UPDATE: CBS News reported that Tom Petty had died and his death had been confirmed to them by the LAPD. But CBS News has snatched that confirmation back. The LAPD is now telling everyone that they have no information about Tom’s condition. TMZ says that a chaplain was brought in to Tom’s hospital room this morning. Their sources say that he’s still clinging to life, but it’s not looking good and “is not expected to live throughout the day.” What a mess. I hope Tom finds out about the messiness of this reporting and gains enough strength to slap us all down. I’ll keep updating as more info comes in.
UPDATE II: After the back and forth sloppy reporting about Tom’s condition, his rep issued a statement saying that he died tonight. So today was the kind of extra horrible day where Tom Petty died twice.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
My original post is after the cut.
TMZ reports that Linkin Park singer and melodic screamer Chester Bennington was found dead of an apparent suicide just before 9:00 this morning. Law enforcement sources say he hanged himself at a private residence in Los Angeles county. He was 41.
You and I are the same if you screamed out loud, “NOT LAFAYETTE!“, over this awful, soul-breaking news. Nelsan Ellis, who played Lafayette (aka the best character on True Blood) to perfection, died at the way-too-damn-young age of 39. Now who’s going to serve AIDS burgers to the piece of trash homophobes?
Nelsan’s manager, Emily Gerson Saines, confirmed the sad news to The Hollywood Reporter and said that he died after complications of heart failure.
“Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure. He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”
Nelsan was a true ac-tor, because he was a drama graduate from Juilliard. Rutina Wesley, who played Tara Thornton on True Blood, also graduated from Juilliard. Three years after he graduated, he got the role of Lafayette Reynolds, the honey-dipped short order cook/drug dealer who was never the one. The character of Lafayette gets killed off in the books, but Nelsan played the character so well that he stuck around. Nelsan played Lafayette from the beginning of True Blood to the very end, and even when that show got so damn terrible, Lafayette still made it good.
He also played Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Butler and was in Get On Up, The Help, Little Boxes and The Stanford Prison Experiment. His last role was as Shinwell on Elementary.
Nelsan leaves behind a son.
Rest in peace, Nelsan. Thank you for this:
Pic: HBO GIF: JJB
The small piece of you who is still a 7th grader, slow dancing to I’ll Be Your Everything in the school cafeteria during a spring dance probably died this past weekend after finding out that Tommy Page is no longer with us. 90s pop crooner turned music executive Tommy Page died on Friday at the age of 46. Tommy’s cause of death isn’t known right now, but several of Tommy’s friends believe he committed suicide. Tommy Page’s family gave this statement to Variety:
“It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved Tommy Page who passed away this weekend. Tommy was a devoted father, husband, brother and son. He was loved by all of those he touched and will be sorely missed. Please respect our privacy at this time of deep sorrow.”
Tommy Page had a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit with I’ll Be Your Everything, which he wrote with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block. Donnie Wahlberg was a producer on it.
Tommy Page went on to make 9 albums and tour the world. He also went to NYU’s Stern School of Business because he wanted to become a music executive. That dream came true. He was an A&R executive at Warner Bros. where he worked with and mentored Alanis Morrissette, Josh Groban, Green Day and others. He was also an exec at Pandora.
Many of us may also remember Tommy from that Full House episode where he serenades Stephanie as DJ holds back Kimmy Gibbler who wants to get on his hot ass.
Tommy is survived by his partner, Charlie, and their three children.
Rest in peace, Tommy.
Pic: The Big Bopper
We’re all about to turn the world off with a billion frowns. Because Mary Tyler Moore, who was TV at one time, died today at a hospital in Connecticut. She was 80 years old. Mary Tyler Moore’s rep confirmed the sad news to the Huffington Post.
“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”
Chuckles better be waiting for Mary Tyler Moore at the gates of the afterworld.
TMZ reported earlier that Mary Tyler Moore was in the hospital for a week and according to them, she was on a respirator. MTM has been in a bad, serious way for a while. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 33, and in 2014, her friend and fellow icon Betty White said that she was nearly blind from the disease.
MTM started out as a dancer and model, and did a few jobs before Carl Reiner cast her in The Dick Van Dyke Show. A future icon was born! MTM went on to star in her own show and farted on all the critics who said that a show about a working, single woman would never be a success. The Mary Tyler Moore Show ran for 7 seasons, won 29 Emmys and birthed out three spin-off shows (Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou Grant). MTM won a total of seven Emmys (four for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, two for The Dick Van Dyke Show and one for the TV movie Stolen Babies).
MTM was also in the movies Thoroughly Modern Millie and Ordinary People, which got her an Oscar nomination. And on Broadway, she starred in Whose Life Is It Anyway? and Holly Golightly, the musical version of Breakfast At Tiffany’s (it closed after only four previews). She also produced plays on Broadway through her production company MTM Enterprises.
She wrote two memoirs and also fought to protect to protect animals and advocated for finding a cure for diabetes.
She’s survived by her husband of a million years (33 years is a million years in Hollywood marriage time) Dr. S. Robert Levine. Mary Tyler Moore’s only child, Richard Meeker, died in 1980.
Rest in peace, Mary Tyler Moore. Thank you for THIS (aka one of my favorite MTM moments):
Billie Lourd has lost a mother and a grandmother during the holidays. And Debbie Reynolds’ son has lost a sister and a mother. Just when you think this year couldn’t get any worse….
Debbie was at her son Todd Fisher’s house in Beverly Hills, making plans for Carrie’s funeral when she had a stroke. An ambulance took her to the hospital where she later died. Debbie suffered from strokes and her health wasn’t doing that well, and losing her daughter yesterday really broke her heart and was too much for her to take. Todd tells TMZ that just 15 minutes before his mother had a stroke, she said to him, “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.”
Debbie was one of the last legends from the golden age of Hollywood. Her first big break was in 1950’s Three Little Words, which led to her really, really big break Singin’ In The Rain. Debbie did a thousand more movies including The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Tammy and the Bachelor, The Singing Nun, Divorce American Style, Mother, Halloweentown, In & Out, These Old Broads and Behind The Candelabra. She was also the voice of Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Molly Brown. The Oscars should just go ahead and add 5 hours to its ceremony, because that’s how long the In Memoriam should be.
Debbie also got a Tony nomination in 1973 for the Broadway revival of Irene. And on TV, she had her own show, The Debbie Reynolds Show, and also played Grace Adler’s mother on Will & Grace and guest starred on the greatest show ever created The Golden Girls.
Debbie is also known for being the original Jennifer Aniston (more like, Jennifer Aniston is Debbie Reynolds 2.0), because her husband Eddie Fisher left her for Elizabeth Taylor. Years later, Debbie said this about that escandalo:
“I felt you can’t make a man leave, you can’t make him do something he doesn’t want to do. He obviously chose to leave, didn’t he? She didn’t lasso him. She was just beautiful Elizabeth Taylor. And he wanted her, and he wanted to be her lover, so he left and he was. He was the selfish one. She just gave him what he wanted.”
Debbie went on to marry two more times.
She is survived by her son Todd Fisher, her granddaughter Billie Lourd and of course, Gary Fisher.
Anybody who read the book Postcards from the Edge or saw the movie probably thought to themselves that as soon as Debbie walked through the gates of heaven, Carrie saw her and said, “MOM! You just couldn’t wait to steal my thunder, could you?!”
Rest in peace, Debbie Reynolds.