Baltimore Batman Killed After Being Struck By A Vehicle On I-70

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(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn that 51-year old Lenny Robinson, best known as Baltimore Batman, was stuck and killed by a vehicle on I-70 near Hagerstown, Maryland.  The Maryland State Police report that Robinson’s Batmobile was suffering from engine trouble and Robinson had stepped out of the vehicle to check on the issues when he was fatally struck and killed by another passing car.

Police go on to report on the tragic occurrence saying that Robinson’s Batmobile was partially stopped in the highway’s fast lane and that he and his vehicle were struck while he was standing in the fast lane investigating the engine trouble. A Toyota Camry struck the Batmobile and then Robinson leaving him with fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Camry was not injured and so far there have been no charges filed.

Robinson was well-loved around the country, especially in his hometown of Baltimore, for donning his Batman suit and visiting with terminally ill children in local area hospitals. He also visited schools to speak about bullying issues. He also traveled the country in the Batmobile stopping at various children’s hospitals along the route to hand out Batman toys to sick children. Robinson became a national news figure and viral internet star when he was pulled over in the Batmobile wearing his full Batsuit for not having proper tags on the vehicle.

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

 

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Famous Canine Actor Uggie Dead After Battle With A Prostate Tumor

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(PCM) Hollywood is mourning the death of on of their most beloved canine actors. 13-year old Jack Russell terrier Uggie has sadly passed away after a battle with a prostate tumor. Uggie’s illustrious Hollywood career included award-winning acting roles and even a published memoir.

Uggie’s most famous roles include a large appearance in the 2011 award-winning film “The Artist”, as well as additional memorable roles in film such as “Water For Elephants” and “The Campaign”. Uggie’s performance in “The Artist” won him a Golden Collar Award and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palm Dog Award. Those are considered the world’s top honors for canine actors in the industry. Uggie was also video game company Nintendo’s first-ever spokesdog during their promotion of the popular Nintendo DS game “Nintendogs & Cats”.

Uggie’s memoir titled “My Story” was published in 2012 after Uggie retired from acting. Imprints of his paws are in the iconic cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. According to his Wikipedia page “Uggie was rejected by at least his first two owners as being too wild. He was about to be sent to a dog pound, but was adopted by animal trainer Omar Von Muller after his friends alerted him to the dog. Von Muller intended only to foster the dog while he found him a new home, but decided that Uggie should stay. He said of the dog, “He was a crazy, very energetic puppy, and who knows what would have happened to him if he [had] gone to the dog pound. But he was very smart and very willing to work. One of the most important thing is that he was not afraid of things. That is what makes or breaks a dog in the movies, whether they are afraid of lights, and noises and being on sets. He gets rewards, like sausages, to encourage him to perform, but that is only a part of it. He works hard.” When not working, Uggie lived in North Hollywood with Von Muller, Von Muller’s wife and Von Muller’s 6-year-old daughter. There are six other dogs in the household, all of whom work in the film industry.

Our sincere condolences go out to Uggie’s family.

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Legendary Wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper Dead At Age 61

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(PCM) Wrestling fans are mourning the loss of legendary wrestler and actor ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper who has sadly passed away at the age of 61. According to officials from the WWW, Piper’s death was the result of a heart attack that occurred while he was sleeping at his home in Hollywood, California.

Piper’s death was later confirmed by his agent Jay Schacter, who said the wrestler “died peacefully in his sleep”. Schacter also released an email statement which went on to say that he is “shocked and beyond devastated.  He was an amazing man and a true friend. He was one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all.”

The WWE’s  CEO Vince McMahon also released a statement saying Piper was “one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved [by] millions of fans around the world.”

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs began his career with the WWE back in 1984 and was inducted in the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2005. He also earned his way on to the list of the WWE’s “Top 50 Villains” of all time.

Piper is survived by his wife Kitty and their four children. Our sincere condolences go out to Piper’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

RIP Lynn Anderson: Award-Winning Country Music Singer Dies at 67

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(PCM) Lynn Anderson, the first female country musician to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden, died on Thursday, July 30, 2015 of a heart attack.

Anderson’s publicist, Mark Logsdon, told CNN that the singer had been admitted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville and was receiving treatment for pneumonia when she suffered her fatal heart attack.

Lynn Anderson was one of the most popular country music stars of the 1970s, gaining worldwide fame after the major success of her crossover hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” in 1970.

Born on September 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota to country music songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, Lynn first found success in horse shows in California, winning numerous titles and ribbons, including 16 national champions, 8 world championships, and several celebrity championships.

Lynn Anderson released her debut single “For Better or for Worse” in 1966 to little airplay before releasing “Ride, Ride, Ride” in 1967, landing on the Country Top 40 in 1967. That same year, Anderson released “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)”, which reached the Top 5 on the Country charts.

Lynn Anderson continued to release a string of hits into the late ’60s and early 70’s and appeared regularly on The Lawrence Welk Show. The singer’s biggest hit, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”, a song by singer-songwriter Joe South, reached No. 1 on the Billboard country chart and No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart.

Anderson almost didn’t get a chance to record the classic; her producer-husband believed that a man ought to sing the song, but fortunately, Columbia executive Clive Davis made the executive decision to have Anderson record and release the single.

Due to the song’s global success and crossover appeal, Anderson continued to have a fulfilling career, releasing hits into the late ’70s and appearing on numerous television shows.

Lynn Anderson released her last album, Bridges, on June 9, 2015. She is survived by her father, Casey Anderson, her partner, Mentor Williams, her three children, and four grandchildren.

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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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