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.
Tall drink of water and eyebrow legend Martin Landau has died at the age of 89. The versatile and acclaimed actor passed away on Saturday of “unexpected complications” at ULCA Medical center after a brief stay, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Martin took a circuitous route to stardom having begun his career in New York City as a newspaper cartoonist in the 1950’s, a job he quit in order to pursue acting. In 1955, he auditioned for Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio and was accepted along with Steve McQueen (the only two to make it in that year). And if that’s not enough cool for you, he also became close friends with James Dean and briefly dated Marilyn Monroe. Martin was also a highly respected acting teacher, one of his most famous students being Jack Nicholson.
At least we’ll always have “cunt plug” in our vocabulary thanks to Gawker.com….
Gawker Media declared bankruptcy and went up on the auction block after Hulk Hogan and evil gay billionaire Peter Thiel teamed up to take them down. Hulk sued them for posting clips of a sex tape that was recorded without him knowing it. Hulk won the case and a $140 million judgement. Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy to protect their assets from Hulk’s oiled-up and tanning bed-roasted paws as they go through appeals. Univision bid $135 million for Gawker Media earlier this week and they won. The sale still has to be approved by a bankruptcy court judge and that hearing will happen today. If the judge gives a thumbs up, the sale will be a done deal by next month. The Wall Street Journal says that in the sale agreement is a clause that lets Univision put a “CLOSED” sign on Gawker.com permanently, and they’ve done just that. Univision is expected to keep Gawker Media’s other sites (Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Jalopnik and Kotaku) open.
Gawker.com writer J.K. Trotter said in a post today that they’re leaving the internet after 14 years. Give me a minute, I have to dry heave a bit after picturing Hulk Hogan rubbing his orange salchicha all over his computer screen with Gawker’s goodbye post on it.
Earlier this year, some foolery of errors stuff happened on Celebrity Big Brother UK when New York had a stage 10 meltdown over thinking that David Gest, who was a houseguest on the show, died. David Bowie’s first wife Angie Bowie told New York that “David had died” and New York thought she was talking about David Gest. Well sadly, David Gest has really died. Nobody tell New York.
The Independent says that David Gest was found dead inside of the Four Seasons hotel in London today. He was only 62 years old. The Metropolitan Police issued a statement saying that at 10:17am, they got a call about an “unexplained death” at the Four Seasons. When the London Ambulance service showed up, they pronounced the man dead at the scene. Police don’t believe any foul play went down. An autopsy has been scheduled.
David Gest’s friend Imad Handi confirmed that David was the man who died at the Four Seasons:
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today. David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon. I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to love his charm and blistering one-liners. If I may steal the words of one eminent critic, David was a natural star and a genuine celebrity. I will miss him desperately.”
Most of us know David Gest as Liza Minnelli’s fourth husband. They separated after less than a year of being married. Their divorce fight was a train wreck. David sued her for $10 million claiming that she regularly whooped his ass in a drunken rage. Liza countersued him for allegedly stealing money from her. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court. David and Liza officially got divorced in 2007 after 5 years of marriage. That wedding gave us this perfect Addams Family meets high levels of glamour picture:
David was also one of Michael Jackson’s best friends forever. They were friends since childhood and David even dated the greatest Jackson of all-time La Toya. During the past ten years or so, David has been working in the UK. He was a judge on Grease Is The Word and was on the reality shows I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and of course, Celebrity Big Brother. David left CBB early because of medical reasons.
David was supposed to start a tour later this year called David Gest Is Not Dead, But Alive With Soul.
After fighting an 18-month long battle with cancer, come-to-life Chris Farley impersonation and former Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford has died at the age of 46. The Toronto Star says that Ford’s family confirmed his death earlier today, but won’t be releasing any specifics. Rob Ford’s messy mayoral antics came to an abrupt stop at the end of 2014 when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called pleomorphic liposarcoma. He underwent surgery in 2015 to remove it, but two tumors were found a few months later.
I know Drake thinks that Toronto (no I will not call it The 6) is his thing, but back in 2014, Toronto belonged to Mayor Rob Ford. Rob Ford became famous for being himself, which was a loud crack-smoking booze-chugging Bieber-loving (then later, Bieber-fighting), proud pussy eating, old lady crashing-into ball of crazy. Rob Ford was parodied on SNL and invited to bring his bumbling mayor act to an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Did I mention he was still the Mayor of Canada’s largest city during all of this?
Eventually Rob Ford’s drunk messiness got out of hand and he was sent to rehab, which…didn’t exactly work. Being a two-term Mayor didn’t work out for him either. Rob Ford withdrew from the mayoral race after he was diagnosed with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, two children, as well as his brother and BFF Doug, who is also a Toronto politician.
Rob Ford is responsible for a lot of bad, but he’s also responsible for a very good. Rob Ford gave us former Hot Slut Joe Killoren. I’d say that bringing a sexy shirtless bear into our lives is reason enough to pour one out for him today.
The fickle and forgetful queens that run the ‘In Memoriam’ section of the Oscars have shot their side eyes and flicked their acting scarves over their shoulders once again. Every year there are glaring omissions on the list of those that have moved on to the great green room in the sky and this year, as many of you, including my brother (Hi, Dan.), and The New York Post noticed, the biggest snub was Abe Vigoda.