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'The Challenge' veteran Diem Brown dies at 34

Diem Brown, who starred on seven seasons of MTV’s The Challenge, has died at the age of 32, People confirmed.

Brown joined The Challenge: Fresh Meat after her first bout with ovarian cancer, explicitly stating her intention to use the reality competition as a platform to raise awareness for people living with cancer. She was a prominent, outspoken advocate who blogged about her struggles through remission and recurrence on She was also involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and spoke in Congress on behalf of the Affordable Care Act.

Before creating the online registry MedGift, Brown appeared on MTV’s Made and learned salsa so she could perform at a charity gala. Fellow Challenge competitor Chris “C.T.” Tamburello, her boyfriend at the time, appeared on Made and remained friends with Brown throughout their on-and-off relationship. She credited Tamburello for inspiring her during her first recovery, and their exchanges about her battle with cancer made for some of the series’ most touching moments. Though the couple broke up, Tamburello visited Brown during her final hospital stay, posting his support for her and MedGift on Instagram. READ FULL STORY

The Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank dies

Big Bank Hank, one-third of rap group The Sugarhill Gang, has died, according to Fox News. He was 57.

Born Henry Jackson, Big Bank Hank founded The Sugarhill Gang in the ’70s with Wonder Mike and Master Gee. In 1979, they released “Rapper’s Delight,” a track that made history by helping to popularize rap. READ FULL STORY

Missing Fox exec found dead in desert


According to the Associated Press, the remains of Gavin Smith, a Fox executive who went missing more than two years ago, have been found in a desert in Southern California. Hikers reportedly discovered his remains in the Antelope Valley on Oct. 26. READ FULL STORY

Static-X frontman Wayne Static dies

Wayne Static, the onetime frontman of metal band Static, X, has died. He was 48.

Static formed Static-X in 1994, and released their debut album in 1999 after signing with Warner Bros. Records. That first album, Wisconsin Death Trip, went platinum while their second, Machine, made it to gold. READ FULL STORY

'Fraggle Rock', 'Boondock Saints' actor Gerard Parkes dies at 90

Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian character actor best known for playing two very different “Docs” in The Boondock Saints and Jim Henson’s show Fraggle Rock, died Sunday in a Toronto retirement home just days after his birthday, his agent confirmed to EW. He was 90.

The Dublin-born Parkes relocated to Canada in the ’50s to pursue a career in entertainment, where he would transition in and out of television, film, theater and radio across his 50-plus-year career. He appeared in a number of Canadian productions including The Forest Rangers and The Littlest Hobo, but for kids of a certain generation, Parkes will always be Doc, the lovable bespectacled inventor and sidekick to Sprocket in the North American version of Jim Henson’s muppet series Fraggle Rock, which ran from 1983 to 1987. He’d go on to reprise that role in ABC’s 1987 special A Muppet Family Christmas.

Parkes’ gentle gruffness was on display in a variety of roles throughout the next few decades, which found him playing priests fairly often (Short Circuit 2, Mother Night, It Takes Two, and Trapped in Paradise, to name just a few). He also famously played the Tourette-afflicted bar owner in The Boondock Saints and its sequel.

Though the span of his work was more than just Doc the inventor, his longtime agent Gerry Jordon told CBC News that Parkes would “love” being remembered for his Fraggle Rock role. “He had a thrill doing that show,” he said. “He was a magical man and a terrific performer.”

16 killed, others injured, in collapse during South Korean K-pop concert

The collapse of a ventilation grill at a South Korean concert venue Friday led to the deaths of 16 concertgoers, while at least nine others were reported seriously injured, according to news outlets local to the area.


Joan Rivers' cause of death revealed: report

The New York City medical examiner’s office has confirmed Joan Rivers’ cause of death to be complications due to surgery.

As we know, Rivers died on Sept. 4 after entering Yorkville Endoscopy for an outpatient procedure with her gastroenterologist, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, who has since stepped down. Rivers was then rushed to Mount Sinai hospital.

And according to the Hollywood Reporter, Rivers’ cause of death was a lack of oxygen to her brain.

“OCME [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The manner of death is therapeutic complication,” spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said in a statement to THR. “The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.”


Bjork producer, LFO member Mark Bell dies

Mark Bell, a British musician who paved the way for electronic music, died last week. His record label confirmed the news: “It’s with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation,” Warp Records announced on its website. READ FULL STORY

Paul Revere, leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders, dies

Paul Revere, founder and keyboardist of rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died Saturday. He was 76.

Revere was known for his onstage theatrics, something a memorial on the band’s website points out. “Sitting in an audience at my first Paul Revere and The Raiders concert introduced me to a larger-than-life dynamo of high-energy slapstick, outrageous and spontaneous humor and a genuine child-like joy,” the website reads. On that same website, Revere isn’t credited as the keyboardist or vocalist—instead, he’s described simply as “Mad Man.” READ FULL STORY

Four Seasons songwriter Bob Crewe dies

Bob Crewe, a songwriter who penned Four Seasons hits including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Walk Like a Man,” died Thursday. He was 83.

Though Crewe wrote songs that would be sung by many musicians, including Rays and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, he came to fame with his work songwriting for the Four Seasons, who had trouble landing a hit until Crewe came along. Crewe ended up producing “Sherry,” a 1962 song that would turn out to be the Four Seasons’ first number 1 hit. He went on to write multiple hits for both the Four Seasons and for Valli as a solo artist. READ FULL STORY

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