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Mindy McCready Dead At 37

Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, has died. She was 37. The coroner in Cleburne County, Ark., said McCready died today in Heber Springs but couldn’t immediately provide further details. He didn’t have further information on who was taking care of her two sons. Read more…More »


RIP Jerry Nelson, “Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock” Veteran

You might not recognize Jerry Nelson‘s name, but you’re probably more familiar with “Sesame Street”’s the Count, Amazing Mumford and Snuffalupagus, or Statler (half of the heckling duo of Statler and Waldorf), Floyd Pepper (the mustachioed guitar player in the Muppet Show house band), Lew Zealand (that guy who chucks fish), Gobo Fraggle, Robin the Frog,… More »


RIP: Neil Armstrong, First Man To Walk On The Moon, Dead At 82

Sad news to report this afternoon: Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who was the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, confirms NBC. Armstrong had heart surgery just two weeks ago and celebrated his birthday only days ago. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on… More »


Oscar Winner Ernest Borgnine Dead At 95

Ernest Borgnine, the hefty Hollywood actor who went from bad guy roles to Oscar stardom to TV comedy, died today at age 95 in Los Angeles, the APreports. The former Navy serviceman started by playing villains in Hollywood movies, but avoided typecasting by snagging the Oscar-winning lead in Marty in 1955. “The Oscar made me a star, and… More »


Ray Bradbury Dead At 91

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… More »


RIP: Whitney Houston Dead At Age 48 [UPDATED]

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,… More »


Legendary Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Dead At Age 85

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… More »


RIP Heavy D: The Rapper’s Most Inspiring Tweets

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… More »


Amy Winehouse, At Her Very Best

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… More »


Amy Winehouse’s Last Time On Stage

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… More »


RIP: Amy Winehouse Found Dead At Age 27

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… More »


We’ll Miss You, Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage

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,… More »


RIP: Legendary Feminist Punk Singer Poly Styrene Dies

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… More »


Sad News Out Of The LBC: Rapper Nate Dogg Dead At Age 41

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,… More »


RIP: Broadcast’s Trish Keenan

It’s a sad day for music. Trish Keenan, of the electronic pop duo Broadcast, has died from complications from pneumonia after she contracted H1N1 (yeah, swine flu) while on tour. Keenan’s voice was incredibly special and if you’ve never heard her sing — or listened to Broadcast before — this is a rather tragic excuse… More »


RIP Teena Marie

Award-winning R&B singer Teena Marie died this weekend at the age of 54. Best known for hit songs like “Lovergirl,” “I Need Your Lovin'” and “Ooo La La La,” Marie apparently died in her sleep. RIP Teena, you’ll be missed! [CNN] … More »


Elizabeth Edwards Has Died At The Age Of 61

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former senator and presidential hopeful John Edwards, died today at her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after a six-year battle with breast cancer. Her family — which includes daughters Cate and Emma Claire, and son Jack — released a statement saying, “Today we have lost the comfort of… More »


Heidi Montag’s Back-Scooping Plastic Surgeon Dead In Car Wreck

The plastic surgeon responsible for Heidi Montag’s multitude of physical transformations — including her massive breast implants and her scooped back — has died in a car accident. According to police, Dr. Frank Ryan’s Jeep went over the side of California’s Pacific Coast Highway yesterday afternoon. Ryan, 50, suffered major head injuries and was pronounced… More »