Randy Poffo, better known as legendary wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage, died while driving earlier this morning, having lost control of his Jeep Wrangler during a heart attack. Savage’s wife Lynn—who married him just over a year ago—was also in the car, but reportedly only received minor injuries. Savage wrestled professionally for over 30 years, making his debut as The Spider-Fiend in 1973 before joining the WWF as Savage in 1985. Randy left for the WCW in 1994, having won two championship s and the title of King Of The Ring in 1987. Savage continued to wrestle until retiring in late 2004.
On top of his wrestling career, Savage was known for his career as a Slim Jim pitchman and numerous voice and live-action acting roles, the most famous arguably being wrestler Bonesaw McGraw in 2002’s Spider-Man. In 2003 he released the rap album Be A Man. Hear the title track and check out classic clips of Macho Man after the jump.
Apparently Nate did not keep up with his mortgage payments and hadn’t paid up since December of last year. TMZ is reporting that he owed a total of $5,924 at the time of his death. So does that mean that his family has to pay the debt? It’s such a nasty detail to deal with when you’re in the process of grieving. You don’t have to watch your loved one’s home getting seized.
It’s not really an exaggeration to say hearing the news of Kurt Cobain‘s death is the Generation X version of “Where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot?” Personally, I was in my living room watching MTV like I did every day after school my sophomore year of high school and watched Kurt Loder deliver the news, presumably right as it was released to the public. As a fifteen-year-old who was obsessed with alternative music, corduroy, and used cardigans, I was Cobain’s demographic and the news stung.
Today marks the seventeenth (!) anniversary of Cobain’s death and in his honor, we dug up some clips from the week that he passed away. It’s some serious MTV nostalgia, and it still gives us chills to watch. In the clip above, watch as Loder delivers the shocking news of Cobain’s death. After the jump you can watch additional extended footage from MTV News (God, I miss the Week In Rock) with reaction from Henry Rollins, a clip of Courtney Love tearfully reading portions of Cobain’s suicide note to his fans, and the NBC Nightly News report from the night of his death.
Colin Farrell and Elizabeth Taylor struck up an unlikely friendship in the year before she died, and the two became so close that Farrell actually recited a poem at her funeral this weekend, and he was the only non-family member to participate in the service. When Farrell was asked how he became close to the Hollywood legend, he told Access Hollywood “How did we become friends? You know, the old story of boy meets girl, and boy pesters girl with too many phone calls at inappropriate hours of the night.”
“I was just lucky enough to become her friend in the last year and a half. I adore her… still.” Farrell added. The feeling was mutual, because Taylor swooned over Farrell in one of her last interviews (given to Kim Kardashian, of all people), published in Harper’s Bazaar. Taylor said Kardashian “I love Johnny Depp, and I love Colin Farrell—both brilliant, nuanced actors with great range.” Taylor also reportedly requested Farrell’s participation at her funeral, which was held at the Forest Lawn Cemetary near Los Angeles. Farrell said he felt “sad and honored” to participate in her memorial service.
Two-time Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor died in LA today at the age of 79, after being hospitalized for hospitalized for congestive heart failure in February. “She was surrounded by her children – Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton,” said a publicist. “My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” said Michael Wilding.
Though frail and frequently ill throughout her life (she famously almost died before winning her first Oscar for 1960’s Butterfield 8), Taylor wound up surviving five of her seven husbands (Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Michael Todd, Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton). Along with her four children, she is survived by ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and ex-husbands Larry Fortensky and Sen. John Warner.
See photos from her amazing, almost unbelievable life in the gallery below.
Yesterday we posted the extremely sad news of Nate Dogg‘s death. His passing was met with a fair amount of shock because the entertainer was only 41 years old, and no details had emerged about what caused him to die. While the official cause hasn’t yet been stated, Nate’s family is speaking out about what the possible cause could be. His manager and close friend Rod McGrew said he was, “95% recovered from the first stroke in 2007.” Nate had suffered two strokes — one in 2007 and one in 2008 — which left him partial paralyzed and with memory loss. What’s confusing about this is that McGrew revealed that Nate had “cognitively recovered,” and was functioning and alert in the days leading up to his death.
Either way, McGrew’s given a statement on the family’s (and his) behalf that reads, “We appreciate the enormous outpouring of response from all over the world. We greatly appreciate that and thank everyone for their prayers and support. We know that Nate will be hanging out with his good friend 2Pac and Biggie.” Meanwhile, the music community are pouring in tributes and condolences for their friend.
Very sad news to report. TMZ is reporting that Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, or Nate Dogg as he was better known, has passed away. The hip-hop star was only 41 years old, and our condolences go out to his family and friends. Nate had a lot of serious health concerns in the last couple of years which included strokes in 2007 and 2008.
Considering he collaborated with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Warren G, this is going to hit a lot of entertainers hard. Celebrities have already started reacting to the news. Dave Chappelle just tweeted, “Moment of silence for a hip-hop legend; RIP Nate Dogg. You will be missed, G Funk Era forever.”
Sad news to report. Season three Celebrity Rehab alum, and former Alice in Chains bassist, Mike Starr was found dead in Salt Lake City, Utah. The cause of death is yet unknown, but police were called to the home where he was found at 1:42 pm yesterday. Our condolences to his family, who are obviously reeling from the news. Starr’s father told TMZ, “It’s a terrible shock and tragedy”.
ActorLen Lesser, best known for his role as Uncle Leo in Seinfeld, has died at the age of 88. Lesser’s portrayal of Uncle Leo is near and dear to us because we’re a teeny bit obsessed with the show about nothing. Lesser/Uncle Leo gave us the catch phrase “Jerry! Hello!” in addition to being a petty shoplifter at Brentanos book store and stealing Jerry’s watch out of he garbage (that Uncle Leo, he didn’t know the freegan movement he was setting off at the time). In addition to Seinfeld, Lesser has more than 160 other roles to his credit. We’re genuinely sad about the loss.
Lesser passed away on Wednesday after suffering from cancer-related pneumonia. In honor of his life, please check out an Uncle Leo YouTube memorial after the jump. Hello! And… Goodbye.
After initially pulling back her comments about Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams is opening up about the actorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death more than ever, this time in the February issue of Marie Claire. “Obviously, for me and for [Matilda], there’s a hole in our life,” the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards-nominated actress explained. “Of course the natural inclination is to want to fill it and make it disappear, but what I’ve come to recently is that it’s impossible. Nothing will fit in that hole because what we want back we can’t get, which is this one person.” Even if it is extremely personal, we applaud Williams for opening up about Ledger. We don’t like the idea of a world without Heath either, and that’s based on his performance in 10 Things I Hate About You alone.
Not that Michelle is ready to indulge in any new romances at this point in her life. “My poor mom really wants me to meet someone. I think she wanted to believe the Ryan Gosling rumor more than anybody,” Michelle laughed, finally crushing that particularly sexy dream for us. If Michelle and Ryan’s smoking hot romance isn’t in the cards, maybe Grandma Williams can take solace in know that Kate Winslet fantasizes about Michelle. “From a distance, I feel as if I’ve actually been having a secret love affair with Michelle. She and I are quite intimate in my fantasy friendship, built on admiration and respect,” Winslet admitted. Even if it is strictly just professional, that is one pretend relationship we wholeheartedly endorse.