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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.

some of her most famous quotes after the jump

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Respected fashion designer L’Wren Scott has dressed red carpet regulars such as Sandra Bullock, Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams, Christina Hendricks, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker. The 49-year-old designer was found dead at her West Chelsea apartment of an apparent suicide. New York City police confirm that Scott’s assistant found her hanging by a scarf tied to the doorknob. No suicide note was found.

Scott is the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger. The two met during a photo shoot in 2001. The Rolling Stones singer is currently on tour in Australia. The BBC reports, in a statement from Jagger’s spokesperson, that the Rolling Stone front man was “completely shocked and devastated” by her death. Jagger’s ex-wife has also expressed her shock via Twitter.

“Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L’Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace” – Bianca Jagger

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Ghostbusters’ Harold Ramis Passes Away

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Harold Ramis of Ghostbusters fame passed away at the age of 69 due to complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He battled the condition since being diagnosed four years ago in 2010. At the time of his death, Ramis was surrounded by family and friends in his Chicago home. He is survived by his wife, Erica, sons Julian and Daniel, daughter Violet, and two grandchildren.

“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking.” – Dan Aykroyd

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46

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When I woke up this morning and read the news, I thought it was one of those hoaxes. Sadly, it is not.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment earlier this morning. The Academy Award-winning actor was 46-years-old at the time of his death. The police are investigating the cause of death, but a drug overdose is suspected. Last year, Hoffman completed a 10-day detox program in rehab after admitting he relapsed after staying clean for 23 years.

We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”

Hoffman won an Oscar for Capote in 2005 and received three other Academy nominations. He is survived by his three children- one son and two daughters- and his longtime partner Mimi O’Donnell. Our condolences go out to his family.

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