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MTV ‘Challenge’ star Diem Brown dead at 32

Published by EOTM News Editor on November 14th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths, MTV Awards Shows
By Dorothy Frazier
Diem Brown, who rose to fame as a competitor on MTV’s “The Challenge” series and later became an entertainment reporter, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 32.

NEW YORK (AP) — Diem Brown has lost a long battle with cancer.

#RIPDiemBrown

The reality star and advocate for cancer survivors died Friday in a New York hospital, according to the E! Network. She was 32.

Brown first won fame nearly a decade ago as a competitor on MTV’s ‘‘Real World/Road Rules Challenge.’’ She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 23, and announced her real-life challenge on the show.

Undaunted, she continued to appear on ‘‘The Challenge’’ until recently, because, she said, it obliged her to keep pushing herself.

SEE ALSO:‘The Big Bang Theory’ actress Carol Ann Susi dies at 62

‘‘But there were times I felt alone, and overwhelmed by side effects and medical expenses,’’ she told The Associated Press in 2012.

That led her to establish Medgift.com, an online gift registry enabling those with medical troubles to seek financial help as well as physical and emotional support. Her TV celebrity, she explained, gave her ‘‘the opportunity to make lives of other patients better.’’

In a statement, MTV called Brown ‘‘a true fighter (who) brought passion to everything she touched.’’

And as recently as Tuesday, she still sounded a battle call by tweeting: ‘‘My doctors are seemingly giving up but I won’t & can’t rollover. Whatever option I have to LIVE I’m grabbing!’’

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Source: AP


‘The Big Bang Theory’ actress Carol Ann Susi dies at 62

Published by EOTM News Editor on November 12th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths

By Tanya Blake

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Carol Ann Susi, who is best known for voicing Mrs. Wolowitz on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, died early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles after battling cancer. She was 62.

Carol Ann Susi - Image credit: IMDB

Susi portrayed the largely offscreen character of Mrs. Wolowitz, the long-suffering mother of perpetually put-upon engineer Howard (Simon Helberg). Despite her grating voice and lack of filter (“Howaaahhhd, I think [my girdle] shrunk! I’m spilling out like the Pillsbury Dough Boy here!”), Mrs. Wolowitz was a fan favorite, and Susi’s death leaves behind a huge hole in the hearts of the “Big Bang Theory” community.

SEE ALSO: Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies

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“The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz,” Warner Bros. Television, CBS and the show’s producers said in a statement. “Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance. In addition to her talent, Carol Ann was a constant source of joy and kindness to all.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out Carols family and friends in their time of need.

Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 25th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths, Music News

By Carla B.

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Jack Bruce, bassist from the 1960s band Cream, has died. He was 71. Bruce’s publicist confirmed the news on his official website .

“He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family.”

A statement from his family said: “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father and granddad and all-round legend.

“The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

Considered one of the greatest rock trios of all time, Cream was formed by Bruce, guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker in 1966. The band produced such hits as “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “Crossroads” and “Strange Brew,” selling over 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.

The band members parted ways in 1968.

Bruce died of liver failure.

More details forthcoming. In the meantime, let’s revisit one of the most important musical gifts he gave us:

SEE ALSO:Former American Idol Contestant, Joanne Borgella loses her Fight with Endometrial Cancer


Former American Idol Contestant, Joanne Borgella loses her Fight with Endometrial Cancer

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 18th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths, Health News

By Tanya Blake

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Former “American Idol” contestant Joanne Borgella passed away today, October 18th. She was 32. The singer had been fighting a rare case of cancer called Endometrial.

Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella has died at the tender age of 32

According to the Mayo Clinic, Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the uterus. The uterus is the hollow, pear-shaped pelvic organ in women where fetal development occurs.

The disease struck 72,160 women in 2011, according  statistics from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It mostly affects women over the age of 50 and more white women than African Americans.

Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecological malignancy and the fourth most common among all cancers affecting American women, according to Dr. Andrea Mariani, associate professor of gynecology and surgery at the Mayo Clinic, who has studied the disease for 15 years.

The good news is that about 70 to 80 percent of all endometrial cancers – both Type 1 and Type 2 – are curable, according to Mariani.

Type 1 is hormone-dependent with a high cure rate. Type 2, which occurs in only 15 percent of endometrial cancer, is more aggressive and usually fatal.

Endometrial cancer is often detected at an early stage because it frequently produces abnormal vaginal bleeding, which prompts women to see their doctors. If endometrial cancer is discovered early, removing the uterus surgically often cures endometrial cancer.

According to Cancer.org the disease has about a 5 year survival rate.

Borgella’s family shared the news on her Facebook page writing, ‘With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne,’ the post began. ‘At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world.

‘Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered. Although our family is suffering with this great loss, we find comfort in the closeness Joanne shared with the Lord. We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven.’

SEE ALSO:RIP Jan Hooks — ‘SNL’ Vet Dead At 57

After being diagnosed with cancer in October 2013, she went on to share her story with her fans in video and blog posts, regularly updating her followers on her progress.

Joanne was the first winner of “Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance” using the name “Miss F.A.T.” in 2005. In 2008 she was on Season 7 of “A.I.” and made it into the top 12 girls category.

The Borgella and Ramirez families have asked fans to ‘take the time to educate yourselves on Endometrial Cancer and support research efforts’.

Our condolences goes out to Joanne’s family & friends in their time of need.

 

RIP Jan Hooks — ‘SNL’ Vet Dead At 57

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 10th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths

By Tanya Blake

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Comedian Jan Hooks has died. She was 57. Her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed the death.

Hooks had the majority of her success on SNL.

Jan Hooks has died at 57 -- Image credit: Getty

The actress impersonated actresses such as Bette Davis, Ann-Margret, Sally Kellerman and Jodie Foster, IMDb.com said. Other SNL regulars during that time included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman and Mike Myers.

Hooks left SNL in 1991 to co-star on Designing Women, although she would return to Studio 8H for guest appearances through 1994. Hooks subsequently had a recurring role on 3rd Rock From the Sun. Her last credited on-screen work was on 30 Rock.

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Hooks also appeared in a handful of films, including Tim Burton’s Batman Returns and, most notably, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. She delivered one of the movie’s catchphrases: “There’s no basement in the Alamo!”

Hooks was born in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur in 1957. According to an AP interview from 1991, Hooks worked in dinner theater and with the New Wits End Players comedy group before making it big. She first auditioned for SNL in 1985, but was deemed “too old,” according to TV Guide. She joined the cast a year later during a major talent shakeup.

Following her death, SNL co-star and friend Jon Lovitz issued a statement:

“This is very, very sad news about Jan. She was easily one of the best comedic actresses to be on SNL. Whenever she and Phil Hartman worked together, it was magic. As Jim and Tammy Faye Baker on ‘Church Chat’ with Dana Carvey, the three of them created one of the best sketches, ever, in the history of SNL. She was terrific to work with and a very, very nice person. I will miss her very much. Peace and prayers to her family and friends.”

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Former WWE Wrestler turned Hair Stylist Sean O’Haire dead at 43

By Cain Cawthon

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Former WWE wrestler Sean O’Haire has died, he was 43 years old.

Sean OHaire -- February 25, 1971 – September 8, 2014 - Image credit: Getty

O’Haire passed away on Monday at his home in Spartanburg, S.C. according to an obituary on Tributes.com.

The cause of his death is not yet known.

O’Haire is best known for his appearances with the professional wrestling promotions World Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment and New Japan Pro Wrestling in the early to mid-2000s. A three time WCW World Tag Team Champion, O’Haire was named “Rookie of the Year” by the Wrestling Observer in 2000.

He retired from professional wrestling in 2006. O’Haire was also  a hair stylist.

He played a heel who would encourage you to do the wrong thing. It was dark, twisted, and, most of all, fresh. He was also incredibly good at it. Unfortunately, it was dropped, he hooked up with Roddy Piper, and when “Rowdy” left the company O’Haire floundered.

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O’Haire is survived by his son, Theodore.

Feisty Comedian Joan Rivers Has Died

Published by EOTM News Editor on August 30th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths, Celebrity News

By Tanya Blake

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Actress, Comedian Joan Rivers has died. She was 81.

The actress had been on life support since early Saturday. Last week Thursday the television personality was rushed from a doctor’s office to a New York City hospital after she went into cardiac arrest after undergoing surgery on her vocal cords , according to the Associated Press.

Joan Rivers has died, she was 81 -- Image credit(s) Getty & EOTM Media

According to TMZ,  Rivers had been on life support. The outlet claims the family had to decide whether or not to keep her on the machines in the coming days. Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement on Aug. 28 concerning her mother’s health. Stating she was “resting comfortably” and was grateful for the “love and support.”

“She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends,” Melissa said in a written statement.

The funeral for Rivers will be at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Sunday, according to temple spokeswoman Elizabeth Fezrine. Details, including the time and if the public will be allowed to attend, are not yet known, she said.

“My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother,” her daughter said. “Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.’

Melissa and her son Cooper have spent the past week by Rivers’ hospital bedside, rushing there last Thursday when they learned of her illness.

 ’My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa said. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Born on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, Joan Rivers’s big break came in 1965: a booking on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She became an instant hit, and her first syndicated talk show on daytime television, “That Show” with Joan Rivers, combined with appearances on Carson and The Ed Sullivan Show, made Rivers a household name.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa and her grandson, Cooper.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her Melissa, her family and friends.

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Actor, Director Richard Attenborough Dead at 90

Published by EOTM News Editor on August 24th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths

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Richard Attenborough, who after a distinguished stage and film acting career in Britain reinvented himself to become the internationally admired director of the monumental “Gandhi” and other films, died on Sunday. He was 90.

Actor/director Richard Attenborough.(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY)

The actor’s son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday. He had been in poor health for some time.

Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement calling Attenborough “one of the greats of cinema.”

“His acting in Brighton Rock was brilliant, his directing of Gandhi was stunning,” Cameron said.

Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director with Gandhi in 1982, only one of many highlights of a distinguished career as actor and director.

With his abundant snow-white hair and beard, Attenborough was one of the most familiar faces on the British arts scene — universally known as “Dickie.”

He appeared in a many major Hollywood films, directed a series of movies and was known for his extensive work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and other humanitarian causes.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Sim, their son and a daughter.

Courtesy of our news affiliate USA Today.

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Why Are We Shocked When Our Most Favorite Hollywood Celebrities Commit Suicide?

By Carla B.

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Living the American dream means different things for each individual; however, many aspiring actors, musicians, athletes and entrepreneurs dream big.  How often have we heard a young teenager say that they want to be a professional athlete when they grow up, a musician, an actress or actor?  Many will strive and fail, but there will be a select few, the elite of stars…if you will… who get their just deserts, fast cars, lavish homes, fame, and fortune.

Notably, with great power comes great responsibility — and as history has shown us, the burden of living with such great potentiality is way too much for many.

Robin Williams -- July 21, 1954 - August 11, 2014 - Image Credit: Getty/EOTM Media

Fast forward or rewind to August 11, 2014 — friends, fans and family of Robin Williams are reeling from the shock of his apparent suicide. But, why? How could he?

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Well folks, we’ve all felt pressure at some point in our lives, especially when it comes to balancing a stressful career and tending to a family’s needs. Sprinkle in time for the hustle and bustle, the evils of the entertainment industry and by the time you can grab a couple minutes to enjoy a grande espresso, you are worn out and quite possibly defeated and confused. Yes, the glitz and glam life is not what it seems…and unbeknownst to the peanut gallery, well things can get overwhelming, just ask Dave Chappelle.  Bouts of depression, contemplation of suicide is not new to those that seemingly rule Hollywood. Leading their lives in the limelight for all the world to see, harboring feelings of self-doubt and a sense of worthlessness at times — and just like you, some celebs can NOT handle the pressure.

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The intriguing circumstances under which they commit suicide have always remained the biggest question ever for the media, family and close relatives and obviously their followers. Mental illness is indiscriminate…isn’t it? Yes. Can it effect anyone, regardless of fame or fortune. Yes.

Sadly, today the world has bemoaned greatly over another loss of one of their most prestigious idols, and they (we) are completely shattered by the news. Many fans loved him greatly and his death will create a permanent void in all of our lives.

Thus, we must understand that celebrities too are humans, they too at times have to confront burgeoning stress, pressure etc., for the sake of the big screen.

 SEE ALSO: Celebrity Deaths in 2013: Stars We’ve Lost

Reportedly, nearly 1 in 2 people in the U.S. will endure depression, anxiety disorders or another mental health issue at some point in their life.

Here’s the thing folks: It doesn’t matter how happy, “normal,” successful or together you appear. Like most people who’ve tried to take their own lives, they may have been in extreme emotional pain. We don’t know the full picture and we may never will, but generally speaking: healthy, happy people do not kill themselves.

Notably, depression is an illness, and just like Cancer, Alzheimer’s or any other illness, it’s blind. It doesn’t care how you look, or how much money you make, or how many followers you have on Twitter or likes on Facebook.

So everyone asking “Why?” well, y’all can just … stop. We know why; we know enough, the truth. I realize this may seem illogical to the average bear. What motivates that… or this? Is there some mysterious karmic force that attacks your soul when you become rich and famous and loved, cause you’ve gotten more than you deserved?

Some say yes.

Sadly, most of us are so addicted to others opinion that our entire thought process is shaped up by the world. If the world calls you the “most desired thing” then you are on top of the world. If tomorrow some tabloid or blogger calls you the “worst human being on earth,” your life is immediately shattered. Suddenly you are on a drug ride, depression, your psychiatrist billing is going up. When you never give yourself a private time to face reality, this is what happens, ijs. The fall is imminent. Even if one does not fall down in the eyes of public they more than likely would have fallen down in their own eyes.

Oh, and just so you know… my avid TV watcher, in many cases, the paparazzi is not the culprit! Seriously folks, rarely do we find a celebrity who is trying to move without anybody getting noticed, and they get noticed. In 97 out of 100 cases they want the attention, it’s what they were born for. Ask Paris Hilton if you like, I am sure she will give y’all the “E True Hollywood Story.” If you don’t want to… ask Brad PittAngelina Jolie or even Lady Gaga, I am pretty sure they will give you the scoop. ( they were born for this)

Now, please play close attention and let this little nugget sink into your consciousness. Some of your most fav Hollywood stars commit suicide because it is the only thing left they can do privately.

Wanna step into their shoes for a day? Run yourself a hot bath and switch on and off the light. When there is darkness you will hear the water falling more clearly, the sound will be sharp, bouncing off the walls. When the light is on, it’s the complete opposite. What happens in darkness, you wonder? In darkness, everything else disappears, only you and the sound are there. (food for thought)

Unfortunately, “star”comes with a hefty price and in many cases it’s, ” an acceptable” risk. Couple that delusion with the perpetual party life of the Hollywood scene, and voila! It’s easy to get lost in the madness. But the ride doesn’t end there, you constantly beat yourself up for your failure both, vocationally as well as by way of how the media depicts you. Yep folks, you see, there’s always a back-story.

Any explanation? Nope, none you will understand. (shrugs)

So that’s the gist of it folks… ticky tacky show biz as a whole, a cruel mistress for most, no matter how famous or wealthy one becomes through it. Even after they’ve actually “made it” the odds of surviving beyond a single decade and retaining longevity and sanity in the industry, are stacked way against them. It’s sad to say, but I am sure many would agree that having a “normal, ethical, morally sound life in Hollyweird is essentially unheard of. “

This article is dedicated to all the people that have succumbed to suicide, in an effort to ensure that they are not forgotten. #RIP my friends, see you in the next life.