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Deezer D, best known as scrub nurse Malik McGrath on NBC TV's "ER," has died at age 55.

Deezer, born Dearon Thompson, was found unresponsive at home, his brother Marshawn told TMZ. It is believed Thompson died of a heart attack. He previously underwent open heart surgery in 2009.

"I have a heart valve that is leaking and the aorta had expanded to way beyond what it is supposed to be," the actor told Radar Online at the time. "As soon as the doctor identified what was going on, he put me in here. What I was going through for the last year — that was scary. I'm fearless about the surgery."

Deezer D began his career as a young rapper in the 1990s. He transitioned into acting and landed a role in the 1991 musical comedy film "Cool as Ice" starring rapper Vanilla Ice.

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The aspiring rapper also starred in the urban comedy films "CB4" and 2002's "Crazy as Hell." He is pictured left in a 1993 photo shoot for CB4 with actors Allen Payne, center, and Chris Rock.

A new Deezer D single, "History Can't Be Stopped," was released posthumously on Friday.
 

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Bond girl Tanya Roberts died Monday night at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Hospital following a bizarre turn of events that included her domestic partner incorrectly telling her rep she had died the day before.

Roberts, 65, was rushed to hospital in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, after collapsing at home following a walk with her dog.

Her partner, Lance O'Brien, told TMZ Roberts was taken off life support Sunday night, after contracting a urinary tract infection that got "out of control".

He said he got a call from one of Tanya's doctor's Monday night, just after 9 PM, telling him Tanya had passed.

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O'Brien said he'd visited her in the hospital earlier on Sunday, and she suddenly opened her eyes and then shut them and he saw her fade away. He told a reporter she had "the prettiest eyes."

O'Brien says he believed she was dead and he left the hospital without speaking to medical staff. Tanya's publicist, Mike Pingel, who picked O'Brien up from the hospital, says he told him, "She died in my arms."

After Roberts' death made headlines all over the world, O'Brien got a phone call Monday from Cedars, informing him Tanya was still alive.

O'Brien was speaking to Inside Edition when he got the call from the hospital.

The call was caught on camera during the interview, as O'Brien can be heard saying: "Now, you are telling me she's alive?"

He then told his interviewer: "The hospital is telling me she is alive. They are calling me from the ICU team."

Despite the good news that Roberts was still alive, O'Brien told the New York Post that her situation was still hopeless, and that the Charlie's Angels star will not survive.

Robert's official death was confirmed Monday night, Jan. 4.

Roberts will be remembered for much more than her bizarre final hours. She was a go-to model, appearing as Bond girl Stacey Sutton opposite Roger Moore in "A View to a Kill." She also posed for Playboy and did ads for Clairol, Cool Ray sunglasses, Excedrin and Ultra Brite.

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She starred in Charlie's Angels' final TV season, helping the Angels solve crimes as a side character named Julie Rogers. Roberts is pictured at left with Jaclyn Smith, center, and Cheryl Ladd, right.

Tanya was married to Barry Roberts for several years. Their union produced no children before his death in 2006.

She's survived by O'Brien and her sister, Barbara Chase

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Busta Rhymes paid tribute to his late friend and collaborator MF DOOM as "a God MC and incredible human being".

The rap legend - whose real name was Daniel Dumile - passed away on October 31, according to a statement by his wife Jasmine on December 31.

DOOM, aka Zev Love X, Metalface and King Geedorah, worked with Busta frequently since their 1991 track "Nitty Gritty Remix" with the former's group KMD.

Busta admitted he is struggling to come to terms with the devastating loss of the beloved rapper - who was just 49.

Alongside a video of their 2016 track "In The Streets" - which also featured The Chicago Kid - Busta began his lengthy post on Instagram: "Rest easy on levels that words can't describe @MFDOOM."

He continued:

"It has taken me days to come terms with this enough to type about it and I still can't believe it or come to terms with it. I'm completely f**ked up by the loss of this God MC & incredible human being!! Over 30 years of friendship & brotherhood almighty!! I wanted to believe this was another elaborate scheme by the great Whodini MF DOOM himself but this time I have received the confirmations that it wasn't."

On DOOM's legacy, Busta added: "This has meant something to our culture that no other MC has because he figured out something that none of us before him and that was to be completely free!!!"

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DOOM suffered a devastating loss when his beloved 14-year-old son died of unknown causes. The rapper announced his son's death on Dec. 18, 2017.

"KING MALACHI EZEKIEL DUMILE 2/22/03 – 12/18/17 The greatest son one could ask for. Safe journey and may all our ancestors greet you with open arms. One of our greatest inspirations. ‘Thank you for allowing us to be your parents. Love you, Mali."

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Doom also lost his brother Dingilizwe Dumile, aka KMD's DJ Subroc, who was killed as he crossed a busy highway in New York in 1993.

KMD was dropped from the record label the same week Subroc died.

KMD was best known for their bubblegum rap song "Peachfuzz," featuring 3rd Bass and Grand Puba on the xylophone.

 

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Rapper MF DOOM passed away on October 31 at age 49. His wife Jasmine revealed the iconic British born rapper's death on Instagram on Dec. 31.

Jasmine wrote:

"The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be."

No cause of death was disclosed, but the internet says he committed suicide because he never got over the death of his beloved 14-year-old son King Malachi Ezekiel Dumile.

DOOM, who was born Daniel Dumile, announced his son's death on December 18, 2017, writing:

"KING MALACHI EZEKIEL DUMILE 2/22/03 – 12/18/17 The greatest son one could ask for. Safe journey and may all our ancestors greet you with open arms. One of our greatest inspirations. ‘Thank you for allowing us to be your parents. Love you, Mali."

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Tributes poured in for MF DOOM on social media from fellow rappers including DJ Premier, Tyler the Creator, Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest and Jay Electronica.

"RIP to another Giant your favorite MC’s MV .. MF DOOM!! crushing news...," Q-Tip tweeted. While Tyler the Creator wrote: "Safe travels villain."

And music streaming website Spotify tweeted: "All caps when you spell the man name. R.I.P. MF DOOM."

DOOM began his career in 1988 as Zev Love X in the rap trio KMD. DOOM's brother Dingilizwe Dumile, aka KMD's Subroc, was killed in 1993.

Rapper Danny Brown shared a video clip of DOOM from his KMD days, speaking about politics and the importance of voter registration.


 

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Pregnant mom blogger Emily Mitchell died unexpectedly after her doctor told her to undergo a fifth Caesarean section.

Mitchell, 36, died three days before Christmas, along with her unborn child, a boy named Joey. Her family said she was eating breakfast on Dec. 22 when she suddenly collapsed and "became unresponsive."

Mitchell was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. No cause of death was disclosed.

Mitchell, who homeschooled her 4 children in a farmhouse on Rhode Island, announced her fifth pregnancy on her lifestyle blog the Hidden Way on Nov. 19.

YOU GUYS. NUMBER FIVE... Who guessed the secret?!!! you've probably noticed I've been a little MIA.. welp this be the reason lol ... Number FIVE comin in hot and we are here ... for ... it 11 weeks 2 days and counting.

Mitchell had hoped for a home birth, but she was advised by her doctor to undergo her fifth Caesarean section. She defended C-sections in a post to her 112,000 followers on December 8.

"This will be my FIFTH C-Section. However your baby gets here, just know YOUR EXPERIENCE is valid and worthy. YOU are no less a mother if you needed emergency medical intervention, had a planned c-section, or an epidural. You aren't a 'better' mother if you had a home birth or an unmedicated vaginal birth. And if you grew your brood through adoption or surrogacy or family blending? Those are YOUR babies and YOU SIT PROUDLY at the table of motherhood.?
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"It's not a competition. There aren't awards handed out for homebirths or all-natural births. If you've been blessed with that, then that is incredible. Truly!! But if you haven't, please know and believe you have STILL BEEN BLESSED. You aren’t less-than, or second-class for needing to rely on a team of doctors for surgery. ALL that matters is that you have a child brought into the world. Entrusted to you to love and nurture."

According to Healthline.com, the most common reasons for a C-section are breech birth, fetal distress, and uterine rupture, which is the reason social media influencer Chrissy Teigen lost her unborn son.
 

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Adolfo Quiñones, best known as break dancer/actor Shabba-Doo, died Wednesday. His cause of death was not disclosed. He was 65.

Quiñones, who is Puerto Rican and Black, honed his break dancing and locking skills in a housing project in Chicago. He danced for family members for spare change.

He moved with his mother and sister to Los Angeles, where he danced in clubs around the Crenshaw strip.

He was a founding member of the dance troupe The Lockers with Fred Berry (What's Happening) and Toni Basil. The troupe opened for Frank Sinatra at Carnegie Hall and presented an award at the Grammys. They appeared on music variety TV shows, Soul Train, and in TV documentaries.

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Quiñones later joined the Soul Train Gang and served as Madonna's choreographer during her Who's That Girl? tour in 1987.

He co-wrote the musical Rave, and the movie Dancing to a Different Beat (1993). Quiñones starred as Turbo opposite dancer Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Cambers in the movie Breakin' (1984), then retuned as Ozone in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984).

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"Breakin' was more than just a dance film, it launched a cultural revolution. In that way, there is no other feeling quite like it. I knew it was going to be a hit," said Quiñones, pictured with Jamie Alexander in 2006.

"If I could tell anyone out there one thing, it's that working on your craft is great, having the desire is great, passion is great, but the match that ignites it all is education. Go to school, know your craft, know how it works and be in control of your destiny."

Quiñones is survived by a daughter and a son.

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Rapper Ecstasy, co-founder the rap group Whodini, has passed away at age 56, according to multiple reports.

Rapper Questlove of The Roots broke the news on social media on Wednesday. "One love to Ecstasy of the legendary Whodini," Questlove wrote on Instagram. "This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip-hop. This is sad man."

No cause of death was disclosed.

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Ecstasy, real name John Fletcher (right), formed the group Whodini with Jalil Hutchins (left) in 1982. Four years later, DJ Grandmaster Dee (center) joined the group.

Whodini released 6 studio albums, four were certified platinum. The group was best known for their hit singles "Friends", "One Love" and "Freaks Come Out at Night." Their single "Magic's Wand," was the first rap song accompanied by a music video.

Fans and friends flooded social media with tributes.

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"My God, this one hurts me so bad," tweeted Jermaine Dupri, who toured with the group as a teenage backup dancer. He captioned a throwback video of himself with the group: "I can't even believe I'm typing this. Ex, you know I love you. Thank you for every word, every conversation, every good time. May your soul rest in power."
 

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Denzel Washington urged late star Chadwick Boseman to hurry up and marry his wife, Taylor Simone, before someone else did.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the Oscar winner opened up about working with Chadwick on his final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and recalled offering the young star a little relationship advice.

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Chadwick and Taylor were only dating when the Black Panther star was shooting the Netflix movie. Denzel, who co-produced the film, saw something beautiful between the couple and suggested Boseman should act upon it.

"They weren't even married yet, and I used to watch how she took care of him, and I actually said to him, 'Man, you know, you need to put a ring on that finger', cause she kept her eye on him and she watched him," Washington explained.

"I'm like, 'Man, she loves that guy'. But I didn't know what we know now."

Boseman lost his secret battle with cancer in August at age 43, and Washington, 65, reveals no one on the Ma Rainey's Black Bottom set even knew he was sick.

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"Credit to him; he kept it to himself. It was nobody's business. He was there to deliver and he delivered," adds Denzel, who is pictured with his wife of 37 years, Pauletta at the Oscars in 2003.

Chadwick and Taylor were married in a private ceremony earlier in the year and many people didn't know he was married until after his death.

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Country music pioneer Charley Pride has died at 86. According to reports, the singer passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Corporate-owned news outlets immediately attributed his death to "complications from Covid-19."

Normally media outlets will wait for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. A coroner's report usually takes a week to 2 weeks.

But nowadays, media outlets rush to label celebrity deaths as Covid-19-related -- particularly if the celebrity is Black.

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Country music's first black superstar enjoyed 29 number ones and multiple top 10 hits in the U.S. charts with songs like "Crystal Chandeliers", "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone", and "Mountain of Love."

One of 11 kids, Pride was born in Mississippi and became a baseball prospect after serving in the U.S. Army. When his sports career didn't pan out he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1960s with a dream of becoming a recording artist. Chet Atkins eventually signed him to a contract with RCA and his career took off.

Pride won the CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1971 and three Grammys the following year for his gospel songs "Let Me Live" and "Did You Think to Pray."

In 1973, he picked up another Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the album Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs.

In 2000 he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Dolly Parton was among the first pay tribute to Pride following the news of his death - she wrote:

"I'm so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It's even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you."

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Thomas "Tiny" Lister Jr., who played "Deebo" the neighborhood bully in Ice Cube's Friday films, has died at age 62.

TMZ reports the actor was found unresponsive at his Marina Del Ray apartment at 3 p.m. West Coast time. His cause of death is unknown.

His film and T.V. credits include The Fifth Element, Beverly Hills Cop II, Zootopia, Matlock, Jackie Brown, Walker Texas Ranger, and The Dark Knight.

His first credited role was on the TV sitcom Webster in 1984.

In addition to his acting career, Lister enjoyed two short stints as the wrestler Zeus in the WWF (now the WWE).

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Lister is survived by his wife Felecia Forbes and a daughter named Faith Grace Lister.

Ironically, the man who inspired the tough, bike stealing Deebo, known as Big Sam, was shot dead in L.A. on Saturday night (Dec. 5).

Ice Cube, who along with DJ Pooh, wrote the character Deebo for his 1999 film Friday, announced Big Sam's death on Twitter on Sunday.

"Rest In Peace Big Sam (inspiration behind the character Debo) killed by L.A. Deputies last night. #FTP."

According to KTLA, police responded to a 911 call about a man pointing a gun at passing cars in Inglewood. When police arrived at the intersection at 2 a.m., the man allegedly pointing the gun at officers, who fatally shot him.

When Deebo's photo began trending in tributes to Big Sam on Sunday, Lister's fans assumed that he had been killed. But others pointed out that Lister was still alive.

After Lister's death was confirmed on Thursday, Ice Cube tweeted:

RIP Tiny "Deebo" Lister. America's favorite bully was a born entertainer who would pop into character at the drop of a hat terrifying people on and off camera. Followed by a big smile and laugh. Thank you for being a good dude at heart. I miss you already.