The most famous editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown, has died at the age of 90, according to a press release from Hearst. The controversial editor, who was also the author of the groundbreaking Sex and the Single Girl, passed away at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia after a short hospitalization. Brown was in charge of Cosmo for 32 years, and is credited with the mag’s sexually frank tone. She made news earlier this year when she donated $30 million to Columbia’s School of Journalism and Stanford’s School of Engineering. [The Wrap]
Legendary radio and television host Dick Clark died from a massive heart attack this morning, TMZ reports exclusively.
He was 82 years old. Details surrounding his death are unclear, but Clark had suffered a significant stroke in 2004 — forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” which he created in 1972. Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Dick has co-hosted the show ever since. Read more…
This weekend, the music industry lost an incomparable talent with the death of singer Whitney Houston, at the much-too-young age of 48. Here’s a look back at her career and life in pictures.
At right, what’s believed to be Whitney Houston’s final performance, filmed Feb. 9, two nights before her death. The singer sang “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” at the Kelly Price & Friends pre-Grammy concert. Houston passed away today in Los Angeles at the age of 48. [via Huffington Post]
Etta James has died at age 73, according to her longtime manager.
The blues singer was born in 1938 in Los Angeles as Jamesetta Hawkins and proved herself a gospel prodigy from a young age, performing in churches and on the radio. At age 12, she began working with bandleader Johnny Otis and changed her stage name to Etta James; at 17, she launched a solo career where she became famous with ballads like “At Last.” Keep reading »
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful ... that's what matters to me.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech
Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman and former chief executive of Apple Inc., has passed away at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs stepped down from his post at Apple in August and the impact he had on technology and how we use it can’t be overstated. The striking proof of that can be seen, for example, in the fact that I, like I’m sure many of you, found out about Jobs passing while using one of the gadgets he created, the iPhone 4, and I sit here now writing of his passing on Apple’s MacBook Pro. (Today, coincidentally enough, also saw the launch of the iPhone 4S.) Our thoughts are with his family and friends, especially, but the passing of this great inventor is certainly a loss for the world. [Apple]
Very sad news out of Hollywood this morning. Legendary actress and humanitarian, Elizabeth Taylor, has died at the age of 79. Best known for her roles in movies like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “BUtterfield 8,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, Taylor also spent the last 30 years of her life raising money to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. She was hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure and passed away in the early morning hours in Los Angeles. R.I.P. Liz! [CNN] Keep reading »
LPGA golfer Erica Blaberg was found dead in her home in Henderson, Nevada on Sunday afternoon, the day she was supposed to leave for a tournament in Alabama. While no cause of death has been determined, her parents don’t think the 25-year-old would ever take her own life and the police have not said whether they suspect foul play, but she was known to be in good health. Blasberg, a former All-American, joined professional golf in 2004 and was on her sixth tour with the LPGA. Her agent, Chase Callahan, said of her untimely death, “This is someone whose career was as important to her as her family. She was 25. She hadn’t reached her peak yet.” She’ll be laid to rest in Corona, CA on May 19. [CBS News] Keep reading »
Jade Goody died this weekend after a brief battle with cervical cancer at the young age of 27. She is survived by her two young sons and her husband. Though she probably didn’t register on your pop culture radar (she was a fixture on British reality TV), her story should serve as a reminder for all women to get regular pap smears, as a way of checking, preventing, and/or treating cervical cancer, which can spread and kill quickly. Please check out what we have written about the subject matter, after the jump, and make sure to schedule an appointment with your own doctor if it’s been more than a year since your last checkup.
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