Posts tagged "obits"

RIP: Shiloh Pepin, “Mermaid Girl”

Heartbreaking news: Shiloh Pepin, the 10-year-old girl who was born with a rare condition commonly known as “mermaid syndrome,” passed away this weekend. I first learned about Shiloh by watching a special on Discovery Health about her life and was blown away by her spirit. Her condition, “sirenomelia,” caused her to be born with…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 26, 2009

RIP: Patrick Swayze Has Passed Away

Very sad news. Patrick Swayze, best known for his performances in “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost,” has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, his publicist confirms. He was 57. [ABC News]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 14, 2009

RIP: Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein

Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, one of Hollywood’s (and the country’s) most loved DJs, was found dead in his New York apartment yesterday. He was 36. Almost one year ago, Goldstein and musician Travis Barker survived a fatal plane crash in South Carolina, in which they both received severe burns. Goldstein was also a recovering…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 29, 2009

RIP: Songwriter Ellie Greenwich

Sigh. The summer of death continues. In addition to the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy on Tuesday evening, writer Dominick Dunne died yesterday, as did songwriter Ellie Greenwich. Greenwich is best known for writing a number of songs made famous by the girl groups of the ’60s — “Chapel of Love,” “Be My Baby,” and…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 27, 2009

Quick Pic: RIP Senator Edward Kennedy

Senator Edward Kennedy passed away yesterday evening at the age of 77, after a battle with brain cancer. [NY Times]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 26, 2009

RIP: Alexis Cohen, aka Glitter Girl, From “American Idol”

Sad news. Alexis Cohen, 25, who got attention for her two auditions for “American Idol,” was hit by a car and killed in Seaside Heights, NJ. Cohen is memorable for both the copious amount of glitter she wore to her auditions, but also her, um, unique singing voice, which made her rank high…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 26, 2009

R.I.P.: Gidget The Taco Bell Chihuahua Enters Doggie Heaven

Tear. Gidget the Chihuahua, famous for her manly utterance, “Yo quiero, Taco Bell,” in the chain’s commercials (watch one after the jump), has died at the age of 15. “She made so many people happy,” Gidget’s trainer, Sue Chipperton, told People. “[She] always knew where the camera was.” On the one hand, this is sad,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 22, 2009

Michael Jackson’s Death Eerily Reminds Us Of Elvis

As details emerge about exactly what happened to Michael Jackson, I can’t help but notice—doesn’t this sound an awful lot like Elvis? After the jump, a side-by-side comparison of the superstars’ deaths. Long live the King and the King of Pop.

Badass Doctor Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald Dies At 57

Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, who died Tuesday, left the country after divorcing her husband in the ’90s to watch over a small group of people who were working and chillin’ (literally) in the South Pole. Soon enough, however, Jerri realized the one who really needed watching was herself. When she was 47, this daring doc…

Nikki Dowling / June 25, 2009

Bea Arthur: Thanks For Being A Friend

Bea Arthur, best known for her roles as Dorothy on “The Golden Girls” and Maude on “Maude,” died at the age of 86 on Saturday after battling cancer. Her uniquely hilarious contribution to comedy and her place in women’s entertainment history won’t be forgotten and will live on (in syndication). Give our best to Estelle…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 27, 2009

Obit: The First Lady Of “Star Trek,” Majel Roddenberry

Majel Roddenberry, the widow of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, died yesterday from leukemia at the age of 76. Though she was married to the show’s creator, she also was a key part of the show’s success from the very beginning. She became known for playing numerous characters, including Nurse Chapel on the original series,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 19, 2008

RIP: Rupert, The Adorable Teeny, Tiny Deer

We wrote about adorable little Rupert in yesterday’s Quickies, but it seems the little runt died today. Staff members at the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Haddenham, England said they tried to keep him alive by giving him lamb’s milk, but he needed nutrients from his mom — plus, the little nugget was three weeks premature.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 2, 2008

Obit: Paul Newman

Actor Paul Newman lost his battle with cancer today and died at the age of 83. He’s best known for his amazing work in movies like “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”, “The Hustler”, “Cool Hand Luke”, “The Long Hot Summer”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, and “Hud”. He was one of the hottest…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 27, 2008

Obit: Del Martin, Lesbian Activist

In very sad news, Del Martin, the lesbian activist who was finally able to marry her life partner, Phyllis Lyon, in June, has died at the age of 87. Martin and Lyon were the first lesbian couple to be married after California lifted the ban on gay marriage. It’s so bittersweet that she was able…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 27, 2008

R.I.P.: Stephanie Tubbs Jones

In sad news, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, 58, a Democratic Representative from Ohio, has died from a sudden brain aneurysm. She was the first African-American woman to represent Ohio and one of only 23 women of color in Congress. [Cleveland.com]

UPDATE: Um, we’re getting conflicting reports now. Which is good news, at least! Stay tuned.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 20, 2008

Obit: World’s Tallest Woman Dies

The woman recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest woman died yesterday at age 53. Sandy Allen, who was 7 feet 7 inches, had grown to more than six feet by age 10, and she passed the seven-foot mark by 16. Her speedy growth was caused by a tumor on her pituitary…

Catherine Strawn / August 13, 2008

Friday The 13th: Tim Russert Dead & R. Kelly Acquitted

Sigh. Tim Russert died of a sudden heart attack at work today. The Meet The Press host was only 58 and seemed to be really enjoying covering the exciting 2008 election. I am sad because my Sundays are not complete without him, especially this Sunday, Father’s Day, which he would have undoubtedly spent with hi…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 13, 2008

Quick Pic: Claudia Schiffer Is Glam, In Mourning

The ’80s supermodel was definitely the best-dressed at Yves Saint Laurent’s funeral. [Paris, France, 6/5/08]…

The Frisky / June 5, 2008

The Daily Hotness: Yves Saint Laurent, 1936-2008

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent died yesterday of a brain tumor at the age of 71. YSL epitomized crazy, chic, snooty (and I mean that in a good way) French style and pioneered the lady pantsuit. If we were still using the term, we would call him fierce. [Bloomberg.com]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 2, 2008

The Daily Hotness: Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston died this weekend at the ripe ol’ age of 83. In addition to being a major gun nut, we were fascinated to discover he was also a civil rights protester in the ’60s. He was also once extremely dashing and handsome — we kind of love that movie Ben-Hur and, damn, didn’t he…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 9, 2008