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Academy Award nominee Michael Clark Duncan has passed away at the age of 54. The actor who won our hearts in the role of inmate John Coffey in The Green Mile suffered a heart attack back in July which caused him to stay in the intensive care unit but unfortunately, never fully recovered. His rep released the following:

Michael Clarke Duncan passed away this morning in Los Angeles, said his fiancée, Reverend Omarosa Manigault. The Oscar-nominated actor suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered. Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date.

After hearing of his passing, Hollywood did what they do best and hit social media to share their reactions to his death including co-star Tom Hanks and Green Mile director Frank Darabont. See a few of their tweets and condolences below.

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The director of such films as Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II committed suicide on Sunday August 19th. Tony Scott, the younger brother of director Ridley Scott, jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles “without hesitation” according to witnesses. Reports say the 68-year-old director left a suicide note along with “instructional” notes to family members and friends. Why would a successful filmmaker want to end his life? ABC News is reporting that Scott was suffering serious health issues. Their source reveals that he had inoperable brain cancer. His wife has issued a statement since then refuting the claim about cancer. Our hearts go out to Scott’s family and friends.

Tony entertained the world, including myself, with a long list of riveting action films. I never realized that so many films I’ve enjoyed through the years were directed by the British director. Arguably, his biggest film was Top Gun starring Tom Cruise. His follow up to that blockbuster was another beloved hit, the sequel, Beverly Hills Cop II with Eddie Murphy. A few of my other favorite films from him include Enemy of the State with Will Smith and the Quentin Tarantino-penned True Romance with Christian Slater.

Scott’s last theatrical film was 2010′s Unstoppable which I surprisingly loved and rewatched yesterday in honor of his death. That film starred frequent collaborator Denzel Washington. The actor and director worked together on five films: Crimson Tide; Man on Fire; Deja Vu; The Taking of Pelham 123; and the aforementioned Unstoppable. What are your favorite Tony Scott films?

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“Real World” Star Joey Kovar Dies

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Real World: Hollywood” star Joey Kovar has passed away at the young age of 29. Joey was found dead in his native Chicago on Friday, August 17. He was an aspiring actor. MTV released a statement shortly after hearing the news stating: “MTV is deeply saddened to learn that Joey Kovar of ‘The Real World: Hollywood’ has passed away,” adding, “We offer our sympathies to Joey’s loved ones, friends and fans.”

According to reports from TMZ, Kovar was found dead at a friend’s home in Chicago. Early sources are saying that a female friend found Kovar bleeding and called 911. After authorities arrived on the scene, he was pronounced dead. Family and friends believe his death is linked to drugs. Kovar famously battled drug addiction.

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This past Friday, Sage Stallone, the son of legendary actor Sylvester Stallone, was found dead in his LA home. Foul play is not expected but early reports are indicating that the cause of death was an accidental drug overdose. Sage was only 36-years-old. Sylvester’s rep released the following statement:

“Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son Sage Stallone. His compassion and thoughts are with Sage’s mother, Sasha. Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man. His loss will be felt forever.”

According to reports from TMZ, Sage could have been dead for a minimum of three days prior to being found on Friday. Law enforcement sources are saying that Sly’s son had been living in squalor in a trash-strewn Los Angeles residence, and that he’d not been heard from in the week leading up to his death. Sage’s mother Sasha Czack asked his housekeeper to check up on him after she hadn’t heard from him in days.

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Andy Griffith Dead At 86

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TV legend, Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86. He died at his home in North Carolina this morning, but no official cause of death has been given yet.

Griffith was known first for his role on ‘The Andy Griffith Show‘, and then later for his lead role on ‘Matlock‘. I used to watch ‘Matlock’ with my family every week. It was just one of those shows that was just so good growing up. I’d probably say that when I was younger, ‘Matlock’ was up there with ‘The Cosby Show‘ and ‘Golden Girls‘ as one of my favorite shows.

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Prolific Writer & Filmmaker Nora Ephron Dies

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If you’ve ever enjoyed romantic comedies, you have to thank this woman. Nora Ephron practically created the genre with her sharp and engaging films featuring strong women. The Hollywood community is definitely mourning the loss of this very talented individual. Ephron died on June 26th from pneumonia, a complication resulting from acute myeloid leukemia. In her most recent book, “I Remember Nothing“, published in 2010, Nora left clues regarding her illness. At age 71, Nora leaves a legacy of films that will be loved for generations to come.

Ephron was born and raised in New York City. Her first film credit was “Silkwood” starring Meryl Streep as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood. That film earned Nora her first screenwriting Oscar nomination. Ironically enough, her last film, “Julie & Julia“, would also feature Streep. In the years in between, she earned two more Oscars nods with “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless In Seattle” (my favorite Nora film). She is survived by her husband, two sons Max and Jacob, along with sisters Delia, Amy and Hallie Ephron, all of whom are writers. R.I.P. Nora, you will be missed.

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Her death has obviously touched people she’s worked with and the filmmaking community as a whole. Check out what people in Hollywood are saying about this remarkable woman below.

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It’s always sad when someone dies, and especially at such a young age. Early this morning, gay porn star Erik Rhodes passed away at the age of 30 and sources within the industry are saying it was a heart attack. He was born in New York in 1982 and had recently celebrated his 30th birthday. The following tweet was sent from his account this morning:

“Erik Rhodes has left us this morning at 5:30am. His family and boyfriend Riccardo are in deep pain, please respect this sad moment.”

Rhodes was also a blogger and was open about drug use and bodybuilding steroids. In a final Tumblr post, he actually talks about what he was taking for steroids at the moment. Read the chilling final words from Rhodes below.

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Desperate Housewives Star Passes Away

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

How’s this for art imitating life? Just weeks after her “Desperate Housewives” character died, Kathryn Joosten passed away on June 1, 2012 at the age of 72-years-old. Joosten played the lovable nosy neighbor on the hit ABC show. Coincidentally enough, Joosten’s character Karen McCluskey died in the series finale due to lung cancer- the same cause in real life. That montage at the end of the show to Johnny Mathis’ “Wonderful, Wonderful”, had me tearing up.

Given she was such a terrific actress, you’d be surprised to know she kicked off her acting career at the age of 42. Prior to that, she worked as a psychiatric nurse. Kathryn’s previous acting credits include stints on “Dharma and Greg”, “Ally McBeal”, “Joan of Arcadia” and most notably “The West Wing“. On the political drama, her character Dolores Landingham died in a car crash. Her role on “Desperate Housewives” would earn her two Emmys. She won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2008. Upon hearing about her death, a few of her DH co-workers commented on the loss of one of their colleagues.

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