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Quindon Tarver, best known for his performance in Romeo + Juliet, died in a single car accident, according to multiple reports. He was 38.

Tarver died after he crashed his car into a wall on the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas, Texas on Friday, April 2, his uncle Willie Tarver, told the Daily Beast.

He gained fame as a child for his vocal performance in Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

"He loved everybody," another uncle, Kevin Tarver, told the Daily Beast about his nephew. "He loved music since he was young, and singing eventually took him all around the world. That was his passion."

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Tarver started out singing in church choirs and appeared as a choir boy in Baz Luhrmann's modern adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy. He performed covers of Prince's "When Doves Cry" and Rozalla's "Everybody's Free."

He also appeared in Madonna's "Like a Prayer" music video, and on seasons 2 and 7 of American Idol.

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2017, Quindon Tarver said his career tanked after he spoke out about being sexually abused by his former manager when he was on the same record label as B2K.

"I was hurting. I had been molested, I had been raped, I had lost my career, which is what I had dreamed of doing all my life," he said.

Tarver struggled with bisexuality, drugs, alcohol and suicidal thoughts. He was invited to sing "When Doves Cry" at a 2016 Prince tribute in Los Angeles, which he credits as a turning point in his life.

The singer released a new version of "Everybody's Free" in 2017, and came out with a single, "Stand Our Ground," in October, 2020.

In his final post on Instagram on March 25, Tarver spoke about suicidal thoughts and his belief in God.

He captioned the video:

"When I think of being at my lowest point in life & suicide was my only way out in 2012. After the attempted try that landed me on life support for 17 hours on a breathing machine... it was NOBODY BUT GOD that put breath back in my body! This @dorindaclarkcole song has been a testimonial song for me & it will hold dear to me heart forever! I thank God for being God!!!"

 

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Los Angeles prosecutors are considering filing criminal charges against drug dealers responsible for supplying the drugs that contributed to the death of Bobby Brown, Jr.

A toxicology report shows Bobby Brown, Jr. died from an overdose of cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol.

The 28-year-old son of R&B singer Bobby Brown and Kim Ward was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home on November 18, 2020.

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Illegal narcotics in Bobby Jr.'s system prompted his parents to demand a criminal investigation into how Bobby Jr. obtained the drugs.

Specific details about the case have not been released, but according to TMZ, authorities became involved after learning certain drug dealers are known to cut with powerful painkiller fentanyl to get users hooked.

Bobby, Jr. is the second child of the former New Edition singer to die from a drug overdose.

Brown also lost his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, in July, 2015, six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Atlanta, Georgia home.

Bobbi Kristina also had toxic levels of alcohol and cocaine in her system.

Bobbi Kristina's mother, Brown's ex-wife Whitney Houston, died from accidental drowning following a drug overdose in February 2012.

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Seven college students died when a railing they were leaning against broke, sending them plummeting to the concrete floor below.

The tragic incident happened at the Public University of El Alto in Bolivia on Tuesday.

About 100 maskless students were protesting in a packed hallway outside a lecture hall where a tense meeting was being held.

Fights broke out and some of the students were jostling each other when the railing gave way.

Seven students were pronounced dead at the scene. Five students are in critical condition at a hospital.

Disturbing video footage, captured by a bystander showed the moment before the railing broke. A dozen students fell to the concrete floor while a few students were pulled to safety.

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A female student in a blue blouse dangled precariously over the edge before her fellow students grabbed her shoes and pulled her back up.

Two female students fortunately landed on the floor just below where the railing broke.

An investigation has been ordered into the accident.

Engineering standards in the United States require balconies to withstand 100 pounds per square feet of load while railings must withstand 200 pounds of force at any point along the railing.

But construction projects are not up to code in third world countries.

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15 migrants died after the SUV they were passengers in collided with a semi truck on Tuesday, around 6:15 AM local time near the California-Mexico border.

The highway patrol said the Ford Expedition, designed to carry six people, was packed with 27 migrants when it entered a busy intersection where it collided with a gravel-filled semitruck.

Fourteen people, including the Ford driver, were pronounced dead at the scene, and another passenger died at a hospital, officials said.

California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Omar Watson said the SUV had no seats other than the driver's seat and front passenger's seat.

Watson did not indicate whether the migrants had just entered the country.

He said several of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle and died upon impact.

"Everyone in the vehicle was injured to some extent," Watson told reporters.

"Obviously, that vehicle is not meant for that many people," he added.

Watson said the SUV's driver may have ran the stop sign. "Subsequently the big rig collided with the left side of the Ford Expedition."

No charges have been filed in the crash.
 

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A New York man has been arrested and charged with fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of rapper Nicki Minaj's father.

Robert Maraj was killed as he crossed an intersection in Long Island, NY on Feb. 12, around 6 p.m. local time. He was 64.

Witnesses said a northbound white Volvo station wagon fled the scene of the accident.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Nassau County Police announced the arrest of 70-year-old Charles Polevich of Mineola.

Polevich was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Mineola on Wednesday. His bond was set at $250,000.

Nicki, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, was born in Trinidad and Tobago to Robert and Carol Maraj. Maraj worked as a finance executive and was a part-time gospel singer.

The 38-year-old rapper has not spoken publicly about her father's death.

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The hip-hop world is mourning the loss of popular rapper Baby CEO who died exactly three years after the death of his mentor, Fredo Santana.

The baby faced Memphis rapper was 20 at the time of his death, which was first reported by Twitter user @Mymixtapes.

According to reports, Baby CEO, real name Jonathan Brown, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, from a drug overdose.

Brown is best known for his 2016 rap debut "Youngest in Charge" and a series of controversial social media posts in 2013 when he rapped amid a backdrop of guns, cash and drugs.

According to reports, Brown's social media posts drew the attention of authorities due to his age. He had a lengthy criminal record and was arrested in 2015 for violating the terms of his probation.

In a social media post on Wednesday, Brown's brother noted the rapper had recently witnessed the birth of his son. He also asked fans to stop spreading rumors about his brother's death.

"He wasn't shot or killed by anyone... please stop spreading false rumors and pray for our family," he wrote.

Brown was the protege of Chicago drill rapper Fredo Santana, who died on January 19, 2018 after suffering a seizure.

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University of Utah star freshman running back Ty Jordan is dead after accidentally discharging his gun and shooting himself in the hip. He was 19.

Jordan, who grew up in the Dallas area, died while celebrating the Christmas holiday in Denton, Texas, CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City reports.

Authorities tell TMZ, the victim died early Saturday. Police responded to a shooting on the 1100 block of Avenue A in Denton, and found Jordan suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip.

He was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities believe the shooting was accidental.

Police said there was no danger to the public. A day earlier, Jordan was named Pac-12's Offensive Freshman Player of the Year, after rushing for 597 yards and scoring 6 touchdowns.

"Words cannot express the devastation and heartache that our team is feeling right now upon learning of the tragic death of our teammate and brother, Ty Jordan," Utah Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement.

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A Florida man died in a freak accident over the weekend when a window of the home he was allegedly burglarizing slammed down on his neck.

Jonathan Hernandez, 32, was alone when he climbed through a window at a home in Lehigh Acres, about 15 miles east of Fort Myers, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The window slammed down on Hernandez's neck, leaving him dangling in the air until he strangled to death.

Hernandez's family disputed law enforcement's account of the freak accident. They claim Hernandez was not a burglar, and that his death is suspicious.

His fiancée, Patricia Duarte, said the family was surprised by law enforcement's claim that Hernandez was a petty criminal who died in the commission of a burglary.

"Soon as I got there I'm like, there's no way. This isn't what happened," she told NBC2 News. "I just need something to be done the right way. I need a proper investigation. I need the actual truth to come to light."

But Lt. Russell Park, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said police found the convicted felon dead at the scene. Park said the window that Hernandez was climbing through "unexpectedly" slammed down on him and pinned him, "keeping him suspended in air" for some time until he died.

The family created a GoFundMe page for Hernandez's funeral expenses.

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A Georgia man was charged with leaving a loaded handgun unattended after a 5-year-old girl was shot in the face at her babysitter's DeKalb County home.

Jada Willingham died on Friday, Dec. 4, soon after arriving at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital, according to AJC.com.

Jada was shot in the face by a playmate she had known all her life, the AJC reports.

The shooting occurred in a babysitter's Lithonia home. The 68-year-old woman told investigators Jada was one of four children she was watching in her home when she heard a shot ring out, followed by a scream.

She said Jada and her playmate were in a bedroom where they apparently found a loaded gun. The babysitter found Jada on the floor of the bedroom, bleeding from a wound to her face.

On Friday, Dec. 11, police charged Chad Brooks, Sr. with 2nd-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to children for allegedly leaving the gun unattended.

Brooks is currently in custody at the DeKalb County Jail, Fox 5 reports. Officials say they have not determined who fired the fatal shot.

The babysitter has not been charged.

A GofundMe page raised $10,000 for Jada's funeral. She was laid to rest last week.

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South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who hit a pedestrian on his way home, has a history of speeding and other traffic violations.

Ravnsborg called police late Saturday night to report he hit a deer on his way home.

The body of 55-year-old Joseph Boever was found on a rural stretch of U.S. Highway 14 the next morning.

The Department of Public Safety issued a statement Monday that said Ravnsborg called police to say he'd hit a deer in the roadway.

Ravnsborg was driving from a GOP fundraiser dinner in Redfield to his home about 110 miles away in Pierre, spokesman Tim Bormann said.

The spokesman said Ravnsborg frequently attended the fundraiser dinners held by the Spink County Republicans at Rooster's Bar & Grill.

While Ravnsborg is known to drink occasionally he was not drinking at the fundraiser. "I didn't see him with anything but a Coke," said state Sen. Brock Greenfield, who attended the dinner.

Ravnsborg received six speeding tickets in South Dakota between 2014 and 2018, according to DPS.

The victim, Joseph Boever, had crashed his truck into a hay bale near the road while reaching for tobacco, according to his cousin Victor Nemec.

Nemec gave Boever a ride home, about 1.5 miles away after 9 p.m. Saturday. The accident happened while Boever was walking back to his truck around 10:30 p.m..

When Boever's relatives hadn't heard from him on Sunday, they saw a report about a fatal accident near where Boever left his truck, and they feared that he was involved.

Victor Nemec said he called the sheriff about 10 a.m. and was told to wait. Hours went by without a call back. Nemec said the family grew suspicious and called 911 and the Highway Patrol after 5 p.m. They were allowed to view the body and make the identification after 8 p.m. Sunday.

"I don't know if cousin Joe was laying on the highway for 22 hours or if they had bagged him up before that," Nemec said.

"A human doesn't look like a deer. The whole thing stinks to me."