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Two-time “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Chi Chi DeVayne has died at the age of 34, TheWrap has confirmed.DeVayne, real name Zavion Davenport, was hospitalized last month with an undiagnosed illness. In a series of Instagram videos, DeVayne said she had tested negative for COVID-19 but was believed to be suffering kidney failure.“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne,” “Drag Race” host and executive producer RuPaul said in a statement. “I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all.”Also Read: 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 5 Finale: Find Out Who Snatched the Crown“On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy – from our family to hers,” the statement continued.“Drag Race” producers World of Wonder tweeted their own tribute to DeVayne on Thursday. “Her drag spread a message of love and kindness that truly touched each person she met,” the tweet read. “Rest in power, Chi Chi.”DeVayne first competed on Season 8 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” back in 2016, quickly becoming a fan favorite. She returned to the franchise in 2018 for “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” Season 3.We're heartbroken to learn that Chi Chi DeVayne has passed away today. Her drag spread a message of love and kindness that truly touched each person she met. Rest in power, Chi Chi. pic.twitter.com/AlTwGR71OU— World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) August 20, 2020Read original story Chi Chi DeVayne, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Contestant, Dies at 34 At TheWrap
Alan Parker, the British director whose exceptionally wide-ranging oeuvre ranged from "Bugsy Malone" to "Evita," from "Midnight Express" to "The Road to Wellville," has died. He was 76. The British Film Institute confirmed Parker's death on Friday, noting he died after a long illness. Parker was twice Oscar-nominated for best director, for 1978's "Midnight Express" […]
The body of Naya Rivera, the actress best known for her role as Santana Lopez on the hit Fox show “Glee,” was recovered on Monday from the Southern California lake where she went missing last week. She was 33. Ventura county sheriff’s department confirmed the news to TheWrap on Monday ahead of a 2 p.m. press conference.The cause of death was not immediately known.A spokesperson for Rivera has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.The actress was reported missing on July 8 after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found alone on a boat on Lake Piru, the Ventura County Sherriff’s office told TheWrap. Rivera rented the boat at 1 p.m. and her son was later found at 4 p.m. The boy told authorities Rivera had jumped into the water but did not come back up.Also Read: Naya Rivera Security Footage Shows Actress Renting Boat With Her Son (Video)Last Thursday, the search and rescue operation shifted to a recovery one, with a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson saying, “We believe a tragic accident happened and she may have lost her life in the lake.”In a press conference later in the day on Thursday, Kevin Donoghue, sergeant at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, said that Naya Rivera’s 4-year-old son, who was found alone on the boat in the middle of the lake, told investigators enough information that made them “conclude that his mother never made it out of the water.”Rivera shared custody of her son with actor Ryan Dorsey. The couple was married in 2014 but eventually split, finalizing their divorce in 2018.Also Read: Naya Rivera's 11 Most Memorable Roles, From 'Family Matters' to 'Glee' (Photos)As a young girl, she had small roles on shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Baywatch,” “8 Simple Rules” and “The Bernie Mac Show” before she was cast on “Glee” in 2009. Her character started off as a villain but in the second season, after being promoted to a series regular, she portrayed a different side to Santana as she struggled with her sexuality.Following her run on “Glee,” Rivera appeared on the show “Devious Maids” and most recently starred in the YouTube series “Step Up: High Water.”She is the third original cast member of “Glee” to die young; Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose in 2013 and Mark Salling died by suicide in 2018.Also Read: Naya Rivera Search: Actress Had Experience Boating on Lake Where Police Believe She DrownedThe recovery of Rivera’s body was hindered by conditions at Lake Piru. On Friday, the sheriff’s office released two videos demonstrating the visibility issues. The first clip showed one of the remotely operated underwater vehicles being used to locate signs of Rivera, a floating drone with cameras on it, connected to a boat via a cable, which according to the department is being used in addition to “side scan sonar, dogs and divers.”The second clip demonstrated how the drones are operated via a handheld controller connected to a computer, with footage displayed on an attached screen. As the drone footage showed, at a depth of 30 feet, the lake is extremely muddy and objects can only be identified with clarity very close to the camera.Read original story Naya Rivera, Former ‘Glee’ Star, Found Dead at 33 At TheWrap
Steve Bing, a Hollywood producer, writer and financier who famously invested in the Tom Hanks movie “The Polar Express,” has died. He was 55.A spokesperson for the L.A. County Coroner’s Office told TheWrap that the office responded to a death located in the 10000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, and the man was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m. According to TMZ, which was the first to report the news of Bing’s death, he jumped from the 27th floor of his apartment building.The LAPD and L.A. County Coroner’s Office would not confirm the identification of the deceased or the cause of death. The owner of the building, however, confirmed to TheWrap that the deceased was Bing. An individual who knew Bing said he had been depressed and acting bizarrely of late.Also Read: Joel Schumacher, Director of 'St Elmo's Fire' and 'The Lost Boys,' Dies at 80Bing’s writing credits include 1994’s “Every Breathe” and one episode of “Married… with Children.” He is also known for producing films like “Get Carter,” “Night at the Golden Eagle,” “Rock the Kasbah,” “Rules Don’t Apply” and most recently, “St. Sebastian.” He was currently filming an Untitled Jerry Lee Lewis Documentary. He was also a big investor in “The Polar Express,” the animated feature featuring the voice of Tom Hanks.Bing is also the founder of Shangri-La Entertainment, which focuses on property, construction, entertainment and music. Its latest credit is 2017’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Bing also financed films like Robert Zemeckis’ “Beowulf” and Martin Scorsese’s “Shine A Light.”Bing was born on March 31, 1965. He received an estimated $600 million inheritance when he turned 18, from his grandfather and real estate developer Leo S. Bing. He dropped out of Stanford University to pursue a career in Hollywood and also contributed millions of dollars to Democratic political causes — in 2012, he contributed $30 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.Also Read: Ian Holm, Star of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Alien,' Dies at 88He is survived by his two children; Damian Hurley from his relationship with actress Elizabeth Hurley, and daughter Kira Bonder, from his relationship with former pro tennis player Lisa Bonder.Read original story Steve Bing, Producer and Film Financier, Dies at 55 At TheWrap
Actress Shirley Knight, star of “Sweet Bird of Youth,” and “As Good As It Gets” has died, her daughter actress Kaitlin Hopkins announced in a facebook post. She was 83.Knight received two Oscar nominations for her work in her third and fourth films, “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” and “Sweet Bird of Youth, and appeared in numerous movies such as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” and television shows such as “Thirtysomething” and “NYPD Blue.”A native from Kansas, Knight received a Tony Award in 1976 for her portrayal as an alcoholic actress in “Kennedy’s Children,” and received a second nomination again in 1997 in Horton Foote’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Young Man From Atlanta.” Knight won two Emmys in 1995 and a Golden Globe, the first Emmy was for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in the the television movie “The McMartin Trial,” where she starred as Peggy Buckley, the real-life owner of a day-care center who’s tried for child molestation. Additionally, Knight also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Knight won her second Emmy for a guest performance on “NYPD Blue” episode “Large Mouth Bass.” In 1998, Knight picked up her third Emmy for playing Mel Harris’s mother on “Thirtysomething.” Throughout her acting career, Knight was nominated for the Emmy eight times, and has received a Golden Globe.Also Read: Netflix in May: Here's Everything Coming and GoingKnight received her first Best Supporting Actress Nomination in 1960 for “The Dark at The Top of The Stairs,” the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play written by Kasan William Inge which was directed on Broadway by Elia Kazan. Knight broke out in the role of Reenie, the conflicted daughter of salesman and his wife in 1920s Oklahoma played by Robert Preston and Dorothy McGuire. Knight received her second Best Supporting Actress nomination for “Sweet Bird of Youth,” the 1962 film based on a 1959 play by Tennessee Williams that was also directed on Broadway by Elia Kazan.Knight is survived by her daughter Sophie Jacks, a screenwriter, and a stepdaughter, Justine.Read original story Shirley Knight, Star of ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ and ‘As Good As It Gets,’ Dies at 83 At TheWrap
Vic Henley, a New York-based standup comedian who made frequent appearances on the “Opie & Anthony” radio show and on the OpieRadio podcast, has died. He was 57.His niece Tatum Singley confirmed Henley’s death in a Facebook post Monday.“Vic Henley. An amazing son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, boyfriend, and best friend to many… he loved us all so much and we hope he knows how much we love him,” she wrote.Also Read: James King of TLC's 'My 600-lb Life' Dies at 49Singley added that his cause of death was a pulmonary embolism that occurred over the weekend, and that he died Monday at 3:55 p.m. ET after “many efforts to save him.”“The world loved Vic for the smile and laughter he brought to us all. The amount of venues he performed in around the country and being nominated 8 times for Comedian of the Year tells you a small amount of the respect he had in his industry of work. And he loved his work because it brought him so many of his friends. His friends were also a part of his and our family. Last week, he was just telling me how much he loved his life. He showed us all how much he loved us by how he showed up for each one of us every single day,” she wrote.Also Read: James Drury, 'The Virginian' Star, Dies at 85She later added that due to the coronavirus pandemic, no memorial will be held until further notice.The official twitter account for the OpieRadio podcast tweeted fond memories of Henley Tuesday.“Numb. R I P @VicHenley A great comic. Loved doing radio with him but loved even more our friendship. The long hilarious knowledgeable phone calls. The long walks home after doing the radio show ending in the middle of Central Park where I would turn left and he right,” the tweet reads.“As we parted he would shout, “you’re not suppose to make new friends at our age.” Always happy, rarely sad. @VicHenley never had a bad word to say about anyone. His laugh/giggle was so contagious which you wanted to be around. Music knowledge second to none,” it continued. “Just an incredible loss to his family, friends and the comedy community. The world is less loveable today. Thanks so.much for your friendship my brother.”Numb. R I P @VicHenley A great comic. Loved doing radio with him but loved even more our friendship. The long hilarious knowledgeable phone calls. The long walks home after doing the radio show ending in the middle of Central Park where I would turn left and he right. (Cont) pic.twitter.com/kLiXaojhyu— SUBSCRIBE OpieRadio podcast (@OpieRadio) April 7, 2020Read original story Vic Henley, Comedian and ‘Opie and Anthony’ Radio Show Regular, Dies at 57 At TheWrap
Joe Diffie, an icon to many country fans for his string of No. 1 hits in the 1990s, has died from complications related to the coronavirus, a spokesperson revealed Sunday afternoon. He was 61. "Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19)," the statement read simply. […]
Amie Harwick, a Hollywood family and sex therapist and the former fiancee of Drew Carey, was killed Saturday at her Hollywood Hills home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.The suspect has been identified as 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse, a former boyfriend of Harwick’s and a resident of Playa Del Rey. He was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder with bail set at $2 million.“On Saturday, February 15, 2020, around 1:16 a.m. Hollywood patrol officers responded to a radio call of a, ‘Woman Screaming,’ in the 2000 block of Mound Street in Hollywood Hills,” LAPD said in a statement to TheWrap Monday. “When officers arrived, they were met by a roommate who was in the street. He informed officers that the victim was being assaulted inside of her residence. The roommate had jumped a wall and went to neighboring residences to call for help.”Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)“When officers went to make entry, they found the victim on the ground beneath a third story balcony. The victim was gravely injured. She suffered significant injuries consistent with a fall. The victim was unresponsive. The Los Angeles Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries. The investigation revealed possible evidence of a struggle in the upstairs as well as forced entry to the residence. A canvass of the area located further evidence of an intruder (suspect) entering the property and leaving after the murder.”Authorities say they learned that Harwick had recently “expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against this person.” That restraining order was expired at the time of her death and Harwick had seen Pursehouse two weeks ago.The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration on Wednesday, according to LAPD.Harwick, well-known as a Hollywood-based family and sex therapist, appeared in the 2015 documentary “Addicted to Sexting.” She was previously engaged to “The Price Is Right” host Carey, though it is unclear when that engagement ended.Read original story Amie Harwick, Sex Therapist and Drew Carey’s Ex-Fiancee, Murdered in Hollywood Hills Home At TheWrap
Bill Macy, best known for playing Bea Arthur’s husband Walter Findlay on the 1970s sitcom “Maude,” has died. He was 97.“My buddy Bill Macy passed away at 7:13 p.m. tonight,” producer and manager Matt Beckoff wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “He was a spitfire right up to the end. What an honor to book him for Gilbert Gottfried II Frank Santopadre and Dara Kravitz Gottfried podcast. It really was the cherry on top. He LOVED being on that show. My condolences to his beautiful wife Samantha Harper Macy.”Beckoff did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.Also Read: Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Emmy Winner at 97“Maude,” a spinoff of Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” (which Macy appeared on first, as a police officer) ran for six seasons on CBS from 1972 to 1978. Along with his parts on those two iconic Lear shows, Macy’s other small-screen credits include “Seinfeld,” “St. Elsewhere,” “The Facts of Life,” “My Name Is Earl,” “NYPD Blue,” “Back to You,” “Chicago Hope” and “Las Vegas.”In his appearances on “Seinfeld,” Macy played one of the quirky residents of the Florida retirement community where Jerry’s parents lived.Among his memorable film roles are the part of the jury foreman in “The Producers” (1967), the co-inventor of the “Opti-grab” in Steve Martin’s 1979 comedy “The Jerk,” and the head television writer in “My Favorite Year” (1982).Also Read: Norman Lear Breaks an Emmy Record, Becomes the Oldest Winner EverHis other notable film credits include “The Late Show,” “Serial,” “Analyze This,” “Movers & Shakers,” “Surviving Christmas,” “The Holiday” and “Mr. Woodcock.”Macy is survived by his wife Samantha Harper.Read original story Bill Macy, Actor Who Played Bea Arthur’s Husband Walter on ‘Maude,’ Dies at 97 At TheWrap
Frank Vincent, who played mob boss Phil Leotardo on HBO’s The Sopranos, has died at the age of 78. Vincent passed away following complications from heart surgery in New Jersey on Wednesday, according to a report from TMZ. Vincent reportedly suffered a heart attack last week and had to undergo open-heart surgery as a result, […]
Frank Vincent, a character actor best known for roles as Italian mafia members, has died at the age of 78. “Legendary Actor and accomplished Musician Frank Vincent has passed away peacefully at the age of 80 surrounded by his family on September 13, 2017. Fellow actor Vincent Pastore, who co-starred with Vincent on “The Sopranos” as Salvatore ‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero, confirmed his passing on Facebook.
Shelley Berman, who played Larry’s father, Nat, on Curb Your Enthusiasm, died Friday from complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 92. A post on Berman’s official Facebook fan page announced his passing, adding, “He slipped away peacefully, in his sleep, with no pain, as far as his hospice care workers could tell.” Berman was introduced as Curb‘s […]
Richard Anderson, best known for co-starring in the 1970s action shows The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, has died at the age of 91. Our sister site Deadline reports that Anderson passed away Thursday; no cause of death has been released. Anderson starred alongside Lee Majors as Steve Austin’s boss and handler […]
Patti Deutsch, a comic who was a regular on the last season of <em>Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In</em>, appeared often on the 1970s <em>Match Game</em> and went on to a successful voice-over career, has died. She was 73. Her family said she died Wednesday at her Los Angeles home after a long battle with cancer. Born in Pittsburgh on December 16, 1943, Deutsch worked alongside Fred Willard in the improv troupe Ace Trucking Company in the 1960s and early ’70s. The group, which made multiple…
John Heard, a film and TV actor best known for his iconic role as dad Peter McCallister in the first two <em>Home Alone</em> movies and an Emmy-nominated role on <em>The Sopranos,</em> died Friday. He was 72. The Santa Clara County coroner’s office confirmed Heard’s death to Deadline. The cause is under investigation. The Washington, D.C., native’s acting career began in the mid-1970s in an off-Broadway production of Mark Medoff’s play <em>The Wager.</em> He then segued to television, playing the…
London-born actor also known for role as mild-mannered Norman “Cleggy” Clegg in 'Last Summer Of Wine' for all 295 episodes of BBC sitcom from 1973-2010
Joseph Mascolo, who played iconic villain Stefano DiMera on the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 87 years old. Mascolo passed away Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the show said in a statement on Friday. He joined the Days cast in 1982 and made crime lord/business tycoon Stefano […]
Another TV legend has passed on: Grant Tinker, former chairman of NBC, died on Monday at his California estate. He was 90. Tinker served as CEO of the Peacock Network from 1981 through 1986, helping NBC escape last place by developing classics such as Cheers, Family Ties and The Cosby Show. With onetime wife Mary Tyler Moore, he also formed production […]
Up for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for 1959's 'The Young Philadelphians,' and a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer for his work in 1960's 'The Magnificent Seven'
We lost one of the big screen’s most original comedy greats on Sunday, when Gene Wilder died at the age of 83. He leaves behind an incredible body of work, from the timeless antics of Willy Wonka and Blazing Saddles to his immortal movie partnership with fellow legend Richard Pryor. Click through to see some of Wilder’s most memorable performances.
Jack Riley, a regular on The Bob Newhart Show and veteran of several Mel Brooks films who also voiced a popular Rugrats character, died today. He was 80. Riley’s reps confirmed the news to Deadline, but no cause of death was provided.
Fyvush Finkel, best known to audiences for his role as Douglas Wambaugh on the David E. Kelley drama Picket Fences, passed away on Sunday at 93. A cause of death has not yet been disclosed.