09:14 AM EDT 12/09/2013
Originally posted 11/21/2013 07:50AM
Sylvia Celeste Browne, a celebrated psychic and New York Times best-selling author, died Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., her website announced. She was 77.
"For nearly six decades," said her site, "Sylvia Browne dedicated her life to helping others as a spiritual guide through private readings, past-life regressions and prayer groups that spanned the globe."
With her strong beliefs in God and reincarnation, the Kansas City, Mo., native often assisted authorities in criminal cases and, with her son, Chris Dufrense, offered personal psychic readings from their Northern California office, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Originally posted 11/16/2013 03:00PM
Off-road motorcycle racer Kurt Caselli has died after a crash in Mexico.
The 30-year-old was competing in the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 – a 833-mile race – when the accident happened on Friday.
Initial reports claimed that he'd hit a booby trap placed in the road by locals, but KTM reports he'd collided with an animal, resulting in the accident.
Originally posted 11/06/2013 06:00PM
An autopsy of acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter has revealed no sign of trauma or foul play.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office did not say anything about whether the acclaimed chef's death was related to what friends and co-workers described as Trotter's declining health in recent years, or the seizure that one said he was hospitalized for over the summer.
In a short news release, the office said that "additional tests, including a toxicology analysis will be conducted." Those tests include a toxicology analysis and could take as long as eight weeks.
Originally posted 11/05/2013 02:15PM
Renowned chef Charlie Trotter died on Tuesday at the age of 54.
The restaurateur was found unconscious and not breathing at his Chicago home by his son, Dylan, the Chicago Tribune reports. An ambulance was called and Trotter was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"We are incredibly shocked and deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Charlie at our home in Lincoln Park. He was much loved and words can not describe how much he will be missed," his wife, Rochelle, tells PEOPLE in a statement.
"Charlie was a trailblazer and introduced people to a new way of dining when he opened Charlie Trotter's. His impact upon American cuisine and the culinary world at large will always be remembered. We thank you so much for your kind words, love and support. We appreciate the respect for our privacy as we work through this difficult time.”
Trotter – who hosted a PBS cooking show in the '90s and published more than a dozen cookbooks – closed his namesake restaurant last year and announced plans to pursue a master's degree in philosophy.
Originally posted 11/01/2013 11:20AM
Tributes poured in from all corners of the globe after Lou Reed died Sunday at the age of 71. Now, the woman closest to the legendary rocker – his wife, Laurie Anderson – has penned her own short, poignant remembrance: an obituary in their local newspaper.
"Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs, [N.Y.]. And we made it!" Anderson, 66, wrote in The East Hampton Star of her fellow musician and partner of 18 years, whom she wed in 2008.
"Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature," she added. "He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air."
Originally posted 10/28/2013 05:50PM
Jason Aldean's tour bus hit and killed a man on an Indiana highway early Monday morning.
The country singer, 36, made a statement about the event on his Facebook page.
"With a heavy heart, I'm sad to say that a man passed away last night after stepping out in front of my bus in Indiana," he wrote.
"In all the years I've been touring and all the miles we've driven, nothing prepares you for something like this to happen," Aldean said. "I'm praying for Albert Kennedy's family and friends today and ask that you do the same."
Originally posted 10/27/2013 02:30PM
Lou Reed, the influential rock musician-songwriter best known for "Walk on the Wild Side," died Sunday at age 71, according to a report.
The cause of death was not immediately known. But Rolling Stone magazine, which reported his death, said Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.
As a founding member of The Velvet Underground, Reed was part of New York's thriving avant-garde art and music scene of the 1960s and a close associate of Andy Warhol.
The album The Velvet Underground & Nico, though never having mainstream success, is now considered one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Loaded in 1970 features two popular Reed songs, "Rock & Roll" and "Sweet Jane."
Originally posted 10/21/2013 06:55AM
Lou Scheimer, who founded the Filmation animation studio that produced Saturday morning cartoons including Fat Albert and The Archie Show, has died. He was 84.
The Pittsburgh native behind the cartoon powerhouse died on Thursday, two days before his 85th birthday, Scheimer's wife Mary Ann said on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Scheimer's company was the largest animation operation in the country in the early 1980s by number of employees.
Originally posted 10/09/2013 12:30PM
Although Glee's Lea Michele admits it feels like "I've lost two people, Cory and Finn," the actress says the tribute episode to her on- and off-screen love Cory Monteith "was very therapeutic."
"We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium, and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him," a stoic Michele, 27, told TV Week Australia. "It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn."
But did the actress ever consider leaving the hit show after the tragic death of her former boyfriend, 31, in July?
Originally posted 09/26/2013 06:00PM
Glee fans are likely to get choked up over a new promotional photo for the upcoming season, which premieres Thursday.
"The hardest word to say is 'goodbye,' " says the caption alongside a close-up black and white picture of Cory Monteith.
Screenwriter Ryan Murphy Tweeted the image on Thursday, giving a first look into the new season without Monteith, though the show will feature a tribute episode.
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