MLST CELEBRITY AND ENTERTAINMENT:Rappers we lost in 2018

Chelsea Stewart

Death, inevitably, happens to everyone, but it’s always a little hard to believe when some of the most legendary or promising musicians pass on. It’s easy to feel personally connected to these artists through their tunes. Unfortunately, 2018 has already seen the untimely deaths of a long list of influential rappers.

 

A Billboard-charting newcomer lost his life after he was reportedly gunned down in a botched robbery; a rising talent out of Toronto with ties to Drake was killed in a triple-shooting; a Hip Hop pioneer succumbed to health issues; a budding talent from Washington D.C. was murdered in cold blood. Sadly, the list goes on and on.

 

Although these stars are no longer with us, their art, accolades, and performances are etched in our memories. Grab a tissue (or ten) and join us as we reflect on the legacies they’ve left behind in the wake of their unfortunate deaths. Here are rappers who died in 2018.

 

XXXTentacion

 

Controversial Florida rapper Jahseh “XXXTentacion” Onfroy first found fame with the track “Look At Me.” The song — which features Onfroy dipping and diving over its distorted beat with mumbles, raps, and screams — was initially a sleeper hit upon its release to SoundCloud in 2015, but when it was re-released in early 2017, it received mainstream attention, solidifying XXXTentacion as a promising act and earning him a spot as an XXL Freshman that year.

 

But Onfroy’s rise — further accelerated by multiple Billboard-charting hits and his No. 1 album ? — wasn’t without blemishes. By early 2018, the rapper was embroiled in legal issues tied to his ex-girlfriend, including charges of domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, and witness tampering, reported Pitchfork. He maintained his innocence, but never saw his day in court.

 

XXXTentacion was gunned down at a motorcycle shop in Deerfield Beach, Fla. on June 18, 2018. According to TMZ, the 20-year-old was shot in the neck and appeared to die instantly in what law enforcement sources said was possibly a robbery gone wrong. The rapper’s Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000 was missing from the scene. At the time of this writing, four suspects have been indicted in connection with the murder.

 

Louis BadAzz

 

Twenty-nine-year-old Louis BadAzz (real name Louis Robinson Jr.), received his first taste of fame with his 2015 song “Let Me Thru Dis B,” which amassed more than 100,000 views on YouTube. The song drew comparisons to the sounds of fellow Louisiana rappers Lil Boosie and Webbie, and was even reportedly performed by Southern University’s Human Jukebox marching band in 2016. But tragedy struck just two years later, changing his life’s path forever.

 

Robinson was shot in a brazen daylight attack in Baton Rouge, La. on May 2, 2018. He managed to get to a nearby hospital to receive medical attention but died about an hour later, reported ABC News affiliate WBRZ.

 

His mother, Elizabeth Robinson, spoke about her son’s murder with The Advocate, pleading for an end to gun violence. “It’s just got to stop,” she said. “I don’t want anybody to go retaliate or somebody else get killed … It’s just not worth it.” She noted that her son had served six years in the Army, and she felt like he was safer in that realm — even though combat zones were a possibility — than he was in his hometown. “I felt he was going to be OK there, compared to these streets,” she said.

 

At the time of this writing, police have not made any arrests in Robinson’s murder.

 

Smoke Dawg

 

Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg (real name Jahvante Smart), was best known for 2015’s “Trap House,” but his exposure increased in 2017, when he traveled alongside Drake for his Boy Meets World tour. Unfortunately, Smoke Dawg’s ascension to stardom was cut short when he was violently killed in a triple shooting outside of a nightclub in Toronto on June 30, 2018.

 

Following the news of Smart’s death, Drake took to Instagram to pay his respects to his fallen friend: “All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating,” Drake captioned a performance photo with Smoke Dawg (via USA Today). “I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”

 

At the time of this writing, police are eyeing two suspects in the 21-year-old’s death, which is rumored to be linked to a video Smoke Dawg filmed on a rival gang’s turf.

 

Fredo Santana

Chicago drill rapper Derrick “Fredo Santana” Coleman, the older cousin of rapper Chief Keef, battled drugs for years. That was no secret. “He spoke about his drug use and trying to escape the PTSD he had from growing up in the hood, surrounded by violence,” fellow rapper Vic Mensa said (via the Mirror). “I call it post traumatic streets disorder.”

 

By October 2017, Santana’s lifestyle reportedly landed him in a hospital for liver and kidney failure. According to XXL magazine, some speculated his health problems were tied to his alleged habit of drinking “lean” — a mixture of prescription cough syrup and soda that gives off a legal high but can result in liver failure or seizures after prolonged consumption. During his hospital stay, Santana tweeted that he was considering going to rehab.

 

Sadly, Santana never made a full recovery. According to TMZ, the 27-year-old was found dead in his home following a “fatal seizure” on Jan. 19, 2018.

 

Jimmy Wopo

 

Jimmy Wopo (real name Travon Smart) was on the rise, thanks to his standout 2016 track “Elm Street,” where he interpolates Freddy Krueger’s theme song over pounding piano notes. The song was a major success in Wopo’s hometown of Pittsburgh, and some suggest its influence is heard in Kendrick Lamar’s groundbreaking 2017 hit, “HUMBLE.”

 

Wopo’s life was cut short at age 21 when he was murdered in a double shooting in Pittsburgh’s Hill District on June 18, 2018. According to the PIttsburgh Post Gazette, law enforcement sources said Wopo and another passenger were sitting in a vehicle when they were shot by an unknown assailant. The other passenger survived his injuries, but Wopo — who was shot in the head — died at a nearby hospital.

 

The shooting reportedly happened just days after Wopo signed a deal with fellow Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa’s label, Taylor Gang.

 

Craig Mack

 

Craig Mack’s legacy will always be connected to the 1994 hit “Flava In Ya Ear.” That song — through its funky yet sultry beat, coupled with Mack’s playful rap style —  put Sean “Diddy” Combs’ iconic Bad Boy label on the map. The track peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned platinum certification. The record also positioned Mack for widespread mainstream success, but by 1995, Mack and his debut album, Project: Funk da World, were eclipsed by his labelmate, The Notorious B.I.G., whose critically-acclaimed Ready to Die was released just a week before Mack’s project.

 

Mack was subsequently dropped from Bad Boy, releasing his second album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997 to little fanfare. He eventually left the industry, and things were rough for the rapper for a while. At one point, Mack said he even considered killing someone in the music industry he’d been beefing with over money. That moment prompted Mack to leave his home in New York and join a “hyper-conservative religious” community known as the Overcomer Ministry in South Carolina, where he spent the remaining years of his life. According to Newsweek, Mack passed away from congestive heart failure on March 12, 2018. He was 46 years old.

 

A1 Lil Tony

 

Rising Washington D.C. rapper A1 Lil Tony (real name Antonio Harper, Jr.) was killed in a shooting on May 1, 2018, leaving behind a growing fan base on social media. According to ABC News affiliate WJLA, A1 Lil Tony was walking toward his mother’s apartment complex in Waldorf, Md., around 10 p.m., when he was approached by a gunman and shot several times. He died on the scene. Police reportedly believe Harper was targeted; the person he was accompanied by was left unharmed.

 

The “Talk of the Streets” rapper reportedly tweeted a cryptic message about a half hour before his murder, writing (via NBC Washington), “We going to keep riding around wit dem glocks until we find dem.” However, it’s worth noting that the post is actually a lyric to Atlanta-based rapper Lil Baby’s song “In My Bag.” His family reportedly told WJLA that his tough image was just a persona.

 

At the time of this writing, police have made no arrests in connection with the 20-year-old’s murder. A reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest or indictment.

 

Lovebug Starski

 

The hip hop community was rocked by the sudden death of the legendary rapper and DJ known as Lovebug Starski (real name Kevin Smith) on Feb. 8, 2018. He was just 57 years old when he passed away at his home in Las Vegas from a heart attack, reported HipHopDX.

 

Starski was widely credited with coining the phrase “hip hop” when the genre was still in its infancy, using it in his rhymes throughout the ’70s and ’80s. He went on to release multiple records in the ’80s, including “Amityville (The House on the Hill),” “Do the Right Thing,” and “You’ve Gotta Believe,” but Starski was ultimately overshadowed by other artists who exploded onto the rap scene, and he arguably never got the recognition he deserved.

 

Thankfully, he was immortalized on The Notorious B.I.G.’s classic 1994 hit, “Juicy,” in which he raps: “Who ever thought that hip-hop would take it this far? / Peace to Ron G, Brucie B, Kid Capri, Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starski.”

 

Indeed. Rest in peace, Lovebug Starski.

 

Phanelli

 

Melvin “Phanelli” Batties was shot and killed in the Bronx on Jan. 16, 2018. According to the New York Daily News, the 34-year-old rapper died after being shot in the neck in the courtyard of a housing project — the same area he’d reportedly recorded his 2017 gritty banger “Half A Mil,” in which he brags about his gang lifestyle and flaunts red and blue bandanas, the hallmarks of the Bloods and Crips gangs, respectively.

 

At the time of this writing, no suspects are in police custody for Batties’ murder, and the motive remains unclear. A witness told the Daily News that she heard multiple shots ring out before seeing two men run in the opposite direction of the shooting.

 

Batties’ friend, William David, seemed blindsided by the rapper’s death. “He was cool, funny and an outgoing person,” he told the paper. “…He had no enemies. There are just certain situations you can’t control.”

 

Big T

 

Big T’s time in the spotlight was brief but unforgettable. Born Terence Prejean, he was featured on Lil’ Troy’s “Wanna Be a Baller” in 1999, which peaked at No. 70 on the Billboard 200 chart and propelled their distinctive Texas sound into the spotlight.

 

According to Billboard, “Big T was nicknamed the ‘Million Dollar Hook Man’ and was frequently featured in releases by other musicians.” He was “probably better known by ear than by name for providing catchy hooks, choruses and other contributions,” but Big T did release projects of his own, including 2001’s Million Dollar Hooks, a stunning collection of his signature soulful sound. According to the Houston Chronicle, he sold 15,000 copies of that album solely through word of mouth, but he never replicated the mainstream triumph of “Wanna Be a Baller.”

 

Sadly, this Hip Hop talent passed away on May 7, 2018, at the age of 52. Big T’s longtime friend, Tony Williams (aka Tiger T), told Billboard that the iconic hook man may have died from a heart attack.

 

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MLST CELEBRITY AND ENTERTAINMENT:Random ‘stars’ who always show up at awards shows

Love is complicated enough without the added intricacy of sexual identity. Sexuality is fluid, and really, you love who you love. These stars, whether publicly or privately, have all at least dabbled in a same-sex relationship at some point, even though some of these celebs are nothing short of heartthrobs to the opposite sex.

 

Some stars think their same-sex flings were a phase. Some simply want to experiment. Others identify as bisexual, pansexual, queer, or whatever else they feel is appropriate for them. For many celebrities, love is simply about connecting with a person, not necessarily one sex or another, and so they decline to slap a label on their feelings.

 

All of these celebs have had at least one same-sex relationship — and some have had more than one. Whether they’re hookups or lasting love connections, get ready to celebrate fluidity. You can’t put love in a box!

 

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has never officially come out as explicitly bisexual, though she did hint at hooking up with a lady in “Cool for the Summer.” Regardless, Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose claims she hooked up with the “Confident” singer. In a since-deleted Instagram post, Rose wrote, “I’m like the one person Demi has slept with that didn’t sell naked photos of her, so eff off.” Lovato neither confirmed nor denied Rose’s claims, per Metro.

 

When asked about the alleged hookup in 2015, Lovato told Complex, “I don’t feel like any of my past or future — when it comes to relationships that may have happened or not have happened — are of any concern to anybody…You can believe what you want, but no, I was not in a relationship with her.” She added, “By the way, love is fluid … Humans are humans, and when you connect with somebody on a spiritual level it doesn’t matter.”

 

Where there’s smoke (and smokin’ hot ladies), there’s probably fire. Or at least sparks. Just sayin’.

 

Pink

Pink has been married to motocross star Carey Hart for ages, but prior to tying the knot, the “Just Give Me a Reason” singer was a wild child. She revealed that she and actress Kristanna Loken had a short-lived but hot and heavy romance back in the day.

 

“She kissed me and she tried to dominate me,” Pink said, “and I will not be dominated by anyone.” Though their hookup was brief, Pink only has kind things to say about the blond bombshell. “People can say what they want, but I have good taste. I mean, look at her,” Pink laughed to Contact Music. “Wow. That woman is beautiful.”

 

Despite the hookup, don’t call Pink bisexual. She told The Guardian in 2017, “I feel like people are just less inclined to be labelled now, which I really like. That’s where I was always coming from. Just leave it alone. I just wanna live my life. I don’t need you to put me in a box or to figure me out or to figure out what I am, ’cause I don’t know yet. And I never say never.”

 

Tom Hardy

In 2010, Tom Hardy told the Daily Mail that he previously enjoyed relationships with men. “As a boy? Of course I have. I’m an actor for f**k’s sake,” he said. “I’ve played with everything and everyone. I love the form and the physicality, but now that I’m in my thirties, it doesn’t do it for me. I’m done experimenting but there’s plenty of stuff in a relationship with another man, especially gay men, that I need in my life.” The Mad Max: Fury Road star added, “A lot of gay men get my thing for shoes. I have definite feminine qualities and a lot of gay men are incredibly masculine.”

 

However, don’t think for a second that this is something Hardy always feels like discussing. In 2015, he famously shut down a reporter for asking about his sexuality while promoting Legend, a film in which Hardy stars as allegedly incestuous twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Hardy later told the Daily Beast, “I’m under no obligation to share anything to do with my family, my children, my sexuality — that’s nobody’s business but my own.” He said destigmatizing sexuality is important, “but to put a man on the spot in a room full of people designed purely for a salacious reaction? To be quite frank, it’s rude.”

 

Bella Hadid

 

Even angels can get naughty together sometimes … especially Victoria’s Secret Angels. Bella Hadid (pictured right) had a high-profile relationship with her ex, The Weeknd, but according to The Sun, she also had a brief fling with fellow Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell (pictured left) at a Love magazine party in London in 2015. “Bella and Stella were at a table in the corner but only had eyes for each other,” the source claimed. “They were kissing passionately and looked to be really into it and having a lot of fun. Bella wasn’t the star that she is now. She’s likely to be far more discreet now.”

 

Neither Hadid nor Maxwell’s representatives have commented on the alleged hookup. However, the Daily Mail snagged photos from the party, in which Maxwell is seen clinging to Hadid’s arms and possibly touching her lower back while they’re outside in full view of paparazzi.

 

Cameron Diaz

 

In April 2014, Cameron Diaz told Glamour U.K., “All women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point.” The same month, she told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, “Yes, I have been with a lady … You didn’t ask explicitly how I was with a lady, but I have been with a lady.”

 

However, Diaz was quick to clarify that said lady was not her Charlie’s Angels co-star Drew Barrymore. “Some media outlet called for a comment and they wanted to know whether I was with Drew. Literally, I said, ‘That makes me want to vomit in my mouth,'” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “That’s like saying I’m having sex with my sister. Are you crazy? I wouldn’t even ménage with her! Everybody tries things and sees things and checks them out, and either walks away or walks further in. It’s life — it’s what people do.”

 

John Mayer

John Mayer didn’t exactly have a gay relationship with gossip blogger Perez Hilton, but he did have a weird encounter with him while dating Jessica Simpson between 2006 and 2007. Hilton told the Loveline with Amber Rose podcast, “[Mayer] did make out with me once. It’s an iconic, old story. But actually, I believe that he wasn’t even into it sexually. There are some people that are just super smart and then there are some people that are just too smart. There’s smart, super smart and too smart. John Mayer is too smart. He’s so intellectual and cerebral and I knew he was just making out to f**k with me … with tongue and everything.”

 

Hilton also claimed Mayer loves gay adult films and “heard from people close to multiple women that he used to date that he loved watching gay porn while having sex with them. What does that say about John Mayer?” We’re not sure what it says about Mayer, but it does say a lot about Hilton that he’s still harping on this a decade later.

 

Anne Heche

Anne Heche began dating Ellen DeGeneres shortly after the comedienne came out of the closet as a lesbian in 1997. DeGeneres blamed their split in 2000 on Heche’s hunger for fame. “I didn’t want to hold hands. I had never done that in public. And yet there was this attitude of, you know, ‘You’re going to be on the cover of Time magazine and say you’re gay but you’re not going to hold hands?’ … I don’t want to be a part of a soap opera anymore. That’s the keyword — a soap opera is not real,” DeGeneres told the Los Angeles Times. “She walked out the door and I haven’t spoken to her since … It was the first time I ever had my heart broken … I’d like to believe that she loved me, and that I’m not that stupid that I would be completely fooled.”

 

After their split, Heche had a psychotic breakdown but has since recovered. When asked by The Telegraph in 2011 if her lesbian romance with DeGeneres was her last same-sex relationship, Heche left no ambiguity. “Jeepers, yes! Yes! I mean, that’s been way out there for years.”

 

Mick Jagger

 

David Bowie was openly bisexual for years, but Mick Jagger was known only as a womanizer. That allegedly changed when The Rolling Stones frontman met the “Ziggy Stardust” singer in 1973. The pair became inseparable as pals, but it turns out their relationship may have been a little deeper than that. Bowie’s then-wife, actress Angie Barnett, claims she found the rock legends in bed together in her home.

 

A backup singer who lived with the Bowies, Ava Cherry, corroborated the story. “Mick and David were really sexually obsessed with each other,” she said in the book Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger (via the New York Daily News). “Even though I was in bed with them many times, I ended up just watching them have sex.” She added that they “practically lived together” for months. Here’s hoping they got some satisfaction out of the arrangement (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

 

Marilyn Monroe

 

Marilyn Monroe was notorious for her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio and for her rumored affairs with President John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, and Marlon Brando, but that doesn’t mean this blonde preferred gentlemen. Monroe’s famous feud with Joan Crawford reportedly began after a one-night stand with the actress, and she allegedly admitted to hooking up with actresses Barbara Stanwyck and Marlene Dietrich as well.

 

The Daily Mail reported that the screen legend also had a longstanding relationship with a woman. In 1948, Monroe met actress-turned-drama-coach Natasha Lytess. The pair allegedly embarked on a quiet sexual relationship for four years and were described as “liv[ing] as man and wife” for at least two years until Monroe met and married DiMaggio in 1952. The Yankee hero reportedly couldn’t stand Lytess, calling her “Morticia.”

 

Selena Gomez

While on a break from her on-again-off-again relationship with Justin Bieber in December 2014, Selena Gomez was rumored to be hooking up with the openly bisexual supermodel Cara Delevingne. The former Disney darling told Pride Source that she got a kick out of the chatter.

 

“Honestly, I loved it. I didn’t mind it. Especially because they weren’t talking about other people in my life for once, which was wonderful,” she said. “Honestly, though, [Delevingne is] incredible and very open and she just makes me open. She’s so fun and she’s just extremely adventurous, and sometimes I just want that in my life, so I didn’t mind it. I loved it.” When asked if she ever questioned her sexuality, Gomez replied, “Oh, I think everybody does, no matter who they are. I do, yeah, of course. Absolutely. I think it’s healthy to gain a perspective on who you are deep down, question yourself and challenge yourself; it’s important to do that.”

 

Gavin Rossdale

 

For many years, Gavin Rossdale was happily Mr. Gwen Stefani. However, in the 1980s, the Bush frontman was sowing his wild oats wherever he pleased, including with another man. Rossdale reportedly had a romance with cross-dressing performer Marilyn (born Peter Robinson). When the story broke in 2009, Rossdale initially denied it, but he came clean in 2010, explaining to Details (via the New York Daily News), “I’ve never wanted to appear closed about it, it’s not something I’ve talked about really because it’s always been in the glare of a tabloid world, it’s just one of those things — move on.”

 

He added, “When you’re 17, Jesus Christ, I don’t think there’s anything strange about any form of anything — you’re learning about life. It’s a part of growing up — that’s it, no more, no less…Yeah, [experimentation] was it — you have to know what you like, and I know what I like.”

 

Drew Barrymore

 

Drew Barrymore got married three times: in 1994 to bar owner Jeremy Thomas, in 2001 to comedian Tom Green, and in 2012 to Will Kopelman. But between husbands and boyfriends, the actress reportedly had a steamy affair with magazine editor Jane Pratt. Barrymore appeared on the cover of Pratt’s Jane magazine in 1997, so gossip hounds drew the conclusion that it happened sometime around then.

 

In 2007, the New York Post (via AllWomensTalk) reported that Pratt told Howard Stern, “One of my dreams is to return to Howard’s show and tell him the truth about Drew Barrymore and me … It was someone famous. I did have sex with Drew Barrymore.”

 

Pratt may not be the last of Barrymore’s female paramours. A source told the National Enquirer in February 2018, “[Barrymore] is being more open than ever about her interest in having a serious relationship with a woman. It’s been tough for Drew to meet anybody because she’s a working mom … She’s been asking pals in the industry, specifically gay women, if they know anybody they could fix her up with.”

 

Madonna

You may remember model Jenny Shimizu bragging about bagging bisexual actress Angelina Jolie in their Foxfire days, but the Oscar-winner isn’t the only A-lister Shimizu has allegedly romanced. Shimizu wrote in her memoir (via Pink News) that she basically acted as a top-secret booty call for Madonna for years, even while the Queen of Pop was in highly-publicized relationships with men. Shimizu even claimed Madge used her as a “sex slave.”

 

Shimizu reportedly wasn’t Madge’s only same-sex partner. Madonna was also linked to Sandra Bernhard and Ingrid Casares. During a 1988 joint interview on The Late Show with David Letterman, Bernhard told the host that she and Madonna slept together, but later denied it.

 

Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, wrote in the Daily Mail in 2008, that Madge met Casares in 1991 at her own New Year’s Eve party, and that the pair quietly hooked up for close to 15 years.

 

Richard Pryor

 

Richard Pryor admitted in his 1995 autobiography, Pryor Convictions and Other Life Sentences, to having a two-week affair with a transgender man. “I never kept him a secret. My best friend for instance, knew I was f**king a dude, and a drop-dead gorgeous one at that,” Pryor wrote. “I even admitted doing something different was exciting. But after two weeks of being gay, enough was enough and I went back to life as a h***y heterosexual.”

 

Though Quincy Jones claimed Pryor also had a sexual relationship with Marlon Brando, Pryor’s daughter, Rain, denied it. “Daddy did NOT have relations with Brando. There were no trips to his South Pacific Oasis, no flowers or love notes between. Not even a film role. Why this sudden need to drag Daddy through the Hollywood mud? I find it tasteless and infuriating,” she wrote on Facebook (via Page Six). “My dad was very open with his life, so much so that news of his relationship with a trans woman in the early 70s and 80s wasn’t really newsworthy nor notable. As a child I knew her, not as the trans person in our home, but the lady whom everyone accepted. So much acceptance I did not know she was Trans until recently.”

 

But wait: Pryor’s widow, Jennifer, told TMZ that her husband did date Brando, reasserting that he was open and unashamed of his bisexuality.

 

Carmen Electra

 

After her divorce from Dave Navarro in 2007, Carmen Electra was rumored to be dating Joan Jett, who she met when she acted in Jett’s “A.C.D.C.” music video in 2006. Electra told The Sun (via Digital Spy), “I’ve had a little girl crush on Joan Jett since I was eight. Remember that video where she comes out with a trench coat on and she opens up the trench coat and she’s wearing a bikini and then she’s rocking out with a guitar? She’s hot.” What’s more, witnesses told Metro the pair was spotted kissing backstage at one of Jett’s concerts in March 2007.

 

When asked whether she and Electra were friends or friends with benefits, Jett told After Ellen, “We’re good friends.”

 

In 2013, Electra said backstage on Bethenny that she would legally marry a woman, explaining, “I do believe in equal rights and I do believe in love. And I think if you truly find that love and passion, I think that’s a wonderful thing … so ladies, hit me up!”

 

Kim Zolciak

 

In 2010, after denying rumors of a hookup with female DJ Tracy Young, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak admitted that she was, in fact, in a lesbian relationship with the spinner.

 

“I don’t believe love has a gender…I don’t want to define gay, bisexual or straight. I just think it’s too much for me — a woman doesn’t define me, nor does a man,” Zolciak told Life & Style (via Fox News). “I’m among the millions of parents who have been in a gay or lesbian relationship.” She added, “There were sparks, but [physically] it was a gradual situation. Tracy made the first move. Our first kiss was passionate and exciting.”

 

Alas, the romance didn’t last: Radar Online reported that Young dumped Zolciak just a week after confirming the relationship, allegedly because Zolciak was two-timing with her ex, Big Poppa.

 

Hugh Hefner

 

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is notorious for having a type: female, blond, busty, and tan. However, long before The Girls Next Door and wife Crystal Harris, Hef actually hooked up with a man. In the book Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream (via The Huffington Post), it was revealed that Hefner engaged in at least one tryst with another man.

 

“Hefner’s thirst for sexual experience became so strong that he even had a one-time homosexual experience,” author Steven Watts wrote. “One evening in downtown Chicago he was propositioned and, according to [Hefner’s friend Eldon] Sellers, he ‘thought, what the hell. Found it an interesting experience.'”

 

Hefner’s ex-girlfriend, former Playmate Carrie Leigh, claimed (via The Sun) that she often walked in on him being intimate with other men during their five-year relationship.

 

Hefner told The Washington Post in 1999, “There was some bisexuality in the heterosexual, swinging part of my life. I was testing the boundaries, just knocking down walls … That period of sexual experimentation is long gone.”

 

Michelle Rodriguez

 

Michelle Rodriguez (pictured left) has had some very public hookups, though she rarely speaks about her personal life.

 

“I don’t talk about what I do with my vagina, and they’re all intrigued. I’ve never walked the carpet with anyone, so they wonder: What does she do with her vagina? Plus, I play a butchy girl all the time, so they assume I’m a lesbo … They’re not too far off,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2013. “I’ve gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f**king curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.”

 

Months after that interview, Rodriguez began dating Cara Delevingne (pictured right), who is about 14 years her junior. It didn’t last long, and Rodriguez rebounded with Baywatch star Zac Efron. As she told Interview magazine, “I have absolutely nothing consistent in my life. But that’s where serendipity comes in and I love that … I’ve got lots of really great friends, but the thought of being in a long-lasting relationship? Psh, I couldn’t last more than six months with somebody.”

 

Before those romances, a source told the Daily Mail that Rodriguez had dated Kristanna Loken, but they allegedly split when Rodriguez wouldn’t come forward about their relationship. “Kristanna wanted to come out as a couple. She’s proud to be bisexual, but Michelle wasn’t ready to go public,” the insider claimed. “So instead of working it out, Michelle ended it.”

 

Whitney Houston

 

Though the late Whitney Houston’s marriage to Bobby Brown was highly publicized, insiders have been whispering for years that it was actually her relationship with personal assistant Robyn Crawford that led to her downfall, because her family couldn’t accept that she was in love with another woman. (Houston’s mother, Cissy, told Oprah Winfrey in 2013 that it “absolutely” would have angered her if Houston was gay or bisexual.)

 

Crawford and Houston reportedly met as teens in East Orange, N.J., and Crawford was a constant part of her life, even after Houston and Brown wed in 1992. Kevin Ammons, a former security guard for Houston, says in the 2017 documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me: “Robyn and Whitney were like twins. They were inseparable …  Bobby Brown could never remove Robyn from the relationship, and that was part of his frustration because he wanted [Whitney] to love him as the man in the relationship.”

 

“I don’t think [Houston] was gay, I think she was bisexual,” Houston’s former stylist Ellin Lavar says in the film (via The Telegraph). Whatever the dynamic, their relationship reportedly fueled a lot of tension with Brown.

 

“Bobby Brown and Robyn Crawford together was the equivalent of fire and water, petrol and a short fuse. They hated each other,” another former bodyguard, David Roberts, says in the documentary. “They would battle for her affection.” He claimed those battles between Brown and Crawford sometimes turned physical.

 

When Crawford left Houston in 1999, some say that was the beginning of the end for Houston’s health and well-being. In the documentary, insider Allison Samuels says, “Robyn was the person who was keeping [Houston] together.”

 

Lindsay Lohan

 

Lindsay Lohan had a long, tumultuous relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson from April 2008 to March 2009. Still, the troubled Mean Girls (2004) starlet insists she’s not gay or bisexual. She told Piers Morgan in 2013 (via The Huffington Post), “I know I’m straight. I have made out with girls before, and I had a relationship with a girl. But I think I needed to experience that and I think I was looking for something different.” Previously, Lilo claimed that she didn’t want to “classify” herself.

 

However, Ronson reportedly wasn’t Lohan’s only same-sex relationship. News of the World (via Gawker) reported that Lohan was also allegedly hooking up with Yahoo heiress Courtenay Semel while she and Ronson were together.

 

Radar Online reported that Lohan and Semel remained friendly even after their romantic relationship ended. A source said,”They have had such a crazy history together, but it seems they are in a much better place now.”

 

Lee Pace

Actor Lee Pace came out of the closet as a “member of the queer community” after an interview with W Magazine placed him in a precarious position.

 

When asked in the interview about playing gay roles and its relation to his own personal life, most recently in the Broadway revival of Angels in America, Pace replied, “I’ve dated men. I’ve dated women. I don’t know why anyone would care. I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say — I find your question intrusive.”

 

Shortly after its publication, Pace took to Twitter to clarify his remarks. “In a recent phone interview, I was asked questions that I wasn’t expecting and found myself momentarily at a loss for the right words. My privacy is important to me, so I protect it. When interviewed by the media, I keep the focus on my work,” he wrote.

 

He continued, “As a member of the queer community, I understand the importance of living openly, being counted, and happily owning who I am. That’s how I’ve always lived my life.”

 

Sara Ramirez

 

Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez is bisexual on and off-screen, but it wasn’t until she left the series that she came out publicly.

 

“So many of our youth experiencing homelessness are youth whose lives touch on many intersections — whether they be gender identity, gender expression, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship status,” she wrote in a lengthy Twitter post (via People) in October 2016. “And, because of the intersections that exist in my own life: Woman, multi-racial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant, and raised by families heavily rooted in Catholicism on both my Mexican and Irish sides, I am deeply invested in projects that allow our youth’s voices to be heard, and that support our youth in owning their own complex narratives so that we can show up for them in ways they need us to.”

 

In March 2018, Ramirez explained why she timed her decision the way that she did. “An organic, incremental urgency to use my platform to empower those who are part of these communities that I’m a part of came over me in a way that I’ve never felt before,” she said on Entertainment Weekly and People’s “Coming Out Stories.”

 

Ramirez added that it was a “sense of relief … It’s been a form of liberation for me to own all of my identities so that I no longer feel the need to hold back or hide any parts of myself when I walk through any threshold in life.”

 

Clive Davis

 

Recording industry legend Clive Davis, who discovered Whitney Houston, revealed in his 2013 autobiography that he’s bisexual and has had relationships with both men and women.

 

In the book, The Soundtrack to My Life (via the Daily Mail), Davis claimed that his first same-sex relationship was “in the era of Studio 54” in the 1970s after a night of “imbibing enough alcohol to [respond to a man’s] sexual overtures.” His next same-sex relationship was in 1985 after separating from his second wife. He wrote that in 1990, he had a “monogamous relationship” with an unnamed male doctor until 2004.

 

Interestingly, Davis claims that he has been in another relationship with a male since 2004, and that his partner accompanies him to many music industry events, but Davis has refused to reveal his plus-one’s identity in an effort to protect both his and his partner’s privacy.

 

He talked about his bisexuality with broadcast journalist Katie Couric, “It didn’t affect either of my marriages, but when my second marriage ended I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have a relationship with a man as well as the two that I had with a woman,” he said (via Billboard). I’m still attracted to women … You don’t have to be only one thing or another. For me, it’s the person.”

 

Marlon Brando and James Dean

 

It was rumored for years that Marlon Brando (pictured left) had numerous affairs with men and women, but never so explicitly until Quincy Jones spilled the beans about The Godfather star’s proclivities in February 2018.

 

“[Marlon] Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his a** off,” Jones told Vulture. “He was the most charming motherfker you ever met. He’d fk anything. Anything! He’d f**k a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”

 

Pryor’s widow, Jennifer, confirmed the affair to TMZ, but Brando’s son later insisted,”The Marlon Brando family has heard the recent comments by Quincy Jones and we are disappointed that anyone would make such a wrongful comment about either Marlon Brando or Richard Pryor.”

 

In James Dean: Tomorrow Never Comes (via the Daily Mail), composer Alec Wilder alleged that Brando had a complex relationship with James Dean (pictured right) after meeting him in 1949. “They were definitely a couple. Of course, the words ‘sexual fidelity’ would be unknown in each of their vocabularies,” Wilder said. “Jimmy and I used to sit and talk for hours in my room at the Algonquin Hotel [in New York]. He kept me abreast of the affair. I really believe that Jimmy fell in love with Brando  … As for Brando, I don’t think he ever loved Jimmy. I met Brando only three times and each time he was with Jimmy. In my opinion, Brando was in love with Brando.”

 

Kristen Stewart

 

Kristen Stewart’s most famous relationship was with Twilight costar Robert Pattinson, then with director Rupert Sanders, with whom she was busted cheated on Pattinson. Since then, she’s only publicly dating women, including producer Alicia Cargile, singers Soko and St. Vincent, and model Stella Maxwell.

 

The actress told Harper’s Bazaar UK, “I’ve been deeply in love with everyone I’ve dated … I’ve always really embraced a duality and really, truly, believed in it and never felt confused or struggling … Some people know that they like grilled cheese and they’ll eat it every day for the rest of their lives. I want to try everything. If I have grilled cheese once I’m like, ‘That was cool, what’s next?'”

 

A year later, Stewart expounded on her tastes and openness in relationships to Elle UK. “Considering I had so many eyes on me, I suddenly realized [my private life] affects a greater number of people than just me … When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialized … It changed when I started dating a girl. I was like, ‘Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I’m not down with it or I’m ashamed of it.’ So I had to alter how I approached being in public. It opened my life up and I’m so much happier.”

 

Miley Cyrus

 

Miley Cyrus has only publicly dated men, but she was caught red-handed hooking up with model Stella Maxwell in 2015, and the pair even posed for semi-nude photoshoots together, like this one for W Magazine. A source told E! News in July 2015 that the pair was hanging out and “really like one another.”

 

Maxwell talked about her connection with Cyrus to V Magazine: “We met through mutual friends via Instagram, which is where Cheyne contacted me about taking some photos. It’s been a trip to hang out and see a little of their world. Felt very organic and right.”

 

Cyrus was candid about her pansexuality, as well as with her non-exclusivity with Maxwell. “‘I’m 22, I’m going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I’m with,” she told Elle UK. “Stella’s awesome, but as soon as you hang out with someone, you get labelled as in a relationship. And I’m like, you can’t just assume that everyone I’m sitting at dinner with is a date … Then you break up and it’s everywhere.”

 

Cyrus later reconciled with ex-fiancé, actor Liam Hemsworth, and it’s widely rumored that her song “She’s Not Him” is about leaving Maxwell for Hemsworth.

 

Evan Rachel Wood

 

Evan Rachel Wood told Esquire in 2011, “I’m up for anything — meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl … [In relationships] I’m more kind of like the guy when it comes to girls. I’m the dominant one. I’m opening the doors, I’m buying dinner. Yeah, I’m romantic.”

 

The actress officially came out as bisexual in 2012, tweeting, “I myself am bisexual and have always ‘joked’ about Miley [Cyrus] giving me gay vibes. Not a bad thing! Just an observation.”

 

She hasn’t dated any women publicly yet, but in the fall of 2014, she began an online flirtation with Ray Donovan actress Katherine Moennig, which apparently extended to the real world. A spy told Page Six that the pretty pair went to the Hammer Museum’s annual Gala in the Garden in Los Angeles together, dishing, “Evan Rachel Wood arrived with Kate Moennig. They were holding hands and looked very much like a couple … [they] kept close all night.”

 

Amber Heard

 

Before her ill-fated marriage to Johnny Depp and her relationships with Sean Penn and Elon Musk, Amber Heard dated photographer Tasya Van Ree from 2008 to 2012. Documents obtained by People revealed that during the romance, Heard even briefly legally changed her last name to Van Ree.

 

In June 2016, in the midst of Heard’s extremely acrimonious divorce from Depp, his attorneys claimed in court documents that Heard was arrested for domestic violence against Van Ree while she and the photographer were together. Heard allegedly got into an argument with Van Ree at an airport in September 2009 and was accused of grabbing and striking Van Ree’s arm, reported TMZ. Police arrested Heard for misdemeanor domestic violence, but she was not prosecuted.

 

The news drove Van Ree to defend the actress. “In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a power position,” Van Ree told People. “We shared five wonderful years together and remain close to this day.”

 

Heard told Allure in November 2017, “I didn’t come out [of the closet]. I was never in … I happened to be dating a woman, and people started taking pictures of us walking to our car after dinner. I [was] holding her hand, and I realized that I have two options: I can let go of her hand and, when asked about it, I can say that my private life is my private life. Or I could not let go and own it.”

 

Aubrey Plaza

 

Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza has fallen in love with members of both sexes. “I know I have an androgynous thing going on, and there’s something masculine about my energy,” Plaza told The Advocate when asked if females ever flirt with her. “Girls are into me — that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it.”

 

She added, “I feel like I operate in an old-school way that only gays truly understand, so for me it’s the ultimate compliment. My tastes are like an older gay man’s, and I think that’s who I really am … I have a gay aunt and a gay uncle, and I grew up thinking that everyone had a gay aunt or uncle. My younger sister is a lesbian, so it’s just in my blood, I guess. She came out to me when she was 17 or 18, and for, like, a millisecond I was surprised. Then I replayed our entire life in my mind, and I was like, ‘Of course! Of course I know that!’ She’s my best friend.”

 

To date, Plaza has only publicly dated men, including actor Michael Cera and her longtime current boyfriend, screenwriter and director Jeff Baena.

 

Paris Jackson

 

Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, is rumored to have hooked up with Cara Delevingne, even taking her on a double-date with Paris’ godfather, actor Macaulay Culkin, and Culkin’s girlfriend, Brenda Song. Photos of Paris and Delevingne hugging, kissing, and Delevingne sitting on Paris’ lap soon went viral.

 

According to The Sun, Delevingne and Paris have been close ever since meeting at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in spring 2017. They were first spotted looking cozy in November of that year. The girls even posed for social media photos together in bed, where they ate strawberries and watched Carol, a movie about a lesbian couple. A source told the tab, “They’re both really into their music and have been spending nights singing and jamming on the guitar. It’s early days, and Cara doesn’t really have time for a proper relationship due to her non-stop filming commitments with Carnival Row, but there’s no denying there’s a spark.”

 

An insider dished to Radar Online: “Prince [Jackson] has said their father would be proud of his daughter for following her own path, as she always has. Michael taught them that love knew no bounds, and that would include race or sexual orientation. This is indeed a loving healthy relationship between Paris and Cara. It is probably the healthiest and happiest relationship Paris has ever been in, and for that, her family has their full support.”

 

Sarah Paulson

 

American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson doesn’t label her sexuality and generally keeps her private life under wraps, but she’s been much more forthcoming about her current romance with actress Holland Taylor than with her previous relationships.

 

“My choices in romantic partners have not been conventional, and therefore the idea that it is ‘other’ makes it compelling,” Paulson told The New York Times of her propensity for dating older partners. She added that though she was dating someone else when she met Taylor, she said Taylor was “probably the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’d ever seen … If my life choices had to be predicated based on what was expected of me from a community on either side, that’s going to make me feel really straitjacketed, and I don’t want to feel that. What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”

 

People reported that prior to falling head over heels for Taylor, Paulson dated actor and playwright Tracy Letts and actress Cherry Jones.

 

Azealia Banks

 

Azealia Banks (pictured left) is known more for her social media troubles and high-profile feuds than for her love life (or, let’s be real, even her music). Though openly bisexual, Banks has only had public relationships with men, including actor Jesse Bradford and Coldplay manager Dave Holmes — she accused the latter of abusing her, reported XXL.

 

However, thanks to her propensity for Twitter beefs (before she was forever banned from the microblogging service,) it was revealed that Banks supposedly had a private dalliance with fellow rapper Angel Haze (pictured right).

 

Along with a diss track called “On the Edge,” Haze posted screenshots of text messages allegedly from Banks begging her to come to her hotel. Haze reportedly came by to hang out but rejected Banks’ advances, leading to a long, boring feud between the female MCs, according to Miss Info. Banks responded with a track of her own titled “No Problems.”

 

In terms of defining her sexuality, Banks told The New York Times in 2012, “I’m not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don’t live on other people’s terms.”

 

Ireland Baldwin

 

Ireland Baldwin (pictured left) broke up with professional surfer Slater Trout in March 2014 after about a year together, reported Us Weekly. Months later, the model daughter of stars Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger began dating rapper (and Azealia Banks’ former jump-off) Angel Haze.

 

Haze told The Independent, “I don’t know if there’s like some confirm or deny thing with the way relationships work in the media, but everyone just calls us best friends, best friends for life, like we’re just friends hanging out. It’s funny. It’s rad in some ways, it sucks in others … An interracial gay couple, I mean that’s just weird for America right now. We fk and friends don’t fk…”

 

The romance didn’t last. Sources told Us Weekly that before Ireland checked into rehab for “emotional trauma” in 2015, she and Haze split.

 

Tila Tequila

 

MySpace celebrity turned neo-Nazi and flat-earther Tila Tequila (pictured right) has been open about her bisexuality since she was one step behind the infamous “Tom” in terms of her number of friends on the mostly-defunct social network. Tequila even had a dating show on MTV, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, in 2007, in which she considered pools of both men and women to find a partner. She chose a man, Bobby, in her first season and a woman named Kristy in the second season.

 

When her reality TV career sputtered, Tequila embarked on relationships with two famous lesbian heiresses. She first dated Yahoo heiress and Lindsay Lohan ex, Courtenay Semel, in 2008, reported People. Tequila then embarked on a brief but super-fast paced relationship with Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson in early 2010, with People reporting that the gals became engaged after less than a month together. Unfortunately, Johnson passed away before they wed.

 

Charlize Theron

 

Throughout her career, Charlize Theron has only publicly dated men, including Stuart Townsend and Sean Penn, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t had any same-sex romances behind the scenes.

 

During a July 2017 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Theron admitted to previously having a sexual relationship with a woman when Cohen asked her the cringe-worthy “Have you ever swam in the lady pond?” question. “I mean, it’s just so strange when we talk so much about it. It should be normalized by now,” the Oscar-winner said. “When I was young, yes. I feel like when you’re young, you’re just kind of exploring it all, but it was pretty clear that I really liked dudes.”

 

Though she prefers men in her private life, Theron admitted that when making love in movies, one of her favorite scenes was with Sofia Boutella in 2017’s Atomic Blonde. “I don’t know if it’s because of the gender, but I think with Sofia it was really easy just because we’re both dancers. You have to choreograph those scenes quite a bit, otherwise they just becomes kind of silly. There’s a technical aspect to it. With her, it was really easy just because she thinks like I think … With guys, they tend to not be dancers, so it takes a little bit more work,” she told Extra. “Doing a love scene with guys is different, but I enjoy both.”

 

Cara Delevingne

 

In addition to dating Michelle Rodriguez, Paris Jackson, and possibly Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne has also been linked to Amber Heard and singer St. Vincent (pictured right).

 

The Daily Mail reported in December 2016 that Delevingne and Heard were together constantly, and their closeness was rumored to be part of why Heard and Johnny Depp’s marriage fell apart.

 

Delevingne and St. Vincent were public with their relationship and have spoken affectionately about one another in the press. In August 2016, Delevingne told Vogue UK, “I’m completely in love … Before, I didn’t know what love was — real love. I didn’t understand the depth of it. I always used to think it was you against the world. Now I know the meaning of life is love. Whether that’s for yourself or for the world or your partner.”

 

In September 2017, St. Vincent spoke about their breakup to Vogue (via the Daily Mail). “We’ll always be really close. I’ll love her forever … I fell in love with this very famous person. It’s not anything I was in any way ashamed of, so I wouldn’t have hidden it.”

 

Katy Perry

 

Katy Perry achieved star status with her breakout hit “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008. At the time of its release, she told press that she’d kissed a girl when she was about 19 years old “and it was great,” but didn’t expound on the experience.

 

However, at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in March 2017, after a long string of public romances with men, including Travis McCoy, Russell Brand, John Mayer, Diplo, and Orlando Bloom, she admitted (via Express), “I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these little bite size pop songs. For instance, ‘I kissed a girl and I liked it.’ Truth be told, I did more than that. But how was I going to reconcile that with a gospel singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps?”

 

Perry added, “What I did know was I was curious and even then I knew sexuality wasn’t as black and white as this dress. And honestly, I haven’t always gotten it right, but in 2008 when that song came out I knew that I started a conversation and a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along, too.”

 

Chrissy Teigen

 

In a March 2016 episode of Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen asks Chrissy Teigen if she’s swam in the lady pond (seriously, who says that?) The swimsuit model, prolific tweeter, and Lip Sync Battle hostess, who’s happily married to musician John Legend, replied, “Oh! Maybe doggy-paddled? Not full on swam.”

 

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MLST CELEBRITY AND ENTERTAINMENT:CELEBRITY THAT HAS GONE YONDER IN 2018

In 2018, we’ve already bid farewell to screen legends, music icons, and acclaimed figures in the world of art and journalism. From The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan, to House of Cards Emmy-winner Reg E. Cathey, rapper Craig Mack, fashion designer Kate Spade, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, and others.

 

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 served 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 loss and about the legacies they’ve left behind.

 

The circumstances surrounding these stars’ deaths are diverse, but some took their own lives. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Here are the stars we’ve said goodbye to this year.

 

XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion was shot and killed on June 18, 2018. Born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, the rapper was just 20 years old when he was targeted outside of a Florida motorcycle dealership, TMZ reported. Two men are suspected in the killing, which police reportedly believe was a robbery, as a Louis Vuitton bag was stolen from the rapper’s vehicle at the time of the slaying.

 

The Broward County Sheriff’s Department offered a $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anonymous tips can be made online at browardcrimestoppers.org or by phone at 954-493-8477.

 

Tentacion had several hit songs and a No. 1 album with 17, but he was perhaps best known for the harrowing domestic violence accusations against him from an ex-girlfriend, who alleged that he kidnapped and attacked her numerous times, including while she was pregnant with his child. He denied all of the claims.

 

The rapper seemed to eerily foreshadow his untimely passing, saying in an Instagram video (via The Independent), “If I’m going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least five million kids happy or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life regardless of the negative around my name, regardless of the bad things people say to me … Do not let your depression make you. Do not let your body define your soul, let your soul find your body. Your mind is limitless. You are worth more than you can believe.”

 

Anthony Bourdain

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, best known for his Emmy-winning TV series Parts Unknown, was found dead by apparent suicide at age 61, reported CNN News. The network confirmed that Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his hit series when a fellow chef found him in a hotel room. CNN issued a statement that said, in part, “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague … His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.”

 

Bourdain built a name for himself as an outspoken chef with a reformed bad-boy reputation — someone who’d admitted to substance abuse problems in the past, but had reportedly overcome those challenges to become a highly successful food and travel connoisseur and renowned journalist. When Parts Unknown received a Peabody Award in 2013, the organization had this to say about Bourdain: “He’s irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious … People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document.”

 

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Kate Spade

Fashion designer Kate Spade committed suicide by hanging, reported The New York Times. A housekeeper found her body at approximately 10 a.m. on June 5, 2018. She was 55 years old.

 

Born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, Kate is survived by husband Andy Spade — brother of comedian and actor David Spade — and their 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources said Kate left a note for Frances that said, in part: “Bea — I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!” Sources also told TMZ that Andy supposedly wanted a divorce, which may have depressed Kate.

 

Kate began as an editor at Mademoiselle and launched her handbag line with Andy from their New York City apartment in 1993. The award-winning brand expanded into housewares, accessories, and stationery. She walked away from the company in 2006 to focus on parenting Frances.

 

The Spade family asked for privacy in a statement: “We are all devastated,” it said, in part. “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly.”

 

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Richard ‘Old Man’ Harrison

 

Pawn Stars star Richard “Old Man” Harrison passed away on June 25, 2018. The 77-year-old reportedly battled Parkinson’s disease. Rick Harrison, his son, said Richard was surrounded by loved ones when he died.

 

Richard, a Navy veteran who often spoke of his service on the show, became a fan favorite on the History Channel hit series, which debuted in 2009, though his recent appearances have been few and far between. Richard opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas with Rick after moving to Sin City in the 1980s.

 

Rick said in a statement, “He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad. That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him. He lived a very full life and through the History television show ‘Pawn Stars’ touched the lives of people all over teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor.”

 

A rep for the History Channel told TMZ, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend … He will be greatly missed for his wisdom and candor.”

 

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.

 

Donnelly Rhodes

 

Canadian character actor Donnelly Rhodes passed away at 80 years old on Jan. 8, 2018, while in hospice care for a battle with cancer, Deadline reported.

 

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).

 

Denise LaSalle

 

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, Billboard reported.

 

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.”

 

‘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

 

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

 

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.”

 

Olivia Cole

 

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.

 

Bob Smith

 

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

 

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.

 

Joel Taylor

 

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.

 

Dorothy Malone

 

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).

 

Mark Salling

 

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.”

 

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Stephen Hawking

 

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.”

 

Fredo Santana

 

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.

 

Jim Rodford

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.”

 

Dennis Edwards

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

 

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’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.”

 

Mickey Jones

 

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.'”

 

John Gavin

 

Actor John Gavin died Feb. 9, 2018 at 86 years old. 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.

 

Marty Allen

 

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 MAS*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 MAS*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.”

 

Craig Mack

 

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.”

 

Sammy Williams

 

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.”

 

Seo Minwoo

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.”

 

  1. Lee Ermey

 

  1. 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

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.”

 

Harry Anderson

 

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.'”

 

Avicii

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

 

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 may 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.”

 

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Margot Kidder

 

Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane in Superman (1978) and its three sequels opposite Christopher Reeve, passed away on May 13, 2018. She was 69 years old.

 

TMZ reported that Kidder was found dead in her home in Livingston, Mont. following a battle with the flu after an unknown caller told 911 dispatchers that she was unconscious and not breathing. Kidder had revealed earlier in the week that she was “puking every hour and a half” and was laid up in bed, but she still planned on appearing at the Motor City Comic Con later that month.

 

Kidder’s death is being investigated, though foul play isn’t suspected.

 

Best known for her portrayal of Clark Kent’s love interest, Kidder continued acting her entire life, snagging small roles in TV shows and movies (including the Superman prequel series Smallville) and a memorable turn in The Vagina Monologues on Broadway. She maintained a close friendship with Reeve until his death (via CBS News).

 

Kidder struggled publicly with bipolar disorder for much of her life, leaving her briefly homeless in 1996, after which she became an advocate for mental health awareness and treatment.

 

She had a colorful dating history, with suitors including Steven Spielberg, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and comedian Richard Pryor. Kidder was married three times throughout her life (once for only six days), but she had been reportedly single since the 1980s. She had one daughter, Margaret McGuane, with her first husband, author Thomas McGuane.

 

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MLST NEWS:FINDING SOLUTIONS TO TURKEY’S CURRENCY PLUNGE

The lira nosedives and Asian and European stock markets open down as Turkey’s central bank continues to defy calls to raise rates.

 

Turkey’s central bank has said it is ready to take “all necessary measures” to ensure financial stability following the collapse in value of the lira.

The central bank is vowing to provide “all the liquidity the banks need” and says it will “closely monitor the market depth and price formations”.

The action comes after the Turkish lira slumped to record lows against the US dollar amid an escalating feud with the United States.

In early trading on Monday it recovered slightly to 6.92 to the dollar after continuing to fall from an overnight record low of 7.24

 

 

The country’s banking regulator has also announced action, including limiting the ability of Turkish banks to swap the lira for foreign currency.

Despite this, investors remained rattled. Asian stock markets fell sharply, with Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei index dropping 1.98%.

European markets, including the FTSE100, also opened lower, while the euro fell 0.3% to a one-year low against the dollar, as the nosediving lira drove demand in global markets for safe currencies including the greenback, Swiss franc and yen.

Investors fear the country’s financial crisis could spread, with a defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan describing the crash as a “political plot” against Turkey.

Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin has claimed the country’s economy “is strong and nobody should pay attention to speculative news and moves”.

Meanwhile, the country’s interior ministry said it was investigating 346 social media accounts which it said had “posted content provoking the dollar exchange rate”.

 

 

The conventional response to a collapse in the currency and a surge in imported inflation is to raise interest rates.

However, the central bank has defied calls from markets for rate hikes, raising concerns of interference from Mr Erdogan who is on record as describing himself as an “enemy” of higher interest rates.

“Investors need to see serious economic measures and not political ones to prevent things getting completely out of control,” said Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM.

Turkish businesses have borrowed heavily in recent years and an estimated $300bn (£235bn) of that debt is denominated in foreign currencies.

Any fall in the Turkish lira against the likes of the US dollar and the euro accentuates that debt burden.

The lira plunged as much as 18% at one point on Friday – the biggest one-day drop since Turkey’s 2001 financial crisis – as US President Donald Trump announced he had doubled steel and aluminium tariffs.

 

The fallout has been sparked by a number of issues – including Turkey’s detention of an American pastor – while Ankara has demanded the extradition of a Turkish cleric who is blamed by Mr Erdogan for masterminding the failed 2016 coup against him.

The US has also been irritated by Turkey’s decision to buy a Russian missile defence system earlier this year, while Ankara has hit out at Washington’s backing of Kurdish rebels in Syria. Turkey regards the Kurdish fighters as terrorists.

 

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https://news.sky.com/story/turkey-pledges-action-plan-to-tackle-lira-crisis-11471552

What life with a football admirer gives you! — Nimz revealed

So, After almost an year I am writing again. World Cup hangover is still ON. Congratulations France and Well done Croatia. Waiting for the next four years to pass! So that I can watch the game with our little champ! 🙂 Why not a fan and an admirer. Both are different. Football fan; anyone can be […]

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How am I able to watch live football on my phone via Spectrum, but would have to pay for it on the television? — susiesopinions

My husband has been talking about the Chelsea game for a couple of days now, and was going to watch it on channel 150. When he clicked on it, it says that you have to pay for it. He went through all the channel and found another one up in the 1,000+ numbers, and again […]

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FIFA, an organization of football — daneelyunus

FIFA – It stands for Federation International Football Association in French language. In English, it is International Federation of Association Football. It was founded in 1904 with member countries such as Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The Headquarter of FIFA is located at Zurich, Switzerland. Its membership now comprises 211 national […]

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THE WRONG MOTIVE—EPISODE 2—(5 MINUTES READ).

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CHAPTER ONE.

Tony was really distracted and carried away with what he saw afar off.He started pacing gradually in preparation for the next step as soon as the service is over but he became annoyed and impatient when the pastor-in-charge was too slow in winding up the service for the day.

As the benediction for the sunday service started wanning, Tony’s mind leapt for joy and happinness overshadowed his sense of reasoning to the extent that he became oblivious that he is in the presence of God.

The totality of his motive which was quite unexpected consumed him and he decided that immediately the concluding part of the benediction comes to an end, he will dashed and swing swiftly to the choir stand to engage the source of his distraction in a tété-a-tété.

As the last word of the benediction was dished out by the pastor-in-charge and the congregation chorused…

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THE WRONG MOTIVE—EPISODE 4.—-(20 MINUTES READ).

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CHAPTER ONE.

Immediately Tony discharged Brother Timothy after the long discussion he had with brother Timothy,Tony walked and even run as long as his legs could carry him forging ahead with all fibrres of his being in other to catch up with the lost minutes that his discussion with Brother Timothy has gulped.

While Tony was pacing and forging towards the choir stand,he was busy thinking and ruminating about what would be the outcome of his effort in confirming what he saw briefly in the course of the sunday service.

While he was busy with this line of thought, something in his conscience kept warning him about his motive of engaging in this endeavour which is somehow against his aim and objectives for coming into the house of God on this fateful sunday.

As soon as he got to the choir stand, he paused and waited for a while,he started…

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THE WRONG MOTIVE—-EPISODE 5.—-(12 MINUTES READ).

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CHAPTER ONE.

Tiffany!!!

My daughter…..

How are you?

We have not talk since you came back from school….Tiffany’s mum kept speaking.

You have not tell me anything about school life since you came back.

Why?

Hope nothing is wrong?…Tiffany’s mum continued.

Tiffany’s mum engaged her in a chat while in the kitchen after they got home from church service and they were both in the kitchen preparing lunch for the whole family.Tiffany’s is the only daughter and the only child that was available to spend her holiday with her dad and mum, others are guys and they are presently in higher institutions studying one course of discipline or the other.

Mummy!

Mummy!!

Mummy!!!.

We have been talking about one thing or the other since I came back now…Tiffany responded.

Is there anything I forgot to tell you or add to the discussion we have been having since I came back…

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THE WRONG MOTIVE—EPISODE 6.—(12 MINUTES READ).

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Good Morning Sir!!!

I am looking for Global Resources Limited.

Am I at the right place Sir?….Tricia asked.

Yeah!!!

You are at the right place….the security man replied.

Who do you seek?

I would like to drop my National Youth Service Corp posting letter to the Human Resource Manager…Tricia continued.

Ok!!!…replied the security man

I will direct you now to the Administrative block and when you get there, just relate with the receptionist, she should be able to answer all your questions one after the other.

Thank you Sir…Tricia bid the security guard farewell.

As Tricia was being ushered into the Administrative block to drop her posting letter to Human Resources Manager at the Administrative block, her mind was just busy thinking about the stress she passed through in locating the company and also what could be the outcome of her meeting with the Human Resources Manager.

Ko!Ko!!Ko!!!…Tricia…

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THE WRONG MOTIVE—EPISODE SEVEN—(12 MINUTES READ).

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CHAPTER ONE.

Bike!!!

A bike commonly called okada parked to pick the duo of Tony and Tricia in the front of the company’s gate.

Can you please take us to No 10, Dolphin Street….Tony engaged an Okada man.

No wahala Sir…Okadaman responded.

My money is 200naira for both of you…the Okada man charged them.

No!!!I am paying 150naira….Tony responded.

While Tony and the Okadaman were busy discussing the transport fare, Tricia was just carried away looking at what is going on and at thesame time,she is somehow bothered about the step she is taking at the moment which looked somehow scary and strange.

Though, while Tricia was in school, she has not taken such a step before but she had heard many of her female colleagues narrating similar experiences.While some of them are lucky, majority ended up becoming a pawn in the hands of randy men.

With one mind, she…

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THE WRONG MOTIVE—EPISODE EIGHT.—(20 MINUTES READ).

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CHAPTER ONE.

Bye for now…Tony bid Tricia farewell.

Bye  and take good care of yourself…Tricia replied.

While Tony was away to work, Tricia was busy cleaning and dusting the entire house that Tony was living in.The heaps of dirts that was removed in the course of the general sanitation and cleaning was overwhelming that it kept Tricia on her feet working like a Trojan from the morning to the aftrenoon of Tuesday.

While Tony was in the office,he find it difficult concentrating on his duty because he is yet to recover from the thought of having a stranger living with him and only God knows when Tricia will get a place to live so that Tony will be able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Tony was also in quandary of what to do because he thinks that Tricia is a lady that is gradually becoming part of his life…

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THE WRONG MOTIVE–EPISODE NINE.—(20 MINUTES READ).

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CHAPTER ONE.

It was a cool Wednesday morning that Tricia has been dreaming about.She woke up as early as possible so that she could get back to her proposed place of Primary assignment in order to give a good impression of herself to the Human Resource Manager that she is punctual on the day she was asked to come over for her appointment letter.Though, she has not meet the Human Resource Manager but she was a bit at peace with herself because of what she had about the Human Resource Manager disposition about her from the discussion the Human Resource Manager had with Tony the previous day.

Tricia really appreciate the Human Resource Manager gesture about her when Tony was asked about how and where she knew such a pretty lady.Though, the Human Resource Manager has never met her before but the Human Resource Manager asserted the she was pretty…

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THE WRONG MOTIVE—EPISODE TEN—(TEN MINUTES READ).

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CHAPTER ONE.

See you on Monday…Titus bid Tricia farewell.

OK!!! See you soon…Tricia replied.

As Tricia was turning her back to wave her hand in bidding farewell to both Titus and Tony, Tony seek for her indulgence and excused Titus to have a private chat with Tricia few distance away from the location where both Tony and Titus were standing.

I will be coming back from work on time today…Tony started conversing with Tricia.

Why?….Tricia probed.

Are we not celebrating your appointment?…Tony asked.

Oh!!!I see but I don’t want to bother you…..Tricia responded.

Leave that aside.It is my responsibility to handle that free of charge from my purse….Tony continued.

Ok!!! I will be waiting and expecting you on time at home…Tricia responded.

Ok!!! See you later…Tricia concluded.

Within a jiffy, Tricia wave down a cab,the cabbie parked by her side and she hopped inside and within few minutes, Tricia disappeared…

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CHAPTER ONE.

What’s up bro!Titus greeted.

I am cool and good bro.Tony replied cheerfully.

I could observed that you are lively and look more rejuvenated this Thursday morning unlike the first three days of this week when you have been bothered by one issue or the other but it is quite funny and hilarious that issues bothering your mind for some days now have been all about one lady or the other.Hope today will be free of such discussion?

Titus started engaging Tony while they coincidentally met at the entrance of the company’s gate when they were both resuming for the day’s work.Though,the engagement started by Titus after exchanging pleasantries with Tony was intended to make jest of Tony by Titus, at the end, both of them busted into a kind of wild laughter that attracted other people’s attention within the vicinity of their earlier morning discussion.

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THE WRONG MOTIVE—EPISODE TWELVE.—(15 MINUTES READ).

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CHAPTER ONE.

It was a cool Friday morning,with the aid of Tony’s clock alarm, he woke up early in the morning and all he could think about while still laying on the bed and struggling to open his eyes fully, he was just appreciative that the week is gone already and another weekend is around the corner.

Within a twinkling of an eye, his mind swing to all the series of happennings that had one impart or the other on the calmness and serenity his mind is used to which has been rearing its face from the beginning of the week till the present moment.

While he was alone in his room, he realised that activity has started in the other room and it was as if Tricia is already awake.He stressed his arm to locate an electricity lamp that is located very close to his bed to put on…

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CONVERSATION WITH MY DAUGHTER 5.—(6 Minutes Read).

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The responses and comments that accompanied the previous episode were encouragingand overwhelming, and this spur my intention to write more on the concept of parenting with practical real life issues,experiences and encounters designed to serve as an addition to give the role and responsibility of parenting a face lift that will be a source of inspiration to the entire society at large.

Parenting 4

I appreciate my followers,my readers and all viewers who took their time to read through and comment on the Episode 1,2,3 and 4.I have decided to spend more of mytime and writing for articles that will serve as a motivation and inspiration that will be a source of eye-opener to every parent and every children who desire to understand the purpose of their existence while existing on the surface of earth.

The desire of parents anywhere in the world is for their wards to become better…

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THE WRONG MOTIVE—EPISODE THIRTEEN.—(12 MINUTES READ).

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CHAPTER ONE.

It was a beautiful Saturday Morning and it has started with an unabated heavy downpour that made the weather to be friendly.The coolness that accompanied this unabated heavy downpour early in the morning made almost everybody to feel lazy and reluctant in dashing out of the bed.This made everybody’s bed to be be so much comfortable and cozy which prevented many people from going out very early.And when the rain ceased, every major street was dry and deserted with few commutters on the road awaiting drivers that will convey them to their various destination.

Tiffany was really affected by this atmospheric condition and she ended uo waking up late.Though, she has no reason to wake up as early as possible since it was weekend and Saturdays are meant to be maximized for resting and all round relaxation.

As she laid on the bed without putting on a cloth…

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