Nashville blues singer Shonka Dukureh, who played Big Mama Thornton in "Elvis", was found dead in her apartment on Tuesday. She was 44.
Metro Nashville Police said one of Dukureh's two minor children found her dead in the bedroom of her apartment and ran to a neighbor for help.
An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.
Dukureh sang "Hound Dog" as Big Mama Thornton in the new "Elvis" movie. Elvis Presley was accused of stealing his hit 1956 song "Hound Dog" from Thornton, who is Black.
"Hound Dog" was Thornton's only hit record, selling over 500,000 copies in 1953, and spending 7 weeks at No. 1 on the R&B charts.
Dukureh also appeared in the music video for Doja Cat's song "Vegas," and she performed with Doja Cat on stage at Coachella earlier this year.
Dukureh told The Tennessean that she could relate to Thornton's "really raw" music.
"I was very aware and wanting to really be intentional about making sure I was paying respect, respecting her, respecting her legacy, respecting her spirit, respecting everything about what she brought to music and understanding that I'm able to do it because she's done it and laid that foundation," Dukureh said.
Stand-up comedian Jak Knight's cause of death was determined to be suicide and the manner of death is a gunshot wound to the head. He was 28.
Knight was found on a Los Angeles embankment on July 14, 2022. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and later pronounced dead.
Knight's family refused to release details, such as the time he was found. They confirmed only that he passed away on Thursday.
Knight was best known for co-creating and starring in Peacock series Bust Down with Chris Redd and Sam Jay. He was a writer on the hit comedy TV series Black-ish, and he worked on the HBO series Pause With Sam Jay.
Fellow stand-up comedians paid tribute to the rising star on social media. Comedian Phoebe Robinson called Knight "A brilliant stand-up comic and dope person."
"Rest In Peace Jak Knight. Hilarious comedian and a great guy. I can't believe it," Eternals' star Kumail Nanjiani tweeted.
"You ever juke on a girl while drunk crying about Jak Knight dying? 10/10 experience," wrote Broad City's Hannibal Buress posted.
"Jak Knight was hilarious. His voice in comedy will be missed," Workaholics star Blake Anderson wrote.
Knight's family asked for privacy "during this extremely difficult time," a rep said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Ivana Trump's death is determined to be accidental, according to an autopsy report released on Friday. She died as a result of "blunt impact injuries to the torso."
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A law enforcement source told Fox News that police responded to a call from someone requesting a wellness check because he hadn't seen her in a while.
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According to the NYPD, Ivana Trump was found unresponsive at the bottom of the stairs just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the autopsy was completed on Friday.
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In a post on his social media platform, Truth Social, former President Donald Trump remembered his first ex-wife as a "wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life."
"Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric," he wrote. "She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her."
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Ivana and Trump married in 1977 and divorced in 1992 after Trump had an extramarital affair with socialite Marla Maples.
Ivana is pictured with her children (L-R): Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump in a photo dated September 21, 2015.
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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Sylvester Barber III died from heat stroke in his Frisco, Texas apartment on June 1. He was 38.
Barber was found dead by police who forcd entry into his apartment to conduct a welfare check after a report of a water leak at the residence.
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His body was discovered inside the shower. Water was running in the overflowing tub. Barber had not been seen in public for around 3 weeks before his body was found.
The Collin County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Barber's cause of death was heat stroke caused by exercising in "sauna-like conditions" in his apartment.
According to police, Barber's thermostat was set at 91 degrees. TMZ reports the star athlete had a "history of exercising during sauna-like conditions."
According to the report, there was no sign of foul play. There was no evidence of trauma or drugs found in Barber's body, and "no clear evidence of natural disease found" either.
via TMZ -- In a separate Frisco Police Dept. incident report, also obtained by TMZ Sports, officers say Barber had not been seen for around 3 weeks prior to the discovery of his body on June 1.
In the docs, officers say multiple people told them they tried to make contact with Barber throughout May as there appeared to be a leak coming from his apartment -- though all attempts were unsuccessful.
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A cat lover was eaten by her 20 pet cats after she collapsed at home last month, The Sun UK reports. The woman was not discovered until two weeks after she died.
A co-worker called police to conduct a welfare check after she failed to show up for work, The NY Post reported.
The woman was a cat breeder who kept the 20 pedigree Maine Coon cats in her home. Maine Coon cats are an extremely popular pedigree cat breed that originated in the US state of Maine, according to The Post.
Police were alerted by a concerned co-worker when she could not contact her boss.
Police forced their way into the home and discovered the woman's decomposing body surrounded by the hungry cats.
"The cats were left alone on their own for two weeks, there was no food, so what else to eat?" said one animal rescue expert who cared for some of the cats.
"It's understandable right? They ate what there was," said the animal expert.
Some of the cats that didn't dine on their owner showed signs of advanced starvation and required intravenous fluids at an animal hospital.
The healthiest cats have been rehomed to new owners for just $35 each.
It is unknown if the new owners aware of their cat's newly acquired taste for human flesh.
Studies have shown that cats and dogs will eat their deceased owners if there is nothing else to eat.
Question: Would you buy or adopt a cat that ate its previous owner?
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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Sylvester Barber III was found dead in his Frisco, Texas apartment on Wednesday, June 1. The cause of death is not known. He was 38.
Police conducted a welfare check after a report of a water leak at the residence. Officers forced their way into the apartment and discovered the body.
"Frisco Police responded to a welfare concern at an apartment believed to be leased by Marion Barber," police spokesperson Joshua Lovell said.
The Collin County Medical Examiner's Office also responded "to the location to investigate an unattended death," authorities confirmed.
The Cowboys announced Barber's death in a statement on Wednesday:
"We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III. Marion was an old school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion's family and friends during this difficult time."
Barber was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played six years in the NFL between 2005 and 2011.
He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 and last played for the Chicago Bears in 2011. His father was Marion Barber, Jr., a running back who played for the New York Jets from 1982 until he retired in 1988.
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According to a medical examiner's report, Stanford star goalie Katie Meyer took her own life in her dorm room on Tuesday, March 1.
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's report noted that Meyer's "death was determined to be self-inflicted", and there was no foul play.
The captain of the Stanford Cardinal women's soccer team was just 22 years old.
Meyer had undergone surgery on her left knee on February 1. She posted a video last Friday, explaining that she had a light workout because her left knee was still swollen.
In another post, Meyer said she underwent surgery after suffering with knee pain for a year.
"For context, I finally got a quick surgery to address pain I've been having for about a year," she tweeted. "I have a short, short (8 to 10 week) recovery till I'm fully back, but it is so worth feeling 100 per cent"
She added: "Health is wealth, and I'm in great spirits and excited to be caring for my body."
Meyer's death came as a shock to her family, teammates, and fans.
Meyer made 2 miracle saves to help her team beat North Carolina to win its third NCAA championship in 2019. The team went undefeated that year.
Meyer won multiple awards and she participated in national teams in Italy and the Netherlands, as well as soccer camps around the world, according to DailyMail.com.
In an Instagram post, Meyer's sister Sam Perez said the family was "broken-hearted" and not ready to talk to the media.
Perez posted a link to a GoFundMe page that raised over $140,000 as of Friday morning.
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Katie Meyer, the star goalie for Stanford women's soccer team, was found dead in her on-campus residence on Tuesday, Mar. 1.
A cause of death was not disclosed. However, many speculated whether Meyer died from a vaccine-related injury.
Meyer was captain of the Cardinal women's soccer team and helped the team beat North Carolina for its third NCAA women's soccer title in 2019.
Meyer is the latest soccer player to die suddenly or fall ill after receiving an mRNA vaccine.
Dr. Peter McCullough explained why world class athletes die suddenly from vaccine-related injuries.
"When you have a surge in adrenaline and you have underlying vaccine-induced myocarditis... that's what triggers the sudden death in these athletes."
A Florida judge has granted a request from Bob Saget's family to block the release of details surrounding his death.
Saget is pictured above with his daughters (L-R): Aubrey Saget, Lara Saget, and Jennie Saget on November 11, 2008.
The actor and stand-up comedian was found unresponsive in bed on January 9 in Orlando, Fl. Doctors theorize that he hit his head on the floor or on a headboard and then went to sleep in his room at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes resort.
The medical examiner speculated that Saget's head injuries were caused by an "unwitnessed fall backwards."
According to autopsy reports, Saget died after suffering closed head fractures to the back of his skull and hairline fractures in the bones above his eye socket.
The medical examiner's report indicates Saget fell and hit his head on a hard flat surface. The impact caused his brain to ricochet off the inside frontal portion of his skull. The fall resulted in bleeding in the membrane covering his brain. The blood congealed to form a hematoma that pressed down and caused increased pressure on his brain resulting in death.
Saget also tested positive for a breakthrough COVID infection, but the M.E. claims the virus was not a factor in his death.
Police say there is no foul play, according to TMZ, despite reports that Saget's skull fracture was consistent with being "hit with a baseball bat or falling down stairs".
Saget's family filed a lawsuit and requested a restraining order to prevent the M.E. from releasing any more details about Saget's death.
According to DailyMail.com, the family sought an injunction against the medical examiner's office and the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
The family's lawsuit sought to block the release of any photographs, video and audio recordings, and "statutorily protected autopsy information" - related to his death.
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Actor Moses J. Moseley's death has been ruled a suicide by the medical examiner's office in Georgia. He was 31.
Moseley's body was found in the trunk of a car in the Hudson Bridge area of Stockbridge, Georgia on Wednesday, January 26.
A family member told TMZ that Moseley's cause of death was a single gunshot to the head.
Moseley's family told TMZ they had not seen or heard from him since Jan. 23.
They checked local hospitals and contacted OnStar to track his car, but could not locate him.
Moseley is best known for playing one of Michonne (Dania Gurira)'s zombies in the hit AMC TV series 'The Walking Dead'.
He also appeared in Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies, Joyful Noise, Trouble With the Curve, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Queen of the South, Watchmen, and more.
Moseley was very grateful to his fans for their support.
"Thank you to everyone that attended any convention or autograph signing I had this year," he tweeted alongside a video on December 20, 2021.
"Thank you to everyone that requested me to sign an item for them and everyone that purchased one of my books. You all made this year very special for me!"
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Former Miss USA Cheslie Corinne Kryst died Sunday morning after jumping from a hi-rise apartment building at 350 W. 42nd St. in Manhattan. She was 30.
The attorney and former correspondent for the entertainment news program "Extra" jumped from the terrace in a common area on the 29th floor of her 60-story hi-rise apartment building around 7:15 a.m., police say.
Kryst was pronounced dead at the scene. She left a suicide note in her ninth floor apartment, police say.
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Kryst's family confirmed her death in a statement.
"In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie," her family said on Sunday. "Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shined... we know her impact will live on."
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Kryst, who was crowned Miss USA 2019, is pictured during the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant on Dec. 8, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
In her final message on Instagram, Kryst wrote: "May this day bring you rest and peace."
Kryst was a complex civil litigation attorney who graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
She was passionate about criminal justice reform and worked pro bono representing indigent clients with low-level drug offenses.
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Hyattsville Mayor Kevin Ward was found dead in a city park in McLean, Virginia on Tuesday. Police say Ward, 44, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 44.
Ward was elected mayor in 2021. The City issued a statement on Wednesday.
"Mayor Ward was a valued and trusted leader and a fierce advocate for all the people of Hyattsville. We are heartbroken at this loss and extend our deepest sympathy to the Mayor's family."
Maryland Governor Hogan also offered his condolences to the Ward family.
"Ward is survived by his husband and two adopted sons," WJLA-TV reported.
Maryland residents suggested Ward killed himself due to Gov. Hogan's restrictive vaccine and mask mandates.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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Peter Robbins, the voice of Charlie Brown, died by suicide after checking himself out of a mental hospital in California. He was 65.
Robbins' death was confirmed by his agent, Dylan Novak, who tells TMZ Robbins was in a dark place since they spoke in early January.
Robbins reportedly told Novak, "I really need your prayers."
Hospital staff encouraged Robbins to stay there for a few more weeks, but he checked himself out of the hospital against medical advice on Jan 18, 2022. He was found dead in his Carlsbad, California home.
Robbins struggled with bipolar disorder and spent some time in prison for making terroristic threats to others.
Robbins is best known as a child star who voiced the iconic Charlie Brown cartoon character in the animated Peanuts specials in the 1960s. He also guest-starred in the 1968 sitcom "Blondie" and he appeared in the popular TV series The Munsters in the 1970s.
Robbins appeared in an episode of F Troop in 1966 and in an episode of Get Smart as the mysterious "Dr. T". He also appeared in the Sonny & Cher movie, titled Good Times.
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Regina King is mourning the loss of her son Ian Alexander, Jr. who died by suicide just a few days after his 26th birthday on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
Gossip blogger Love B. Scott was first to report the sad news on Friday. In an exclusive statement to lovebscott.com, Regina writes:
"Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you."
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Ian, who worked as a DJ, is the actress's son by her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander. The couple divorced in 2007.
Following her divorce, the Oscar winner gave up dating men and devoted herself to raising Ian as a single mother.
Ian proudly escorted his mother when she won her 4th Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Watchmen in 2020.
He posted a tribute to his mother on Instagram on her 50th birthday on January 15, 2021:
"...To have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable. The whole marvel universe ain't got shit on you, your the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!"
According to PEOPLE, mother and son were so close they had matching tattoos with the words "unconditional love" written in Aramaic.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) — or the deaf hotline at 800-799-4889 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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One of Malcolm X's daughters, Malikah Shabazz, has died from unknown causes at age 56. Ms. Shabazz was found unresponsive by her daughter in her Brooklyn home on Monday.
Malikah, left, is pictured with her twin sister, Malaak, center, and sister, Qubilah, right, at their mother Betty Shabazz's funeral in New York in 1997.
NYPD officers responded to a 911 call from the home at 4:40 p.m., according to Newsweek.
The city's medical examiner also responded to the home and determined her death is not suspicious and there is no foul play indicated.
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Malikah is one of six daughters born to Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X. Betty Shabazz (center) and daughters Malaak, Malikah, Ilyasah and Qubilah (left to right) are pictured together at the "Malcolm X" New York City Premiere on November 16, 1992.
Malikah died just days after two men were exonerated of her father's murder. Malcolm X was killed during a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan on February 21, 1965.
Three men were convicted in 1966 and sentenced to life in prison. Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam spent two decades maintaining their innocence.
Aziz was paroled in 1985. Islam, who was released in 1987, died in 2009.
They were exonerated by a judge on Friday.
Mujahid Abdul Halim confessed to shooting Malcolm X. He was granted parole in 2010.