The last time I wrote about precious Hungarian diamond Zsa Zsa Gabor, she had just realized that one of her legs was amputated…over 6 months beforehand. That sad story took the sparkle out of every rhinestone broach from here to Budapest. That was over 3 years ago. I was hoping that Zsa Zsa would eventually make her grand return to the spotlight by using her diamond-encrusted prosthetic leg to kick the likes of the Kartrashians off of the ho stroll, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon.
Zsa Zsa’s 99th birthday was a few days ago and I’m sure we all celebrated by toasting to her with a Waterford crystal champagne flute (read: a plastic backyard cup from CB2) full of vintage Dom Perignon (read: sparkling white grape soda and Belle Ambiance Pinot Grigio from Target) while wearing a Cartier tiara (read: a tiara made from aluminum foil balls). But now we need to take off our aluminum foil tiaras and form a prayer circle because she’s in the hospital.
Zsa Zsa’s husband Frederic von Anhalt (Remember him?) tells TMZ that she was taken to the hospital on Monday after she had trouble breathing at home. Before she went to the hospital, her doctor went to her house and tried to fix her breathing woes by removing mucus from her throat. That didn’t work. Zsa Zsa was later admitted into the hospital. The doctors discovered that she has a lung infection caused by her feeding tube. They’re going to take her to surgery where her breathing tube will be removed.
During the past 14 or so years, Zsa Zsa has been through it. She was left partially paralyzed after a car accident, she had a stroke, she had hip replacement surgery, she had her leg amputated and now this. Every time the Grim Reaper comes to visit, she slaps him down. Keep slapping that whore, Zsa Zsa!
Y’all, 2016 is proving to be The Year of Ls (that means “losses” for anyone here who doesn’t speak hip-hop)—even for the parents of celebrities. Today, Vanessa Hudgens is mourning the loss of her father, Greg Hudgens, after he passed away at the age of 65 from battling stage 4 cancer. Just in case you need a reminder as to how much Vanessa hates cancer, here’s a snippet of her speech she shared Wednesday at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show held at Avalon in Hollywood:
“Last year, my boyfriend, Austin, lost his mom, Lori, to cancer, and my dad has just been recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being.”
“If you would have asked me two years ago what I thought of cancer, I would have said, ‘Man, you know, it sucks. It’s a horrible disease,'” said Vanessa. “But that’s only because I had not been faced with it personally.”
The 27-year-old Mila Kunis doppelgänger shared the sad news on Twitter with her fans who have watched her document her father’s bout with cancer since August of last year.
I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers.
— Vanessa Hudgens (@VanessaHudgens) January 31, 2016
Gabriella Montez’s loss comes hours before she plays Rizzo in FOX’s Grease: Live which tonight. In light of her father’s passing Vanessa is going on with the show and will actually perform tonight as a tribute to her daddy.
Tonight, I do the show in his honor.
— Vanessa Hudgens (@VanessaHudgens) January 31, 2016
Greg is survived by his wife Gina Hudgens, Stella Hudgens, Vanessa’s 20-year-old sister and Vanessa.
Abe Vigoda’s daughter Carol Vigoda Fuchs (Side note: I love her name) sadly tells the Associated Press that her father died peacefully in his sleep at her home in Woodland Park, New Jersey this morning. He was 94 and was going to turn 95 next month. Carol said that Abe Vigoda died of old age and he was never ever sick. Some media sites had to throw up a disclaimer that the news isn’t a hoax, because as everyone knows, Abe died many times in hoaxes. He was the best sport about it and was in on the gag. He probably said, “I’m not dead yet, bitches,” every time he entered a room.
Abe’s acting career started in the 1960s in theater and his big break came when Francis Ford Coppola cast him as seasoned mobster Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather. Abe didn’t have an agent at the time so he got the role through an open call. He got even more famous from playing Detective Fish on Barney Miller for several seasons and that led to his own spin-off Fish, which didn’t last very long. Us children of the 80s probably best know Abe Vigoda from Look Who’s Talking? Abe continued to work up until 2010 when he did a Snickers Super Bowl commercial with fellow national treasure Betty White.
Abe is survived by his daughter, his grandchildren and his great-grandson.
Rest in peace, Abe Vigoda, you are now in heaven where the angels probably said, “Huh, you were supposed to be eternal,” as soon as you walked through the gates.
You should just go ahead and permanently sew that black lace mourning veil onto your head, because 2016 is taking everyone. 2016 is a damn demon. Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist/vocalist for the Eagles, is now sitting in Heaven’s admissions office with David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Celine Dion’s husband and brother and Dan Haggerty. Glenn died in NYC today of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. Glenn was only 67. This statement from Glenn’s family and the band went up on the Eagles’ website:
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”
Don Henley also released his own sweet statement. You can read the whole thing here. Here’s a piece of it:
“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan.”
Glenn co-wrote and sang many of the Eagles’ biggest hits including “Tequila Sunrise,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Take It Easy” and “New Kid In Town.” When the Eagles broke up in 1980, Glenn did his own thing. Glenn put out his own music and acted in Miami Vice and Jerry Maguire.
Rest in peace, Glenn Frey. Thank you for giving us the perfect song that I watched my mom and aunties break it down to at many family reunions in the 80s.
It’s official: 2016 and cancer are in cahoots to really make this the year in sad. People reports that Celine Dion’s husband of 21 years Rene Angelil is riding shotgun next to Alan Rickman on the ride to the afterworld. Rene died this morning at their Las Vegas home. He was 73. Rene’s rep released this statement:
“Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning as his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer. The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time.”
Rene had been fighting cancer for over 17 years. He was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and went through several surgeries to destroy it. Doctors removed a tumor from his throat in 2014. Celine canceled her show in Las Vegas and a tour through Asia in 2014 to be with Rene. She went back to blowing diamond dust into the ears of her fans in Las Vegas last year when Rene seemed to be getting better. Sources tell TMZ that Renee’s death was a surprise to everyone, because lately he’s been feeling healthier and even had business meetings planned today.
The hummingbird jewel of Canada and Rene first met in 1980 when he agreed to manage her career. She was 12 years old and he was 38. They started dating 7 years later and married in an opulent ceremony in Montreal in 1994. Celine Dion looking like she was being eaten by a chandelier will forever be one of my favorite bridal looks. Celine and Rene made 3 children together: 14-year-old Ruh-naaay Charles and 5-year-old twins, Nelson and Eddy. Rene has 3 children from a previous relationship.
When Celine and Rene got together together everyone side-eyed that situation, but it seemed to work for them and she was so devoted to him. When I saw her Las Vegas show (oh yes, I did), she dedicated a song to him and everyone around me go so teary. And now is not the time to quote “My Heart Will Go On.”
Rest in peace, Rene.
What in the fuck, 2016? We all still have our black lace veils over our faces while mourning the death of David Bowie and now we’ll have to leave those black lace veils on a lot longer, because Alan Rickman has died. Just like David Bowie, Alan Rickman died of cancer and he died at the age of 69. It’s times like these when you say what everyone else is saying, which is eat shit, cancer, and fuck you universe for taking two beloved Brits in one week.
The Guardian says that Alan Rickman is now charming the angels with David Bowie after he died in London. He was surrounded by his family and friends at the time of his death.
Alan Rickman’s acting career started out in theater in London and he didn’t get into the movie game until he was 41 when he played Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Alan got the role just two days after he arrived in Los Angeles to audition for TV and movie stuff. After that, a star was born. Alan starred in Truly, Madly, Deeply, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Michael Collins, Dogma, Love Actually and Sweeney Todd. When Alan played the villain, you rooted for that villain. He also shared screen time with Tom Selleck’s moustache in Quigley Down Under. I know that’s probably when he realized he really made it.
Alan Rickman is of course best known working that wig like no other as Snape in the Harry Potter movies, but for me, my favorite Alan Rickman performance is the one he gave in Galaxy Quest. Where’s his Oscar for that?!
Rest in peace, Alan Rickman.
Every building superintendent is going to wear their tool belt at half-mast today, because Schneider from One Day At A Time has gone up to the great big Indianapolis apartment building in the sky where all of the angels welcome his words of wisdom. Pat Harrington, Jr., who played Schneider during all 9 seasons on ODAAT, died last night in Los Angeles at the age of 86. Pat’s daughter Tresa Harrington broke the sad news on Facebook:
Dear Friends, it is with the most unimaginable pain and sadness, that I tell you my father, Pat Harrington, Jr. passed away at 11:09 PM this evening. We were all with him today and tonight: crying, laughing and loving him. This is the single most heart wrenching and physically painful thing, I’ve ever had to endure. I know many of you have lost parents and loved ones, and now I know what it’s like to feel the kind of sadness and void that will never be filled but only softened with the passing of time. My heart is broken to pieces and I will cry and cry until I just won’t. Love to you all! And as we head into this year, never be afraid to tell the people you love, that you love them.
We don’t know what Schneider died of yet. Today says that he suffered from Alzheimer’s and in November, Tresa said that a small hemorrhage developed on his brain after he fell.
Pat Harrington, Jr.’s dad was a vaudeville performer and after he finished up college and his military service, he got into the acting game. He guest starred in a few TV shows and voiced a few cartoon characters before he got the role of Schneider in 1975. Playing Schneider won him an Emmy. He should’ve won a dozen Emmys for that, because he worked that denim vest, white t-shirt and hot porn stache like no other. Many Brooklyn hipsters have tried (and seriously failed) to recreate his look.
Pat’s last acting job was in 2012 when he reunited with Valerie Bertinelli on Hot In Cleveland. Schneider also did commercials for Trak Auto in the 1980s. I don’t remember much but I’m glad I remembered that piece of 80s history.
Rest in peace, Schneider.
So, here’s a big way to start 2016 on an extra shitty, shitty note. TMZ says that legendary Natalie Cole has died at a hospital in Los Angeles and is now singing with her dad Nat King Cole for the angels in heaven. She was only 65.
Natalie recently had to cancel a bunch of shows, including a New Year’s Eve concert in L.A., because she had to be hospitalized. TMZ says that Natalie died of congestive heart failure. Natalie had Hepatitis C and she recently suffered from complications from a kidney transplant.
Natalie won several Grammys including a few for Unforgettable…With Love, which was the Adele’s 25 of its time. Everybody had that album and I’m glad YouTube wasn’t around in the 90s, because if it was, there’d probably be a video of my young gay self badly singing the Natalie part in “L-O-V-E.” Her last album Natalie Cole en Español came out in 2013.
In 2000, Natalie released her memoirs Angel On My Shoulder where she talked a lot about her troubles with the bad shit during much of her life. It was later turned into a TV movie for NBC.
Natalie’s rep released this statement:
“It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all the news of our Mother and sister’s passing. Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived..with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever.”
Natalie is survived by her son Robert Adam Yancy.
Rest in peace, Natalie Cole.
And since I’m a child of the 1980s, this is my favorite Natalie Cole song ever.
Well, damn. Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota tonight. He was only 48.
TMZ says that Scott Weiland’s band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, was supposed to play a show at the Medina Ballroom in Medina, MN tonight. But at around 9pm, his manager found him dead on his tour bus. His cause of death isn’t known yet. (UPDATE: Scott Weiland died in his sleep after going into cardiac arrest, so says TMZ.)
Scott Weiland had a long history with the bad shit. He spent time in jail because of it and went to rehab.
In the late 1980s, Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo started a band called Mighty Joe Young. That band later became Stone Temple Pilots. This will come as a huge DUH to you, but Stone Temple Pilots became big and their songs “Big Empty,” “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song” all became hits.
When STP temporarily broke up in 2003, Scott created Velvet Revolver with Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner. STP got back together in 2008. Scott Weiland also released a few solo albums.
Scott Weiland is survived by his wife Jamie Wachtel and his kids, Lucy and Noah, from his second marriage.
Rest in peace, Scott Weiland. A piece of the 90s died today too.
Pic: Alternative Nation
It’s a sad and shitty day for All My Children fans and all of us 80s kids who watched it while home sick from school. The Wilton Bulletin reports that David Canary, who played good and evil twins Stuart and Adam Chandler on AMC, died from natural causes on November 16th in Wilton, Connecticut. He was 77.
David Canary grew up in Massillon, Ohio, where he played high school football and got a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. After getting his degree in music, he turned down an offer to play for the Denver Bronco because he wanted to go to New York City to act. David did theater in NYC and around the country before he was drafted into the army. When he get out of the army, he got a recurring role in Peyton Place and later played Candy on Bonanza.
Before he got the role that made him a daytime legend, he was in the soap operas Search For Tomorrow, The Doctors and Another World. On New Year’s Eve in 1983, he made his debut as the ruthless ass Adam Chandler. A year after that, he started playing Adam’s sweet and naive brother Stuart. He played Adam and Stuart Chandler on AMC (and sometimes on my soap One Life to Live) until 2010 when he retired from acting full-time. After retiring, he continued to act a little bit and he went back to All My Children for the show’s finale in 2011. He was nominated 16 times for a Daytime Emmy and won 5 times.
David was married to Maureen Canary for 33 years and they had a son Christopher and a daughter Kathryn.
As soon as I heard the news about Adam Chandler’s death earlier today, I kept refreshing Susan Lucci’s Twitter over and over again for her words about this sadness. Erica Kane was married to Adam Chandler in the early 80s. They broke up, but in the 90s, Adam blackmailed Erica into renewing their vows after telling her that their marriage never legally ended. You know, it happens. La Lucci finally said these words about David Canary:
I just learned the news that the wonderful David Canary has passed away–I saw it posted on Kelly Ripa”s site. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his wife Mo and his children, Christopher and Katie. Rest in peace, David–you warm and generous, talented and fabulous man, actor and friend! I am so grateful to have known you–and to have had the privilege of sharing the AMC stage with you! I will never forget you.
Rest in peace, Adam and Stuart Chandler.