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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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Legendary Rocker David Bowie Dies At 69

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Sunday night the recording industry lost one of its most enigmatic and trailblazing performers. David Bowie passed away at the age of 69. His son confirmed the news via a post on Bowie’s official Facebook page. He is survived by a son (Duncan Jones) from his first marriage to Mary Angela Barnett and a daughter with second wife, supermodel Iman.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” read a post on the artist’s Facebook page on Sunday night. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Best known for his impact during the glam rock era, Bowie’s career spanned over four decades. He recently released his 25th studio album, titled Black Star, just two days before his death on January 8. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Check out some of my favorite hits from the legendary rocker below. Weigh in afterward on your favorite tracks from Bowie.

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Without a doubt, Wes Craven is one of the masters of modern horror films. The 76-year-old director is the man behind such classics as the Scream, The Hills Have Eyes and A Nightmare On Elm Street franchises. On Sunday, his family announced Craven passed away after a long battle with brain cancer.

Even though, Craven is best known for terrifying moviegoers, he’s also dabbled in other genres. He directed Meryl Streep in Music Of My Heart and Rachel McAdams in Red Eye. Streep earned an Academy Award Best Actress nomination for her work. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

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Legendary football NFL Hall of Famer and sportscaster Frank Gifford passed away on Sunday in his home in Connecticut. He was 84-years-old at the time of his death. Reportedly, he died of natural causes.

“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford,” the family said in a statement (via NBC). “Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers.”

After the above statement was issued by the family, Today Show host Kathie Lee broke her silence about her husband’s passing. “Deeply grateful to all 4 ur outpouring of grace. We r steadfast in our faith & finding comfort in knowing where Frank is. Phillippians 4:13,” she tweeted.

Frank was Kathie Lee’s second husband. They married in 1986 and have two children together– Cody and Cassidy. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the sad news of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s tragic passing. The 22-year-old only daughter of Whitney Houston died Sunday in an Atlanta-area hospice nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub.

“Bobbi Kristina Brown (March 4, 1993 – July 26, 2015). It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks everyone for their loving thoughts and prayers. As Bobbi Kristina would say: ‘The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.’” – Posted on Whitney’s Official Facebook

If you recall, the “I Will Always Love You” singer drowned in a bathtub as well three years ago on the eve of her Grammy performance. Bobbi Kristina will be laid to rest alongside Whitney’s body in New Jersey.

Bobby Brown has broken his silence over the tragic death of his daughter. He spoke to Us Weekly.

“Krissy was and is an angel,” Bobby told Us Weekly. “I am completely numb at this time. My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory. Our loss is unimaginable.”

Our condolences go out to Brown and Houston’s families. Check out more celeb reactions below, including tweets from Oprah Winfrey, Dionne Warwick and more.

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Can’t Buy Me Love is one of my favorite teen movies of all-time. The original 1987 film, of course, and not horrible remake starring Nick Cannon. God, Love Don’t Cost A Thing was awful.

Amanda Peterson, who played Cindy Mancini in the film, passed away over the weekend. When Patrick Dempsey learned of her death Tuesday night, the former Grey’s Anatomy actor took to Twitter to pay his condolences.

“In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young. Gone too soon. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Amanda’s family,” Patrick Dempsey tweeted on Tuesday evening.

Though no official reason for Peterson’s death has been revealed, according to her father, Amanda was battling some health issues, including sinusitis, pneumonia and sleep apnea.

The 43-year-old actress‘ other credits include A Year in the Life, Jack’s Place, Silver Spoons and Doogie Howser, M.D. before quitting the business in 1994.

By far, my favorite scene from the teen comedy was the African anteater ritual dance. Dempsey mistakenly thought it was the latest dance craze on American Bandstand. Check out the clip below. Fun fact, Paula Abdul choreographed that iconic dance.

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