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Originally posted 02/03/2014 05:30PM
Luis Raúl Martínez, a popular Puerto Rican comedian, actor and TV host, died Sunday in his Caribbean homeland of complications from pneumonia, according to the Associated Press. He was 51.
Originally posted 01/08/2014 12:00PM
Vin Diesel has taken to the medium he and Paul Walker shared to provide some of his fondest memories of his late costar and friend.
Originally posted 12/20/2013 03:15PM
Ned Vizzini, a popular young adult author and television writer who wrote candidly and humorously about his struggles with depression, has committed suicide.
His brother, Daniel Vizzini, says Ned Vizzini jumped off the roof of his parents' home in Brooklyn on Thursday. New York City's medical examiner's office confirmed Friday that Vizzini took his own life.
The author, whose autobiographical novel It's Kind of a Funny Story was adapted into a feature film of the same name, was 32.
Published in 2006, the book tells of a high school student who ends up in a mental hospital. In recent years, Vizzini was collaborating with filmmaker Chris Columbus on a series of young adult novels. He also was working on the NBC series Believe, a project co-created by J.J. Abrams.
Originally posted 12/15/2013 12:05PM
Survivor is a cutthroat game with only one winner each season, but Survivor: Blood vs. Water contestant Katie Collins has discovered that in times of need, all rivalries and alliances are forgotten.
"We've been getting sweet messages and notes from Survivors that I've never even met," Collins, 26, tells PEOPLE of the outpouring of support following the death of her brother Taylor, 25, who was ejected from the front passenger seat of a vehicle that hit a house in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Dec. 3.
The news of the accident came as a shock to Survivor fans, who were first introduced to Collins and her brother when their mother Tina Wesson, 52, was declared the winner of Survivor: Australia in 2001.
Originally posted 12/14/2013 04:30PM
Paul Walker was buried on Saturday after a private funeral service in Los Angeles, according to reports.
The Fast & Furious star, who died in a fiery car crash on Nov. 30 that also killed his friend and business partner Roger Rodas, was cremated and his remains were interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.
The funeral service for the 40-year-old actor was an intimate gathering for his family and close friends, including his father Paul Walker Sr., his mother Cheryl Walker and his brothers Caleb Walker and Cody Walker, according to eonline.com. A second memorial service is reportedly being planned and will be attended by his Fast & Furious cast mates and crew.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 07:00AM
Like many family members and friends, Tyrese Gibson continues to struggle with the untimely death of Paul Walker in a car crash on Saturday.
Gibson posted a heartfelt message to his Facebook account on Tuesday, mourning his Fast and the Furious costar.
"In moments like this, it feels – it feels like death has won. But the Bible says that love is stronger than death," Gibson wrote, paraphrasing a funeral sermon by Bishop T.D. Jakes.
Originally posted 11/30/2013 09:50PM
Paul Walker, star of The Fast and the Furious franchise, has died, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The actor, 40, died Saturday afternoon when a car he was in crashed and exploded in Santa Clarita, Calif. The driver also was killed.
"When they arrived, deputies found the vehicle engulfed in flames," the police said in a statement. "The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire and subsequently located two victims inside the vehicle. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene."
"This is an ongoing investigation," Deputy Heischuber of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station tells PEOPLE. "A solo car crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the city of Santa Clarita, on the outskirts of Valencia. A 911 call came in from a bystander."
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 08/24/2013 01:30PM
Finn Hudson might be gone forever, but Lea Michele is making sure her on- and off-screen love is not forgotten.
Michelle, 26, Tweeted a photo of herself wearing a necklace with a "Finn" charm on Friday – the name of the late Cory Monteith's Glee character – simply captioned "Today" and followed by a little heart icon.
The Tweet comes the same day the Glee cast reportedly began shooting its tribute episode to Monteith, who died July 13 in a Vancouver hotel room after ingesting a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol.
Originally posted 08/15/2013 12:15PM
Evident by the outpouring of heartbreaking Tweets from past and present members of The Bachelor franchise, season 14's Gia Allemand, 29, was a beloved contestant.
Remembered for her long, brown locks, carefree personality and fit physique, the third finalist in Jake Pavelka's season died of an apparent suicide on Wednesday after being hospitalized in critical condition on Monday night, following a "serious emergency medical event," ABC said.
While Allemand's death is a tragedy, her life can be remembered in notable TV clips during her time in the reality TV spotlight. Here are five of the New Yorker's most memorable on-camera moments:
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