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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’s room, and found a suicide note. A few minutes later, they heard the sound of sirens outside. Michael had jumped off the 15th floor of the building and died. Keep reading »

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 in a patch of trees. Andrew’s father, who played Mr. Chekhov on “Star Trek,” confirmed that he committed suicide. “My son took his own life,” he said in a news conference. “If you can’t handle it anymore, you know, if you could learn anything from this, is that there are people out there who really care.” Our thoughts are with the Koenigs today. [People] Keep reading »

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, `This is what I want to do,’ ” Dawn said. “You can’t put yourself in the water unless you trust them and they trust you.”

Horribly ironic, since yesterday, during a lunchtime “Dine with Shamu” event, Telly, a 30-year-old 12,000-pound whale, pulled Brancheau under water. “[She] was laying on the platform, massaging the whale, petting it. All of a sudden, it latched on and took her under,” said a witness. “He came up one time out of the water with her in his mouth. That was the last we saw of her because they were running us out of there.” Alarms went off as an emergency crew tried to rescue Dawn. Keep reading »

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, given that McQueen dedicated his life to beauty, we can’t help but feel that it’s the sort of detail that would make a man like him happy. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: McQueen truly was a design force to be reckoned with and he will be missed.

Though today is his funeral, the fashion industry will say their final goodbye on March 9, when his show is staged in Paris. [Elle UK] Keep reading »

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, new evidence has come to light, reports the Russian news source Pravda, that may point to a sick-o murder involving a hair fetishist. Keep reading »

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 trusted man in America.” [CBS]

Then yesterday, Frank McCourt who wrote the uber-depressing-but-amazing Angela’s Ashes, died at age 78. Before writing this Pulizer-Prize winning book, McCourt taught creative writing in New York City. [CNN]

RIP guys! Also, is it just me or do they look an awful lot alike? Keep reading »

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