Former ‘ER’ actress Vanessa Marquez shot dead by police

LOS ANGELES — A woman fatally shot by police conducting a welfare check call in South Pasadena was identified Friday as movie and television actress Vanessa Marquez, according to KTLA. Marquez, best known for her roles in “Stand and Deliver” and “ER,” was shot Thursday after police say she pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers who were responding to the residence in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun, which […]

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Fort Worth mourns loss of firefighter killed in Cresson crash

CRESSON – Fort Worth emergency responders are mourning the loss of a fellow firefighter. Charles Andrew Heimer was killed in a off-duty car crash Monday just outside of Cresson, about 30 miles west of the Fort Worth area. Heimer, assigned to FWFD Station 12 in the NorthSide community,  was a 12-year veteran of the Fort Worth Fire Department. According to FWFD, Heimer is survived by his wife, Aimee, and two sons, 9-year-old Ashton and 6-year-old Aubrey. Funeral arrangements for Heimer […]

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‘My 600-lb Life’ star Lisa Fleming dead at 50, daughter says

HOUSTON, Texas — ‘My 600-lb Life’ star Lisa Fleming has died, according to her daughter. She was 50 years old. Fleming, whose first name was Arleasher, died Thursday in Houston, according to RadarOnline.com, which first reported her death. Her daughter posted on Facebook about Fleming’s death, saying she held her mother’s hand for hours after she passed. “I am truly at a loss for words right now. God knows I wanted you to hold on until I got here but […]

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Robin Leach, host of ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,’ dies at 76

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Robin Leach, the host of the 1980s celebrity show ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,’ has died at the age of 76. He died Thursday night, according to a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where Leach was also a writer. “Sad to report the death of famed celeb reporter, friend and colleague #RobinLeach @ 1:50 a.m. in #LasVegas. He would have been 77 Wednesday. He suffered a second stroke Monday. He in hospice care. He’d been […]

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Community says goodbye to 11-year-old girl with Harry Potter-themed funeral

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ryana Alexis Nix lost her fight with Leukemia last week, so family, friends, and complete strangers came together to say goodbye to the 11-year-old in a magical way. To pay tribute to Ryana’s love of Harry Potter, her mom Kayla Beatty and the staff at the Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home discussed a Harry Potter theme for her funeral. Her family told WXIN she read every book. Dozens of fans who do not even know the family came […]

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Aretha Franklin: ‘Queen of Soul’ dies at 76

DETROIT – R&B legend Aretha Franklin has died at her Detroit home, according to a family statement. The iconic R&B singer’s had been ailing with pancreatic cancer and had been in hospice care. Family and friends earlier in the week asked for privacy and prayers. Aretha Louise Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title ‘the Queen of Soul,’ died at 9:50 a.m., surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin’s […]

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Ex-WWE wrestler Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dead at 63

WWE wrestler Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart has died at the age of 63, according to a statement from the WWE. TMZ reports that Neidhart passed away early Monday morning after suffering a medical emergency at a home in Florida. Neidhart often teamed up with his brother-in-law, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, and was the father of current WWE superstar Natalya. Neidhart formerly played professional football with the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. He earned his ring nickname, The Anvil, after winning an anvil […]

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Man grieved at wrong headstone for 30 years after cemetery mix-up

MANCHESTER, England – A man in England who’d always visited the grave of the daughter he lost in her infancy multiple times per year was shocked to learn recently that he’d been visiting the wrong cemetery plot. Per BBC, George Salt lost his daughter, Victoria, just days after her birth in 1988. Twice a year ever since, he’s visited the same headstone to pay his respects to the girl he knew so briefly. But on a recent trip to Southern Cemetery […]

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‘Zombie Boy’ model Rick Genest found dead from apparent suicide

Lady Gaga is mourning her friend and muse Rick Genest – better known as “Zombie Boy.” The 32-year-old Canadian model, who went from the Quebec punk scene to catwalks around the world after his head-to-toe tattoos of bones, insects, and exposed brains made him famous, was found dead at his Montreal home Wednesday and police sources tell the CBChe died by suicide. Genest, who got his first tattoo at 16, died six days before his 33rd birthday. He appeared in Gaga’s […]

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Orca carries dead calf – now decomposing – for ‘unprecedented’ ninth straight day

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. – Researchers are calling it a “tour of grief.” They’re also calling it unprecedented. The female southern resident orca known as J35 was spotted Wednesday carrying her dead calf in an apparent sign of grieving, marking the ninth straight day she has done so. Researchers said rough seas Tuesday and Wednesday made it hard to confirm whether or not she was carrying her dead offspring. But around 2:45 p.m., J35 was spotted with the neonatal calf carcass. […]

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