Rock legend Jim Rodford died Jan. 20, 2018. He was 76 years old. Rodford was a founding member of the band Argent and the bassist for The Kinks and The Zombies.
Rodford’s cousin and longtime bandmate, Rod Argent, announced on The Zombies’ Facebook page: “It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning that my dear cousin and lifelong friend, Jim Rodford, died this morning after a fall on the stairs. More details are not yet known about the exact cause of death … When Colin [Blunstone] and I put together our second incarnation in late 1999, our first phone call was to Jim. He gave us absolutely unflagging commitment, loyalty and unbelievable energy for eighteen years, and our gratitude is beyond measure.”
The statement continued, “To the end, Jim’s life was dedicated to music. He was unfailingly committed to local music … Colin and I would compare notes a couple of days immediately after a U.S. tour and discuss how long it would take us to recover from an intense, fantastic but exhausting couple of months — only to find out and marvel that Jim had already been out playing with local bands … Jim was a wonderful person, loved by everybody. When Colin and I, shocked and hardly able to talk, shared the news this morning, Colin said, ‘I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him.’ He will be unbelievably missed.”
Temptations singer Dennis Edwards passed away at age 74 on Feb. 1, 2018, reported Variety.
Edwards replaced original lead singer, David Ruffin, in 1968. Edwards brought his signature gospel style to the lead vocals on some of the group’s most memorable later-career hits, including ” Just My Imagination ,” “Cloud Nine,” ” Shakey Ground,” ” Ball of Confusion,” ” Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Psychedelic Shack,” and ” I Can’t Get Next to You.” He split from the group in 1977, but rejoined a decade later. In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Temptations.
According to the Chicago Tribune , Edwards died from complications from meningitis — and was allegedly abused leading up to his death. Court documents from an adult protective services investigator reportedly show that Edwards’ wife, Brenda, was accused of abusing the singer, leading the crooner to obtain an emergency protective order against her. She denied the claims.
Edwards is survived by Brenda, as well as a daughter from his previous marriage to Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters.
John Mahoney, most famous for playing down-to-earth dad Martin Crane on Frasier, died Feb. 4, 2018, while in hospice care, reported Variety. He was 77 years old.
Mahoney was born in England and came to the United States when he was 19. He taught English at Western Illinois University before joining the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble in his late 30s.
Mahoney’s career began in theater in his native England, then took to film with roles in now-classic films including Moonstruck (1987), Say Anything (1989), In the Line of Fire (1993), and The American President (1995). Before his star turn in Frasier in 1993, Mahoney appeared in the show’s predecessor, Cheers (though not in the same role,) and in 3rd Rock from the Sun . He received a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Emmy nods, and two Golden Globe nominations for his role as Frasier Crane’s blue-collar dad. Mahoney also won a Tony Award in 1986 for his role in The House of Blue Leaves on Broadway.
His most recent roles prior to his passing were as Roy, Betty White’s love interest, on
Hot in Cleveland from 2011 to 2014, and as a tormented CEO seeking therapy in In Treatment in 2009.
Mahoney never married and had no children, but in a touching tribute, Frasier star Kelsey Grammer said in a statement to Variety, “He was my father. I loved him.”
Actor and musician Mickey Jones died Feb. 7, 2018, following a long but unspecified illness, his rep told Variety. He was 76 years old.
Jones’ career as a character actor began in 1971 in the television comedy Rollin’ on the River, which led to a slew of small roles in a ton of movies , including Total Recall (1990) and recurring roles on Hot Rod , Justified , and
Home Improvement , in which he played Tim Allen’s friend, Peter Bilker. Jones’ catchphrase, “That would be me,” became the title of his 2009 autobiography, That Would Be Me: Rock & Roll Survivor to Hollywood Actor.
Jones’ most recent work included roles in J.K. Simmons’ Growing up Fisher and
Newsreaders. In addition to his acting career, Jones was also a prolific drummer, playing on albums by Trini Lopez and Johnny Rivers and touring with Bob Dylan and Kenny Rogers.
Reg E. Cathey
Reg E. Cathey passed away Feb. 9, 2018, at 59 years old after a battle with lung cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter .
Cathey’s biggest roles were on television: He starred as Martin Querns on Oz from 2000 to 2003, as reporter-turned-politician Norman Wilson on The Wire from 2006 to 2008, as Barry K. Word in Lights Out in 2011, as Barry Querns on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2008 to 2013, as Detective Julius Bonner on Banshee in 2014, as Uncle Bobby in The Divide, as Freddy, a restaurant owner who gets a job in the White House in House of Cards from 2013 to 2016, and as Chief Giles on Outcast from 2016 to 2017.
His movie work included roles in the Fantastic Four reboot (2015), St. Vincent (2014),
S.W.A.T. (2003), Pootie Tang (2001),
American Psycho (2000), Se7en (1995),
Airheads (1994), Clear and Present Danger (1994), The Mask (1994), What About Bob? (1991), and Born on the Fourth of July (1989).
Famous for his rich, deep voice, Cathey told The Guardian in 2016, “What I did notice is that Barack Obama becomes president and suddenly black people who are well-spoken are working more. This new market for the well-spoken black actor is all due to Obama. He got inaugurated, and I started working like a fiend — hired by the same people who would previously ask: ‘Have you always spoken like that?’ It’s like, ‘You know what, motherf**kers? Yes, I have.'”
Actor John Gavin died Feb. 9, 2018 at 86 years old.
Before acting, Gavin graduated from Stanford and served in the Navy in the Korean War before finally giving in to a family friend who urged him to take a screen test. His breakout parts included a sympathetic German soldier in the World War II drama A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) and as Steve Archer in
Imitation of Life (1959). His most famous roles were that of Sam Loomis in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Psycho (1960), and as Julius Caesar in Spartacus (1960). He was almost cast as James Bond and even signed a contract for Diamonds are Forever (1971) until producers hired Sean Connery instead.
He soon transitioned to television roles, reported Variety. “When I walked through the gate, Universal quit building actors … Some of those early roles were unactable,” Gavin said. “Even Laurence Olivier couldn’t have done anything with them. The dialogue ran to cardboard passages such as ‘I love you. You can rely on me darling. I’ll wait.’ It was all I could do to keep from adding, ‘with egg on my face.'”
Gavin served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild, including as president from 1971 to 1973. He considered running for Senate as a Republican in 1991.
Comedian Marty Allen died from complications from pneumonia on Feb. 12, 2018, The Associated Press reported. He was 95 years old.
After serving in World War II, Allen’s comedy career began in 1950. He rose to notoriety when he partnered with Steve Allen for the duo Allen & Rossi. The pair performed on The Ed Sullivan Show a whopping 44 times, including the episode during which The Beatles made their U.S. TV debut. He and Allen split in 1968, but would continue to perform together occasionally throughout the 1990s.
Allen made hundreds of television appearances through the 1970s and 1980s, with credits ranging from game shows such as Hollywood Squares to serious roles in daytime dramas such as The Big Valley.
In 1984, Allen married Karon Kate Blackwell, with whom he performed a musical comedy act on tours throughout the United States for more than 30 years — they even had sold out performances as recently as 2015.
David Ogden Stiers
David Ogden Stiers, who starred as nobby surgeon Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester II on M*A*S*H , died March 3, 2018. He was 75 years old. According to Variety, Stiers suffered from bladder cancer leading up to his passing.
An Oregon native who studied acting at Juilliard, Stiers earned two Emmy nominations for his most famous role as Winchester, and a third for his performance in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (1984). His Broadway debuts were in three simultaneous plays in 1973.
Stiers served as the narrator and voice of Cogsworth in Disney’s animated smash
Beauty and the Beast (1991), Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas (1995), the archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and Dr. Jumba Jookiba in Lilo & Stitch (2002).
He starred in eight Perry Mason TV movies from 1986 through 1988, and had small roles in Woody Allen films Shadows and Fog (1991), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001).
Stiers came out as gay in 2009, admitting he’d waited because his income came from mostly family-friendly fare. The same year, he began stage acting again.
Stiers most recently appeared in The Regular Show from 2011 to 2016.
His M*A*S*H co-star Lorena Swit said in a statement, “He was an extraordinary person, a gifted actor, phenomenal musician, and my sweet, dear shy friend … Working with him was an adventure. He was exceptional. I’m hurting. We all are.”
Rapper Craig Mack died March 12, 2018 at 46 years old, reported the New York Daily News. Mack was one of the first artists signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records and was nominated for a Grammy for his signature track, 1994’s ” Flava in Ya Ear .” Mack reportedly suffered from heart failure.
Fellow Bad Boy artist DJ Scratch claimed on Instagram that he was “the only famous person” at Mack’s memorial, but that may not have been deliberate.
He wrote, “When I left Craig’s memorial service I called @Diddy to thank him for giving Craig the platform for the world to know Craig Mack’s music. I told him I just left the service, he said, ‘They buried Craig already, what service are you talking about?!?’ He didn’t know about the memorial service. @diddy offered to pay for Craig Mack’s funeral, but the religious community Craig was in declined. None of his friends or colleagues were allowed to attend his funeral. Diddy respected their wishes. Craig was immediately buried on the property where he lived. Yesterday’s service was a memorial for Craig’s friends in NY & for fans to attend thrown by Craig’s childhood friend Alvin Toney.”
Legendary stage actor Sammy Williams passed away March 17, 2018 at 69 years old. A family spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that Williams had been battling cancer.
Williams won a Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical in 1976 in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line , in which he played Paul San Marco, a Puerto Rican performer coming to terms with his homosexuality. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the role of San Marco was partially based on Williams’ own real-life experiences as a gay man, combined with elements from the life of author Nicholas Dante. He won an Obie Award for the role in 1975, per Broadway .com .
Apart from A Chorus Line, which was, incredibly, Williams’ first speaking role on a stage, he also had small parts in Applause and The Happy Time. He later became a choreographer and director in Los Angeles, most recently appearing in the Ahmanson’s Theatre production of Follies in 2012.
DuShon Monique Brown
Chicago Fire star DuShon Monique Brown died March 23, 2018 at just 49 years old. The Chicago Tribune reported that her cause of death was not disclosed but was rumored to be from a heart attack.
Brown starred as Connie, the no-nonsense assistant to Chief Boden, on the series. Prior to her work on the NBC hit, Brown had a recurring role as Nurse Katie Welch on Prison Break and guest roles in Shameless and
Empire. Before breaking out in showbiz, Brown was a school counselor and had a background in social work.
“The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own,” executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon’s family and we will all miss her.”
Brown’s co-star, Yuri Sardarov, who plays Otis on the series, launched a GoFundMe account after her passing. “We are shocked, and will miss her immensely. She is survived by her daughter, and fiancé,” the page reads. “Despite her visibility and involvement in a television show, DuShon was not a salaried actor. She had a full time job as a Chicago Public Schools counselor. Please join us in offering DuShon and family support during this very difficult time. Your generosity will help fund the cost of funeral arrangements and other financial burdens that her family must shoulder.”
K-Pop star Seo Minwoo of boyband 100 Percent died March 25, 2018 at only 33 years old, according to The Guardian. The singer was reportedly found unresponsive in his home and pronounced dead by first responders. He suspected cause of death is cardiac arrest.
Minwoo was the lead singer of the group, which originated in 2012. He took a sabbatical from performing in 2014 to perform his government-required military service but returned to the group upon completing his obligations. Minwoo also dabbled in stage acting in productions including The King And I, as well as movie and television roles.
Minwoo’s 100 Percent bandmate, Woo Changbum, paid tribute to Minwoo in an Instagram post after his passing. “May the souls of the deceased refrain,” Changbum wrote ( translated from Korean). “I hope you are comfortable in the sky. I want you to be a bright star and shine this world.”
R. Lee Ermey
R. Lee Ermey, famous for his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of drill gunnery sergeant “Gunny” Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket died April 15, 2018, at the age of 74.
Ermey’s manager said in a statement on Twitter that the actor passed away from complications from pneumonia.
According to his biography, Ermey was a Vietnam War veteran, having spent 11 years in the Marines — two of which he spent as a drill instructor. After retiring from the military in 1971, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and studied drama at the University of Manila in the Philippines. Francis Ford Coppola was filming 1979’s Apocalypse Now nearby at the time and cast Ermey as a helicopter pilot.
Ermey’s career went on to span nearly 40 years, with roles in films including Se7en,
Dead Man Walking, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre , and as the toy soldiers’ Army Sarge in the Toy Story franchise.
In 2002, Ermey became the first retiree in the history of the Marines to receive an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant.
Steven Bochco, the legendary producer behind television series such as Doogie Howser, M.D. ; NYPD Blue , L.A. Law, and Hill Street Blues, died April 1, 2018. He was 74 years old.
Bochco had been suffering from a relatively rare form of leukemia called blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm for years. Along with chemotherapy, he credited a stem cell transplant he received in 2014 for prolonging his life significantly, according to The Hollywood Reporter .
Throughout Bochco’s career, he was nominated for 30 Emmys, winning 10 of them. He collaborated with the likes of Steven Spielberg, with whom he worked when he wrote for TV series Columbo.
“Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of Columbo in 1971 that he wrote and I directed,” Spielberg told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “We have supported and inspired each other ever since, and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly.”
Night Court star Harry Anderson passed away in his sleep at 65 years old on April 16, 2018.
TMZ reported that Anderson’s wife, Elizabeth, found him unresponsive in their home. She told emergency personnel that Anderson had suffered from strokes, as well as a battle with the flu, in the months leading up to his death.
In addition to starring as judge Harry Stone on the NBC hit show , Anderson was also an accomplished comedian and magician, and he received numerous tributes from other stars upon their learning of his passing.
Neil Patrick Harris, who practices magic in addition to his work as an actor, revealed on Twitter that Anderson had recently sold him some magic memorabilia, while David Copperfield posted a tribute that included a photo with the three-card Monte that Anderson once used in his performances. Comedian and actor Paul Reiser reminisced on traveling to New Jersey with the former comic for $40 gigs.
Anderson’s Night Court co-star John Larroquette tweeted: “…Out in the cosmos tonight, with his fedora at a rakish angle and a ‘watch this’ wink to us, he’s coaxing whoever might be out there with him: ‘Pick a card. Any card.'”
Swedish DJ and producer Avicii died April 20, 2018 at just 28 years old. The EDM superstar, born Tim Bergling, was most famous for his hits ” Levels ,” ” Wake Me Up ,” ” Hey Brother ,” and ” Fade Into Darkness .”
Bergling suffered from some serious medical issues in the final years of his all-too-short life, including acute pancreatitis, which he told Time magazine in 2013 was caused by excessive drinking. As a result, the DJ reportedly quit drinking entirely, but his health issues continued, and in 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed.
By 2016, Avicii had retired from touring completely, citing not just his physical, but also his mental health as reasons to step back from live performances. He told The Hollywood Reporter, “It was something I had to do for my health. The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me … I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy.”
TMZ reported that the DJ was found dead in Muscat, Oman, where he’d been staying at a luxury resort. To date, the circumstances surrounding his passing remain unclear.
Verne Troyer passed away April 21, 2018. He was just 49 years old. To date, his exact cause of death is unknown, but it’s suspected that his death be connected to an alleged suicide attempt from earlier that month.
“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” stated an announcement on the actor’s Facebook page. “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”
Troyer, who stood at 2 feet, 9 inches, was born with achondroplasia dwarfism — a condition in which cartilage won’t properly convert to bones, most often in the long bones in arms and legs, resulting in small limbs.
Troyer was best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, though he has more than 50 acting credits from the silver and small screen. Austin Powers star Mike Myers honored Troyer with a statement to The Hollywood Reporter : “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”
In 2018, we’ve already bid farewell to screen legends, music icons, and more. From The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan, to
House of Cards Emmy-winner Reg E. Cathey, plus rappers Fredo Santana and Craig Mack and legendary stage actor Sammy Williams, blues great Denise LaSalle, and many more. Join us as we take a look at these artists’ early works — Did you know
Chicago Fire star DuShon Monique Brown worked as a school counselor and actor John Gavin servied in the Korean war? We’ll reflect on their history-making performances, discuss the circumstances surrounding their deaths, and hear what their colleagues had to say about their passing.
Here are the stars we sadly said goodbye to this year.
Jon Paul Steuer
Former child actor Jon Paul Steuer, who starred as Quentin Kelly on Grace Under Fire and as Lt. Worf’s son, Alexander Rozhenko, on Star Trek: The Next Generation , died Jan. 1, 2018 at just 33 years old.
Steuer quit acting after the cancellation of
Grace Under Fire amid controversy surrounding the behavior of co-star Brett Butler, reported Variety. Steuer lived in Portland, Ore. and owned a vegan restaurant in the city called Harvest on the Bindery.
He was the lead singer of a band called P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., who confirmed his untimely passing on Facebook . The band said, “The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did. He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet.”
Jerry Van Dyke
Jerry Van Dyke, younger brother of TV legend Dick Van Dyke, died Jan. 5, 2018 at 86 years old from heart failure, according to The New York Times . Jerry’s wife, Shirley Ann Jones, said Jerry’s health had begun to worsen following a car accident in 2015.
Jerry got his start with guest appearances on
The Dick Van Dyke Show and became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Judy Garland Show as a comedian. Far from riding his big brother’s coattails, Jerry was an Emmy nominated actor in his own right, earning four nods for his role of assistant coach Luther Van Dam on Coach from 1989 to 1997. After Coach ended, Jerry made regular guest appearances on television shows including My Name Is Earl , The Middle,
Yes Dear , and Raising Hope.
Canadian character actor Donnelly Rhodes passed away at 80 years old on Jan. 8, 2018, while in hospice care for a battle with cancer,
Rhodes became an actor after training for the Canadian National Park Service and serving as an airman-mechanic in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
His most famous roles were dopey escaped convict Dutch in Soap from 1978 to 1981 and Dr. Cottle in the original Battlestar Galactica. Rhodes also appeared on TV shows Mister Ed, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Cheers, Taxi ,
The Golden Girls, The X-Files , The L Word ,
Smallville, and The Golden Girls, as well as the movie Tron: Legacy (2010). tar Galactica – Laura Asks Cottle For A Favor
Singer Denise LaSalle died Jan. 8, 2018 at 78 years old after suffering health issues for several months, which included the amputation of her right leg after a fall,
LaSalle was born Ora Denise Allen in Sidon, Miss. She began using a stage name when she moved to Chicago to sing R&B as a teenager. She later transitioned to blues and founded the National Association for the Preservation of the Blues in 1986. She was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, Tenn. in 2011.
Jason Wayne Miller
Jason Wayne Miller, famous for playing Salami Sam in Heavyweights (1995), died in his sleep on Jan. 9, 2018, at home in Chicago,
TMZ reported. He was just 36 years old.
Heavyweights (1995) writer and producer Judd Apatow told Page Six that “being around Joe Miller was pure joy. We could not have loved spending time with him more. He made everyone around him so happy. What a terrible loss.”
Co-star Aaron Schwartz, who played Gerald Garner in the film, told the site, “Joe always brought the fun to the set. He was one of those people you always wanted to be around. So sad. So young. Rest In Peace Joe.” Watch out for Salami Sam !
‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke
Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke died Jan. 10, 2018, at age 67. Clarke was the last surviving founding member of the classic metal band.
The band announced his death on its Facebook page: “We are devastated to pass on the news … Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.”
Former Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee, who is currently a member of the Scorpions, wrote in a statement, “Oh my f**king God, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape, so this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the UK this summer when we around with the Scorps.” Dee continued, “Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully I’m sure you’ll hear them, so watch out!”
Fellow founding member Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister died from cancer in December 2015, and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor passed away that fall.
Bobby Zarin, husband of The Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin, died Jan. 13, 2018. He was 71 years old.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer,” Jill wrote in a statement on her website . “There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone, for all your love and support during this difficult time.”
Bobby was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in June 2009. It returned and spread to his brain in November 2016.
Jill posted a tribute to Bobby the day after his passing, writing on Instagram, “Rest in Peace my love. Words cannot express the hole in my heart. Bobby taught me what true and deep love is. Thank you my love for sharing your life with me … for raising Allyson as if she was your own, being an amazing father and grandfather and teaching me how to be a better person. You inspire those around you to be the best they can be … I will never forget you … your legacy lives on through your beautiful children and grandchildren. I will continue to raise money and awareness for ITOG (International Thyroid Oncology Group) so maybe this won’t happen to the next guy who draws the proverbial short straw. I will continue to honor you and make you proud. You taught me so many lessons.”
Dolores O’Riordan , frontwoman of The Cranberries, died Jan. 15, 2018 at age 46.
Her publicist said O’Riordan was in London for a short recording session, but released no further details, according to Ireland’s The Journal. The U.K. coroner told The Associated Press she was found dead in her hotel room in London and that her passing was “unsuspicious,” meaning there was no foul play.
O’Riordan was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after an altercation at an airport in 2014, reported The Telegraph . She later told The Telegraph that her mental health issues (including depression, an eating disorder, and an attempted overdose in 2012) stemmed from sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
O’Riordan’s boyfriend of two years, D.A.R.K. musician Olé Koretsky, wrote in a statement: “My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone. My heart is broken and it is beyond repair. Dolores is beautiful … The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable. I am lost. I miss her so much.”
Actress Olivia Cole, who won an Emmy for her role as Mathilda George in Roots (1977), died Jan. 19, 2018, at 75 years old, reported Deadline . Aside from her iconic role in Roots (1977), Cole also earned an Emmy nomination as Maggie Rogers in Backstairs at the White House (1979).
Cole’s other notable works included The Women of Brewster Place (1989) opposite Oprah Winfrey, Coming Home (1978), Some Kind of Hero (1982) with Richard Pryor, Go Tell it on the Mountain (1984), First Sunday (2008), Guiding Light , L.A. Law, and Murder, She Wrote .
Comedian Bob Smith died Jan. 20, 2018, after a battle with ALS. He was 59 years old. Smith was the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Smith was also the first openly gay comic to perform an HBO half-hour special.
In addition to performing stand-up comedy, Smith was also an acclaimed writer, penning several novels, as well as three essay collections, including LAMBDA Book Award winner Openly Bob in 1997 and LAMBDA Book Award nominee Way to Go, Smith in 1999. His final book of essays, Treehab: Tales from My Natural Wild Life, was published in 2016 during his battle with ALS. He penned the entire collection with his one functional hand using an iPad.
Connie Sawyer, Hollywood’s oldest working actress, died at 105 years old on Jan. 22, 2018, Deadline reported. Her entertainment career began when she appeared in Vaudeville at just 8 years old and continued for decades, with movie roles in A Hole in the Head (1959), Ada (1961), The Way West (1967), The Man in the Glass Booth (1975),
When Harry Met Sally (1989), Dumb and Dumber (1994), and Pineapple Express (2008).
Sawyer’s six decades of television credits include roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show,
Hawaii Five-O , Dynasty, Archie Bunker’s Place, Home Improvement , Seinfeld, Will & Grace, ER, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Ray Donovan , and Murder, She Wrote .
Storm Chasers star Joel Taylor died Jan. 23, 2018, while aboard a cruise ship, TMZ reported. Taylor was 38 years old.Sources told TMZ that Taylor may have passed away from a drug overdose. A fellow passenger on the ship claimed Taylor passed out on the dance floor during the cruise after using the drug GHB and was taken back to his room by two other guests. He was found dead the following day.
Oscar-winning actress Dorothy Malone died of natural causes on Jan. 19, 2018, at 92 years old, Variety reported. Malone won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Marylee Hadley in Written on the Wind (1956), which co-starred Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall.
Malone’s other notable works include
Warlock (1959), Peyton Place, Condominium (1980), and convicted murderer Hazel Dobkins in Basic Instinct (1992).
Former Glee star Mark Salling allegedly committed suicide by hanging on Jan. 30, 2018, reported TMZ. He was 35 years old.
“Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment,” Salling’s attorney, Michael Proctor, told People. “He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”
At the time of his death, Salling was preparing to commence a life behind bars. According to USA Today , he “admitted to possessing pornographic images of prepubescent children” in a plea agreement in October 2017. Salling was scheduled to be sentenced on March 7, 2018 and “expected to spend 4 to 7 years in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release and registry as a sex offender,” reported Deadline .
A source told People that the disgraced actor had become isolated from friends. “This other dark side of him was completely shocking to everyone close to him,” the insider said. “Close people who didn’t talk to him are still sad about it. They loved him because of the person he was before all of this happened. There’s a level of sadness with everyone, but the sadness is from afar.”
World-famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died March 14, 2018. According to the BBC , Hawking — who’d been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, when he was just 21 years old — died peacefully in his home in Cambridge. He lived to be 76 years old, despite being given just two years to live at the time of his diagnosis. He is survived by his children: Lucy, Robert, and Tim.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” his kids said in a statement (via E! News). “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.” The statement continued, “His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss you forever.”
Rapper Fredo Santana died Jan. 19, 2018, at just 27 years old.
The Chicago-based MC (and cousin of controversial and often-incarcerated rapper Chief Keef) suffered from a fatal seizure, reported TMZ. Santana, born Derrick Coleman, had been hospitalized in the months leading up to his death, including a hospitalization for liver and kidney failure in October 2017. Once released from the hospital, Santana reportedly went right back into the studio to make more music, though Rolling Stone reported that he considered going to rehab as well.
The drill rapper was open about his addiction to lean, also commonly known as sizzurp — a combination of prescription cough syrup (usually codeine) and other substances, which may have caused his fatal seizure. His girlfriend reportedly arrived at his home at 11:30 p.m. and found him dead on the floor.
Several rappers paid tribute to Santana,
including Drake and Maxo Kream.
Making the situation even more tragic: Santana had an 8-month-old son.c
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is a particularly divisive character in the world of reality television. Rosie O’Donnell loves the
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star, calling her show “really revolutionary TV in a way most people won’t understand.” RuPaul claims she is his “reason for living” and wants to sing a duet with the pint-sized pageant princess. Even Barbara Walters dubbed her one of the most fascinating people of 2012, a stance she defended by saying “she’s sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters.”
On the other side of the spectrum, there are plenty of famous folk who can’t stand the Georgia-born GIF generator. Ever since she sparkled and shined her way into the public’s consciousness in Season 5 of TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras in 2012, Honey Boo Boo has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way — on principal, if nothing else. Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine flies into a red rage at the mere mention of her name. Conan O’Brien strongly suspects Honey Boo Boo is responsible for China “kicking America’s a**.” Meanwhile, The Real Housewives of Atlanta ‘s Kenya Moore thinks Honey Boo Boo looks like a prostitute.
Wherever you stand on the great Honey Boo Boo divide, it’s time to “redneckognize” a simply fact: Some people wish she’d just go away. Let’s reheat last night’s ” sketti ,” hunker down, and deep-dive into this.
We’ll keep the big fenagly words to a minimum.
Adam Levine calls her ‘the decay of Western Civilization’
Let’s start with an easy one. Pop star Adam Levine, Mr. “This Love” himself, allegedly hates Honey Boo Boo with a fiery passion that verges on fanatical. In a 2012
GQ profile , the Voice judge went off on the former Toddlers & Tiaras tyke, and the result is a thing of beauty.
Asked whether he’d rather wake up “not famous” or wake up as one of Honey Boo Boo’s parents , Levine wastes no time completely wigging out: “Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the DECAY of Western civilization,” he declared.
According to Levine, the fact that the show successfully gathered so many eyeballs “doesn’t mean it’s good.” In fact, he likened the Honey Boo Boo phenomenon to when “people witness atrocities and can’t take their eyes away from them.” And, just in case some readers still aren’t clear on where Levine stands on the issue, he emphasized that “that show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened.”
And he goes on. And on. And on. “It’s complete f***ing ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids. F**k those people.” Later, he apologized for all his frothy vitriol, saying, “I’m so sensitive to that. … it’s upsetting.” And then, just to clarify, he shouted: “F**K THOSE PEOPLE.”
Maybe he’s more of a Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon kinda guy.
Kris Jenner hates HBB and her little mother, too!
Did Kris Jenner try to turn the Kardashian clan against Honey Boo Boo’s family? That’s the story one rabble-rousing source told
Radar Online in 2012. The anonymous tattletale claimed Jenner really had it in for the beauty pageant contestant and Mama June Shannon. Reportedly, Jenner was angry because they were upstaging her own reality show calamity. “She thinks the Thompsons are classless, unlike her family, and can’t understand why America is so fascinated by them,” whispered the source. “The show has become bigger than Keeping up with the Kardashians, and Kris is starting to feel threatened by its success.”
But perhaps this story has a happy ending — which is exactly what we want from this situation, right? None too shadily, Jenner actually responded to the Radar Online story, claiming she wasn’t familiar with all the Honey Hoo-Hoo Whatchamacallit: “I would never criticize her, because I didn’t even really know who Honey Boo Boo is,” she told E! News in 2012, confessing that she strongly suspected Boo Boo was the name of a dog.
By 2013, Jenner had apparently done her homework and learned her Sugar Bears from her Chickadees. Commenting on the Thompson’s Halloween costumes that year — they’d all dressed up as the Kardashians — the “momager” did her best to be a good sport, tweeting , “‘So awesome honeybooboo mamajune_booboo you guys all looked fabulous! #Kardashianlove”
Well played? You decide.
PETA rep Michelle Cho doesn’t like her chicken names
Although we don’t imagine Honey Boo Boo has a walk-in closet brimming with ermine and mink, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) still did its homework and found something to scold the little girl for: the name of her plucky pet chicken, Nugget.
In 2012, Alana Thompson was just minding her own business when an ominous letter arrived from the animal activist organization. The screed urged Honey Boo Boo to “honor” her pet chicken “and protect other chickens just like her.” At the time, Thompson was just 7 years old.
According to E! News, the letter, written by PETA’s former Associate Director of Communications Michelle Cho, alerted Thompson that “chickens are smart, interesting animals with personalities of their own.” In no uncertain terms, the organization asked Thompson to change the name of her feathered friend at once — to “Not A Nugget.” To sweeten this non-deal, PETA even sent the former Toddlers & Tiaras star an “I Am Not a Nugget” T-shirt, plus a sampling of some juicy, protein-packed “faux-chicken tenders” by Gardein.
We’re not sure PETA’s swag bag did the trick. Two years later, Thompson told InTouch all the things she wanted to be when she grows up: “a mama, a beauty queen, working at Walmart [and] working at McDonald’s so I can eat their chicken nuggets.”
She makes no mention of wanting to be a brand ambassador or thought leader at Gardein.
Jimmy Fallon: ‘Never hit your mother!’
As far as bad behavior goes, striking your mom is right up there with carjacking and managing a puppy mill. Through the power of editing, home audiences were spared the sight of Honey Boo Boo getting physical with Mama June during a 2014 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon . Unfortunately, the studio audience wasn’t quite so lucky. The unedited segment was allegedly such a disaster, writer Christy O’Shoney wrote a Salon story calling Honey Boo Boo a “tiny, dimpled monster.” (O’Shoney was in the audience because a friend happened to have a spare ticket.)
O’Shoney suggests the little girl was constantly having her lines fed to her by
Mama June and reportedly possessed none of the storied fizziness that’s turned her into a modern-day meme on legs. In fact, O’Shoney says the whole interview was fraught with an “eerie tension.” She also claims Honey Boo Boo was so annoyed at one point that she abruptly “struck” Mama June, much to the palpable dismay of the host. “Never hit your mother!” Fallon allegedly exclaimed, in an only-slightly-jokey tone. O’Shoney’s bottom line? She found Honey Boo Boo “disrespectful, defiant, entitled.”
In fact, Honey Boo Boo supposedly refused to give Fallon her friendship bracelet (on numerous occasions) and said his muscles weren’t that big. Maybe someone didn’t drink enough Go Go juice that day.
Kenya Moore thinks she looks like a ‘hooker’
Rule of thumb: It’s generally frowned upon to compare a 7-year-old girl to a prostitute. Nevertheless, no one seemed to bat an eye when The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore came for Honey Boo Boo. In 2014, the former Miss USA told InTouch: “Her mother puts her onstage looking like a glorified hooker!” She also thinks that “Honey Boo Boo is not a role model for young women,” which, fair enough.
Thompson also has it in for Mama June. In fact, she doesn’t have many good things to say about pageant moms as a whole. According to Shannon, beauty contests are about so much more than grabbing a trophy. You have to demonstrate that you’re distractingly beautiful inside and out. “Pageants are about having poise and promoting self-esteem and self-worth,” she says. She doesn’t think Honey Boo Boo possesses any of these qualities: “When a little girl wears a lot of makeup, fake teeth, and extensions, like hookers do — that’s just not appropriate.”
Honey Boo Boo would probably respond to these accusations with one of her most famous epigrams: “Pretty comes in all sizes. My size is cute.”
Steve Harvey is gonna have to pass
Poor Steve Harvey. The self-professed King of Comedy probably thinks Honey Boo Boo is a multi-headed monster that occasionally shambles into his life to remind him that Chaos Reigns.
In 2013, the entire family managed to upend his interview while appearing on his talk show, Steve. In fact, all hell quite literally broke loose. As Shannon regaled Harvey with news that Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon “changes boyfriends like she changes underwear,” her equally craven sister, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, abruptly let one rip. Harvey’s face contorts into so many varied expressions of disgust that entire articles have been dedicated to dissecting the moment. “Honey Boo Boo meets Steve Harvey and we took over!” cried Mama Shannon, clearly pleased as punch. Meanwhile, Honey Boo Boo lay slug-like and squalid, sprawled on the sofa with limbs awry like an abandoned ventriloquist doll on a sugar low.
This shining beacon of Peak TV isn’t the only time Harvey has had to deal with the Honey Boo Boo crew. That same year, they all appeared on Family Feud, and that experience sounds equally off-putting. During a 2014 visit to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (via Buzzfeed ), Harvey revealed that Pumpkin “shut the show down ’cause she had a request.” Apparently, she wouldn’t let the show go on until she had a big mouthful of yummy corn.
“Who the hell can’t go on without a bowl of corn?” he wondered, aghast. Then, to Fallon: “You don’t … you don’t know nobody like that.”
Harvey probably wishes he didn’t, either.
Conan O’Brien: She’s why China is kicking America’s a**
Et tu, O’Brien? Stars like The Bridge’s Diane Kruger and Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson have both appeared on Conan to discuss their unhealthy obsession with Honey Boo Boo (“It’s like crack to me,” Kruger confessed.) Alas, so far no one’s successfully converted the talk show host into a fan. All in all, he doesn’t seem remotely smitten on the reality star, as you can tell from some of his material: “Sarah Palin visited the White House last night along with Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. All three expressed their regrets that Honey Boo Boo couldn’t make it.”
O’Brien takes it one step further in the above clip, suggesting the real reason China is “kicking America’s a**” is because everyone in the USA is sitting around watching Alana Thompson rock her daisy dukes .
And since three makes a trend, let’s not forget the time Conan’s crew superimposed Honey Boo Boo’s face onto Gollum from The Hobbit . Anybody who does that probably isn’t a big fan.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone can’t abide her
Even by South Park standards, the show’s depiction of Honey Boo Boo (in the show’s 232nd episode) is pretty damn vicious. It even inspired think pieces with headlines such as: “Honey Boo Boo on ‘South Park’: Are Reality Stars Parker and Stone’s Blind Spot?”
Titled “Raising the Bar,” the episode finds Cartman coming to terms with the fact that he’s obese. To combat the problem, he spends most of the episode riding around in a mobility scooter. Soon enough, famous folk such as Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson follow his lead. In a plot twist that’s perhaps not South Park’s most inspired moment, Cartman launches his own reality show called
Fatty Doo Doo. At one point, Cartman and Honey Boo Boo are pitted against one another in a wrestling match (that takes place in a pile of spaghetti, or “sketti,” as the case may be.) For some reason, this all goes down on the South Lawn of the White House.
Well, the Honey Boo Boo clan caught wind of the episode, and it didn’t exactly give it two thumbs up. (Or three, for that matter.) Mama June was asked by the TMZ minions what she thought of the spoof, and she responded, “Me being a big person, I didn’t take offense … That show is just not a show that I would want to be on in the first place.”
Her main complaint? Without putting too fine a point on it, Mama June ultimately thought the South Park episode was “kinda trashy.”
Larry the Cable Guy declared all-out redneck war
Things we’ve learned so far today: Not all rednecks are created equal — at least, not according to Larry the Cable Guy. Inexplicably swarmed by TMZ reporters in 2012 while hanging out in West Hollywood, the stand-up comedian insisted there’s a very distinct line in the sand that separates his kind of redneck from the Honey Boo Boo variety. Yes, apparently there’s a pecking order to these things.
“I’m a redneck,” he huffed. “I’m not a Honey Boo Boo redneck, I’m a Larry the Cable Guy redneck, there’s a big difference between the two rednecks.” He then attempts to break down all the numerous “stages” of redneckiness. Jeff Foxworthy is apparently the gold standard of redneck, while the likes of Honey Boo Boo are decidedly lower class. What’s the difference, exactly? According to Larry the Cable Guy, “The food’s not as greasy” when you’re in the upper echelons of redneckery.
This all echoes a sentiment he expressed in an interview with M Live in 2013: “Honey Boo Boo, in my opinion, is [a] bottom of the barrel redneck.” So there you have it.
Mickie Wood gives her a Bronx cheer
Mickie Wood isn’t necessarily the classiest of class acts. After all, she reportedly
responds to criticism by impersonating flatulence. Nevertheless, Radar Online claims the notorious mother of child pageant star Eden Wood finds Honey Boo Boo to be positively “vomit inducing.” Heather Ryan, Eden Wood’s former manager, wrote a gruesome e-book called Unleashing a Momster that chronicles all the child pageant melodrama that goes on behind the scenes. Turns out there’s a considerably lurid underbelly beneath all that sparkle and shine.
In a chapter entitled “The Honey Boo Boo Boom,” Ryan claims Honey Boo Boo represents everything Mickie “hated about herself” and “hated about ugly, overweight hillbillies.”
If the e-book is to be believed, Mickie would just sort-of sit around and be “disgusted” and “lament for hours about how vomit inducing the Shannon family was.” Allegedly, her jealousy went through the roof when Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premiered in 2012. Ryan writes: “I’m pretty sure I heard a loud, distinctive BOOM from Taylor, Arkansas as Mickie Wood’s head exploded.”
She may have just been blowing raspberries again.
Certain celebrity couples are so on-again-off-again that it’s pretty clear they can’t live without one another—even if they drive each other crazy. Whether it’s romance, co-dependence, or pure drama, some stars can’t stay away for long. These celebrity couples are addicted to one another…for better or for worse. 6:42 ples That Are Totally Addicted To Each Other
Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth
Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth met while filming
Nymphomaniac (2012). In June 2015, the couple got into a massive, disturbing fight while LaBeouf was visiting Goth in Germany where she was filming The Cure for Wellness (2017). Their clash was caught on camera by bystanders who intervened in the incident.
“I don’t want to touch a woman, I don’t want to hit a woman, but I’m being pushed,” LaBeouf is heard telling two locals who swoop in to help. He then approaches Goth and asks for his backpack, telling her, “I don’t wanna touch you. I don’t wanna be aggressive. This is the kind of s**t that makes a person abusive.” He then tells the men who pick him up, “If I’d have stayed there, I would’ve killed her.”
The couple wasn’t seen together for a while after that but did reunite in early 2016. LaBeouf told Variety in September 2016 that booze had played a role in his relationship troubles. “I got a Napoleonic complex,” he said. “I start drinking and I feel smaller than I am, and I get louder than I should. It’s just not for me, dude.”
About a month later, LaBeouf and Goth tied the knot in Las Vegas (though the chapel later stated it wasn’t a legal marriage, but a commitment ceremony), and at the time of this writing, it seems they can’t be happier. “That’s one thing that’s not been a f**k-up. It’s been the best thing I ever did for myself,” he told Sway in the Morning in November 2016. “I’m a serial monogamist. I think it’s ’cause I’m deeply insecure…I think I was after something real substantial this time. I really have never met anybody like this person.”
Emma Roberts and Evan Peters
Emma Roberts and Evan Peters’ relationship has been a rollercoaster of on-again-off-again engagements and even alleged domestic violence, but they just can’t quit each other. The stars met on the set of Adult World (2013) and made their public debut as a couple in January 2013. Unfortunately, the bliss was short-lived. Six months later, in July 2013, Roberts was
Unfortunately, the bliss was short-lived. Six months later, in July 2013, Roberts was
arrested for domestic violence after she and Peters had a fight in a hotel in Montreal. Cops arrived to find Peters sporting a bloody nose and a bite mark. Sources close to Roberts told TMZ both partners were hitting one another, but only Roberts was arrested because only Peters had visible injuries. He declined to press charges.
“Emma is very dramatic,” a source told Us Weekly. “[She gets] wound up…When they are good, they are crazy in love.” A second source said, “Their romance is pretty extreme. They just behave in a way that’s very passionate.”
In December 2013, the pair got engaged. They called it off in June 2015, got back together less than three months later, then
broke up again in May 2016, after which she
briefly dated actor Christopher Hines. Peters and Roberts reunited once more in September 2016, and by November 2016, sources confirmed to Us Weekly that the pair was engaged again…for now.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber went public with their drama-filled romance in February 2011 at the Vanity Fair Oscar party . In November 2012, the couple split up for the first time after Bieber allegedly got a little too close with supermodels Barbara Palvin and Miranda Kerr while performing in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (Both stunners denied hooking up with the “Beauty and a Beat” singer, even though Gomez
lashed out subtly on Twitter about Palvin.)
It wasn’t the end. The Mirror reported Bieber and Gomez continued an on-again-off-again romance for more than a year after their initial split, with each dating other people in between.
In January 2014, Gomez canceled her tour and secretly went to rehab, only to leave after just two weeks. She was soon after photographed with Bieber riding Segways, though a source told Radar Online , “Selena came to understand just what a bad influence Justin had been on her life. Their relationship left her broken-hearted.” The couple was seen together sporadically throughout the next year.
Bieber opened up about the stormy relationship in the September 2015 issue of
Complex. “We were so in love. Nothing else mattered. We were all about each other,” he said. “But when it’s like that and you get your value from that, people will always disappoint you…Your full identity can’t be in that person. My identity was in her. Her identity was in me.” He added, “I moved in with my girlfriend when I was 18. Started my own life with her. It was a marriage kind of thing. Living with a girl, it was just too much at that age.”
In February 2016, Gomez bemoaned to W magazine, “I’m so exhausted. I honestly am so done. I care about his health and well-being. But I can’t do it anymore.”
That wasn’t exactly true: after Bieber went public with his brief romance with model
Sofia Richie in August 2016, Gomez lashed out at him on Instagram. He then quit the social media service, and she canceled another tour and checked into rehab again. Though her team insisted both rehab stints were due to complications from lupus, Gomez’s grandfather told The Sun, “She was under a lot of pressure from work and was worrying about Justin. The doctor told her she needed to take time out.” He added, “She loves [Bieber] but told us she doesn’t want to be with him because of his recent behavior. We’ve known Justin since he started in the industry and he was such a bright young man, but we worry for him. His family thinks Selena is a good influence on him.”
Only time will tell if this breakup sticks, but if
In Touch is to be believed, they may have already reunited. Drama, drama, drama!
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green met on the set of Hope & Faith in 2004 when the stunner was just 18 years old and Green was 30. She was convinced they were meant to be together forever.
“I didn’t know who he was from 90210, but I liked him right away,” she told the The New York Times magazine in 2009. “Everyone was around the monitor watching a scene, and Brian accidentally touched my leg. I remember literal electricity shooting through me and out me from every direction. It was like magic.” She told Elle the same year, “I had to convince him that I was slightly more responsible and well-spoken and had other things to bring to the table besides being 18.”
By November 2006, they were engaged, but they never made it down the aisle and
amicably split in February 2009. That breakup didn’t stick, and they had a surprise wedding in 2010. Fox and Green became parents to two sons, and in 2014, Fox admitted that parenting put a strain on their relationship. “You can’t live in a fantasyland and think that everything’s going to be perfect all the time,” she told Men’s Health . “You will go through phases where you’re just not getting along. You’re not communicating well. That’s going to happen, and it’s going to feel impossible to you sometimes. It might not even make sense to you sometimes. Arguments are normal. You have to be patient and sit through that and remember that this is a part of human communication and interaction.” She added, “Brian is my soulmate. I happen to believe that. He’s definitely meant to be the father of my children. That makes it easier for me to work through things.”
In September 2015, Fox filed for divorce from Green, citing “irreconcilable differences.” She listed the date of separation as June 2015, but they were still seen together all the time. Less than a year later, Fox became pregnant with their third child, and she and Green
reconciled. At the time of this writing, the pair
seemed happy as ever , so here’s hoping they can stick it out for good.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have been through it all—addiction, alleged abuse, even
mental breakdowns —and they always come back for more. Consider what the couple, who
married in 1982 , have gone through in the last year alone. In summer 2016, it was revealed that Ozzy had an ongoing affair with the family’s hairstylist, Michelle Pugh—and that she wasn’t his only mistress. He was reportedly battling sex addiction and entered rehab for the condition. Sharon kicked him out over the affair in May 2016, but the couple eventually reconciled.
Ozzy explained on Good Morning America (via Page Six), “‘And they both lived happily ever after.’ I’d like to find the person who wrote that and poke him in the eye with a burned stick,” he griped. “Some days [marriage] is good, so some days [are] terrible, some days you just drift apart for a while, but you get back on the horse, you know?”
Add to that the time Ozzy literally tried to
murder Sharon in 1989 and his ongoing struggles with substance abuse, and it’s fair to say these two may well be addicted to each other.
Kylie Jenner and Tyga
Despite countless controversies and mountains of debt, Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga seem tethered together. They allegedly hooked up when she was 17 and split in November 2015 around Tyga’s 26th birthday because she supposedly caught him talking to other girls behind her back.
They later reunited, but in May 2016, reportedly broke up again. A source told
Entertainment Tonight , “They’ve broken up over lying, growing apart, family drama…This breakup was purely over the fact that they have outgrown each other and realized they weren’t meant to be.” The insider said, “At the end of the day, the relationship ran its course. Tyga was Kylie’s first real, true adult love and she didn’t want to let it go. She tried really hard to make it work—but she finally let it go. Kylie realizes Tyga is not the person for her.” That source also claimed the pair split up and reunited at least 10 times before the May breakup.
Despite Jenner’s rebound with rapper PartyNextDoor, and Tyga stepping out with
models, the star-crossed lovers got back together, only to split again in September 2016, just after they went on vacation for her birthday (when Tyga was supposed to appear in court, but that’s another story .) They got back together yet again in time for Jenner to throw him a surprise party for his 27th birthday in November 2016.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
Miley Cyrus met Liam Hemsworth while the pair filmed The Last Song (2010). The former Disney darling and the Aussie hunk hit it off immediately and went public in early 2010, but things got rocky. They broke up for the first time in August 2010 because they were too busy to see each other, but reunited a month later. By November 2010, they took a “time out ” to focus on their careers and be single for a while…but not for very long. By April 2011, they were back on, and in June 2012, they announced their engagement.
The dynamic duo didn’t make it down the aisle. After months of speculation, they called the whole thing off. They were separated for a wild two years of twerking until reuniting , seemingly for good, in November 2015. Cyrus earned a reputation as a hard partier when she and Hemsworth were on the rocks, but she seems to have given that up. A source told People, “Liam couldn’t handle when Miley acted nutty. Miley’s problem was that she thought Liam was boring when he complained. [Cyrus is] toning things down and acting more normal.” The insider added, “She even stopped hanging out with friends that are too wild. She is very focused on making things work with Liam…[she is] doing everything to please and make Liam happy.”
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have been together off and on for more than a decade. Their relationship began in 2006, and
Keeping Up With the Kardashians has chronicled their every move since 2007. They split for the first time in 2009 but got back together after Kardashian learned she was pregnant with their first child, son Mason.
They briefly split again in October 2009 after Disick got belligerently drunk at Kim Kardashian’s birthday party, but the new parents reunited by December 2009 when Mason was born. They broke up briefly again in June 2010, but got back together and
welcomed daughter Penelope in July 2012.
Kourtney and Disick went strong until June 2014, when she reportedly kicked him out due to his hard partying. That same month, Disick was hospitalized after a night of too much booze. The pair somehow made it work, welcoming a third child, son Reign, in December 2014.
In July 2015, Disick was busted cheating on his babies’ mama with stylist Chloe Bartoli, but by November 2016, he and Kourtney were reportedly living together once again.
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid’s relationship seems more paradise than war zone, and they can’t stay apart for too long as a result. The “Pillow Talk ” crooner and the Victoria’s Secret model split briefly in June 2016, but reunited almost immediately. A source told Us Weekly, “They broke up and got back together almost right away. Right now, it’s back on, but it could be off again in an hour. They are young and keep going back and forth. Things are testy between them.”
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner hit it off on the set of Daredevil (2003), though she was married to Scott Foley and Affleck was engaged to Jennifer Lopez at the time. The superhero clearly left a big impression on the
Alias starlet, who got googly-eyed at him in a 2003 episode of Dinner for Five . A year later, Foley and Garner had divorced, and Affleck and Lopez had called off their engagement, meaning the Daredevil co-stars were free to proceed. They married in 2005 and are parents to three children: Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel.
The couple announced their separation in 2015, but have yet to divorce. Shortly after confirming their split, Garner told Vanity Fair, “I didn’t marry the big fat movie star; I married him, and I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would again. You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had. He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous.”
At the time of this writing, they still live together and are spotted out frequently as a twosome and with their kids, leading to speculation that they may reconcile. In summer 2016, Affleck referred to Garner as his wife on Any Given Wednesday , noting (via
E! News) that she helped him get into directing. “My wife was really instrumental and helpful in me doing a lot of that work, because I was just so focused [on it] and it was harder to balance family and all that.”
Rihanna and Drake
After hookups , collaborations , Chris Brown
feuds, and tattoos , sources close to the quasi-couple insist they’ll never be totally done with one another, though they reportedly split in October 2016 for the umpteenth time.
“She doesn’t want to be held down,” a source told Us Weekly . Another dished, “They will always be close. If they end up together, it could happen, but not now.” Insiders told E! News that RiRi and Drizzy are “seeing other people at the moment. [They’re] not exclusive anymore. They still love each other, but their schedules have gotten in the way. Anything can change between them though, for better or worse. They are still in each other’s lives.”
Seriously, can these two either get married or join a 12-step program for each other?
Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp
Rocker John Mellencamp dated one-time America’s sweetheart Meg Ryan from 2011 to 2014, and it sounds like he was much more addicted to her than she was to him—at least for a time.
He told Howard Stern (via Page Six ) in March 2016, “Oh, women hate me. I loved Meg Ryan. She hates me to death… I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that’s me.” When Stern asked if he’d made any efforts to reconcile with the actress, Mellencamp replied, “I’ve done that. She just doesn’t want anything to do with me. And I can’t blame her.”
However, by July 2017, the couple was reportedly back together, with a source telling
People, “They have a bond.”
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel married in 2012, but their road to the altar was a very bumpy one. They began dating in 2007 and
broke up in September 2009 , with sources telling E! News that they’re “always on and off.” They reunited shortly after, but all wasn’t well. In October 2010, Us Weekly claimed that one month prior, Timberlake spent a three-day weekend hooking up with actress Olivia Munn, despite reportedly being in a relationship with Biel. In March 2011, Timberlake and Biel announced another split, but by December 2011, they were engaged. They’ve been together ever since, probably because they just can’t quit each other.
Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry
Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry called it quits in March 2017 after allegedly about 10 months together, but insiders claim they never actually cut ties—and they were spotted getting cozy again in August 2017.
A source told E! News, “They have never cut communication since they broke up. They just took a break because it was the best thing for them at that time, [but they] are seeing each other again. Katy and Orlando want this to work this time, so they are working on mending their relationship. They’ve had some really good talks and have a better understanding on their needs. Time will tell at this point, but [things are] looking very positive.” The source added, “When they went out in public, they were aware that people would start speculating that they were back on, and they are OK with that. They love each other and never stopped.”
John Mayer and Katy Perry
Perry and John Mayer just couldn’t quit each other, either. In fact, a source told People that Perry’s split from Mayer “was much harder” than her breakup from Bloom, and it may be because they never actually made a clean break.
E! News reported that Mayer and Perry began dating in August 2012 and split in March 2013, reunited in June 2013, broke up in February 2014, got back together in April 2015, and called it quits seemingly for good in July 2015. However, insiders claim that if Mayer had his way, they’d be together yet again.
A source told Radar Online in July 2016, “John says he and Katy will reunite… He’s incredibly patient and has been planning this for a while. John’s just very dismissive of Orlando and how this guy pretends to have substance when he’s really nothing more than an international playboy.” The source also noted that Mayer, who once actively courted press , has kept a low profile in hopes of enchanting Perry again. “John’s virtual disappearance from the public eye has everything to do with the mind games he’s playing with Katy, who he’s still madly in love with,” the source said. “But he’s trying to keep her guessing about his personal life and he fully expects her to come running back to him when things sour with Orlando… There’s a load of unfinished business between John and Katy.”
Mayer dropped “Still Feel Like Your Man ,” in which he sings “I still keep your shampoo in my shower, in case you wanna wash your hair / And I know that you probably found yourself some more somewhere / But I do not really care, cause as long as it is there / I still feel like your man,” in February 2017. He later confirmed the track is about Perry .
Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama had an on-again-off-again relationship for six years before splitting in June 2016.
Lovato’s relationship with Valderrama may have been closely related to her addictive personality, in general. The singer revealed to
Cosmopolitan in September 2015 that all of their breakups were related to her relapsing in her eating disorders, alcoholism, and drug abuse. “People say that relapses happen before you use,” she said. “Your mind starts setting up the relapse before you take that drink or that first hit. The times we’d broken up, I had already gone to that place of, ‘Yeah, this is what’s happening.’ I didn’t realize it at the time, but I just wanted to sabotage everything around me so that I could sabotage myself.”
In November 2016, she explained to Glamour that Valderrama may well have been another of her dependencies while they were together. “Being sick was always a part of my relationship with him; I always had something wrong with me,” she said. “I needed to let go of that. It was hard to depart from somebody who saw everything, but it may be nice to start fresh with somebody. Because that person I was when I was a lot younger is not who I am today.”
It remains to be seen whether Valderrama and Lovato will reunite again, but they’re still quite friendly, even posting a cozy selfie together in June 2017, a year after their split—and two months after she broke up with MMA fighter Guillarme “Bomba” Vasconcelos.
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna—who was infamously dumped by Tyga so Tyga could date Kardashian’s sister Kylie Jenner—had a predictably dramatic romance from about January 2016 to February 2017. They each
accused the other of cheating a slew of times, and she got pregnant with their daughter Dream after only a few months of dating. The couple quickly got engaged, then split , and
fought, broke up, and made up constantly .
Even after they called off their wedding in February 2017, it seems they may have been hooking up because during Kardashian’s alleged revenge porn rant in July 2017, he
claimed to have still been sleeping with Chyna while she claimed to be single and dating other men.
Even though their relationship is reportedly over, they are still constant, if unwelcome, presences in one another’s lives. In September 2017, the pair called a truce of sorts in its custody war over Dream. TMZ reported that Kardashian wanted to cap child support payments at $10,000 per month, while Chyna wanted upwards of $50,000. They reportedly negotiated to $20,000 per month, and Chyna dropped domestic violence allegations she’d made against Kardashian. At the time of this writing, they’re still negotiating a settlement for the alleged revenge porn he posted of her. Sources told
TMZ that Chyna is asking for seven figures.
If you’re at a dinner party, and you start telling people that when you die, you want to have your body put on ice in the hope of a future revival … yeah, you’ll probably get some weird looks. Cryonics, the procedure of freezing and (maybe, potentially) resurrecting people, is a controversial subject. Sure, getting frozen didn’t kill Mr. Freeze, but he’s a fictional character. Not to mention, the whole process kinda turned him into a supervillain. Oops.
In real life, the science behind cryonics is a lot more mysterious, but the allure of eternal life is hard to deny, and a number of rich, powerful celebrities have already signed the dotted line. Maybe we’ll still be alive one day when these folks start raiding banks with freeze guns.
Larry King wants to be as immortal as people think he is
Larry King has been around so long, won so many awards, and had so many ex-wives that by this point, he already seems immortal. However, as seen in the
Conan interview above, the Kingster wants to take his immortality to the next level. On many occasions, the world’s most famous television and radio host has made it clear that he seriously intends to have his body cryogenically frozen when he dies, with the hope that he may one day be revived. According to People, he explained that this gamble is, simply enough, “the only hedging of a bet.”
Why is King so hot on this (rather cold) idea? In his own words, he doesn’t believe in an afterlife. Based on this assumption, King figures that freezing himself is an opportunity to have some extra time, a second chance at life — and if it doesn’t work out, well hey, he’s already dead anyway. Who knows, maybe one day in the year 2275, there’ll be a new broadcast of Larry King Live where the TV host interacts with alien mantises and intelligent robots, a la Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.
Peter Thiel is taking the vampire approach
As both the cofounder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, Peter Thiel is the Silicon Valley billionaire who bankrolled a lot of your online endeavors today, for better or worse. Despite possessing mountains of money, Thiel still has to deal with the same old mortality problem regular people face, and he’s not happy about it. Not surprisingly, his response is to fund potential pathways to eternal life. That’s why he signed up with the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the biggest name in cryonics, and has agreed to have his body get frozen when — or if — he ever happens to die, according to The Telegraph.
Thiel’s bid for immortality doesn’t end there, however. If you thought billion-dollar projects couldn’t get any weirder, Vanity Fair reports Thiel is also highly interested in parabiosis, a procedure that, in part, attempts to reverse aging by transfusing blood from a younger individual into an older one. Between the suspended animation attempts of cryonics and the blood transfusions of parabiosis, it certainly sounds like the world is creeping ever closer to real-life vampires.
Simon Cowell has harsh words for future musicians
Apparently not content to merely critique the musical performances of others in the present day, the most famous reality TV judge of our time wants to bring his sardonic commentary to the future as well. In an interview with GQ, Cowell confirmed the longstanding rumors that he wishes to have his body cryogenically frozen whenever he bites the bullet. Cowell reasons that cryonics is “an insurance policy. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. If it does work, I’ll be happy.”
In an interview with Jay Leno , alongside fellow X Factor judge Britney Spears, Cowell again explained his desire to get cold and icy, ensuring that no one will ever think he’s just kidding around. It’s worth noting that Britney Spears did not comment on the matter. Even though tabloid rumors have swirled for years regarding Spears’ supposed desire to undergo the iciest funeral treatment of all, she herself has never made any actual statements indicating she’d be interested.
Ray Kurzweil will never die, but just in case…
There’s probably no futurist as well-known or oft-quoted as Ray Kurzweil, whose name is celebrated by geeks everywhere, probably including geeks in other worlds, dimensions, and universes. Kurzweil is an inventor, a computer scientist, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Singularity is Near, and the director of engineering at Google who foresaw inventions like smartphones and the cloud years before they became realities, according to Quartz .
So yeah, when this guy seems interested in cryonics, you should probably take note. In an interview with
Wired, Kurzweil confirmed that he’s signed on with Alcor to have his body cryogenically preserved after death. Kurzweil predicts the technology will exist to revive people from their icy states in a startlingly short 50 years or less. True to form, Kurzweil has also speculated on the potential downsides of cryonics, such as the fear that he would be awoken prematurely, and potentially be trapped in a sort of “locked-in” state. Perhaps for these reasons, cryonics is only Kurzweil’s second choice: His primary goal is simply to not die at all.
David Pizer wants to bring his dogs along for the ride
Considering the high cost of having your body frozen (or even just your head!), it’s no surprise that most of the people signing up are on the wealthier end of the spectrum. Alongside actors, baseball players, and leading engineers, there’s at least one politician who has enrolled himself for the frost treatment: David Pizer, the businessman, TV spokesman, and Arizona resort owner who challenged John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat in the 2016 Republican primary, according to AZ Central.
David and his wife, Judi, worked to boost Alcor in 2006, and Pizer had signed on with an early cryonics company in the ’80s. He isn’t totally psyched about the idea, having once stated, “I would rather take an anti-aging pill than have to do this,” but nonetheless, the couple also plans to cryogenically freeze their beloved dog companions. They’ve also planned extensively for their potential return, setting aside money in a so-called “Personal Revival Trust” which will accumulate interest during the couple’s decades (or centuries) of suspension. So, if they do come back, they could be some of the wealthiest people on the planet. Either way, beating death is one of Pizer’s biggest goals. “As long as we still have to die someday, the main reason for living now should be to kill death,” he said.
Dr. Aubrey de Grey claims Hollywood has cryonics all wrong
Though his amazing beard should be enough to earn worldwide acclaim, Cambridge University geneticist and transhumanist Dr. Aubrey De Grey is probably most famous for his often-repeated quote, “The first person to live to 1,000 might be 60 already.” In a 2015 Reddit AMA summarized by Life Mag , the heralded Lord of Longevity took this notion a step further, claiming that any 10-year-old living today has a 90 percent chance of achieving “practical immortality.” Hopefully, all these real-life immortals won’t wield swords or constantly be bombarded with electricity.
Jokes aside, Dr. de Grey is serious about what he does, and believes strongly that such anti-aging technology should preserve all classes of people, not just the bourgeoisie. However, according to The Verge, he’s another famous person to add to the list of identified Alcor customers, though he’s only signed up to freeze his head, not his whole body. Dr. de Grey defended cryonics in his Reddit AMA, stating that the negative public perception of cryonics is due to sci-fi movies, and not the actual science itself. If de Grey does get frozen and revived someday, let’s hope his beard is no less magnificent.
Seth MacFarlane is game for getting frozen (if he hasn’t been frozen already…)
We don’t have to question whether Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is a sci-fi fan, considering his live action series The Orville is clearly intended as a love letter to the original 1960s Star Trek. Maybe those sci-fi roots are why MacFarlane is so intrigued by the idea of cryonics: in the above interview with that other famous cryonics enthusiast, Larry King, MacFarlane expressed that “we share the same desire.” King even suggested that he and MacFarlane should get “frozen together.” Now, considering this is Seth MacFarlane we’re talking about, it’s entirely possible he was joking. But he certainly seems genuine about it, for much the same reasons as King. He also doesn’t believe in an afterlife (or at least, doesn’t appear to), and doesn’t see anything to lose.
Of course, according to one popular “theory” on
CollegeHumor, MacFarlane already was frozen—back in the 1960s—thus explaining his frequent pop culture references (trying to prove he’s a contemporary man), his 1950s swing singer voice, all those “old-fashioned” misogynistic jokes he made at the Oscars, and the fact that Stewie is based on Rex Harrison, who starred in My Fair Lady in 1964. So, if this theory were true, it’d explain MacFarlane’s interest in going icy: he’s done it before, and it worked out fine, so what’s the big deal?
Larry Flynt hopes cryonics may heal him
Once one of the most powerful people in the adult entertainment industry, Larry Flynt is mostly recognized as the publisher of Hustler Magazine . He also has occasionally dabbled in politics, briefly running for president against Ronald Reagan in 1983, and then running for California governor in the 2003 recall election, according to CNN, as the self-proclaimed “Smut-Peddler Who Cares.”
And … yes, he also signed up with the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, according to People. Both Flynt and his wife, Althea, enlisted themselves for cryogenic preservation in the 1980s, after Althea was diagnosed with AIDS, with the hope being she could be awakened if an HIV remedy were discovered in the future. However, the proper procedure for cryonics requires careful timing when it comes to a person’s physical state at the time of death, and Althea was unable to be frozen after a nurse discovered her dead body drowned in a bathtub. However, the 2004 book Mothermelters: The Inside Story of Cryonics and the Dora Kent Homicide, by police chief Alan Kunzman, confirmed that Flynt is still a member of Alcor today, and that the Foundation hopes to not only revive him, but also allow him to walk again. Currently, Flynt has been paralyzed since a gunshot wound in 1978, according to Atlanta Magazine.
Curtis Lovell II wants to pull off the greatest magic trick ever
Though you might not necessarily know the name of magician and escape artist Curtis Lovell II, there’s a good chance you’ve seen his work. He has appeared on TV numerous times, whether he was cutting Paris Hilton in half on The Simple Life , doing tricks on on Gene Simmons Family Jewels, publicly challenging fellow magician David Blaine to a duel, or strutting his stuff in an opening act for Larry King, according to Arts and Entertainment Magazine. However, as documented in a
2006 press release, Lovell hopes to one day pull off his greatest magic trick of all: resurrection, via cryogenic freezing.
That year, Lovell joined the American Cryonics Society and enlisted his team to ensure that if he ever dies during one his dangerous stunts, such as being buried alive or escaping the so-called “Cube of Death,” his body will be whisked away, properly preserved, and put on ice, presumably so he can finish the stunt in another century or so. Maybe Larry King gave him the idea?
Who needs a body? Max More is only freezing his brain
Now, we reach the big man himself. Max More might not have the star power of the other celebrities here, but as the president and CEO of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, he’s the man who controls the fate of almost all of them … well, presuming this whole cryonics experiment actually works out, anyway.
It’d be pretty ridiculous if the man in charge of Alcor didn’t have his own plan to get frozen, but don’t worry. According to the BBC, Max More has his sights set on an even more ambitious goal. While some people are freezing their whole bodies, and some opt to only freeze their head, More has set his sights on the next level: “neuropreservation,” a procedure that freezes only his brain, and nothing but the brain. He feels that preserving the rest of his body won’t be necessary. Based on this, it’s clear More believes strongly in the technological advances of the future, stating that, “I figure the future is a pretty decent place to be, so I want to be there. I want to keep living and enjoying and producing.”