Well, this is some truly depressing news for a Sunday. The New York Post is reporting that Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter and Goddaughter (and his alleged – by the National Enquirer, of course – one-time fiance) E’Dena Hines was found stabbed to death on a sidewalk in Manhattan just before 3am on Sunday morning. Police say they found E’Dena had been stabbed multiple times when they arrived, and that her ex was standing over her body, screaming incoherently.
E’Dena was taken to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. E’Dena was 33. The New York Post says her alleged killer was arrested and taken into custody for a psychiatric evaluation. They add that police say it’s still unclear as to why the alleged stabber snapped. Morgan Freeman has released the following statement regarding the death of his Goddaughter, which I’m sure we’ll all read in Morgan Freeman’s voice:
“The world will never know her artistry in talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.”
Uggie, the breakout star of The Artist who showed up every trick he was in a scene with, has floated up to the great, big Hollywood dog park in the sky where he’s sniffing the b-holes of the original Lassie, Ubu, Moose and Honey Tree Evil Eye (aka Spuds McKenzie). TMZ says that Uggie was sent to heaven on Friday in Los Angeles by his human/trainer Omar Von Mueller. Omar made the hard decision to put Uggie to sleep, because he’s been in a sick way for a while. Uggie had a mean ass prostate tumor that wouldn’t let him be great and the past few weeks were really hard for him. Uggie was 13 in human years and 68 in Jack Russell Terrier years (according to the Pedigree dog age calculator).
Uggie’s showbiz career started when he was rescued by Omar. Uggie was headed to the pound at the time. Omar trained Uggie and he started his career by performing in a dog talent show that toured all over the US and South America. Uggie went on to star in commercials and movies. Uggie’s IMDB page says that he made his movie debut in What’s Up, Scarlet? opposite the Queen of the Oscars Sally Kirkland. Uggie was in Water for Elephants before he gave the performance of a lifetime in The Artist. Uggie’s work in The Artist won him the Palm Dog Award for best canine performance at Cannes.
Uggie was in an episode of Key & Peele before he retired from the acting game in 2012.
Jean Dujardin paid tribute to his former co-star on Instagram. I’m not going to translate it, because it just sounds more poetic when read in Jean Dujardin’s French speaking voice.
Affectueuses pensées pour mon partenaire hors du commun. R.I.P Uggie…
Rest in peace, Uggie. You are now in heaven where all the angels look like Jean Dujardin and let you lick their faces anytime you want.
Today my fond childhood memories of watching Frank Gifford look like he’d rather be getting an unanesthetized root canal than sitting through another syrupy Christmas ballad during Kathie Lee: Home For Christmas just got a whole lot sadder. NBC News says that NFL legend and Kathie Lee Gifford’s husband of 29 years died this morning. Frank Gifford was 84. Frank’s family released the following statement about Frank’s death:
“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers.”
Frank Gifford leaves behind five children (three with his first wife and two with Kathie Lee), and five grandchildren.
I know very little about football, but I do know that Frank Gifford was a pretty big deal. Frank played 12 seasons with the New York Giants and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Once he was done playing football, he became a football commentator, first for CBS, then for Monday Night Football until 1997. Around the same time, Kathie Lee and Frank’s marriage had a hiccup when it was revealed he cheated on her with a flight attendant, but they decided to stick it out. In addition to the family’s statement, Kathie Lee released her own on Twitter earlier today:
Deeply grateful to all 4 ur outpouring of grace. We r steadfast in our faith & finding comfort in knowing where Frank is. Phillippians 4:13.
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) August 9, 2015
Well, there goes another piece of my 80s childhood. Roderick Toombs, known as Rowdy Roddy Piper to hos of the 80s and WWE fans, has gone off to the gates of heaven to chew bubblegum and kick ass (and yes, he’s all out of bubblegum).
TMZ says that Roddy Piper died in his sleep from cardiac arrest last night. He was found this morning at his home in Hollywood, CA. He was 61. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma back in 2006, but a family member tells TMZ that he was cancer-free at the time of his death.
Roddy Piper was a big reason why the WWF (now the WWE) was huge in the 80s and he was one of the most popular villains. Hulk Hogan was considered a good guy back then and was one of Roddy’s biggest rivals. I know, how times have changed. Roddy pressed pause on his wrestling career in the early 90s to act in movies full-time. He returned to the WWE several times and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2005.
Roddy is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 kids.
Rest in peace Roddy Piper. No one could work a kilt, a belt from Merry Go Round and a too-tight tee like you did.
Bobbi Kristina Brown barely flew up to heaven to be with Nippy a few days ago, and you’d think that maybe the Houston and Brown families would put all their stupid bullshit aside for once and come together. But well, if People is telling the truth, they’re back to their messy ways.
Bobbi Kristina’s funeral is set for Saturday in Atlanta, GA. After the funeral, she will go to New Jersey to be laid to rest next to Whitney Houston. That’s apparently pretty much all the Houston and Brown families can agree on. A source tells People that there’s still many arrangements to be made, but the families are having a hard time agreeing on anything. That strong wind that hit all of them in the face hard is Whitney trying to slap some sense into them.
“Both sides [of the family] are still not happy and on the same page,” says the source of the Browns and Houstons. “There is a lot going on behind the scenes. There is a lot to do in a very short time.”
Adds another source: “Things are constantly changing.”
I’m not sure why they’re not on the same page. It seems like it would be pretty simple. Second Cousin Dionne Warwick will open with a song, Cissy Houston and Bobby Brown will close with a song, Aunt Tina will handle the refreshments and Nick Gordon won’t be around since he may be in a jail cell. Actually, scratch Aunt Tina from refreshments, because she shouldn’t be around glassware.
The Houston family tells Entertainment Tonight that Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died today at the Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. She was only 22.
On January 31st, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her house. She was taken to the hospital where she was put on life support. She was later put into an induced coma. Bobbi Kristina stayed in ICU for nearly two months before she was moved to a rehabilitation center. Last month, her family moved her from that rehabilitation center into a hospice after they were told by a brain specialist that there is nothing that could be done and she was only getting worse. They took her off all meds.
The D.A. has reportedly been investigating Bobbi Kristina’s adopted brother/fake husband Nick Gordon, because they believe he may have had something to do with why she lost consciousness. Bobbi Kristina’s conservator has also thrown a lawsuit at Nick for allegedly stealing her money, abusing her and pretending to be her husband.
The Houstons say that Bobbi Kristina was surrounded by her family when she went off to heaven to sing a duet of “My Love Is Your Love” with Nippy and also shake her head in embarrassment when her mother tells the angels to kiss her ass. The Houston family released this statement.
“She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”
Rest in peace, Bobbi Kristina.
TMZ says that early this morning, cops were called to Demi Moore’s house in Beverly Hills after the body of a 21-year-old man was found in her pool. Demi wasn’t home at the time and is out of town.
Tallulah Willis (not Rumer and not the other one who is a nipple baring crusader on Instagram) has Instagrammed pictures of pool parties during the past couple of weeks and Demi’s neighbors say that the Willis daughters have been partying there hard almost every night, but they weren’t there last night. They were in NYC. TMZ is hearing that Demi’s assistant threw the pool party and invited the 21-year-old man. The police don’t think anything shady or murder-ey went down. They believe it was a sad, tragic accident. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that Demi’s assistant and their friends left the house last night, leaving the 21-year-old man behind. When they got back early this morning, they found his body at the bottom of the pool. It looks like he slipped, fell into the pool and drowned. He apparently couldn’t swim.
When I first saw this story this morning, I got shades of Michael Barrymore and also figured that this may have been a “dangers of boozing and night swimming” accident. But TMZ says that the pool party wasn’t exactly a sweet nectar fiesta and there was “limited alcohol” there.
The man’s name hasn’t been released yet. Demi also hasn’t released a statement yet and probably because she’s busy getting ready for her close-up. The investigation is ongoing.
Another piece of the Golden Age of Hollywood has broken off, grown wings and flown up to the great beyond. Oscar-nominated actor and old school hot piece Omar Sharif died of a heart attack today at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 83.
Omar’s agent told The Associated Press last May that he had Alzheimer’s Disease. Omar’s son, Tarek Sharif, was taking care of him.
Omar’s acting career started in Egypt, but it really took off after his first Hollywood movie, Lawrence of Arabia (Side note: I hate Samantha Jones for making me think of her coochie lips every time I type “Lawrence of Arabia“), became a huge hit. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to star in Doctor Zhivago, Genghis Khan, Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Che and a million more movies. His last role was in the French-Moroccan movie Rock the Casbah in 2013.
One thing I learned while reading Omar’s Wikipedia page today is that he was one of the world’s greatest bridge players at one time. He retired from the bridge game in 2006.
“I’ve stopped altogether. I decided I didn’t want to be a slave to any passion any more except for my work. I had too many passions, bridge, horses, gambling. I want to live a different kind of life, be with my family more because I didn’t give them enough time.”
Rest in peace, Omar Sharif.
And now I must Skype console my mom who is probably doing a serious slow wall slide of sadness right now.
Someone should really go check on Bobby Bottleservice and Peter Paparazzo; they must be absolutely devastated.
It’s a sad day for those who love rhinestone-embedded jeans and trucker hats. Christian Audigier, the man who inspired a generation of dude bros and club rats to look their gaudiest and most gorgeous with his Von Dutch and Ed Hardy clothing lines, has died. TMZ says that the undisputed emperor of early 2000s fashion was diagnosed with a cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome, the same bone disease Robin Roberts was diagnosed with, in January. He was 57.
In the early 2000s, it felt like you couldn’t open your eyes without seeing one of Christian Audigier’s creations sparkling back at you. Pretty much every famous and famous-adjacent person in Hollywood wore Von Dutch and Ed Hardy. Madonna, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Jon Gosselin wore his designs. Even Liza with a Z. Everyone! Selling t-shirts covered with skulls and roses was a lucrative game, because TMZ says that Christian net worth was almost $250 million at the time of his death.
Christian’s publicist (and Heather Mills’ former publicist/current arch rival) said this about his death to LATF: “I just heard the news and I am truly devastated. Christian was an incredibly brilliant man. He will be missed.”
Rest in peace, Christian.
And now for a lump of sad. The Houston and Brown families have stopped punching and scratching at each other in the media and through Facebook and have come together to decide to move Bobbi Kristina Brown into hospice care so she can pass away naturally. Bobbi Kristina has been in a coma ever since she was found unconscious in her home nearly 5 months ago. Since then, the Browns, the Houstons and her adopted brother/boyfriend have been talking to the media, and back in April Bobby Brown told the audience at one of his shows that his daughter was “awake” and the family was praying for a recovery.
But today Pat Houston issued a statement saying that Bobbi Kristina’s condition has gotten worse. A “source” close to the Brown family also tells TMZ that they met with a brain specialist in Chicago last week and were told there’s really nothing that can be done. After meeting with the doctor, they decided to stop Bobbi Kristina’s medication and let her go. Here’s the statement that Auntie Pat released today:
“Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, [her] condition has continued to deteriorate. As of today, she has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”