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Glee stars Heather Morris and Harry Shum Jr. urged fans to pray for their former castmate Naya Rivera, after she went missing and is presumed drowned during a boating trip with her minor son on Wednesday.

Heather wrote on her Instagram Story: "We need all the prayers we can get to bring our Naya back home to us. We need your love and light."

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Naya was reported missing after she rented a pontoon boat and went out on the Lake Piru reservoir with her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey around lunchtime Wednesday.

When the boat was overdue to return, lake staff went searching for it. They found Josey asleep on board the boat. Naya was nowhere in sight.

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Josey told officers that his mom went for a swim with him but she never returned to the boat.

Authorities will renew their search and rescue mission "at first light" on Thursday morning after suspending the search around midnight.

Captain Eric Buschow, a spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, told reporters that Naya was "presumed drowned", explaining: "We're going on the belief that she did go in the water, and we've not been able to locate her. This may well be a case of drowning. This is a big reservoir, it's deep, these kinds of things happen."

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Naya's fans pleaded with authorities not to suspend the search for the 33-year-old actress.

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Josey's father is Naya's ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, whom she divorced in 2018 after four years of marriage. Naya was arrested in 2017 for assaulting Ryan.

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Naya was born on January 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita, California. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing a role on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of 4. She is pictured above at age 22.

She got her big break as Santana Lopez on the long-running Fox television musical series Glee from 2009 to 2015.

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Naya, pictured 3rd from left, on location in Manhattan's Washington Square Park with Glee castmates (L-R) Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, and Amber Riley in 2011.

She made her feature film debut in the horror flick At the Devil's Door (2014), and starred as Blanca on the third season of the Lifetime television series Devious Maids in 2015.

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Naya signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 2011 and released a single, "Sorry", featuring her ex-fiancé, rapper Big Sean, in 2013.

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Former Glee actress Naya Rivera is presumed drowned after she went missing during a boating trip with her minor son on Wednesday, July 8.

Naya, 33, rented a pontoon boat for an outing with her four-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, on the Lake Piru reservoir around lunchtime on Wednesday, authorities say.

When the boat was overdue for return, staff at the lake conducted a search and found the actress's son, Josey, sleeping alone on the pontoon boat. His mother was nowhere in sight.

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According to reports, Josey told authorities that he and his mom went for a swim and she never returned to the boat. While Josey was wearing a life vest, Naya was not wearing one, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department deployed air and dive teams to "search for possible drowning victim", which they later confirmed was Naya after her wallet and identification were found on the boat.

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The search for the missing actress was suspended at midnight with plans to continue the search and rescue operation "at first light" on Thursday, the Sheriff's Department tweeted.

"The missing person at Lake Piru has been identified as Naya Rivera, 33, of Los Angeles. SAR (search and rescue) operation will continue at first light."

Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow added that Josey, who was initially mistaken for a girl because of his long hair, is in "good health", but "the family is going through a very traumatic time right now".

Police found Naya's wallet and identification on the boat. Her vehicle, a black Mercedes G Wagon, was found in the parking lot with her purse inside.

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Naya shared her son with fellow actor Ryan Dorsey, whom she divorced in 2018 after four years of marriage. She was arrested in 2017 for assaulting Ryan.

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In her 2016 memoir "Sorry, Not Sorry," Naya called her son "my greatest success, and I will never do any better than him."

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She was engaged to rapper Big Sean in 2013, but their relationship ended a year later. They met on Twitter and collaborated musically. He appeared on her debut single "Sorry."

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In a recent post on Instagram, Naya urged her fans to make the most of their lives, writing: "No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you're alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised."

Naya is best known for her role as Santana Lopez on Fox TV's Glee from 2009 to 2015.

She previously dated Glee co-star Mark Salling who committed suicide in 2018 at age 35 after he was busted on child porn charges.

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Mary Kay Letourneau, the schoolteacher who married a former student she was convicted of raping, has died from cancer. She was 58.

Letourneau was a 6th grade teacher at an elementary school in Burien, a suburb of Seattle, when she began an inappropriate sexual relationship with then-12-year-old Vili Fualaau in 1996.

A friend of Letourneau's then-husband alerted the authorities about the relationship. Police caught Letourneau with the boy in a parked minivan at a marina in Des Moines, WA. at 1:20 a.m. on June 19, 1996.

Letourneau, a mother of four, initially told police the boy was 18. Both were fully clothed at the time, but police suspected something of a sexual nature had occurred.

Back at the police station, Letourneau, then 34, said she was babysitting Fualaau and took him home after she and her husband had a fight.

Letourneau and Fualaau's first daughter was conceived about two months later.

Letourneau pleaded guilty to two counts of child rape and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of sex offender treatment.

The jail sentence was suspended on the condition that she agreed not to contact her adolescent baby daddy.

By then, Letourneau's husband had filed for divorce and moved out of state with their four minor children.

The couple's second daughter was conceived in 1998, before Letourneau was sentenced to serve more than 7 years in prison for child rape.

After Letourneau's early release from prison in 2004, Fualaau, then 20, applied to the court for permission to see her. The couple was married in 2005.

In 2017, Fualaau, then 33, filed for a legal separation from Letourneau, 55.

Fualaau told the NY Post he still loved his wife and they were happy together. He said the separation was for business purposes "in order to sell cannabis."

He said the separation would make it easier for him to obtain a license to sell "cigaweed" - marijuana cigarettes.

"It's not necessarily what you think. When you want to get licensed, they do background checks on both parties," he told the New York Post. "If I decide to be a part of it, I have to be licensed, and I have to be vetted, and so does a spouse. She has a past. She has a history."

Fualaau worked as a DJ in the Washington area but he wanted to start his own business.
The couple's story was the subject of books and a movie on USA Network, titled "All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story."
 

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Writer Jas Waters' cause of death was revealed Thursday. Waters, also known as JasFly, died from suicide by hanging, E! News reports. She was 39.

Waters' death sent shockwaves through Hollywood. Her death was announced in a statement on the "This Is Us" writers Twitter account on Wednesday.

"The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing," the statement read.

"In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly."

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Waters was a columnist for Vibe magazine. She was a writer on Comedy Central's "Hood Adjacent with James Davis," VH1's "The Breaks," and "Kidding" on Showtime. She was also an alum on VH1's reality series "The Gossip Game."

Additionally, she had a story credit on the Taraji P. Henson feature "What Men Want."

Waters' close friends comforted each other in a private Facebook group on Thursday. They said she took her own life after suffering from depression and anxiety for many years. "The coronavirus lockdown pushed her over the edge," wrote one grieving friend.

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Jas Waters, a writer for "This Is Us" and ”Kidding", has died in Los Angeles at age 39.

Her death was announced in a statement on the "This Is Us" writers Twitter account on Wednesday.

"The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing," the statement read.

"In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly."

While no cause of death was given, friends say she took her own life after suffering from depression and anxiety for years. She struggled with fear of the unknown and isolation while on quarantine.

Waters was a writer on Comedy Central's "Hood Adjacent with James Davis," VH1's "The Breaks," and "Kidding" on Showtime. She was an alum on VH1's reality series "The Gossip Game."

Additionally, she had a story credit on the Taraji P. Henson feature "What Men Want."

Friends and followers were stunned by the news of her passing. They shared tributes to Waters on Twitter.

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Grammy-winning disco and R&B singer Bonnie Pointer passed away on Monday morning.

"It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie, died this morning," Anita Pointer tells TMZ. "Our family is devastated. On behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time."

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The Pointer Sisters (L-R) June, Ruth, Bonnie and Anita Pointer are pictured in this photo dated Jan. 16, 1974.

Bonnie founded the family group with younger sister June in Oakland, California in 1969. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 80th most successful dance artists of all-time.

Bonnie left in the mid-1970s to pursue a successful solo career with hits like "Heaven Must Have Sent You." The song became a top 20 pop hit in September 1979.

She released three albums as a Motown Records artist and found love at the label, marrying executive Jeffrey Bowen.

Bonnie is the second Pointer sister to pass away - June lost her battle with cancer in 2006 at age 52.

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Basketball Hall of Fame center Wes Unseld has died at age 74. The NBA rookie of the year and MVP passed away Tuesday after a recent battle with pneumonia and other health issues, his family confirmed.

Unseld was one of only 2 players in NBA history to be named NBA rookie of the year and MVP in the same season.

The 6-foot-7 center led the Washington Wizards to its only NBA championship and was chosen one of the greatest 50 players in league history.

"Those of us who were fortunate enough to spend time with Wes knew him as a generous and thoughtful man whose strong will was matched only by his passion and drive for uplifting others,” current Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said. “His physical prowess, undeniable talent and on-court demeanor may have struck fear in opponents throughout the NBA, but he will be remembered best as a mentor, leader and friend."
 

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The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for former WWE wrestling star Shad Gaspard who apparently drowned when a riptide pulled him under while swimming with his 10-year-old son off the coast of Venice Beach.

Gaspard, 39, was swimming with his son when a strong current pulled them both under water. His son was rescued by a lifeguard, but the 6-foot-7 in. wrestling star was swept under by a riptide and never seen again.

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Gaspard's distraught wife, Siliana Gaspard, watched the rescue effort from the shore. Mother and son remained on the beach for hours afterwards, refusing to leave as the search continued.

"We had one of our lifeguards go out to make a double rescue of a father and a son," Kenichi Haskett, of Los Angeles County Fire Dept Lifeguard Division, told DailyMail.com exclusively.

"The father unfortunately got pushed down by a wave as they were getting pulled out of the current. The lifeguard rescued and grabbed the boy, the son, and tried to grab the father as well."

Haskett advised people to swim in knee-deep water in front of the open lifeguard tower so they can be seen if they are in distress.

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"The mother and son have remained on the beach at the same location since yesterday," a local told DailyMail.com. "Neighbors have provided them with water and blankets and chairs."

"And one neighbor who lives right on the beach just steps away from the incident has opened his doors for them in case they need a bathroom or a place to rest," Venice local Patricia Powell told the Mail.
 

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"Twilight" actor Gregory Tyree Boyce and his girlfriend, Natalie Adepoju, 27, were found dead at his home in Las Vegas.

The 30-year-old, who played high school student Tyler Crowley in the 2008 movie, was supposed to be in Los Angeles last week, visiting his daughter.

A cousin who was asleep inside the home woke up and noticed the actor's car was still parked outside. He went to check on Boyce and discovered the bodies.

TMZ reports white powder was found in the home.

The cause of deaths are pending and a police investigation is ongoing.

The late actor's mother, Lisa Wayne, took to social media to reveal Greg was "in the process of starting a chicken wing business, West Wings."

"He created the flavors to his perfection and named them after west coast rappers: Snoop Dog, Kendrick Lamar, Roddy Ricch, The Game, etc.," she said.

She added: "I can say that my son was my favorite chef. He was on to something great and that was his passion."

Boyce's acting career was short-lived -- after appearing in Twilight, he went on to star in a short film titled Apocalypse. He never worked as an actor again.
 

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Rap fans are mourning the loss of promising rapper Nick Blixky who was shot dead in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday night.

The up-and-coming 21-year-old rapper, real name Nickalus Thompson, was found unresponsive and bleeding profusely on Winthrop Street around 9.30 pm after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso, police told the New York Post's Page Six.

A video clip of the aftermath of the shooting was uploaded on YouTube. The footage showing a body on the pavement as police units arrived at the scene.

Witnesses initially said police shot Blixky 7 times and left him in the street.

"He look like he dead," a witness can be heard saying on the tape. "Seven times he got shot."

But a relative named Nasir Fisher confirmed Blixky was shot by a rival gang member.

"my heart broken," he wrote. "rest in peace to my brother nick blixk. watch over me Brody."

Blixky had been due to release his debut mixtape, Different Timin, in June.
 

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Comedian Jerry Stiller, the father of actor Ben Stiller, and star of Seinfeld and King of Queens, died early Monday, May 11, of natural causes. He was 92.

His death was confirmed by his screen star son, Ben, who wrote on Twitter:

"I'm sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad."

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Jerry started his career performing comedy, and formed a duo with late wife Anne Meara, with whom he performed in Las Vegas nightclubs and on TV shows in character as arguing couple Hershey Horowitz and Mary Elizabeth Doyle. They also took their act online, for a web-based chat show filmed in their New York apartment.

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(L-R): Ben Stiller poses with his sister, Amy Stiller, and their parents Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller at Jerry's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. Meara passed away in 2015.

In 1993, Jerry enjoyed a career resurgence when he was cast as character George Costanzas' father Frank on NBC comedy Seinfeld, starring in the series until 1998 and earning an Emmy award nomination in the process.

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He also starred in the comedy series The King of Queens, alongside co-stars Kevin James and Leah Remini, and he appeared in movies such as The Heartbreak Kid, Heavyweights and the Zoolander films - opposite his son Ben.

Jerry is survived by Ben, his sister Amy, and several grandchildren.

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Soul and R&B legend Betty Wright lost her battle with cancer at home in Miami, Florida on Sunday. She was 66.

Her family confirmed her death to Billboard. No cause of death was revealed.

Wright died a week after close friend Chaka Khan urged fans to pray for Betty via Twitter.

"Calling all my #PrayWarriors," Khan tweeted. "My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prays."

Born Bessie Regina Norris in Miami in 1953, Wright was the youngest of seven children of Rosa Akins Braddy-Wright and her second husband, McArthur Norris.

Wright kicked off her career with her family's gospel group Echoes of Joy in the late 1960s. In 1965, following the group's break-up, 11-year-old Betty switched musical styles from gospel to rhythm and blues.

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Singing in local talent shows, she was spotted by a local Miami record label owner, who signed her to her first label (Deep City Records) in 1966 at age 12. She released the singles, "Thank You Baby" and "Paralyzed", which became regional hits in Miami.

She released her debut album, My First Time Around, as a teenager and scored a U.S. top 40 hit with "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do."

She first hit the Top 10 in 1971 with her single "Clean Up Woman".

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She also had huge hits with "No Pain, (No Gain)", "Tonight is the Night" and "Where is the Love", which scored her a Grammy Award for for best R&B song in 1975.

Betty founded her own record label, Ms. B Records, and released the album Mother Wit. She made history becoming the first Black female to earn a gold record in the 1980s.

The album was notable for the come-back hits "No Pain, No Gain," which returned her to the top 20 on the R&B chart for the first time in a decade, and "After the Pain".

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She enjoyed a career revival in 2006 after Sean "Diddy" Combs invited her to be part of his MTV reality show Making the Band.

Wright's career hit another peak in 2011 when she teamed up with The Roots for the album Betty Wright: The Movie, which featured guest appearances by rappers Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.

On Christmas Day in 2005 Wright's son, 21-year-old Patrick Parker was shot and killed at a holiday party in Opa Locka, Florida.

Wright is survived by 5 children. She is pictured above performing with her granddaughter Cynthia Wright. She became stepmother to her third husband's son, Yusef, who posted a beautiful tribute to his stepmother on Instagram.
 

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My heart is broken I have been unable to move for my bed I feel absolutely stuck and paralyzed with thoughts of how someone so stable and so Constant and my families life can be gone now!! you were the glue that kept us all together before and after Daddy passed and now it on us to do the work on our own..thank you thank you thank you so much Mama Betty #Ms.B @therealbettywright for being there for us for loving us unconditionally and also our mothers you were truly a Rock for us all and i’m so blessed that I got to talk to you and tell you how much I loved and appreciated you! and no matter how tired you were you always had time to talk to me about Knowing my worth and my value in my career and all the things I had to offer whether it was music or beauty and I’m so grateful for that..I pray that you and Daddy are dancing in heaven because I’m sure he’s so happy to see you.???? rest well #bettywright i love you

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Mick Jagger, Elton John and Bob Dylan are among the plethora of musicians who paid tribute to the late Little Richard who passed away from bone cancer on Saturday, May 9. He was 87.

The man dubbed "The Originator" and "The Architect of Rock and Roll" passed away after years of battling poor health, his son Danny Penniman confirmed to Rolling Stone on Saturday.

In a statement, Richard’s agent, Dick Alen, said:

"Little Richard passed away this morning from bone cancer in Nashville. He was battling for a good while, many years. I last spoke to him about two or three weeks ago. I knew he wasn’t well but he never really got into it, he just would say 'I'm not well.'"

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Richard Wayne Penniman was born in Macon, Georgia, on December 5, 1932. He was the third of 12 children. His mother, Leva Mae, was a homemaker and a member of Macon's New Hope Baptist Church. His father, Charles "Bud" Penniman, sold bootleg moonshine and owned a nightclub in Macon called the Tip In Inn.

Richard began singing in church at a young age. He was a mischievous child who played pranks on his neighbors. He had an unusual walk because one of his legs was shorter than the other. He was teased by other children for his walk and his effeminate ways.

Richard said in 1984 that he only played with girls as a child and his father brutally beat him when he caught him wearing his mother's makeup and clothing.

Richard was a below average student at Macon's Hudson High School. He learned to play alto saxophone and joined his school's marching band in the fifth grade.

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Richard's early musical influences were Mahalia Jackson and his favorite singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who paid him to sing at one of her shows.

He stated he was inspired to play the piano after he heard Ike Turner's piano intro on "Rocket 88." Richard left home to perform in a traveling music revue and vaudeville acts. He also performed in drag under the stage name "Princess LaVonne".

After moving to Atlanta, Richard signed with RCA Victor and recorded his first hit song, a blues ballad entitled "Every Hour". The single was a regional hit and helped reunite Richard with his father, who regularly played the song on his nightclub jukebox.

In February 1952, Richard left RCA Victor. That same month his father was killed in a violent confrontation outside his nightclub.

Richard struggled in poverty for the next 2 years, eventually landing a job as a dishwasher for Greyhound Bus Lines back in Macon.

While in Macon, he met Esquerita, a fellow gay, Black singer and pianist, whose flamboyant onstage persona and dynamic piano playing would deeply inspire Richard.

Openly gay musician Billy Wright, befriended Richard and taught him to wear pancake makeup and to style his hair in a long pompadour similar to his own.

"I wore the makeup so that white men wouldn't think I was after the white girls," he told Jet magazine in 2000.

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Richard dated both women and men earnestly. He was intrigued by heterosexual couples having sexual intercourse. A female friend would drive him around Macon at night and pick up men who allowed him to watch them have sex in the backseat.

His obsession with voyeurism got him arrested after a gas station attendant reported sexual activity in a car Richard was occupying with a heterosexual couple. He spent 3 nights in jail and was temporarily banned from performing in Macon.

Richard met his only wife, Ernestine Harvin, at an evangelical rally in October 1957. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1964 due to his celebrity status and sexual lifestyle.

In 1957, Richard withdrew from Oakwood College after exposing himself to a male student. In 1962, he was again arrested for spying on men urinating in toilets at a Trailways bus station in Long Beach, California.

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Despite his obvious sexual proclivities, Richard denied being gay during an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman in 1982. He said:

"God gave me the victory. I'm not gay now, but, you know, I was gay all my life. I believe I was one of the first gay people to come out. But God let me know that he made Adam be with Eve, not Steve. So I gave my heart to Christ."

In 1955, Richard landed a recording contract with Specialty Records and recorded a dirty blues track titled "Tutti Fruitti." The record label owner thought the song had potential but he hired a songwriter to tone down Richard's raunchy lyrics.

"Tutti Fruitti" became an instant hit, eventually selling 1 million copies. Richard helped shatter the color barrier on the music charts, joining Chuck Berry and Fats Domino in bringing what was once called "race music" into the mainstream.

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His captivating combination of energetic piano playing, howling vocals and outrageous style made him an implausible sensation, and the first openly gay, Black man celebrated across America for his flamboyance and art.

Following his breakthrough hit, Richard recorded "Long Tall Sally" which landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers chart. He scored 15 more top-selling singles, including "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Slippin' and Slidin'" and "Lucille."

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Richard also influenced countless music legends, from The Beatles to David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Prince. Icons tweeted their heartfelt condolences to the rock pioneer.

"I'm so saddened to hear about the passing of Little Richard, he was the biggest inspiration of my early teens and his music still has the same raw electric energy when you play it now as it did when it first shot through the music scene in the mid 50's," Mick Jagger wrote on social media.

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"When we were on tour with him I would watch his moves every night and learn from him how to entertain and involve the audience and he was always so generous with advice to me. He contributed so much to popular music. I will miss you Richard, God bless."

Elton John added that Richard was, "Without a doubt — musically, vocally and visually" his biggest influence, noting: "His records still sound fresh and the opening few seconds of "Tutti Frutti" are the most explosive in music history."

"He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy," added Bob Dylan. "His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do."

Paul McCartney admitted: "I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it. He would say, 'I taught Paul everything he knows'."

And former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr wished "peace and love" to one of his "all-time musical heroes."

Former First Lady Michelle Obama, and filmmakers Ava DuVernay and John Waters were among the stars who also shared tributes to the late musician.

"I served soul food brunch to Little Richard every Sunday for a year while waitressing at Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in LA," DuVernay tweeted on Saturday. "I was a college student. He tipped me a crisp $100 bill each week on a $75 breakfast with friends. This was 30 years ago. Helped me so much. God rest his soul."

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Andre Harrell, the influential music executive and producer who discovered Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Mary J. Blige, died suddenly at his home in West Hollywood, California on Friday, May 8.

His cause of death was revealed as heart failure.

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The 59-year-old's death was announced late Friday night by DJ D-Nice during his Club Quarantine series on Instagram Live, and confirmed in a short video posted on the account for Combs's multi-platform music network Revolt TV, where Harrell served as vice-chairman.

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Harrell is pictured with his son, Gianni Credle-Harrell, 25, in a photo dated Feb. 17, 2018. The legendary music executive, who was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, New York, is best known for founding Uptown Records, which became one of the most influential and successful hip-hop and R&B labels during the 1990s.

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Mary J Blige was the first female R&B singer signed to Uptown Records. Uptown Records was responsible for the success of stars including Notorious BIG, Jodeci, Guy, and Heavy D and the Boyz.

Harrell was part of the 1980s hip-hop duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde alongside Alonzo "Mr. Hyde" Brown. The group was known for its corporate business image and wearing designer suits and ties onstage.

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Harrell, pictured left with Sean "Puffy" Combs (center) and Jay-Z, served as CEO of Motown Records from 1995 until 1997. Through a multimedia deal with MCA Music Entertainment Group, Harrell developed film and television productions, including the movie Strictly Business and FOX's hit police drama series, New York Undercover, which aired from 1994 until 1998.

Uptown also introduced the sub-genre of New Jack Swing, after signing super-producer Teddy Riley of Guy and Blackstreet fame.

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Harrell (front row, 2nd from left) was on hand to celebrate with Riley (in red cap) at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Aug. 16, 2019.

The "No Diggity" hitmaker led the emotional tributes to Harrell, who he last spoke to before his recent Instagram Live showdown with fellow producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.

"We've lost one of the greatest mentors in my life," Riley said in a post on the site.

"I'm so happy I got to tell you one hour before the versus Battle, how much I respect and love you, as my big brother and mentor! The pep talk that you've given me right before, felt like the same pep talks that you've given me the beginning of Uptown Records, sleeping on the couch at your office (Brownstone) in BK. You chose me out of all the kids that you could have picked to work with you. I will never forget, all of these cherished moments and I will never forget you!!! I salute you... King of New Jack Swing."

Oscar-winner Viola Davis also honored Harrell, tweeting, "Thank you for the gift of so many incredible artists. Gone too soon."

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Jamaican ska singer Millie Small has died after suffering a stroke in England. She was 73.

Millie was best known for her 1964 hit "My Boy Lollipop," which featured a little-known Rod Stewart playing the harmonica.

Millie's death was confirmed to the Jamaican Observer newspaper by her friend and former producer, Chris Blackwell.

He said of Millie, who he last saw 12 years ago: "I would say she's the person who took ska international because it was her first hit record reaching number 2 both in the U.K. Singles Chart and in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It became a hit pretty much everywhere in the world," he told the Jamaica Observer.

"I went with her around the world because each of the territories wanted her to turn up and do TV shows and such, and it was just incredible how she handled it. She was such a sweet person, really a sweet person. Very funny, great sense of humor. She was really special."

"My Boy Lollipop", originally recorded by Barbie Gaye in late 1956, was a smash hit for 17-year-old Millie in 1964.

The song sold over seven million copies and it was played at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

In a rare interview in the August, 2016, edition of Goldmine, Millie said she never received any royalties for the hit single.

Millie, who was born Millicent Dolly May Small, retired from singing in 1970, "because it was the end of the dream and it felt like the right time." In 1984 she welcomed her daughter, Jaelee, who is a singer/songwriter.