Miss Box Of Junk found dead
U.S. TV personality Kerri Lee Tucker, of VH1 music programme That Metal Show, has been found dead at her Los Angeles home.
Tucker, known as Miss Box Of Junk girl on the show, was reportedly discovered in her apartment on Thursday morning, reports Blabbermouth.net. No further details were made available as WENN went to press.
The weekly programme featured the latest rock news and celebrity guest interviews with co-hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson, and Tucker, who performed skits during the show.
Trunk writes on his web site: “I have no details at all as to what happened. Kerri was a great part of the show and we had fun with her on the days we shot. I did not know her well outside of our working relations but she was fun to have as part of That Metal Show in seasons two and three… My condolences to her friends, fans and family and she will be missed as an asset to That Metal Show.”
WWE intercontinental champion is gone
WRESTLING superstar Umaga has died, aged just 36.
The former WWE intercontinental champion was killed by a heart attack, his family have confirmed.
The Wrestling Observer reported that the Samoan-American star, real name Edward Fatu, fell asleep while watching television in his Houston home on Thursday night.
He was found several hours later by his wife, not breathing and with blood coming out of his nose. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital.
There he was put on life support and his family told to come to Texas as quickly as possible.
Tributes have poured in from around the wrestling world for the man who headlined WrestleMania 23 in 2007 – the biggest selling PPV event in the history of the sport.
On that night he lost to Bobby Lashley, a result that meant billionaire reality TV star Donald Trump got to shave WWE boss Vince McMahon’s head.
Lashley has posted a message on his Facebook saying: “Very sad day today. A good friend is gone.”
WWE released a statement reading: “WWE would like to express its deepest condolences to Mr Fatu’s family, friends and fans on his tragic passing.
“Mr Fatu was under contract with WWE at various time periods and most recently performed under the name Umaga. Mr Fatu’s contract was terminated on June 11, 2009.”
Former ECW owner and SunSport columnist Paul Heyman said: “The world is minus one very cool Samoan tonight. We offer our most profound condolences to the Fatu Family.”
Fatu – trained by his famous uncles, the Wild Samoans Afa and Sika – first wrestled for WWE between 2002 and 2003 under the name of Jamal as part of the 3-Minute Warning tag team with his cousin Matt Anoa’i, aka Rosey.
After being released from his contract, reportedly as a result of getting into a bar fight, he had stints in rival groups TNA and All Japan before returning to the WWE in 2005.
During that time he won the IC title twice and enjoyed memorable feuds with Lashley, Jeff Hardy and John Cena, who he challenged for the company’s world championship.
He was fired again by the WWE this June after violating their drug-testing policy for a second time and then refusing to go to rehab.
Umaga most recently competed on the Hulkamania tour of Australia, where he was said to be happy and healthy, amid rumours he was set to return to WWE.
Ken Anderson, better known as Mr Kennedy, was his opponent Down Under and Tweeted: “I’m very thankful to have had a private closed-door conversation with Ecki prior to our match a few days ago in Sydney.
“He insisted that we go out and tear the house down. We both had something to prove that night and in my opinion: Mission Accomplished!
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Fatu family. Ecki absolutely adored his wife and was extremely proud of his children.
“I have so many amazing, funny, and heartwarming (sometimes gut wrenching belly-laughing) memories.”
Fatu is the latest in a long line of wrestlers to pass away at a young age.
Others include Eddie Guerrero, 38, ‘British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith, 39, Andrew ‘Test’ Martin, 33, and Chris Benoit, 40, who in 2007 murdered his wife and seven-year-old son before committing suicide.
Rumors turn out to be true, Ken Ober dead at 52
Ken Ober, the brassy comedian best known as the host of the 1980s-era MTV game show “Remote Control,” died this weekend, Mark Measures, an agent at Abrams Artists who worked with him, said on Monday. Mr. Ober, who lived in Santa Monica, Calif., was 52. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Lee Kernis, a manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners who represented Mr. Ober for more than 20 years, said that he was found dead on Sunday. He said that Ken was last heard from on Saturday night, when he spoke to a friend and complained of a headache and flu-like symptoms. He told the friend that he was going to take something and would see a doctor as soon as possible.
Mr. Ober, who was born in Brookline, Mass. and raised in Hartford, Conn., grew up idolizing game show hosts like Bob Barker and Bob Eubanks, and went on to host four game shows of his own, including a revived version of “Make Me Laugh” in 1997. But his breakthrough came a decade earlier when Mr. Ober, a contestant on the televised talent show “Star Search,” became the host of the MTV series “Remote Control” in 1987.
The Wicker Man’s Edward Woodward dead at 79
Veteran actor Edward Woodward has died aged 79, his agent has confirmed.
The Croydon-born star had been suffering from various illnesses, including pneumonia, and died in hospital, said Janet Glass.
Woodward is most famous for his roles in the cult 1973 horror film The Wicker Man, alongside Sir Christopher Lee, and US TV series The Equalizer.
Sir Christopher described Woodward as “a very good friend and a splendid actor”.
Ms Glass said he had been ill for several months and passed away surrounded by members of his family.
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Germany goal keeper, Robert Enke, commits suicide
Germany and Hannover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke has died after being hit by a train in an apparent suicide on Tuesday, police have confirmed.
Enke, 32, was fatally injured at a level crossing north west of Hanover.
The German football federation (DFB) said in a statement: “The German team has learned of the death of Robert Enke with great shock.”
Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff added: “We are in a state of shock. It is beyond words.”
Enke’s daughter Lara died in 2006 of a rare heart condition when she was just two. He leaves behind his wife, Teresa, and an eight-month-old daughter the couple had adopted in May.
German police released a statement saying: “The victim is apparently national team goalkeeper Robert Enke from Hannover 96. The first police indications are that it was a suicide.”
Enke was struck by a regional train travelling between Norddeich and Hannover at a railway crossing in Neustadt am Rubenberge and died at the scene. Some reports gave the time of his death as “shortly before” 6pm local time (1700 GMT).
He played eight times for Germany and also for clubs Carl Zeiss Jena, Borussia Monchengladbach, Benfica, Barcelona, Fenerbahce and Tenerife, before returning to the Bundesliga with Hannover in 2004.
Enke made his international debut aged 29 and became Germany’s number one keeper after Jens Lehmann retired from internationals at the end of Euro 2008.
He had missed Germany’s last four matches with a virus but returned for his club at the weekend.
Germany coach Joachim Low had indicated that Enke was in pole position for the number one jersey at next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa.
Claude Levi-Strauss, the father of modern anthropology, died
Claude Levi-Strauss, widely considered the father of modern anthropology for work that included theories about commonalities between tribal and industrial societies, has died. He was 100.
The French intellectual was regarded as having reshaped the field of anthropology, introducing structuralism _ concepts about common patterns of behavior and thought, especially myths, in a wide range of human societies. Defined as the search for the underlying patterns of thought in all forms of human activity, structuralism compared the formal relationships among elements in any given system.
During his six-decade career, Levi-Strauss authored literary and anthropological classics including “Tristes Tropiques” (1955), “The Savage Mind” (1963) and “The Raw and the Cooked” (1964).
Jean-Mathieu Pasqualini, chief of staff at the Academie Francaise, said an homage to Levi-Strauss was planned for Thursday, with members of the society _ of which Levi-Strauss was a member _ standing during a speech to honor his memory.
France reacted emotionally to his death, with French President Nicolas Sarkozy joining government officials, politicians and ordinary citizens populating blogs with heartfelt tributes.
Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner praised his emphasis on a dialogue between cultures and said that France had lost a “visionary.” Sarkozy honored the “indefatigable humanist.”
Born on Nov. 28, 1908, in Brussels, Belgium, Levi-Strauss was the son of French parents of Jewish origin. He studied in Paris and went on to teach in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and conduct much of the research that led to his breakthrough books in the South American giant.
Levi-Strauss left France during as a result of the anti-Jewish laws of the collaborationist Vichy regime and during World War II joined the Free French Forces.
Levi-Strauss also won worldwide acclaim and was awarded honorary doctorates at universities, including Harvard, Yale and Oxford, as well as universities in Sweden, Mexico and Canada.
Although he reached the intellectual pantheon, Levi-Strauss remained down to earth.
A skilled handyman who believed in the virtues of manual labor and outdoor life, he was also an ardent music-lover who once said he would have liked to have been a composer had he not become an ethnologist.
He is survived by his sons Roman and Laurent.
Shiloh Pepin, the Mermaid Girl, dead at 10
Shiloh Pepin, a girl born with a rare condition often called “mermaid syndrome,” has died. She was 10.
Maine Medical Center spokesman John Lamb said Shiloh died at the hospital Friday afternoon. She had been hospitalized in critical condition since last week.
Shiloh was born with sirenomelia, meaning her legs were fused from the waist down. She had no lower colon or genital organs and only one partially working kidney. Doctors told her parents that she would likely survive for only hours, maybe days.
Some children who have survived sirenomelia have had surgery to separate their legs, but Shiloh’s circulatory system made that challenging because crisscrossing blood vessels would have been severed.
Her story has been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and other national TV programs.
Photographer Irving Penn dead at 92
Irving Penn, one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous, whose signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide, died Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 92.
His death was announced by Peter MacGill, his friend and representative.
Mr. Penn’s talent for picturing his subjects with compositional clarity and economy earned him the widespread admiration of readers of Vogue during his long association with the magazine, beginning in 1943. It also brought him recognition in the art world; his photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries and are prized by collectors.
His long career at Vogue spanned a number of radical transformations in fashion and its depiction, but his style remained remarkably constant. Imbued with calm and decorum, his photographs often seemed intent on defying fashion. His models and portrait subjects were never seen leaping or running or turning themselves into blurs. Even the rough-and-ready members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, photographed in San Francisco in 1967, were transformed within the quieting frame of his studio camera into the graphic equivalent of a Greek frieze.
Instead of spontaneity, Mr. Penn provided the illusion of a seance, his gaze precisely describing the profile of a Balenciaga coat or of a Moroccan jalaba in a way that could almost mesmerize the viewer. Nothing escaped the edges of his photographs unless he commanded it. Except for a series of close-up portraits that cut his subjects’ heads off at the forehead, and another, stranger suite of overripe nudes, his subjects were usually shown whole, apparently enjoying a splendid isolation from the real world.
He was probably most famous for photographing Parisian fashion models and the world’s great cultural figures, but he seemed equally at home photographing Peruvian peasants or bunion pads. Merry Foresta, co-organizer of a 1990 retrospective of his work at the National Museum of American Art, wrote that his pictures exhibited “the control of an art director fused with the process of an artist.”
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