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]
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 July 20, 1969, and famously said that day’s events were “one giant leap for mankind.” A statement from his family reads, “The next time you walk out on a clear night and see the moon smiling, think of Neil and give him a wink.” [NBC]
After the jump, a rare interview with Armstrong from 1970 and video of those first few steps on the moon. Keep reading »