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9 Years Later We Still Have Not Forgotten …… AALIYAH

Aaliyah Dana Haughton 1979-2001

Until we she her again her she will always be in our hearts.

Golden Girl Rue McClanahan Has Passed Away

It has been learned today that Rue McClanahan has died of a storke. She rose to fame on The Golden Girls in the 1980’s in which she won an Emmy.  Betty White is now the last surviving Golden Girl. She was 76.

Dennis Hopper Dies At Age 74

Such a such week in the entertainment industry. Denis Hopper died at his home in Venice CA.  Hopper had recently been suffering from prostate cancer and going through a difficult divorce from his wife Victoria.

Hopper is best known for starring in the 1969 classic “Easy Rider.”

Gary Coleman Dies at Age 42

Gary Coleman, the child star of the TV sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, died Friday after suffering an intercranial hemorrhage. He was 42.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank says life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m.

Coleman was hospitalized Wednesday after falling and suffering a head injury at his home south of Salt Lake City, according to family members.

For a while, it seemed that Gary Coleman’s cherubic face was everywhere, from TV to T-shirts to lunchboxes.

On Diff’rent Strokes, he played precocious Arnold Jackson, who, with his brother Willis (Todd Bridges), was adopted by a wealthy, white Manhattan man (Conrad Bain) and his daughter (Dana Plato).

Coleman’s pudgy cheeks and flawless comic timing made him the break-out star of the popular series, which ran from 1978-86.

His signature line, “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” became a national catchphrase.

But Coleman’s bright beginnings were overshadowed by domestic disputes, legal troubles and health issues. Coleman was born with a congenital kidney disease that resulted in his small stature. He had two kidney transplants and required frequent dialysis.

At the height of Diff’rent Strokes’ popularity, Coleman reportedly received up to $100,000 an episode. Beginning in 1980, he won four consecutive People’s Choice Awards as Favorite Young TV Performer

He parlayed his prime-time success into steady work in TV guest spots, made-for-TV movies and feature films, including On the Right Track and The Kid with the Broken Halo. The latter inspired the animated TV series The Gary Coleman Show.

But in the years after Diff’rent Strokes, Coleman was in the headlines more often for his off-screen troubles than for his acting.

In 1989, he successfully sued his parents and former advisers for misappropriation of his trust fund, which had dwindled. He was awarded $1.3 million.

In 1999, Coleman filed for bankruptcy, blaming his troubles on financial mismanagement.

In 1998, while working as a security guard, he was charged with assault for hitting a woman who had been seeking an autograph. He pleaded no contest and received a suspended sentence.

In 2007 he was cited for disorderly conduct after arguing with his wife, Shannon Price, whom he married that August. They had met on the set of the 2006 comedy Church Ball.

In 2008, he and Price appeared on the syndicated TV show Divorce Court in an attempt to save their marriage.

But last year, the two were involved in a domestic dispute which resulted in Price being arrested and both receiving disorderly conduct citations.

And he recently settled a lawsuit with a man he allegedly hit with his car outside a Utah bowling alley in 2008.

In January, Coleman was arrested for failure to appear in court for an unspecified earlier charge.

Coleman’s troubles led him to be the butt of jokes for comedians and he even inspired a character by the same name in the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q.

Through it all, Coleman maintained his perspective and sense of humor. “I parody myself every chance I get,” he said. “I try to make fun of myself and let people know that I’m a human being, and these things that have happened to me are real. I’m not just some cartoon who exists and suddenly doesn’t exist.”

Despite his real-life travails, Coleman will remain an ’80s TV icon, a quick-witted boy whose onscreen charm lives on in television syndication.

So Tragic

Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Dies

Slipknot bassist Paul Gray — one of the group’s founding members — was found dead in an Iowa hotel room early Monday morning (May 24), according to reports. He was 38.

The Des Moines Register reported that police were called to the TownePlace Suites hotel in Urbandale, Iowa, shortly before 11 a.m. after an employee discovered Gray’s body in a room. There was no evidence of foul play, police told the newspaper, but the investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. A toxicology test will also be done to determine any contributing factors to his death.

A spokesperson for Slipknot’s label, Roadrunner Records, confirmed the report to MTV News.

Gray, better known as #2 or “The Pig” because of the mask he wore while performing with Slipknot, helped form the group in 1995, along with current members Shawn “Clown” Crahan and Joey Jordison. Though the band’s lineup shifted over the years — with members departing or switching instruments — Gray’s position within the group remained constant: He was the only bass player Slipknot ever had.

The group would release four albums, the last of which — 2008’s All Hope Is Gone — debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart. They spent most of the next year touring the world before taking an extended break at the end of 2009. Earlier this year, Gray announced that he would be using the time off to play with hard-riffing supergroup Hail!, featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens, Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser.

It was announced on his MySpace page this year that he was expecting a child with his wife Brenna. Life looked on the up for Paul.

While currently under investigation, preliminary reports from a source at the scene indicate a drug overdose.

Paul will be missed.

Legendary Singer and Actress Lena Horne Dies at 92

Actress and singer Lena Horne has died.  Known for such work as the Broadway show Jamacia, the movie Bronze Venus and such songs like” Someone watch over me” and “Summertime” she payed the for African American actress in Hollywood. Such as Halle Berry, Cisley Tyson and Angela Bassett

Lena was also very vocal about the issues facing African Americans long before the Civil Rights Movement. Lena also delft with a great deal of discrimination they would put her in make up called Egyptian dark to make her look more black.

Lena became a heroine to blacks as in those days they were greatly need.

Horne is survived by her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley.

Tragic Hip Hop Legand (Guru Of Gang Starr) Dies After Long Battle With Cancer)

The rapper Guru has died from cancer-related complications.

The 43-year-old hip hop star, whose real name is Keith Elam, suffered cardiac arrest in February and briefly slipped into a coma.

He ultimately succumbed to his illness Monday.

Guru formed the group Gang Starr with DJ Premier in 1985, and went on to receive wide-acclaim and success for songs like Words I Manifest” “Mass Appeal” Full Clip” and many more.

Born on July 17, 1966, the Massachusetts native burst onto hip-hop’s underground scene in the late 1980s. His rhymes were equal parts aggressive, uplifting, and witty.

Guru’s manager, Solar, released a statement confirming his artist’s death.

“The world has lost one of the best MCs and Hip-Hop icons of all-time — my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru,” he said. “Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius.”

R.I.P He will be greatly missed