In one of the more beautiful moments from this year's award season, on Sunday night Celine Dion appeared on the 83rd Academy Award stage with no introduction to sing “Smile” for the In Memoriam segment, a number so heart-wrenchingly toughing it was guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye. The losses for the year of 2010 include funnyman Leslie Neilson, actor Tony Curtis, actress Patricia Neal, actress Anne Francis, actor Denis Hopper and writer/director Blake Edwards. Watch the entire thing in the video above.
Tupac Shakur continues to remain a strong, mysterious musical force, and fans continue to feel the void he left behind ... but perhaps, some of their unanswered questions can still be addressed.
Journalist Kevin Powell has recently inked a deal to bring Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography to book stores, giving fans an inside look at the events that shaped, and ended, the rapper’s life.
His mother, Afeni Shakur, said the book is being written with her “full blessings.”
Tupac’s death will also be the center of a big-screen biopic from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), which will focus on the events of his last day of life.
A documentary featuring the rapper’s time in jail, titled Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes is scheduled for release January 26.
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Rich Cronin, lead singer for the musical group LFO, passed away this week after a long health battle. He was 36 years old.
Rich, who penned the trio’s breakout hit “Summer Girls,” was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005. Despite a number of setbacks—including chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, a stroke and a return of the disease—Cronin was able to perform again with his former band members last summer.
“He was so happy,” Brad Fischetti told EW about Rich’s return to the stage. Although the group had hoped to hit the road again later this year, Cronin found himself back in the hospital.
“We really became soulmates,” Brad recalled about their last tour together. “Devin [Lima] and I both realized how much we loved him, despite the differences we had in the past. In New York City at the Highline Ballroom, he thanked the crowd at the end of the show. I’ll always have that voice in my mind, because it was such a sincere thank you. Really, that’s the memory that’s sticking out in my brain.”
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A former member of the Electric Light Orchestra was killed Friday afternoon in southern England.
Mike Edwards, a cellist with ELO between 1972-1975, was driving in Devon when a giant bale of hay struck his van. The bale, which may have fallen from a nearby tractor, rolled down a hillside onto the road below.
After being hit by the 1300-pound object, Edwards may have swerved into another vehicle. The 62-year-old musician died at the scene.
According to the Daily Mirror, Mike chose to leave ELO—the group behind hits like “Don’t Bring Me Down” and “Mr. Blue Sky”—in order to become a Buddhist.
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For the second time in less than a week, a tragic suicide has overshadowed a musical event.
On Thursday night, a concertgoer fell onto the stage during a Swell Season concert in California. One day later, it was a band’s lead singer who jumped to his death.
Charles Haddon, the frontman for Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, was pronounced dead Friday night after a performance with his British group in Hasselt, Belgium. The 22-year-old, who had climbed a telecommunications mast, jumped and fell onto the backstage parking lot at the Pukkelpop festival.
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UPDATE: The group has offered to pay for group counseling sessions to help those who witnessed the suicide.
Fans attending a Swell Season concert Thursday night in Saratoga, CA left stunned by what they saw.
A man who had climbed onto a roof behind the stage jumped to his death before the crowd. The victim, later identified as 32-year-old from San Jose, fell approximately three stories onto a speaker. He reportedly landed within feet of singer Glen Hansard. (The video above was shot after the event.)
-A&E is going to give you a chance to rock with Dee Snider. The Twisted Sister frontman and his family will be the focus of a new A&E reality series called Growing Up Twisted. The series begins July 27.
-Former Kinks bassist Pete Quaife passed away last Thursday at the age of 66. The group’s co-founded had been undergoing kidney dialysis for over 10 years.
-A rock band from Canada recently made its place in Hollywood. Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were in California on Friday to claim the 2,412th star on the Walk of Fame.
-Despite all their problems, Steven Tyler claims Aerosmith is back on track. “The band has never been better, I’m singing better,” the group’s lead singer claimed. “It’s been beautiful and I realized when I was taking care of my problems that the band is all I really care about.”
-Chris Brown was denied access into Britain as a result of his Rihanna assault case. His tour will be indefinitely postponed until he can
clear his name
get a visa.
-Nassar Adhoot has been denied access to guitarist Joe Walsh. The Eagles musician was granted a restraining order after his neighbor threatened to kill him.
-Ace Frehley is putting down the guitar and picking up a pen. The former KISS player is authoring No Regrets, a memoir about a “life of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll.”
-Ex-Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable was found dead in his home yesterday morning. It’s believed the 40-year-old may have possibly died after a drinking binge.
Paul Gray, best-known as the bass player in hardcore band Slipknot, was found dead in his Urbandale, Iowa hotel room on Monday.
Gray, also known as #2 and The Pig, will be autopsied on Tuesday. Investigators related to the case say no foul play is suspected.
Paul was one of the three original members of the band, which has earned a total of 7 Grammy Award nominations. “Before I Forget” won in 2006 for Best Metal Performance.
Gray was busted for cocaine possession in 2003, resulting in a rare photograph of the performer’s face. The bassist habitually wore a mask while playing on stage.
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Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio has died.
The 67-year-old musician - who replaced Ozzy Osbourne as the frontman of Black Sabbath in 1979 - passed away Sunday in a Houston hospital after losing his battle with stomach cancer.
“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7.45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all,” Wendy, his wife and manager, wrote on his official website.
“We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever,” she added.
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