RIP Bobbi Kristina Brown: Young Actress/Singer Dies at 22

(PCM) Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22 year-old daughter of late singer/actress Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, passed away on Sunday, July 26th, after being in a medically induced coma for the past six months.

The tragic news broke earlier today when the Houston family announced Brown’s passing on the official Whitney Houston Facebook page, posting a picture of Bobbi as a child with her mother and the message: “It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks everyone for their loving thoughts and prayers. As Bobbi Kristina would say: “The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.””

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Bobbi Kristina Brown was placed into a medically induced coma after being found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Atlanta home back in January of 2015, just a few days shy of the third anniversary of her mother’s death.

Rumors quickly swirled around the young singer/actress’s condition and the circumstances of the situation, throwing suspicion on her quasi-adopted older brother/boyfriend Nick Gordon. Despite a pending lawsuit from Bobbi Kristina Brown’s conservator and an investigation into the allegations in the suit, charges have yet to be filed against Gordon.

While in a coma, various conflicting stories of Bobbi Kristina’s health made their way to the media, creating confusion around the already unknown fate of the young Brown. On June 24, five months after being put in a medically induced coma, Bobbi Kristina Brown was moved into hospice care and taken off medication, with family members gathering to spend as much time as possible with Bobbi Kristina.

The Houston family released a statement to EW on Sunday, stating: “Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

RIP Bobbi Kristina Brown.

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Historical Fiction Author E.L. Doctorow Dies at the Age of 84

ELDoctorow_Feat(PCM) The literature world lost another great writer in the form of American historical fiction author E.L. Doctorow on Tuesday in Manhattan.

The author’s son, Richard, told the New York Times that the 84 year-old passed due to complications from his lung cancer.

Born in the Bronx, Edgar Lawrence “E.L.” Doctorow began his career in the literature field with the publication of his first novel in 1960, a western fiction titled Welcome to Hard Times, that was inspired by his nine years spent reading countless scripts for westerns for a motion picture company.

After his time as a script reader, Doctorow entered the publishing world as a book editor, then as an editor-in-chief at The Dial Press. E.L. Doctorow left publishing to focus on his writing, becoming a Visiting Writer at the University of California, Irvine, where his writing career took off.

While at UCI, Doctorow published his semi-historical novel about the Cold War, The Book of Daniel (1971), which The Guardian praised as a masterpiece.

Other works of Doctorow’s include Ragtime (1975), which was adapted into a feature film (rated 90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and named as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century by the Modern Library editorial board, World’s Fair (1985), which won the 1986 National Book Award, the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Billy Bathgate (1989), and the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, The March (2005).

For his accomplished career, E.L. Doctorow was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame and was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2012, earned the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction in 2013, and was awarded with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2014.

RIP Edgar Lawrence “E.L.” Doctorow.

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Connecticut Teen Completed Her Bucket List The Day She Passed Away

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(PCM) Friends and family continue to mourn the loss of Connecticut teenager Rebecca Townsend, who tragically passed away after being struck by a car back on July 2nd. When going through Rebecca’s belongs her sister discovered a bucket list written by Rebecca for a school assignment about three years prior to her passing.  The final item on the bucket list was to save another person’s life and that item sadly checked off the day of Rebecca’s passing.

At the time of accident, Rebecca was walking with her friend Ben Arne, who she was able to quickly push out of the way of the car that hit her, leaving him injured but thankfully still alive and completing her goal of being responsible for saving another person’s life. Rebecca had already accomplished the other two goals on her bucket list which were taking a trip to Spain and being kissed in the rain.

Rebecca had just graduated high school and was scheduled to attend the University of Notre Dame this fall. Rebecca’s family have set up a memorial page of Facebook titled “Remembering Rebecca” and were able to share the story of her bucket list and selfless act to save her friend with the world. The Facebook remembrance page continues to grow in popularity as more and more people around the world are praising Rebecca for her bravery and offering up their condolences to the family.

Her sister feels that by discovering and being able to share Rebecca’s completed bucket list it is a little sign that her sister is ok.

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Dies At Young Age Of 55

SatoruIwata(PCM) Much of the gaming world is mourning the loss of pioneer and innovator Satoru Iwata, the CEO and President of Nintendo, after news of his death was made public over the weekend.

Satoru Iwata died on Saturday, July 11, at the young age of 55 due to a bile duct growth.

Nintendo issued a Notification of Death and Personnel Change of a Representative Director (President) on Monday morning, announcing Iwata’s passing, writing: “Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.”

Satoru Iwata began his career as a game programmer at HAL Laboratory, working on a SatoruIwata_2variety of video games, including the Kirby series, before becoming president of HAL in 1993 and bringing the company out of financial ruin. Iwata also helped with the development of Pokémon Gold and Silver for their 1999 release on Game Boy Color, despite not yet working for Nintendo.

Iwata began working at Nintendo in 2000 as the head of Nintendo’s corporate planning division and became president in 2002 after Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo’s President from 1949 to 2002, retired and gave Iwata his blessing, making Iwata the first president of Nintendo to have no relation to the Yamauchi family.

An innovative businessman, Satoru Iwata is credited with turning Nintendo around in the 2000s by introducing the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii, the revolutionary motion-based gaming system, revitalizing the company’s standing as a top force in the gaming world after the disappointing performance of the GameCube console.

Iwata also created Iwata Asks, a section on Nintendo’s website where Iwata would comment on games and deliver news directly to gamers.

In June 2013, Satoru Iwata became Nintendo of America’s CEO.

In October of 2014, Iwata underwent surgery to remove a tumor growing in his bile duct.

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RIP Omar Sharif: Lawrence of Arabia Actor Has Died at the Age of 83

Omar_Sharif(PCM) Sad news broke today when it was learned that Academy Award-nominated actor Omar Sharif passed away at the age of 83 after suffering a heart attack.

The Egyptian actor died in a hospital in Cairo, according to the his agent. Tarek El-Sharif, Sharif’s son, revealed in May that the actor had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and was beginning to struggle with memory loss and confusion.

Sharif is best known for his supporting role in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, which earned him an Academy Award nomination and two Golden Globes, and his lead role in 1965’s Doctor Zhivago, for which he was awarded the Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama Golden Globe.

The actor also won a César Award, the french equivalent of an Oscar, in 2003 for his role in François Dupeyron’s Monsieur Ibrahim.

Other notable roles of Sharif’s include his comedic turn in 1984’s Top Secret!, 2004’s Hidalgo, and 2008’s 10,000 B.C. Overall, the actor has an impressive 117 titles listed in his IMDb acting credits.

Born on April 10, 1932, Omar Sharif began his long career in front of the screen in 1954, when he rose to fame in his home country of Egypt after starring in several films. Sharif’s racial ambiguity and multilinguistic capabilities (he claimed to speak English, French, Arabic, Greek Italian, and Spanish fluently) afforded him many opportunities to play a wide range of roles and characters.

This is the versatility that convinced Lawrence of Arabia director David Lean to cast Sharif in the demanding supporting role in the historical epic, Sharif’s first English-language film.

In his later years, Omar Sharif became almost as well-known for his career as a successful contract bridge player as for his acting career. At one point, Sharif was listed as one of the top 50 contract bridge players in the world.

Several celebrities took to social media to express their sadness at Omar Sharif’s passing. Josh Gad used Twitter to pay his respects to Sharif, tweeting: “Sad to hear about #OmarSharif. I grew up on Lawrence and Zhivago. A legacy with not one but multiple timeless classics.”

Antonio Banderas, who starred in The 13th Warrior with Sharif, also shared his grief on Twitter, posting a picture of himself and Sharif with the caption: “He was a great storyteller, a loyal friend and a wise spirit. D.E.P. Omar Sharif.”

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Man Dead After Launching A Firework Off The Top Of His Head

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(PCM) 22-year old, Devon Staples, who is best known for portraying the character of Gaston at the Walt Disney World theme park, has tragically passed away after he accidentally launched a firework off the top of his head during a 4th of July barbecue in Maine.

Sources say that Staples and several friends were setting off fireworks in the backyard when he placed a reloadable mortar tube on the top of his head. Despite friends urging him to stop, Staples joking held a lighter in his hand when then accidentally caused the firework to explode. 

Staples brother Cody was one of the first too the gruesome accident scene and says that sadly, there was nothing left of his brother to warrant a trip to the hospital. He goes on to say that Staples was not the type to do something so stupid, however he would often times pretend to do something stupid to get people to laugh. 

Staples was currently employed as a dog walker/trainer at the time of his death in Maine, however prior to that he portrayed several costumed characters at Walt Disney World in Florida. He was so recently engaged to be married. 

 

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