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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.

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'Partridge Family' actor Dave Madden dies at 82

Comic actor Dave Madden, who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, died in Florida on Thursday at age 82.

Madden died at a hospice center near his home in the Jacksonville area, his niece Mary Frances Miller said.

Towering and rumpled, Madden was best known for his role as Reuben Kinkaid, who managed the Partridge family band and regularly clashed with its impish preteen bassist, played by Danny Bonaduce.

While the series starred Shirley Jones, with her real-life son David Cassidy as the resident heartthrob, it was Madden and the freckle-faced Bonaduce who became the reigning comic duo. Jones said Madden “made the show, I felt.”

“His relationship with Danny Bonaduce is what made the show work: this strange, mad little boy and the grown man who was even worse as a father figure,” she said Thursday. “It was hysterical!”

Though Madden played a guy bedeviled by the youngsters who surrounded him, Jones said that off-camera he “loved kids.”
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Russell Johnson, 'Gilligan's Island' professor, has died

The actor who played “The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island, Russell Johnson, has died.

His agent, Mike Eisenstadt, says Johnson died Thursday morning at his home in Washington State of natural causes. He was 89.

Johnson was a busy but little-known character actor when he was cast in the slapstick 1960s comedy about seven people marooned on an uncharted Pacific island.

His character, high school science teacher Roy Hinkley, built generators and other gadgets out of scraps of junk found on the island. Johnson later joked that the one thing The Professor never figured out how to do was to fix the leaky boat so the group could get back to civilization.

During its three-season run on CBS, critics lambasted the show. But after its 1967 cancellation, it found generations of new fans in reruns and reunion movies.

Actress Carmen Zapata dies after long career

Emmy-nominated actress Carmen Zapata, who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce, has died of heart problems, colleagues say. She was 86.

Zapata died Sunday at her Van Nuys-area home, said Luis Vela, marketing manager for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles.

Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical Oklahoma and went on to perform in Bells Are Ringing, Guys and Dolls, and many plays.

“She was an inspiration for me,” Vela said. “She taught me that art is the key to resolving differences in the community.”

He said Zapata was once asked how she wanted to be remembered — as an artist, producer or founder. “‘I prefer people remember us as educators,'” Vela recalled her saying.
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