Deaths

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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Former Lynard Skynard Member Dies

April 5th, 2015 9:15am EDT
Lynard Skynard Founding Member Dies In Car Crash In Atlanta
Robert Burns Jr., a founding member and former drummer of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in a car crash in Georgia. He was 64 years old.

Reportedly the drummer was not wearing a seat belt when his car went off a road late Friday evening. Burns hit a mailbox and a tree near Cartersville, northwest of Atlanta.

Burns was the only person in the car. No one else was involved according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The legendary drummer was one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Burns played the backbeat on some of the group's best-known classics such as "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home ...
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Driver, Not Porsche, Responsible For Paul Walker's Death

April 2nd, 2015 1:38pm EDT
Porsche Blames Driver For Paul Walker's Deadly Crash
Porsche has determined that design defects were not the cause of actor Paul Walker's death in 2013.

The "Fast and Furious" star died when the Porsche Carerra GT he was in, driven by friend and business associate Roger Rodas, crashed into a pole in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Attorneys for the German car manufacturer have ruled that driver error was to blame for the crash.

Last year, Rodas' widow sued Porsche North America for negligence and wrongful death. In February, a judge dismissed many of the plaintiff's claims but ruled that Porsche still had to face allegations suggesting the car was d...
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Remembering Selena 20 Years After Her Death

March 31st, 2015 3:57pm EDT
Mexican-American Singer Selena Remembered on 20th Anniversary of
Selena Quintanilla, simply known by her first name by her fans, was killed 20 years ago today.

The singer, who was murdered by her fan club's president Yolanda Saldivar on March 31, 1995, is being remembered around the globe on the anniversary of her death.

Selena's father, Abraham, told the Associated Press that the family is not involved in the rememberances, but appreciates the support.

"Our family never got together every year on the day of her murder, because there's nothing to celebrate, and this year won't be the exception," he said. "We remember our daugther every single day. We ...
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RIP Sally Forrest

March 27th, 2015 1:14pm EDT
Sally Forrest
American film, stage and TV actress Sally Forrest has died at age 86. The star, known for appearing in several films in the 1940s and 50s, died of cancer on March 15, according to her publicist.

Forrest was discovered by actress and filmmaker Ida Lupino. She kicked off her career in several MGM musicals as well as the films "Not Wanted," "While The City Sleeps," and "Excuse My Dust."

One of her classic films was 1955's "Son Of Sinbad," which featured several professional strippers.

Forrest starred in several theater productions, including "Damn Yankees," "Bus Stop," "As You Like It," ...
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Police Reveal New Evidence In Food Network Star Cristie Codd's Murder

March 23rd, 2015 10:47pm EDT
Cristie Schoen Codd
Human remains believed to be those of former Food Network Star contestant Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband Joseph "J.T." Codd were found in a wood stove at the North Carolina home of the man charged with killing the couple and their unborn child earlier this month.

Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan revealed more information about the case, saying that police searched the home of the couple's neighbor, Robert Jason Owens, and found 11 knives, a saw blade and "debris" from the yard and from inside the wood stove, according to FOX Carolina.

Police were tipped of by a witness who saw Owen...
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NC Man Charged With Murder Of Pregnant Food Network Star

March 19th, 2015 7:40pm EDT
Cristie Schoen Codd
A North Carolina man was arrested Monday evening and charged with murdering former Food Network Star contestant Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband Joseph "JT" Codd, 45, along with their unborn baby.

The couple were reported missing on Sunday by family members who said their Leicester, North Carolina, home didn't "look right" and the couple hadn't been heard from for several days.

Robert Jason Owens, 36, a neighbor of the couple, was arrested Monday night and charged with two counts of felony first-degree murder, one count of murder of an unborn child, breaking and entering and larce...
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Miller High Life Guy's Cause Of Death Confirmed

March 15th, 2015 11:29am EDT
Windell Middlebrooks
Actor Windell Middlebrooks' autopsy results have revealed that his cause of death was a pulmonary embolism.

Middlebrooks, a familiar face on television as a character actor and most notably as the "Miller High Life guy" in beer commercials, passed away earlier this week after he was found unsonscious in his San Fernando Valley home and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to TMZ.com, Middlebrooks weighed around 400 pounds, which contributed to his early death.

Middlebrooks was just 36-years-old.
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