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Survivor's Katie Collins Finds Support From Contestants After Brother's Death


Katie Collins Finds Support From Contestants After Brother's Death

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.

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Tyrese Gibson Struggles to Say Goodbye to Paul Walker

Tyrese Gibson Struggles to Say Goodbye to Paul Walker

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.

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Fast and Furious Star Paul Walker Dies in Car Crash

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Paul Walker Dies in Car Crash

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."

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Famed Chef Charlie Trotter Has Died

Charlie Trotter Dies at 54

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.

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PHOTO: Lea Michele Wears a 'Finn' Necklace | Lea Michele


Lea Michele Tweets Photo of Herself in 'Finn' Necklace

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.

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Remembering Gia Allemand: 5 Standout TV Moments

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Gia Allemand's Most Memorable TV Moments

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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Lea Michele Was Having a Girls' Night When She Got Cory Monteith Call | Cory Monteith, Lea Michele

Lea Michele Was with Friends When She Learned Cory Monteith Died

Originally posted 07/22/2013 01:30PM

Fresh from an "amazing" trip to Mexico, Lea Michele was at home and in a great mood, enjoying a girls' night in, when she got a devastating call that her boyfriend of more than a year, Cory Monteith, was dead.

"Lea started freaking out, she was distraught. No one knew what to say. It was horrible. She couldn't believe it," a source tells PEOPLE.

The call, the source adds, came from a friend who didn't want Michele, 26, to hear about Monteith's death at 31 from anyone else.

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Glee Creator Ryan Murphy Reveals Plan for Cory Monteith's Character | Cory Monteith


Ryan Murphy Reveals Plan for Cory Monteith's Glee Character

Originally posted 07/20/2013 05:30PM

Glee creator Ryan Murphy is speaking out about the death of Cory Monteith and revealing how the show will handle the loss of one of its biggest stars.

"It's always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies, but one of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better," Murphy said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

Fox, which airs Glee, announced Friday that the series has delayed production, as well as its fifth season premiere date, in the wake of Monteith's death at 31 from a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol.

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Woman Dies While Riding the Texas Giant Roller Coaster at Six Flags

Woman Dies While Riding Roller Coaster at Six Flags Over Texas

Originally posted 07/20/2013 09:15AM

Investigators will try to determine Saturday if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride, dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world, after not being properly secured by staff, as some witnesses accounts contend.

The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster but did not specify how she was killed. Witnesses told local media outlets the woman fell.

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Inside the Glee Cast's Partying Lifestyle


Glee Cast: The Perks – And Pitfalls – of Fame

Originally posted 07/19/2013 04:30PM

They were young, talented and thrust into superstardom almost overnight. For the cast of Fox's Glee, life quickly went into "work hard, play hard" mode after the show debuted in 2009.

And before his sudden death at age 31 from a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol, Cory Monteith experienced both extremes.

Unlike the much-younger characters they portray on TV, "these aren't high-school kids," a Glee insider says of the cast. And they had easy access to the perks – and pitfalls – of fame.

"They had a lot handed to them," says the source. "People will shut down clubs so they can dance. They've done their share of partying. That's part of what it's like to be a young celebrity."

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