This past Sunday (Feb. 16), Recess voice actor and child star, Jason Davis died at the tender age of just 35-years-old in Los Angeles. At the moment, the cause of death has yet to be revealed. From 1997 to 2001, Davis voiced the character of Mikey Blumberg on the popular Disney Channel series, Recess. The now-deceased actor also had prominent roles in movies like Rush Hour (1998) and Beverly Hills Ninja (1997). Davis also made appearances on popular shows like Rosanne and 7th Heaven.
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Jason Davis was the grandchild of billionaire couple Marvin and Barbara Davis. Prior to his grandfather's death in 2004, Marvin Davis once owned the mega-media empire, 20th Century Fox. Davis' mother, Nancy Davis, revealed that she was devastated by the news of her son passing. In a brief statement she provided to USA Today, she says:
"Jason had a true heart of gold with such a zest for life. He was such a caring soul to everybody who ever knew him. He loved his friends and his family above all else. We ask for privacy as we take time to grieve this most devastating loss."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Davis appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010 and 2011. His battle with sobriety and the support he received for sharing his journey prompted him to co-found the charity, Cure Addiction Now.
Larry King took to his Twitter account to express his condolences to the Davis family writing:
"Saddened to learn of the passing of Jason Davis. Son of Nancy Davis. We watched him grow up.He was always kind. @shawnieora and I send our love and deepest condolences."
With Jason Davis' unexpected passing, the former-Disney voice actor will never be able to his character Mikey come to life in the live-action version of Recess that Disney is currently producing. Check out Larry King's tribute Tweet to Jason Davis below. Peace to the Davis family.
Mother Takes Advice From Anti-Vax FB Group, Son Later Dies
An Anti-Vax Facebook Group advised a mother not to take Tamiflu. Her child later died.
A 4-year-old named Najee in Colorado has died from influenza, after suffering a flu-related seizure, according to Complex.
"The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment can confirm that a preschool-aged child in southern Colorado has died of flu," CDPHE wrote in a statement. "The death is the second pediatric flu death in Colorado this season. The department does not have any records that show whether the child was vaccinated against influenza."
Two of Najee (Junior)'s brothers have also been diagnosed with the flu.
The Colorado Times Recorder, reports that the child's mother sought help from an anti-vax Facebook group before his death. The group suggested elderberry, placing potatoes on the child’s forehead, and simply “eating lots of fruits and vegetables," rather than taking Tamiflu.
“Yes it’s scary the doc told me to give my other two children and myself [Tamiflu] so we won’t get it,” the mother wrote in the Facebook group, seemingly after Najee's hospitalization.
“You’re better off taking Vitamin D and C, Elderberry, Zinc, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables,” one commenter replied.
“Ok perfect I’ll try that,” the mother responded.
Days later, Najee was dead.
"He was my only son that wasn't sick," his mother said. "I'm hurting so bad right now and so is his dad and brothers. Our whole family is hurting and it feels like we failed him because we did what we had to do."
Rick Fox Speaks On False Reports That He Died In Helicopter With Kobe Bryant
Rick Fox opens up about what he and his family endured during Sunday’s rumor of him passing away too.
On Sunday, shortly after the news broke that Lakers great Kobe Bryant had passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, rumors started circulating that his former teammate Rick Fox was also on that helicopter ride and lost his life too. Thankfully, that turned out to be a false report as Rick was NOT on board of the flight, but he has since opened up about what his families had to endure during such difficult time.
“My family went through, in the midst of all this, something that I couldn’t imagine them experiencing,” Fox said, adding that it is one of his daughter’s “greatest fears” to find out through social media that one of her parents died.
“She, fortunately, called me and we were just talking and crying about the news of Kobe,” Fox said. But it was while he was on the phone with her that he began to receive multiple phone calls, which he said he ignored because after hearing the devastating news, he “[wanted] to be with my kids and my family.”
Fox said that someone had told his best friend, King Rice, that he may have been on the helicopter. “I’m seeing King’s number repeatedly going and going and going, and I think he’s worried about me, so I said, ‘I’m gonna talk to my best friend,’ so I answered and said, ‘Hey man, this is crazy about Kobe,’ and he just was bawling,” he recalled.
“And I started crying. And he was like, ‘You’re alive!’ And I was like, ‘Well, yeah. Like what do you mean?’ And it was in that moment that my phone just started going, and my mom and my sister and my brother… This has been a lot to process for all of us.”
“I’m glad that’s over with, but it was hard to deal with because it shook a lot of people in my life,” Fox concluded.
Check out Rick’s reaction to Kobe and the false rumor of his death (below).
Mr. Peanut Dies A Sacrificial Death In Super Bowl Ad, Sparking Conspiracies On Twitter
Twitter demands to know what really happened.
Famed Planters mascot Mr. Peanut has been officially declared dead following a tragic Super Bowl ad in which the animated nut gets in a car accident with actors Wesley Snipes and Matt Walsh. While taking a road trip, Wesley, Matt, and Mr Peanut cruise through a narrow road on the edge of a cliff in the NUTmobile. After an armadillo blocks their path, Mr. Peanut instinctually swerves the vehicle, and the trio must escape the danger. They fly off the cliff before each grabbing hold of the same hanging tree branch that immediately begins flattering under their combined weight. Wesley and Matt insist he doesn't, but Mr. Peanut makes the decision to sacrifice himself in order to save his two friends, releasing his grip and falling to his death. He lands on the crashed NUTmobile, which promptly explodes and results in Mr. Peanut's death.
While the ad (and Mr. Peanut, for that matter) is obviously fictional, Planters brand manager at Kraft Heinz, Samantha Hess, confirmed the official death of the beloved snack food character in a statement. “It’s with heavy hearts that we confirm Mr. Peanut has passed away at 104 years old,” she stated. “He will be remembered as the legume who always brought people together for nutty adventures and a good time." The Estate of Mr Peanut echoed these sentiments in a tweet, writing, "In the ultimate selfless act, he sacrificed himself to save his friends when they needed him most. Please pay your respects with #RIPeanut."
According to Hess, fans can "tune into Mr. Peanut's funeral" during the third quarter of the Super Bowl on February 2nd when Planters' full ad will premiere. Matt Walsh also released a statement about his fallen friend, saying, "I'll do my best to honour his legacy and be there for my friends like he was always there for me even until our last wild ride together." He also encouraged viewers to "pay their last respects" during the Super Bowl. However, Mr. Peanut has a surprising amount of die hard fans, and many have already begun publicly mourning the loss of the nutty icon.
Even the official Mr. Clean Twitter account joined in.
Some are refusing to pay their respects to the late nut because of what they believe Mr. Peanut represents.
Many Twitter users are simply not buying the events of his demise, instead choosing to believe that Mr. Peanut was murdered by the government in the vein of the conspiracy theories surrounding Jeffrey Epstein's reported suicide.
Make sure to tune into the Super Bowl on February 2nd to watch Mr. Peanut's funeral, and some football, of course.
Gunman Leaves 2 Dead, 5 Injured After San Antonio Concert Shooting
RIP to the victims.
Two are dead and five are injured after a mass shooting at a local hip-hop concert in San Antonio on Sunday. The event took place at Ventura bar in the evening. According to ABC News, police were made aware of a shooting and immediately made their way to the scene of the crime. Police Chief William McManus is saying that the shooting was a direct result of a dispute between two customers at the bar. Two men were in an argument and that's when one of them allegedly pulled out a gun and started firing. Police have yet to find the suspect.
“We’re working on that,” McManus said. “I’m confident that we will identify the individual and have that person in custody sooner than later.”
The concert featured various young hip-hop acts in the San Antonio area. This shooting came as a surprise to all of them as one of the main acts, RUZ, took to Twitter to condemn the shooter.
Mass shootings are an ever-growing trend in the United States as many stories similar to this one have been reported over the last few years. Hopefully, the authorities can find the suspect, sooner than later.
Singer David Olney Dies On Stage During Performance
Rest in peace.
Singer-songwriter David Olney died Saturday night at age 71 during a performance at 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida, according to Variety.
Olney became still during his performance, which was assumed to be him taking a moment to rest, but then, those nearby realized what was happening and lowered him to the stage.
Amy Rigby, who was sitting next to him, described his last moments in a Facebook post: “Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized, and shut his eyes,” Rigby wrote. “He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing — I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment.”
“Scott Miller had the presence of mind to say we needed to revive him. Doctors in the audience and 30A folks were all working so hard to get him to come to … We all lost someone important last night,” she added.
Olney was born in 1948 and recorded 20 albums throughout his career. The following video was uploaded earlier on the day of his death.
Meechy Darko’s Father Fatally Shot By Miami Police Department
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Meechy Darko.
Yesterday, it was reported that the father of Meechy Darko (of Flatbush Zombies) was fatally shot by Miami police officers. The incident occurred this past weekend after Meechy’s father Ryan O. Simms allegedly attacked and stabbed an officer named Ricardo Castillo. XXL shared a press release from the Miami police department detailing their account.
Apparently, Castillo and several officers had received a call from Mango’s Cafe, after claims that Simms was threatening employees. Upon their arrival, Simms then proceeded to stab Castillo, prompting his fellow officers to open fire. Though Castillo was sent to the intensive care unit, his current condition is confirmed to be stable. Though Simms was also brought to the hospital, he did not survive. He did not have a local arrest record.
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Last night, Meechy Darko shared an emotional message on Instagram in homage to his father. “My heart is shattered,” he begins. “Never ever in my life felt pain like this before. I’m trying to stay strong and be tough for him. I’m filled with so many emotions right now. I don’t want to come on here for any type of sympathy. I want to spread this message. To Any and everyone out there dealing with Mental illness. Please get help.”
“This has been a Battle that My Family and I have been dealing with for over a decade, suffering in silence,” he continues. “I used to think there was strength in that…I love my father. So Much. Never once was ever ashamed of him despite what may have been going through mentally or what he may have thought in his head.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Meechy Darko in this difficult time.
Fan Dies During Ravens-Titans Game Saturday
The Ravens will provide more information soon.
A fan died during Saturday’s NFL playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennesse Titans, at M&T Bank Stadium, according to ESPN.
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“There was an incident at the stadium where a fan collapsed while walking on the steps of the upper deck,” Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele said. “Medical personnel arrived quickly but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.”
No other information was provided and ESPN says the Ravens will have more information as the day goes on.
The Ravens lost in a shocking blow out 28-12. “I think you have to look at yourself in the mirror, and I think this team’s identity right now is to get in the playoffs and choke,” Ravens’ cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. “It is what it is. This is just the hard truth.”
Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson added, “I don’t really care about what they say. This is my second year in the league. Most people [aren’t] able to bring it to the playoffs. I don’t really worry about [what] people say. We’re going to keep going [and] get ready for next year.”
Two people were found dead during 2019 at M&T Bank Stadium in port-a-potties, one in February and one in December.
Mother of Atatiana Jefferson, Woman Killed By Police In Her Home, Dies In Same House
RIP Yolanda Carr.
The loss of life is always a somber subject.The family of Atatiana Jefferson, the young lady who was murdered in her own home by Officer Aaron Dean, has been hit with another tragedy. Yolanda Carr, Atatiana’s mother, passed away Thursday morning in the same Fort Worth home where her daughter was killed in October, according to Time and confirmed by lawyer Lee Merritt. The cause of Carr’s death is not known, but she had been getting treatment for congestive heart failure. “They’ve been reeling from one tragedy to the next,” Merritt said of the family. The killing of Atatiana made national headlines, once again highlighting cases of abuse of power or extreme recklessness by police officers.
Atatiana moved in with her mother to help take care of her while she was ill. She was shot through the window of the home by Officer Dean, who was responding to a call about an open door. In the bodycam footage, Dean does not identify himself before opening fire. In the days after the killing, Dean quit the police force and was charged with murder. Carr was without her daughter as a caregiver in the following months, adding to the downward spiral of her health.
Nick Gordon, Boyfriend Of The Late Bobbi Kristina Brown, Has Died
Gordon died of a suspected drug overdose.
After the death of former NBA commissioner David Stern and rapper Lexii Alijai, it appears the bad news on New Year’s Day keeps coming. According to TMZ, Nick Gordon, the boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown who was found legally responsible for her death, has passed away. He was 30 years old. Nick’s brother, Jack Walker Jr., delivered the news, writing, “GOD WHY I DID I HAVE TO LOSE MY BROTHER ON NEW YEARS… All I can do is cry.” TMZ claims that Gordon was hospitalized before his death and his brother Walker stated that he was at his brother’s hospital bedside and spoke to him in his final moments. Reports say Gordon died of a suspected drug overdose.
Controversy arose when Gordon and a friend found Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina face down in a bathtub in January of 2015. She was placed in an induced coma, but suffered irreversible brain damage and never recovered. She passed away in hospice care on July 26, 2015. Bobbi Kristina’s family sued Gordon for wrongful death, and he was found responsible for her death. He was ordered to pay her estate $36 million. It is unfortunate that both Gordon and Bobbi Kristina’s lives were taken at such a young age.