Showing posts with label DEATH. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DEATH. Show all posts

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Reg E. Cathey

Reg E. Cathey, the Emmy-winning actor from House of Cards who also was known for his fantastic work on The Wire, has died. He was 59. No details of his death were immediately available.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke suddenly passed away on Tuesday, December 13, his rep confirms to Us Weekly. He was 69. According to a source, his son, Robin Thicke, rushed to be by his side.

According to TMZ, he reportedly died of a heart attack after being transported to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center. He had been reportedly playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter.

The actor was most recently in Whistler, British Columbia, on Monday, December 12, and tweeted about Fuller House season 2 early Tuesday afternoon.

The Canadian born star was most famous for his role as Jason Seaver, the dad on the '80s sitcom, "Growing Pains." Most recently, he was on the Netflix reboot, "Fuller House" ... and also had a cameo on the first episode of "This Is Us."

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Friday, November 25, 2016


Florence Henderson

I am really saddened by the news that Florence Henderson has died. She was a old time legend with class who I just loved to photograph. 

Many times I was on a photo shoot and there was Florence. I photographed her on Broadway, at Macy's and many other places around New York City. I even photographed her on a Brady Bunch cruise around Manhattan with most of the cast. She was a very kind lady and most of all, I always felt good being around her. Once again we have lost a angel!

NBC NEWS -- Florence Henderson, who wrangled six unruly kids in a blended family on TV's "The Brady Bunch," died Thursday night in Los Angeles at 82, her manager confirmed.

Kayla Pressman, Henderson's manager, said the actress died of heart failure surrounded by family and friends.

At the time of her death, Henderson was hosting a talk show, "The Florence Henderson Show," and a cooking show, "Who's Cooking With Florence Henderson," on Retirement Living TV — showcasing the versatility that kept her in the public eye for decades.

She started in show business as a singer and soon moved into acting, studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She was soon starring in musicals — notably the touring production of "Oklahoma!" — and she made her Broadway debut at age 18 in the 1952 musical "Wish You Were Here."

Beginning in 1954, Henderson gave almost 1,000 performances playing the title role in the Broadway hit "Fanny."

TV soon took notice. Henderson was one of what were then called "Today Girls," delivering the weather on NBC's TODAY.

But by far her best-known role was that of Carol Brady, which aired from 1969 to 1974 in its original format and never really went away. "The Brady Bunch Hour" aired 1977, followed by "The Brady Brides" in 1981 and "The Bradys" in 1990.

Maureen McCormick, who starred as daughter Marcia Brady, called Henderson "a dear friend for so very many years" on Twitter early Friday.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences called Henderson "one of the truly great entertainers," saying in a statement: "Florence was not only America's favorite TV mom, but television royalty as the first Today Show Girl on NBC to her own daytime talk show and, of course, the iconic role of Mrs. Brady on 'The Brady Bunch.'"

In her autobiography, "Life Is Not a Stage," Henderson admitted having cheated on her first husband, Ira Bernstein, whom she married in January 1956. One of her affairs, she wrote, was with John Lindsay, the dashing mayor of New York City during the 1960s.

Henderson and Bernstein, who had four children, divorced in 1985. Henderson later married hypnotherapist John Kappas, who died in 2002.

Monday, February 16, 2015


Lesley Gore

Famed New York City Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who was at the top of the charts in 1963 at age only 16 with her epic song  "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died today. She was 68.

Gore died of lung cancer at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, according to her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.

"She was a wonderful human being — caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian," Sasson, a jewelry designer, told The Associated Press.

Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records. New York City has lost another legend.

Monday, January 12, 2015



Larry King

Former Governor Jesse Ventura turns the tables on legendary broadcaster Larry King, the man who’s interviewed over 60,000 people in his storied career.

Larry sounds off the state of our nation (“hopeless”), marijuana (“a great aphrodisiac”), his greatest fears (“death”), and President Obama (“a puzzle to me”) on Jesse Ventura's weekly podcast "We the People with Jesse Ventura" available on PodcastOne and iTunes.

Larry King sets the record straight:

Yes, he's smoked the 80s...with his doctor....

"I guess I smoked weed in the mid-80s, about five or six or seven times. I enjoyed it. I found it a great aphrodisiac. It was much better than liquor; I never liked liquor much. I like a little wine, but I enjoyed pot...I smoked with my doctor. He got great stuff from Jamaica." 

His greatest fear? Death.

“I worry about going to sleep and not waking up. I fear death. I don’t want to die.”

Where are we headed as a nation?

“The world is split apart. This country...I’ve never seen this country as split as it is, with the tea party, the far right, and the far left... nothing’s together. People don’t want to compromise. Compromise is the art of politics. We don’t do that anymore. We’re at a standstill. [Instead] we have hypocrisy.”

Monday, August 11, 2014



Story By: James Edstrom

Robin Williams Suicide At Age 63

Robin Williams today at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Marin County Coronor’s office issued a statement, the Sheriff’s office suspects the death to be “suicide due to asphyxia.” The 9-1-1 phone call came in just before noon today.

This is very sad. Robin Williams was one of the first stars I photographed. I remember that day so clearly. I was on the side streets of Lincoln Center when Robin came walking down the street. He was smiling, laughing and made jokes. He asked what pose would we like and did everything we asked. As he walked down the street, he waved and you felt like you met a class act and a friend. 

For many years I would be asked on TV interviews who was one of the best to photograph and I always mentioned how nice Robin was. Any event that Robin attended, he was always on top of his game, class, dignity and treated you with respect.  This is a very sad day, Robin Williams was a huge talent who made us laugh for many years. Rest in peace Robin!

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Monday, February 03, 2014


Philip Seymour Hoffman

FROM ABC NEWS: Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor who played everything from a maverick CIA agent to a drag queen to a Catholic priest, has died. He was 46. 

Police sources say Hoffman was found unconscious at around 11:15 yesterday on the bathroom floor of his New York apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan by friend and screenwriter David Katz, who called 911. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but a law enforcement official tells ABC News heroin was found at the scene and a hypodermic needle was sticking out of Hoffman's arm. The New York Police Department is continuing to investigate. 

Results from the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner on the exact cause of death are expected on Monday. 

Hoffman's family released the following statement on the actor's untimely death this afternoon: 

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers." 

Hoffman won the Best Actor Academy Award and the Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his leading role in the 2005 film "Capote," which detailed the five-year period during which author Truman Capote penned "In Cold Blood." 

He was nominated for three Best Supporting Actor Oscars, for "The Master," "Doubt," and "Charlie Wilson's War." 

The second of four children, Hoffman was born on July 23, 1967 in Fairport, N.Y., to mother Marilyn O'Connor (née Loucks), a lawyer, and father Gordon Stowell Hoffman who worked for Xerox. 

He graduated with a BFA in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1989 and began his film career in 1991, starring in his debut role in the indie production "Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole." 

Hoffman's breakthrough role came in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" (1997), after which he quickly became known for his leading and supporting roles on the big screen, including Todd Solondz's "Happiness" (1998), "Flawless" (1999), "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" (1999), "Almost Famous" (2000) and "State and Main" (2000). 

In 2005, Hoffman starred in the role that would lead him to win the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor for his performance in "Capote." The next year, he won an Oscar for the same part.

He also proved himself a capable theater actor on Broadway, receiving two Tony nominations for Best Actor in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard's "True West" and again in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night." 

In 2012, Hoffman starred as Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, receiving rave reviews from critics and his third Tony Award nomination as Best Leading Actor in a Play. 

Hoffman made his film directorial debut in 2010 with "Jack Goes Boating." More recently Hoffman appeared in Hunger Games: Catching Fire. 

Hoffman has previously been in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. In his early twenties, Hoffman said he started abusing drugs not long after graduating from his degree at NYU. 

"I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old," Hoffman revealed during a 2006 interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes." "You get panicked ... and I got panicked for my life."

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Cory Monteith

Glee star Cory Monteith, who played the role of Finn Hudson in the huge hit show, was found dead in a Vancouver, Canada, hotel room Saturday, police said. He was 31 years old.

The Vancouver police said the cause of death was not immediately apparent, but they have ruled out foul play, and said the Medical examiners will conduct an autopsy tomorrow.

Monteith was discovered by hotel staff members at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, after he failed to show up for his checkout time, according to acting Chief Constable Doug LePard.

Monteith apparently had a few guests over to his room on Friday night, but LePard said Monteith, who had checked in July 6, was seen on hotel surveillance video returning to his room in the early morning hours all by himself.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013



James Gandolfini

Soprano superstar James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano on the HBO hit show, died today in Italy.The actor was 51 years old.

Gandolfini, who was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, is said to have suffered a Heart Attack.

On a personal note, Gandolfini was always pure class, he posed for photos, smiled and was always a pleasure to meet at a event. He loved joking with the press and you felt like you had a friend. He will be missed in and around New York City, by all of us who had the honor of meeting him.

Friday, August 17, 2012



Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston’s powerful voice made her one of the greatest musical geniuses of our generation. Yet even while she attained a level of triumphant success that surpassed all other musical stars, she descended into the pits of an internal hell that finally took her life. While her descent was fueled by drugs and supported by a destructive marriage, “the true cause of her death has never been revealed before now,” says Judith Sherven, PhD.

Beginning with early childhood and tracing her life and career, What Really Killed Whitney Houston? (JayEss Publishing) by husband and wife psychology team Judith Sherven, PhD and Jim Sniechowski, PhD examines her life and death through the lens of her unconscious loyalties and explains how these loyalties deprived her of being able to embrace and live inside her success.

Best-selling authors, relationship experts, and sought-after keynote speakers Judith & Jim (as they are best known) specialize in ‘The Fear of Being Fabulous’ and in their latest book What Really Killed Whitney Houston? they compassionately reveal the depth of Whitney’s internal hell and what ultimately cost her her life.

It would seem that being one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles, and videos worldwide, and being cited by the Guinness World Records as the most-awarded female act of all time, Whitney would have felt very secure about who she was. Unfortunately, the extreme pressure put on celebrities took both an emotional and physical toll on Whitney. While outwardly, she showed the world a beautiful woman with a voice like an angel – inside she was dealing with her own set of demons.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Ann Rutherford In 2006

Legendary Ann Rutherford, a star whose very small role as Scarlett's younger sister Carreen in the blockbuster 1939 film "Gone With the Wind"  has died. She was 94.

Ann Rutherford portrayed Mickey Rooney's teenage girlfriend in the Andy Hardy movies, died Monday evening at her home in Beverly Hills, said her close friend Anne Jeffreys in a statement to media outlets. Rutherford had been in very bad health with heart problems.

As she became one of the last surviving cast members of "Gone With the Wind," Rutherford made a second career out of attending festivals featuring the beloved Civil War epic. She will be missed!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Geraldine Ferraro

The first woman to run for Vice President for a major party has died. Geraldine Ferraro died today at Massachusetts General Hospital, a spokesman for her family said. She was 75 years old. The cause of death was complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that she had battled for 12 years, according to a press statement from her family. Ferraro was the first woman and the very first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket. She was Walter Mondale's vice presidential running mate in 1984 on the Democratic Party ticket. Ferraro earned a huge reputation for speaking her mind on the issues of the day, sometimes generating controversy for her outspoken opinions. Ferraro was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December 1998. She disclosed the illness in 2001.

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Monday, November 29, 2010


Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen, the dramatic lead in "Forbidden Planet" and "The Poseidon Adventure" and the bumbling detective in "The Naked Gun" hit movie franchises, died yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84 years old. The native Canadian died from complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home, surrounded by his wife, Barbaree, and friends, his agent John S. Kelly said in a statement released to the media. "We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in 'The Naked Gun' series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60-year career in motion pictures and television," said Kelly.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Corey Haim

Lost Boys icon Corey Haim died this morning at the age of 38 of an apparent drug overdose, according to Los Angeles police. Police sources said Haim's mother was with him at his Oakwood apartment and called 911 after finding him unresponsive, according to The sources said Haim's death appeared to be accidental. Haim's first role was in the 1984 hit "Firstborn," in which he played a young child caught up in a family war. Haim is most famous for his roles in the 1980s films "Lucas" and "The Lost Boys." Haim and Corey Feldman starred in several popular films together, including "License to Drive" and "Dream a Little Dream," and became one of the hottest young actor partners in Hollywood. Haim's began using drugs and it took over his life, and helped ruin his career. "I feel like ... I ruined myself [with drugs] to the point where I wasn't functional enough to work for anybody, even myself," Haim said in an interview in 2007. After starring in several direct-to-video films in the 1990s, the actor made a comeback in 2006 in the reality series "The Two Coreys," again with Corey Feldman. Haim had flu like symptoms before he died and was getting over-the-counter and prescription medications, Police Sgt. William Mann said. "He could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs. Who knows?" Mann said. "He has had a drug problem in the past." A TMZ videographer talked to Haim on February 18th in Hollywood, when he was out at a club with actor and friend Corey Feldman. Haim told TMZ he was "well" and had been sober for some time. "I'm directing for the first time," he added. "I've got a few things happening."The successful show lasted two seasons, but Feldman said he refused to do a third season because of Haim's continued drug use. Haim went to rehab and said he was sober and ready to work again, even taking out an ad in Variety magazine saying as much. The actor was involved in several projects at the time of his death, including the film "The Science of Cool" with actress Mischa Barton, due out in 2010, and "The Dead Sea," which is currently filming.

Statement On Corey Feldmans Blog:

I was awakened at 8:30 this morning by my brother and sister knocking on my bedroom door. They informed me of the loss of my brother Corey Haim. My eyes weren’t even open all the way when the tears started streaming down my face. I am so sorry for Corey, his mother Judy, his family, my family, all of our fans, and of course my son who I will have to find a way to explain this to when he gets home from school. This is a tragic loss of a wonderful,beautiful,tormented soul, who will always be my brother,family, and best friend. We must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference. Please respect our families as we struggle and grieve through this difficult time. I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived. ~ Corey

Editors Extra: I used to love the movie Lost Boys and always thought Corey Haim was so talented. Correct me if I am wrong, but I seem to remember a episode of The Two Coreys where allegedly Haim hinted at being molested as a child star. Seems like a very sad end to a very talented actor. When I would watch The Two Coreys, I could see his pain. Something happened when he was a child actor, someone did something to him and he could never live with it.

Photos By: Sara De Boer/RD/Kabik/Retna

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Teddy Pendergrass

R&B sex symbol Teddy Pendergrass has, died yesterday at age 59. The singer’s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father died at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia. The singer underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had “a difficult recovery,’’ his son said. “To all his fans who loved his music, thank you,’’ his son said. Pendergrass grew up in poverty in North Philadelphia. He first became recognized as a singer with the popular Philadelphia group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the late 1970s. He left the band to start a solo career and garnered five platinum albums before suffering a spinal cord injury in the 1982 car accident. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. He spent six months in a hospital but once again returned to record the next year with the album “Love Language.’’ He returned to the stage at Live Aid in 1985, performing from his wheelchair.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Zelda Rubinstein

Hollywood actress Zelda Rubinstein, who starred in Director Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist, has been taken off a life support machine. The 76-year-old star has spent more than a month at Los Angeles California Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where two of her major organs failed. The decision has since been made to turn off Rubinstein's life support machine, according to A friend of the star tells the website, "Her lungs and kidneys have failed and she's in and out of consciousness. It's only a matter of time now - she doesn't have long to live."
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Saturday, April 14, 2007


The king of Hawaii Don Ho

Legendary crooner Don Ho, known for his raspberry-tinted sunglasses and catchy signature tune "Tiny Bubbles," has died, his publicist said. He was 76.
Publicist Donna Jung said the singer died Saturday morning of heart failure. He had suffered with heart problems for the past several years, and had a pacemaker installed last fall. In 2005, he underwent an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart in Thailand in 2005. Ho entertained Hollywood's biggest stars and thousands of tourists for four decades. For many, no trip to Hawaii was complete without seeing his Waikiki show — a mix of songs, jokes, double entendres, Hawaii history and audience participation. Shows usually started and ended with the same song, "Tiny Bubbles," which Ho mostly hummed as the audience enthusiastically took over. "I hate that song," he often joked to the crowd, adding that he saved it for the end because "people my age can't remember if we did it or not." Donald Tai Loy Ho, who is Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and German, was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Honolulu and grew up in the then-rural countryside of Kaneohe.

Friday, April 13, 2007


Roscoe Lee Browne, 84, a film, television and stage actor died April 11th at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Cancer claimed his life. Once an amateur athlete, Browne was 35 when he commenced his career in acting. He developed quickly as an astute performer of the Bard and classic literature. He appeared with actors Cicely Tyson, Louis Gossett Jr. and James Earl Jones in Jean Genet's 1961 production of "The Blacks," an unflinching statement about colonialism that ran off-Broadway for many performances. Nominated for a Tony as best supporting actor during the 1992 Broadway run of August Wilson's "Two Trains Running," he was given greater exposure through film and television work. He appeared on the ABC sitcom "Soap" and twice played a man whose manner got the better of Carroll O'Connor's classic Archie Bunker in the comedy "All in the Family." An Emmy Award win in 1986 for a his guest starring role in the "The Cosby Show" and later made many appearances on numerous American sitcoms and series. He also appeared in "Uptown Saturday Night" (1974), starring and directed by Sidney Poitier. The Los Angeles Times reports that Browne, who was a minister's son, was born May 2, 1922, in Woodbury, N.J. He was a college track athlete too.

Friday, March 16, 2007


Police and Broward County, Fla., prosecutors discussed whether they can get search warrants to access Anna Nicole Smith's computer files, it was reported. Seminole tribe police have the computers, but expressed concern about examining them because it wasn't clear whether the computers were legally obtained, the Miami Herald said Thursday. Smith's computers, removed from her home in the Bahamas following her death Feb. 8, may or may not be a part of the investigation into her death, Florida officials said. Bahamian law officials were also talking with Broward prosecutors. Among other things, Bahamian police are investigating whether Smith's computers were removed during a burglary at her Nassau home. Ford Shelley, a friend of Smith's who owned the home where she lived, testified that Smith asked him to care for the computers should anything happen to her. He took them from the Bahamas and later turned them over to police in South Carolina, where he lives. South Carolina police released the equipment to Seminole police. Authorities stressed they have no evidence of foul play, but must follow all possible leads.

Monday, March 05, 2007


For Virgie Arthur The War Has Only Started

A Bahamian court considered a request to exhume the body of Daniel Smith, son of the late Anna Nicole Smith, for reburial in Texas, where Smith was born. The request was filed by Smith's estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, who reportedly has a letter from the son's father authorizing her to ask the Bahamian courts to order the body be exhumed and buried in Texas, the Bahama Journal said Monday. Arthur tried unsuccessfully to gain custody of Smith's body in a Florida court, then tried to block the funeral in a Bahamian court. She said she wants to bury Smith's body in Texas and has said she wanted to move the body of Smith's son, who died in September, to Texas as well. She filed the exhumation request Friday, the day Smith was buried. Smith died Feb. 8 of unknown causes in a Florida hospital where she was taken after being found unresponsive in her hotel room.