We are still processing the untimely death of our son, brother, friend, and uncle," said his family in a statement to the publication.

"Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly. He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy."

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Knight competed on  Project Runway in 2006.

The popular contestant, who won the Fan Favorite Award, went on to launch his clothing line in 2007, as well as design for Starbucks.

A year later, he launched a female and male lingerie label known as "Kitty & Dick" and his unisex fragrance, "MajK."

According to TMZ, he had recently checked into a hospital for treatment for intestinal issues

Knight returned to Project Runway numerous times over the years, competing in a 2009 All-Star Challenge, for example as well as joining the All Stars spin-off in 2013.

Wrote Andy Cohen, who was an executive at the network when Project Runway launched, in response to this untimely death:

"I am so sad to hear about Mychael Knight. When he appeared on #ProjectRunway he was the sweetest guy, full of life, ambition & talent. #rip."

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Knight was born in Germany on April 11, 1978.

He then divided his childhood between Alabama and New York, studying Apparel Design and Merchandising at Georgia Southern University, from where he graduated in 2001.

As we await word on the cause of his death, it's worth noting that Knight did tell social media followers his immune system had been damaged as a result of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

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We'll update this story as more news breaks.

We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Mychael Knight.

May he rest in peace.

Son of Syndicated Radio Host Delilah Commits Suicide

Delilah Rene, a nationally syndicated radio host who specializes in dedicating love songs to fans who call in, broke some awful news to her Facebook followers yesterday:

Her son, Zachariah, committed suicide last Tuesday.

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“My dear friends, I need to share some devastating news with you. In the early morning hours, Tuesday, October 3, my son Zachariah, took his life,” Delilah wrote to her 1.4 million online fans.

She went on to give a bit of background on Zachariah's condition:

"He was being treated, counseled, and embraced fiercely by family and friends while battling depression for some time now.

"My heart is broken beyond repair and I can not fathom how to go on... but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord and that God will get us through."

In a January Facebook message, Delilah had said her son was autistic.

Zack was one of the host's 13 children, 10 of whom are adopted.

Another child, Sammy, passed away in 2012 due to complications from sickle cell anemia, just two years after she adopted him from a Ghanaian refugee camp in West Africa.

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This is what she wrote after that personal tragedy:

“My son Sammy passed from this world today into heaven, but he left behind a piece of his amazing soul in all that met him.

"As painful as this moment is, I am so so so so so thankful that God allowed me, my family and friends to experience the essence of his soul for the past two years.

"Everyone who met him was blessed by his big heart, his silly character voices, his wonderful sense of humor and his kindness towards all.

"He was a precious, precious young man and I praise the Lord that I was allowed to be bathed in Sammy’s love as his “MommaBear”…

"We have been forever changed by having him in our lives.”

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Delilah is proudly known as the "Queen of Sappy Love Songs."

She has responded to an endless array of requests and dedications throughout her impressive career, as her nightly show is recorded in her home and airs on various stations around the country.

“I will be absent from the radio and on social media for a time as I grieve and try to process this loss with my family," Delilah wrote on Facebook shortly after confirming Zach's passing.

She added:

"In the meantime we’ll be playing some of my favorite shows from the recent past. I’ll look forward to my return, as you all lift me up so very much.

"Please pray for my beloved Zacky, and I will pray for all suffering from this debilitating disease called depression.”

Ralphie May: Mourned, Remembered by Friends and Colleagues

As previously reported, comedian Ralphie May passed away on Friday from cardiac arrest.

He was only 45 years old at the time.

In his memory, we've collected a number of social media tributes below, penned by those who knew May well and those who worked with him over the years.

May Ralphie May rest in peace...

1. Kevin Hart

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Wow....I was just told that Ralphie May passed. I'm truly saddened by this. He was a good dude. Heaven just got another funny angel RIP man.

2. Gabriel Iglesias

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I'm at a loss for words to hear about the passing of comedian Ralfie May. He was a friend to many and a father of 2 beautiful children. RIP.

3. Dane Cook

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Whoa... man.. this sucks. Ralphie was a good guy & a very funny person. Condolences to his family & fans.

4. Bob Saget

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Ralphie May. Dammit. You were a funny and sweet mofo man. Rest In Peace.

5. Jim Breuer

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Ralphie May RIP funny man. We shared good talks & good laughs . See you on the other side kid.

6. Larry the Cable Guy

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Oh man fellow comedian and friend Ralphie May just died. So crazy. RIP Ralphie. You my friend were one of the nicest and kindest out there.
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Ralphie May Dies; Comedian Was 45

Ralphie May launched his comedy career after being the first runner-up on Last Comic Standing in 2003. Since then, he's had endless stand-up specials.

Unfortunately, Ralphie May has died at the age of 45.

And we have a few details about that. ...

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Ralphie May often joked about his own mortality.

During one stand-up special (I want to say that it was Girth of a Nation, but I can't swear to it), he refers to how surely no one in the audience would be surprised if he fell over dead of a heart attack at that very moment, given the degree of his obesity.

In his no-holds-barred stand-up (including titles -- again, he had a show titled Girth of a Nation), he didn't shy away from referring to his weight. Some of his clothing seemed selected to emphasize his frame rather than, as many might do, minimize it.

TMZ reports that Ralphie May has died of cardiac arrest.

After a 6-week battle with pneumonia during which he nonetheless continued to perform his shows in Vegas, Ralphie died of cardiac arrest.

He was in a private residence in Vegas, and that is reportedly where someone discovered his body.

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After 10 years of marriage, Ralphie and his wife and fellow stand-up artist Lahna Turner had gotten a divorce ... which quickly became an ugly custody battle.

Back in October of 2015, Lahna Turner filed divorce documents, citing irreconcilable differences.

The couple has a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son, and the fight over custody has continued even in 2017.

Earlier this year, Ralphie May -- who has never been shy about his fondness for marijuana -- even agreed to random drug tests in order to be allowed to have visitations with his children.

He was granted two visitations a week (which were to be supervised) and an additional Skype call.

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Ralphie will be remembered for more than just his comedy career.

(Though we expect Netflix views of his shows to go up over the weekend)

In late June of 2016, TMZ reported that Ralphie May had saved a baby's life.

In an airport, the baby was choking and the mother cried out for help. One person tried but failed to help, and then Robbie successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver and restored the baby's ability to breathe.

It's not really a surprise that he learned it -- custody battle or no, he was a parent, and he'd no doubt learned as so many parents do about how to potentially save their children's lives.

Or maybe he'd just picked it up like others do, from television or whatever.

It's easy to see celebrities who just do one thing -- like comedy -- as totally one-dimensional when, in reality, they're anything but.

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While Ralphie May joked about his mortality and would doubtless joke about his own demise if he could, this is definitely sad news.

He had a tremendous talent for making people laugh and bringing people joy.

We can only imagine how much his chidlren will miss him, because even those who were merely his fans are already in mourning.

Rest in peace, Ralphie.

Tom Petty Dies; Rock Legend Was 66

On a day already rocked by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, this news is not exactly welcome. But it would have been grim news on any day:

Music legend Tom Petty has passed away at 66.

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Just a short while ago, TMZ reported Tom Petty's condition, which took a turn for the worse and never recovered.

Apparently, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member had been found unconscious in full cardiac arrest Sunday.

He was, of course, immediately rushed to the hospital.

EMTs were able to get a pulse in his Malibu home, but having a pulse doesn't mean a recovery is necessarily in order.

It probably goes without saying that spending minutes without oxygen pumping to your brain is never good.

Even a matter of crucial seconds in such a state can be the difference from making a recovery and not.

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Unfortunately, despite Petty regaining his pulse and being spirited with all due haste to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, it just wasn't enough.

TMZ's sources say that he was immediately placed on life support in an effort to stabilize his vital signs.

From the moment that hew as found, the Heartbreakers' frontman's condition was considered "critical."

Petty's close friends and loved ones were reportedly upset but unwilling to disclose details about his condition or what may have led to it.

To make matters worse, new information about the singer-songwriter's health came just an hour or so ago.

Upon arrival at the hospital, medical professionals determined that Tom Petty had no signs of brain activity.

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That means brain death, which in all terms save the standard used to declare time of death, meant that he was no longer living.

The decision was made at that time to remove Petty from life support, and thus, multiple news outlets are now reporting his passing.

Tom is, as we said, a Rock legend.

(Honestly, I've had his massive hit, "Breakdown," playing in a loop on my head as I've written this - and I wouldn't even consider Rock to be one of my music genres. That's the kind of reach that Tom Petty has)

A lot of networks are playing his other hits, like "Free Fallin,'" "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "I Won't Back Down" and countless others.

Tasteful references to his work seem like a perfect way to honor him, and we expect to hear plenty of them in the coming weeks.

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Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, the Heartbreakers. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Tom was also a successful solo artist and performed with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and George Harrison in the band The Traveling Wilburys.

Though Petty and his band debuted their self-titled record in 1976, they continued to perform to packed arenas over the past four decades.

He played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour.

The Florida native will undoubtedly down as one of the most successful and beloved singer-songwriters of his or any generation.

R.I.P.

Monty Hall Dies; Iconic Game Show Host Was 96

Monty Hall, the legendary television personality best known for hosting Let's Make a Deal on CBS, died Saturday of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills.

He was 96 years old.

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The New York Times first confirmed this sad piece ofnews.

Hall co-created the aforementioned hit game show and launched it as the emcee in 1963.

At the time of its premiere, Let’s Make a Deal helped anchor CBS’ daytime lineup; it eventually moved to primetime in 1968.

Hall had hosted a number of programs prior to striking it big with this series... which remains on the air today (Wayne Brady is host) and which encourages audience members to dress up in outlandish costumes while they barter for the best prize possible.

A syndicated version of Let's Make a Deal aired on and off throughout the 1970s and 80s, prior to returning to NBC for a brief run from 1990-1991.

The show was then revived with Brady in 2009, with Hall putting in occasional guest appearances

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Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973.

As a Canadian native, he was named to the Order of Canada in 1988.

Hall is survived by three children: actress Joanna Gleason; TV executive Sharon Hall; and TV producer Richard Hall; in addition to a brother and five grandchildren.

His wife Marilyn passed away in June.

Scroll down to read the full CBS statement about Hall's life and death...

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We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Monty Hall, a television legend who hosted a show and created a format that has entertained audiences for more than 50 years,

Monty’s infectious enthusiasm, humor and warmth were a winning combination that was evident to everyone he encountered, whether returning to make appearances on the current version of Let’s Make a Deal, or gracing us with his presence at a photo shoot celebrating CBS Daytime earlier this year.

On screen, Monty made the ‘Big Deals,’ but in the game of life, he himself was one.

Our hearts go out to his children, his entire family and friends.

The statement was released by Angelica McDaniel, CBS’ executive VP of daytime programs and syndicated program development.

May Monty Hall rest in peace.

Michelle Rounds Dead of Apparent Suicide; Ex Wife of Rosie O’Donnell Was 46

Michelle Rounds, the ex-wife of media personality Rosie O'Donnell, has passed away at the age of 46.

Though no official cause of death has been announced, TMZ is reporting that Rounds appears to have taken her own life.

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Rounds had been open about her struggles with mental illness over the years, and tragically, it seems the battle proved fatal.

After meeting at an industry event in 2011, Rounds and O'Donnell got married the following year. 

Their time together was turbulent, marred by frequent fighting and Rounds' persistent health issues.

But there were bright spots, as well.

O'Donnell and Rounds welcomed a daughter together in 2013, and Michelle described the months that followed as the happiest in her life.

Sadly, it was a period that wouldn't last.

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Rounds and O'Donnell separated in 2015 after months of intense fighting.

Just months later Rounds attempted suicide by overdosing on prescription painkillers.

She was rushed to a hospital, where doctors were able to save her life.

Though Rounds moved on to a new and reportedly far less tumultuous relationship, it seems she was never able to escape her demons.

After was said to be a period of emotional stability, Rounds reportedly experienced a recurrence of symptoms in recent weeks.

O'Donnell issued a statement on her former wife's death just moments ago:

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"I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy," O'Donnell wrote.

"Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle's family, her wife and their child."

They though often fought bitterly during their marriage, O'Donnell and Rounds reportedly worked out an amicable co-parenting relationship after their divorce.

Michelle's mother also released a statement and seems to have implicitly verified that Rounds had taken her own life:

"If anyone would like to give to the National Suicide Prevention it would also be greatly appreciated," wrote Michelle's mother.

"There are so many out there in this world that have demons that they think suicide is the only way out."

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Though O'Donnell and Rounds' marriage was short, the couples' dramatic fights and outspoken stances on topical issues briefly made Rounds a staple in the tabloid media.

As a result, many celebrities and media figures have taken to social media to mourn Michelle's passing.

"Such a devastating loss. Sending so much strength and peace to her loved ones," Perez Hilton tweeted, along with a link to an article about Rounds' death.

Though she worked as a consultant for most of her adult life, Rounds easy charm and quick wit made her a popular figure in Rosie's circle of celebrity friends.

In a bit of tragic irony, her death comes during Suicide Prevention Month.

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Rounds is now the latest in a disturbingly long line of celebrity suicides.

The steadily-worsening epidemic dates back to Robin Williams' unexpected passing in 2014.

Recent victims such as rock stars Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington have brought new attention to the issue.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from thoughts of self-harm, we urge you to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Please don't delay.

Our thoughts go out to Rounds' family during this tremendously difficult time.

Blake Heron Dies; Troubled Actor Was 35 Years Old

Blake Heron, a former child actor best known for his role of Marty Preston in the 1996 film Shiloh, was found dead on Friday morning.

He was 35 years old.

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According to TMZ and other outlets, Heron’s body was discovered by his girlfriend inside the actor’s Los Angeles area home.

After a call to 911 was placed, paramedics reportedly spent 40 minutes trying to revive Heron, but it was too late and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department tells E! News that the aforementioned call came in around 7:05 a.m. regarding an unidentified man who was not breathing.

In the ensuing hours, Heron's rep confirmed Blake's passing to multiple websites and television stations.

Heron had been sick for the past few days and had also battled a heroin addiction.

He just completed a stint in rehab mere days ago.

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TMZ writes that responders did not find illegal drugs or evidence that alcohol had been consumed.

Prescriptions for the flu were found at the scene, but it's unclear at the moment whether anything Heron ingested contributed to his death.

Following Shiloh, Heron landed bit roles in movies and television projects; including We Were Soldiers, Boston Public and 11:14.

He recently co-starred in A Thousand Junkies, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.

"I started doing drugs when I was about 12, typical smoking weed at first and drinking and what not. It quickly progressed," Heron said this past April, adding at the time:

"I lost everything. I lost my career, I lost all of my money, I lost possessions, and most importantly, I lost myself. I felt like I lost my soul.

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Our thoughts go out to the loved ones of Blake Heron.

May he rest in peace.

Here's a look, meanwhile, at other celebrities who have also passed away in 2017. 

May they all rest in peace.

Jerry Lewis: Mourned and Remembered by Stars Everywhere

It's been a tough weekend for comedians, huh?

Last night we learned that the beloved Dick Gregory had passed away, and then, less than 24 hours later, the news broke that Jerry Lewis had also died.

Jerry, known for his comedy and for his amazing humanitarian work, was 91 years old, and he passed away in his Las Vegas home this morning from natural causes.

It's a big loss ... and you can tell by how many people have taken the time today to remember him.

Check out some of the messages about Jerry below.

1. Jim Carrey

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"That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was!"

2. Samuel L. Jackson

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"It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He'll keep'em laffin in the ever after!"

3. Bill O'Reilly

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"Jerry Lewis loved his country & helped it enormously. I occasionally spoke with him about policy-he was on it, very engaged despite his age."

4. Neil Patrick Harris

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"Watching Jerry Lewis onscreen makes me laugh harder than almost anyone. His great contribution to cinema is undeniable."

5. Debra Messing

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"#RIP Jerry Lewis. A Genius. A Legend. Thanks for all the laughs."

6. Ellen DeGeneres

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"Jerry Lewis was a comic and philanthropic icon. I send love to his family today."
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Dick Gregory Dies; Iconic Comedian Was 84 Years Old

Dick Gregory, a legendary comic who was also well known for his work as a civil rights activist, died on Saturday in Washington D.C.

He was 84 years old.

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Gregory had recently rescheduled an event in Atlanta due to a hospitalization, although the cause of his illness and his subsequent passing is unknown at this time.

"The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love, and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time," wrote son Christian Gregory on social media, adding:

"More details will be released over the next few days."

While serving as a member of the military in the 1950s, Gregory started his career as a stand-up comedian.

He didn't specialize in harmless, observational humor, however. Quite the opposite.

Gregory satirized segregation and racial injustice in his acts; he was arrested several times in the 1960s for joining civil rights rallies.

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In 1961, he rose to prominence as the first black performer to perform at a white club after Hugh Hefner gave him a regular gig at the Playboy Club in Chicago.  

He earned rave reviews at the time and eventually signed a three-year contract to serve as a headliner at the establishment.

Always with an eye on societal issues greater than his own career, Gregory was once invited to perform on The Tonight Show in the days of Jack Paar...

... refused unless he was able to have a seat on the couch.

“He taught us how to laugh,” wrote Reverend Jesse Jackson upon learning of Gregory’s passing. “He taught us how to fight.He taught us how to live.

"Dick Gregory was committed to justice.I miss him already. #RIP."

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A motivational speaker later in life, Gregory wrote several books, including "Murder in Memphis," which analyzed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Also a writer - particularly respected for the documentary "Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed” - Gregory was ranked by Comedy Central as the 82nd best stand-up comic in history.

"Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice," John Legend Tweeted as a tribute to the icon, while DL Hughley added:

"Heaven just got funnier."

We send our condolences to the loved ones of Dick Gregory.

May he rest in peace.

Glen Campbell Dies; Country Music Legend Was 81

Glen Campbell, the country music icon who recorded such hits as "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" has passed away at the age of 81.

Campbell had been battling Alzheimer's for several years.

A representative for Campbell's label, Universal Music Group, confirmed his passing in a press release issued moments ago:

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"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease," reads the statement.

Born in Billstown, Arkansas in 1936, Campbell began his music career at the age of 14, when he moved to Wyoming to play a circuit of rural bars with a musician uncle.

Shortly thereafter, Campbell moved to Los Angeles, where he earned a spot with the iconic group of session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew.

During his time as one of the most in-demand studio guitarists in the world, Campbell appeared on numerous hits, including the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man," Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas,” Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," and the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." 

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In 1964, Campbell caught another big break when he was asked to fill in for the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, who had suffered a nervous breakdown during an international tour.

From there, Campbell embarked on a solo career, releasing his first major hit, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," in 1967.

Several other hits, including "Galveston" and "Wichita Lineman" followed soon thereafter.

After drawing raves for his appearance on the Smothers Brothers' popular variety show in 1968, Campbell was accepted an offer to host his own series, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.

He used his position as host to shine a spotlight on such lesser-known artists as Willie Nelson.

"He exposed us to a big part of the world that would have never had the chance to see us," said Nelson. "He's always been a big help to me."

In 1975, Campbell became a cross-over mega-star yet again with his biggest hit and signature tune, "Rhinestone Cowboy."

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Countless tributes to Campbell have poured in on social media, including the above tweet from his daughter, country singer Ashley, who posted a photo of her hand intertwined with her ailing father's.

"Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love," wrote Ashley, who often accompanied her father on banjo in his later years.

Glen Campbell is survived by his wife, Kimberly Wollen, and eight children.

Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.

Former Linkin Park Member Chester Bennington Memorialized In Private Funeral Service

Chester Bennington's family and closest friends have opted for privacy in this very emotional time, holding a private Saturday afternoon memorial service to remember the Linkin Park member after his suicide by hanging last week.

The event took place near Bennington's home in Palos Verdes, California, with a few hundred people -- limited to family and friends -- attending the memorial service.

Related: Bennington's Widow Releases Poignant Statement

Police provided tight security at the event, and family members did not want videos or pictures taken there.

Fans have been organizing memorials around the globe for the frontman, but were not involved with the private ceremony yesterday in California.

According to reports, a full stage, including a drum kit, was set up at the funeral and several musical tributes were performed.

Additionally, all funeral attendees were given wrist bands and an access pass -- just like what you might see in a VIP pass at a Linkin Park concert.

Above all, it was no doubt a very emotional day for Bennington's family and friends.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who knew and loved him during this unimaginable time of need.

R.I.P.

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Chester Bennington: Cause of Death Confirmed

Last week, the music world was stunned by the death of Chester Bennington, the gifted singer and songwriter whose unmistakable vocals helped to make Linkin Park one of the biggest bands of the 2000s.

Sadly, the cause of the 41-year-old's passing was immediately apparent to authorities.

And today, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office confirmed that Bennington took his own life by hanging.

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According to a police report, Bennington was pronounced dead at 9:08 am July 20 Palo Verdes Estates, California.

His body was discovered by a housekeeper who found the singer hanging from a bedroom door.

Though he left no note, it's widely believed that Bennington mimicked Chris Cornell in his method of suicide.

The Soundgarden singer also took his own life by hanging recently.

The two rock stars were such close friends that Cornell's widow asked Bennington to sing at his funeral.

It's likely not a coincidence that Bennington killed himself on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

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Earlier today, the surviving members of Linkin Park issued a statement expressing their profound grief over Bennington's passing.

“The demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal … After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place," the band wrote.

In another statement issued today, Warner Bros. Records CEO, Cameron Strang, wrote:

“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends. All of us at WBR join with millions of grieving fans around the world in saying: we love you Chester and you will be forever missed.”

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Strang concluded his statement by urging anyone who might be suffering from thoughts of suicide or self-harm to call .National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Tens of thousands of friends and fans have paid tribute to Bennington in the days since his death.

The beloved singer leaves behind a wife and six children.

Martin Landau Dies; Legendary Actor Was 89

Martin Landau, a veteran actor whose work has spanned the big screen and small screen, died Saturday afternoon at UCLA Medical Center.

He was 89 years old.

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According to TMZ, which broke this sad piece of news, Landau passed away at approximately 1:30 p.m. local time.

He had just recently been hospitalized for unknown reasons and had suffered a few health-related complications before passing away.

Among the many impressive credits to his name, Landau starred in such films as Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, Tim Burton's Ed Wood (for which he won an Academy Award) and Cleopatra.

Within the realm of television, Landau is likely best known for his role on the series Mission: Impossible.

He left that show after three seasons due to a contract dispute.

Landau, who started work as a cartoon, got his major acting breaking playing a gay henchman in the aforementioned Hitchcock classic, which came out in 1959.

At that time, of course, portraying a homosexual man in a movie was not a common occurrence.

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Landau received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) and again a year later in the same category for Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors.

He finally won his lone Oscar in 1994.

Perhaps most famously, however, the beloved actor actually turned down the role of Mr. Spock on the NBC series Star Trek; it ended up going to Leonard Nimoy, of course.

“I turned down Star Trek. It would’ve been torturous,” the star said during a 2011 edition of the PBS documentary series Pioneers of Television, adding at that time:

“I would’ve probably died playing that role. I mean, even the thought of it now upsets me.

"It was the antithesis of why I became an actor. I mean, to play a character that Lenny (Nimoy) was better suited for, frankly, a guy who speaks in a monotone who never gets excited, never has any guilt, never has any fear or was affected on a visceral level.

"Who wants to do that?"

Throughout his amazing career, Landau befriended such legends as James Dean and Jack Nicholson, while he briefly dated Marilyn Monroe.

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Toward the end of his career Landau earned Emmy Award nominations for playing the father of Anthony LaPaglia’s character on Without a Trace and for guest-starring as an out-of-touch movie producer on Entourage.

He portrayed billionaire J. Howard Marshall, the 90-year-old husband of Anna Nicole Smith, in a 2013 Lifetime biopic about the late model; and starred opposite Christopher Plummer in Remember in 2015.

Expect many tributes from Hollywood greats to come pouring in as news of his death spreads.

Altogether, he appeared in close to 200 movies and television shows.

May Martin Landau rest in peace.

John Blackwell Jr. Dies; Beloved Prince Drummer Was 43

John Blackwell Jr., a musician best known for having toured with Prince as the artist’s main drummer for over a decade, passed away on Tuesday.

He was 43 years old.

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The exact cause of death is unknown at this time, but Blackwell was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year after falling ill and undergoing a number of tests in Japan.

The popular drummer's wife, Yaritza, who updates her husband’s social media accounts, shared the news Tuesday on Instagram via an image of her grasping his hand.

She wrote that he died “peacefully” in her company and added:

“Thanks God for his life and thanks everyone for their support.”

Last July, his wife set up a GoFundMe account to cover Blackwell’s medical expenses; it has raised over $78,000 to date.

According to USA Today, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office in Tampa has been asked for further information on Blackwell’s passing, but has not yet responded to this request

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Blackwell took to stages around the world alongside Prince for 15 years.

He was well known and beloved for his unique style of drumming, having graduated from Berklee College of Music before being recruited by Prince in 2000 to play in his band New Power Generation.

Blackwell also performed with Patti LaBelle, Justin Timberlake and Cameo, among other big-time artists and singers.

He tragically lost an arm over the last year, as he underwent various surgeries in an attempt overcome his diagnosis.

In the fall of 2016, Blackwell told Tampa TV station WTSP-TV that Prince was like a father figure to him. The two friends were extremely close.

He said another close acquintence had recently told him that he could just imagine Prince calling for him to play as part of his band up in heaven.

"I can hear Prince now say, 'I'll just call John.' No, you ain't! I don't want to do that gig. Not yet," Blackwell, who took up drumming at the age of three, said at the time.

In response to his passing, many others within the world of music expressed their sadness and sent their condolences on social media.

To wit, Sheila E. wrote:

"My beautiful friend John Blackwell passed away 2day Plz keep his family in prayer. He was amazing manLuv u my brother," along with the following picture:

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Added Travis Barker:

"Rest In Peace #JohnBlackwell Your legend will live 4ever. One of the best to ever pick up drumsticks. Prayers to family and friends."

And Morris Day:

"We lost another brother... John Blackwell made his transition today!!! Our prayers go out to his wife and family!"

We share these sentiments and we send our best wishes to Blackwell's family.

May he rest in peace.

Stevie Ryan Dies; Actress & Jenelle Evans Foe Was 33

Stevie Ryan, an actress and comedian best known in gossip circles for her lengthy feud with Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans, has passed away.

Ryan was just 33 years old.

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Details are still scarce, but police investigating the tragedy are describing Ryan's death as an apparent suicide by hanging.

The shocking news comes just one week after Stevie publicly shared her grief over the death of her grandfather.

“I’m just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression,” Ryan stated on a recent episode of her podcast.

After moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career at the age of 19, Ryan unexpectedly found success through her YouTube channel.

Specifically, through her signature character, Little Loca.

Ryan eventually carved out a niche when she started poking fun at celebrities, going viral with a number of spot-on impressions.

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Ryan told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012:

“I remember waking up and one Little Loca video had like 900 hits and I was like ‘Oh, my gosh. There’s people watching this?’” 

“And it just kept going and then I did this Paris Hilton thing and then it literally was just growing and growing."

"And I just became so obsessed with all of it.”

Ryan landed a VH1 sketch series entitled Stevie TV in 2012 but despite critical acclaim, the show lasted only one season.

She went on to host Brody Jenner's short-lived E! series, Sex With Brody. That series also lasted only one season (2015).

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But it was her riffs on the Teen Mom phenomenon and its cast members that gained Ryan the most attention on social media.

Ryan mocked Farrah Abraham, Jenelle Evans, and others in a fashion that made her popular with many fans of the franchise.

On the flip side, it made her roundly despised by some of the show's stars, who failed to see the humor in what she was doing.

At one point, Ryan publicly shared a series of flirtatious texts that she had received from Evans' then-boyfriend Nathan Griffith.

Today, the 25-year-old Evans spoke out on social media after receiving word of Ryan's death, acknowledging their feud.

“I know we pretty much hated each other but I’m sorry you had to go so soon pretty girl,” Jenelle tweeted.

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Other Teen Mom stars have yet to publicly address Ryan's death, but we suspect we'll be hearing from more of them in due time.

As is to be expected amid such tragedy, thousands of tributes from fans of the gifted comic have already poured in on Twitter.

Many of the online reactions involve encouraging anyone who may be suffering from thoughts of suicide to seek immediate help. 

We strongly urge those who are struggling to take such steps sooner rather than later, and our thoughts go out to Ryan's family.

Rebecca Burger, French Fashion Blogger, Killed by Whipped Cream Dispenser

Rebecca Burger, a French fashion blogger with a large following on Instagram, was killed this week after a whipped cream container exploded and struck her in the chest.

She was 33 years old.

We know this sounds like an example of fake news, or some kind of Internet hoax.

But it is a true and sad story.

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In a pair of messages posted Wednesday on Burger's Instagram page, which currently has more than 165,000 followers, the Internet star's family warned her fans about the dangers of pressurized capsules.

Burger's loved ones even uploaded a picture of a can similar to the one that hit Burger and ended her life, writing as a caption to the image:

Here's an example of the whip cream canister that exploded and struck Rebecca's chest, resulting in her death. Let us be precise: the siphon that cause her death was sealed.

Do not use this type of device in your home! Tens of thousands of these defective appliances are still in circulation

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The family also confirmed Burger's passing, stating online that Rebecca died from an "accident in the home" on June 18.

The Associated Press reports that prosecutors are looking into the siphon that was used to create the dispenser in order to determine whether or not it was defective.

According to a French newspaper, Burger went into cardiac arrest following the incident, but emergency technicians on the scene were able to revive her heartbeat.

She remained unconscious and was transported to a local hospital… where she died the following day.

The 33-year old amassed an impressive viral following as she chronicled her life on social media over the years.

On June 10, she posted her first (and, sadly, last) travel vlog about a recent trip to Bali.

But Burger was mostly known for sharing workout tips, videos and photos on her Instagram page.

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Ard’time, the manufacturer of this product, said the specific item Burger used had been pulled from the market and destroyed after an accident in February 2013.

It added that efforts had been made ever since to inform customers of potential safety hazards.

"Unfortunately, there are still lots of siphons of all brands that remain potentially dangerous as time passes," the company said in a statement after Burger’s death.

According to BBC, one person who was hurt by an exploding whipped cream container told RTL radio in 2013:

“I had six broken ribs, and my sternum was broken. At the hospital, I was told that if the shock and blast had been facing the heart, I would be dead now.”

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Meanwhile, a 2014 press release by the French economy ministry warned individuals about the potential dangers of whipped cream dispensers.

"Since 2010, several models of kitchen syphons, also called cream syphons, have turned out to be dangerous and have led to domestic accidents," it read, adding:

"The explosions cause a high speed burst that can cause serious injuries to the hands or face."

This story has received global attention due to the unusual nature of Burger's death.

But that doesn't make her passing any less tragic.

We send our condolences to the loved ones of Rebecca Burger and we hope she is resting in peace.

Prodigy Choked on an Egg Before His Death

When the world learned that Prodigy the rapper had passed away at 42, long-time fans immediately thought of his lifelong battle with sickle-cell anemia.

His publicist's statement confirmed that sickle-cell anemia was a factor, combined with the intense heat of his last venue.

But it turns out that there's more to this story.

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TMZ reports that, while in the hospital on Tuesday morning, while being treated for sickle-cell anemia, Prodigy choked on an egg.

They report that their sources include both those close to Prodigy and those investigating his death.

It's still unclear if that caused or contributed to his death.

But we can all imagine the horror of receiving treatment for a devastating illness ... only to choke to death.

And it's easy to imagine happening.

Prodigy would have been weakened and dehydrated by his condition.

Hospital beds are also not really designed for comfortable eating.

Laying on your back, as he may have been at the time, can make it much easier to choke.

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Prodigy has been a respected hip-hop artist.

He's been credited with essentially being one of the artists who defined the genre.

He's best known for being half of the duo known as Mobb Deep since 1992.

The other member of the duo was Havoc.

Those are both names of X-Men but we think that it's a coincidence -- rappers and superheroes have a lot of name overlap.

But he's performed with other artists, even in the days leading up to his hospitalization.

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Sometimes our curiosity has limits.

Sometimes we find out things that nobody needed to know about celebrities when they die.

We've already learned more than we want to about Carrie Fisher's toxicology report.

And yes, Carrie would want us to know, but not every celebrity wants their private life splayed open.

We could absolutely understand if Prodigy's loved ones are less happy with this news being shared.

His fans certainly want to know the details of his passing.

But those closest to him want to balance giving fans closure ...

... With preserving his dignity.

We all remember the sensational and sad report about David Carradine's death.

That's not how he would have wanted to be remembered.

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Realistically, even if he asphyxiated on an egg, it was the sickle-cell anemia that's plagued him since birth that sealed his fate.

It wasn't even the devastating Las Vegas heat, where temperatures had reached 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

Though that certainly exacerbated the situation.

His sickle-cell anemia would have left his immune system compromised.

And, more relevant to the scorching desert climate of Nevada, it would have made it easier for him to become dehydrated.

So, while the investigation is ongoing, we don't expect whatever the final determination is to change our view of the situation, egg or no egg.

Just as it won't change our view of the talented man Prodigy was in life.

Local NBC Affiliate In Connecticut Will NOT Air Megyn Kelly’s Interview With Alex Jones — GOOD!

Good for NBC's Connecticut affiliate here.

The local television station owned by NBC that covers the area including Newtown, Connecticut, will NOT be broadcasting Megyn Kelly's highly controversial interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Related: Alex Jones Pre-Leaks His Interview With Megyn Kelly!

In an internal memo at the company that was obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, station executives at WVIT NBC Connecticut made the decision to not air the interview after hearing from employees, viewers, and families that were so horribly affected by the awful tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School there in 2012.

Jones has said repeatedly on the record that the killing of those 26 people -- including many small children -- was a hoax. Kelly has drawn a ton of criticism for even interviewing him, but now at least it seems one station has found a solution.

Good!

Related: Sandy Hook Moms Urging Megyn To Do The Right Thing

All in all, with Kelly's ratings in the toilet and this controversy rung squarely around her neck, it really hasn't been a great start to her career at NBC.

Of course, it pales in comparison to the pain Jones' conspiracy theories have brought to Sandy Hook families.

Hopefully more NBC affiliates across the country take the lead from this one and adjust their programming accordingly.

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Anita Pallenberg Dies; Actress & Longtime Partner of Keith Richards Was 73

Anita Pallenberg - actress, model, and longtime partner of legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards - has passed away at 73.

Her death was announced Tuesday evening by close friend Stella Schnabel.

No cause of death was stated.

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Schnabel paid tribute to Pallenberg in a heartfelt Instagram post:

"I have never met a woman quite like you Anita. I don't think there is anybody in this universe like you. No one has ever understood me so well." 

"You showed about life and myself and how to grow and become and exist with it all. I was a little girl thinking I was big but I became a woman through knowing you."

"The greatest woman I have ever known. Thank you for the most important lessons - because they are ever changing and definitive. Like you. We are all singing for you, how you liked it. Go in peace my Roman mother, you will always be in my heart."

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Pallenberg found early success as a model and actress (she appeared alongside Mick Jagger in the 1970 cult classic Performance), but it was her personal and artistic involvement with the Rolling Stones for which she's best remembered.

After sneaking backstage at a Stones concert in 1965, Pallenberg kicked off a tumultuous relationship with band co-founder Brian Jones.

When she and Jones parted ways, Pallenberg became involved with Richards, beginning a romance that would last for 22 years and yield three children.

During her time with Richards, Pallenberg enjoyed such creative clout among the Stones that some of the band's best known recordings were remixed at her suggestion.

Pallenberg is credited as a background singer on the band's 1968 classic "Sympathy For the Devil."

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Richards' years with Pallenberg were among the most turbulent of his famously wild life.

In his 2010 memoir, the rock icon stated that he and Pallenberg endured a "descent into hell” together, each becoming addicted to heroin during their relationship. 

"I like a high-spirited woman. And with Anita, you knew you were taking on a valkyrie — she who decides who dies in battle," Richards wrote in the book.

Pallenberg is survived by Marlon and Angela, her two children with Richards.

The couple had another son, Tara, who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1976.

Adam West: Mourned, Remembered by Stars Everywhere

We just learned earlier this morning that Adam West, the actor best known for starring in the 1960s Batman series, has passed away.

He was battling leukemia, and sources say that he died in his sleep.

He was 88 years old.

Though we just learned the news a little while ago, celebrities everywhere are already taking time to remember Adam on Twitter.

Check out some of the most touching messages below.

1. Burt Ward

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“I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends,. Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night.”

2. Julie Newmar

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“Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end. He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people – A friend said: ‘The father that we wanted.’ That is a great gift, no matter how you live it.”

3. Seth MacFarlane

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"Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity. I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You’re irreplaceable.”

4. Will Arnett

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“RIP Adam West. You will always be Batman.”

5. George Takei

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"RIP Adam West. You'll always be Batman to me."

6. Elijah Wood

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“Sad to hear of Adam West’s passing. A legend as Batman but also, Ty Lookwell.”
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Chris Cornell: Toxicology Report Reveals Singer’s Cause of Death

It's been two weeks since the music world was stunned by the sudden death of Chris Cornell, the pioneering singer/songwriter whose inimitable vocal stylings helped Soundgarden and Audioslave rise to the top of the charts.

Just hours after his body was found, medical examiners in Wayne County, Michigan ruled Cornell's death a suicide.

Cornell's widow, Vicky Karayiannis, and others close to the musician expressed doubts about the coroner's findings.

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Karayiannis maintained that drugs played a role in Cornell's death, a theory that shocked fans, as the singer had been sober for nearly 15 years prior to hsi passing.

Nevertheless, Karyiannis issued a statement expressing her belief that the results of a pending toxicology report would corroborate her beliefs.

Today, TMZ obtained the results of that report, and it seems that Karayiannis was correct in her assertion that Cornell was under the influence at the time of his passing.

The coroner who examined Cornell's body confirmed that the following drugs were found in his system:

Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant), and unspecified barbiturates.

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Witnesses claimed to have seen puncture marks on Cornell's arms, but it appears those were the result of Narcan injections made by paramedics in an effort to save the 52-year-old's life.

Shortly after her husband's death, Karayiannis stated that she knew Cornell was intoxicated just from speaking with him on the phone.

She asked the singer's bodyguard, who was staying in the same Detroit hotel, to check on Cornell, but tragically, it was too late.

An apparently drug-addled Cornell had hung himself in his room with an exercise belt.

Karayiannis issued the following statement in response to today's findings:

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“Many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off. We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system. 

"After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgment seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.

"Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back."

She concluded:

“We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy.”

Our thoughts go out to Cornell's widow and children during this tremendously difficult time.