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R.I.P: Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s James “Uncle Phil” Avery Dies at 68

Posted January 1, 2014 1:36 PM By Deirdre B Pride
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R.I.P:  Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s   James “Uncle Phil” Avery Dies at 68

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James Avery — the beloved dad on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” — has died at age 68.

He died in an L.A. hospital last night.  Avery had recently undergone open heart surgery. He died suddenly in an L.A. hospital last night from complications following the surgery.

His wife, Barbara, had been at his bedside, but left for a short period of time to get something to eat.  When she came back, she learned he had just died.

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R.I.P: Prince of Bel-Air Producer, Jeff Pollack Dies at 54

Posted December 26, 2013 10:24 PM By Deirdre B Pride
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R.I.P: Prince of Bel-Air Producer, Jeff Pollack Dies at 54

According to People, Jeff Pollack, who directed Booty Call and was a producer on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died at age 54.

Pollack collapsed early Monday morning in the Greenbelt jogging area of Hermosa Beach, Calif., about 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles.

Authorities said they do not suspect foul play.   Pollack was wearing jogging clothes and carrying an iPod when a passer-by discovered him and contacted police.

Pollack produced several seasons of the Will Smith show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Besides Booty Call starring Jamie Foxx, Pollack directed the films Above the Rim and Lost & Found.

 

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R.I.P: Lord Infamous of Three 6 Mafia Dies at 40

Posted December 22, 2013 4:06 PM By Deirdre B Pride
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R.I.P: Lord Infamous of Three 6 Mafia Dies at 40

Lord Infamous Dead, Three 6 Mafia, Founding Member Dies At 40, from  an apparent heart attack. The rapper, whose birth name was Ricky Dunigan, passed away during a visit at his mother’s house in Memphis.

“He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack,” his half-brother, Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul, told The Hollywood Reporter by phone. “He said he was tired, he wanted to sleep. He sat down at the kitchen table, put his head in his arms to lay down … to get some sleep.”

His mother had left the house for several hours and when she returned she found the rapper dead at the table. Paul learned the news after calls Saturday morning from the rapper’s mother and girlfriend.

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Mandela to Lie in State 3 Days During 10 Day Mourning Period + Funeral Details

Nelson Mandela’s body was taken from his home in a coffin draped in the South African flag,  as it was announced his funeral will be on Sunday, December 15. 

From December 11 to 13, Mandela’s body will lie in state in a glass-topped coffin at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.  It will mark three of the ten days officially assigned as a mourning period for ‘Madiba’ or ‘Tata’ as he was devotedly called, ahead of what is expected to be the one of the biggest funerals in history.  His body is being guarded by armed guards.

Mourners have gathered to dance and sing songs of freedom outside his home in Johannesburg, where passed away at home in Johannesburg at 8.50 pm yesterday.

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Paul Walker RIP.

Paul Walker’s Autopsy Results Revealed + Family Requests Donations to Paul’s Charity in Lieu of Flowers

Paul Walker’s autopsy results were revealed today and it makes the news of his death hurt even more.  The coroner ruled that he died from a combination the impact and burns.

Paul Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries sustained from the Nov. 30 car crash … this according to the L.A. County Coroner’s Office.
Translation — Paul did not die from the impact of the crash alone. He burned to death after the Porsche GT crashed into a tree and a pole and exploded into flames.

The man who was driving the Porsche GT, Roger Rodas, died from multiple traumatic injuries suffered upon impact. Burning was not listed as a factor in his death.

The coroner says toxicology results for both men will be available in 6 to 8 weeks.

The Medical Examiner says both deaths have been ruled as an accident.

Sources in the coroner’s office tell us … both men were positively ID’d by using dental records.

Walker and Rodas were killed Saturday in Santa Clarita, CA when the Porsche GT they were in veered off the road, slammed into a pole and exploded in flames.  The cause of that crash is still under investigation.

I hate posting this kind of bad news.

Lastly, I mentioned in a previous post that his family requests that donations be made to Paul’s charity.  I pulled this from Paul’s facebook page.  I have confirmed that it is genuine.

Paul Walker‘s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/.

Its comforting for them to know that the son, brother, and father they love so much is equally adored, respected, and appreciated by so many. Paul founded the organization with the genuine desire to help others, and it’s important to his family to keep his memory alive through ROWW.

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Paul Walker’s Family Releases Statement

Posted December 2, 2013 6:33 PM By Deirdre B Pride
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 Paul Walker’s Family Releases Statement

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Paul Walker‘s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/.

Its comforting for them to know that the son, brother, and father they love so much is equally adored, respected, and appreciated by so many. Paul founded the organization with the genuine desire to help others, and it’s important to his family to keep his memory alive through ROWW.

Fast and the Furious 7

Plus Movie will resume, but with obvious changes that will respect Paul to the fullest: Via Hollywood Reporter (edited)

Universal and the team behind Fast & Furious 7 are facing a delay in production following the tragic death of actor Paul Walker, but sources say the movie will not be abandoned entirely.

Walker, along with the rest of the cast and crew of Fast 7, had been scheduled to return to Atlanta on Sunday to resume shooting the big-budget film, which features extensive car racing. Those plans are on hold until Monday or Tuesday at the earliest.

Director James Wan and Universal executives held a conference call Sunday morning to discuss the state of the film, whether rewrites would be necessary and how to proceed in a manner that would be respectful to Walker’s death.  Marketing Fast 7 could pose a challenge, considering Walker died in a crash of a flashy car similar to those used in the movies.

Walker was reprising his role as Brian O’Conner in Fast 7. The seventh film in the racing-centric action franchise is slated to hit theaters July 11. Insiders say a large part of the film had been shot, although in January, Walker and the rest of the Fast 7 team were scheduled to travel to Abu Dhabi to film additional scenes.

“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement Saturday night. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”

Paul starred in two other films that have yet to be released:  Hurricane Katrina drama Hours, due out in December, and Brick Mansions, now in post production.

SideNote: I think it’s so disrespectful to approach Paul’s family and friends right now.  It’s like people want to see them grieving and crying, and that’s just creepy to me.  I wish people would leave his family and friends alone.   Let them grieve in peace.

 

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R.I.P: Paul Walker of ‘Fast and the Furious’ Dies in Car Accident

Posted November 30, 2013 10:32 PM By Deirdre B Pride
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Paul Walker Killed in Fiery Car Crash

“The Fast and the Furious” franchise star Paul Walker died tonight in a fiery car crash in Southern California.

Paul was in a Porsche when the driver lost control, slammed into an object and the vehicle went up in flames.

Walker and one other person in the car were killed. It’s unclear who was behind the wheel.

Paul was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort.

Walker was 40 years old.  Our sincerest condolences go out o his family and friends

I hope some idiot hacked into his twitter account and this isn’t true.  So far even CNN is reporting his death based off the twitter account.

Update: A picture of his burning car has surfaced.  I decided not to post it.

Paul’s rep just released a statement about his death, and says “He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives.” Witnesses on the scene said the car was Paul’s … but also said he was in the passenger seat.

The rep added that Paul was “attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.”

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