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Cooking Channel star Darryl Robinson found dead in New York City apartment

Days after Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, New York media outlets are reporting that another celebrity has met a similar fate: 50-year-old Cooking Channel mixologist Darryl Robinson. New York 1 says the TV personality was found dead early Wednesday morning in his Brooklyn apartment. Police saw no immediate signs of foul play or trauma; his cause of death will be determined after a medical examination. (No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found in the apartment, according to the New York Post.)

Robinson, 50, was the host of the Cooking Channel’s Drink Up with Darryl Robinson, a show focused on “cocktails and conversations.” He was also a frequent guest on shows including Extra!Access HollywoodWendy Williams, and Today.

Police: NY drug suspect had Philip Seymour Hoffman's cell number

At least one of four people taken into custody on drug charges during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor’s cell phone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Investigators zeroed in on the four after a tipster, responding to publicity about Hoffman’s death, told police he had seen Hoffman at the lower Manhattan apartment building where they were arrested on Tuesday and he believed that’s where Hoffman got the heroin, the officials said.

After obtaining search warrants for two apartments in the building, police found about 350 packets of heroin in one of them, the officials said. They also learned from phone records that one of the suspects had Hoffman’s number, strengthening the theory that they may have supplied him with drugs, the officials said.

Some of the packets found in Hoffman’s apartment were variously stamped with the ace of hearts and others with the ace of spades. Those found in the building where the arrests occurred had different brand names, including Black List and Panda, the officials said.

The officials weren’t authorized to speak about evidence in the ongoing investigation of the death and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
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Cate Blanchett cancels morning show appearances after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

Cate Blanchett, one of the stars of George Clooney’s Monuments Men, which opens this weekend, canceled her promotional morning show appearances. The Oscar-winner had been scheduled to appear on both Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael on Wednesday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett’s rep said the interviews were canceled “to allow Cate the time and privacy to grieve for the loss of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

Blanchett starred with Hoffman in 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. She and her husband Andrew Upton remained close to Hoffman throughout the years.

Philip Seymour Hoffman autopsy inconclusive

An autopsy of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body is inconclusive, and tests will be needed to determine what caused his death, the city medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.

Medical examiners’ spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said there was no timetable for the autopsy to be finished. She declined to discuss the pending tests, but toxicology and tissue tests are typically done in such cases.

While awaiting the official findings on the cause and manner of the Academy Award-winning actor’s death, police have been investigating it as a suspected drug overdose.

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin in samples from at least 50 packets in his apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, law enforcement officials have said. Authorities have been testing whether the drug was mixed or tainted with anything else. An official said authorities also found unused syringes, a charred spoon and various prescription medications, including a drug used to treat heroin addiction, a blood-pressure medication, and a muscle relaxant.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk about the evidence found.
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'Little House on the Prairie' star Richard Bull dies at age 89

A Motion Picture & Television Fund spokeswoman says actor Richard Bull of TV’s Little House on the Prairie has died.

Spokeswoman Jaime Larkin says the 89-year-old died Monday at the fund’s hospital in Los Angeles. Larkin says the actor died of natural causes after being hospitalized with pneumonia.

The character actor appeared in a wide range of TV shows, from Perry Mason in the 1950s to Kelsey Grammer’s Boss in 2011.

The Illinois native is survived by his wife of 65 years, actress Barbara Collentine.

Funeral plans were not immediately announced.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's loved ones plan private New York funeral

A private funeral service will be held in New York for the family and close friends of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, People reports. No word yet on when the private service will be held.

A rep told People that plans are also under way for a more public memorial service, also in New York. “In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Phil’s name to two charities that were very close to his heart: The DreamYard Project and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation,” the rep said. “The family wishes to thank everyone for their continued support and good wishes.”

Hoffman was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose in his New York apartment. He was 46.

Paul Walker's estate estimated at $25 million

Court records show Paul Walker’s estate is worth an estimated $25 million, and the actor appointed his father to manage his affairs upon his death.

The star’s will was filed Jan. 28 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The document was prepared in 2001, the same year that Walker helped launch the Fast & Furious film franchise that made him famous.

Walker’s mother is named as the guardian of her son’s 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.

The 40-year-old actor died Nov. 30 in a fiery crash after a specialty Porsche driven by his friend and financial adviser struck a light pole and a tree in northern Los Angeles County.

A probate hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 20.

The estate’s value comes from unspecified personal property and the $10 million value of Walker’s home.

Philip Seymour Hoffman autopsy set for today

New York City medical examiners plan to conduct an autopsy on the body of Philip Seymour Hoffman as investigators scrutinize evidence from the scene of the actor’s death. That includes packets that law enforcement officials say are believed to contain heroin.

An autopsy is scheduled Monday. That’s a day after Hoffman’s body was discovered in his apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Two law enforcement officials say he was found with a syringe in his arm and with plastic envelopes of what was believed to be heroin.

Another law enforcement official says some packets were stamped with the ace of hearts symbol, and others with the words “Ace of Spades” and that symbol.

All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk about evidence found.

'Rudolph' animator Arthur Rankin Jr. dies at 89

Arthur Rankin Jr., a director, producer, and animator best known for creating the classic stop-motion Christmas specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, died Thursday at home in Bermuda, THR reported Friday. He was 89.

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Indian actress Suchitra Sen dies at 82

Suchitra Sen, a legendary Indian actress known for her memorable roles in both Bengali-language and Hindi Bollywood films, died Friday of heart failure. She was 82.

Sen was hospitalized in Kolkata more than three weeks ago for treatment of a respiratory infection and died following cardiac arrest, said her daughter, Moon Moon Sen, who is also an actress.

She was to be cremated later Friday. READ FULL STORY

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