Deaths

RIP: Bahamian Singer Johnny Kemp

April 18th, 2015 10:09am EDT
Johnny Kemp
Bahamanian singer Johnny Kemp, known for his hit song "Just Got Paid," has died at age 55. His body was found floating off a beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica, according to police. It's unclear how he died, reports the AP.

Kemp arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship where he had been scheduled to perform as part of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show."

A rep for cruise organizer Reach Media told The Root today that Kemp didn't die onboard: "We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundatio...
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Soul Legend Percy Sledge Dead At 74

April 15th, 2015 8:34am EDT
Percy Sledge, Soul Legend And 'When A Man Loves A Woman' Singer,
Percy Sledge, the soul singer who'll be forever known for his timeless hit "When a Man Loves a Woman," died on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 74 years old.

Born in Leighton, Alabama, Sledge worked odd jobs before finding work as a hospital orderly- all while singing with the Esquires Combo on the weekends. Then, in 1966, Sledge's first (and greatest) hit came- "When a Man Loves a Woman," a soaring, heart-wrenching ballad which defined Sledge's career and proved so enduring as to give him a solid five decades of musical success.

Sledge found international success after his Ameri...
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Tom Towles Dies From Stroke

April 10th, 2015 1:02pm EDT
Devil's Rejects
Character actor Tom Towles, famous for starring in all of Rob Zombie's films, died Thursday in Pinellas, Fla., from stroke complications, his rep Tammy Dupal told the Los Angeles Times. Towels was either 65 or 71, dependent on the source.

Zombie said of his friend and colleague in a statement: "Tom was a personal friend, a fantastic actor and a lovely man. We worked together, we laughed and cried together. Not many fans knew the soft heart behind the tough exterior. Tom was one of a kind, never to be repeated."

The mustached star appeared in films including "House Of 1000 Corpses," "The D...
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Would A Selena Hologram Creep You Out?

April 9th, 2015 2:50pm EDT
Mexican-American Singer Selena To Be Brought Back To Life By Hol
March 31st was the 20th anniversary of the death of popular Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla. The singer was remembered by many of her fans around the world on that day, but her family was quoted as saying that they did not want to be involved in the rememberances because they choose to remember her every single day.

But now, the family has agreed to support a project that will bring Selena back to life, in a manner of speaking.

Nevada-based Acrovirt LLC has signed a deal to create a life-like hologram of Selena, which they are calling "Selena The One." The announcement was made...
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Juliette Lewis' Actor Father Geoffrey Lewis Dies At 79

April 8th, 2015 7:11pm EDT
Geoffrey Lewis
Actor Geoffrey Lewis, best known as a character actor on countless TV series since the early 1970s and for his work opposite Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter, Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can, died of natural causes on Tuesday in Woodland, Calif. He was 79.

The actor, who also starred in the 1980 Alice Spinoff Flo, was also the father of actress Juliette Lewis.

A devout Scientologist, Lewis amassed over 200 acting credits during his career, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his role on Flo.

The actor is survived by second wife, cellist Paula Hochhalter, and ...
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'Dukes' Sheriff Dies At 88

April 8th, 2015 10:12am EDT
James Best, Memorable 'Dukes Of Hazzard' Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltr
James Best, known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has died. He was 88.

Wife Dorothy Best released a statement that revealed Best died Monday night in hospice care from complications of pneumonia.

Best starred on "The Dukes Of Hazzard" from 1979 to 1985. Known for his comic portrayal of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, he spent most of the series futilely chasing the Duke brothers.

"I acted the part as good as I could," Best told The Charlotte Observer in a 2009 interview. "Rosco, let's face it, was a charmer. It was a fun thing."

Best was also a well-know...
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Who Legally Owns The Ashes Of Late GWAR Frontman Oderus Urungus?

April 8th, 2015 8:43am EDT
Gwar
Members of the heavy metal band Gwar have denied allegations by the father of late frontman Dave Brockie that they stole the singer's ashes. Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, died from a heroin overdose in March, 2014.

Brockie's father William is suing the existing band members for taking his son's ashes and posssessions and refusing to hand over the late star's concert earnings from his final tour, according to NBC.

Brockie further claims that the band illegally held onto guitars and a gold record.

The remaining members of the band are claiming all the allegations are false. They said i...
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Pioneering Dermatologist To The Stars Dead At 65

April 7th, 2015 4:02pm EDT
Dr. Fredric Brandt
Dr. Fredric Brandt, a famed dermatologist who treated numerous celebrity patients including supermodel Stephanie Seymour, talk show host Kelly Ripa and pop queen Madonna, was found dead inside his home in Miami's Coconut Grove on Sunday. He was 65.

According to his publicist, Brandt had been suffering from an undisclosed illness; and police ruled his death a suicide on Monday, revealing only that he hung himself.

Miami Herald columnist Lesley Abravanel tweeted the story on Sunday, adding that sources say that Brandt was "devastated" that he was parodied by a character played by Martin Sho...
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William Shatner On Missing Leonard Nimoy's Funeral

April 7th, 2015 12:02pm EDT
William Shatner Explains Reasoning For Missing Leonard Nimoy's F
When beloved Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy passed away in late February at the age of 83, an outpouring of grief was felt worldwide. But another Star Trek actor who made headlines that week was Nimoy's good friend William Shatner. Shatner announced that he would not be attending Nimoy's funeral because he had a commitment to a charity event.

The decision caused controversy with some fans saying that Shatner was disrespecting his friend's memory, and Shatner responding that Nimoy would have wanted him to keep his word to the charity.

Now, Shatner has spoken out on the controversy for the f...
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RIP: Heavy Metal Rockers Killed In Georgia

April 7th, 2015 8:51am EDT
Three Heavy Metal Stars From Khaotika, Wormreich Die In 'Horribl
Three members from the heavy metal bands Khaotika and Wormreich died in a car crash on I-85 in Jackson County, Georgia, on Monday morning.

The rockers were on their way to a show in Atlanta when the driver of their 15-passenger van lost control. The vehicle, which was towing a trailer, rolled down an embankment and hit a tree. Three passengers were ejected, and they were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Georgia State Patrol identified the deceased as 25-year-old Nicholas R. Crisostomo, of Round Hill, Va.; 30-year-old Ian McKinney, of Madison, Tenn.; and 29-year-old Paul Trues...
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