Peaches Geldof, Daughter of Rockstar Bob Geldof, Dead at 25

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Peaches Geldof, notorious British socialite and daughter of Boomtown Rats singer, solo artist and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, was found dead in her home this afternoon at the age of 25.

A police spokesperson called her passing “unexplained and sudden,” stating that they are still working to “establish the circumstances surrounding the death.”
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Bob Geldof (most famous for the song “I Don’t Like Mondays”) addressed the heartbreaking loss:

We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?”

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Acting Legend Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46

Phillip Seymour Hoffman black and white46-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman – one of the rare actors who starred almost exclusively in critically-acclaimed films – died today in his New York apartment of an apparent heroin overdose.

Sources for TMZ say the Oscar winner (for Capote, in 2005) and father of three was discovered early Sunday “in his boxer shots, with a needle sticking out of his left arm.”

Hoffman admitted to struggling with a heroin and pill addiction and entered rehab for his addiction last year after being clean for over 20 years.

Out of the many celebrities who commented on his death, Russell Brand was one of the few to mention drugs. “Love and prayers for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family. Addiction kills, I hope all who need it have access to abstinence based recovery,” Brand wrote on Twitter.  Continue reading “Acting Legend Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46”

Paul Walker Dead in Valencia Car Crash

car crash photo Paul WalkerPaul Walker, real-life motor sport enthusiast and star of The Fast and the Furious and Joy Ride, passed away Saturday after on his way home from a charity event in Valencia, California.

Friend Roger Rodas, 38, was driving while Walker, 40, sat passenger in the Porsche that lost control, slammed into a tree and ignited. No other cars were involved in the accident, but police have said that while they do not yet know how fast Rodas was driving, speed “was a factor.”

Walker (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) is survived by his 15-year-old daughter Meadow and her mother, Rebecca McBrain.

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Lisa Robin Kelly of ‘That ’70s Show’ Dead at 43

Lisa Robin Kelly 70s show stillLisa Robin Kelly, the actress who portrayed Forman’s snarky, troublemaking sister Laurie on That ’70s Show, passed away in rehab on Wednesday night in California of cardiac arrest.

In 2012, Kelly admitted that she was replaced on That ’70s Show (her character went away to beauty school) because she “was guilty of a drinking problem.” Christina Moore (90210) ended up returning to fulfill the role in the sixth season.

TMZ points out that Kelly was “arrested at least 4 times in the past 3 years for DUI, spousal abuse and assault” and that her boyfriend believes her death was stress-related.

Her most recent brush with the law occurred on June 23, when she failed to pass a sobriety test after police found her parked illegally on Interstate 5.

Real-Life and TV Cop Dennis Farina Died of Complications From Lung Cancer

Dennis FarinaIt has been revealed that actor and former police officer Dennis Farina‘s passing on Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona was due to complications from lung cancer.

“He had a small cancer 13 years ago that was treated and cured with surgery,” his cardiologist said in a statement. “Over the last several months, he unfortunately experienced a recurrence of the cancer which was being treated. Despite treatment, over the weekend a blood clot developed in Mr. Farina’s lung which unexpectedly and suddenly took his life.”

Farina, 69, appeared in more than 70 movies and TV shows in his lifetime. His credits include LuckLaw and Order, Reindeer Games, Snatch, Out of Sight and Get Shorty with James Gandolfini (RIP).  Continue reading “Real-Life and TV Cop Dennis Farina Died of Complications From Lung Cancer”

‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Found Dead

Cory Monteith black and whiteAuthorities in Canada have confirmed that Glee star Cory Monteith died today in his hotel room.

Employees at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver discovered his body on Saturday night after he didn’t check out at the expected time.

Staff found him alone after reportedly going out with friends, and police have issued a statement that foul play is not suspected.

Monteith, age 31, was the longtime boyfriend of his Glee co-star Lea Michele. Besides his famous role as smooth-voiced Finn Hudson, he appeared in the MTV series Kaya and the 2011 movie Monte Carlo with Selena Gomez.

Many speculate that the cause of death was a drug overdose due to his recent stint in rehab. In one notable interview, the actor admitted that he did “anything and everything, as much as possible.”

Soprano’s Leading Man James Gandolfini Dead at 51, HBO Confirms

Tony SopranoHBO, the network that employed James Gandolfini, 51, from 1999 to 2007 during his incredible run on The Sopranos, has confirmed his tragic death in Italy today.

The Emmy-winning, Jersey-born actor suffered an apparent heart attack during a trip to Sicily for the 59th Taormina Film Festival.

Gandolfini, who rose to fame in films like True Romance and Get Shorty and recently starred in Zero Dark Thirty, is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, eight-month-old daughter and teenage son.

His upcoming projects included HBO’s Criminal Justice, based on the BBC show of the same name and Animal Rescue, co-starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

Beloved Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70

Rogert Ebert starIt’s hard to not be emotional about the passing of Roger Ebert, who died today at the age of 70 after a long struggle with thyroid cancer, considering he was the only critic I trusted and agreed with 99.9% of the time. (The .01% being horror movies and video games not being art.)

Without him, I would have thought that all reviewers were ignoramuses, paid off by the studios or overly invested in tip-toeing around bashing something that will likely appeal to the majority, or praising something that might not.

Who are we left with, without Roger? Peter Travers makes my stomach churn (still reeling from the two and a half stars he gave to the American remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the three and a half given to the mediocre Haywire), and Richard Roeper is too nice.  Continue reading “Beloved Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70”

Country Star Mindy McCready, 37, Commits Suicide (Nov. 30, 1975 – Feb. 17, 2013)

Mindy McCready livePlatinum-certified “Guys Do It All the Time” singer Mindy McCready shot and killed herself on the porch of her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas at around 3:30 pm Sunday afternoon.

McCready had an arrest record stretching from 2004 to 2008 and struggled to meet the guidelines of her probation due to alcohol and prescription drug addictions.

In 2010 she appeared in season three of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.  

The mother of two was involved in relationships with high-profile MLB pitcher Roger Clemens, actor Dean Cain, musician Billy McKnight (who was arrested for viciously attacking her eight years ago), and producer David Wilson.  Continue reading “Country Star Mindy McCready, 37, Commits Suicide (Nov. 30, 1975 – Feb. 17, 2013)”

‘Rescue Me’ Singer Fontella Bass, 72, Dies of Heart Attack (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012)

Fontella Bass 60s72-year-old Fontella Bass, best known for her 1965 megahit “Rescue Me,” passed away in St. Louis, Missouri. Her daughter Neuka Mitchell tells various news outlets that her mother died on Wednesday due to complications from a heart attack she had three weeks ago.

In the late 80’s, Bass told the New York Times that the later part of “Rescue Me” where she hums “hmm mmm hmm mmm” was a result of her forgetting the lyrics.

While the song was featured in many movies and commercials (including a “Deliver Me” Pizza Hut by Aretha Franklin), Bass failed to see proper royalties and eventually won a case against American Express after suing them in 1993. Continue reading “‘Rescue Me’ Singer Fontella Bass, 72, Dies of Heart Attack (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012)”

The Lack of Dialogue in ‘Les Miserables’ Will Make You Cry

Anne Hathaway cryingAnne Hathaway tells MTV she cries when she watches herself in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables because she’s “still connected to the experience of making it.” I, on the other hand, cried because there isn’t a single line of non-singing dialogue.

The lack of talking is something you might have missed from reading reviews, which have been mostly positive. Hathaway shines as factory-worker-turned-whore Fantine as does Jackman, Sacha Baron Cohen (for show-stealing comedy relief), Helena Bonham Carter, Isabelle Allen as young Cosette, and Samantha Barks.

Just please don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say there’s no talking, because there really isn’t any.

When you read an interview with Hooper and they talk about his choice to use “little spoken dialogue,” they mean “no spoken dialogue.” And when he says the “primary communication form” is singing, he really means “the only communication form.”  Continue reading “The Lack of Dialogue in ‘Les Miserables’ Will Make You Cry”

‘Dallas’ Star Larry Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012) Dead at 81

Larry Hagman, best known for his work as Tony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie and J.R. Ewing on Dallas (which was just brought back by TNT in June of this year), passed away at a Texas hospital surrounded by family and friends yesterday after a 13-month battle with throat cancer.

“Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew,” Hagman’s television wife Linda Gray, who convinced him to eat vegan as a health precaution, told People. “He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the fullest.”

Warner Brothers released their own statement explaining that the “sad news will be incorporated into the storyline” as Dallas progresses.

Blaque Singer and ‘Bring It On’ Star Natina Reed Dead at 32

Natina Reed of the girl group Blaque (“As If,” “Bring It All To Me”) died on Friday night after being struck by a car on a highway in Georgia.

Reed, who has a 10-year-old son with rapper and former executive VP of Death Row Records Kurupt, played the extra tiny, extra funky cheerleader on the rival team of Kristen Dunst’s squad in Bring It On.

Natina was a protegé of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Blaque opened for TLC during the FanMail tour and were signed to Lopes’ company, Left Eye ProductionsTMZ reports that the driver who hit her stayed on scene and called 911. There are no charges pending.  Continue reading “Blaque Singer and ‘Bring It On’ Star Natina Reed Dead at 32”

‘Sons Of Anarchy’ And ‘The O.C.’ Star Johnny Lewis Dead, Suspected Of Killing His Landlady

28-year-old Johnny Lewis, who played the prospect “Half-Sack” on Sons Of Anarchy and Marissa Cooper’s surfer friend “Chili” in season three of The O.C., died after being involved in a bizarre murder on Wednesday, September 26.

Lewis, who was released from jail six days prior and had been in an out of rehab, reportedly murdered the 81-year-old woman he had been renting a room from and then jumped off the roof to his death (his body was discovered in the driveway).

Police believe he was on meth or PCP and many actors and actresses who worked with him Tweeted “rest in peace” messages and hinted that this behavior was not typical or indicative of who he was.

“Johnny Lewis was one of my best friends. He was very, very ill. His actions were a despicable result of that. It was not who he was,” wrote Shannon Woodward, friend of Katy Perry (who Johnny dated in 2006).  Continue reading “‘Sons Of Anarchy’ And ‘The O.C.’ Star Johnny Lewis Dead, Suspected Of Killing His Landlady”

‘Top Gun’ Director Tony Scott Commits Suicide (June 21, 1944 – August 19, 2012)

Emmy award-winning director and producer Tony Scott, jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro yesterday afternoon.

Multiple witnesses saw 68-year-old Scott, younger brother of Alien director Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions), hoist himself over a fence and hurl himself into the water.

The body was pulled out of the water by the coast guard and identified Sunday evening. ABC reports that he had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer prior to his suicide.

Scott’s filmography includes Top Gun, Days Of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II, True Romance, Enemy Of The State, Spy Game, Man On Fire, Déjà Vu, and The Taking Of Pelham 123.  Continue reading “‘Top Gun’ Director Tony Scott Commits Suicide (June 21, 1944 – August 19, 2012)”

No Use For A Name Frontman Tony Sly (November 4, 1970 – July 31, 2012)

A statement from Fat Wreck Chords revealed that 41-year-old Tony Sly, lead singer and songwriter of the San Jose-based rock band No Use For A Name, passed away.

No time of death or exact location was listed but an investigator with the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s office said that “It appears to be a natural death,” though further examinations would be needed to determine an exact cause. 

“Fat” Mike Burkett, the label’s founder and lead singer for NOFX said:

“We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father – one of the true greats. One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.”  Continue reading “No Use For A Name Frontman Tony Sly (November 4, 1970 – July 31, 2012)”

Sage Stallone’s Death Still Shrouded In Mystery

As you may know, Sylvester Stallone’s eldest son Sage Stallone was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Friday. What we still don’t know is the cause of death or many details at all, for that matter.

There were prescription pills in the home but as far as we know they were not on his person or next to his body. His mother, who identified the body, said she only found empty soda cans in the vicinity.

TMZ reports that he had been dead for at least three days and that he lived a very reclusive lifestyle, comparing him to Howard Hughes and calling him “a hermit.”  Continue reading “Sage Stallone’s Death Still Shrouded In Mystery”