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Andy Griffith Dead At 86

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

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.

celebrity reactions after the jump

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.

read what her coworkers said about her death after the jump

Some sad news today… Music legend, Donna Summer has passed away today at her home in Florida at the age of 63. According to TMZ, she had quietly been battling breast cancer and trying to keep her illness under wraps. They had even spoke to her a couple weeks ago and she seemed fine.

The five-time Grammy Award winner was also working on a new album. Some of her biggest hits include “Last Dance,” and “She Works Hard For The Money” and she was referred to as the Queen of Disco.

She inspired so many people and so many other artists and her legacy will live on. So sad to see another great artist pass away. In her memory, I decided to list my five favorite Donna Summer songs below. Check them out and share your favorite song in the comments.

My favorite tracks after the jump…

Yesterday, the music world sadly lost another brilliant mind. Adam Yauch, one third of hip hop group the Beastie Boys, lost his battle with cancer at 47-years-old. Yauch was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor on his salivary gland. On the Beastie Boys’ official site, the group released the following official statement:

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer.”

In honor of Adam Yauch aka MCA, I thought I’d post five of my favorite Beastie Boys tracks. I have to admit, I didn’t really grow up on Beastie Boys music but in high school, one of my good friends introduced me to them during a road trip and I was hooked. Share your favorite tracks in the comment section below.

Check out my five favorite Beastie Boys tracks and videos below.

Dick Clark Dies At 82

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

TV legend, Dick Clark passed away today at the age of 82. Clark had a heart attack a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica.

For those young people out there that don’t know who he is, he is essentially who I’d say that Ryan Seacrest is grooming into being – the host of everything with a charm and likability that can’t be denied. Clark was also known as “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish looks.

He was the host of “American Bandstand,” “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes,” the American Music Awards and of course NYE in NYC. That’s just to name a few of his credits. We send our condolences to his close friends and family.

Watch Dick Clark this past NYE after the jump…

Today, the world of music has lost another one of it’s own. One time frontman for the 60’s, teenage group The Monkees has passed away. Davy Jones, 66, was confirmed by the medical examiner’s office in Martin County, Florida that he suffered a heart attack in his sleep. Davy was staying at the Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida. He is survived by his third wife, Jessica, and four daughters.

Davy got his start in the industry when he appeared on the British soap Coronation street and later, went on to perform on the West End stage in Oliver! However, most people know Davy best as the frontman for the 60’s pop group, The Monkees. Superseding shows like Making The Band and Popstars, the show of the same name followed the creation and performances of the Monkees on NBC until it was cancelled.

After leaving The Monkees, Davy continued to act and made famous appearances on shows like The Brady Bunch and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. His last solo music projects were released back in 2001 and 2004. Check out a few videos below.

Clips of Davy Jones after the jump.

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