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.

‘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)”

Actor, Bodyguard, And Professional Teddy Bear Michael Clarke Duncan Dead At Age 54

Michael Clarke Duncan, the actor with the ominous physical presence, booming voice, and the sweet-as-cotton-candy personality died at age 54 Monday morning due to complications from a heart attack.

Sources report that his passing came “very suddenly.”

On July 13th, Duncan suffered from cardiac arrest but was saved by his fiancé, reality star Omarosa (Celebrity Apprentice, The Surreal Life), who performed CPR on him before he was admitted to an Intensive Care Unit.

At that point, his rep told the media that he was “stable” and on the road to a full recovery. Those words are especially bitter to hear now that we know he was in the hospital for seven weeks prior to his death. Continue reading “Actor, Bodyguard, And Professional Teddy Bear Michael Clarke Duncan Dead At Age 54”

Radio/TV Pioneer Dick Clark Suffers Heart Attack (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012)

 Richard “Dick” Wagstaff Clark, creator of the American Music Awards, host of American Bandstand, TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes and the game show Pyramid, died of a heart attack yesterday in Santa Monica at age 82.

The self-made millionaire also conducted beaming interviews for the Golden Globes, chatting up everyone from Mel Gibson and Martin Landau to Sharon Stone and Jessica Lange. To people my age he is recognized most for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve which began in 1973 and was still running into 2012 with host Ryan Seacrest.

Following his massive stroke in 2004 which heavily impaired his speech, he sometimes still stood smiling like a 19-year old next to Seacrest truly embodying his “World’s Oldest Teenager” nickname.

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Video: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – “Heart Attack”

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are looking to move past the commercial success of 2009’s  “Around The Bend” with “Heart Attack.” It is the first single from their second album Out Of Frequency, out January 31.

Bet you didn’t think the singer looked like a tiny blonde pixie. Danish people are strange. Google “Shrovetide” if you don’t believe me. Mmm candy-filled twigs.