Oh The Irony: Paul Walker Dies In Car Crash
Paul Walker, who made a name in Hollywood by staring in the “The Fast & the Furious” movie franchise, has died in a fiery car collision in Southern California. He was 40 years old.
Walker’s camp confirmed the news via the actor’s official Twitter account.
According to the statement put out by Walker’s team and also posted on Facebook, the actor was “attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car.
“We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news,” the statement continued. “Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences.”
According to witnesses, the red Porsche Carrera GT carrying Walker and his friend lost control and slammed into a tree and then a light pole. Walker, an unapologetic car lover, had been participating in the “Winter Drive” for Reach Out Worldwide, a toy drive and car meet charity event for disadvantaged children. Walker was also involved in humanitarian efforts in Chile and Haiti after the devastating earthquakes in both countries.
“Speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision,” the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in a updated statement late Saturday.
Lou Reed Dead At 71
The legendary Lou Reed, who introduced avant garde rock and pop art to American mainstream music, has died, Rolling Stone reported on Sunday.
He was 71.
Reed is best known for his work as guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground, and his solo career. His work with Andy Warhol is noted as one of the most important collaborations in contemporary culture.
No official cause of death has been announced at this point.
Ed Lauter Dead At 74
Veteran character actor Ed Lauter died Wednesday. He was 74.
Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.
Lauter’s offbeat looks and presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, although menacing was clearly his forte.
You may remember him as Burt Reynolds’ nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama “The Longest Yard” or as the sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock’s last film, “The Family Plot.”
More recently he was the butler to Berenice Bejo’s French ingenue in the 2011 Oscar-winning film “The Artist.”
TV appearances included “The Office,” ”ER,” ”Murder, She Wrote” and “The Rockford Files.”
Lauter, who continued to work until a few months ago, had completed roles in several films still to be released.
He is survived his wife, Mia, and four children.
Tom Clancy Dead At 66
Bestselling author Tom Clancy has died, at least that’s what outlets including Publishers Weekly and the New York Times are reporting on Twitter.
The president of Putnam, Clancy’s publisher, reportedly told the NYT that Clancy, whose bestselling books include Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October, “was a thrill to work with.”
RIP Hiroshi Yamauchi, And Thank You
Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man responsible for making your childhood awesome by transforming Nintendo from traditional playing-card maker to videogame giant, has died. He was 85.
Kyoto-based Nintendo says Yamauchi died today of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan. Yamauchi was company president from 1949 to 2002 and engineered Nintendo’s global growth, including developing the early Family Computer consoles and Game Boy portables.
Yamauchi is survived by Katsuhito Yamauchi, his eldest son. The company declined to release other family details. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday at Nintendo.
Tommy Morrison Dead At 44
Tommy Morrison, the former world heavyweight champion best known for his role in Rocky V and a very public HIV diagnosis, died last night in Nebraska of undisclosed causes. He was 44.
“It’s true,” says his former promoter. “He was with his wife Trisha when he passed.” Morrison claimed the World Boxing Organization’s title in a victory over George Foreman in June 1993; he lost it four months later in a first-round knockout to a newcomer. “I zigged when I should have zagged,” he later said. “It’s one of those situations you have to live with and learn from it. I’ll be back.” His lifetime record was 48-3-1.
Morrison starred as Tommy “Machine” Gunn in Rocky V. But perhaps his most public moment came in 1996, when he admitted amid a media firestorm that he had tested positive for HIV and had been suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Morrison tearfully apologized to “a number of sparring partners out there that I worked with, and more importantly, the young ladies that I’ve been involved with,” and urged them to get tested.
David Frost Dead At 74
David Frost, the veteran broadcaster who won fame around the world for his interview with former President Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 74.
Frost died of a heart attack on Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech, the family said. The cruise company Cunard says its vessel had left the English port of Southampton on Saturday for a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean.
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “My heart goes out to David Frost’s family. He could be – and certainly was with me – both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.
The BBC says it received a statement from Frost’s family saying it was devastated and asking “for privacy at this difficult time.”
Writer Behind Get Shorty, Three Ten To Yuma, Dead At 87
Crime writer Elmore Leonard died Tuesday morning at age 87.
His longtime researcher Gregg Sutter announced on Facebook.
“The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read. Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family. More to follow.”
Leonard was recovering from a stroke at a Michigan hospital and his family was “guardedly optimistic” according to reports.
The “Dickens of Detroit” penned more than 45 novels, including Hombre, which was adapted for the 1967 film; Get Shorty, adapted for the 1995 film; Out of Sight, adapted for the 1998 film; and Rum Punch, adapted for 1997’s Jackie Brown. He also wrote the 1953 story Three-Ten to Yuma, adapted for film twice.
In 2011, Leonard, then 85, accepted a Peabody Award along with Justified’s executive producer Graham Yost and actor Timothy Olyphant. Leonard wrote 2001’s Fire in the Hole, on which Justified was based, and 2012’s Raylan, which was inspired by the television show. Last November, he also accepted the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
Leonard’s 1978 novel The Switch was recently adapted into Life of Crime, a film directed by Daniel Schecter and starring Jennifer Aniston set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.