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Actor Michael Kenneth Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday afternoon, law-enforcement sources told The NY Post. He was 54.

Williams was found dead in the living room of his Kent Avenue penthouse by his nephew, sources said.

Police responded to a 911 call around 2 p.m. and suspected a heroin overdose after finding drug paraphernalia in the apartment, sources told The Post.

Williams is best known for his role as fictional Baltimore stick-up man Omar Little on HBO's crime drama "The Wire."

Williams also played Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire."

Williams was born in Brooklyn, the son of a Bahamian mother from Nassau and Booker T. Williams from Greeleyville, South Carolina. He was raised in the Vanderveer Projects in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School.

He was sexually molested as a child. He told The New York Times that the molestation left him confused about his own sexuality.

After leaving school, Williams went on tour with Kym Sims as a background dancer. He toured with singer George Michael and Madonna, as well as worked in 50 music videos by age 22.

He also choreographed Crystal Waters' 1994 single "100% Pure Love"

Williams got his start as an actor after being discovered by rapper Tupac Shakur who cast him as High Top in the 1996 film Bullet.

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Williams, left, is pictured with The Wire co-star Tristan Wilds.

The Wire actress Felicia Pearson credited Williams with discovering her in a nightclub and suggesting her for the role of Snoop in the series.
 

 

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Aspiring comedian Fuquan Johnson has died from a suspected overdose of cocaine laced with the powerful opioid painkiller fentanyl.

Johnson, 42, was found dead along with aspiring comedian Enrico Colangeli, 48, and Natalie Williamson, 33, at a house party in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles, California on Saturday.

Johnson and Colangeli were longtime friends who once shared an apartment together, the Dailymail.com reports.

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Aspiring comedienne Kate Quigley, left, was found alive but unresponsive inside the home. She was rushed to a hospital where she was listed in critical condition.

According to Dailymail.com, Quigley's condition improved overnight.

Fellow comedian Brian Redban shared a text message from the comedienne-model that read "I'm alive. Not great. But im OK."

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In a follow-up text, Quigley allegedly wrote: "I have had a bad month...and this has ruined me.. hug everyone you love."

Johnson, right, and Colangeli, left, were friends who regularly performed at the HaHa Comedy Club in North Hollywood.

The comedy club changed its marquee to read: "Rest in peace Fuquan Johnson Enrico Coangelo [sic]. The post was captioned: "RIP to these legends."

It is unclear how many people attended the house party or who provided the tainted cocaine.

Fentanyl, which was developed for pain management in cancer patients, is 50-100 times more potent than morphine.

The LAPD is not investigating the overdoses as homicides.

Other celebrities who died from fentanyl overdoses include Prince, Tom Petty and Mac Miller.

According to the CDC, more than 83,000 people died from fentanyl overdoses in the United States in 2020.

The majority of cocaine seized by drug enforcement officers is "cut" with other substances by drug lords or street dealers to sell less pure cocaine and maximize profit.

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Keyshia Cole's mother Frankie Lons has passed away. Keyshia's sister, Elite Noel announced the sad news on her Instagram Story. Frankie was 61.

Elite wrote an emotional post revealing the loss of her mother, former reality TV star Frankie Lons.

"Worse pain ever... to see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so fuckin broke [sic]."

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TMZ reported Frankie died of a drug overdose on Sunday. Frankie had health problems and struggled with addictions for many years.

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Frankie won hearts as a recovering drug addict on the reality TV shows Keyshia Cole's The Way It Is, Keyshia & Daniel: Family First, Keyshia Cole: All In and The Frankie and Neffe Show, starring Neffeteria Pugh.

Frankie also appeared in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008).

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An aspiring rapper who was knocked out by rapper DaBaby in a Louis Vuitton store in 2019 has died.

Cam Coldheart, real name Cameron Devon Henegan (pictured right), died on April 24, his family confirmed on social media. He was 33.

Henegan was found dead in his home. His cause of death has not been released, but the Internet is speculating that he died from a drug overdose.

Henegan's aunt, who uses the handle @Empress_tia on Instagram, told a follower her nephew was drugged at a club the night before."

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Henegan is best known as the rival rapper who was knocked out by DaBaby and his crew at a Louis Vuitton store.

Viral video of the incident showed Hennegan on the floor with a bloody nose. His pants were down around his ankles.

Hennegan later claimed the fight was staged by himself and DaBaby.

"It's time to tell y'all what really happened. What's really going on in the Charlotte music scene? It was fake. It was a hoax, n***a. Some parts was real, but it was definitely heavily fabricated after the fact," says Coldheart about the fight. "That's Hollywood for you. Everything I said after that shit happened, everything on the internet for the past year was for money, you feel me. N***a in Hollywood you have to put on a show to make money, you hear? This rap shit is not street. It's about money, period. We done got all the media money. So now back to reality. I don't even know how you guys didn't even know."

 

 

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Bobby Brown blames Nick Gordon, who he helped raise, for the deaths of his former wife Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Brown made the revelation during an episode of Facebook series "Red Table Talk" with host Jada Pinkett Smith and her co-hosts, daughter Willow Smith and mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

Brown said he believed foul play was involved in Bobbi Kristina's death in 2015.

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When asked if Nick provided Bobbi Kristina with drugs, Brown replied, "Definitely." He also blamed Nick for Whitney's death in 2012.

"He was the only one there with both situations with my ex-wife and with my daughter and they both died the same way."

"Yeah I think... this is my opinion of who I think this young man was. Being around my daughter and being around my ex-wife, I think he was more so of a provider of 'party favors.'"

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Brown opened up about the effects drugs had on him and his family.

He partially blames himself for exposing Bobby Jr. to his own drug use following the 28 year old's overdose death last year.

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The coroner's office ruled Bobby Jr. died after accidentally ingesting a deadly cocktail of drugs and alcohol on November 18. But the singer insists his son wasn't a drug addict.

"He wasn't a user. He would experiment with different things. It wasn't like he was dependent on drugs like when I was in my situation," the "My Prerogative" singer said.

Addressing his own history of substance abuse, he said, "I depended (on drugs), I needed it. He was a young man who tried the wrong stuff and it took him out of here."

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Brown regrets not confronting Nick about providing drugs to Whitney and Bobbi Kristina.

"Did you ever have a chance to confront that young man?" Jada asked.

"No, no I didn't," said Brown. "In fact, before his death, I was in rehab at the time when he passed [in January 2020]. I had planned on once I left rehab to approach the young man just to find out how my daughter was in the last days, but, no, I never got a chance to find out from him or talk to him."

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Claudia Jordan deleted her tweet and apologized after saying DMX had died. But reports have emerged that he is still on life support.

DMX is in a vegetative state in an intensive care unit in White Plains, NY, after suffering a heart attack following an apparent drug overdose.

According to reports, brain scans show very little brain activity. If that's the case, the rapper is no longer with us. But Jordan jumped the gun by tweeting out he is dead before the family acknowledged he was taken off life support.

"Rest in Paradise DMX," she wrote on Tuesday, April 6.

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Maybe she knows something the public doesn't know? Still, it's common decency to wait until the family releases a statement acknowledging that he was taken off of life support.

Twitter was not having any of the disrespect toward a rap legend who is still above ground. Fans tore the former beauty queen a new one.

"Now look at you getting chewed up," tweeted one follower. Another follower added: "Chewed up like a dollar store steak."

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DMX is still on life support at a White Plains, NY hospital after suffering a heart attack following an apparent drug overdose last week.

According to his manager, DMX tested positive for the coronavirus after he was admitted to the ICU.

It isn't clear if he has an active infection or if he tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies. Testing positive for antibodies means he was exposed to the virus previously.

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The 50-year-old rapper, born Earl Simmons, is reportedly lying in a "vegetative state" in an intensive care unit on Friday night. His brain scans show very little activity and he is not expected to recover.

TMZ reports that his brain was deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes. But he would be dead if that was the case. No human can survive without oxygen for 30 minutes.

Only one visitor is allowed to visit DMX in the ICU. Visitors include his mother, fiancee, and some of his 15 children.

Most patients who test positive for the coronavirus aren't allowed visitors at all -- even if they are in private rooms.

Covid-19 causes death in less than 1% of people who contract the virus. The majority of deaths are among people over 65. Other factors include preexisting medical conditions, cardiac problems, respiratory disorders, obesity, diabetes, smokers and those who are HIV positive.

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Rapper Dark Man X, aka DMX, is said to be in "grave condition" after an apparent drug overdose on Friday night. Sources tell TMZ that the rapper, born Earl Simmons, might not make it.

Sources close to the 50-year-old rapper say the drug overdose triggered a heart attack at his home around 11 p.m.

DMX was rushed to a hospital and is currently in an ICU at a White Plains, NY hospital. According to TMZ, his prognosis is not good.

The rapper is reportedly in a "vegetative state" with "some brain activity."

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DMX rose to fame in the early 1990s after signing to the Ruff Ryder record label. His debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot received critical acclaim in 1998.

The album sold over 251,000 copies within its first week of release.

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DMX has battled drug abuse and legal trouble over the years. He was admitted to drug and alcohol rehab facilities multiple times. His last rehab admission was in 2019 after he served a 12-month prison sentence for income tax evasion.

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He has spoken about his drug addictions, which began when he smoked marijuana laced with cocaine at age 14.

The rapper was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a young adult, and has been in and out of prisons since he was a juvenile.

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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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Two North Carolina men face charges of raping, drugging and robbing a woman who was found dead in a hotel room in South Beach, Florida.

Evoire Collier, 21, (left) and Dorian Taylor, 24, both of Greensboro, North Carolina, allegedly gave Christine Englehardt a "green pill" which she chased down with alcohol at a South Beach bar.

They then took her back to her room at the Albion Hotel, where she passed out. Englehardt's semi-nude body was found on the bed in the room on Thursday, March 18.

Collier later told police he and Taylor -- in town for Spring Break -- met 24-year-old Englehardt at a local restaurant before giving her the drug as they walked along Ocean Drive.

The trio then headed back to her hotel at 1650 James Avenue, according to a police report

Surveillance footage shows the men holding Englehardt by her neck as she staggered to her room.

Collier and Taylor then had sex with Englehardt while she was unconscious, police said. Authorities said Englehardt was unable to give consent because she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Collier and Taylor allegedly robbed Englehardt, stealing her phone, cash and credit cards before leaving her for dead, police say.

A surveillance camera caught one of the men using her credit card to buy alcohol at a liquor store.

Collier and Taylor appeared in a Miami-Dade courtroom on Monday following their arrests on Sunday. A judge ordered the two suspects held without bail.

The suspects face murder or manslaughter charges if tests show the drug they gave Englehardt was the cause of her death.

Miami Beach officials declared a state of emergency and imposed an 8 p.m. curfew in South Beach after thousands of mostly Black, maskless Spring breakers descended on Miami for the annual ritual of drinking, drugs and partying.

Police arrested more than 1,000 people -- mostly Black out-of-towners who were not just college students.
 

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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.