My eyebrows just frowned and I don’t think they’ll ever be the same again. The New York Times reports that Leonard Nimoy has been beamed up to heaven. Leonard’s wife, Susan Bey Nimoy, says that he died at his home in Bel Air this morning from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The original Spock tweeted last year that he had COPD and got it from years and years of smoking. He quit smoking almost 30 years ago, but it wasn’t soon enough. He was 83.
Leonard was hospitalized for a little bit at UCLA Medical Center last week after complaining about chest pains. He was released and sent home.
Before Leonard became a pop culture icon as Spock on Star Trek, he acted in dozens of B-movies and guest starred in at least a million TV shows (I’m underestimating, probably) including Dragnet, Get Smart, The Twilight Zone and Perry Mason. Wikipedia says that after 10 years in the acting game, Leonard got the role of Spock in Star Trek. Leonard had to decide between taking Spock or a role in Peyton Place. He obviously chose right, because it made him a star and he was nominated for three Emmy awards. After the Star Trek TV show ended after 3 years (It was only on for 3 years?!), he replaced Martin Landau in Mission: Impossible and stayed with the show for 2 seasons.
When he wasn’t playing Spock in most of the Star Trek movies, he continued to act in TV shows, movies and theater productions. In 2010, Leonard said that he was hanging up his Spock ears for good and said it was time for Zachary Quinto to take over the character, but he continued to play Spock and played Spock Prime in 2013′s Star Trek Into Darkness.
Leonard is survived by his wife Susan Bey Nimoy, their two children, a stepson, a brother, six grandchildren, one great grandchild and of course, his best frenemy forever William Shatner.
Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. You lived long and you prospered. You are now in heaven where you’ll never have to perform The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins again (even though the angels are going to demand it because it’s gold).
The Charlotte-Observer reports that Mirjana Puhar, who was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model last season, was murdered at a home in Charlotte, North Carolina last night. Mirjana was only 19 years old.
TMZ says that one of Mirjana’s friends was called by someone who heard gunshots coming from her boyfriend’s house. Why that someone didn’t call the police instead is beyond me. When the friend showed up to the house, he found the bodies of Mirjana and her boyfriend of only a few months Jonathan Cosme Alvarado. The friend also saw a bunch of money scattered all over the place. The friend called police who later found the body of Jonathan’s roommate Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia. The police believe drugs was the reason for why they were killed. The police also said that they believe the victims knew their killer.
According to The Charlotte-Observer, 19-year-old Emmanuel Jesus Rangel was later arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Emmanuel was really on a murder spree, because he was also charged for a homicide that happened in a motel on Sunday.
Mirjana was in the 21st season of America’s Next Top Model, which wrapped up last December. She was the youngest in the game and was the 7th model eliminated. The show mainly focused on Mirjana’s brief thing with Denzel, one of the dude models. Mirjana had a boyfriend at the time so drama ensued. Mirjana was born in Serbia and her family came to America after the Kosovo War. She lived in Charlotte for the past 10 years.
Rest in peace, Mirjana.
Ben Woolf, who worked an ostrich feather vest like no other as Meep on American Horror Story: Freak Show, died from a stroke at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. this afternoon. He was only 34.
Last week, Ben, who was 4’4″, was crossing Hollywood Blvd. when an SUV’s side view mirror hit him in the head. The driver wasn’t arrested, because they stayed at the scene and cops say they weren’t at fault since Ben was jaywalking. Ben was taken to the hospital and admitted into ICU. He was in a bad way for a couple of days, but then doctors upgraded his condition from critical to stable. They said that he wasn’t completely in the clear yet, because he hadn’t woken up and was heavily sedated. Sadly, TMZ says that he didn’t recover and had a stroke today. Ben’s family released this statement to E!:
“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben. He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work.”
Ben was also in the first season of American Horror Story as Infantata. He also worked as a preschool teacher.
Rest in peace, Meep.
If you’re a fan of VH1 dating shows, this one will hit you harder than a ball of spit hitting New York in the face during Flavor of Love. TMZ says that after a long battle with cancer, Ahmad Givens (aka Real) passed away at the age of 33. Real was diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2013 and things were looking okay after surgery, but the cancer returned in January. He started having trouble with his vision and speech during a family visit on Friday, and he died shortly after.
Real and his brother Kamal Givens (aka Chance) were contestants on the first season of I Love New York, which Chance and Real were the runner-up and 3rd place finishers of. People liked them, so VH1 decided to give them their own dating show, Real Chance of Love, which lasted two seasons. In case you’ve never seen it, I strongly recommend it, if only for the amazing nicknames (one day I hope to have a nickname half as good as “Hot Wings“).
It’s always a dark day when someone who can look that beautiful and majestic while standing on a street corner leaves this world. The world is a little less gorgeous today. On the other hand, I’m sure there are some very nervous angels in Heaven right now. “Did you see the new guy? His hair is always blowing in the wind, even without a wind machine. I can’t compete with that.”
Lesley Gore (born name: Lesley Sue Goldstein), who sang the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me” and let us know that it’s okay to get emotional at your own party after seeing your piece leave with some down river skank named Judy, died today. She was only 68.
Lesley’s partner of 33 years, jewelry designer Lois Sassoon, tells The Associated Press that she died of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Lois said this in a statement she gave to AP:
“She was a wonderful human being — caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian.”
Lesley was still in high school in New Jersey when “It’s My Party” came out and sold over a million copies. After “It’s My Party” hit #1, Lesley put out hit after hit including “You Don’t Own Me,” the sequel to “It’s My Party” called “Judy’s Turn To Cry,” “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” “She’s A Fool” and “That’s The Way Boys Are.” As she churned out the hits, Lesley finished high school and went to Sarah Lawrence where she majored in English and American literature. In the 80s, she wrote songs for the “Fame” soundtrack. During her career, she was nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy.
She publicly came out in 2003 and hosted episodes of the PBS LGBT news show In The Life. AP says that Lesley was working on a musical about her life before she died.
If you’ve watched a lot of episodes of the old Batman TV show, then you also know Lesley Gore as Pussycat, Catwoman’s hot ginger sidekick who tried to get on Robin:
Rest in peace, Lesley. You are now in heaven bathing in Judy’s tears.
The Los Angeles Times says that detectives and traffic investigators will look over Bruce Jenner’s cell phone records to find out whether or not he was texting something like “H8 U BITCH” to Pimp Mama Kris before hitting another car on PCH in Malibu yesterday. As most of you know, the multi-car accident killed the 69-year-old woman in the car that Bruce hit. Bruce passed a sobriety test at the scene and later took a blood test to prove that the sweet nectar wasn’t running through his veins while driving.
Yesterday, there was rumors that the paparazzi were chasing the only tolerable member of the Jenner-Kartrashian klan of fame whores, but officials say that the paps didn’t play a part in the crash. The paparazzi were following Bruce, but he wasn’t trying to outrun them. The sadness all started when a Prius stopped suddenly for whatever reason. The Lexus hit the Prius and Bruce, who was driving a Cadillac Escalade, tried to avoid hitting the Lexus and swerved, hitting the right side of it. That caused the Lexus to shoot off into oncoming traffic where it was hit by a Hummer. The woman driving the Lexus died at the scene. Five other people were injured in the crash.
TMZ doesn’t think that Bruce will be charged with anything and they don’t think he was texting while driving. They posted a series of pictures of Bruce behind the Lexus and the moment he hit it. In the pictures taken before he rear-ended the Lexus, he’s holding a cigarette, not a cell phone. Apparently, deputies believe the Prius is at fault for stopping all of a sudden. (My guess is that the Prius was trying to make a u-turn on PCH which is a total act of crazy.) Radar says that Bruce isn’t taking any chances and is allegedly looking for a criminal lawyer in case he’s charged with manslaughter.
I squinted at the pictures over at TMZ and that cigarette in Bruce’s hand kind of looks like the joint I sucked on last night. I’m sure it was a cigarette, but if it was a joint, the blood test will show that. ….Unless Pimp Mama Kris gets one of her minions to sneak into the lab and switch Bruce’s blood out with the pristine blood of the virgins she sucks on.
Well, this is all kinds of sad. TMZ says that while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway (I’m starting to think nothing good happens on the PCH) around noon today, Bruce Jenner was involved in a 3-vehicle crash that has left one person dead and seven injured. Several eyewitness say the crash was caused by Bruce rear-ending the car in front of him, which pushed the car into the wrong lane of traffic and then struck by an oncoming Hummer. The woman driving the car he rear-ended was killed. Seven others are being treated for injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Bruce is reportedly fine.
Sources close to the Jenner family say that Bruce told the police he was being chased by paparazzi when he rear-ended the car in front of him, and that he wasn’t drinking. TMZ says he was given a sobriety test, which he passed.
UPDATE: TMZ says Bruce volunteered to go to the hospital and let the police take a sample of his blood for a blood alcohol test. They’re also saying that the woman’s vehicle was coming to a stop at a red light when Bruce rear-ended her.
Bobby Brown’s wife Alicia Etheridge is pregnant and today is his born day, so he should be butt burping up doody bubbles of joy, but of course he’s not. A few days ago, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family said that she was moving her eyes a bit and that her brain function had improved a lot since the day she was found unconscious in her bathtub. But this morning, TMZ, People and others delivered a sad by reporting that doctors told the Brown and Houston families that there was nothing more they could do for Bobbi Kristina and Bobby Brown has to make the decision on whether or not to take her off life support. It was also reported that the Houston and Brown families were keeping it one hundred percent classy by fighting at the hospital. I can just picture the Brown and Houston families yelling at each other in the waiting room as Cissy Houston sits in the corner sipping a vending machine hot chocolate while rolling her eyes.
A different source tells E! something different. That source claims that the Houstons and Browns are not fighting and not getting ready to say goodbye to Bobbi Kristina.
Contrary to reports, Bobbi Kristina Brown “is not brain dead, and the Houstons and the Browns are not fighting,” a source close to the family told E! News Thursday. Additionally, the source explained, “There is no ‘family gathering’ today that is any different from any other day since she has been in the hospital.”
So, one source says that Bobbi Kristina’s family are gathering to say goodbye and a different source says that they aren’t gathering to say goodbye. I don’t know what to believe, but I do know that this situation is every shade of sad and the makers of that temporarily uplifting magic golden retriever video needs to make more magic golden retriever videos.
UPDATE: Bobby Brown’s lawyer released this statement about TMZ and People’s story:
“If we issued a statement every time the media published a false report regarding this matter, that’s all we would be doing 24 hours a day. This is false, just as is the vast majority of the other reporting that is currently taking place.”
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!?