Category Archives: RIP

Brittany Murphy Dies @ Age 32

Clueless, 8 Mile, Love and Other Disasters, and Girl, Interrupted actress Brittany Murphy [b. November 10, 1977] passed away at 10:04am today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Murphy’s family, friends and loved ones. Rest In Peace, Brittany Murphy and God bless your mom – Sharon – and husband – Simon Monjack.


Michael Ansell @ ABC

The 32-year-old Sin City, Spun, Riding In Car With Boys and Just Married star Brittany Murphy was also the funny voice of Luanne Platter in animated television series King of the Hill and Gloria in blockbuster film – Happy Feet. Murphy has an upcoming role in the new Sylvester Stallone ensemble film – The Expendables.

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Artist Jeanne-Claude Died @ 74

The 74-year-old artist Jeanne-Claude – wife and collaborator of American artist Christo – died on Wednesday, November 18 from the complications of a ruptured brain aneurysm. Jeanne-Claude is loved by art lovers, and my condolences and thoughts go out to Jeanne-Claude’s family and friends.

Ms. Jeanne-Claude was well-known as the co-creator of The Gates in February 2005. Christo and Jeanne-Claude constructed 7,503 gates with free-hanging saffron orange fabric panels in Central Park [New York City]. The Gates was estimated to have brought in approximately 4 million patrons and $254 million revenue to New York City.


Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude spent over 51 years creating contemporary and modern works of art. Husband Christo will complete their current art-works in progress: Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, and The Mastaba: Project for the United Arab Emirates.

For detail on memorial service and gifts, visit http://www.christojeanneclaude.net.

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Boyzone Stephen Gately Dead @ 33

The singer of Ireland popular band Boyzone – Stephen Gately – died at the age of 33 in Palma, Majorca. According to News of the World, “A close friend said it appeared Stephen died after going out in Majorca, where he was on holiday.” The cause of death is not know yet, and we send our condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest In Peace, Stephen Gately.


News of the World

Gately leaves behind his domestic partner Andrew Cowles, whom he wed during commitment ceremony in Las Vegas in 2003. And then married Cowles again in a civil partnership ceremony in London in 2006.

DJ AM: Adam Michael Goldstein – Memorial Film

The year-to-date 2009 has been tough all around, with recession, lay-offs and the deaths of a lot of great artists. The wonder-kid DJ AM passed away and his family and friends held a memorial service at The Paladium in Hollywood on Thursday, September 3 and here’s a video assembled for DJ AM [Adam Michael Goldstein].

Adam Michael Goldstein [DJ AM] Memorial Film was directed by Mike B. and edited by Dan Terndrup with caption – “RIP to a great friend and the greatest DJ. Many thanks to Dan Terndrup who edited the piece and did an amazing job.”

Farrah Fawcett & Michael Jackson @ Vanity Fair

Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson co-grace the cover and pages of Vanity Fair September 2009 splitting issues. The posthumous interviews were complied from Michael and Farrah vintage interviews and from their friends and family. The two Vanity Fair‘s cover stories September 2009 issue hit newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 5 and nationally on Tuesday, August 11. And here are some blog snippets –

As for reality, do you still enjoy meeting your fans?: I enjoy all that sometimes, seeing people who love me, or buy my records. I think it’s fun, and I enjoy meeting my fans and I think it’s important. But sometimes people think you owe your life to them; they have a bad attitude, like ‘I made you who you are.’ That may be true—but not that one person. Sometimes you have to say to them, If the music wasn’t good, you wouldn’t have bought it. Because some of them think they actually own you.

On MJ’s declaration in 1984 that the original mix of Thriller had sounded like crap: Oh, it was terrible. And I cried at the listening party. I said, I’m sorry—we can’t release this. I called a meeting with Quincy [Jones], and everybody at the [record] company was screaming that we had to have it out and there was a deadline, and I said, I’m sorry, I’m not releasing it. I said, It’s terrible. So we re-did a mix a day. Like a mix a day. And we rested two days, then we did a mixing. We were overworked, but it all came out O.K.

To read more of Lisa Robinson’s Michael Jackson: The Boy Who Would Be King interview, visit VanityFair.com.

Fawcett had always been more complicated than the clichés, the realities of her life far darker than the sunny image she projected. The gap between her public image and private reality was wide: I’m always more comfortable when I have on hardly any make-up, my hair is brown and I’m very unattractive.

To read more on Leslie Bennetts’ Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal: Beautiful People, Ugly Choices, VanityFair.com.

Dash Snow’s Memorial Service @ Deitch

A Community Memorial service celebrating artist Dash Snow [Sace / Sacer Irak] opens today at Deitch. The memorial service draws together samples of Snow’s provocative pieces from his friends collections. These pieces consist of Dash’s art, photographs and video honoring Snow, and unseen Polaroid collection by Dash. The Memorial exhibition will also include an open wall to honor him with notes and paintings.


Deitch

The Dash Snow’s A Community Memorial runs through Saturday, August 15, 2009. For more detail, visit deitch.com.

Happy 4th of July: Celebrate Michael Jackson

Okay, the long July 4th weekend is here and eventhough we’ve lost several pop-icons and artists, lets celebrate Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Karl Malden 1912 – 2009, Harve Presnell 1933 – 2009 and Billy Mays’ lives by blaring our favorite tunes by the King of Pop and Jackson 5. So with that, I leave you w/ Michael Jackson’s Childhood off Free Willy: 2 soundtrack.

I miss you – MJ – and keep on moonwalking in heaven. Michael Jackson’s attorney was L. Londell McMillan @ Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Farrah Fawcett Died @ Age 62

My beloved Charlie’s Angel actress Farrah Fawcett died today, loosing her battle with cancer. Ms. Fawcett was surrounded by friends and family, and survived by her son Redmond O’Neal and partner Ryan O’Neal. Farrah will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, friends and worldwide fans. I’ll forever remember you.


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We’ll Miss Michael Jackson: 1958 – 2009

The King of Pop star Michael Jackson died today suffering from cardiac arrest and was rushed by paramedics to UCLA Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead at the age of 50. I grew up listening and playing Michael Jackson albums, and he’ll truly be missed. My prayer and condolences go out to his children, parents, siblings, staffs, friends and worldwide fans.

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Bea Arthur Dies @ 86: Thank You For Being A Friend

Maude and The Golden Girls actress Bea Arthur Arthur died today at home in Los Angeles home at the age of 86 years-old and had been battling cancer. Ms. Arthur was born on May 13th of 1922 in New York, New York. She’ll be missed and forever viewed by television fans in syndication of TV land.


Mary Altaffer @ Associated Press

Betty White’s statement: Bea was such an important part of a very happy time in my life and I have dearly loved her for a very long time. How lucky I was to know her.

Rue McClanahan’s statement: [Thirty-seven] years ago she showed me how to be very brave in playing comedy. I’ll miss that courage. And I’ll miss that voice.

Bea Arthur’s personal assistant – Dan Witt said “She was a brilliant and witty woman. Bea will always have a special place in my heart.” Bea Arthur was repped by Matthew Del Piano @ Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
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