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Actor Lee Thompson Young dead at 29

fb-lee-welcomeLOS ANGELES, CA – Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young was found dead from an apparent suicide at his home in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 29.

Young was a no-show for filming on Monday. Management contacted police to conduct a welfare check at his Los Angeles home to check on the actor.

His manager, Jonathan Baruch, confirmed that Young committed suicide.

Young starred in Disney’s ‘The Famous Jett Jackson,’ which ran from 1998 to 2001. More recently he appeared as Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles.

TNT released a statement saying they were, “beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.”

The Disney Channel released a statement, “Nothing any of us can say will adequately express our sadness over Lee’s untimely passing — our thoughts are with his loved ones and the many fans of his work.”

Actress Lisa Robin Kelly dead at 43

Lisa Robin Kelly in 'That 70's Show" Promo photo

Lisa Robin Kelly in ‘That 70′s Show”
Promo photo

LOS ANGELES, CA – Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for her role as Laurie Forman on FOX’s sitcom “That ’70s Show” has died. She was 43.

The embattled actress was experiencing legal problems on top of substance abuse. She died soon after checking herself into a rehab facility to battle her addiction problems.

“Unfortunately Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last evening. Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” her agent Craig Wyckoff said in a statement, “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night she lost the battle.”

Lisa Robin Kelly's 2012 mugshot Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff

Lisa Robin Kelly’s 2012 mugshot
Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff

A cause of death has not yet been released.

In 2003 Kelly exited the FOX show “That ’70s Show” and was replaced by Christina Moore for the show’s sixth season.

Kelly remained in the headlines when in 2012 she was arrested for assaulting her husband in North Carolina.

Kelly said in an interview with “Good Morning America,” that she started struggling with alchohol after suffering through a miscarriage.

“I had lost a baby, and as a result of that, I lost everything, and I was abusing alcohol, which I no longer do,” Kelly told “Good Morning America, “With ‘That ’70s Show,’ I was guilty of the drinking problem and I ran. And I am not running from this. And I have paid my dues. And if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything.”

In June of this year Kelly was arrested for suspicion of DUI after her car stalled on the freeway in Burbank, Calif.

Reality star Gia Allemand dead at 29

Gia Allemand on the cover of Maxim

Gia Allemand on the cover of Maxim

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Reality TV star and model Gia Allemand has died from an apparent suicide. She was 29.

Allemand was a former cast member of ABC’s “Bachelor Pad” and the 14th season of “The Bachelor.” She was also a model and girlfriend of NBA Pelican player Ryan Anderson.

According to her publicist, Allemand was rushed to University Hospital Monday night following “a serious emergency medical event.” She was immediately placed on life support.

In a statement her publicist said, “While in her residency in New Orleans on Monday night, Ms. Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA Basketball Player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt.”

Her publicist went on to say, “Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today. Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long friends by her side.”

An outpouring of emotion is hitting Twitter:

Vienna Girardi, who won season 14 of “The Bachelor” tweeted “Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever”

Jake Pavelka, who appeared on the “Bachelor” tweeted: “I had to pull over, I can’t stop crying. We have lost an angel.”

Jenna Burke, who was a contestant on “The Bachelor” during season 16 tweeted: “We lost a loved one but heaven gained an angel I will miss you sweet Gia Allemand. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. [Heart] You”

Sean Lowe from “The Bachelor” season 17 tweeted, “My prayers go out to @GiaAllemand ‘s family during this time. Life on earth is but a vapor and she’s with our Lord now.”

Blues great Bobby Blue Bland dead at 83

Bobby "Blue" Bland - Click for more images

Bobby “Blue” Bland – Click for more images

Bobby “Blue” Bland died on Sunday at the age of 83.

According to a family friend, Blues Hall of Fame recipient Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland has died today. No other details were available.

Updated: Bland’s son Rodd told CNN that health issues sidelined the singer earlier this year. “He had a hole in his stomach that had become tumorous, and it was emptying into his bloodstream.”

Rodd said Bland passed away from natural causes at his home in Germantown, Tennessee. “He was in my arms,” his son said. “But I’m not going to lie. I could have used at least 20 more years.”

Already the condolences are coming in.

Jim Hanzalik with World One Presents said, “”It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to true legend and icon of the blues. Thank you for all the great memories, conversations and love you shared with us and your many fans. We love you and you’ll be missed – RIP Bobby Blue Bland.”

Jay Sieleman with the Blues Foundation called Bland the greatest blues singer in the world.

“He was respected by so many people in the rock world and in the jazz world. He’s the Frank Sinatra of the blues. He’s respected for his voice and his phrasing. It’s going to be a huge loss to blues music,” Sieleman said.

Bobby “Blue” Bland was an original member of the Beale Streeters, and is considered the “Lion of the Blues”.

Bland’s unique style of phlegm clearing grunts and sense of despair provided a whole different level of blues and helped change the landscape of blues along with other greats such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Junior Parker.

Bland started singing with local gospel groups in Memphis Tenn. and wanted to expand his music, so he started going to the famous Beale Street known for it’s blues clubs, where he met a number of aspiring musicians calling their group the Beale Streeters.

In Bland’s earliest recordings in the 50’s, you could hear his individuality trying to come through, but his career was interrupted with a stint in the U.S. Army.

Read: Bobby Blue Bland concert review

Bland started touring with Junior Parker in 1956 and doubled as a valet and driver. He was reported to have been valet and driver for others such as B. B. King and Rosco Gordon.

View photos of Bobby Blue Bland

In 1957 Bland started rising in the charts with “Farther Up the Road,” released in 1957, and “Little Boy Blue,” released in 1958, as he made it into the R&B Top 10.

Bland hit his stride with “Cry Cry Cry”, “I Pity The Fool” and the “Turn On Your Love Light.”

He will be missed.

Tim Curry suffers stroke

rockie-horrorTim Curry, best known for his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” has suffered a major stroke and is recovering after collapsing at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Initially there were rumors that the 67-year-old actor couldn’t speak after the fall. However, his agent Marcia Hurwitz told Britain’s Daily Mail that, “Tim is doing great. He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor.”

No other details about Curry’s condition were available.

Curry became a cult figure for his role as Frank-N-Furter as he played a diabolical mad scientist and transvestite. He went on to maintain a successful career as an actor onstage and on broadway, including voice-over work.

Eddie Money drummer hospitalized

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Glenn Symmonds
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Longtime drummer for Eddie Money and solo artist Glenn Symmonds was hospitalized Monday morning for the removal of a tumor.

Symmonds’ personal assistant and love interest, Tami Landrum, posted to his Facebook page early Monday morning, “We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done.”

According to Tami’s post, Symmonds was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week and remains optimistic, since CAT scans indicate his kidneys are in good shape.

Read: Eddie Money concert review

After high school, Symmonds headed to California from Spokane where he met Eddie Money. It all happened in Oakland when Money’s drummer didn’t show up for rehearsal. Money had heard Symmonds playing drums next door, so he asked him if he could fill in. Symmonds has been performing with Money off and on for over 39 years and tours regularly with Money and his band.glenn-symmonds-early-calif

Symmonds was scheduled to appear this Friday with Eddie Money at the Thibodaux Fireman’s Fair in Thibodaus Louisiana.

Symmonds has performed with a host of other greats including The Cult, Etta James George Benson and  many more. When Symmonds isn’t touring with Money he’s touring on his own.

As a singer songwriter and accomplished guitarist, Symmonds has recorded two solo albums ‘Southern Poets, Trains and Troubadours, and his latest album ‘Early California.”

The single “Railroad Man,” off of his first album is a tribute to his father, Robert “Guitar Whitey” Symmonds, an old-time, train-hopping hobo. Symmonds told his hometown newspaper the Spokesman Review, that his father rode the rails before settling down to start a family. When his children grew up and went their separate ways, Guitar Whitey walked to the intersection of Trent and Fancher and hopped the first train out of town.

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Tami Landrum and Glenn Symmonds

According to Symmonds he’s out on the road at least 160 days out of the year as he continues to tour with Money and also as a solo act.

Here’s Tami’s post in full:

“For those of you who don’t know me I am Glenn’s personal assistant, faithful sidekick, and basically the love of his life :) Unfortunately, I am not hacking his Fbook with the best of news. Glenn was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week. We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done. On the bright side, a CAT scan showed his kidneys were good! I’ll be posting some updates during his recovery. Prayers are welcomed!”

Tami uploaded this photo prior to Glenn’s surgery with the caption ” ’bout ready to kick some cancer ass!”

UPDATE: Monday afternoon Symmonds was release from the hospital with doctors remaining optimistic. The tumor was removed and he was given a round of chemo directly to the affected area.

According to Tami she’s, “reading him all your comments & posts… all the love, prayers & support have really touched him. Thank you all – much appreciated from me. ~tam”

‘Idol’: Lopez to replace Carey mid-season

 

Mariah out?

Mariah out?

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the waning Fox musical competition ‘American Idol’ planned to replace musical judge Mariah Carey, bringing back fan-favorite Jennifer Lopez, but Carey’s lawyers has something to say about the move.

According to sources that spoke to THR, producers and Fox executives have been working out the details with Lopez. That was until Carey’s lawyers got wind of the change-up. Now executives are backing down, but sources say they are still courting Lopez to replace Carey, and possibly bring in a replacement for fellow judge Nicki Minaj.

Carey was supposed to be the big new judge this season on ‘Idol,’ but has failed to make any significant contributions to the show. In one episode Carey alluded to the fact that she was told she needed to provide more substance when commenting on contestant’s performances.

While Minaj is slowly growing into her role on ‘Idol’ with her brightly painted lips, her ever changing hair, and her over the top commentary, she still has some detractors. At times she’s completely entertaining and engaging and other times she comes across as distracted and bored.

As for Keith Urban’s performance on the show – #winning.

‘American Idol’ has seen it’s worse rating slide in the history of the show with their average ratings in the age category 18-49 plummeting from a 6.0 rating, at the beginning of the season, down to a dismal 4.3 for its most recent episode. The show’s first season in 2001 had 30 million viewers, compared to the poor showing of their last episode which only had a tad over 11 million.

‘Idol’s’ competition, ‘The Voice,’ is doing just fine with a 5.2 rating last week.

Adding to the embarrassing ratings for ‘idol’ is the fact that a rerun of CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ beat out ‘Idol’ in ratings last week – yes, a rerun.

In typical ‘Idol’ style Fox told THR in a statement, “This is just another ridiculous Idol judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale.”

 

Rihanna smokin’ in Instagram photos

Rihanna backstage in Atlanta Photo: Rihanna via Instagram

Rihanna backstage in Atlanta
Photo: Rihanna via Instagram

On Monday night Rihanna posted a topless photo just before taking the stage in Atlanta.

Rihanna celebrating 4/20 Photo: Rihanna via Instagram

Rihanna celebrating 4/20
Photo: Rihanna via Instagram

The never-shy Barbados native posted a photo on Instagram of herself getting ready for the big show, clad in nothing buy yellow panties and a strategically placed towel.

The 25-year-old pop-star wrote on Instagram, “Show time!! #DWT.”

This was on the heels of RiRi posting photos of her celebrating National Weed Day on April 20. Rihanna tweeted “#420 it’s a celebration bitches!! Thank you to all my ft. Lauderdale and Miami fam that came through…”

Add to all this wonderfulness, Billboard’s announced this week that Rihanna has her 10th #1 single in the shortest amount of time of any other artist, achieving this in less than five years.

Rihanna celebrating 4/20 Photo: Rihanna via Instgram

Rihanna celebrating 4/20
Photo: Rihanna via Instgram

Here first 10 #1 songs:

1. “SOS” (2006)
2. “Umbrella” (2007)
3. “Take A Bow” (2008)
4. “Disturbia” (2008)
5. “Live Your Life” (2008)
6. “Rude Boy” (2010)
7. “Love The Way You Lie” (2010)
8. “What’s My Name” (2010)
9. “Only Girl (In The World)” (2010)
10. “S&M” (2011)

Cher is not dead – #hashtagsgonewrong

Cher - The Very Best Of Cher (Official Album Cover)While word of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s death was spreading like wildfire on Monday, others were mourning the death of singer Cher.

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It all started with the UK website, “IsThatcherDeadYet,” who is not a fan of Thatcher’s, and apparently were quite happy about her passing. They wanted to know how people were going to celebrate the passing of Thatcher and to, “Let us know using the #nowthatchersdead hashtag on Twitter, or get to one of the parties near you on Facebook.”

Breaking down the #nowthatchersdead hashtag twitter users were shocked to learn that Cher was no longer part of the living, when they read the hashtag as NowThatChersDead.

Twitter users across the twittersphere tweeted their condolences. One twitter user wrote, “RIP CHER. Just saw the hashtag. Never was a fan myself but you’ve gotta respect her influence.”

Another tweeted, “R.i.p to a truly inspiring strong independent woman who changed a generation, loved by millions”

No word from her publicist, but it appears the 66-year-old is doing quite well.

 

 

Mouseketeer Annette Funicello dead at 70

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Annette Funicello
Photo: Disney

Disney has announced on their official Disney Fan Club Twitter that Legendary Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello died today at 70.

Extra has confirmed through the family that Funicello died due to complications of multiple sclerosis, a disease she had been fighting for the past 25 years.51FS7PkS39L._SY300_

Funicello became a star at the age of 12 after Walt Disney discovered the young girl and cast her in the original “Mickey Mouse Club.” A show that is responsible for churning out child stars such as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Funicello was also an accomplished singer with several hits in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s including “First Name Initial,” “O Dio Mio” and “Train of Love.” They were released under the Buena Vista label.

As she grew up Funicello became a sex symbol attracting a large number of fans. She went on to star in the iconic “Beach Party” films co-starring Frankie Avalon.

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