They always say celebrities die in threes. Last week, we lost two beloved American icons: Dennis Hopper and Gary Coleman. But of all the Hollywood stars to lose as a third, God has perhaps chosen one of our most beloved.
38-year-old Paul Gray, the bassist for metal band Slipknot, was found dead at an Iowa hotel on Monday. The Urbandale Police department report that a hotel employee discovered the body early morning. No foul play has been found just yet but an autopsy is scheduled today.
Slipknot members hardly ever stepped out without their trademark masks, and Grey often went by the names “#2″ and “The Pig.” He was arrested once in 2003 on suspicion of cocaine and marijuana. The Grammy winning band has a hugely following, and he will be sorely missed by family, friends and fans.
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The news of the death of Brittany Murphy‘s husband, Simon Monjack, late last night came as a shock. RadarOnline has more details from the LAPD. They’re stating that “the preliminary cause of death for Mr. Monjack seems to be natural causes.” Sgt. Louie Lozano also revealed that, “no weapons were found at the scene”. The LAPD will not be involved in the investigation now “since there was no indication of foul play or criminal activity.” They’re leaving it up to the coroner now.
Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter answered questions outside the home that Monjack and Murphy shared on Rising Glen Road. He stated, “This evening, Mr. Monjack was found unresponsive, paramedics responded to the house, he was pronounced dead at [9:45 p.m. Sunday]. There were some prescription drugs found that belonged to Mr. Monjack, and we’ll have an ongoing investigation.”
He added, “Cause of death is pending, and there will be an autopsy after a day or so, and pending toxicology [reports,] we’ll be releasing the results after we get all those tests back.”
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In a tragic twist, the late actress Brittany Murphy‘s husband, Simon Monjack, was found dead last night. TMZ said that law enforcement sources reported that Murphy’s mother, Sharon, found him unconscious in the master bedroom around 9:30pm. She called 911, but he was pronounced dead soon after the paramedics arrived. An investigation is underway, with more details to follow.
Brittany Murphy died just five months ago from a cardiac arrest.
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Admittedly, we owe our introduction to Lena Horne to Sesame Street when she sang the alphabet with a blue Muppet. Sadly, the legendary 92-year-old singer and actress has passed away, leaving behind a legacy and resumé extending well beyond the children’s program.
Horne was born in Brooklyn and worked in jazz clubs, becoming a headliner at the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem. As an actress, she starred in dozens of features and became famous with her signature song “Stormy Weather”. However, she was often denied roles because of her color – she was not allowed to marry or even live in Hollywood because of her race – and left Hollywood for a short time. She found success in the theater (and winning a Tony for one-woman show Lena Horne: The Lady And Her Music). And of course, she eased Diana Ross on down the road playing her fairy godmother in The Wiz.
Horne is survived by her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley.
Jason Pfieffer, an assistant to the dermatologist who allegedly fathered Jackson’s children, claims he carried on a “passionate and sexual” relationship with the King Of Pop from 2008 until his death. “We were just sitting there and we both started to cry and I got up and went over to him and said ‘It’s going to be okay, Michael,’” Pfieffer told Extra in an interview airing tonight, describing his first meeting with Jackson in the office of Dr. Arnold Klein. “We hugged. And it was kind of then that the hug was a little bit more. It wasn’t until a few months later that it was obvious that Michael had feelings for me as well.” Pfieffer will play an alleged voicemail from Jackson in tonight’s interview.
Klein, who denied being the surrogate father of Prince and Paris Jackson, apparently believes Pfieffer’s claims, admitting he once walked in on a shirtless Jackson and Pfieffer. “When you see two people looking at each other you know what’s happening. I was just very happy for both of them.” Pfieffer, who told the Australian mag Women’s Day that Jackson was “overly religious, overly dramatic, exhausting and exhausted” in the last two weeks of his life (“He was saying goodbyes…everyone was creeped out about it”), says he thinks MJ would approve of him coming forward. “I know we loved each other, I know he told me that all the time. I believe that he was probably my soulmate.” Is Extra going too far or do you think there’s truth to this story?
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British coroner Paul Knapman has ruled that the death of Alexander McQueen was a suicide, and has said that the designer hanged himself after taking a cocktail of cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquilizers. He stated McQueen was under pressure from work saying he, “had a history of self-harm and, no doubt fueled by cocaine, he resorted to desperate measures to end his life.”
McQueen’s psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Pereira told the coroner’s court that the designer was diagnosed with mixed anxiety and depressive disorder and that McQueen had attempted suicide twice before. He stated, “He certainly felt very pressured by his work but it was a double-edged sword,” Dr Pereira said. “He felt it was the only area of his life where he felt he had achieved something. Usually after a show he felt a huge come-down. He felt isolated, it gave him a huge low.” He added that after his mother’s death, McQueen was “overwhelmed with grief” and “felt that was the one link that had gone from his life and there was very little to live for.”
This doesn’t sound good. Renaissance Malibu, an exclusive Malibu rehab facility has filed a claim against the late heiress Casey Johnson‘s estate. Johnson went to rehab there in August, 2009, and they’re claiming the $74, 750 bill hasn’t been paid. Legal documents state that she spent 30 days at the facility and then received additional days of therapy. Johnson tragically died late last year and Los Angeles Coroner’s Office officially announced diabetic ketoacidosis as the cause of death.
Her entire estate was apparently valued at around $75,000. This would leave a total of $250 if the claim is paid in full, and would almost completely wipe out all of her assets. Shouldn’t her widow Tila Tequila step in and help her deceased “wife” pay up?
Los Angeles coroners have determined that no drugs were involved in the cause of death of Marie Osmond‘s 18-year-old son Michael Bryan. The autopsy findings confirm that he passed away from “multiple blunt trauma’ after jumping from the eight floor of his L.A apartment. Bryan has struggled with substance abuse as well as depression, entering rehab in 2007. The official conclusion has been ruled as a suicide with no drugs or alcohol playing their part in the teens fall.
While the college student had left a suicide note, the coroner’s office wanted toxicology results before making the announcement. Bryan was one of five children that Osmond and her ex-husband adopted.
Malcolm McLaren was responsible for some of the notorious British music of the 20th century, most notably managing punk icons The Sex Pistols, so it’s no surprise his funeral would be a less than reverent affair. The impresario’s body was wheeled through central London to St. Mary Magdalene’s church in a horse-drawn glass carriage, with his coffin reading “TOO FAST TO LIVE, TOO YOUNG TO DIE” (the guy made it to 64, but whatevs). The processional also included a double decker bus reading “CASH FROM CHAOS” and the destination “NOWHERE.”
Among those attending the service were ex-partner Dame Vivian Westwood and pal Sir Bob Geldof (from “the Queen’s fascist regime” to royal subjects in just over thirty years, folks), along with Adam Ant, whose original band was stolen by McLaren to become Bow Wow Wow in the early ’80s. While none of the Pistols attended (the band sued McLaren for royalties in the ’80s), guitarist Steve Jones was kind enough to send a telegram: “Dear Malcolm, did you take the money with you? Is it in the coffin? Do you mind if I come back tomorrow and dig you up?” (Jones also wrote “I owe you a lot for showing me a different side to life.”) Pay your respects in the gallery below.
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