Two iconic figures pass away

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Bob ‘The Bitch’
It’s not every day that I do posts of a positive nature. But it’s not every day that the world loses two legends the likes of comedian Bernie Mac and singer Isaac Hayes. Mac, 5o, apparently died of complications of pneumonia coupled with an inflammatory lung disease Bernie had known as sarcoidosis. The details of Soulful singer Hayes’ death are less well known. The 65 year old collapsed next to his treadmill and was pronounced dead at the Baptist East Hospital in Memphis an hour later. Needless to say the world of entertainment was dealt two terrible and tragic blows over the weekend. They will be missed.

Celeb reactions to Heath Ledgers death

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“I am just beyond sad at this point and shocked. I was on my way over to pay him a visit when I found out. I had just left him a message and heard his voice on the machine. He was such a special and genuine person, so extraordinarily talented because he was so raw and honest with his feelings. He was so full of life, so electric…. This is immensely sad.” — supermodel Helena Christensen, rumored to have been romantically involved with Heath

“What a tragedy. My heart goes out to his family.” — Nicole Kidman

“I am shocked and very saddened by the news. I deeply respect Heath’s work and always admired his continuing development as an artist. My thoughts are with his family and close friends.” — Cate Blanchett

“I had such great hope for him. He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.” — Mel Gibson

“He is one of my favorite actors. His abilities are rare…it’s a tremendous loss. It’s hard to be here celebrating Australia under these circumstances.” — John Travolta

UPDATE: Sleeping pills likely caused death.

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Sleeping pills, it seems, caused Heath Ledgers heart to seize. An NYC Fireman just told a CNN news reporter, “Two bottles of sleeping pills were found next to Heath, one prescription, one not.” Heath had been open with reporters about his recent battle with sleep deprivation. He told one reporter he’d turned to prescription sleep aid, Ambien, while filming the latest Batman installment:

“Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” he said. “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.” Then the reporter adds, “One night he (Heath) took an Ambien, which failed to work. He took a second one and fell into a stupor, only to wake up an hour later, his mind still racing.”

Breaking: Heath Ledger has died.

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TMZ is reporting that Heath Ledger has passed away. The 2006 Academy Award nominee was found in dead in Mary-Kate Olsen’s apartment in Soho. No word yet as to Mary-Kate’s whereabouts at the time. A masseuse had arrived for an appointment and was let in by the housekeeper. When Heath did not respond to repeated knocks on his bedroom door, the two entered to find him unconscious. Heath was in full cardiac arrest lying face-down on the floor. Paramedics arrived and tried to revive him but all efforts were futile and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
TMZ is also reporting that his bedroom was “strewn with pills.” Apparently, there was prescription medication everywhere. Whatever the cause of death, Heath was an amazing human being. He possessed an inner incandescence which he carried with him always. He will be missed.

UPDATE: TMZ now reporting Heath was NOT at Mary-Kate’s apartment. Details coming…
BREAKING: Ledger’s body removed!

R.I.P. Robert Goulet

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It’s a sad day. Legendary Grammy and Tony award winning performer/actor/singer, Robert Goulet, died Tuesday at age 73. He was awaiting a lung transplant after being diagnosed with a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis. Bob will be remembered for his epic performances as Sir Lancelot in Camelot, along with his Vegas shows which held court at the Frontier and Desert Inn. For all you younger reader’s you may remember Robert Goulet from Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live parody (below). We’re pouring out a Diablo for you now my friend.