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Two and a Half Men Star Conchata Ferrell has died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The 77-year-old actress passed away on Monday, OCt. 12, at Sherman Oaks Hospital in California, her rep confirms.

Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Ferrell graduated from Marshall University with a degree in history education. She later taught acting for television at UCLA.

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Ferrell portrayed feisty but lovable housekeeper Berta for 12 years on Two and a Half Men, earning two Emmy nominations. She also appeared on L.A. Law, Good Times, E/R, Grace and Frankie, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Her shocked Two and a Half Men co-stars were quick paid tributes to the actress they called Chatty.

In a tweet, Charlie Sheen called Ferrell "an absolute sweetheart" and "a consummate pro", calling her death "a shocking and painful loss".

"Berta, your housekeeping was a tad suspect, your 'people' keeping was perfect," he added.

Jon Cryer added: "She was a beautiful human. Berta's gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty's warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths. I'm crying for the woman I'll miss, and the joy she brought so many."

Ferrell enjoyed huge successes onstage too, appearing in The Sea Horse in 1974, for which she earned Drama Desk, Theater World and Obie awards for Best Actress, Hot L Baltimore, Battle of Angels, and Picnic.

Her film credits include Network, Mystic Pizza, True Romance, Erin Brockovich, and Edward Scissorhands.

Ferrell was admitted to a long-term care facility after suffering a heart attack over the summer. She battled a variety of health issues ever since she was hospitalized with a kidney infection in West Virginia in December.

She spent much of January recuperating at her home in Charleston, where she also underwent physical therapy, but she was hospitalized again in May as she struggled to overcome an illness linked to her prior infection.

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One of the top producers behind Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run Tour and Jennifer Lopez's and Shakira's showstopping 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show has died.

TV and live event producer Dan Parise died from a cardiac arrest on Monday night, aged 61.

The industry veteran produced the Grammy and Emmy-nominated concert special, On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z, in 2014. He previously served as Live Nation's Director of Production, and also worked with superstars including Oprah Winfrey, Eric Clapton, and Pearl Jam.

Additionally, Parise worked with the team at Jay Z's Roc Nation on big events like the Global Citizen Festival and the rap mogul's annual Made In America Festival.

Paying tribute to Parise, a Roc Nation spokesperson tells TheWrap, "He committed his life to his family at home and his family on the road, making each one of us better with each show. From working with Dave Matthews to Michelle Obama to Keith Richards, his mark on the entertainment and broadcast world will be felt for generations to come."

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Chicago police found loaded weapons, ammunition and 70 pounds of drugs on a private jet after 21-year-old rapper Juice Wrld went into a cardiac arrest and died on Sunday.

The Chicago-born rapper reportedly popped several Percocet tablets after getting off the jet at Chicago's Midway Airport around 2 a.m. on Dec. 8.

A witness told TMZ the rapper, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a seizure and was bleeding from the mouth as cops searched the private jet.

The police were waiting for the rapper's jet to arrive after receiving a tip that the plane was loaded with drugs.

Police told The Chicago Tribune they believed the plane was carrying "weapons and narcotics."

Higgins was with 10 to 12 people including his entourage, jet crew and two armed security guards who were both arrested for carrying loaded weapons inside an airport.

As the cops were going through two carts of luggage, Higgins — "began convulsing (and) going into a seizure," sources tell The Tribune. An agent administered two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment to reverse the effects of opioid overdose.

Higgins woke up but he was incoherent. Medics rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m., about an hour after he collapsed.

A search of the plane turned up 41 "vacuum-sealed" bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup with no labels, two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets, law enforcement sources told The Tribune.

No one on the jet claimed ownership of the drugs, therefore no charges were filed. Higgins was scheduled to play at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Higgins died before he could attend his 21st birthday party. On his track "Legends", he rapped that he would not live past age 21.

"They tell me I'ma be a legend, I don't want that title now because all the legends seem to die out. What the f*** is that about?"

An autopsy was performed on Monday, Dec. 9, by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Two armed security guards who were with rapper Juice Wrld when he went into cardiac arrest and died early Sunday were arrested for carrying loaded weapons inside an airport.

The 21-year-old Chicago-born rapper suffered a medical emergency after arriving on a private jet at Chicago's Midway Airport just after 2 a.m.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The NY Post the rapper, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, was seen "basically convulsing" inside a private hangar away from the main terminal at the airport.

Other reports noted that Higgins was frothing at the mouth. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

An autopsy will be conducted on Monday by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Higgins was with a group of about 10 to 12 people - including his entourage of hangers ons, the airplane crew and two armed security guards who were relieved of their weapons by Chicago police.

According to Page Six, the guards had conceal and carry permits valid in the state of Illinois, but the permits didn't allow them to bring loaded weapons inside an airport.

The two men were arrested and charged with misdemeanor gun violations, said Guglielmi. He added that everyone cooperated with police including the two men who were detained.

Higgins shot to fame in 2018 with the release of his SoundCloud EP Goodbye & Good Riddance. The platinum EP featured hit singles "Lucid Dreams", "All Girls Are the Same", "Wasted" (ft. Lil Uzi Vert), "Lean Wit Me, "Armed & Dangerous", and more.

Higgins won the Top New Artist trophy at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May.

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He rapped extensively about his dependency on opioid painkillers and prescription cough medicine containing codeine.

In interviews he talked about mental illness and how he believed mental illness was neglected in the Black community.

He also embraced being a role model to young people struggling with drug addiction. He told Vulture magazine that substance abusers need sympathy, not judgment.

"The way that you help somebody out, reach out to someone, offer them a helping hand, offer them a hug, whatever. The way that you do that is not, I repeat, not, by pointing the finger. Telling them that they're stupid, they're fucking up their life, whatever. Telling them they're a piece of shit for doing what they're doing. That is not the way at all. The way to lead people is to walk, not even in front of them — side [by] side, holding their hand emotionally through music or whatever you do."

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Rapper Juice WRLD is dead after suffering a heart attack at Chicago's Midway Airport on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said a 21-year-old male suffered a "medical emergency" after getting off a private jet at a hangar away from the main terminal at Midway Airport.

Langford said the male was in "cardiac arrest" before he was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Juice WRLD, born Jarad Higgins, made a name for himself in 2018 with the release of his SoundCloud EP, Goodbye & Good Riddance. The EP featured his surprise hit single "Lucid Dreams".

The moody single, told from the standpoint of a heartbroken lad whose girlfriend left him, prompted Interscope Records to offer the 20-year-old budding rap star a $3 million recording contract.

The music video for "Lucid Dreams" was dark and morbid.

    You left me falling and landing inside my grave
    I know that you want me dead
    I take prescriptions to make me feel A-OK
    I know it's all in my head

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With the popularity of his follow-up single "All Girls Are the Same,", Higgins left Chicago's Southside behind him and settled into a leased Beverly Hills mansion, complete with a recording studio and enough space for his newfound friends.

"I went from sitting on the couch in my mom's house watching TV to being in Los Angeles around all these big people, being able to record any time I want," he told Billboard magazine.

Higgins was raised by his single mother in Chicago. He described his absentee father as "in and out" of his life while growing up.

He frequently praised his single mother for influencing his musical taste and not letting him listen to rap. "[My mother] is a very religious person who loves gospel music," he explained in an interview with The Gulf Times. "She stopped me listening to rap. I'd hear some rap thanks to my cousins but not much. I was primarily into pop and rock which my mother considered as more acceptable."

Higgins's mixtape WRLD on Drugs, a collaborative effort with rapper Future, peaked at Number 2 on the album charts.

In most of his songs he rapped about his dependency on lean, aka purple drank and sizzurp. Lean is a concoction of codeine cough syrup and hard candy mixed in a soda beverage.

On his single "Candles," off his EP Goodbye & Good Riddance, Higgins rapped "Don't pray for me/ Just give me drugs."

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In an interview with Billboard magazine in March, Higgins, pictured left, suggested his struggles with drug addiction may be due to his absentee father, who passed away in June.

"I didn't have a man giving me no type of guidance. My father wasn't in my life like that," he said. "So listening to this grown-ass man rap about lean, I'm like, 'Well, that sounds really appealing.'"

Higgins embraced his status as a role model to his young fans:

"I look at it like this - you can't change a motherfucker's life by pointing and judging. It takes a motherfucker that has been through the same shit to say, 'I understand how it feels. We're going to get through this together.'"

 

 

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Questions surround President Donald Trump's unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Rumors are swirling that Trump, 73, was rushed to the hospital complaining of chest pain.

The White House released a statement saying Trump went to the hospital for a routine physical exam. But the report was quickly dismissed by Washington insiders.

"The one thing you can be absolutely sure of is this was not routine and he didn't go up there for half his physical," tweeted Joe Lockhart, a press secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Insiders whisper that Trump had a mild heart attack, and that he suffers from Angina, chest pain caused by narrowing of the arteries that feeds oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease.

If the president did suffer a heart attack, it was likely caused by the stress of the ongoing impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Last week was tough for the real estate tycoon. Trump suffered a political defeat after his candidate for governor of Louisiana lost to sitting Governor John Bel Edwards in a state that Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.

And in another setback, Trump's friend and former advisor Roger Stone was found guilty on seven charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. Stone faces a maximum of 50 years in a federal prison.

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A shocking video shows the moment a Brazilian supermodel collapsed and died on a catwalk during Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Tales Soares, also known as Tales Cotta, collapsed during the Ocksa fashion show on the last day of SPFW on Saturday, April 27.

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Bodybuilding icon Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly recovering in a cardiac intensive care unit after undergoing emergency heart surgery on Thursday, March 29, WENN.com reports.

The Terminator star had been scheduled for a catheter valve replacement at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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This post, originally written on Feb. 24, 2016, is being bumped up because one of my loyal readers suffered a heart attack a few days after the New Year. She requested a Medical Minute post to warn her fellow Rose Garden members about the warning signs of a heart attack.

Please heed the warning signs. Black people are at greater risk for heart attacks due to the prevalence of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes in the black community.

It can happen to you.

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