This news is bound to hit hard for a lot of different people: fans of plays, fans of films, fans of guys who look handsome in cowboy hats and/or pilot gear while appearing in films. A family spokesperson has confirmed to Variety that playwright, actor, director, and screenwriter Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73. Sam died at his home in Kentucky on Thursday from complications from ALS.
Anyone who was a kid anytime in the past 50 years will be bummed out by this news. And it’s not even humans, either. Flying squirrels are no doubt lowering their furry heads and taking a moment of silence today for the most famous flying squirrel of them all. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that prolific voice actress June Foray died yesterday, less than two months shy of her birthday. She was 99.
Horror legend (although that word almost doesn’t feel big enough) George A. Romero has died at the age of 77 on Sunday night. His longtime producing partner confirmed the news to The Los Angeles Times on behalf of George’s family that he died after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”
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.
TMZ says that the police in Palm Beach Gardens, FL are pointing fingers at Venus Williams, tennis star and soon-to-be aunt to a tennis-playing Reddit baby, for causing a car crash that sent a 78-year-old man to the ICU where he later died. The crash is still under investigation and so far Venus hasn’t been charged with anything and she hasn’t been issued any kind of traffic violations.
That picture of Gary Fisher gazing at his human soulmate was supposed to be a tiny bit of happiness in this field of sadness of a post, but looking at it has really brought the sads. Damn me for that.
J. Harvey posted over the weekend about how The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled that Carrie Fisher’s death happened because of a mixture of things including sleep apnea, atherosclerotic heart disease and possibly drugs that were taken before she died. Her death was ultimately ruled “undetermined.” We didn’t know exactly what drugs were in Carrie’s system at the time, but today, the full report was released to public eyes.