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Stand-up comedian and actor Louie Anderson died Friday of complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 68.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer of the white blood cells of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's immune system.

Anderson was receiving cancer treatment in a Las Vegas hospital when he died.

Born in Minnesota, Anderson was named one of "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time" by Comedy Central in 2004.

Among his many TV and film credits include Saturday morning cartoon Life With Louie, in which he played his 8-year-old self, and the comedy classic Coming to America (1998). He also starred in the sequel, Coming 2 America (2021), his final film role.

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In Coming to America, Louie tells Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall's characters, "You know, I started on clean-up just like you guys. But now, see I'm washing lettuce. Soon I'll be on fries, then the grill. In a year or two, I make assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in."

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In addition to acting and stand-up comedy, Anderson was the host of the third revival of Family Feud from 1999 to 2002 and he earned an Emmy Award for his performance on the FX comedy television series Baskets. He also authored 4 books.

Longtime friend and comedian Pauly Shore tweeted that he visited Anderson in the hospital Thursday evening.

When a fan responded to Shore's tweet asking him to let Anderson know how much "we love him," Shore responded, "I did."

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Legendary rocker and actor Meat Loaf died from COVID complications on Thursday at age 74. He was surrounded by his wife Deborah and daughters Pearl and Amanda, Deadline.com reports.

Meat Loaf's family announced his death in a statement on Friday.

"We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. From his heart to your souls... don't ever stop rocking!"

Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, is best known for his best-selling album Bat Out of Hell and his role as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.

Meat Loaf has sold more 100 million albums worldwide. Born in Dallas, he was a high school football star before moving to New York in the 1969s, where he landed roles on Broadway.

In addition to Rocky Horror Picture Show, his other screen credits include Fight Club, Roadie, Motorama, Crazy in Alabama, Stage Fright, Spice World, Leap of Faith and Americathon. He also appeared in several episodes of the 2017-18 series Ghost Wars.

Meat Loaf's Grammy-winning album, Bat Out of Hell, spawned the hits "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad."

The album sold more than 65 million copies and stayed on the charts for nine years, making it one of the best-selling albums in history.

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Character actress Carol Speed died Friday at her home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, her family announced. She was 76.

Born Carol Ann Bennett Stewart in Bakersfield, California, Speed was the first Black homecoming queen in Santa Clara County.

Speed is best known for her roles in blaxploitation films The Mack, Black Samson and Abby.

She played Lulu, Max Julien's prostitute in The Mack (1973), a possessed woman in Abby (1974), and the girlfriend of a lion-owning club owner (Rockne Tarkington) in Black Samson (1974).
 
RELATED: RIP: Max Julien, Star of ‘The Mack’, Dead at 88
 

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Speed's The Mack co-star Max Julien died on New Year's Day at age 88.

Speed also played an inmate opposite Pam Grier in The Big Bird Cage (1972) and she was left stranded at the alter by Lamont (Demond Wilson) in the "Sanford and Son" episode "Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride."

She starred on an episode of NBC's Julia opposite Diahann Carroll and had a recurring role on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives in 1970.

Speed had one child, a son, who died. She leaves behind a grandson, Marc, and sister Barbara.

Watch scenes from The Mack featuring Carol Speed and Max Julien below.
 

 

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Fashion legend and former Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley died at a hospital in White Plains, New York on January 18, TMZ reports.

Talley, 73, was the news director at Vogue from 1983 to 1987 before becoming the magazine's creative director from 1988 to 1995.

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Talley was a larger than life personality who broke fashion barriers as a young gay man with impeccable style and taste.

He was born in Washington, D.C. and raised by his maternal grandmother, Binnie Francis Davis, in Durham, North Carolina during the Jim Crow era.

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"For a long time my grandmother would not allow white people to come into our house," Talley said. "That was her rule. The only white man who ever came into the house was the coroner."

Talley said Miss Binnie inspired him and gave him an "understanding of luxury" that fueled his love for fashion.

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His interest in fashion was piqued when he discovered an issue of Vogue magazine in the local library at the age of nine or 10. He is pictured with Vogue editor-for-life Anna Wintour at the Donna Karan New York Fall 2011 fashion show.

After graduating from Brown University with a Master of Arts degree in French Literature in 1972, Talley worked as an unpaid apprentice for Diana Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1974.

Vreeland, then Vogue editor-at-large, was so impressed with Talley that she hooked him up with a job at Andy Warhol's Factory and Interview magazine for $50 a week.

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He went on to work for The New York Times and other publications before finally landing at Vogue.

In 2007, Talley was ranked 45th in Out magazine's 50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.

He was virtually homeless after being evicted from his New York mansion in February 2021.

Talley never married and had no children.
 

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TikTok influencer Rory Teasley (right) died after his boyfriend of 10 years allegedly strangled him during a fight over a video game. He was 28.

According to Michigan's Oakland County Sheriff's Department, officers responded to a 911 call from Docquen Jovo Watkins in Pontiac, Michigan on Thursday.

Watkins, 31, told the 911 dispatcher that he and Teasley had a fight over a video game, according to Click On Detroit.

Watkins, 31, told police that Teasley was now "sleeping" on the couch.

Officers arrived at the scene to find Teasley unresponsive at the apartment. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Watkins told investigators he and Teasley fought over a shooting game called "Overwatch."

He was arrested and charged with homicide and is being held without bond at the Oakland County Jail.

Teasley was best known for posting comedy and dance videos on TikTok under the username @too2pump4tv. He had over 200,000 followers and millions of views on his videos.

@too2pump4tv The Queen @Beyoncé On Tik Tok Awe Shiiit ???????? #Fyp #ForYouPage #Beyonce #BeyonceChallenge #Mood #TeamAries #Aries #2Pump4Tv ? Freakumdresschallenge - b.beyonce

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Legendary actress Betty White passed away 6 days after suffering a stroke, according to her death certificate, obtained by TMZ.

Betty's cause of death is listed as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), which is caused by blood clots or a ruptured blood vessel that results in a lack of blood flow to part of the brain.

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TMZ reports The Golden Girls TV sitcom star died "peacefully in her sleep" at her home on December 31, 2021, less than 3 weeks before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday.

A movie honoring the milestone, "Betty White: 100 Years Young -- A Birthday Celebration" will still be released. It features White's friends and colleagues, including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Jimmy Kimmel, and more.

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Renowned percussionist, songwriter, and singer James Mtume passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 9. His cause of death is unknown. He was 76.

Mtume, real name James Forman, was a jazz and R&B musician, record producer, activist, and radio personality.

"A lot of folks didn't know that Mtume was so political and savvy in so many different areas," said Fatiyn Muhammad, the host of the WBLS radio show Open Line.

"I felt like the air got sucked out the room. Mtume was a special individual," he said on Sunday.

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In 2008, Mtume (far left) celebrated Rev. Al Sharpton's birthday with Dominique Sharpton and Gov. David Paterson at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in New York.

Mtume was discovered by legendary trumpeter Miles Davis who took the young musician on tour with him between 1971 and 1975.

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Mtume later formed an R&B group called Mtume, which is best known for the 1983 R&B hit song "Juicy Fruit." The song has been repeatedly sampled by rappers, most notably The Notorious B.I.G. in his hit single "Juicy" in 1994. The band Mtume also had a top-5 R&B hit with the single "You, Me, and He".

Mtume's father, James Heath, was a world-famous saxophonist of the Heath Brothers. However, he was raised by James Forman, also a jazz musician who played with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, according to Mtume.

"So, when I'm growing up, maybe at dinner one night, there's Dizzy Gillespie, another night, there's John Coltrane [or] Thelonious Monk.

"I was only 10 years old, so I didn't know how deep it was, but I did know it was extraordinary hearing these conversations with these great jazz musicians," he told the Philadelphia Tribune.

"At the same time, I'm growing up listening to the birth of R&B and soul — there's James Brown, The Temptations, Motown — so I had a very interesting musical background coming up."

In the 1980s, Mtume and Reggie Lucas co-wrote hits such as "Never Knew Love Like This before" which won a Grammy Award for R&B superstar Stephanie Mills.
 

 

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Comedian, actor, and TV host Bob Saget was found dead in an Orlando hotel room on Sunday evening. He was 65.

Police responded to a 911 call from staff at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, and found Saget deceased in his room just after 4 p.m.

There were no signs of foul play or drugs found in the room.

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Saget was best known for his television roles as Danny Tanner on the ABC sitcom Full House (1987–1995) and its Netflix sequel Fuller House (2016–2020). He also hosted America's Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997.

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Saget was on tour in Florida when he died. He had performed a stand-up comedy set in Jacksonville the previous night.

In 2020, Saget launched a podcast titled "Bob Saget's Here For You". While taking a call from a fan 6 weeks ago, Saget confirmed he had received the Covid-19 mRNA booster shot.

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Saget leaves behind his wife of 3 years, Kelly Rizzo, and three children by his ex-wife, Sherri Kramer.

Rizzo, who is 23 years younger than Saget, recently told her Twitter followers she was "vaccine hesitant."

There is rampant speculation on Twitter that Saget's sudden death was related to the vaccine.

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Legendary actor Sidney Poitier has died at age 94. His death was confirmed by the office of the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

TMZ reports the circumstances surrounding his death were not disclosed. It isn't clear when, where, or how Poitier died.

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Poitier broke barriers for Black actors in Hollywood. In 1964, he became the first Black actor to win an Oscar for his performance in Lilies of the Field.

He is best known for his roles in the films A Raisin in the Sun, To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night and, most notably, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

In Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Poitier played a Black man who meets his white girlfriend's conservative parents (Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey) for the first time over dinner.

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Poitier is one of the most celebrated actors of our time. He is pictured with former President Barack Obama at the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room at the White House on March 12, 2002. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

Poitier was born unexpectedly in Miami, while his parents were visiting for the weekend from the Bahamas. His birth granted him automatic U.S. citizenship.

Sidney grew up in the Bahamas, but moved back to Miami at age 15. He moved to New York at age 16, and joined the North American Negro Theatre. He landed his breakthrough role as a high school student in the film Blackboard Jungle (1955).

In 1958, Poitier and white actor Tony Curtis were chained together as escaped convicts in The Defiant Ones. Both actors received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Poitier also directed various comedy films including Stir Crazy (1980) starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, among other films.

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He leaves behind his wife, Joanna Shimkus, and 6 daughters. Poitier is pictured with his wife, Joanna, and their daughter, Sidney, at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, CA. in 2007.

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Florida rapper J $tash reportedly shot a mother-of-three in front of her children before taking his own life.

According to KTLA-TV, the aspiring rapper, real name Justin Joseph, fatally shot 27-year-old Jeanette Gallegos in front of her three children following an argument.

Officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic violence call from a residence early Saturday morning. They arrived at the residence in Temple City, outside of LA, where they discovered the bodies.

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Gallegos was shot multiple times and pronounced dead. Joseph died from a single gunshot to the head. Police say he moved from New York and was staying at the home with Gallegos and her sons for two months. Police say he is not the father of the boys, ages 5, 7 and 11.

"Right now, the evidence at the scene and the preliminary information we have from the children in the home is that it's a murder-suicide," said Lt. Derrick Alfred.

The three boys were removed from the home and placed with family members. A firearm was recovered at the scene.

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Joseph is best known as an associate of rapper Rich the Kid who signed him to his Rich Forever record label.

In an interview with Crack magazine, Joseph described rapper Lil Wayne as his mentor.

"I learned a lot from being around that crowd," he said, "the most important thing being to always be professional and always have a lawyer. That's all I can say."