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George Michael Dies at 53

He sold over 100 million albums over his 40 years career, but on Sunday, December 25th, the sultry voice of George Michael went silent. He was 53 years old. His publicist released a statement confirming the death of the star.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period, his publicist said, “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Police investigating the death say they were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire shortly before 2pm on Christmas Day. “Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene” the reports say. “At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”

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Famed PBS Journalist Gwen Ifill Dead at 61

According to The Daily Beast, Gwen was diagnosed with endometrial cancer about a  year ago.

“I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington,” WETA President and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller wrote in a staff-wide email obtained by Politico. “I spent an hour with her this morning and she was resting comfortably, surrounded by loving family and friends… Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/NewsHour. Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers.”

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Mother of Tupac Shakur Dead at 69 Years Old

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She wasn’t as famous as her son, but Afeni Shakur, mother of Rap icon Tupac Shakur, did her part as a Black Panther activist and a philanthropist in her time. She died on Tuesday in California. She was 69 years old.

Deputies responded to a family member’s call reporting “a possible cardiac arrest” at Shakur Davis’ Sausalito home around 9:34 p.m. Monday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Shakur Davis was taken to Marin General Hospital where she died at 10:28 p.m., the office said. There was nothing suspicious about her death and there’s no evidence of foul play, Lt. Doug Pittman said in a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
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“Sheriff’s Coroners Office will lead investigation to determine exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur’s death,” the office said in a tweet.

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Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Dead at 46

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He was the mayor of Toronto but you probably wouldn’t have known that if it weren’t for the nightly news portraying the Toronto mayor as a loudmouth, weed and crack smoking conservative who always knew where the next party was. With the world’s attention focused on him and wondering what he will do next, Ford was diagnosed with a tumor in his stomach and in 2014, announced he would not seek re-election to the Mayor’s office in Toronto.

Today, a statement from Ford’s family told the news that Rob Ford had died.

“With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband and father,” his family said in a statement. “A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.”

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Breaking – Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dead at 94

According to reporting by TMZ, former First Lady and wife of former President Ronald Reagan, has died. She was 94 years old.

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President Obama to Announce Justice Scalia’s Replacement “in due time” – Video

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After the passing of Justice Scalia, President Obama announced his intentions to nominate Scalia’s successor “in due time.”

“I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to name a successor in due time,” Mr. Obama said. “And there will be plenty of time for me to do so,

Mr. Obama also paid tribute to Scalia, calling him “a brilliant legal mind with an energetic style.”

Justice Scalia, a staunch conservative and some would argue, an activist judge on the Supreme Court bench, died of natural causes in Texas on February 13th. He was 79 years old.

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Natalie Cole – Dead At The Age of 65 – #RIP

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“This Will Be” singer Natalie Cole is dead at the age of 65. Cole reportedly died from congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital.

The singer, songwriter, who is best known for her songs “Unforgettable,” and “Inseparable,” is the daughter of the late jazz singer Nat King Cole and singer Maria Hawkins Cole. She was recently struggling with some health issues which resulted in her canceling some tours. TMZ broke the news of her death on Friday.

Cole struggled with drug addiction after losing multiple family member s—including her father, mother and sister, Cookie. The singer also battled hepatitis C and had kidney failure. She ultimately ended up receiving a kidney transplant from an organ donor.