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Joan Rivers' Daughter Hires Law Firm To Investigate Comedienne's Death

October 29th, 2014 9:43am EDT
Joan Rivers' Daughter Hires Law Firm To Investigate Comedienne's
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa has hired a team of lawyers to look into the comedienne's death. Rivers, 81, died in September after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a medical clinic in New York City.

Oxygen was cut off to the star's brain during the procedure, a medical examiner determined. An autopsy proved inconclusive.

Melissa wants an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident in order to get a clearer picture of what happened. She intends to file a multimillion-dollar medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against...
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RIP Marcia Strassman

October 27th, 2014 8:32am EDT
Marcia Strassman Of 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Dies At 66
Actress Marcia Strassman, most known for her role on "Welcome Back, Kotter," died of breast cancer on Friday. She was 66. Strassman played Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie Kotter, on the hit 1970s series.

The star also apperead on the TV series "M*A*S*H," "Magun, P.I.," and "Highlander."

She played Rick Moranis' wife on "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" and its 1992 sequel "Honey, I Blew Up The Kids."

Strassman was also a board member for the Screen Actors Guild.

In response to her death, singer Cher tweeted: "Wanted U2 No, a funny, talented friend died. Not 4U 2 feel sorry 4me, but she died alone, &...
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Tina Fey Blasts Rob Schneider In Touching Jan Hooks Tribute

October 24th, 2014 10:35am EDT
 Tina Fey Blasts Rob Schneider In Touching Jan Hooks Tribute
Tina Fey gave a touching tribute to former "Saturday Night Live" star Jan Hooks while speaking at Elle’s Women In Hollywood Awards on Monday.

Fey revealed that she worked hard to have Hooks appear as Jenna’s mother on "30 Rock." Hooks passed away suddenly on Oct. 9.

She revealed in the speech, “We needed to cast Jane Krakowski’s estranged Florida dirtbag mother, and I thought, 'My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?' And the answer was like, ‘Yeah, you can get her.’ She was living in Woodstock. And the phone was not ringing.”

“It made me sad when she passed,” Fey revealed, “and it ...
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Actress Elizabeth Pena Died Of Alcohol Abuse

October 23rd, 2014 11:52am EDT
Elizabeth Pena
"Modern Family" star Elizabeth Pena died from alcohol abuse. The actress, 55, suffered from cirrhosis to the liver, according to TMZ.com. The newly released death certificate also suggests Pena suffered from acute gastrointestinal bleeding hours before her death.

The actress passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last week.

Pena played Sofia Vergara's mother Pilar in the ABC sitcom "Modern Family." She got her first big break in 1986's "Down & Out In Beverly Hills" as housekeeper Carmen, and followed that with roles in "La Bamba" (1987), "*batteries not included" (1987)...
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'Fraggle Rock' & 'Boondock Saints' Star Gerard Parkes Dies At 90

October 21st, 2014 11:02am EDT
'Fraggle Rock' & 'Boondock Saints' Star Gerard Parkes Dies At 90
Gerard Parkes, known for playing Doc in Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock," died Sunday in a retirement home in Toronto, Canada, just days after celebrating his 90th birthday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Parkes was born on Oct. 16, 1924, in Dublin, Ireland. He began acting in the 1940s, getting his start in theater. He moved to Canada in 1956 and was the first person to win Best Actor in what is now called the Canadian Screen Awards for the 1968 film "Isabel." He also lent his talent to radio programs and won the Andrew Allan Award in 1983 for Best Radio Actor.

But perhaps what Parkes is ...
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Fashion Legend Oscar De La Renta Dies At 82

October 20th, 2014 11:42pm EDT
Oscar de la Renta
Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who most recently designed the wedding dress of George Clooney's wife Amal, has died.

A family member confirmed to ABC News that the clothing mogul died at his Kent, Connecticut home on Monday.

De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but the cause of his death has yet to be released and there's no word whether or not it contributed to his passing.

The Dominican designer had an impressive career -- spanning over four decades -- and clothed some of the most famous people on the planet during that time, including First Ladies Jackie Kenne...
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Former 'American Idol' Contestant Joanne Borgella Dead At Age 32

October 19th, 2014 8:15am EDT
Former 'Idol' Contestant  Joanne Borgella Dead At Age 32
Former 'American Idol' contestant Joanne Borgella passed away early Saturday morning of Endometrial cancer.

The 32 year old singer and model competed on American Idol in 2008 and was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer in October of 2013. Borgella didn't hide her fight with the disease and regularly shared her battle and faith with fans on social media. Her family made a final statement via her Facebook page to announce her passing.

"To God be the glory! read the statement, "With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne. On Saturday, October 18...
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Misty Upham's Family Believes Death Was An Accident, Not Suicide

October 18th, 2014 2:36pm EDT
Misty Upham's Family Believes Death Was An Accident, Not Suicide
The family of actress Misty Upham believe the star's death was accidental and that she did not commit suicide.

In a Facebook post titled "Official Upham Family Press Release," her father Charles and explains: "We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop off. We searched near that area that evening she disappeared and missed seeing her purse by 25 fee...
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Joan Rivers' Death Caused By Lack Of Oxygen To The Brain

October 17th, 2014 10:18am EDT
Joan Rivers' Death Caused By Lack Of Oxygen To The Brain
Joan Rivers died of hypoxic arrest after surgery, according to a New York City medical examiner. The comedienne died in September after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a medical clinic. She was rushed to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital and died a week later.

Medical officials now say the "Fashion Police" host died when oxygen to her brain was cut off during the procedure, resulting in brain damage.

A spokesperson said in a statement: "OCME (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner) has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers' death is an...
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Body Of Missing Actress Misty Upham Found In Washington Woods [Updated]

October 16th, 2014 11:38pm EDT
Body Of Missing Actress Misty Upham Found In Washington Woods [U
UPDATE: Family spokesperson Tracy Rector, who was also a member of the search party that went out to find the missing actress, confirmed on Thursday evening that the body found is Misty. She was found by her uncle and her father has confirmed that it's her. According to The Hollywood Reporter, neither of the two men believe she took her own life.

"We waited at the site where the team found the body," Rector said. "It took about five-and-a-half hours to confirm [that it was Misty].

"Then we gathered around her body to say prayers and now we're all gathered at the church."

The body of a ...
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