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Twisted Sister/Adrenaline Mob Drummer A.J. Pero Dies At Age 55

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(PCM) We are deeply sadden to report that Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob drummer A.J. Pero has tragically passed away at the age of 55.

A statement regarding Pero’s passing was posted on the official Facebook page for Twisted Sister which read “The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero. The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.”

Pero’s immediate cause of death has not been revealed at this time.

Pero joined Twisted Sister back in 1982 and was considered to be part of the band’s classic line-up. He ended up leaving the band in 1986, but then returned again in 1997. He has drummed on every Twisted Sister album with the exception of 1987’s “Love Is For Suckers”.

Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider posted the following on Twitter in regards to Pero’s passing:

Pero’s current band Adrenaline Mob also posted about Pero’s passing saying:

Our sincere condolences go out to Pero’s family, friends and bandmates during this incredibly difficult time.

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Producer Of The Simpsons Sam Simon Dead At Age 59

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to report on the passing of “The Simpsons” producer Sam Simon, who tragically lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 59.

Simon has earned nine Emmy awards for his work on the series, which is the longest running primetime series in television history. Simon was one of the original developers for “The Simpsons” and worked on the series until his departure in 1993. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in February of 2013.

In addition to “The Simpsons” Simon has worked as a showrunner for the sitcom “Taxi” and as a writer for both “Cheers” and “The Drew Carey Show”. He is also credited as being the creative force behind comedian George Carlin’s FOX TV series and more recently a consultant for Charlie Sheen’s “Anger Management” on FX.

Simon was also a very strong advocate for animal rights. Executive producer of “The Simpsons” Al Jean said in a statement “He was a genius and a great humanitarian in ways public and private. I personally owe him more than can be repaid, but I will do my best to help every animal I can in his memory”.

Simon founded the Sam Simon Foundation that rescues stray animals and also worked very closely with PETA, Save The Children, Mercy For Animals and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Sam Simon during this incredibly difficult time.

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Actor Leonard Nimoy Dead At Age 83

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to report that beloved actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. Nimoy is best known for his role as “Spock” in the “Star Trek” television series.

Nimoy’s wife confirmed that the actor had died in their Los Angeles area home. Nimoy was hospitalized early this month for shortness of breath, but was later released. He had announced late last year that he was suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) due to being a smoker for many years.

The role of “Spock” transported Nimoy to super stardom and he was often a fixture at many “Star Trek” conventions and events throughout the country. “Star Trek” the series was canceled by the network after only three season, but to this day has an incredible cult following and “Spock” is truly one of the most beloved characters.

Nimoy went on to direct two “Star Trek” films and made an appearance in the recent J.J. Abrams reboot of the film franchise. A little known fact is that Nimoy also directed the comedy film “Three Men And A Baby” and was the narrator for the History Channel series “Ancient Mystery” from 1995 to 2003.  He has written two autobiographies, as well as, a book of poetry.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Leonard Nimoy during this very difficult time!

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American Horror Story Actor Ben Woolfe Passes Away At Age 34

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to report that American Horror Story; Freak Show actor Ben Woolfe, who portrayed the character of “Meep”, has passed away due to injuries he sustained after being struck in the head by an SUV vehicle in Los Angeles, CA.

Sources close to the actor revealed to TMZ.com that Woolfe died after suffering from a stroke on Monday afternoon. The actor was being kept in heavy sedation in LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since the time of the accident last week.

Woofle was struck in the head by the side-view mirror of an SUV as he was attempting to cross the road in Hollywood. The driver of the SUV is not being charged in the incident or ticketed because according to the police report Woofle was jay-walking at the time of the incident.

Woofles family and friends have been overwhelmed by the amount of love and support that has been bestowed to them by fans all over the world. A memorial service for the actor will take place in Santa Barbara sometime next week. Woofle’s organs will be donated and are said to help about 50 people who are on the organ donation list.

Our sincere condolences go out to Woofle’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

 

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Teen Who Made Headlines After His “Laser Cat” Yearbook Photo Has Died In An Apparent Suicide

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(PCM) Last year, we brought you the story of high school student Draven Rodriguez who made headlines and stirred up controversy with his choice to use his “laser cat” image from his high school yearbook photo.  The photo went viral with many people being incredibly support of Draven’s choice to go against the norm of a regular run of the mill yearbook photo.

Tragically, the news has now been revealed that Draven appears to have ended his own life at the young age of only 17.  The Rodriguez family has confirmed Draven’s death, but there has been no official word about his immediate cause of death.

According to Mashable, “Rodriguez’s quirky and unconventional photo with his cat Mr. Bigglesworth made waves back in September. And while it was not part of the regular senior portrait section, the photo was featured on principal Diane Wilkinson’s page to raise awareness for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady”.

Draven’s school initially would not allow him to submit the infamous “laser cat” photo for the yearbook and it was then that Draven decided to launch an online petition, which received thousands of signatures in support of the photos submission.

Draven’s family and friends describe him as very well-liked and well-loved by his community and they are absolutely shocked to learn about his tragic passing. Our sincere condolences go out to Draven’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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Florida Mans Cause Of Death Listed As An Uppercut From Batman

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(PCM) 31-year old Stephen Merrill’s family and friends were left heartbroken and shocked when he passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. There had been no official cause of death listed, so his family and friends came up with the idea to honor his passion for comic books and absurd humor and say that he passed away due to an “uppercut from Batman”.

Merrill’s printed obituary in the local Florida newspaper now reads “Stephen Merrill, 31, passes away February 12, 2015, due to a uppercut from Batman.” The funny suggestion was made by Merill’s close friend after things began getting too tense in the room as everyone was trying to reach a decision.

After he made the suggestion, Merrill’s friend says that everyone in the room including Stephen’s family, fiancee and friends began laughing and they knew that was the perfect obituary to honor their deceased loved one. They feel that with Stephen’s sense of humor he would have appreciated the obituary as well!

His financee told the local news that “Stephen would have been honored to die from by an uppercut from Batman”.

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