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Conrad Murray sentenced to four years in Jackson death

On November 29, 2011, Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison.

Natalie Wood Death Case To Be Reopened: Yacht Captain Blames Robert Wagner

On November 18th 2011 the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) said it had decided on a cold case review of her death after they were made aware of comments made by the yacht’s skipper that he deliberately misled investigators at the request of the actor Robert Wagner, Wood’s husband.

On November 29, 1981, Actress Natalie Wood drowned after spending several hours drinking on Catalina Island and a yacht with husband Robert Wagner, fellow actor Christopher Walken and the ship's captain, Dennis Davern.  There was an argument between three actors.  Robert Wagner accused Christoper Walken for wanting to sleep with his wife Natalie Wood.  After the argument, Robert Wagner reportedly smashed a wine glass on a coffee table.

Yacht Captain is now saying Robert Wagner is Responsible for Death of Natalie Wood.  But he wouldn't say why.

More coming... This story will be followed and updated.  Please check back

Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson Doctor, Found Guilty

Breaking News - 1:17pm (November 7, 2011)

Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson Doctor, Found Guilty of involuntary murder of Michael Jackson

Amy Winehouse death ruled accidental, too much alcohol, coroner says

On October 26, 2011 (3 months after her death) the coroner reported that Amy Winehouse had been found to have died of alcohol poisoning, with her blood alcohol content determined at 416 mg per decilitre (5 times the legal limit).

Jeff Conaway's death ruled accidental with multiple causes

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Jeff Conaway’s autopsy results are back and the Los Angeles County coroner is ruling his death accidental. The findings also reveal that multiple causes, including internal infection, are to blame for his tragic end.

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Death in Kennedy, Mondale, & Percy Family (US Politics)

One must bring up "Death Comes in Threes" myth.  This time it will be "Political Death Triad" rather than "Celebrity Death Triad".

Also, both Kennedy & Mondale were 51 years old.

  • September 16, 2011 - Kara Kennedy Allen, daughter of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, died Friday night at a health club in Washington, D.C.  Kennedy Allen, 51, had just taken a swim in the club, according to multiple people on close terms with the Kennedy family, who said she was found in the steam room by another gym member.
  • September 17, 2011 - Eleanor Mondale Poling, 51, daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died at her Minnesota home early on Saturday after a six-year battle with brain cancer.
  • September 17, 2011 - Charles H. Percy, a brilliant businessman who represented Illinois for nearly 20 years in the U.S. Senate, once headed the chamber’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee, and harbored unrealized ambitions to run for the presidency, died early Saturday. He was 91.

Frances Bay, actress in 'Happy Gilmore,' 'Seinfeld,' dies at 92

Frances Bay (January 23, 1919 – September 15, 2011) was a U.S.-based Canadian character actress, best-known for playing quirky, elderly women on film and television. She began her acting career in her mid-50s.

Bay may also be familiar from her performance in the music video for Jimmy Fallon's comedy song, Idiot Boyfriend. She made an appearance as Mrs. Pickman in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness. She may be best-remembered for her performance as the hapless but loving grandmother of Adam Sandler's titular character in the 1996 film Happy Gilmore.

Frances Bay appeared as Mrs. Hamilton in the Christmas television special Christmastime with Mister Rogers. She went on to play small roles in films like The Karate Kid, Big Top Pee-wee and Twins.

Her first major television appearance occurred playing the grandmother to the character of Arthur Fonzarelli (aka "The Fonz") on Happy Days.  In 1983, she played the grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood in Faerie Tale Theatre for Showtime. In 1994, she played Mrs. Pickman in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness.

In 1986, Bay appeared as the doddery aunt of Kyle MacLachlan's character in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. This role seems to have endeared the actress to Lynch, who recast her in several subsequent works, including as a foul-mouthed madam in Wild at Heart, and as Mrs. Tremond on Twin Peaks and its movie spin-off, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

She has the distinction of appearing in the final episodes of three long-running sitcom series: Happy Days, Who's the Boss? and Seinfeld. Bay had the opportunity to play Cousin Winifred in the fourth to last episode of Road To Avonlea, for which she won a Gemini Award.

Frances Bay cause of death
Frances Bay died of pneumonia and other complications.
Frances Bay  was 92 years old at the time of her death

Jerry Seinfeld Mugs an Old Lady for her Marble Rye

"Anna Nicole", the opera, premieres in London Thursday

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"Anna Nicole," the opera -- yes, the opera -- premieres at London's Royal Opera House Thursday.

The life of the Texas-born stripper who married a multi-millionaire more than 60 years her senior, then spent the rest of her life fighting his heirs over his money after he died, might not seem to belong on the same stage that hosts Verdi and Puccini.

Robert Schimmel Died Broke; Family Asks For Donations...

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"Due to his health, his life insurance was minimal. He was truly in dire straits financially. Now his first wife Vick is unable to work due to the fact she has to spend 24 hours a day helping Aliyah through her recovery which is anticipated to be at least a year. And there are huge medical bills to be paid. And the family lost their health insurance when Robert died as well as of child support. There are hundreds of thousands in medical bills to be paid and in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy it is taking its toll on the family."

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Brittany Murphy's mother writing a book about the actress

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Less than a year after the death of Brittany Murphy, the actress' mother, Sharon Murphy, is penning a tell-all book about her famous daughter.

"This book will be my way of celebrating and honoring her extraordinary life and career,"

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Crist willing to consider Jim Morrison pardon before leaving office

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In his last two months in office, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is considering a December surprise: a posthumous pardon for Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, for indecent exposure charges after an infamous 1969 Miami concert.

Joe Jackson (Michael Jackson's Father)

Joe Jackson Loses Bid for Control of Michael Jackson’s Estate

A judge ruled that Michael Jackson's estate will not transfer over to Joe Jackson.  Joe Jackson's been fighting to gain control over Michael Jackson's estate.

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Joe Jackson Sues Dr. Conrad Murray For $500M

Joe Jackson is suing Dr. Conrad Murray for the wrongful death of Michael Jackson, and to compensate him for the loss of MJ's support.  He's seeking half a billion Dollars.

The Top-Earning Dead Celebrities (forbes)

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1.Michael Jackson
2.Elvis Presley
3.J.R.R. Tolkien
4.Charles Schulz
5.John Lennon
6.Stieg Larsson
7.Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
8.Albert Einstein
9.George Steinbrenner
10.Richard Rodgers
11.(tie)Jimi Hendrix
11.(tie)Steve McQueen
13.Aaron Spelling

Brittany Murphy & Simon Monjack's death - Toxic Mold Investigation

July 26, 2010 - DailyNews (Los Angeles)
The home of actress Brittany Murphy and screenwriter Simon Monjack was being investigated for toxic mold.  Mold was suspected after Murphy died at 32 last year of pneumonia...

July 26, 2010 - People
Brittany Murphy's mother, Sharon Murphy, says reports that a toxic mold may have contributed to the premature deaths of her daughter and of Brittany's husband Simon Monjack are "absurd."

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(update) Paul Gray, Slipknot bassist, died of accidental overdose

On June 21, 2010, autopsy results were released that stated Paul Gray had died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, and had also shown signs of "significant heart disease".

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