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Olympian Agnes Jebet Tirop was reportedly stabbed to death in her own home in Iten, Kenya on Oct. 13. She was 25.

The body of the long-distance runner was found in her bed by police responding to a welfare check call from the athlete's father.

Her father reached out to the authorities when he couldn't get in touch with his daughter by phone.

According to police, Tirop sustained multiple stab wounds to her neck and abdomen.

Police are looking for Agnes' husband, who went missing after her death, according to TMZ sources.

The sad news comes just weeks after Tirop set a women's world record at a 10-kilometer race in Germany.

Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's president, said in a statement:

"It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we've lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, had brought our country so much glory."

Adidas bosses also paid tribute to the athlete in a statement:

"The Adidas family is deeply saddened by the tragic news about Agnes Jebet Tirop. Agnes was an incredible person, a record-breaking athlete and a beloved member of our family. She will be greatly missed by us all and her legacy will forever live on in our memory."

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The mother of slain Chicago rapper FBG Duck says the FBI has five suspects in custody for his murder.

The aspiring rapper was gunned down in a drive-by shooting while he shopped with friends in the famed Gold Coast area of downtown Chicago on August 4, 2020.

The 26-year-old rapper, who was born Carlton Weekly, was one of Chicago's rising drill rappers. He was a member of the rap collective Fly Boy Gang, abbreviated as FBG.

His mother LaSheena Weekly took to social media on Wednesday to announce the FBI had five suspects in custody.

She said in a video:

"They killed my motherf**king son. I'm gonna be the first to tell you, they got them motherf**kers. They killed my son."

Cell phone video captured Duck's final moments as he struggled to breathe after being shot multiple times.

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The rapper and his friends had just exited a store when a black Taurus and a silver Chrysler 300 pulled up. Four shooters got out of the two vehicles and opened fire on the group.

At least 50 shots were fired at the victims in broad daylight, police say. One other man was injured but survived.

Some say Duck's murder was in retaliation for dissing deceased Chicago gang members on his last song, titled "Dead B*tches," which dropped in 2020.

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Filmmaker, author and songwriter Melvin Van Peebles has died from natural causes. He was 89.

Melvin Van Peebles is best known for his cult classics Watermelon Man and Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

A family statement reads:

"In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music.

"His work continues to be essential and is being celebrated at the New York Film Festival this weekend with a 50th anniversary screening of his landmark film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; a Criterion Collection box set, Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films next week; and a revival of his play Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, slated for a return to Broadway next year."

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Dubbed the Godfather of Black Cinema, Van Peebles shot to fame with his mainstream directorial debut, The Story of a Three-Day Pass, and landed the job of bringing Watermelon Man to the big screen in 1970.

The racial satire, starring Godfrey Cambridge, was a huge hit, landing Van Peebles a three-picture deal at Columbia.

However, movie executives were not supportive of his follow-up, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which Van Peebles made anyway using cash loaned to him by Bill Cosby.

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Melvin wrote, directed, produced, scored and edited Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, while also starring as the title character.

Following its release, the movie became the highest-grossing independent film in history.

His filmmaking credits also include Identity Crisis, which starred his son Mario Van Peebles, and Posse, in which he co-starred with his son.

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Mario also adapted his father's novel about the growth of the Black Panther Party into 1995 film Panther, and the younger Van Peebles paid homage to his dad in 2003's Baadasssss.

Among his many accolades, Melvin picked up a Cinema Vanguard Award and a Special Achievement Award from the African-American Film Critics Association, a Daytime Emmy, a Gotham Tribute Award, the Humanitas Prize, and a NAACP Image Award.

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William "Willie" Garson kept his sexuality secret to avoid the controversy of a heterosexual playing a ghey man on TV.

Garson died Tuesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Willie Garson played openly ghey Stanford Blatch, a beloved talent agent who was referred to as the "Fifth Lady" in HBO's Sex and the City.

Garson played his role so well that fans of the show assumed he was homosexual in real life.

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Blatch was besties with Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshow on the HBO series.

In the last two seasons of the show, his character, Blatch, was romantically linked with Broadway dancer Marcus Adente (Sean Palmer).

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In real life, Garson was involved in a longterm relationship with a woman who didn't want children. So he adopted a boy, Nathen, as a single father.

"He's an adult and soon to be taking care of me which is really why I got him to be honest," Garson said about Nathen, now 20. "He's lovely and a really special guy. He's wonderful and he's in college in Ohio."

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In an interview with Page Six last year Willie explained how he kept his sexuality a secret "for years" over fears his heterosexuality would be "offensive to gay people".

"For years I didn't talk about it because I found it to be offensive to gay people. People playing gay characters jumping up and down screaming that they're not gay, like that would somehow be a bad thing if they were."

He added:

"When the question would come up during the show I would say, 'When I was on White Collar no one ever asked me if I was a conman, and when I was on NYPD Blue, nobody ever asked me if I was a murderer.

"This is what we do for a living, portray people."

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Comedian Michael Blackson sparked outrage when he asked his fans to Cash app him money to help pay fellow comedian AJ Johnson's funeral expenses.

Johnson, 55, apparently suffered a heart attack in a store and died earlier this month.

His body lay in a morgue for weeks until the coroner used his dental records to identify him and contacted his family.

In a post on social media, Blackson said he received a call from Johnson's former management and his wife.

He said Johnson's wife -- who was separated from him for years -- was "in tears".

"Apparently no one has heard from AJ for about a couple of weeks," Blackson wrote.

"Get to find out he had a heart attack in some store on Sept. 6th and was taken to the hospital where he died a day later [shaking my head]. He had no identification on him and I'm shocked no one from the [Los Angeles] hospital recognized him to tell the world."

Blackson went on to say Johnson "left this world with absolutely nothing".

It's unclear how Blackson knew Johnson's financial status at the time of his death. He readily admitted that neither Johnson's former manager or wife had heard from him in years.

Then Blackson provided his Cash app ID, a mobile payment app, and asked his followers to send him money. He wrote: "at the end of the day I'll match it and send to his family to bury him. Thanks."

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However, his followers accused Blackson of pulling a "scam" and they wondered why celebs who display material wealth on social media while asking fans to send them money.

One Rhymeswithsnitch commenter wrote:

"Do these celebrities realize that most black folks are BROKE due to the unemployment of the pandemic? How about they budget THEIR money, and go a week without a $400k watch and contribute their own damn money! Folks got their own bills and loved ones to care for and bury. Y'all niggas (in Hollywood) love bragging on social media about what y'all got, so put your money where your mouth is and give that good brother a NICE send-off!"

Another reader wrote:

"MBlackstone was just on Cribs stunting. Just pay for the funeral already."

And a third person wrote:

"Everyday people already contribute by supporting these celebrities so it's only fair these celebrities contribute by supporting their own."

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LaBelle co-founder, singer and actress Sarah Dash has died at age 76. No cause of death was disclosed.

Dash's death was confirmed by Trenton, NJ Mayor Reed Gusciora in a Facebook post late Monday.

"Our resident legend and Trenton's very first music ambassador, Sarah Dash, has passed away."

The Trenton, NJ native was best known as co-founder of Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, which was later renamed to simply LaBelle in the 1970s.

Dash was born the seventh of 13 children to her pastor father and nurse mother.

She originally sang gospel but later sang R&B music when she moved to Philadelphia in the mid-1960s and met singers Nona Hendryx, Patricia "Patsy" Holte (Patti LaBelle) and Sundray Tucker.

The girls formed "The Ordettes" in 1961. In 1967, member Cindy Birdsong, who replaced original Blubelles member Sundray Tucker, left the group to join The Supremes.

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Dash, right, helped to transition the doo-wop R&B group into pop/rock/R&B group LaBelle that tackled controversial and sexually outspoken subjects. LaBelle opened for the Rolling Stones on tour.

Under Dash's direction the group ditched their bouffant wigs and glittery costumes for afros and jeans.

The group's biggest hit, "Lady Marmalade," was released in 1974 and went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Lady Marmalade," with its sexually suggestive French chorus of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?" ("Do you want to sleep with me?") made the group a household name.

"Lady Marmalade" held the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week, and was ranked number 479 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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In 1978, Dash, center (with Nona, left, and Patti, right), released her self-titled debut album, which included the top-ten disco hit, "Sinner Man."

After working with The Rolling Stones, Dash also performed in The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1978.

She went on to release solo albums and reunited with Nona Hendryx and Patti LaBelle in 1995 to record new music.
 

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Actor and comedian Anthony Johnson died after he was found lifeless in a store and rushed to a hospital earlier this month. He was 55.

His death was confirmed by his nephew, who told TMZ Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital earlier this month. No cause of death was disclosed.

Anthony is best known for his comedic roles in Friday (1995), Menace II Society (1993) and The Players Club (1998).

Johnson's career took off in 1990 after he landed the role of E.Z.E. in House Party and he went on to do stand-up comedy in Los Angeles clubs.

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He also appeared in the films Lethal Weapon 3 and in nearly 50 films and TV shows, including Moesha, Martin, Malcolm & Eddie, and I Got the Hook Up and its sequel. It's also rumored Johnson was cast to reprise his role in the upcoming Last Friday.

Fans and colleagues paid tribute to Johnson on Twitter.com.

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Akon insists the rich and famous have more problems than poor people. The Senegalese music mogul gave insight into the lives of the well-to-do after the untimely death of his friend, Michael K. Williams.

Michael was found dead in his Brooklyn penthouse from an apparent heroin overdose on Monday, Sept. 6. He was 54.

The "I Wanna Love You" rapper is convinced Michael's death is yet another example of what the "facade of success" can do to a person.

"This business creates an environment where everyone's wearing a mask. The famous and the rich go through more issues than the poor. More money, more problems," said Akon.

The 48-year-old rapper urged substance abusers to seek help and find healthier ways to cope with their problems.

He told TMZ:

"I would advise anyone who's on any kind of drugs of that nature just let it go. There's other ways to cope with issues and challenges in your life besides drugs and alcohol."

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Akon - who has always claimed to be drug-free - proudly shared how he deals with his problems and how he is unashamed to ask for help when he needs it.

"I face my problems head on. Whatever challenges I have I'll face it, because if you don't face it it's gonna haunt you. I'm not afraid to ask for help. If I need it, I'm gonna ask."

Akon confirmed he had not seen his friend Michael since before the coronavirus pandemic, but he called the "The Wire" star an "amazing person" who was "super funny and super talented."

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Michael was vocal about his lifelong struggles with drug addictions.

Less than a week before his body was discovered by his nephew, the "Boardwalk Empire" actor seemed to urge fans not to "cry" for him in a cryptic post on Instagram.

The post featured a clip of his friend Tracy Morgan urging fans not to pity him while talking about surviving a fatal limousine crash in 2014.

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In the clip, the 52-year-old comedian said: "Don't cry for me okay. I had a misfortunate [sic] accident. Don't cry for me. Cry for all the others, man.

Morgan was seriously injured and fellow comedian James McNair died when a limo they were riding in was struck by a Walmart truck.

Kevin Roper, 37, pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and four counts of third-degree aggravated assault in a New Jersey court in 2014.

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Tamron Hall paid tribute to The Wire star Michael K. Williams who died of a heroin overdose at age 54.

Tamron opened Tuesday's edition of her nationally-syndicated show with a moving tribute to the humanitarian actor who is best known as Omar Little in iconic HBO series, The Wire.

She shared a clip from his recent appearance on her show and reflected on her interview with Williams saying it was "one of the most powerful shows and interviews I've done in my decades of reporting and interviewing people."

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Fighting back tears, Tamron recalled an emotional reunion she recently had with Williams in his Brooklyn neighborhood.

"We had this instant connection," she said. "We started talking and he said to me, "Thank you so much for allowing me on the show."

Tamron recalled Williams talking about his struggle with substance abuse, and how other talk shows wouldn't allow him to share his story.

Season three of "Tamron Hall" debuted Monday, September 6.

Friday, September 10: Tamron kicks off the first-ever Tam Fam Kindness Challenge, an inspiring show full of surprises and highlighting what people are willing to do for others.

Watch Tamron Hall's tribute to Michael K. Williams below.
 

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Michael K. Williams' final Instagram post was a video clip of comedian/actor Tracy Morgan passionately urging his fans "Don't cry for me," as he recalled his fatal limousine accident in 2014.

Williams, 54, captioned the post, "I love u brother! @tracymorgan #realOG."

Just six days later, on Sept. 6, Williams' nephew found his body in his penthouse apartment in Brooklyn.

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Police suspect the actor died of a heroin overdose due to the drug paraphernalia scattered around his body.

Twitter remembered Williams' most memorable TV characters, including the homosexual stick-up man, Omar Little, in HBO's The Wire, who robbed Baltimore drug dealers to give back to the poor.

"I don't get to assimilate into anything other than the black experience," he said in a September 2020 interview.

"For me to be given the opportunity to be a storyteller and to tell a narrative of people in my community that look like me, I wear that as a badge of honor — and a huge responsibility. I'm grateful for the gift of art — if nothing else, just for that."

In the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, Williams played Albert "Chalky" White, the sensitive leader of a crime syndicate in Atlantic City during prohibition.
 

 
Earlier this year, Williams was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Montrose Freeman in HBO's Lovecraft Country.

Williams went to therapy to address his struggles with drug addiction after wrapping his Emmy nominated role.

Colleagues remembered Williams' most memorable roles in emotional and poignant Twitter messages on Monday.

Many users posted a video clip of The Wire co-star Wendell Williams earnestly describing Williams as one of the greatest actors in television history.

Datpiff.com shared a video of Williams paying tribute to rapper DMX, who died of a drug overdose in April at age 50.

Actor Freddie Gibbs recalled losing his first big role to Williams.

Bevy Smith remembered her friend as a sensitive man who "fought hard for his humanity".

And actress Vivica A. Fox referred to Williams as "an AMAZING man, friend & AWESOME actor!"