The 90s really are back and not in a good way. TMZ says that Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is getting ready to surrender himself to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department after he pulled a first degree Halle Berry by hitting a man with his car and fleeing the scene. The man later died. The hit-and-run happened on a film set in Compton where Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and The Game were shooting something. Suge was told to leave by security and that’s when shit got really serious. A witness says that 2 dudes started a fight. Poor old Suge wasn’t up for a fight since his body is weak from getting shot six times last summer and almost dying from a blood clot in November. So Suge got back into his car and when he put the car in reverse, he hit three men.
One of the men was Terry Carter, a friend of Suge’s who drove with him to the set. Terry was walking to the passenger side of the car when Suge hit him. Now, any normal person who isn’t an evil piece of trash and has at least a sliver of a heart would’ve called for an ambulance and stayed with their friend. But not Suge. He took off Lizzie Grubman-style.
Paramedics tried to bring Terry back with CPR but were unable to. He died at the scene. The other men were taken to the hospital and they’re going to be okay. TMZ says that cops haven’t decided if they’re going to arrest Suge for hit-and-run or manslaughter.
This is kind of shocking actually. This might be the first time that Suge Knight killed someone accidentally.
UPDATE: The L.A. Times says that The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detective’s unit is treating the case as a homicide. During a press conference, a rep for the Sheriff’s Department said that Suge and two men, one of which was a member of the crew, got into a fight at around 3pm on the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. 20 minutes after the fight, the two dudes went to a nearby burger place and Suge followed them in his truck and ran them both over. Witnesses say Suge hit them, then backed up over them before busting out of there. This is totally different than TMZ’s report which made it sound like an accident. So I take back what I said. I should’ve known better. Like Suge Knight would kill someone on accident.
UPDATE 2: TMZ says that Suge turned himself early this morning and was arrested for murder. His bail was set at $2 million.
Greg Plitt, the fitness model, actor and star of Bravo’s Workout who died after being a hit by a Metrolink train in Burbank, CA on Saturday, may have been trying to race that train Superman. That’s what both TMZ and KTLA claim.
37-year-old Greg Plitt and three other men were shooting an energy drink commercial on the train tracks in Burbank on Saturday afternoon when he was fatally hit. It was reported that Greg accidentally stumbled onto the tracks when the train was coming. But police sources tell TMZ and KTLA that video of the accident shows a different story. The video allegedly shows Greg standing directly on the tracks as the train came toward him. When the train got close to him, he got into a sprinter’s stance and took off running in front of it. Witnesses say that when the train engineer saw Greg and the crew, he hit the brakes and the horn. The train eventually caught up to Greg and clipped him which threw him off of the tracks.
Greg’s girlfriend Christina Stejskal, who wasn’t there at the time, told The Los Angeles Times that he was trying to give them the best shots and act like a superhero:
“[He was] just trying to get the best shot. He wanted to push things to the limit. He’s just like Superman.”
Metrolink officials say that Greg and the crew did not have permission to be there. They never filed any permits. TMZ also says that investigators found several empty energy drink bottles around the tracks so they’re speculating that he may have been on a caffeine high. NBC 4 says that the commercial was for an energy drink called Shadow Beverages.
I have so many questions about this, but my main question is, what is the secret ingredient in Shadow Beverages? PCP!?
The angels up in heaven got a dose of random today when prolific character actor and comedian Taylor Negron walked through the gates while holding Swedish glamour icon and sex symbol Anita Ekberg.
Last night, Chuck Negron, lead singer of Three Dog Night, said in a sad YouTube video that his cousin, Taylor Negron, had died at the young age of 57 while surrounded by his family. Taylor died after a long bout with cancer. So let’s all lube up our vocal cords with a little WD-40, so we can scream out, “FUCK CANCER,” until out tonsils shrivel up.
Deadline says that Taylor started doing stand-up at The Comedy Store when he was still in high school. He later trained with Lee Strasberg and was lucky enough to intern with Lucille Ball when she was 68 and he was just 19. Taylor’s career lasted for four decades and he’s got over 100 acting credits to his name. Taylor has been in pretty much everything and it feels like every other movie I watched in the 80s and 90s, he was in. When people see his face, they probably either scream, “It’s the Pizza Guy from Fast Times” or “It’s the hot blond villain with Vidal Sassoon hair from The Last Boy Scout!”
Taylor was also in Better Off Dead.., Easy Money, River’s Edge, Bio-Dome, One Crazy Summer, Angels in the Outfield, , The Aristocrats, the entertaining train wreck Nothing But Trouble and on and on. On TV, he taught us all how to really say “tomato sawce” as Elaine’s hairdresser and guest-starred in every single television show in history including E.R, Reno 911 and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
And I’d like to believe that as soon as Taylor got to heaven, he looked around and said:
The world is less glamorous today, because Donna Douglas, who played glamorous pinup tomboy Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, died yesterday morning at her home in Louisiana. She was 81.
Donna Douglas was born in Pride, LA and lived in Zachary, LA. Her granddaughter confirmed to TMZ that she died while surrounded by her family. Her granddaughter didn’t say what she died of, but Max Baer Jr., who played Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies, told Good Hollywood that she’s been battling pancreatic cancer for the last 4 months.
Donna played Elly May for the entire run of The Beverly Hillbillies from 1962 to 1971. She put her luxurious peroxide mop back into pigtails in 1981 for the made-for-TV reunion movie. Before The Beverly Hillbillies, she was on a bunch of TV shows including the legendary Twilight Zone episode “Eye of the Beholder.” After The Beverly Hillbillies, she got her California real estate license and sold houses for a bit. She also wrote a children’s book and spoke at churches across the country.
Donna also never stopped bringing the blonde glamour and her A++ eyebrow situation never wavered. Here’s Donna at the TV Land Awards in 2004:
Rest in peace, Donna. You are now in heaven, giving love to the raccoon angels.
If that saying we always say when a famous person dies, “They die in threes,” is true, then Heaven’s newest 3 is Christine Cavanaugh, Luise Rainer and Edward Hermann. Everyone who watched and was all about The Gilmore Girls is going to pour out an extra one into their mouth holes tonight in honor Rory’s pepaw who died this morning at a hospital in New York. He was 71.
TMZ says that Edward has been battling brain cancer and was in ICU for over three weeks. His condition never got better, so his family made the decision to take him off the respirator this morning. He is survived by his wife of 22 years Star Hayner and his 3 kids.
Besides The Gilmore Girls, Edward Hermann was pretty much in EVERYTHING. He was in the original Great Gatsby movie, Harry’s War, Annie, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Richie Rich. He was the head vampire in The Lost Boys and he got 2 Emmy nominations for playing Franklin Roosevelt in 2 TV movies. He won an Emmy for a guest role in The Practice and won a Tony for Best Performance By A Featured Actor in a Play in 1976 for Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Lauren Graham said a few nice words about her TV dad on Twitter and Kelly Bishop, who played his wife Emily in The Gilmore Girls, released this statement:
We, the Gilmore Girls family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned. We only learned about his illness a week or so ago. I got a call from [Edward’s wife] Star Monday night asking if I wanted to come to the hospital to say good-bye. I went yesterday and was able to give Ed love from Lauren [Graham], Alexis [Bledel] and Amy [Sherman-Palladino]… I have so many fond memories of our time together on Gilmore Girls and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.
If you’re an 80s ho like me, then you probably best know Edward Hermann as Goldie Hawn’s bimbo-loving, party hard husband in Overboard. Pour one out for Grant.
Rest in peace, Edward Hermann. You are now with the angels on a yacht and I’m sure one of them is named Tofutti Klein:
If you grew up in the 90s, today is the day you crack open that can of Surge or bottle of Orbitz that you’ve been saving since 1997 and pour one out, because a huge piece of your childhood has died. According to an obituary published by the Los Angeles Times today, voice actress Christine Cavanaugh passed away on December 22 at the age of 51 after fighting with cancer for a while.
If you have a working set of ears, you’d definitely be able to identify Christine Cavanaugh’s voice, especially since she was pretty much the voice of everything in the 90s. Christine was most well known for being the voice of Chuckie Finster from Rugrats, but she was also the voice of Babe from the movie Babe, Marty Sherman from The Critic, Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory, and sometimes she filled in as the voice of Bobby from King of the Hill when Pamela Adlon was busy. She was also an actress too; remember that episode of The X-Files where Mulder and Scully investigate the babies that were born with tails and they talk to that Star Wars-obsessed mom who thought the father of her tail-baby was Luke Skywalker? Christine Cavanaugh was that mom! “Please don’t taint my memory with your nerdiness” says Christine Cavanaugh from a recording booth in Heaven.
And I know Christmas has been over for a while now, but it seems fitting to pay tribute to Christine Cavanaugh by watching this clip of Babe singing Jingle Bells. Singing like a pig AND sounding better than most humans? That’s true talent.
Joe Cocker, the raspy voice of a several generations is now in heaven where the eagles fly and he’ll never have to hear the joke, “Cocker? I hardly know her!“ BBC News says that Joe died at his ranch in Crawford, Colorado. Joe reportedly died from lung cancer. He was 70.
During his 50+ year career, the British legend won a Grammy for “Up Where We Belong,” the duet he did with Jennifer Warnes for An Officer and a Gentlemen. The song also won an Oscar. Joe’s first hit was in 1968 when he covered the Beatles’ “With A Little Help My From Friends.” Us children of the 80s know that song as the Wonder Years theme song. He had several other hits including “You Are So Beautiful To Me” and the iconic stripper anthem “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” (Side note: I was once on a date at a bar when “You Can Leave Your Hat On” started playing and the dude I was with said to me, “Is this about safe sex?” It does sound like it’s about safe sex. That song was truly ahead of its time!)
In 2007, Joe Cocker was awarded the OBE from Buckingham Palace. His last album “Fire It Up” was released in 2012. Joe Cocker’s agent Barrie Marshall released this statement:
“He was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain- and remained the same man throughout his life. Hugely talented, a true star, but a kind and humble man who loved to perform. Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him.”
Joe is survived by his wife of 27 years, his brother, his step-daughter and his two grandchildren.
Rest in peace, Joe Cocker.
Fun fact: The word “fabulous” came from Queen Fabiola of Belgium. It is one hundred percent true. (No, it’s not, but I like to think it is.)
The world has lost yet another royal rose. Dlisted favorite, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, spread the silver angel wings on her head and flew off to heaven today. She died in a castle. She was 86.
Queen Fabiola was born in Spain and she became the queen consort of Beligum when she married King Baudouin in 1960. She reigned as queen until his death in 1993. They didn’t have any kids, so the crown went to her brother-in-law Albert who passed the throne to his son Prince Phillippe in 2013. Reuters says that in 2009 Queen Fabiola got hit with a shitty lung infection and she never fully recovered. She had to get around in a royal carriage (aka a wheelchair). She was also recently involved in a tax SCANDAL. The Prime Minister of Belgium got pissed at her when he found out that she planned to pass on an estate to relatives living in Spain using a trust to avoid paying tax. That SCANDAL led to the Belgium government cutting state allowances to the royal family. The royal family also had to start paying taxes.
The royal palace of King Phillippe released this statement today:
“Their majesties the king and queen and members of the royal family announce with very great sadness the death of Her Majesty Queen Fabiola this evening at Stuyvenberg Castle in Brussels.”
Rest in peace, Queen Fabiola. You are now in heaven where you never have to pay taxes (that’s not confirmed) and where colored eyeshadow sprinkles from the sky.
All of Latin America is under a sea of tears today, because the iconic Chespirito has died and has reunited with Don Ramón in heaven.
Chespirito (born name: Roberto Gómez Bolaños) died of heart failure yesterday at his home in Cancun. He was 85. Chespirito was an actor, writer, producer, composer, director, philanthropist and true Mexican comedy legend who was a huge part of many childhoods. People mostly know Chespirito from the insanely popular Mexican shows El Chavo and El Chapulín Colorado, which both debuted in the 70s. Even people who didn’t watch Mexican television instantly recognize his most iconic character, the mallet-wielding superhero from El Chapulín Colorado. Matt Groening’s Bumblee Man from The Simpsons was based on that character.
The L.A. Times says that shortly after the sad news of Chespirito’s death broke a million hearts and made millions put on a black lace veil and do the slow wall slide of sadness while screaming, “aye, nooooo,” the President of Mexico released a statement about his passing.
The outpouring included condolences from well-known Latin American rock bands, actors and musicians — as well as Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who tweeted: “Mexico has lost an icon whose work has transcended generations and borders.”
Chespirito is survived by his 6 children, 12 grandchildren and wife of 10 years Doña Florinda from El Chavo del 8.
And the 8-year-old me who watched El Chavo from the foot of my abuelita’s bed and laughed whenever she laughed (because I didn’t know what they were saying and didn’t want to be left out) also died yesterday.
Que descanse en paz, Chespirito
Today just keeps getting worse. First the Duchess of Alba gets called up to Heaven to join the rest of the angels, and now the man who gave us Working Girl AND The Birdcage is gone. Today is a three butter tart kind of day.
ABC News has confirmed that legendary director and EGOT winner Mike Nichols passed away suddenly on Wednesday night from cardiac arrest at the age of 83. Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky) arrived in New York City after fleeing from Nazi Germany when he was 7 years old, and started to get really into theatre, which eventually led him to meeting his future comedy partner Elaine May. Nichols and May release three comedy albums, one of which won them a Grammy Award. Then he went on to direct a bunch of plays, including Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple, which both won him Tony Awards.
After killing it at comedy and killing it at theatre, Mike Nichols was like “Well, time to go kill it in Hollywood“, and started making all the best movies to watch when you’re hungover on a Saturday afternoon: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, The Birdcage, Working Girl, Silkwood, Postcards from the Edge. Then I guess Mike Nichols got tired of looking at all his Oscars and Tonys and decided he wanted an Emmy, so he went to HBO and made Wit and Angels in America. And now I’m sure he’s up in Heaven setting up a camera crew and clearing space on his cloud mantle for the first of his many Angies (the award they give out in Heaven).
Mike Nichols leaves behind three children, four grandchildren, and his wife of 26 years Diane Sawyer.
Rest in peace, Mike Nichols. You gave me Agador Spartacus, and for that I will be forever thankful.