Deaths

Joan Rivers Joked About Death In Final Interview

September 6th, 2014 8:17pm EDT
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers joked about dying in one of her final interviews before she died on Thursday. The 81-year-old "Fashion Police" host had a Q&A with Closer magazine just 48 hours before she underwent a routine throat procedure when she suffered a cardiac arrest during the operation. She was pulled off life support a week later.

Rivers told the publication that exercise kept her healthy and she joked about death, saying, "I've had periods in my life when I wasn't famous and no one would give me a show, so now I never take a break. I'll sleep when I'm dead..."

The comedienne also talked about her...
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Melissa Rivers 'Doing Amazingly Well' Following Mother Joan's Death

September 6th, 2014 4:54pm EDT
Melissa Rivers
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa is "doing amazingly well" following the death of her mother, according to a close friend of the family.

The comedienne, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday, a week after she suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a nearby clinic. The star's funeral is being held Sunday.

Close friend Martin Fletcher says Melissa, who has called the outpouring of support "humbling," has been very strong while planning her mother's funeral. Fletcher told New York's CBS News, "She is doing amazingly well. She's her mothe...
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GRL Singer & 'X Factor' Star Simone Battle Dies Of Apparent Suicide

September 6th, 2014 3:22pm EDT
GRL Singer & 'X Factor' Star Simone Battle Dies Of Apparent Suic
G.R.L. singer Simone Battle, who rose to fame as a contestant on the U.S. "X Factor," has died of an apparent suicide.

Battle, 25, was found hanging in the closet of her bedroom at her Los Angeles home on Friday morning, according to TMZ.com. Her father discovered his daughter's lifeless body in the West Hollywood neighborhood apartment, which is considered a guest house of a larger residence.

An autopsy will be performed, according to the L.A. County Coroner's Office.

Battle competed on "X Factor" in 2011 but was voted off during the season's first live episode. She later joined the gir...
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Joan Rivers' Autopsy Proves Inconclusive

September 6th, 2014 9:13am EDT
JOan Rivers
The exact cause of Joan Rivers' death is still a mystery. An initial autopsy into the comidienne's death has proved inconclusive.

Rivers, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday, a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a nearby medical office.

Coroners completed a physical examination of the "Fashion Police" star's body on Friday, but did not find a clear "cause and manner of death," a medical examiner's office rep told TMZ.com. Results from toxicology tests won't be available for several weeks.

To get a better understa...
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Joan Rivers Wanted Funeral To Be 'A Huge Showbiz Affair'

September 5th, 2014 8:28pm EDT
Joan Rivers Wanted Funeral To Be 'A Huge Showbiz Affair'
Joan Rivers, 81, died on Thursday at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City after being removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on Aug. 28. Her funeral will be held in her native NYC on Sunday at Temple Emanu-El.

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson said in a statement to ABC News: "It is a terribly sad day for all of us. We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy."

The comedienne had clear ideas about what she wanted at her funeral, which she detailed in her 2013 book "I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me."

She wrote: "W...
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Comedienne Joan Rivers Dies At Age 81

September 4th, 2014 4:09pm EDT
Joan Rivers
Comedienne Joan Rivers died today at the age of 81 after she was removed from life support at 1pm EST.

Melissa Rivers released a statement stating: "She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although t...
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Former Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Dies At 63

September 1st, 2014 9:55pm EDT
Former Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Dies At 63
Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison passed away on Sunday evening after suffering a heart attack. He was 63.

Jameson's agent, Sally Irwin, confirmed the news with TMZ on Monday. The band had just finished up the first leg of its summer tour on Saturday and were on break until September 12, when the tour is set to pick up in Parker, Colorado.

"Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison," the band posted on Twitter and Facebook Monday evening. "Our thoughts,love & prayers go out to his friends & family."

Jamison began his career with the band Cobra before ...
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Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies At 67

August 30th, 2014 10:36am EDT
Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies At 67
Bass player Glenn Cornick died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday. The rocker, 67, was an original member of Jethro Tull and performed with the band from 1968 until 1970.

His son Drew Cornick says his dad had been receiving hospice care prior to his death, according to Billboard.com. He called his father "brilliant and cantankerous" up until his death.

Jethro Tull vocalist and floutist, Ian Anderson, wrote on the band's website: "Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone – especially fellow musicians. Always cheerful, he brought to t...
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Richard Attenborough, 1923 - 2014

August 24th, 2014 8:40pm EDT
Acclaimed British Actor, Director And Producer Lord Richard Atte
Prolific actor, director and movie producer Richard Attenborough died on Sunday after being in declining health for years following a fall at his home in 2008.

The actor was best known for starring in such films as "The Great Escape," "Dr. Doolittle" and "Jurassic Park," along with directing and producing 1982 Oscar-winner "Gandhi," which starred Ben Kingsley.

Kingsley, who rose to fame after playing the title role of Mahatma Gandhi, paid tribute to the director after hearing of his passing.

"He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love...
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Late Actress Lauren Bacall Leaves $10K To Her Dog

August 24th, 2014 12:35pm EDT
Lauren Bacall
Actress Lauren Bacall, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 89, has left $10,000 of her fortune to her pet pooch Sophie.

The late star's will was read this week and the paperwork was made public when it was filed in Manhattan Surrogate's court on Friday, revealing who's getting what of her $26.6 million estate.

The New York Daily News' Page Six reports that her two grandsons will each receive $250,000 which is to be used for their college educations, the remainder of which (if any) they'll receive when they turn 30.

The actress was also generous to two of her employees, one h...
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