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Larry King Dies; Legendary Journalist Was 87

Larry King, an iconic journalist, radio and television host, passed away on Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He was 87 years old.

No cause of death has been confirmed at this time.

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Reads a statement on King's Twitter account:

For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.

Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.

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Whether he was interviewing a U.S. president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, and uncomplicated questions.

He believed considered questions usually provided the best answers and he was not wrong in that belief.

According to TMZ, King was diagnosed withh COVID-19 late last year.

The reporter published 20 books over his distinguished career and also had a column in USA Today.

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He suffered multiple heart attacks throughout his life and underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1987.

After being in and out of the hospital in 2019, King was sent home -- and told he didn't have much longer to live.

The late star's nationally-syndicated late-night radio talk show debuted in 1978 across 28 cities and.

In 1985, he began to anchor Larry King Live on CNN.

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King interviewed basically every famous person on the planet, including Presidents Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

The popular late-night TV show lasted for a quarter century and aired its last episode on December 16, 2010.

It had become CNN's most-watched and longest-running program in the process.

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Continued the statement that announced his passing:

Larry’s interviews from his 25-year run on CNN’s ‘Larry King Love,’ and his Ora Media programs ‘Larry King Now,’ and ‘Politicking with Larry King’ are consistently referenced by media outlets around the world.

They remain part of the historical record of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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The company continued in its tribute to the late journalistic icon, whose presence may never be replaced:

Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry, Jr., Chance, Canon and the entire King family.

Funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who ask for their privy at this time.

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Over the course of his life, King was married eight times, splitting from his most recent wife Shawn in 2019.

He is survived by five children: Cannon, Chance, Danny, Kelly and Larry Jr.

May Larry King rest in peace.

Celebrities Who Died In 2020: Gone, But Never Forgotten…

Some truly beloved public figures have left us in the year 2020.

These artists, athletes, politicians, and pop culture icons may be gone -- but they will certainly never be forgotten by their fans and loved ones.

Their legacies live on; their stars will never fade; and their work will be cherished for generations to come, as those whose lives they touched pass the love and admiration on to future admirers.

Join us as we pay tribute to the lives we lost over these very painful 12 months.

May they rest in eternal peace.

1. Kobe and Gianna Bryant

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash alongside seven others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Kobe was just 41 years old. He is survived by his wife and three other daughters.

2. Naya Rivera

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The former Glee actress drowned in a lake after renting a pontoon boat with her four-year old son. Her body was discovered after an extensive six-day search in July 2020. RIP.

3. Neil Peart

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Iconic Rush drummer Neil Peart passed away in January. He was 67 years old.

4. Nick Gordon

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Nick Gordon passed away at the age of 30. Gordon was best known as the boyfriend of Whitney Houston's late daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

5. Kirk Douglas

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Kirk Douglas passed away at the age of 103. One of Hollywood's most legendary actors, Douglas is most remembered for such legendary films as Spartacus.

6. Pop Smoke

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Rapper Pop Smoke passed away at the age of 20. Smoke was murdered in a friend's home.
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Dawn Wells Dies of Covid Complications; Gilligan’s Island Star Was 82

Dawn Wells, a beloved actress forever best known for playing the main character of Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan's Island, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

She was 82 years old.

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According to a representative for Wells, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, the star passed away due to complications related to COVID-19.

Aside from Tina Louise, Wells was the last surviving regular cast member of the Sherwood Schwartz-created series... which featured a trio of women and a quartet men marooned on a desert island after their three-hour boat tour off the coast of Honolulu went horribly awry.

They survived, however.

On nearly every episode of the long-running sitcom -- which earned a rabid fan base years after it went off the air due to syndication -- the castaways came oh-so-close to escaping off the island.

Alas, they never did.

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Wells portrayed the sweet, Kansas born-and-bred Mary Ann Summers on the iconic CBS sitcom.

The program ran for three seasons from 1964 to 1967, making a huge splash in pop culture.

A multitude of television movies were made after the show concluded; and the cast went on to make appearances on other shows, such as ALF and Roseanne in character.

The show also starred Bob Denver (Gilligan) Russell Johnson (Professor Roy Hinkley) and Alan Hale Jr. (Skipper).

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"Mary Ann wasn't just a silly and sweet ingenue," the actress wrote in her book, What Would Mary Ann Do?: A Guide to Life.

"She was bright, fair-minded and reasonable, and I like to think that's what I brought to her. She was a little more of a Goody Two-shoes than I am."

Before and after Gilligan's Island, Wells appeared on an array small screen programs -- including Bonanza, The Love Boat, Gilligan's Planet, Growing Pains, Baywatch, Columbo and Roseanne.

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"I don't get tired of it because I'm greeted with love everywhere I go," Wells told Penn Live of always being known as the legendary sitcom character.

"It's been a difficult time breaking the image acting-wise. You know, to go and play a real nasty girl. They always say, 'Mary Ann? Are you kidding?'

"To get past that is so silly because I'm not that person and that person [is] going to be on [television] the rest of my lifetime, most likely, but I'm greeted with love."

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In 2018, Wells' close friend Doug Kirpatrick set up a GoFundMe account for his pal after he learned that she was struggling to pay medical and tax bills.

The campaign raised over $198,000.

Wrote Wells at the time on Facebook:

I am amazed at the kindness and affection I have received from the current outpouring in regards to the Go Fund Me Page that is grabbing so much attention and want to address it.

A dear dear friend of mine with a big heart was trying to help me with some common issues we all understand and some must face. He create that page with the love [and] emotion like someone protecting their child.

In a recent conversation with him I remarked Where did the time go? I don't know how this happened. I thought I was taking all the proper steps to ensure my golden years. Now, here I am, no family, no husband, no kids and no money.

I'm grateful that God has given me so many friends and fans who care, or it would all be too ....overwhelming .....I am grateful to any of my fans who are willing to offer support. However, please know that my outlook is positive and I look forward to seeing you all in my travels."

Wells, who does not have kids, was briefly married to talent agent Larry Rosen from 1962 to 1967.

May she rest in peace.

Nick McGlashan, Deck Boss on Deadliest Catch, Dead at 33

Tragedy has once again struck the world of reality television.

Nick McGlashan, a seventh generation fisherman who starred on the wildly popular series Deadliest Catch since 2013, died on Sunday in Nashville.

He was 33 years old.

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The sad news was broken by TMZ and has since been confirmed by outlets such as People Magazine and E!.

McGlashan appeared on a total of 78 Deadliest Catch episodes, making his debut seven years ago and quickly growing into a fan favorite.

Nick's sister has also confirmed the unexpected development on Twitter, writing:

"My brother nick passed away. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. Please hold your loved ones tight."

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Born in Alaska, McGlashan started crabbing at the age of 13, frequently leaving school and heading straight for his father's boat to help the crew, according to his Discovery biography.

This same bio reads as follows:

"Nick is known for his witty quips, working through the pain, and not stopping the job until it's done.

"He has also kept the boat running through all kinds of mechanical issues, manufacturing quick fixes on the fly. Nick has a wealth of fishing experience…the epitome of a true crabber."


During season 13 of Deadliest Catch, McGlashan entered rehab due to addiction to alcohol and drugs.

"My life went from Bering Sea badass to full blown junkie very rapidly," he wrote in an essay for Chosen magazine, adding:

"I was broken and soulless. I was living without any hope of happiness. All I wanted was to stay loaded.

"Every bit of happiness stripped away by a powerful, cunning, and baffling disease."

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Shortly after news of McGlashan's passing went viral, numerous fans took to social media to express their sadness and sorrow.

"RIP Nick McGlashan...

"This guy was immense on #DeadliestCatch and I send my condolences to Bill, all the crew of the Summer Bay and all the family and friends of Nick. Rip Nick," one person wrote.

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Another added:

"My heart is broken.

"Nick McGlashan was one of my favorite guys on @DeadliestCatch & as strange as it is, all the guys felt like family. We watched them grow & fall & grow again & I’m honored to have followed his life.

"You will be [email protected] Much love to the DC family."

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At McGlashan's lowest point, he was drinking "a half a gallon of vodka, shooting two grams of heroin and one gram of meth every day," he wrote in the aforementioned essay.

The reality star even admitted he had overdosed three times before seeking help in November 2016.

Once sober, though, the TLC personality took pride in being an advocate and helping others get clean.

"The greatest thing about my recovery is that I can change someone's life just by talking about my addiction and recovery," he said.

"As I thrive in my recovery my world begins to make sense...When I look at my life and feel at peace with the changes I've made, that's recovery."

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Over the course of its 16-season run, Deadliest Catch has had at least six other cast members pass away.

For example, deck hand Mahlon Reyes died back in August after suffering a heart attack.

No cause of death for this latest tragedy has been released yet to the public.

May Nick McGlashan rest in peace.

Natalie Desselle Reid Dies; B*A*P*S and Cinderella Star Was 53

Natalie Desselle Reid, a veteran actress known for her roles in movies such as Madea's Big Happy Family and "B*A*P*S, along with the TV show Eve has died.

She was 53 years old.

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The sad news was confirmed on Instagram on Monday afternoon via a statement that reads as follows:

"She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife.

"Her diverse career touched so many and she will be loved forever.

"Naturally, we are grieving and processing this profound loss and we thank you in advance for respecting our privacy at this extremely difficult time."

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Natalie Desselle Reid died from colon cancer.

Among the more moving tributes penned in her honor, Holly Robinson Peete wrote that her friend was “a bright shining star [who] passed away this morning.

"I got to know her when my mom was managing her. She will be so missed … sending out prayers to her children and husband.

"Rest in peace, sweet girl."

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Desselle Reid's other roles included appearances in films like Cinderella (opposite Brandy and Halley Berry), Set It Off and How to Be a Player.

Added Berry upon learning her former co-star has passed away:

"I’m in total shock... completely heartbroken. gonna need a minute. #RIP @NatalieDesselle."

Wrote Eve: "I can’t believe it @NatalieDesselle sending prayers,love and strength to her family.  Rest in Peace."

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According to TMZ, the actress diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. 

The celebrity gossip website reports  she was in hospice care in her final days, and was surrounded by family when she passed away.

"Sending my love and condolences out to Natalie Desselle family," Tweeted Bow Wow in mourning, adding:

"Had the pleasure of working with her on Tyler Perrys “Madea Big Happy Family” sending my love."

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Added Yvette Nicolle Brown:

Seeing her in #Cinderella was my first time seeing her too. I was newly in Los Angeles. I hadn’t started acting yet.

She looked like me. She helped me realize that there was a place for me in the industry.

I’m so glad I got to tell her that. I hope she knew how beloved she was.

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Natalie Desselle Reid leaves behind her husband and three children.

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

May she rest in perpetual peace.

Bobbie Thomas, Today Show Contributor, Mourns Death of Her Husband

Bobbie Thomas, a style editor and contributor on The Today Show, shared a heart-shattering Instagram post on Sunday morning.

It paid tribute to the journalist's husband, Michael, who died on December 1 following what Thomas described as an "heroic battle" that began with an ischemic stroke in April 2019.

He was 42 years old.

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"Nothing is normal. Maybe nothing will ever be normal again. For me, it won't. My husband is gone," Thomas wrote in a caption of a photo of herself and Michael in the hospital.

"With all the fear, anger, and division going on in the world right now, it's so easy to get upset about the lack of normalcy.

"But I beg you, everyone reading this, hold onto what you do have right now instead of focusing on what you don't. One thing we all have is kindness. Absorb it, extend it, exhaust it.

"Because in the end, the ONLY thing that matters is love. If you're lucky enough to have it, please appreciate it, every moment, every day.

"Especially during the hard parts. There will never be enough time and some of our forevers are much too short."

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The couple got married in May 2013 and share one child, a five-year-old son named Miles.

"As I type through tears, I embrace gratitude ... holding our precious son Miles and memories, of the time I did have with Michael, closer to my broken heart," continued Thomas.

"Thank you all for the love and support you've shown us and our families.

"Please go hug the people you love."

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Michael suffered a stroke in the spring of 2019 and then dealt with health complications after the awful ordeal.

He initially had to use a wheelchair after his stroke -- but, in May 2020, he managed to walk with assistance.

In June, Thomas shared a video of Marion holding Miles for the first time since his stroke.

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"A moment like this - the first time Michael was able to pick Miles up for a hug since his stroke - is why I temporarily stepped away from social media the past few months," Thomas wrote at the time, saying she had so much to embrace:

"With the world zooming along in high gear, I wanted some 'digital space' to focus on being more present.

"Amidst Covid, protests, and more there's never been a better time to listen and learn.

"And personally, there was much to embrace - my wedding anniversary (#7!), Father's Day, Miles' last day of Pre-K , the first day of summer, and of course Michael's continued recovery."

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In response to this tragedy, Friends and NBC colleagues shared condolences on Thomas' post.

Jenna Bush Hager, for example, remarked: "Bobbie, your strength amazes. Love you so."

We send our condolences to the Bobbie Thomas, her and Michael's friends, family members and loved ones.

May he rest in peace.

Whitney Collings, Former Bad Girls Club Star, Dead at 33

Whitney Collings, one of the original and most famous member of the reality show Bad Girls Club, died this week, according to a Facebook message shared by her mother.

She was 33 years old.

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TMZ broke the tragic news on Friday evening, alerting readers to the sad note left by Colliings' mom.

"I am completely broken and will never get over this. Life is so unfair. She was kind with a big heart," it reads.

The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

However, sources have told TMZ that Whitney died on Thursday morning at a hospital near her native city of Boston.

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Collings appeared on 12 episodes of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club between 2008 and 2009, but was eventually given the boot due to her bad and even violent behavior.

She then returned to film the Bad Girls Club Reunion Special.

Prior to joining the popular reality program, Collings worked as a sales representative for Priority One Marketing Group in Florida, according to her IMDB page.

At the time of her passing, she was working as a senior sales executive at Ecigarettes Wholesale.

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A friend of the late reality star, Christina Marie, also confirmed this horribe news on her Facebook page, writing as follows:

“I am completely heart broken Whitney Collings we have so many fun memories together. Rest easy beautiful angel your with your dad now…”

Collins was only 21 years old when she rose to fame on Bad Girls Club.

While she was working hard as a barmaid in Boston, Collings was also studying biology and physics at Salem State, as reported by The Boston Herald.

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Fans of Bad Girls Club will remember Whitney for being a (VERY) straight shooter when it came to confrontation and for having a temper, although she often showed her playful side with her sense of humor.


She was kicked off the series, as cited above, due to a physical altercation.

What transpired at the time?

"We were all in Cancun, Mexico at a club and Leah got into an altercation with Amber," she explained over a decade ago, adding:

"I tried to calm everyone down as we were leaving, when Amber came after me with a shoe. I got into it with her, but then stepped back and realized it wasn’t worth it.

"I tried to walk away when Amber started swinging at me. I ended up kicking her in the face and got kicked off."


As for how she felt about being part of Bad Girls Club?

"It was an opportunity of a lifetime. Good or bad, you just have to go with it. I would definitely do it again. I don’t have any regrets," she said way back then.

We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Whitney Collings.

May she rest in peace.

Alexis Sharkey, Instagram Influencer, Found Dead and Naked in Houston

Alexis Sharkey, a popular and influential member of Instagram with over 32,400 followers, was found dead in Houston on Saturday morning.

She was 26 years old.

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The tragic discovery was made afterr Sharkey was scheduled to meet up with friends to watch movies on Saturday, yet never responded to phone calls or text messages, according to mother Stacey Clark Robinault, who spoke to local news station KHOU11. 

Sharkey had not posted anything on social media for over 12 hours, either.

Robinault said that her daughter was last heard from on Friday evening.

Houston police, meanwhile, said Sharkey's nude corpse was found on the side of the road in West Houston, with authorities having opened up an investigation into what transpired.

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While details regarding this fatality remain scarce, a friend spoke to a Texas ABC affiliate about Sharkey and said the 26-year old had noted certain fears to her a month ago ... during their trip to Marfa, Texas.

"She confided in me that night ... she's petrified," this source said. "This girl is scared for her life."

Robinault, meanwhile, echoed this sentiment when contacted by ABC13.

"I do believe she was murdered. Yes. From what I've been able to gather as well as a mother's gut," she said.


Sharkey's pal, Tanya Ricardo, told KHOU11 Sharkey spent Thanksgiving at her house and last spoke with her around 6 p.m. on Friday.

Ricardo explained that it was rare for Sharkey not to respond quickly:

"She is attached to her phone. She is a social media queen. She is an influencer. She works from her phone."

Hence the concern when no one had heard from the influence all day on Saturday.


"Please share this post!!! My daughter, Alexis Sharkey, is missing!!" Robinault wrote on Facebook prior to the awful discovery.

"No one has heard from her for over 24 hours and the police are involved. She has lived in Houston Texas since January and that was where she was last seen.

"Please help us find her and bring her home safely!! We are so very desperate!!! Please share!!"


On Sunday night, Robinault shared another post, confirming that her daughter's body had been found.

"It’s with deeply broken hearts that Mike and I want to let you all know that Lexi’s body has been found," she wrote.

"We cannot begin to thank you all for your love and the kind words you’ve extended to our family! Please give us this time to grieve this incredible loss to our family and this world!!!

"We will miss you, Love!!!!"


Sharkey had moved in Houston in January with her husband, Tom Sharkey, who also expressed sorrow over her death yesterday, writing on Facebook that he is "lost" after losing Alexis, who he called "My one and only!"

The state of Sharkey's marriage to Tom, however, has now been called into question by friends and loved ones.

"Recently, she opened up to us about it and divorce was being filed," a friend told KHOU11, adding:

"She was a very private person. She didn’t share a lot about what was going on at home."

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A vigil has been scheduled for December 3 at Houston's Buffalo Bayou Park for Sharkey and a GoFundMe campaign has been created to raise money for her memorial.

As of Monday night, $12,516 has been raised toward the campaign's $15,000 goal.

We send our condolences to all who knew and cared about Alexis Sharkey.

May she rest in peace.

Luis Troyano, Great British Bake Off Finalist, Dies of Cancer

Luis Troyano, a fan favorite who advanced to the finals on Season 5 of Great British Bake Off, has died of esophageal cancer.

He was 48 years old.

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“We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away,” the show’s official Twitter page announced on Tuesday, November 3, adding:

“It was a huge honour and pleasure to have him in the Bake Off Tent for Series Five.

"Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family."

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The Bake It Great author was a runner-up on his season of this beloved reality competition, which began in the United Kingdom and later came to the United States, getting renamed The Great British Baking Show in the process.

It has climbed to great heights of popularity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Television viewers these days that are looking for a calming program, which features a bunch of nice people baking delicious-looking goods, can't get enough of the series.

They are mourning Troyano's passing across social media today.

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Troyano's manager, Anne Kibel, confirmed this said piece of news on Monday, saying her client passed away last week after a battle with the aforementioned disease:

"A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more," she tweeted Tuesday.

"Always in our thoughts."

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Paul Hollywood, the veteran judge on The Great British Baking Show, also paid tribute to Troyano on Instagram.

"So sad to hear the news about Luis," he wrote, adding of the late reality star:

"He was a fantastic baker and will be missed by all in the Bake Off team.. my thoughts are with his family #ripluis #gbbo #series5finalist."

Similarly, many other Baking Show alums -- such as Candice Brown, Rahul Mandal and Jamie Finn -- mourned Troyano on their social media pages.

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"Oh my goodness this is just heartbreaking. Luis was a complete gent and we had some great giggles at festivals," Brown, who won season 7, said on Instagram.

"Send love and strength to his friends and family."

Fellow season 5 finalist Richard Burr shared a picture of the pair at the Reality Television Awards while honoring his late friend.

“I feel lucky to have had such good mates to marvel at the craziness of short-term fame and long-term friendship,” he captioned the image. “I will miss you Luis.”

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Chetna Makan, who also went up against the former graphic designer, shared a photo of Troyano playing guitar in the kitchen after his passing.

“Hope you get to play the best music and bake the most precise cakes up there!” she wrote alongside of it.

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Kibel, meanwhile, uploaded a link to a Just Giving fundraiser page in Troyano’s memory to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Troyano's season of The Great British Baking Show is now streaming on Netflix.

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

May Luis Troyano rest in peace.

Nikki McKibbin, Ex-American Idol Finalist, Dead at 42

Nikki McKibbin, a singer who advanced all the way to the finals on the very first season of American Idol, died early Sunday morning after suffering a brain aneurysm.

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Nikki's husband, Craig Sadler, announced on Facebook on Saturday that his wife - who also went by Nikki Sadler - had suffered the brain aneurysm on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Based on what we've read online, funeral arrangements are pending.

She was 42 years old.


"Many of you already know something is wrong," wrote Craig, as you can see below.

'The love of my life Nikki Sadler suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday. 

"She would already be gone, but she's an organ donor and has been kept on life support to make that possible."

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McKibbin finished third on the inaugural run of American Idol, ending the competition behind only Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini.

Added her husband in his tribute post;

"Even at the end she is still giving."

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"She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us."

"There are only a few hours left for me to hold her hand and kiss her forehead."

"The current Covid situation won't allow the huge service that she deserves, but I would like to offer you the opportunity to honor her."

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Concluded Craig:

She will be taken to the OR at 3:00 am Central time to give her final gift that will save the lives of strangers. 

You probably know she practically worshiped Stevie Nicks. 

Before they begin, they will play Landslide for her one last time. 


If you are able, you can pause at 3:00 wherever you are and listen to it with her. She will know that you're sharing her farewell. 

She loved so many of you and I know you loved her too.

A statement was has also posted on American Idol's official Twitter page.

It reads:

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"Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing.

"She was part of our American Idol family and will be truly missed.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time."

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In addition to Craig, Nikki is survived by her son, Tristen Cole Langley, 22, who actually auditioned for season 13 of American Idol; and a granddaughter.

Regarding her time on Idol, Nikki is best-remembered for a cover of Alannah Myles' song, "Black Velvet."

She also sang versions of tracks by Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin.

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Nikki also appeared on Fear Factor and Battle of the Network Reality Stars.

Sadly, the aspiring singer battled substance abuse issues, which also prompted her to land in 2008 on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab.

The reality star then moved to a sober living house and her time there was chronicled on Sober House, a spinoff of Celebrity Rehab.

May Nikki McKibbin rest in peace.

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UPDATE: Guarini has posted the following tribute...

@realnikkimckibbin was a fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit.

Even in our 20’s when we were on American Idol together I could tell that she’d had a challenging life, and that not that many people had been kind to her along the way.

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Justin concludes:

I’ll never forget the day that her idol, Stevie Nicks, sent her flowers with a card that said, “You are the Gypsy that I was..."

That's high praise right there.

And here is former judge Paula Abdul...

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Nikki McKibbin was a strong & spirited woman who always stayed true to who she was.

She could bring the house down with her powerful voice and captivating stage presence. Our first season of Idol would not have been what it was without her.

My love & prayers go out to her family.

Sean Connery Dies; Legendary Actor Was 90

Sean Connery, a beloved star widely considered to be the most memorable James Bond in cinematic history, has died following a long illness.

He was 90 years old.

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According to the BBC, which broke this sad piece of news, the Scottish actor had been ill for a lengthy period of time.

Connery's son, Jason, confirmed as much to the outlet.

"We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time," he said.

"A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor."

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Connery starred as the big screen's most famous secret agent in seven James Bond films.

Eon Productions, the studio that produces the James Bond franchise, also reacted to the actor's passing on its website.

“We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sean Connery,” producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli wrote.

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“He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words -- ‘The name’s Bond … James Bond.'

"He revolutionized the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent.

"He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

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Overall, Connery's acting career spanned five decades. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables.

A native of Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, Connery first portrayed James Bond in Dr No in 1962.

He went on to appear in five other official films, and the unofficial Never Say Never Again in 1983.


The popular star was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000 and just celebrated his 90th birthday in August.

Connery also starred in the Alfred Hitchcock film Marnie (1964), along with Murder on the Orient Express (1974).

He memorably played  Indiana Jones’ father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1987).


Connery was also named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1989 - at the age of 59!

He would experience a reinvention of sorts in the 1990s via a string of high-octane pulse-racers, including The Hunt for Red October, The Rock and Dragonheart.

In 2011, he announced hiis retirement.


Largely out of the public eye for the past decade or so, Connery spent a lot of time in New York City.

He briefly came out of retirement in 2014 to voice a character in the animated film Guardian of the Highlands.

Said Connery said in 1996 in his Golden Globes acceptance speech:

“I think if actors and actresses are good at what they do, and if you, the audience, are affected, moved by the stories we helped to tell, then that’s the real reward."

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The actor - who won two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe Awards - was married to Australian actress Diane Cilento from 1962 to 1973.

The pair share son Jason, 57.

Connery later married Micheline Roquebrune in 1975.

May Sean Connery rest in peace.

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

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

He was 34 years old.

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

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

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

His death has been ruled an accident.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was 82 years old.

Diana Rigg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Her agent, Simon Beresford, added:

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Diana Rigg rest in peace.

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

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

He was 17 years old.

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

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

To wit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Manny MUA also mourned Ethan's death on Twitter.

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

Added Tana Mongeau:

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

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


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

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

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

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

Chadwick Boseman Dies; Black Panther Star Was 43

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

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

RIP, Chadwick Boseman

He was just 43 years old.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chadwick Boseman at the Gala

"It takes a legend to do that."

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

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

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

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

Wakanda forever.

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

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

She was 34 years old

Chi Chi DeVayne

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

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

In July, DeVayne was also hospitalized.

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

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DeVayne was eventually discharged later that month.

At this time, her cause of death is unknown.

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

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

Chi Chi DeVayne in the Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Chi Chi DeVayne rest in peace.

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

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

He was 85 years old.

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

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

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

"He was one of a kind."


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Added Stephen Colbert:

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

And Meghan McCain:

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

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

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

May he rest in perpetual peace.

Regis Philbin, Iconic Television Host, Dies at 88

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

He was 88 years old.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here's a little known but incredible fact:

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

He died a true legend of the business.

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

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

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

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

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

Tweeted Jimmy Kimmel:

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

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

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

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

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

Amen, Regis.

Regis Philbin in 2014

The television host was married twice and had four kids.

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

His son, Danny, died in 2014.

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

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

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

Kathie Lee Gifford Says Goodbye

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

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

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

Daisha Riley, Good Morning America Producer, Dies at 35

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

She was 35 years old.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Daisha Riley rest in peace.

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

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

He was 41 years old.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nick Cordero in 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Tweeted Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wear a mask.

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

Now I join the world in mourning you.

Steve Bing, Famous Writer/Producer, Dead of Suicide

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

He was 55 years old.

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

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

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

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

Steve Bing in 2006

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

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

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

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

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

He later founded Shangri-La Entertainment.


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

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

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

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

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Bing is survived by his tw0 kids:

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

May Steve Bing rest in peace.

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

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

She was 27 years old.

Hank Williams Jr., Daughter

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

The vehicle was towing a boat at the time.

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

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

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Continued Holly:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concluded Holly in her heartbreaking post:

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

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

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

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

May Katherine rest in peace.

Jas Waters, This Is Us Writer, Dead at 39

Tragedy has struck the television world.

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

She was 39 years old.

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

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

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

She was one of us. RIP @JasFly.

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

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

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

"RIP @JasFly."

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

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

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

You also may recognize her as a former reality star.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Jas Waters rest in peace.

Mary Pat Gleason Dies; Veteran Actress Was 70 Years Old

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

She was 70 years old.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kennedy added:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

May she rest in peace.

Hana Kimura, Netflix Reality Star, Dead at 22

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

She was 22 years old.

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

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

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

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

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

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A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

May Hana Kimura rest in peace.

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

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

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

He was 29 years old.

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

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

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

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


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

Neither were injured during the incident.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gregory Tyree Boyce, Twilight Saga Actor, Dead at 30

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

He was 30 years old.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was 27 years old.

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was 54 years old.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Continued Maron:

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

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

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

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

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

"Like family. What a deep loss."

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

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

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

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

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In her own post, Mindy Kaling mourned as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Her spirit touched so many people in the filmmaking world.

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

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

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

May Lynn Shelton rest in peace.

Fred Willard Dies; Beloved Modern Family Actor Was 86

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

The actor was 86 years old.

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

"We loved him so very much!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His character died of old age in January.

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

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


Then there was this from Kathy Griffin:

"RIP to the legendary #FredWillard.

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

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

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

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

May Fred Willard rest in peace.

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

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

He was 87 years old.

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

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

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

He just wouldn’t talk about it much.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I wanted attention," he once said.

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

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

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

Richard is survived by his son, Penniman.

May he rest in peace.

UPDATE: Many more tributes have now come pouring in.

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

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

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

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Added Stevie Van Zandt:

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

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

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