Posts tagged "deaths"

Humorist David Rakoff Dead At 47

David Rakoff, longtime contributor to This American Life, essayist adored for his cynical point of view, and beloved voice for the gay and Jewish communities, died of cancer yesterday at 47, reports the Huffington Post. Some tributes: Margalit Fox, New York Times: Rakoff was a "was a social anthropologist of postmodern life" who…
By: Newser / August 10, 2012

Sally Ride, The First Female American Astronaut In Space, Has Died Of Cancer

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, had died. According to her website, the 61-year-old passed away peacefully today after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. A physicist, former NASA astronaut, science writer, and most recently, businesswoman, Ride is most famous for her voyage on the Challenger shuttle, which launched on June 18, 1982. A…
By: Ami Angelowicz / July 23, 2012

Amy Winehouse: Did Alcohol Withdrawal Kill Her?

As Amy Winehouse's album Back to Black climbs back onto the charts and whispers begin about a treasure trove of unreleased songs, Winehouse's family has a hunch about what we might find in her toxicology report—that she died from alcohol withdrawal. They believe that laying off the alcohol cold turkey may be what…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / July 28, 2011

Fashion Designer Sylvie Cachay Suffers Tragic Death

Sad news: Sylvie Cachay, the designer behind swimwear line SYLVA, was found dead yesterday in a hotel room at the Soho House, a swank members-only hangout in Manhattan's meatpacking district. The sad scenario sounds either highly suspicious or the making of a bad accident—the 33-year-old woman was discovered submerged in the room's bathtub. Her body…
By: Leonora Epstein / December 10, 2010

Lots Of Obvious Plastic Surgery At Last Night’s Vigil For Dr. Frank Ryan

Yesterday, we told you that Dr. Frank Ryan—the plastic surgeon who infamously gave Heidi Montag 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day and called her a hero for going through with it—died in a car crash. New reports say that he was Tweeting about his dog, Jill, when he veered off the…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / August 18, 2010

An Ode To The Chipwich

Dear Richard LaMotta, I am deeply saddened by the news of your passing last Tuesday. I never knew you, but I've known your creation, the Chipwich, intimately for years now. I first met my good friend the Chipwich on the beach the summer when I was 6 years old. It was a particularly humid day…
By: Ami Angelowicz / May 18, 2010

Marie Osmond’s Son Michael Commits Suicide

Another sad death over the weekend. On Friday night, Marie Osmond's son, Michael Blosil, sent an unsettling text message to a friend in his apartment building who he was supposed to hang out with that night. She rushed upstairs to his apartment, where his roommates had no idea anything was wrong. They went into Michael'…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / March 1, 2010

Sad Face: Andrew Koenig Committed Suicide

The search for actor Andrew Koenig, who you more likely remember as Boner Stabone on "Growing Pains," is over. Yesterday, a team of his friends and family did a thorough sweep of Stanley Park in Vancouver, where Andrew loved to hang out. And they found something mounted officers who'd searched the park didn't—Andrew's body…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / February 26, 2010

SeaWorld Sadness: An Orca Whale Kills Its Trainer

The more I read about SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed yesterday, the sadder I get. In an article about Brancheau written years ago, she told the Orlando Sentinel about going to SeaWorld for the first time when she was 9. "I remember walking down the aisle [of Shamu Stadium] and telling my mom,…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / February 25, 2010

Friends And Family Gather For Alexander McQueen’s Funeral

The service for close friends and family for designer Alexander McQueen took place this morning in the U.K. and, based on images from outside the ceremony, it's the best-dressed funeral ever. While that may seem like an odd thing to comment on in light of the tragic circumstances surrounding his death, give…
By: Lily Q / February 25, 2010

Was Model Ruslana Korshunova Killed For Her Hair?

When Vogue cover model Ruslana Korshunova was found dead in 2008, having apparently jumped out of a ninth-story window, police were quick to call it suicide. There was no sign of struggle in the model's New York City apartment, and it was clear from her journal entries that she was severely depressed. Now, however,…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 21, 2009

RIP Walter Cronkite And Frank McCourt

It was another sad weekend in celebrity deaths. First Walter Cronkite, former anchor of the "CBS Evening News," died in New York on Friday at the age of 92. Cronkite was known for his straightforward news delivery and for having the best voice ever. In fact, a 1972 poll found that Cronkite was "the most…
By: Nikki Dowling / July 20, 2009

Was Steve McNair’s Death A Murder-Suicide?

On July 4, former Titan's quarterback Steve McNair was found dead in his Nashville apartment. The 36-year-old was shot at close range, twice in the head and twice in the chest. McNair's secret mistress Sahel Kazemi, 20, was also there, fatally shot once in the head and laying on top of the gu…
By: Nikki Dowling / July 6, 2009

The Daily Squeeze: Marilyn Monroe’s Receipt, Casual Sex, And A Tragic Death

A hair salon receipt from the Beverly Hills' Elizabeth Arden salon signed by Marilyn Monroe (who paid $15 for a treatment) will be auctioned today at Christie's, with its estimated value between $1,500 and $2,000. What exactly does one do with something like this, hang it beside her dressing table? [Christie's]…
By: Catherine Strawn / June 25, 2008

Friday The 13th: Tim Russert Dead & R. Kelly Acquitted

Sigh. Tim Russert died of a sudden heart attack at work today. The Meet The Press host was only 58 and seemed to be really enjoying covering the exciting 2008 election. I am sad because my Sundays are not complete without him, especially this Sunday, Father's Day, which he would have undoubtedly spent with hi…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 13, 2008

Start Taking Care Of Yourself

Bad news, guys. For the first time since the early 1900s when the Spanish Flu was killing people off, the life expectancy of American women is falling. In nearly 1,000 counties -- most evident in the Deep South, Appalachia, and the lower Midwest -- women's life expectancy is now shorter than it was in the…
By: Catherine Strawn / April 22, 2008