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 »
We are so sad to share the news that 13-year-old beauty blogger Talia Joy Castellano passed away on Tuesday, after a long battle with neuroblastoma. Talia gained hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers with her cheeky, adorable and totally on-point makeup tutorials. She developed her own fashion line, and even appeared on “The Ellen Show,” where she charmed viewers with her ebullient spirit. Talia’s makeup tutorials and fashion haul videos were aimed at having fun and showed that beauty comes in all different kinds of bodies, which is why they attracted millions of viewers and supporters. Late last year, Talia learned that her cancer was terminal, and set about fulfilling a bucket list of activities. In early July, her health rapidly declined, and she began sleeping constantly, and barely eating. Her family was with her when she passed. Keep reading »
James Gandolfini’s autopsy was conducted today in Italy, and though no official word has been given, a hospital source tells Reuters it confirmed the actor’s cause of death was a heart attack. An Italian official gives the same confirmation to CNN. Doctors will make the official announcement later today, after the US Embassy and Gandolfini’s family are officially informed. Meanwhile, both the New York Post and the New York Daily News ran what are purported to be the last photos taken of Gandolfini, dining on Tuesday night in Rome. Read more on Newser…
The world was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of James Gandolfini yesterday. Holstens, a New Jersey ice cream shop which served as the backdrop for the iconic final diner scene of “The Sopranos,” quickly filled with fans who wanted to experience a piece of Gandolfini’s entertainment legacy. As a tribute to the late actor, the restaurant placed a “reserved” sign on the empty table where Tony Soprano sat down for his final meal. It’s a striking image, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, Gandolfini’s former co-stars and friends are reacting to his death. One of the most touching messages came from Edie Falco, who played Gandolfini’s TV wife, Carmela Soprano. Keep reading »
Popular psychologist, columnist, and television and film personality Joyce Brothers has died. She was 85. Longtime publicist Sanford Brokaw says Brothers died today in New York City. She was a pioneer of the television advice show. Read more on Newser…
Pauline Phillips, best known to the world as the advice columnist “Dear Abby,” passed away this week at the age of 94. In her honor, here’s a column where she gives very sound advice to a woman who doesn’t know whether to marry the safe guy or the one who gives her “the creeps.” “Don’t marry either one,” Dear Abby advised. “When ‘The One’ comes along, you’ll flip your lid, not a coin.” BOOM. [Buzzfeed]