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Legendary Singer Prince Dies At 57

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I’m truly, truly shocked and saddened by this. Legendary singer Prince has died at the age of 57.

He was at his Paisley Park studio in Minnesota when he passed away. Not much is known about his death at this time. Just last week, his private plane was forced to land in Illinois so he could seek medical treatment for flu-like symptoms. He performed in concert one day later.

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” Yvette Noel-Schure, a publicist for the musician, said in a statement.

Over his illustrious career, he’s won seven Grammy Awards, scored five chart-toppers and 14 other Top 10 hits. The Purple One also won an Oscar for Best Original Song for his classic film, Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2004. He was also very instrumental in the careers of many including Vanity, Sheila E and Sheena Easton to name a few.

“Our GRAMMY family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Prince. Today, we remember and celebrate him as one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time. Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape. Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.” – Neil Portnow, the president and CEO, of the Recording Academy.

I can’t even begin to name my favorite tracks from Prince. He has so many. “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Raspberry Beret” and “U Got The Look” are just a few that immediately come to mind. What are you favorite tracks? Share below.

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Since is developing, more news will follow. Our thoughts and condolences are with his friends and loved ones during this difficult time. In the meantime, relive his epic Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show below.

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Hollywood lost a sitcom legend on Sunday. Doris Roberts passed away at the age of 90. No official cause of death has been made by authorities but according to her son, Michael Cannatta, his mother died of natural causes in her sleep.

Though best known for playing Ray Romano’s hilarious mother on Everybody Loves Raymond, Roberts was a television staple throughout her career. She starred in Remington Steele and Angie, along with numerous guest spots on beloved shows including Alice, Full House, Murder She Wrote, Fantasy Island, Barney Miller and St. Elsewhere to name a few. In fact, one of her five Emmys was for the 1980s medical drama. The other four for playing Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond.

“We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Doris Roberts. She was a gifted and talented actress who was beloved by audiences that saw her on every screen and stage. And to those who worked with her, Doris will be remembered for lighting up every room she walked into with an unparalleled combination of energy, humor, warmth and even a little bit of grit. We were so privileged to have her call CBS home for so many years. She will be greatly missed. Truly, Everybody Loved Doris.” – CBS

In addition to CBS’ statement above, Roberts’s Raymond co-stars also issued statements. Check them out below. Our condolences go out to Roberts’s friends and family.

check out their tweets after the jump

Garry Shandling Dies At The Age Of 66

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Emmy-winning comedian Garry Shandling passed away today at the age of 66. TMZ reveals Garry was healthy Thursday morning but then rushed to the hospital after suddenly collapsing. Reportedly, he wasn’t suffering from any known illnesses. His death comes as a shock.

Shandling was best known for his 90s HBO sitcom, The Larry Sanders Show. His colleagues and fellow comedians have taken to social media to pay tribute. Many of them were inspired by the late comedian.

“Garry was a guiding voice of comedy. He set the standard and we’re all still trying to meet it. He gave us all opportunities to learn how to do the best work of our lives,” Larry Sanders costar Bob Odenkirk said in a statement. “But, more importantly, as I knew him these last few years, he was a person who never stopped trying to be a better person. That’s yet another way he inspired me and I’m sure many others who knew him.”

Our condolences go out to Shandling’s family and friends. Watch Entertainment Weekly’s video tribute to Shandling below.

EW.com tribute video after the jump

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Beloved character actor George Gaynes passed away on Monday in North Bend, Washington. He was 98-years-old at the time.

The Finnish actor was best known for playing Henry Varnimont, the irritable foster parent, on the classic 80s sitcom, Punky Brewster. Gaynes also appeared on the television series The Days and Nights of Molly Dood and Hearts Afire.

Over on the silver screen, he played the bumbling Commandant Lassard in all seven of the Police Academy films. Before that, his biggest break came when he starred opposite Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange in the hit 1982 film Tootsie. Gaynes appeared in a total of 35 films throughout his career. He retired in 2003 after appearing in Just Married with Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy.

George is survived by his wife, his daughter, one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters. His son, Matthew, died in 1989 from a fatal car crash. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

What was your favorite role from Gaynes? Share your thoughts below.

Singer Vanity Dead At 57

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Denise Katrina Matthews, aka Vanity, was best known for being a protégée of Prince during the 80s. She was the lead singer of his female trio Vanity 6 which scored a hit with the funk single “Nasty Girl” in 1982.

On Monday, February 15, the singer died in a Fremont, California hospital after years of battling kidney failure. She was 57-years-old at the time of her death.

Though Vanity broke out as a singer, she was also an actress. She starred in The Last Dragon, Action Jackson and was initially cast to play Prince’s love interest in Purple Rain. When she left Vanity 6, Prince replaced her with Apollonia in both the group and the classic 80s film.

In her latter years, Vanity renounced her stage name and music when she became a born again Christian. According to TMZ, she was active in her church until her death, even telling the congregation she was “ready to go home,” over the weekend. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

watch a couple of her performances after the jump

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The recording industry lost another pioneering legend on Monday. The Eagles guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey passed away due to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. He was 67-years-old at the time of his death. The news was confirmed on Frey’s official website.

Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.” via his official website

Though he was the guitarist, Frey sang lead vocals on some of The Eagles’ biggest hits. When the group disbanded, the Detroit-born musician ventured out on his own and crafted some of the biggest hits of the 80s. By far, his biggest contributions were for The Beverly Hills Cop and Miami Vice soundtracks.

Check out my five favorite songs below from his solo career and the times he sang lead vocals for The Eagles. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and his former bandmates.

my five favorite tracks after the jump

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René Angelil, the husband and one-time manager of Celine Dion, passed away at his Las Vegas home on Thursday morning. He was 73-years-old at the time.

“Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” the rep said in a statement. “The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment.”

Angélil battled three bouts of cancer. He was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. After his health had improved, his cancer returned in 2014, at which time he retired as Dion’s manager.

René is survived by his wife Celine and their three children, René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twin boys Nelson and Eddy. Angelil also has three older children from previous marriages. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

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The entertainment industry has lost another beloved talent due to cancer. Coincidentally enough, Alan Rickman was 69 at the time of his death, like David Bowie.

Rickman’s death was confirmed on Thursday by his family who said that he died “surrounded by family and friends”. He is survived by his wife, Rima Horton. The pair had been together since 1965 but only married in 2012.

Though best known for playing Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, Rickman has plenty of other memorable roles. He made a huge splash as Bruce Willis’ adversary, Hans Gruber, in Die Hard. Love him in that movie. Other notable parts include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Love Actually, Sense and Sensibility and Truly, Madly, Deeply.

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Read some touching words from his peers below including ones from JK Rowling, Emma Thompson and Daniel Radcliffe.

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