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A homeless woman who appeared in A&E's Beyond Scared Straight as a teenage delinquent was found dead in a vacant house in Victorville, California on August 26.

"Upon arrival, deputies located Ashley Tropez inside the house, suffering from traumatic injuries," the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department said in a press release Saturday. The press release didn't disclose the cause of Tropez's death.

Tropez, 24, was squatting inside a vacant house with another homeless woman, Alexis Call.

Call, who was reportedly in a relationship with Tropez, was arrested and charged in Tropez's murder.

Call, 24, is being held at the High Desert Detention Center. She appeared at a bond hearing on Tuesday.

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Tropez was just 17 years old when she appeared with other troubled teens in the Emmy-nominated series, which ran from 2011 to 2015.

The young gang member appeared on the show for allegedly "fighting, getting in trouble and selling weed."

Tropez spoke about her experience on the show a year later. She said it didn't change her life.

"I'm still the same person," Tropez said at the time. "I just be everywhere, from friends to family's houses. Just chilling."

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Aspiring comedian Teddy Ray's body was found floating in a swimming pool around 10 a.m. on August 12, police say.

His body was found by a maintenance worker, who called 911.

The 32-year-old Los Angeles native was pronounced dead at a private residence in Rancho Mirage, California.

TMZ reported that Ray's official cause of death is drowning.

The Riverside County Coroner's office ruled the manner of death a suicide.

Police say there were no obvious signs of foul play.

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Ray lived in Gardena, California, about 125 miles west of the home where his body was discovered.

The comedian, born Theadore Brown, is best known for his comedy skits on multiple TV shows and TikTok videos. He got his start on BET's Comic View. He also appeared on Russell Simmons' All Def Digital, "Wild 'n Out" and "PAUSE with Sam Jay" on HBO Max.

His death was confirmed in a post on Comedy Central's Twitter account: "Teddy Ray was a hilarious and beloved performer. He'll be deeply missed by the entire comedy community."
 

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According to MSN News, Anne Celeste Heche has died from her injuries after crashing her car into a house last week. She was 53.

Heche's close friend, Nancy Davis, announced her death on Instagram on Friday. She wrote: "Heaven has a new Angel. My loving, kind, fun, endearing and beautiful friend Anne Heche went to heaven. I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we have shared."

A rep for Heche released a statement Thursday saying the actress was "not expected to survive" after the fiery crash.

Heche suffered severe burns as well as smoke inhalation that deprived her brain of oxygen following the crash.

"Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition," a representative told CNN in a statement. "She is not expected to survive."

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"It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable," the statement added.

The statement went on to "thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne's recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital."

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"Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit... she will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light," the statement said.

Heche won a Daytime Emmy in 1991 for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama series for her role in the long-running soap opera "Another World."

She is survived by her two sons: 20-year-old Homer Laffoon and 13-year-old Atlas.

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Frederick "Freddie" Waite Jr, the original drummer for British-Jamaican reggae band Musical Youth, has passed away at age 55.

Pictured clockwise, from bottom left: Michael Grant, Freddie Waite Jr., Patrick Waite (1968 - 1993), Dennis Seaton and Kelvin Grant.

A rep for the band confirmed his death in a statement on social media Thursday. "We are sad to announce the passing of Musical Youth's drummer Frederick Waite Jr. Our thoughts go out to him and his family during this sad time. We have lost a musical legend, who inspired many young musicians over the last 40 years. Rest in Eternal Peace."

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Musical Youth is best known for their international hit song "Pass the Dutchie" (1982). The song was No. 1 in 7 countries and went platinum in Canada. "Pass the Dutchie" peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Waite Jr. was just 12 years old when he formed the Musical Youth with his brother, Patrick Waite (bassist) who died in 1985. They recruited the Grant brothers, Kelvin on guitar and Michael on keyboards. Vocalist Dennis Seaton joined the band later as frontman.

Musical Youth found a new generation of fans when their classic single was featured on the US TV series Stranger Things season 4.

The group disbanded in 1985 and returned in 2001 as a duo.

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Olivia Newton-John said she contemplated dying and looked forward to death amid her 30 year breast cancer battle.

Newton-John passed away on Monday, August 8, at age 73. The singer and Grease actress spoke about dying on the "A Life of Greatness" podcast in 2021.

When asked if she contemplated her own death, she replied: "I have quite a few times." She said her terminal illness was "sooner than I would have wanted."

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Newton-John, pictured in Grease with John Travolta, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and given a 5 year prognosis.

In 2018 she revealed that her stage 4 breast cancer had spread to her back.

"I mean — we all know we are going to die," the Australia actress said. "I think we spend our lives probably much in denial of it."

Newton-John said she believed in life after death and that we are all batteries in a big cosmic computer.

"What I feel about it is extremely personal, so I find it hard to put into words," she explained. "I believe that we are all part of one thing. I've had experiences with — how can I put it? — spirits or spirit life or felt the spirit world or have heard things that I believe there is something that happens. It's almost like we are parts of a big computer and we go back to the main battery. I don't have a definite definition of what it is. Some people call it 'heaven.' Some call it 'the universe.' I just think there is a great knowingness out there that we become part of."

Newton-John said she hoped "the energies of the people you love are there," and she believes "all the love will be there."

She said she'd spoken to people who had near-death experiences who described it as full of love.

"So I'm kind of looking forward to that," she said, "Not now but when it happens."

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Legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier has died at age 81. The news was confirmed by his son Lamont Dozier Jr. on Instagram.

"Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!" he wrote, alongside a photo of the two of them together.

Dozier was 1/3 of the legendary Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, alongside Eddie Holland and Brian Holland, from 1962 to 1967.

They wrote and arranged hit songs for Motown legends, including "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" for Marvin Gaye; Martha and the Vandellas ("Heat Wave"), the Four Tops ("Baby I Need Your Loving"), and 10 out of the Supremes' 12 No. 1 singles, including "Baby Love", "Stop! In the Name of Love", and "You Keep Me Hangin' On".

Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1968 after a contract dispute with founder Berry Gordy. They continued writing songs for Motown artists for the next decade until the lawsuit was settled in Gordy's favor.

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Holland-Dozier-Holland were honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on February 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. They were joined at the ceremony by Stevie Wonder, Gordy and Mary Wilson, of the Supremes.

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Eddie, Lamont and Brian were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1988, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and Hollywood's RockWalk in 2003.

Dozier is survived by his 6 children. His wife, Barbara Dozier, died in 2021.

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British singer, actress Dame Olivia Newton-John has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 73.

The four-time Grammy Award winner is best known for her hit song "Let's Get Physical" (1981) off her eleventh studio album of the same name.

John charted four number-one hits and ten top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as 2 Billboard 200 number-one albums, If You Love Me, Let Me Know and Have You Never Been Mellow.

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Her acting credits include the musical film Grease, whose soundtrack include two of her biggest hits: "You're the One That I Want" featuring co-star John Travolta, and "Summer Nights".

She also starred in the 1980 film Xanadu, and Two of a Kind (1983).

John was married twice and shares daughter, Chloe, with ex-husband, actor and dancer Matt Lattanzi, who appeared in 4 of her music videos including "Let's Get Physical." They divorced in 1995 after 11 years of marriage.

Newton-John was an enthusiastic animal rights and environmental activist.

She is survived by daughter, Chloe, and husband John Easterling.
 

 

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"Star Trek" icon Nichelle Nichols passed away at a rental property in Silver City, N.M., on Sunday, July 31. She was 89.

Her death was announced Sunday in a statement by Gilbert Bell, her talent manager and business partner of 15 years.

Nichols is best known for her role as communications officer Uhura on the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series.

Nichols' final years were filled with misery. She fought publicly with her son, Kyle Johnson, for selling her home and refusing to allow friends to visit her.

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Nichols and Johnson are pictured above at the 18th annual Official Star Trek Convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on July 31, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Nichols's longtime friend, Angelique Fawcette, and Nichols' manager, Bell, criticized Johnson for what they claimed was mismanagement of his mother's conservatorship.

Nichols suffered from dementia, and Johnson was appointed conservator of his mother and her estate in 2019.

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Johnson told The Los Angeles Times in an email that the proceeds from the sale of her home were added to his mother's conservatorship account, and that she lived with him at a "modest" rental property in New Mexico.

"We have moved here, and we're going to remain here," he said, explaining their rental home is "a little more modest than being in Los Angeles, but meeting our needs."

"This is a very special woman," Bell said of his longtime friend. Fawcette added, "I will always keep my promise to fight for Nichelle."

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NBA great William Felton "Bill" Russell passed away at his home on Mercer Island in Washington state on Sunday, July 31. He was 88.

His death was announced by his family in a social media post.

"Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully today at age 88, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side," the post read.

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Russell (center) is pictured with Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (right) in a photo dated July 10, 2019.

In 2009, the NBA renamed the NBA Finals' MVP trophy to the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in honor of the 5-time NBA MVP and 12-time NBA All-Star.

Russell led a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 NBA championships during his 13-year career. Some sports analysts regard him as one of the greatest basketball players of all time for his shot blocking and defense.

The 6-foot-10 superstar had a 7 ft 4 in. arm span. He led the NBA in rebounds 4 times, and he grabbed 1,000 or more rebounds in a dozen consecutive seasons with the Celtics.

Russell became the first Black player-coach in professional sports history and the first to win a championship. He became the first basketball star to draw a $125,000 salary as a player-coach in 1966.

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Russell (left) led the Celtics in back-to-back titles in 1968 and 1969 against Wilt Chamberlain's Lakers team, before retiring in '69. His No. 6 Celtics jersey was retired on March 12, 1972.

Russell returned to the game as a coach and GM of the Seattle SuperSonics and a half season as coach of the Sacramento Kings.

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Russell was the first Black NBA player to achieve superstar status on and off the court. He is pictured with (L-R) Kobe Bryant, Billie Jean King, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in a photo dated July 10, 2019.

Russell was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. And he was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

In 2011, former President Barack Obama awarded Russell the Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House.

Russell is survived by his fourth wife, Jeannine Russell, and three adult children from his first marriage.

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Emmy-winning character actress Mary Alice Smith has died of natural causes. She was 80.

The actress' family announced she passed away on Wednesday, July 28.

The star of stage and screen is best known for her roles as Leticia "Lettie" Bostic on NBC's TV sitcom A Different World (1987–1989) and Effie Williams in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle.

Mary Alice also performed on Broadway and she won an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (I'll Fly Away) in 1993.

She also won a Tony Award in 1987 for Best Featured Actress in a Play (Fences).

Fans paid tribute to the actress on Twitter.

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Actor Tony Dow who played Wally Cleaver, the older brother to Jerry Mathers' Beaver on TV sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," has died in a hospice. He was 77.

Dow was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2022.

Dow's death was initially announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

The Facebook announcement was deleted when Dow's wife of 42 years, Lauren Shulkind, said he was still alive in a hospice.

On Wednesday, another death notice was posted on Facebook: "We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony's son, that Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey," the post said.

The message continued:

"We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best - 'It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.'"

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"Leave it to Beaver" began airing in 1957 and ran until 1963.

Dow was born in Hollywood, California. He won the role of Wally Cleaver in a casting call with very little acting experience.

After the series ended, Dow appeared on other television shows, including My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, Adam-12, Love American Style and The Mod Squad.

Dow served in the National Guard in the late 1960s

He reprised his role as Wally in a television movie and in "The New Leave It to Beaver".

In the 1990s, Dow revealed that he suffered from clinical depression after being typecast as Wally, and being unable to find work as an actor.

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Robert Hoobler, the police officer who save rapper Lil Wayne's life after a failed suicide attempt as a child has passed away in New Orleans.

Hoobler was found dead Friday in his Old Jefferson home, his friends tell Nola.com.

The retired cop battled health problems following a serious car accident years ago, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes which led to both of his legs being amputated.

Lil Wayne had offered financial support to Hoobler who saved his life following a suicide attempt at age 12.

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In an interview last year on Uncomfortable Conversations, the rapper, born Dwayne Carter Jr., recalled using a 9mm pistol in his mother's apartment to shoot himself in 1994.

"I knew where she put her gun and it was in her bedroom. And so I went in her bedroom, grabbed the gun," he said.

Weezy said he pointed the gun at his head but then changed his mind and put it to his chest instead because he "got a little too scared."

"I knew I had a mental health problem when I pulled the trigger," he said.

Hoobler was the first officer to arrive at the scene.

Wayne remembers Hoobler, a white police officer, showing more compassion for him than the Black cops on the scene.

Wayne said Hoobler told the other cops to stop searching for drugs in the room and call an ambulance.

"Save the baby!" Hoobler yelled.

"I was spitting all in his face, blood and everything, and all I was trying to tell [him] was I'm not a baby. He kept saying, 'Do you not see the f**king baby on the ground with a hole in his chest?'"

"He was screaming at them (cops)... and he must've been the boss because they all came in the room and was like, 'Oh sorry boss, we called the ambulance.'"

There was no ambulance available, so Hoobler ordered a cop to back his police cruiser up to the residence.

He carried Wayne to the patrol cruiser and gently placed the bleeding boy across his lap in the backseat.

One officer blocked traffic at major intersections, while another officer rushed Hoobler and Wayne to a nearby hospital.

The two men bumped into each other again in 2019. Wayne offered to provide financial support for Hoobler.

"I met him years later and he said to me, 'I'm just happy to see I saved a life that mattered.'"

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Weezy (pictured at age 14 with mentor Birdman) said he was depressed because his mother, Jacita, banned him from rapping.

Wayne recalled the suicide attempt on his track, "London Roads."

At the time, Wayne was under the assumption that Hoobler was deceased.

    Ms. Cita, I remember goin' in your gun drawer
    Puttin' it to my chest and missin' my heart by centimeters
    Oh Lord, I remember dyin' on her room floor
    And wakin' up in some police's arms, he died recent
    So I hope Heaven made more room for him, and I hope he see me
    'Cause if he didn't save that lil boy, there'd be no Weezy
    Oh Lord.

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Minutes before Tampa rapper Rollie Bands was shot and killed, he invited his killers to his home.

Bands sent a social media challenge to his killers on Instagram.

"A lot of these n***as [know] where I live at [for real]. I sleep in peace. If a ni**a want smoke I'm at my crib in 5 mins."

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The killers pulled up 5 minutes later and opened fire.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call of a man down at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 22.

Deputies found the aspiring rapper laying face down in the parking lot of the IQ Apartments on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

Bands was suffering from a single gunshot wound and later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police say the unknown assailants fled the scene before deputies arrived.

Twitter users reacted to another senseless murder of a young man in the prime of his life.

One user wrote: "Internet got the youth all messed up. They post, snap, tweet or Facebook every single move they make. Always looking for validation."

Another person wrote: "people that hate you pay more attention to you than those who love you. y’all gotta be careful over these apps. everything ain’t always a joke."

A third person tweeted: "So basically he got exactly what he asked for. Nothing to see here folks. Hope his family doesn't gotta throw a fish fry to bury him."

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Nashville blues singer Shonka Dukureh, who played Big Mama Thornton in "Elvis", was found dead in her apartment on Tuesday. She was 44.

Metro Nashville Police said one of Dukureh's two minor children found her dead in the bedroom of her apartment and ran to a neighbor for help.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Dukureh sang "Hound Dog" as Big Mama Thornton in the new "Elvis" movie. Elvis Presley was accused of stealing his hit 1956 song "Hound Dog" from Thornton, who is Black.

"Hound Dog" was Thornton's only hit record, selling over 500,000 copies in 1953, and spending 7 weeks at No. 1 on the R&B charts.

Dukureh also appeared in the music video for Doja Cat's song "Vegas," and she performed with Doja Cat on stage at Coachella earlier this year.

Dukureh told The Tennessean that she could relate to Thornton's "really raw" music.

"I was very aware and wanting to really be intentional about making sure I was paying respect, respecting her, respecting her legacy, respecting her spirit, respecting everything about what she brought to music and understanding that I'm able to do it because she's done it and laid that foundation," Dukureh said.

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Stand-up comedian Jak Knight's cause of death was determined to be suicide and the manner of death is a gunshot wound to the head. He was 28.

Knight was found on a Los Angeles embankment on July 14, 2022. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and later pronounced dead.

Knight's family refused to release details, such as the time he was found. They confirmed only that he passed away on Thursday.

Knight was best known for co-creating and starring in Peacock series Bust Down with Chris Redd and Sam Jay. He was a writer on the hit comedy TV series Black-ish, and he worked on the HBO series Pause With Sam Jay.

Fellow stand-up comedians paid tribute to the rising star on social media. Comedian Phoebe Robinson called Knight "A brilliant stand-up comic and dope person."

"Rest In Peace Jak Knight. Hilarious comedian and a great guy. I can't believe it," Eternals' star Kumail Nanjiani tweeted.

"You ever juke on a girl while drunk crying about Jak Knight dying? 10/10 experience," wrote Broad City's Hannibal Buress posted.

"Jak Knight was hilarious. His voice in comedy will be missed," Workaholics star Blake Anderson wrote.

Knight's family asked for privacy "during this extremely difficult time," a rep said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.