TIBURON, CA – Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead today at his Tiburon home.
Accoring to the Marin County Coroner’s office, the preliminary diagnosis is suicide due to asphyxia.
Williams was last seen alive at his Northern California home on Sunday. He lived in Marin County with his wife.
According to his media representative Mara BuxBaum, the Oscar-winning actor had “been battling severe depression of late,” she went on to tell CNN, “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
In 2011 Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in a Napa Valley ceremony. Schneider released a statement to CNN through Buxbaum.
“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.”
It’s been almost a year since the death of Glee actor Cory Montieth, and the news is still upsetting to many. The 31 year old was battling a heroin addiction and had checked into rehab just months before his untimely death, this after his Glee castmates, including girlfriend Lea Michele, reportedly held an intervention.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for the Final Destination 3 star and he was found dead from an overdose not long after checking out. Glee paid tribute to the young actor months later in an emotional episode which saw them express their feelings in true Glee style – through song.
To read more on other celebrity’s drug and alcohol related deaths,this infographic shows the multitude of celebrities who’ve hit headlines over the years.
Special thanks to Laura Chapman for sharing this invaluable research with CelebrityExaminer.
RICHMOND, VA – Founder and lead singer for heavy metal band GWAR was found dead in his Richmond, VA home on Sunday.
According to Police, the body of 50-year-old Dave Brockie, who performed under the name of “Oderus Urungus” for the hardcore band known for their grotesque performances, was found at his home just before 7 p.m. Sunday.
At this point investigators do not believe there was any foul play. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.
Gwar is a satirical heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984. The band is best known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.
“My friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet,” Randy Blythe, frontman for Lamb of God, posted on Instagram, “Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND — I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him…My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR — they gave us our first shot at this thing.”
In 2011 Cory Smoot, lead guitarist for GWAR, was found dead on their tour bus following a concert in Minneapolis. Smoot has been performing with the band since 2002 under the name “Flattus Maximus” and produced their last two albums.
The band is expected to release a statement today (Monday).
LOS ANGELES, CA – Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have presented their case against Justin Bieber for felony vandalism to the District Attorney’s office.
Bieber is accused of throwing eggs at his neighbor’s mansion in the exclusive Oaks community neighborhood of Calabasas.
“No decision will be made this week,” Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago told CNN.
Detectives presented their findings to a prosecutor who must now determine if the 19-year-old pop-star will be charged with vandalism and if the charge will be considered a misdemeanor or felony.
On January 14 detectives from the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Bieber’s Calabasas home. Detectives were looking for video surveillance or other possible evidence related to the egg throwing incident that took place on January 9.
Bieber was detained along with several other men who were at the home when deputies arrived. One of the men, 20-year old Xavier Smith, better known as Lil Za, was arrested on felony narcotics charges that were unrelated to the vandalism incident.
Ironically Lil Za, who was living in the home last year, was kicked out by the Biebs last September, after Za and his brother, Lil Twist, threw a number of parties at the mansion while Bieber was away. When the singer arrived home he discovered some jewelry had gone missing and kicked the pair out.
At the conclusion of the search warrant, deputies walked away with several pieces of evidence. Investigators believe multiple suspects may have been involved in the vandalism which caused an estimated $20,000.00 in damage to the front of the luxury home, raising the charges to a felony.
NEW YORK, NY – Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.
According to authorities, it appears Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that Hoffman was discovered in dead in his bathroom with a needle in his left arm. They also found in his apartment eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin.
The bags were stamped with “Ace of Hearts” and “Ace of Spades,” street names for the heroin.
Hoffman was last seen Saturday night at around 8 and he was expected to pick up his kids on Sunday. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and discovered the body.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor. He also received three Tony Award nominations for his work in theater.
In 2013, he played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.
Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, gradually gaining recognition for his supporting work in a number of films including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), and Boogie Nights (1997).
He appeared in such films as The Big Lebowski , Patch Adams, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley and many more.
Hoffman played the title role in Capote and won multiple acting awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He received another three Academy Award nominations for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012).
In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating.
Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director as well, joining the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995. He went on to direct and perform in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three Tony Award nominations: two for Best Leading Actor in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012); one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003).
MIAMI BEACH, FL – Justin Bieber found himself behind bars early Thursday morning after drag racing and resisting arrest.
According to a police report, the Biebs was busted for a DUI after failing a sobriety test, drag racing, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license.
The incident happened Thursday just after 4 a.m. on Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street. He was driving a yellow Lamborghini.
According to the police report, officers saw two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday, with two vehicles apparently being used to block the area off. The second car was a red Ferrari, and that driver was also arrested with both cars being towed.
The Miami Beach Police Department later tweeted that R&B singer Khalil Sharief was arrested along with Bieber.
The pop-singer was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and according to the report Bieber reeked of alcohol, had a “stupor” look on his face and had bloodshot eyes.
The report goes on to say Bieber was argumentative and started yelling at the officers, “Why the f##k are you doing this? What the f++k did I do. Why did you stop me?”
Bieber was charged with resisting arrest after refusing to take his hands out of his pockets when officers ordered him to do so.
LONDON – The legendary film and stage actor Peter O’Toole has died after a long illness. He was 81.
The Irish born O’Toole’s was best known for his role in the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ He shot to stardom in the ‘60s when he got his big break after Sir David cast him as British adventured T E Lawrence.
According to his agent O’Toole died on Saturday at London’s Wellington hospital in London after a long illness. In a statement he said O’Toole was “one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field.”
He received an honorary Oscar in 2003, but initially refused to accept the award. In a letter addressed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences he told the Academy to wait until he was 80 since he was still in the game and might just win the “bugger.”
O’Toole was nominated a total of eight times in the past.
Masters of Poker: Famous Poker-Playing Personalities You Didn’t Know About
The world of poker is a diverse one and often, players of different backgrounds come to play. And so it wouldn’t be surprising if you find celebrities channeling their acting skills by wearing their poker faces and showing their bluffing skills at poker tournaments. Here are just five of these celebrities who are also experts in the tactical card game:
An actor comedian, a poker commentator, and a poker pro, the 68-year old is what you call an ace in the competitive entertainment industry. With more than $1.3 million in tournament winnings, Kaplan is widely regarded as the most successful poker playing celebrity of all time. In fact, Kaplan is considered the Phil Ivey of celebrity poker players. Today, the former Welcome Back, Kotter star remains a regular at poker tournaments.
The poker world is a male dominated sport, but that doesn’t mean women aren’t competitive enough to play. In fact, the industry is full of today’s gorgeous poker players. Take for example Poker Night Live host Kara Scott or Betfair’s lovely top 11 WSOP finisher last 2012, Elisabeth Hille. But for celebrity actresses, no other woman could match Phil Laak’s girlfriend, Jennifer Tilly. The actress boasts of a WSOP bracelet and a win at the WPT Ladies Night III.
The world of sports may be full of poker loving players, but no one could measure up to Olympic legend Michael Phelps. The celebrated swimmer recently joined the WSOP this May and although he failed to bag the gold in the mind sport, Phelps says he did it for fun. Phelps was reportedly a fan of online poker.
Talk about poker super heroes and one hero comes to mind—Spiderman. The former actor of the web-slinging protagonist, Tobey Maguire is known as a card shark at poker tournaments. Poker pro Phil Hellmuth even claims that Maguire has won more than $10 million in a celebrity invitational event. Like his big screen counterpart, Maguire does have a “spider sense”, in poker.
The controversial Batman-to-be actor, Ben Affleck, is a regular at poker tournaments. He won the 2004 California State Poker Championship and remains a poker fanatic to date. Affleck is tutored by top poker pros Annie Duke and Amir Vahedi.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Character actor Ed Lauter died on Wednesday at the age of 74.
Having starred in scores of movies and TV shows and a career spanning 50 years, the veteran actor is known to many movie goers and television watchers.
According to Lauter’s publicist he died of mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure.
During the 70’s Lauter was Burt Reynold’s nemesis in The Longest Yard and he was a gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Family Plot.
Most recently Lauter was scheduled to play roles in several new movies including The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Becker’s Farm and The Grave all slated to be released sometime next year. It’s unclear if he completed shooting for any of those roles.
TV appearances included The Office, ER, Murder, She Wrote and The Rockford Files.
In an interview with Cinema Shock magazine in 2010 Lauter referred to himself as “turn” actor, going on to describe his characters as someone who shows up in the film and “turns” the plot in a different direction.
The star of “Prison Break,” Wentworth Miller has revealed he’s a gay man and has told Russia he’s not interested in attending their St. Petersburg International Film Festival.
In a letter to the director of the International Film Festival, the 41-year-old actor rejected their invitation for him to travel to the Motherland for the festival. In the letter Miller admitted his sexuality for the first time publicly.
“Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline.”
Miller goes on to explain, “I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
Miller is best known for his role as Michael Scofield in the FOX Network TV series ‘Prison Break.” He recently made his screenwriting debut with the 2013 horror film ‘Stoker.’