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XXXTentacion Shot Dead: Rapper Who Had No. 1 Album In March Was 20

XXXTentacion, a Florida rapper born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy whose sophomore album debuted at No. 1 in March, was killed today in a drive-by shooting outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle shop. He was 20. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his death to the media. Officials said the shooting happened in the 3600 block of North Dixie Highway and that they received the first call about the shooting at 3:57 PM ET. Witnesses told TMZ.com that the genre-blending rapper… Read

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Richard Valeriani Dies: NBC Newsman Who Covered Civil Rights Movement & Nixon Was 85

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Richard Valeriani, a longtime NBC News correspondent who covered the civil rights movement and the Johnson and Nixon administrations from the network’s Washington D.C., bureau, died today. He was 85. He would spend 31 years as an on-air correspondent for NBC Nightly News and often appeared on Today. Colleagues would say Valeriani was "always the first" journalist to get to the scene to report a story, which is how they knew it was significant. A native of Camden, NJ, who… Read

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Matt “Guitar” Murphy Dies: Blues Brothers Guitarist And Noted Sideman Was 88

Matt “Guitar” Murphy, best known as one of the stalwarts of the Blues Brothers Band and a renowned sideman with Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, James Cotton and many others, has died. He was 88 and his death was confirmed by his nephew, Floyd Murphy Jr., on Facebook. Murphy gained his biggest audience as a member of the band in the Blues Brothers movies, appearing as the beleagured husband of cafe owner Aretha Franklin, insisting that he was “the man” when… Read

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D.J. Fontana Dies: Elvis Presley Drummer Who Appeared In Films & ’68 Comeback Special Was 87

D.J. Fontana, a drummer who performed with Elvis Presley during some of the key moments of his career, has died. Fontana died Wednesday in his sleep at age 87, according to his son, David Fontana, who posted the news on Facebook. Fontana was the last surviving member of Presley’s backup trio during his early, classic period. Bassist Bill Black passed in 1965 at age 39, while guitarist Scotty Moore died in June 2016 at age 84. Fontana played on his Sun Records recordings… Read

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Francoise Bonnot Dies: Oscar-Winning Editor & Costa-Gavras Regular Was 78

Francoise Bonnot, a film editor who won an Oscar for Z and a BAFTA Award for Missing among dozens of credits, died Saturday in Paris. She was 78. The France native worked with a number of top directors during her nearly 50-year career, notably editing seven consecutive films by Costa-Gavras — from 1969’s Z to 1983’s Hanna K. She won a BAFTA Award for his 1982 film Missing. She also worked with such noted helmers as Jean-Jacques Annaud — on his 1976 debut feature Black and… Read

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Neal E. Boyd Dies: Former “America’s Got Talent” Winner Was 42

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Neal E. Boyd, the opera singer who won Season 3 of NBC’s summer competition series America’s Got Talent in 2008, died Sunday at his home in Sikeston, Mo. He was 42. Scott County Coroner Scott Amick told the Associated Press that Boyd died of heart and kidney failure and liver disease related to his weight. The singer was seriously hurt in a car crash in 2017, shattering a hip among other injuries. Boyd released two albums following his AGT victory, My American Dream in… Read

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Jackson Odell Dies: Actor in ‘The Goldbergs’ And ‘iCarly’ Was 20

Actor Jackson Odell was found dead on Friday in a sober living home, according to reports. The young actor was found unresponsive at the facility in the San Fernando Valley and there were no immediate signs of foul play. Jackson had a recurring role on television’s The Goldbergs as student Ari Caldwell, and also appeared on Nickelodeon’s iCarlyHe also made an appearance on Modern Family. His film career included the 2011 children’s film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Su… Read

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Eunice Gayson Dies: The First “Bond Girl” Was 90

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Eunice Gayson, who became the first-ever Bond Girl when she played Sylvia Trench in the James Bond film franchise kickoff Dr. No and then reprised her role in From Russia With Love, died on Friday. She was 90. Gayson’s official Twitter feed related the news this morning. "We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first ‘Bond girl’ who played Sylvia Trench in Dr. No and From Russia With Love has passed away. Our sincere thoughts are with her family," James Bond… Read

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Anthony Bourdain Remembered By Hollywood; Tearful Rose McGowan Cries “The World Is Not Better Without You”

Refresh for updates Hollywood stars, media pundits, CNN colleagues, fellow chefs, President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama expressed sadness and shock today over the suicide of Anthony Bourdain, the CNN host whose food and adventure series Parts Unknown launched its 11th season last month. “Anthony I am so mad at you,” said a sobbing Rose McGowan, a friend of Bourdain and his girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, in a video she tweeted – and later deleted… Read

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Peter Stringfellow Dies: Worldwide Nightclub Impresario Had Beverly Hills And NY Clubs, Was 77

Peter Stringfellow, who booked the Beatles, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and other rock legends in a collection of clubs around the world, has died. The nightclub mogul was 77 and passed away today from cancer. His passing sparked an outpouring from the celebrities, rock legends and simply fans who attended his clubs in various parts of the world. He opened his first club in London’s Covent Garden in 1980, and Stringfellows outposts in Paris, Miami, Beverly Hills and New York… Read

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Alan O’Neill Dies: ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Actor Was 47

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Sons of Anarchy actor Alan O’Neill, who recurred as Hugh in the sixth and seventh seasons of the FX biker series, has died. His death was confirmed by manager Greg Meyer. O'Neill's body was found in the hallway of his Los Angeles apartment by his girlfriend on Wednesday night. The actor was reportedly in poor health and no foul play is suspected in the death. Appearing in seven episodes of SOA, O’Neill’s Hugh was the right-hand man of Connor Malone. Both were kicked out… Read

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David Lavin Dies: Longtime CBS TV Studios & Viacom Exec Was 57

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David Lavin, CBS Television Studios’ SVP Business Affairs who also worked at its predecessor Paramount Pictures Television and Viacom Productions, died Wednesday of leukemia. He was 57. A veteran TV business affairs negotiator, Lavin worked at CBS TV Stuidos (and its predecessor Paramount Pictures Television) since 2004. Before that he was in business affairs at Viacom Productions for almost 12 years, where he rose to SVP and head of the business affairs department. "All… Read