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Paul Walker laid to rest after Los Angeles funeral

Paul Walker was laid to rest on Saturday after a private funeral service in Los Angeles.

According to E! online, the Fast & Furious star was cremated, and his ashes were interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery during a non-denominational service. His father, mother, two brothers, and other family members and friends were in attendance. Another private gathering will be held for family and friends at an as-yet undisclosed location.

On Dec. 8, thousands of fans visited  the site where the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. Mourners left flowers and candies and revved their engines to pay tribute to the actor.

'Rubicon' actor Christopher Evan Welch dies at 48

Christopher Evan Welch, the actor whose roles on New York stages led to a series of film and television parts, including a regular spot on AMC’s Rubicon, has died in Southern California.

His family said in a statement Wednesday that Welch died Dec. 2 in Santa Monica. He was 48 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

The Dallas-born actor won an Obie Award in 2000 for his performance in A Streetcar Named Desire at the New York Theatre Workshop.
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'The Sound of Music' actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in The Sound of Music, has died at 91.

Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs,” Gale added.

Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951, and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965′s The Sound of Music, in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.

“Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known,” Plummer said in a statement. “Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever.”
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Actress Kate Williamson dead at 82

Character actress Kate Williamson, who appeared in such films as Disclosure, Dahmer, Dream Lover, and Racing With the Moon, has died at age 82 after a lengthy illness, said her manager, Judy Fox.

Williamson died Friday at her suburban Encino home, less than a month after the passing of her husband of nearly 60 years, veteran character actor Al Ruscio. “They were the epitome of true and forever sweethearts,” Fox said.

Williamson also appeared in dozens of TV shows going back to the 1970s, including 7th Heaven, JAG, NYPD Blue, Home Improvement, and Ellen.

Williamson is survived by four children and five grandchildren.

'America's Next Top Model' director killed in home invasion

Los Angeles police are investigating the fatal home invasion shooting of a director who worked on the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model.

The Los Angeles Times reports 42-year-old James Howe died and his wife was seriously wounded in the Nov. 27 attack at their rented home.

Police say Howe and his wife answered the door of the Glassell Park home for what they thought was a lone salesman, but instead, two men and a woman forced their way inside.

A fight ensued at the doorway, and one of the men pulled a gun and opened fire.

The couple’s 6-year-old son wasn’t harmed.

Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Jose Perez says the shooting appeared random and there’s no obvious motive.

No arrests have been made.

Autopsy: Paul Walker died from impact, fire in crash

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed by impact and fire in a crash that occurred while he was a passenger in a Porsche driven by his friend, according to an autopsy released Wednesday

Walker died Saturday when the high-performance car smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames.

The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was driven by Roger Rodas, who was killed by the impact alone, according to the autopsy released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Results of toxicology testing will take another six to eight weeks.
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'Curb Appeal' co-host Bill Beckwith dies in motorcycle accident

A co-host of the HGTV show Curb Appeal has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.

The San Francisco medical examiner identified 38-year-old Bill Beckwith as the victim of a crash near the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Monday night. He was riding a motorcycle that was struck by a car.

Beckwith was one of the three hosts of Curb Appeal, which features home renovations. He was a carpenter and general contractor who grew up on a farm in Maine and owned his own Bay Area construction business.

HGTV says in a statement that his creativity, adventurous spirit and general love of life will be missed.

Police say Beckwith suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The 30-year-old driver of the car that struck him is cooperating with the investigation.

Autopsy: Chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke

A medical examiner says celebrity chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke.

Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina said in a statement Monday that tests showed the 54-year-old died from a stroked related to high blood pressure.

Cina says neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to Trotter’s death on Nov. 5 in Chicago, adding there was “no scientific evidence” that Trotter’s recent travels contributed to his death.

Trotter’s wife has said the acclaimed chef had an aneurysm months before he died and that he’d been taking medicine to control seizures, his blood pressure and high cholesterol. Rochelle Trotter previously said the aneurysm was discovered in January and that doctors had prescribed the “proper medication.”

Cina says the autopsy showed evidence of a previous stroke.

Trotter traveled shortly before his death.

French director Georges Lautner dies at 87

Director Georges Lautner, whose films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are part of the French canon and still adored, has died.

He was 87. The cause of death was not announced.

Of the dozens of films he made, Les Tontons Flingeurs, which appeared as Monsieur Gangster for Anglophone audiences, was perhaps the most beloved.
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Famed psychic Sylvia Browne dies at 77

Psychic Sylvia Browne, who aided various police departments and was well-known for her TV and radio appearances, died Wednesday. The news was posted on her official web site. She was 77.

Browne wrote 22 New York Times bestsellers and was a frequent guest on talk shows, including Larry King Live, Loveline with Dr. Drew, and The Montel Williams Show. Williams eulogized Browne on her site Wednesday:
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