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RIP: Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padre & Baseball Hall Of Famer, Dies From Cancer At Age 54

RIP: Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padre & Baseball Hall Of Famer, Dies From Cancer At Age 54

We don’t usually write a whole lot about sports news on The Frisky, but an exception must be made for legendary baseball player Tony Gwynn, who passed away today after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 54. As a diehard San Diego Padres fan throughout my childhood and early teenage years, the right fielder’s life-size poster decorated my bedroom wall. Gwynn was one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history, and was the National League batting champion eight times. He played in 15 All-Star Games and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2010, he announced he had salivary cancer, which he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. Known to fans as Mr. Padre, Gwynn turned down opportunities for more money in favor of playing and staying in San Diego for his entire 20-year career. He was awesome and will be missed. [ABC News]

Designer L’Wren Scott Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Fashion designer L’Wren Scott, known for her gorgeous red carpet dresses, was found dead today in her New York City apartment, hanged in an apparent suicide. The 47-year-old designer was discovered by her assistant this morning. Police did not suspect foul play, a source said, but the Medical Examiner’s Office will still ultimately determine a cause of death. No suicide note was found. Scott was also known for being Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family. [NY Daily News[Photo: Getty Images]

RIP: Harold Ramis, 69, Has Died

  • Harold Ramis, the comedic genius behind “Candyshack” and “Groundhog Day,” not to mention one of the stars of “Ghostbusters,” has passed away at age 69. [Celeb Dirty Laundry]
  • The full list of presenters at this year’s Oscars — airing live this Sunday night! — have been released and Brangelina, Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon Levitt are among the A-listers who will be on hand. [Celebuzz]
  • Justin Bieber said no to a plea deal in his DUI/drag-racing arrest, supposedly because it included mandatory drug testing. Nothing comes between Biebs and his sizzurp. [Evil Beet Gossip] Keep reading »

True Story: I Wrote A Scathing Obituary About My Mother (And I Have No Regrets)

True Story: I Wrote A Scathing Obituary About My Mother (And I Have No Regrets)

“Marianne Theresa John­son-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Sept. 30, 2013. She is sur­vived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way pos­sible. While she neglected and abused her small chil­dren, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.” – Reno Gazette-Journal

How could anyone write a scathing and public obituary showing such distain for a parent? For me, it was a natural “normal” process for ending and celebrating the death of someone who camouflaged themselves as a mother.

There are no words or expressions to adequately describe the sense of freedom I felt upon a phone call from my brother singing “Ding Dong, the witch is dead.” Keep reading »

RIP: Maggie Estep, ’90s Slam Poet, Dead At 50

"I'm An Emotional Idiot"
Feminist Poem
Mindy Nettifee
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If you were alive in the ’90s and liked poetry, chances are you liked slam poetry. Or at least went to a slam poetry performance, even if you didn’t like it. My first exposure to slam poetry was during a creative writing class at summer camp when I was 14; we watched the PBS series “The United States Of Poetry.” One poet in particular stood out: Maggie Estep. Her slam poem from “The United States Of Poetry,” called “I’m An Emotional Idiot,” was unlike any of the Emily Dickinson or e.e. cummings poems that bored me in school. She was brave, bold, opinionated, and stomped the streets of New York City with more attitude that I assumed a mousy poetess could ever have. Throughout the ’90s. Estep appeared on MTV’s “Spoken Word Unplugged” (yeah, that was actually a thing) and “Beavis And Butthead,” HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” and performed at Lollapalooza and Woodstock. She recorded two spoken word albums and wrote seven books.  The A.V. Club reports through the blog East Village Grieve that Maggie Estep died on Monday at age 50. I was sad not to have seen more of her work during her living years. But I hope that Estep knew during her life that she was an inspiration to at least one teenage girl with lots of feelings. [AV Club, MaggieEstep.com]

Breaking News: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead In NYC Apartment [UPDATED]

Breaking News: Phillip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead In NYC Apartment

Utterly heartbreaking news to report: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Academy Award for his role in “Capote,” was found dead in his New York City apartment today, allegedly from a drug overdose. According to investigators, he was found with a syringe in his arms and an envelope believed to contain heroin. Hoffman had struggled with drug addition in the past and last year, he checked himself into rehab for heroin addiction. Hoffman was 46 years old and is survived by his partner, Mimi, and three children. [NY Post]

Hoffman’s family released the following statement about the actor’s untimely death:

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”

RIP Pete Seeger: Legendary Folk Singer Passes Away At Age 94

RIP Pete Seeger!

The amazing, incomparable Pete Seeger passed away today at the age of 94. Here he is singing “Quite Early Morning.” What a life. [USA Today]

RIP James Avery, “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”‘s Uncle Phil

RIP James Avery, "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air"'s Uncle Phil

Amidst the plethora of ’90s-era sitcom dads, “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”’s Uncle Phil was my favorite. This no nonsense uncle was educated, wise, and delivered punishments with a sense of humor. With a household of children varying in age and personality type, he never played favorites and was fiercely protective of each and every kid. To Will, Phil may have been “Uncle,” but to Uncle Phil, Will was a son. Keep reading »

Paul Walker, “Fast And The Furious” Star, Confirmed Dead In Car Crash At Age 40

Paul Walker, "Fast And The Furious" Star, Confirmed Dead In Car Crash At Age 40

TMZ is reporting that “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker, 40, died in a car accident in Santa Clarita, California, earlier today. Multiple sources have told TMZ that Walker and a companion were driving in a Porsche together, when the driver lost control and hit a tree or light post, and the car burst into flames, killing both passengers. It’s unclear who was driving at the time of the accident.

Authorities told CBS News in Los Angeles that a crash did occur at 3:30 p.m. in the area, and two people were killed, though their identities were not released.

UPDATE: Representatives for Walker have confirmed to multiple news outlets that the actor has died. Walker’s verified Twitter account also confirmed the news. A photo from the scene of the crash has been released (inset — larger photo at the link.) Keep reading »

Read Laurie Anderson’s Obit For Her Husband Lou Reed

Read Laurie Anderson's Obit For Her Husband Lou Reed

To our neighbors:

What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.

Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we’re city people this is our spiritual home.

Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!

Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

— Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend

An obituary for rock legend Lou Reed, written by his widow, Laurie Anderson, as printed in the The East Hampton Star. Reed passed away this weekend at age 71. Lovely tribute to a man the world will miss, but none more so than his family. [NYMag.com[Photo by Annie Leibovitz]

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