09:33 AM EDT 05/22/2013
Originally posted 05/02/2013 03:45PM
The night before Chris Kelly died, the Kris Kross rapper had been taken home by his mother after consuming a combination of cocaine and heroin, according to an Atlanta police report.
While at home, Kelly, 34, felt nauseous and then passed out on Wednesday afternoon before his mother Donna Kelly Pratte called 911, the report says.
Paramedics found Kelly unresponsive on the living room couch. Efforts at CPR failed to revive him, and Kelly was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 07:45AM
As friends and family mourn the death of Kris Kross star Chris Kelly, authorities in Atlanta say they are investigating the case as a possible drug overdose.
An autopsy is planned for Thursday morning, but police are already looking at drugs as a cause after Kelly, 34, was found unresponsive in his home on Monday, Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Meanwhile, Kelly's mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, released a joint statement with Kris Kross's former record label, So So Def, mourning Kelly's death.
Originally posted 04/29/2013 09:05AM
A public funeral will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville for country music superstar George Jones, who died Friday at the age of 81.
Publicist Kirt Webster said in a statement that the public funeral will be held Thursday starting at 10 a.m. Webster says Jones would have wanted his fans everywhere to be able to pay their respects along with his family.
A private visitation for family, friends and fellow performers will take place Wednesday evening. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
– Associated Press
Originally posted 04/23/2013 12:55PM
Martin Richard, the 8-year-boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, was laid to rest during a private family service Tuesday morning, his parents announced.
"The outpouring of love and support over the last week has been tremendous," Denise and Bill Richard said in a statement. "This has been the most difficult week of our lives and we appreciate that our friends and family have given us space to grieve and heal."
Originally posted 04/23/2013 11:45AM
Allan Arbus, best known for his dozen appearances as the sarcastic psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the '70s series M*A*S*H, died Friday at his Los Angeles home, his daughter, photographer Amy Arbus, told The New York Times. He was 95.
In addition to numerous roles on TV and in movies, from Matlock and Curb Your Enthusiasm (in 2000) to Cinderella Liberty and Damien: Omen II, the New York City native, during his military service in the army, had been a photographer – as was, notably, his wife, Diane Arbus.
The two met when Allan was an employee in the advertising department of her parents' Fifth Avenue department store, then married in 1941 and formed a professional partnership.
Originally posted 04/22/2013 05:30PM
Richie Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock, has died at 72.
His family says in a statement that Havens passed away Monday of a heart attack.
Havens, a folk singer and guitarist, performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He returned to the site during the 40th anniversary in 2009.
The performer was born in Brooklyn. He was known for his crafty guitar work and cover songs.
Originally posted 04/22/2013 10:05AM
Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the Divinyls, whose hit song "I Touch Myself" made the group an international success, died at her New York City home on Sunday. She was 53 years old.
"Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity," her husband, musician Charley Drayton, said in a statement.
"Chrissy's light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity. She always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women," he said.
Originally posted 04/21/2013 01:35PM
Bassist Todd Harrell of the band 3 Doors Down was behind bars Sunday on suspicion of vehicular homicide after allegedly causing a fatal crash while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Harrell, one of the band's three founding members, was speeding on I-40 in Nashville Friday night when his Cadillac clipped a pickup truck driven by Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., 47, of Nashville, according to Nashville police.
The pickup truck swerved out of control, struck a guardrail, careened down an embankment and overturned, police say.
Originally posted 04/18/2013 06:40AM
Rescue workers in downtown West, about 20 miles north of Waco, Texas, searched rubble that witnesses compared to a war zone early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others.
The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin, leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction, shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake and could be heard dozens of miles away – sending flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers, shrapnel and debris down on shocked and frightened residents.
"They are still getting injured folks out and they are evacuating people from their homes," Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday morning. He added later, "At some point this will turn into a recovery operation, but at this point, we are still in search and rescue."
Swanton said authorities believe that between five and 15 people were killed in the blast, but stressed that is an early estimate. There is no indication the blast was anything other than an industrial accident, he said.
Originally posted 04/17/2013 11:30AM
The third victim of Monday's horrific Boston Marathon bombings has been named.
Lingzi Lu, a young Chinese graduate student of math and statistics at Boston University, originally from the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, was one of three killed in the blasts. The Chinese consulate in New York confirmed Tuesday that a woman from China had died in the bombings but did not reveal her name.
But as The New York Times reports, given the blogosphere, in China and elsewhere, it was impossible to keep her identity concealed. By Wednesday morning, the state-run news agency Xinhua was not only naming Lu Lingzi but also running her photo, picked up from a Hong Kong TV station. On Wednesday, Boston University also shared her identity and a photo of Lu.
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