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Britain’s first and to date only female Prime Minister died of a stroke Monday, April 8. The former PM was 87-years-old. Meryl Streep immortalized the political figure in the film The Iron Lady. The role earned the 63-year-old actress her 17th Academy Award nomination and third Oscar statue.

Naturally, Streep released a heartfelt statement reflecting on the life, career and legacy of Thatcher. Among many kind words, Meryl referred to her as a “pioneer.” Check out her entire statement below. Thatcher is survived by her son, Mark, and daughter, Carol. Her husband, Sir Dennis died in 2003.

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This is so sad. Former porn performer Wilfried Knight has reportedly passed away. Knight has been in more than 20 films for Lucas Entertainment and has been mourning the suicide of his husband, Jerry Enriquez. He’s been a lawyer, acupuncturist and was also learning Spanish and writing a book.

Last night, he was really upset and venting about a lot of stuff on Twitter like the following: “Jerry Enriquez (1966-2013) if it wasn’t for lack of federal gay marriage and LULULEMON he’d still be alive today.” He elaborated on what happened to his partner in his blog post titled, “a summary of gay and corporate injustice leading to suicide: thanks to gay discrimination and LULULEMON.”

I met him this summer and he actually worked at the Starbucks by my place so would say hi to him every now and then. Super nice guy and this is so sad that he has passed away. There hasn’t been any confirmation on what happened yet but Twitter is a good place to keep up with the story as it develops. RIP Wilfried :(

Larry Hagman Dead At 81

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One of television’s most iconic figures passed away on Friday, November 23. To have one signature role is a blessing for any actor, but to have two is remarkable. Hollywood certainly lost a true legend with Larry Hagman’s passing.

Hagman shot to fame playing Major Anthony Nelson on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie in the 1960s. A decade later, he traded in his nice-guy persona to play one of television’s most notorious villains, J.R. Ewing, on the classic nighttime soap, Dallas. Even if you’ve never watched it, you’ve probably heard of the “Who shot J.R.?” cliffhanger.

The cause of the 81-year-old’s death is due to complications from his recent battle with cancer. Fittingly enough, Hagman died in Dallas, Texas. He was in town shooting scenes for the second season of TNT’s reboot of Dallas. Since it was Thanksgiving, his family and close friends were in town. Reports say his Dallas co-stars, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were at his bedside when he passed away. They, along with Hagman, starred in the original CBS series from 1978 to 1991 and reprised their roles for the TNT reboot.

“All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.” – TNT

Check out what a few of his co-stars have said about Hagman’s passing below.

see what some of his co-stars have said about his passing

Old School Flashback: Blaque RIP Natina Reed

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This truly is heartbreaking news. Anyone who grew up in the 90s will definitely remember Blaque. They were the R&B girl group discovered by TLC’s Left Eye. As fate would have it, the “Left Eye” of the group, Natina Reed, died after being struck by a car on a state highway just north of the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn late Friday night. Sadly, the 32-year-old singer was just two days shy of her 33rd birthday. As you recall, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes was killed in a car crash in La Ceiba, Honduras in 2002. Reed is survived by her 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, with rapper Kurupt.

Blaque which was an acronym for Believing, Life, Achieving, Quest, Unity, Everything, scored a couple of hits during the late 90s, most notably “808” and “Bring It All To Me” which both landed in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100. The latter even featured ‘N Sync’s JC Chasez on a remix. Beyond their recording career, the trio also dabbled in movies. They starred alongside Gabrielle Union as the Toros’ rival group the Clovers in the cult cheerleading Kristen Dunst film, Bring It On. Blaque also made a brief cameo in Honey starring Jessica Alba.

The girls were staging a comeback but sadly with Reed’s death, the original lineup will never be. Check out a few of my favorite songs from the group below. Be sure to check out the “808remix. That was my jam back in the day.

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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.

See Hollywood’s reaction to Duncan’s death after the jump.

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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