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Tag: In Memoriam (11-20 of 704)

Peaches Geldof reportedly died of heroin overdose

An inquest into the sudden death of 25-year-old Peaches Geldof — daughter of musician Bob Geldof — has revealed that the TV presenter died of a heroin overdose, according to The Times of London.

Geldof was found dead at her country home in Kent April 7; she was caring for her 11-month-old son, Phaedra, at the time. Police found no drug paraphernalia in the house and initially treated the death as “non-suspicious.”

Her untimely passing came 14 years after Geldof’s mother, British TV presenter Paula Yates, died of an accidental heroin overdose while home alone with Geldof’s half-sister,  Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof. The last photo Peaches tweeted and posted to Instagram pictured Geldof as a child in her mother’s arms.

'Mad Magazine' editor Al Feldstein dies at 88

Before The Daily Show, The Simpsons or even Saturday Night Live, Al Feldstein helped show America how to laugh at authority and giggle at popular culture.

Millions of young baby boomers looked forward to that day when the new issue of Mad magazine, which Feldstein ran for 28 years, arrived in the mail or on newsstands. Alone in their room, or huddled with friends, they looked for the latest of send-up of the president or of a television commercial. They savored the mystery of the fold-in, where a topical cartoon appeared with a question on top that was answered by collapsing the page and creating a new, and often, hilarious image.

Thanks in part to Feldstein, who died Tuesday at his home in Montana at age 88, comics were more than escapes into alternate worlds of superheroes and clean-cut children. They were a funhouse tour of current events and the latest crazes. Mad was breakthrough satire for the post-World War II era — the kind of magazine Holden Caulfield of The Catcher In the Rye might have read, or better, might have founded. READ FULL STORY

Bob Hoskins dies at 71

British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from Mona Lisa to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has died aged 71.

A family statement released Wednesday by agent Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia.

His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack, said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.”

A versatile character actor capable of menace, poignancy and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including gangster classic The Long Good Friday.

In 2012 Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from acting.

'Bachelorette' contestant Eric Hill dies

Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill died Wednesday at age 31, People reports.

Hill, who appears on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, starring Bachelor alum Andi Dorfman, was paragliding in Utah on April 20 when his parachute collapsed. He was in a coma until he died Wednesday. READ FULL STORY

Country singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43.

His sister Mary Huston says Sharp died in Fair Oaks, Calif., at 10:49 p.m. Saturday of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

Sharp gained fame with the release of “Nobody Knows,” a single on his 1996 debut album Measure of a Man. He released two other albums, Love Is in 1998 and Make a Wish in 2005. READ FULL STORY

Peaches Geldof funeral to be held on Easter Monday

The family of Peaches Geldof say her funeral will be take place on Easter Monday at the same church where her mother’s funeral was held.

The church in Kent, southern England, is also where Geldof married her second husband, musician Tom Cohen, and where her mother, Paula Yates, married Irish musician Bob Geldof in 1986.

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WWE star Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease

Authorities in Arizona say former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease.

Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says that’s the finding from an autopsy conducted Thursday by the county Medical Examiner’s Office. READ FULL STORY

LA sheriff's deputies accidentally kill aspiring TV producer

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says deputies made a deadly mistake when they shot a man during a West Hollywood hostage situation.

Thirty-year-old John Winkler, who according to several reports had worked as a production assistant for Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, died at a hospital Monday night. READ FULL STORY

Peaches Geldof autopsy inconclusive

An autopsy on Peaches Geldof was inconclusive and toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine what killed the 25-year-old celebrity, police said Wednesday.

Geldof was pronounced dead by paramedics at her home in southeast England on Monday.

Kent Police said a post-mortem examination had not revealed the cause and a toxicology report could take several weeks.

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Comedian John Pinette dead at 50

John Pinette, the chubby stand-up comedian who portrayed a hapless carjacking victim in the final episode of Seinfeld, has died. He was 50.

Pinette died of natural causes Saturday at a hotel in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office said Sunday evening. Pinette’s agent confirmed his death. READ FULL STORY

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