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Jeff Conaway Dead at 60

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Jeff Conaway

Jeff Conaway, 60, died Friday after being taken off of life support. The actor, whose credits include the movie Grease, was in a coma for most of the month.

Older generations remember him as the funny, cocky Bobby Wheeler on Taxi. More recently he appeared on the first and second seasons of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, where he was shockingly incoherent and physically weak. But he’s probably best remembered for being Kenickie, main sidekick to John Travolta’s Danny Zukco in Grease.

Travolta released a statement shortly after Conaway’s death was made official: "Jeff Conaway was a wonderful and decent man, and we will miss him. My heartfelt thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time."

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1950s Centerfold Yvette Vickers Found One Year After Death

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Yvette Vickers

The mummified remains of Playboy pinup girl and movie actress Yvette Vickers, 82, were found in her Hollywood home last week. Investigators suspect she had been dead for up to a year. It is one of the saddest stories we’ve ever heard.

A neighbor, Susan Savage, decided to investigate the house after noticing that the mailbox was way too full, with some items turning yellow. “I just had a bad feeling,” she said. Savage climbed through a broken window, moving through piles of junk before she discovered the remains.

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Leslie Nielsen, Beloved Funnyman, Dead at 84

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Leslie Nielsen, 84, passed away Sunday due to complications from pneumonia. During his 60-year Hollywood career, Nielsen portrayed memorable characters in Airplane!, The Naked Gun and dozens of other films. Nielsen’s wife and several friends were with him when he died.

Nielsen starred in The Poseidon Adventure, See How They Run and several other serious dramatic films before he scored a role in 1980’s Airplane!. That comedic role helped propel Nielsen to stardom.

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Comedian Greg Giraldo Dead at Age 44

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Greg Giraldo

UPDATE: TMZ reports that Giraldo’s family had pulled him off life support.

Comedian Greg Giraldo, best known to television audiences for his work on Last Comic Standing and the Comedy Central roasts, died today in New Jersey. He was 44 years old.

Giraldo’s passing comes less than a week after he was hospitalized for an accidental overdose. According to friends of the funnyman, he had been taking prescription pills. His death is not being considered a suicide.

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Memorial Planned for Gary Coleman

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DescriptionUPDATE: Coleman funeral will not happen this weekend after all. Gary’s estranged parents are fighting over the actor’s remains.

Very little has been decided about the memorial service for the - but, on the positive side, a city and a weekend have been pinned down for the event.

Coleman’s service will held on either Saturday (June 5) or Sunday (June 6) in Salt Lake City, but there’s no word yet on whether or not it will be open to the public.

Gary’s estranged parents plan to attend the event one way or the other.

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Gary Coleman’s Parents Want Details

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Gary Coleman ‘s parents are desperate to know what happened to the actor before he died.

Sue and Willie Coleman - the estranged relatives of the Diff’rent Strokes actor, who passed away on Friday night after suffering from a brain hemorrhage and falling into a coma - are devastated they were unable to speak with the 42-year-old star before his passing and are anxious to know the circumstances surrounding his death.

“We would’ve loved to have been there by his side at the hospital, to let him know we love him before he passed away. This is a shock to us. We loved Gary very much. We’re going to miss him. We’re not pointing fingers at anyone, but we need to know exactly what happened. We’re not angry. We’re just concerned. Did our son fall down the stairs? Did he fall in the bathtub? We need to have some closure on our son’s life.”

Gary was admitted to hospital following the fall at his home on Wednesday evening, but his condition was so bad his 24-year-old wife Shannon Price was forced to turn off his life support machine. Although the pair had a tempestuous relationship - which saw Gary arrested in January over a domestic violence charge - police officers are convinced there is nothing suspicious about his passing.

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Dana Plato’s Son Tyler Lambert Dies Tragically

Dana Plato and Tyler Lambert

It has been almost 11 years - exactly - since child actress Dana Plato died from an overdose. Plato, best known for her role as Kimberly Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes, was forced to leave the hit series in the middle of Season 6 when she became pregnant. The result was Tyler Lambert, son to Plato and her then-boyfriend Lanny Lambert. (Dana and Lanny later married, then divorced in 1990.)

Last Thursday, Tyler tragically died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The cause of death has been ruled as suicide. Dano Plato’s death was also ruled a suicide when she overdosed on painkillers on May 9, 1999. She was 34. Lambert, who died on May 6, was 25.

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Actress Dixie Carter Dead

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Actress Dixie Carter passed away on Saturday due to complications from endometrial cancer. She was 70. Carter is perhaps best-known for her straight-talking, no-nonsense Designing Women character Julia Sugarbaker.

Carter’s husband Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild) has asked for privacy during this “family tragedy,” saying “this has been a terrible blow.” During her long television career, Dixie also enjoyed recurring roles on Diff’rent Strokes and Family Law. She was more recently enjoyed by TV watchers as Gloria Hodge, the mother-in-law from hell on ABC’s Desperate Housewives.

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Corey Feldman Reacts to Corey Haim’s Death

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Corey Feldman and Corey Haim

UPDATE: According to the coroner, Corey Haim died as result of natural causes.

Hours after learning about Corey Haim’s death, actor Corey Feldman - his Lost Boys and Two Coreys co-star - issued this statement about his longtime friend:

“I was awakened at 8:30 this morning by my brother and sister knocking on my bedroom door. They informed me of the loss of my brother Corey Haim. My eyes weren’t even open all the way when the tears started streaming down my face. I am so sorry for Corey, his mother Judy, his family, my family, all of our fans, and of course my son who I will have to find a way to explain this to when he gets home from school. This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family, and best friend. We must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference. Please respect our families as we struggle and grieve through this difficult time. I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived.

Corey Feldman
“The Two Coreys”

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Designer Alexander McQueen Found Dead

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Alexander McQueen

UPDATE: McQueen had cocaine, tranquilizers and sleeping pills in his system when he died.

Fashion guru Alexander McQueen was found dead on Thursday morning in his London residence. In a statement issued by the designer’s office, reps said “At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with [the designer’s] family.”

Scotland Yard has officially stated it is not treating the event as a suspicious death, though reports are circulating that the designer committed suicide. According to the statement, McQueen’s family “has asked for privacy in order to come to terns with this terrible news, and we hope the media will respect this.” Today, the world is very dark indeed.

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