celebrity deaths

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Tom Cruise Has Not Fallen To His Death From A Cliff In New Zealand

Did you hear the rumor that Tom Cruise fell off a cliff in New Zealand today? No? Neither did we. Everyone’s talking about “internet reports,” but the closest thing to an “internet report” on Cruise’s death that we could find on Google was a post on a Malaysian blog named Youth Pastor. Maybe that’s where “traders on the Singapore oil and foreign exchange markets” allegedly got the tip. Anyhooooo, Tom’s publicist stepped in before the word could reach stateside and announced that the Last Samurai star did not fall from the Kiwis’ Kauri Cliffs. “This is erroneous and unreliable Internet garbage.” He’s not even in New Zealand, so wtf are you on about, Singapore oil and foreign exchange market? Satisfied, Youth Pastor? Stop peddling this garbage, internet!

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R.I.P. Paul Newman

Oscar-winning actor, humanitarian, and entrepreneur Paul Newman lost his battle with lung cancer today as he passed away at the age of 83. He is survived by his five children and wife of 50 years, Joanne Woodward. His daughters had this to say about their dear ol’ dad:

“Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity.” [Source: AP]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Dr. Dre’s 20-Year-Old Son Found Dead

Andre Young, Jr., son of rap legend Dr. Dre, was found dead in his Woodlawn, CA home on Saturday morning. Young, who came home at 5:30 AM, would not respond when his mother checked on him four and a half hours later. The cause of death is unknown, pending a toxicology report.

If Young’s death was caused by chemical misadventure, his passing could plausibly effect the release of Dre’s upcoming Detox album, as well as the line of spirits (including cognac) Dre has announced to promote the release. [LA Times]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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The Celebrity Death Rule Of Three: Who We’re Concerned About

Following the recent tragic loss of Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, there’s been a lot of tasteful talk about a Celebrity Death Trilogy. Much of the discussion revolves around Samuel L. Jackson, whose untimely passing would make the upcoming mortality-minded film Soul Men, starring Jackson, Mac and Hayes, mind-bogglingly eerie. But if there’s anyone we hope isn’t unduly superstitious, it would be retired CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.  Shaw’s departure would complete a Middle-Aged Black Male Celebrity triad  and put him alongside Mac and recently deceased comedy manager Bernie Brillstein in a trio of famous fallen Bernies. There’s also the unpleasant possibility that the grim reaper will get all Final Destination on Morgan Freeman for surviving his recent car accident. But that would be ridiculous.