Beloved Actor Gene Wilder Dead At 83

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(PCM) Beloved comic actor Gene Wilder has sadly passed away at the age of 83. Wilder is best known for his role as the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”. Other notable roles include teaming up with Mel Brooks for “The Producers”, “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein”.

Wilder also famously teamed up with actor Richard Pryor for “Sliver Streak”, “Stir Crazy”, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” and “Another You”. Wilder wrote and directed both “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” and “Another You”.  Tragically, Wilder is also remembered for his short-lived romance with Saturday Night Live actress Gilda Radnor. Less than two years after they were married Radnor was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on May 20, 1989 at the young age of 42.

Back in 1999, Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and treated with radiation and stem cell transplants. According to a statement released by the actors family he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and succumbed to complications from the disease. You can read the full statement released by Wilder’s family announcing his passing below:

A Statement Regarding Gene Wilder from his Nephew/Child Jordan Walker-Pearlman.
Gene Wilder 11 June 1933-29 August 2016

It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived that I announce the passing of husband, parent, and universal artist Gene Wilder, at his home in Stamford, Conn. It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him. The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s Disease with which he co-existed for the last three years. The choice to keep this private was his choice, in talking with us and making a decision as a family. We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. It took enough, but not that.

The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.

He is survived by Karen, Jordan, and the Webbs (Kevin, Gretchen, Tucker, Spencer), along Jordan’s wife, Elizabeth. Gene’s sister Corinne, predeceased him in January of this year.

He was 83 and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow as he was taken away.

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

Sincerely,
“Gene’s Kid”
Jordan Walker-Pearlman

Our sincere condolences go out to Gene Wilder’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. The entertainment world has truly lost a legend and he will be sorely missed!

 

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Clown Allegedly Trying To Lure Children Into South Carolina Woods

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(PCM) No, this is not some elaborate marketing ploy for the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s “IT”, but rather a real life horror story involving a clown (or group of clowns) who is allegedly attempting to lure young children into the woods in South Carolina. Authorities in the area are warning parents to stand guard and be extra mindful of their children.

There have been multiple reports from the residents of the Fleetwood Manor Apartments in Greenville, S.C. saying they received letters from apartment management urging them to follow the 10pm curfew and not allow their children to walk alone in the area, especially at night. The sheriff’s department in the area is aware of the situation and have been making more frequent patrols around the area.

One resident claims that her son noticed the clown near the apartment complex’s basketball court. She at first thought he was seeing things, but then about thirty other children she spoke with the next day all said “Did you see the clown in the woods?”.  At that point the resident knew there was some cause for concern, as other residents reported seeing the clown attempting to lure/take children into the woods.

This is truly the stuff of nightmares! Thus far the authorities in the area have no suspects or lead, but will continue to investigate the situation.

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Federal Reserve Launches A Facebook Page And Quickly Regrets The Decision

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(PCM) The U.S. Federal Reserve recently made the decision to start up an official Facebook page to keep people abreast of news and educational content. That idea backfired rather quickly when the page became overrun with critical and sarcastic commentary and general internet trolling.

The page has racked up over 14,000 Likes, however that has not stopped individuals from throwing in their two cents about how they feel the Federal Reserve is a useless institution and criticizing many of it’s practices and policies.  One woman commented “Tell me more about the private meeting on Jekyll island and the plans for public prosperity that some of the worlds richest and most powerful bankers made in secret, please!”

Another person commented “Can you guys please help me get some of that QE? I’m trying to buy 16 cars, 4 houses, 2 jets and a yacht,” one commenter wrote. “I swear it will stimulate the economy. I’ll spend it all and cycle it back. I know velocity needs to pick up so I’ll make sure to pay lots of models to live in my houses and travel with me. Thanks Fed! You are such a moral and upstanding institution!”

The administrators of the Federal Reserve Facebook page claim they are reading all comments and they plan to address the concerns with additional postings. The reason the Federal Reserve started a Facebook page in the first place was part of a plan to emphasize “enhancing communications via the board’s website and other external channels,” including existing Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn pages.

We will see how long it lasts because from what we see there is a whole lot of negativity going on, on that page!

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Large Shark Discovered Alive In A Roadside Puddle

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(PCM) Authorities in Australia are investigating the discovery of a large shark found alive in a roadside puddle in the town of One Tree Hill. Could it have been a real live “Sharknado” or some elaborate prank, but whatever the case it has left the authorities baffled.

Sadly, despite their best efforts to move the shark to a water tank, it later died as a result of the incident. It is still unclear how the shark managed to find it’s way to the puddle, but authorities are leaning towards the theory that it may have been someones pet that outgrew it’s home aquarium tank. Also, someone may have caught the shark while fishing and then later decided to dump the catch on the side of the road.

Authorities are asking for anyone with any information to please come forward.

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Teen Criminal Uses Facebook To Request Police Use A Better Photo

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(PCM) Further proving just how narcissistic our society has become, an Australian teen who was on the run from authorities managed to take a few minutes to hop on Facebook to request that the authorities and media use a better photo of her, as she did not like the one that they had chosen to tell the story.

18-year old Amy Sharp made an escape from an Australian correctional facility and was on the run for three days evading local authorities. While authorities were on the hunt, the local news station reported on their Facebook page that there was still an active manhunt for Sharp and where she was last seen.

Sharp could not resist commenting on the 7 News Sydney Facebook page posting requesting that they use a prettier picture of her during their reporting on the story. Definitely takes some guts, however Sharp’s plan backfired when based upon the location services, authorities were able to pinpoint her location based on the Facebook comment. Opps!

Sharp was later arrested and brought back into police custody to be charged. Her initial offense was theft of some sort, however a prison escape makes things a bit more serious. Here’s hoping that she get’s a decent mug shot photo, because you know … priorities and all that good stuff!

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Teen Criminal Uses Facebook To Request Police Use A Better Photo

Amy-Smart1

(PCM) Further proving just how narcissistic our society has become, an Australian teen who was on the run from authorities managed to take a few minutes to hop on Facebook to request that the authorities and media use a better photo of her, as she did not like the one that they had chosen to tell the story.

18-year old Amy Sharp made an escape from an Australian correctional facility and was on the run for three days evading local authorities. While authorities were on the hunt, the local news station reported on their Facebook page that there was still an active manhunt for Sharp and where she was last seen.

Sharp could not resist commenting on the 7 News Sydney Facebook page posting requesting that they use a prettier picture of her during their reporting on the story. Definitely takes some guts, however Sharp’s plan backfired when based upon the location services, authorities were able to pinpoint her location based on the Facebook comment. Opps!

Sharp was later arrested and brought back into police custody to be charged. Her initial offense was theft of some sort, however a prison escape makes things a bit more serious. Here’s hoping that she get’s a decent mug shot photo, because you know … priorities and all that good stuff!

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