Absolutley heartbreaking news to report this evening: actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead this morning at his home in Marin County, California. The reported cause of death is axphyxia, and police are treating it as a suicide. Williams had struggled with depression and drug addiction off and on for years. His publicist Mara Buxbaum told The Hollywood Reporter, “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.” The actor’s wife, Susan Schneider, also released a statement saying:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
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Peaches Geldof, a writer, model and designer who is the daughter of musician Bob Geldof, has died at 25, the BBC is reporting. A London-based “It Girl,” Peaches —whose full name was Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof — most recently wrote for Nylon magazine and penned a column for Elle as a teenager. She is the daughter of Geldof and TV host Paula Yates, who died from a drug overdose when Peaches was just a girl. According to the BBC, emergency personnel responded to a call from her home in Kent and announced her death was “unexplained and sudden.” Peaches was married to musician Thomas Cohen from the punk band S.C.U.M. and has two children under the age of two. She was briefly married to Max Drummey from the band Chester French. Our thoughts go out to the Geldof family. [BBC, Daily Mail UK] [Image via WENN]
Update, 1:45p.m.: Her father, Bob Geldof, released a statement: “We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, cleverest, wittiest and most bonkers of all of us.” [Mirror UK]
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]
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 »
Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last living munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz,” passed away yesterday in her Phoenix home at the age of 89. You might remember her as one of the “sleepy head” munchkins — the one who wore a flower pot on her head. In the video clip above, she talks about her memories of Judy Garland on set — she was only 15 at the time. Described as a “great lady” with a “robust personality,” Pellegrini spent much of her time touring local schools and sharing her stories about her “Wizard of Oz” experience. Her favorite moral being: “There are two roads in life that you can take — the wrong road and the right road. And remember, there really is no place like home.”
The last two surviving munchkins are Jerry Maren, 93 (of the Lollipop Guild) and Ruth Duccini, 95. In Pellegrini’s honor, I’ve included her famous munchkin scene after the jump.[USA Today] Keep reading »