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Bernie Madoff, the investment advisor who conned his clients out of billions of dollars, has died in prison at age 82.

The disgraced financier died on Wednesday, April 14, at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, where he was serving 150 years in prison.

His death was announced by the Bureau of Prisons on Wednesday morning. The spokesperson said he died of natural causes and his death was not COVID-19 related.

Madoff was accused of running one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history. The financial fraud netted Madoff $64.8 billion from 4,800 wealthy clients.

Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme collapsed like a house of cards on December 11, 2008 upon his arrest in New York City.

His sons Mark and Andrew told authorities their father had confessed to them that his investment firm was a Ponzi scheme. Madoff told his sons the billions he had "invested" for his clients was gone.

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In 2009, Madoff's brother Peter Madoff (center) pleaded guilty in federal court to a variety of charges. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

JP Morgan Chase & Co. bank agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle prosecutor's claims that it facilitated Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

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Prosecutors reached an agreement with Bernie's wife, Ruth Madoff, to keep $2.5 million and a small home.

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In return, she agreed to give up all of her possessions, including her $7 million Upper East Side penthouse; an $11 million mansion in Palm Beach, Fla.; art and jewelry worth millions; $8.8 million worth of yachts; and property in Antibes and France worth $19 million.

Madoff's son Mark hanged himself on December 11, 2010. The date was the second anniversary of his father's arrest. Madoff's son Andrew died of lymphoma on September 3, 2014.

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Madoff's personal assets, including his clothing, Rolex watches, golf clubs, and hundreds of pairs of shoes, were auctioned by U.S. Marshals. A court-appointed trustee recovered more than $13 billion of an estimated $17.5 billion for his millionaire and billionaire investors.

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At the time of Madoff's arrest, fake account statements told clients they had holdings worth $60 billion.

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Days after rap legend DMX died, rumors spread that Jay Z and Beyonce purchased his masters for his 15 children.

However, DMX's family says the rumors are not true.

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, died a week after he allegedly overdosed on drugs. He was 50.

Rumors swirled that Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce snapped up the late rapper's master recordings for $10 million as part of a lucrative deal.

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Streams and downloads of DMX's songs soared after his death. A total of 75.7 million audio and video streams were counted on April 9 and 10, WENN.com reported.

Rumor had it that Jay and Bey planned to split the proceeds from the streaming sales with DMX's 15 children.

But the late rapper's family members shot down the rumors.

"No one has bought Earl's masters," the family said in a statement to Billboard.

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The family also urged fans to be aware of anyone selling merchandise to raise funds for DMX's funeral.

"Additionally, we are not selling any merch (merchandise) or raising money for Earl's funeral. If anyone is requesting for money for his funeral please be aware the person is a scammer. We will keep the public posted on funeral/memorial service arrangements."

In a separate statement to Complex, DMX's family said: "There have been a few rumors following our loved one, Earl Simmons', passing that we'd like to clear up. No one has bought Earl’s masters."

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Lil Nas X spoke out about rumors that DMX's death was a blood sacrifice because he died on LNX's birthday.

DMX died on April 9, and coincidentally, LNX was born on April 9, 1999. That was too many 9s for some people who follow numerology.

One conspiracy theorist tweeted: "DMX was a sacrifice as he died on Lil Nas X bday. No such thing as chance."

Lil Nas X retweeted the post and wrote, "it genuinely scares me knowing how crazy you n****s are."

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LNX was already upset about tweets calling for his death before DMX passed away on his birthday.

After DMX died, Sada Baby wished death on LNX by tweeting, "Lord we said Nas X, not DMX."

After some backlash, Sada Baby clarified that he wasn't really wishing death on Lil Nas X, he was annoyed over the controversy surrounding LNX's recent Lucifer-themed music video and "Satan Shoes."

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Actress Ashley Taylor Gerren passed away in her sleep at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, her family confirmed in a statement on Monday. She was 30.

Essence.com first reported the news of the actress's untimely death. She was previously known as Gerren Taylor.

Ashley became the youngest model ever signed by the runway division of LA Models. She was also signed with the Ford Modeling Agency and was booked by the designers Tracy Reese, Tommy Hilfiger and Betsey Johnson.

Although no official cause of death was disclosed, Ashley's friends on Facebook and Instagram say she recently took the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

"I told you not to get that vxxxxxe ash f***," a commenter wrote under a photo of the "Baldwin Hills" star on Monday.

It isn't clear which vaccine Ashley received, but the Johnson & Johnson single injection vaccine has been blamed for multiple incidents of blood clots in the brain.

Tributes poured in on social media for the fresh-faced beauty who was known as the "It Girl."

Ray Cunningham, Ashley's co-star on BET's College Hill reality series in 2006, took to social media and wrote: "Just got the worst news. I hate it's on the internet already. RIP to my @BET fam, my babes Gerren (Baldwin Hills)."

Ashley leaves behind a pre-teen daughter.
 

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Rap fans groaned when reports spread that hip-hop star Black Rob was hospitalized with an unknown illness last week.

The rapper, born Robert Ross, trended on Twitter.com after a video showed him in the hospital a day after rap legend DMX died.

Rob, 51, is best known for his hit song "Whoah!", which peaked at number 43 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 2000.

Fans were concerned for Rob's health because he looked frail and weak.

Rob said: "What's goin' on. I don't know what the pain is, the pain is crazy man. It's helping me out though, but it's making me realize I got a lot to go on."

A day later, another video surfaced in which Rob said he is homeless and living from pillar to post.

Atlanta author Patrick "Big Cheez" Goines offered Rob a place to stay until he gets back on his feet.

Industry veteran Mark Curry gave an update:

"Black Rob just got discharged from the hospital," he said. "It's overwhelming to see how many people care about our legends... I don't know who put it out there... but, he's good!"

A GoFundMe account raised $10,000 of a $50,000 goal for medical expenses.

On Saturday, Rob updated his Instagram account with a message about clout chasing bloggers.

"Don’t always believe what the media post with out true context! Cats always wants to spread negativity for a come up!"
 

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Missy Elliott, Eve, Ludacris, T.I., Viola Davis, and Chance the Rapper are among the celebrities leading the tributes to rap legend DMX who passed away at age 50 on Friday, April 9.

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, died one week after he was hospitalized following a heart attack.

Missy Elliott was among the first to take to Twitter to send her condolences to his loved ones.

"Even through you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT!," she wrote. "This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & SPIRIT. Continued Prayers for X family & friends for STRENGTH/HEALING (sic)".

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Actress Viola Davis tweeted: "RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones [praying hands emoji]."

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Rapper Ludacris posted on Instagram. "The Impact That this Man made on The Culture is Unprecedented. I Have So Many Great Stories Of Hanging With X that I will truly Cherish for the Rest Of my Life. One of the Most Genuine & Passionate Human Beings I've ever had the pleasure of Sharing Memorable Time & Energy With. Rest In Peace Soldier (sic)".

Chance The Rapper tweeted simply, "Rest in Heaven DMX."

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While disgraced rapper Tip "T.I." Harris tweeted: "Rest In Peace to a cultural icon. There are no words that can mend the loss the hip-hop community felt today," and Ice-T shared, "Very Very Very few will EVER do it like you homie…. Man! This sucks… Tooooo Fn (f**king) young to go. Rest easy X."

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DMX's former Ruff Ryders Entertainment labelmate and former rapper Eve also paid her respects on Twitter.

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"#mydog I know that you are in the place of peace you deserve. I will be forever grateful to have known you. You were one of the most special people I have ever met. Full of Humor, talent, wisdom and love and most of all loyalty. This world has lost a REAL ONE but the heavens have gained an ANGEL. May you Rest".

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Original Ruff Ryders artist Swizz Beatz (left) has yet to issue a statement, but he shared a captionless image of his late pal on his Instagram Story timeline on Friday.

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Officials at DMX's previous label, Def Jam Recordings, also issued a statement, expressing their heartache at his untimely death.

"DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world," it read. "His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever."

Other tributes were written by Questlove, M.I.A., Tom Morello, Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap, singer Kehlani, and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as sports stars LeBron James and Adrian Peterson, and wrestling legend Iron Sheik.
 

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Rapper Dark Man X, aka DMX, has died at age 50. The beloved rapper was taken off life support after brain scans showed very little brain activity.

DMX, born Earl Simmons, was admitted to a hospital in White Plains, NY on Friday, April 2, after he suffered a heart attack. Sources told TMZ that the rapper overdosed on drugs.

However, his family said DMX's heart attack may have been in "reaction to the vaccine".

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In a statement on Thursday, the family said drugs were not involved in the rapper's condition.

"[DMX] got the vaccine when they opened it up to people over 50. He got it so that he could go travel and perform, stuff like that," the statement read. "He took that vaccine, and he had a heart attack. I'm not saying the vaccine did it, but he never had a heart attack before."

DMX rose to fame in the early 1990s after his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot received critical acclaim. The album sold over 251,000 copies within its first week of release.

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DMX's manager dismissed reports that he is brain dead after comedienne Luenell tweeted that her friend was "gone."

Luenell caused an uproar on Twitter on Thursday night, April 8, when she tweeted: "It is over. My friend is gone. Soar w/ the (doves emoji). Join the best that ever did it. RIP... DMX." The post was later deleted.

"RIP DMX" and "Rest in Power DMX" started trending on Twitter.com, causing DMX's manager Steve Rifkind to deny the rumors.

In a video message, Rifkind said: "Please stop posting these rumors, DMX is still alive. Yes, he is still on life support but it is not helping anybody by seeing these false rumors."

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DMX welcomed his fifteenth child in 2016. He broke down while discussing his mother in a 2012 interview. "Not once has she ever told me she loved me," he said.

On February 10, 2016, DMX was found unresponsive in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers. He was revived with Narcan and rushed to a hospital. He told doctors he suffered an asthma attack at the time.

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Midwin Charles, the CNN and MSNBC legal analyst passed away after getting the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine. She was 47.

Charles died on Tuesday, April 6, her family confirmed in a statement on social media. The family did not disclose the cause or manner of her death.

On March 1, Charles announced she had received the first dose of the experimental Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

Charles died days after she would have received her second dose of the gene therapy vaccine.

She told her followers she had preexisting medical conditions, including asthma and a severe peanut allergy.

"Just got vaccinated (qualified because of my asthma) at a FEMA center. Everyone at the site is in uniform. It's good to see our service men and women! Process was organized, efficient, and everyone is kind and in a good mood. Let’s do this!"

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In a follow-up tweet, she wrote:

"I have a death causing allergy to peanuts and wanted to have my Epi pen with me when I got vaccinated in case I went into anaphylaxis shock. Turns out my "insurance" wouldn't cover it and it's $387????"

Charles reported "soreness" at the injection site that resolved two days later.

Tributes continue to pour in on social media for the Haitian-born defense attorney, who used her social media presence to promote the vaccine.

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Midwin Charles, a prominent defense attorney and legal analyst for CNN and MSNBC, died suddenly at age 47.

Charles' family announced her untimely death in a post on her Instagram page. She passed away on Tuesday.

"It is with a profoundly heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Midwin Charles. She was known to many as a legal commentator on television, but to us she was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin."

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Now Charles' Instagram followers wonder if her death is linked to the experimental mRNA vaccine she received on March 1.

In a tweet on March 1, Charles complained about the high cost of her Epi-pen which is not covered by insurance.

Charles said she had a severe peanut allergy and she brought along an Epi-pen in case she suffered an anaphylactic shock to the mRNA injection.

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Charles would have received her second dose around three or 4 weeks after her first shot -- or right before she died.

In a post dated March 15, Charles shared an image of her elderly mother getting the mRNA injection.

She captioned the image: "Mom got the vaccine while praying to the Lord! I'm sooooo happy! This took weeks of convincing by the way. It's gon be a hot elderly girl summer!"

Charles' followers reacted angrily after her sudden death.

One follower wrote: "I pray to God it doesn't kill her mom like it did her."

Another IG user wrote: "Now she knows why momma was afraid."

And a third user wrote: "You should have never convinced your mom to take this experimental drug smh!"
 

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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!!!"