British comedian and film director Mel Smith has died at the age of 60, according to the BBC. Smith was a cast member of the groundbreaking U.K. sketch show Not the Nine O’Clock News, alongside Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, and Griff Rhys Jones, with whom Smith formed a long-lasting comedy partnership. In addition to his onscreen performances—which also included small roles in The Princess Bride and National Lampoon’s European Vacation—Smith directed several films, notably 1989′s Richard Curtis-penned The Tall Guy and 1997′s Bean, a showcase for Atkinson’s titular bumbler.
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Reps of actress Lea Michele have released a statement regarding the sudden, tragic death of the actress’s boyfriend Cory Monteith:
“Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family.”
Monteith and Michele met on the set of Glee in 2008 After their characters dated for several seasons, they began their own off-screen romance, and Michele maintained her support for Monteith when he checked into rehab for substance abuse this past spring.
Glee star Cory Monteith died of a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol,” according to an autopsy report conducted by the British Columbia coroner’s office.
“There is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most tragic accident,” the coroner’s office said in a statement Tuesday.
Monteith died in Vancouver Saturday at age 31. In April, Monteith checked himself into a rehab facility for substance addiction. After finishing a 30-day stint, he made his first post-rehab appearance at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball charity event with girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele last month.
Vancouver police have confirmed that Glee actor Cory Monteith was found dead at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel shortly after noon on Saturday. He was 31 years old. Police say the cause of death was not apparent upon initial examination, though there did not appear to be any foul play.
“At this point, we do not have a great deal of information as to cause of death except to reiterate…that there are no indications of foul play,” a Vancouver police spokesperson said during a press conference late Saturday night. Monteith’s family was notified Saturday night before the conference.
Police did not have information about whether Montieth was in Vancouver with any Glee castmates but confirmed they have talked to the people he was out with Friday night. The actor — who was born in Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Victoria, British Columbia — checked into the Fairmont on July 6 and was expected to check out Saturday. He reportedly returned to his room alone early Saturday morning, but when he didn’t check out as planned, hotel staff discovered his body.
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Pierce Brosnan’s daughter Charlotte died of ovarian cancer, the actor told People on Monday.
“On June 28 at 2 p.m. my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer,” Brosnan told the magazine in a statement. “She was surrounded by her husband Alex, her children Isabella and Lucas and her brothers Christopher and Sean.
“Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl. We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be close at hand soon,” the actor continued. “We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences.”
Charlotte was 41. Her mother, Cassandra Harris, was Brosnan’s first wife and also died of ovarian cancer.
The founder of Cirque du Soleil says his tight-knit performance company, renowned for extravagant shows that challenge the boundaries of the body and the stage, is “completely devastated” after a veteran acrobat died in Las Vegas in a fall witnessed by the audience.
Coroner’s officials said Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, was pronounced dead at a hospital late Saturday night shortly after falling about 50 feet from the show’s stage during a production of Ka at the MGM Grand.
“I am heartbroken,” Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte said in a statement. “We are reminded with great humility and respect how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family.”
While Cirque performers defy gravity every show — soaring over audiences, scaling vertical walls and executing mind-boggling gymnastic feats — the incident was the first stage casualty in the company’s 29-year history, according to Cirque spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard.
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Sarah “Sassoon” Guyard-Guillot, a performer in Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas show KÀ, died after an estimated 50-foot fall during Saturday night’s performance. EW has confirmed with the Clark County Coroner’s Office that Guyard-Guillot, a 31-year-old mother of two, was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m. Saturday night.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, audience members saw the Parisian-born Guyard-Guillot slip out of her safety cable after ascending a set piece during Ka‘s climactic Final Battle sequence. Guyard-Guillot’s is the first onstage death in the French-Canadian troupe’s 30-year history — though it was the second Vegas incident of the week: A performer in Michael Jackson: ONE slipped out of a rope, missed a protective landing pad, and suffered a concussion during Wednesday’s show at Mandalay Bay.
After Guyard-Guillot’s accident, audience members were immediately cleared out of the MGM Grand showroom and offered refunds or tickets for future shows. As for KÀ, all performances have been canceled until further notice as Cirque du Soleil works with the authorities to investigate Guyard-Guillot’s death.
“I am heartbroken,” said Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte in a statement. ”I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news. Sassoon was an artist with the original cast of KÀ since 2006 and has been an integral part of our Cirque du Soleil tight family. We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family.”
Internationally known DJ and producer Peter Rauhofer died today at 48 from complications from brain cancer, according to a message posted on his Facebook.
The message reads:
“Today the music industry has lost one of it’s true heroes. With a heavy heart I must now report that Peter Rauhofer has lost his battle with brain cancer. He passed quietly today and is survived by his mother, Helga, who resides in Austria. She will transport Peter back home to his final resting place there, but to all that knew Peter, his heart will always be in New York City. It makes me sad, not only that I have lost a friend, but that the world has lost an amazing talent and that future generations will never get to understand the magic that Peter created night after night all over the world. He is gone too soon but we will always have the vast body of music that Peter left for us. Through his music, Peter will live forever. The brightest stars always burn out too soon. Peter, you were loved and you will be terribly missed. Goodbye my friend. Please rest in peace knowing that you have brought so much joy to so many of us. I ask that his true fans keep his legacy alive by sharing his music with anyone who may not have had the opportunity to experience it for themselves.” READ FULL STORY
Special effects artist Marcel Vercoutere has died at the age of 87, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Detroit-born Vercoutere worked on a number of notable movies during the ’70s, including 1971′s Robert Altman-directed Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller and the following year’s Deliverance. But he was best known for his contributions to the classic 1973 horror film The Exorcist and in particular for building, with makeup artist Dick Smith, the robot replica of Linda Blair which featured in the scene where the head of her possessed character turns 360 degrees. “She would sit there and look at you in the room,” Vercoutere would later recall of the replica. “It was frightening it was so alive.” According to his son, Vercoutere died on April 13 at his home in Burbank from complications of dementia.
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