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The fashion industry lost one of its greats on Tuesday. Famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at his home in Kent, Connecticut at the age of 82. Numerous celebrities immediately took to social media to express their sadness for losing such a creative genius.

The Dominican-born fashion designer first became famous in the 1960s for dressing Jackie Kennedy. Since then he’s dressed several First Ladies including Hillary Rodham Clinton’s coral swearing-in ensemble in 1997 and first lady Laura Bush’s twinkling beaded inaugural gown in 2005. Hollywood celebrities, Manhattan doyennes and fashionistas also sought out his impeccable designs. Recently, he designed Amal Clooney‘s stunning ivory tulle wedding gown.

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For those who are too young to remember Elizabeth Peña from her star-making turn in La Bamba, you’ll definitely recognize her from her guest appearances on Modern Family. She played the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character Gloria. The actress died on Tuesday at the age of 55. Naturally, her Modern Family co-stars are saddened by her passing.

“The entire cast and crew are very sad to say goodbye to one of our Modern Family members. RIP to the beautiful & talented #ElizabethPena.” – Jesse Tyler Ferguson via Twitter

Her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles revealed Elizabeth died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Pena’s manager says she passed from natural causes, following a brief illness. Pena leaves behind a husband and two kids.

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SNL Alum Jan Hooks Dead At 57

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Saturday Night Live alum Jan Hooks is dead at the age of 57. No official cause of her death has been revealed, but TMZ reports that she had been battling a “serious illness.”

Hooks starred on the long-running sketch comedy show from 1986 to 1991, working alongside Dana Carvey and Phil Harman during one of the show’s glory periods. Her most memorable skits included celebrity impersonations of Kathie Lee Gifford, Hillary Clinton, Tammy Faye Baker and Sinead O’Connor. But it was the combo duo of Nora Dunn and herself as the hilarious Sweeney Sisters that is most beloved.

After her stint on SNL, Jan appeared on Designing Women, 3rd Rock From The Sun and 30 Rock. Her big screen credits include Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Coneheads. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. Check out some of her memorable moments on SNL below.

see some of her skits after the jump

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Simone Battle was found dead in her Los Angeles home on Friday. Though no official cause of death has been released, TMZ reports the 25-year-old singer was discovered hanging on a rod in her bedroom in an apparent suicide.

Battle competed on the first season of the US version of The X Factor. After the show, she released a solo single, “He Likes Boys” before joining Robin Antin’s new Pussycall Dolls-like girl group, G.R.L. Antin released a statement addressing the tragedy.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L. Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.” – Robin Antin

This is truly so sad. I was a fan of Simone on X Factor and became a bigger one as part of G.R.L. I wonder if the group will continue as a foursome or if Antin will find a replacement. Check out her videos and performances below.

check out her videos and performances after the jump

Joan Rivers Dies At Age 81

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After being in a medically induced coma for a week, comedy pioneer Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81. Last Thursday, she went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing during an outpatient procedure. Prior to the medical emergency, Rivers was considered to be in generally good health.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.

Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.

My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.” – Melissa Rivers

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Another movie legend has passed away. Lauren Bacall suffered a massive stroke at her home on Tuesday, according to TMZ.

The 89-year-old icon was known for her husky voice and old Hollywood glamor. Her most notable films include How to Marry a Millionaire, Key Largo, Designing Woman, Murder on the Orient Express and The Big Sleep. She earned an Oscar nomination for 1996′s The Mirror Has Two Faces. She later received an Honorary Award from the Academy in 2009.

Bacall was married to actor Humphrey Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957. The two had two children together. She was later married to Jason Robards from 1961 until 1969 and they had one child together. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

Robin Williams Dies At Age 63

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Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at the age of 63. He was found dead inside his home in Tiburon, California on Monday. Though his publicist hasn’t confirmed details of his death, it is suspected Williams died in an apparent suicide. The coroner suspects that Williams committed suicide by asphyxiation.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.” – Robin Williams’ representative

Williams famously battled substance abuse problems in the 1980s but had been sober for two decades. Last month, he returned to rehab to maintain focus on his sobriety. Williams is survived by his wife and three kids Zelda, Cody, and Zachary.

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.” – Susan Schneider (Robin’s Wife)

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Maya Angelou Dies At 86

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Award-winning writer, poet, actress and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. The celebrated figure was found dead Wednesday morning inside her North Carolina home. Although no official cause of death has been disclosed, the increasingly frail Angelou was battling heart problems.

Angelou lived in an 18-room home on the campus of Wake Forest University, where she taught American Studies. Her body was discovered by her caretaker according to an announcement by the university.

Her best known work is arguably I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings- a memoir of her childhood in a segregated South where she survived a childhood rape by her mother’s boyfriend. The trauma resulted in Maya not speaking for nearly a decade.

She wrote six additional autobiographies, as well as plays, screenplays, numerous speeches, and countless poems, including “On the Pulse of Morning.” The latter Angelou recited at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993. Maya received more than 50 honorary degrees over her prolific career. President Barack Obama honored her in 2011 with a Medal of Freedom.

Angelou’s last words were a tweet posted a few days ago, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” Check out some of her famous quotes below.

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