Renowned sci-fi author Ray Bradbury died this morning in Los Angeles at age 91, i09 is reporting, with confirmation from his family and biographer. The report does not indicate the cause of death. “If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him,” his grandson Danny Karapetian said. “He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it’s always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. … He was the biggest kid I know.” Read more…
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UPDATE (Sunday, 3:45 p.m. EST): TMZ is now reporting that Whitney Houston was found in her room’s bathtub and that it’s possible she drowned? Sources also say prescription drugs were found in the room and that Houston took Xanax before performances; only an autopsy will be able to reveal if she died via drowning, overdose, or some other cause. An autopsy is scheduled for today, but an official cause of death won’t be available until the toxicology report is complete.
Seriously sad news to report: the Associated Press is reporting that singer Whitney Houston died today at the age of 48. She is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina (with ex husband Bobby Brown). The singer was photographed leaving a pre-Grammy party on Thursday night looking potentially intoxicated. Houston, of course, battled drug addiction in the past, although there is no word on her cause of death. In May 2011, Houston’s representative said that the singer had checked into rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. She had recently been seen out and about with former boyfriend Ray J. [TMZ, Dlisted, CNN]
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Joe Paterno, the “winningest coach in college football,” who was forced to retire from his position as head coach of Penn State’s football team following the Jerry Sandusky/child rape scandal, has died at the age of 85. Paterno announced he had lung cancer just days after leaving his post at Penn State and his health deteriorated quickly. Some will remember him for his winning record and deep commitment to his school and team; others won’t be able to forget how he allowed that allegiance to a game and institution take precedence over the lives of innocent children. Both would likely agree that his passing comes too soon. He is survived by his wife Sue, five children, and 17 grandchildren. [CBS News, NBC Sports]
I was saddened yesterday to learn of the death of Dwight Arrington Myers, better known as the illustrious Heavy D of Heavy D & the Boyz. He collapsed yesterday outside his Beverly Hills home, reportedly due to respiratory issues, and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he passed away. The self-proclaimed “overweight lover” of hip-hop rose to fame in the late ’80s and continued to maintain a sizable fan base through the ’90s. Just last month, he performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards, his first live performance in 15 years. He was also known for his uplifting and insightful Twitter stream, which really shows just how much he genuinely loved life. Rest in peace, Heavy D. Here are 10 of his best tweets, beginning with his optimistic final message.
Some of us were lucky enough to see Amy Winehouse perform live before she passed this weekend at the age of 27. Fewer of us were lucky enough to see her when she was really at her best, before drug and alcohol addiction started to chip away at her ability to channel her truly extraordinary talent. In 2007, Winehouse performed on “Live on the BBC” and this video of that session is 51 minutes of her being just fantastic. (FYI, the volume is sort of low up until the 6:31 mark.) [Dangerous Minds] Keep reading »
On Wednesday night, Amy Winehouse’s goddaughter and protege Dionne Bromfield performed at the iTunes Festival and Amy accompanied her to the show. She also danced alongside Bromfield as she performed, though she didn’t sing, making this Amy’s last time on stage before her untimely death today at age 27. Our thoughts are with Amy’s family and friends. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
Extremely sad news out of the UK today: singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home at the age of 27. Though the cause of her death is unknown at this time, Winehouse had a well-documented history of alcohol and drug abuse, going to treatment as recently as May. Last month, she canceled her European tour after a breakdown on stage in Serbia, and a statement on her website read: “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances. Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.” Earlier this week, she attended an event with her goddaughter, but sources had told various media outlets that Winehouse was “drinking herself to death.”
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News that Randy “Macho Man” Savage died in a car accident age 58 has triggered plenty of nostalgic tributes. From David Brown, Yahoo Sports:
“A small part of my childhood died. … Other than Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant, no WWF rassler was more popular than Savage in the late 1980s,” writes Brown, who also recounts Savage’s four-year stint in baseball’s minor leagues. He wasn’t a bad player, but injuries did him in. “His contribution to pop culture, wrestling and baseball ought to be remembered for a long time. Ohhhhh, yeahhhhhhhh!”
This morning, we were sad to learn of the death of Poly Styrene, the infamous singer of ’70s punk band X-Ray Spex. Styrene — born Marian Joan Elliott-Said — passed away yesterday at the age of 53 after battling an aggressive form of breast cancer. Her vocal stylings as the frontwoman and songwriter for the Spex had a profound effect on punk music and the waves of girl-fronted bands that would follow. Latter day feminist musicians like Sleater Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna looked to Styrene for inspiration; at the beginning of the Spex’s breakthrough track, “Oh Bondage, Up Yours” (above), Styrene sweetly snarls, “Some people believe little girls should be seen and not heard. Oh bondage, up yours!”, encapsulating, no doubt, her marginalized position as a woman in British society, and in male-dominated punk rock specifically. Styrene’s free spirit was reflected even in her approach to the news of her terminal illness. “You remember that old song ‘Que Sera Sera, Whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see’?” she told a reporter in March. “I’ve always felt that. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but I wouldn’t change a thing.” As one fan wrote of her passing, “RIP Poly nothing plastic about her…” We couldn’t agree more. [The Guardian] Keep reading »
Rapper Nate Dogg, who is best known for his smooth-voiced collaborations with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and, above, Warren G, died yesterday after a battling health problems for a number of years. He was 41. Nate Dogg — born Nathan D. Hale — suffered from two strokes in the last few years, though it’s not clear what his actual cause of death was. R.I.P. Nate, may you continue to regulate in the afterlife. [MTV} Keep reading »