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Carl Reiner, American Comedy Legend and Creator of "Dick Van Dyke Show," Dead at 98

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Carl Reiner, who acted in Ocean's Eleven and helped create The Dick Van Dyke Show has died at age 98.READ MORE


Drake Inspires Mac Dre Documentary After Death, 'Legend Of The Bay' Release Honors Rapper

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Mac Dre is a rap legend also known as the "godfather" of the Hyphy Movement. He was shot and killed at only 34-years-old during a tragic drive-by back in 2004. Now, fans can learn more about Dre's life and career in the new documentary, "Legend of the Bay."READ MORE


Beyonce's Uncle Skip Dead: Tina Knowles' Brother Lumis Joseph Death & Funeral Shock Twitter

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Reports confirm that Beyonce's beloved Uncle Skip died earlier this month. Funeral arrangements will take place in Texas later this weekend.READ MORE

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Lana Rae Meisner Dead: Eagles' Randy Meisner Wife Shot & Killed After Domestic Disturbance

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Reports confirm that Lana Rae Meisner - wife of former Eagles founder Randy Meisner - was accidentally shot and killed in their shared California home on Sunday (March 6). The LAPD recently shared the tragic news on Twitter:READ MORE

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Rapper Bankroll Fresh Killed, Lil Wayne & Fans Mourn Tragic Atlanta Shooting Death On Twitter

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Reports confirm that aspiring rapper Bankroll Fresh was shot and killed outside of a popular recording studio in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month. Several fans and fellow hip-hop superstars continue mourning Fresh's tragic death on Twitter.READ MORE

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Legendary '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon Dead After Car Crash in NYC

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What a crushing week for those working in journalism. Brian Williams seems to have an embellishment problem, Jon Stewart is "restless" and things at "The View" are so bad that even Barbara Walters will not return as a guest host. All that stuff seemed difficult until CBS was dealt a horrible blow last night, Feb. 11, when the car carrying legendary "60 Minutes" correspondent and industry icon Bob Simon careened out of control on the West Side Highway, resulting in a car crash so bad that Simon and the driver had to be cut out of the flattened vehicle. Unfortunately, Simon was pronounced dead at Roosevelt Hospital.READ MORE

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Vienna Opera Tenor Waldemar Kmentt Dead at 85

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Famed Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died in Vienna at the age of 85.READ MORE

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Secretary of State John Kerry Defends Not Traveling to France Until Later This Week

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The U.S. has found itself under heavy criticism for not sending any senior officials to Paris for its Unity March and Rally that had more than 1 million supporters Sunday, Jan. 11. The relationship between French and U.S. officials is thought to be solid, so it came as a surprise to many that while 40 world leaders were on hand to support the French people after last week's terrorist attack, no one was there to represent the States. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry happens to speak fluent French and visits the country often — in fact he will be heading there later this week to meet with leaders and pay tribute to the 17 victims of last week's attacks. When asked why the U.S. did not send a senior official as a show of support, Kerry insisted that our country has been in constant contact with the French government from the moment it became clear it was under attack. Kerry himself has also been criticized for delaying his trip to France, and he addressed the issue this morning. "As everybody knows, I have been here in India for a prior planned event. I would have personally very much wanted to have been there but couldn't do so because of the commitment that I had here and it is important to keep these kinds of commitments. That is why I am going there on the way home and to make it crystal clear how passionately we feel about the events that have taken place there. I don't think the people of France have any doubt about America's understanding about what happened, about our personal sense of loss and our deep commitment to the people of France in this moment of trial. I want to emphasize that the relationship with France is not about one day or one particular moment. It is an ongoing, longtime relationship that is deeply, deeply based in the shared values, and particularly the commitment that we share to freedom of expression," explained Kerry.READ MORE

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Joan Rivers Surgeon Believed That Anesthesiologists During Endoscopic Procedures Are a Waste of Money

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Four months after Joan Rivers died after going into cardiac arrest during what should have been a simple endoscopic procedure, we are slowly but surely learning bits and pieces about the people who were in that procedure room with her. Dr. Lawrence Cohen was the surgeon on duty and also the medical director at the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic where Rivers was a patient. In 2012, Cohen wrote an article bemoaning the cost of having an anesthesiologist on duty for simply endoscopic procedures. According to TMZ, which dug up the piece written by Cohen, the good doctor was seemingly more worried about cost-effectiveness than anything else. Cohen writes, "Although we can all agree that [monitored anesthesia care] is a highly effective and safe method of sedation, the question is whether it is worth the extra cost to our health care system." Cohen then answers his question: "The answer is clearly no." Cohen crunches the number in his article, saying the average cost for an anesthesiologist is $400 per procedure, but the risk of death is 1 out of 100,000. Cohen therefore concludes that it costs $40 million to save one life, adding that cost "far exceeds ... an acceptable level of cost-effectiveness."READ MORE

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The Late Diem Brown Wanted to Win Final MTV 'Challenge' for Money to Start a Family Via a Surrogate

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The death of Diem Brown in November seemed to really strike a nerve with a lot of people. She had risen to fame on MTV's "The Challenge" series and competed in several seasons. Almost from the moment Brown was introduced to viewers we knew she had cancer. She seemed to successfully beat it twice before getting sick all over again last August while filming "The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2." Last night's premiere of the show, Jan. 6, was sad because Brown and her costar Ryan Knight have died since filming. What is really bittersweet was the motivation behind why Brown wanted to not only compete on the show again, but win the cash prize, she wanted to finally start a family at age 34. "If I won this money, it would be my fairy tale dream. I know people are sick of me talking about cancer, trust me, I was sick of living with cancer. But it did change my life. They had to remove my ovaries, and if I'm going to have kids, I need a surrogate. I have to pay anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 per kid, so winning this prize, I could have four kids in the oven at the same time and get back on track and start my life," explained Brown.READ MORE

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12 People Dead in Terrorist Attack at Satirical Newspaper 'Charlie Hebdo' Offices in Paris

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What an awful story to begin the day, as we have learned that two gunmen stormed the offices of "Charlie Hebdo," a French satirical newspaper, and opened fire during an editorial meeting. As of now, 12 people are confirmed dead and at least 10 more are injured. The shooting reportedly went on for five minutes and, in spite of having a shootout with police, both gunmen are still on the loose. The publication has been vilified for years because of its portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad and its offices were actually fire bombed once before. The publication had been seen as so much of a target that up until recently there was a strong police presence outside of the offices. Sources have said that it was only recently that the building became less protected. According to Chris Parsons of Yahoo News UK, French President Francois Hollande visited the site of the attack and has since called an emergency meeting. "Charlie Hebdo" has a history of causing controversy with cartoons of Islam's prophet Muhammad. Speaking to the BBC after its office was firebombed in November 2011, the paper's editor-in-chief, Stephane Charbonnier — who is said to be among the dead today — said the incident had only confirmed that it was right to take the stance it did.READ MORE

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Marilyn Monroe Named the New Face of Max Factor

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Well, this is interesting: Usually when a cosmetics company is looking for its next celebrity spokesperson, it chooses someone current who is already grabbing headlines. Today, Max Factor announced that it is going to abandon the latest talent in favor of going in a more iconic direction. Marilyn Monroe has been named the newest face of Max Factor cosmetics. The fact that she has been dead for 53 years did not matter when her own beauty was always in a class by itself. Monroe will star in this year's advertising campaigns and the focus will be on how make-up helped to transform her from mousy Norma Jeane Mortenson to the red-lipped, platinum-haired bombshell, which cemented her reputation as one of the world's most infamous bombshells. Monroe was reportedly a client of Max Factor's in the 1940s and indulged in the brand until her unexpected death in 1963. "Marilyn made the sultry red lip, creamy skin and dramatically lined eyes the most famous beauty look of the Forties, and it's a look that continues to dominate the beauty and fashion industry. It is the ultimate look that defines glamour — nothing else compares," says Pat McGrath of Max Factor to "The Daily Telegraph."READ MORE

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7-Year-Old Girl Lone Survivor in Kentucky Plane Crash That Killed Her Family

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Late last night a story broke that hits every emotional note imaginable. A 7-year-old is the soul survivor in a Kentucky plane crash that took the lives of both of her parents, her older sister and her cousin as well. Kentucky State Police identified the dead early Saturday as Marty Gutzler, 48, Kimberly Gutzler, 46, and 9-year-old Piper Gutzler. Also killed was 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, the survivor's cousin. All were from Nashville, Illinois.READ MORE

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Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo Is Dead at 82

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Legendary New York political figure Mario Cuomo died Thursday, Jan. 1, of heart failure. Cuomo served three terms as the governor of New York and died not long after his son, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn in for a second term as governor. According to a statement released by his family, Cuomo died surrounded by family. The "New York Post" was one of the first outlets to announce the sad news, saying: "Cuomo, who had been ill for months, was 82, and his death came just hours after his son, Andrew, was inaugurated for a second term in his father's old job. Daughter Madeline Cuomo said her dad died in his Manhattan home at 5:15 p.m., and noted that those were 'his lucky numbers.' "I think he waited until after Andrew's swearing-in," she added. "He had been receiving hospice care in his Sutton Place apartment, and the cause appeared related to recent heart troubles, sources said." Cuomo, during his heyday, was popular for his eloquence and ability to use his humble beginnings as a way to connect with people and then drive home his points in order to facilitate change. He was also dubbed the "Hamlet on the Hudson" because of his internal struggle over whether or not to run for president in the 1988 and '92 races. He backed out at the last minute in 1991, paving the way for a fairly unknown candidate named Bill Clinton to sneak in and grab the Democratic nomination.READ MORE

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Casey Kasem Has Finally Been Buried in Norway Six Months After His Death

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The only thing sadder than the fact that it took six months for Casey Kasem to be buried is the fact that it happened last Tuesday, Dec. 16, in Norway and his kids had no idea about it until today. The radio icon died in June and in the months that followed his wife Jean Kasem was locked in a battle with his grown children who believed he had been a victim of elder abuse. The LAPD had been actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Kasem's death and his burial pretty much puts a swift ending to any chance of charges being filed against Jean. According to a report by TMZ, Kasem was finally laid to rest last Tuesday in Vestre Gravlund, one of Norway's biggest cemeteries. Jean had claimed that she wanted her husband buried in Norway because of his heritage, but his children have suspected all along that she was withholding his remains so no tests could be done to further pinpoint what contributed to his death. They have firmly believed that bed sores led to the fatal infection that ultimately killed Kasem, but now there is really no chance of proving that even if it was the case.READ MORE

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