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Elizabeth Edwards Has Died At The Age Of 61

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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 Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family. We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life.” Yesterday, it was revealed that Edwards’ cancer had spread to her liver and that further treatment would be unproductive. [CNN] Keep reading »

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 dead at the scene. Keep reading »

Simon Monjack — Brittany Murphy’s Husband — Found Dead

Only five months after the death of actress Brittany Murphy, her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, 39, was found dead yesterday. The preliminary cause of death was natural causes, with some suggesting that a heart condition might be to blame. Monjack was found by Murphy’s mother Sharon, who also was the first to find her daughter’s lifeless body in December. Murphy’s death was eventually ruled to have been caused by pneumonia, an iron deficiency and multiple drug intoxication, with some suggesting her passing could have been prevented. Murphy suffered from anemia and, at the time of her death, the LA County coroner said that she should have been getting medical treatment. Early on, suspicion surrounded Monjack — at least among some of Murphy’s friends and in the blogosphere, though he was never considered a suspect by the police — but he maintained that he took good care of Murphy and loved her very much. Whatever you make of their love story, it certainly has ended quite tragically for both of them. [People] Keep reading »

R.I.P., Dixie Carter


Actress Dixie Carter passed away this weekend at the age of 70. Above, the oh-so-classic “The Night The Lights Went Down In Georgia” speech from Julia Sugarbaker, Carter’s character on “Designing Women.” RIP Dixie! [LA Times] Keep reading »

Corey Haim Found Dead This Morning

If you were a preteen girl in the late ’80s, chances are you or someone you know had a bedroom full of Corey Haim posters on the wall. Back then, the star of “The Lost Boys” and “License to Drive” was a hot young actor whose career seemed to just be getting off the ground. Sadly, by the mid-’90s, both his career and life stalled and he became known more — if at all — as a washed-up, drug-addicted has-been than the teen idol who showed so much promise just a few years earlier. In 2001, he was the subject of an E! True Hollywood Story that painted him as a casualty of his early success. In 2006, he was ready for a comeback and filmed two seasons of the improv/reality show “The Two Coreys” on A&E with his old buddy, Cory Feldman. The show was canceled a year after it premiered. In real life, the two Coreys, longtime best friends, became estranged when Feldman refused contact with Haim until he finally kicked his addiction. This morning Cory Haim was found dead in his apartment from an apparent overdose — possibly accidental. He was 38. [via TMZ, Wikipedia] Keep reading »

Casey Johnson Found Dead At Age 30

Yesterday morning, embattled socialite and Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson was found dead in Los Angeles. TMZ reported her death last night. Johnson was engaged to Tila Tequila, who posted a flurry of, um, confused and confusing tweets about her fiancée’s passing, which you can read after the jump. There’s no official cause of death, but according to TMZ, Johnson hadn’t been heard from since Dec. 29 and her phone had been cut off. Johnson was recently arrested for grand theft and is the mother of an adopted daughter, who has been in the custody of Johnson’s parents. Her dad, incidentally, is the owner of the New York Jets, who just made their way into the playoffs this weekend. The LAPD has opened a death investigation.

After the jump, those tweets from Tila Tequila, who I’m sure is deeply saddened by her fiancée’s death, but probs shouldn’t be using this as an opportunity to bond with her Twitter followers. Keep reading »

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 her legs fused together — she had no colon or genital organs and only one partially working kidney. Still, Shiloh was full of life and never seemed to feel sorry for herself, despite her daily struggles. May she rest in peace. [AP] Keep reading »

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] Keep reading »

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 drug addict, having developed an addiction to crack cocaine in his 20s. Though he had been sober for the past nine years — and had recently finished filming an MTV reality show about addiction — Goldstein’s body was allegedly found next to bottles of prescription drugs and other drug paraphernalia, including a pipe commonly used to smoke crack. Friends say he had been dealing with the lingering emotional trauma of his near-death experience last year. Goldstein’s last Twitter update, from Tuesday, quoted Grand Master Flash, saying, “New York, New York. Big city of dreams, but everything in New York ain’t always what it seems.” [NY Post] Keep reading »

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 one of my most favorite songs of all time, “The Leader of the Pack.” Check out the Shangri-Las performing the heartbreaking tune above. [LA Times] Keep reading »

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