34-year-old Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his home in Bandra, Mumbai, Sunday. The cause of death appears to be suicide.
Rajput has won several best actor awards at the Indian Television Academy Awards.
Rajput’s former talent manager Disha Salian died as the result of suicide, last week.
Former Disney executive Ronnie Screwvala, who produced Rajput's film Kai Po Che!, wrote about the actor's passing on Twitter: “What goes on in our mind to give up on life – one will never know – really shattering news – RIP @itsSSR – more than an actor – great memories of our recent Kedarnath & Sonchidiya…. full of energy – always respectful of everyone around him – in a Flash and then gone too soon."
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar tweeted similar sentiments: “Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless…I remember watching #SushantSinghRajput in Chhichhore and telling my friend Sajid, its producer how much I’d enjoyed the film and wish I’d been a part of it. Such a talented actor…may God give strength to his family.”
Rajput's newest film, Dil Bechara, an official Bollywood remake of The Fault in Our Stars, is set to release soon. It's been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Daughter Of Legendary Singer Hank Williams Jr. Dies In Car Crash
The daughter of Hank Williams Jr. died in a car crash, Saturday night.
Katherine Williams-Dunning, the daughter of legendary country music singer Hank Williams Jr., died in a car crash on Saturday night.
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A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson confirmed the news to PEOPLE, explaining that Williams-Dunning was driving the vehicle, which was towing a boat, when it crossed the highway median and flipped over.
Her husband Tyler Dunning, 29, was a passenger in the vehicle and is currently at a nearby hospital.
Williams-Dunning's sister, Holly Williams, confirmed the traumatic news on Instagram.
"I have no words. On Friday morning I talked the family into taking this picture and had no idea it would be our last together with my precious little sister Katie," she captioned a post of a family photo "We all went to my great aunts funeral on Thursday whom we all loved dearly, and now are faced with another one."
"ALL we need is prayers. My daddy. My little brother. Katie’s husband (he is awake and responding don’t know injury extent yet). My niece and nephew. Her Mama. The Dunning family. All of us. So. Many. Prayers. Jesus is close. Thank you all 🙏🏼❤️ " she added.
Saturday night, her brother Sam Williams asked for prayers for Williams-Dunning and her husband: “My sister and brother in law have been In a terrible accident. Please pray for them so hard! Katie Williams and Tyler Dunning."
Cassie Mourns Loss Of Her Grandfather With Loving Tribute
Cassie paid tribute to her grandfather, whom she called “Pop,” on Instagram after he passed away recently.
Cassie is grieving her grandfather, whom she called “Pop,” after he passed away recently. On Saturday (June 13th), the singer paid tribute to her late grandpa on Instagram with some heartfelt words. “I wish I could hug you,” she wrote on a photo of the two of them smiling and holding hands. “I miss and love you, Pop. I pray that you can feel my heart. Sending all of my love to Nana and my entire family. I wish I could be with you guys right now. I love you.”
Many friends and fans offered their condolences to her and her family. Fellow artists like Kelly Rowland and Snoh Aalegra commented some heart and prayer emojis. Cassie’s husband, Alex Fine, wrote, “Such a great man.”
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Cassie and Alex were blessed late last year when they welcomed their first child together. Their daughter, Frankie Stone, was born on December 6th, 2019. Since then, Cassie has shared tons of photos of her baby girl and their beautiful family on social media. Her most recent shot of little Frankie was posted last month on May 19th. She captioned the photo with the symbols for each of their zodiac signs: Virgo for Cassie (August 26th, 1986) and Sagittarius for Frankie.
Jas Waters AKA JasFly Cause Of Death Revealed
May her soul find peace.
Celebrated TV writer and journalist Jas Waters, also known as JasFly, passed away earlier this week at the age of 39. Now, her cause of death has been revealed as a suicide.
Representatives and friends close to Waters confirmed of her passing on Wednesday, and the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office is now publicly disclosing the details of the writer’s sudden death.
The coroner’s office declared the cause of death as suicide by hanging, and the case is now closed.
An unforgettable individual, Waters’ profound contributions to journalism and television will live on.
A statement from her representatives at Rain Management read, “It is with extremely heavy hearts that all of us at RMG mourn the life of our client and friend, Jas Waters. Jas was a talented and gifted writer. She was an amazing person and a sweet soul who will be forever missed. Her voice is something that we greatly need at this time, and although she is no longer with us, her impact will be felt for countless years to come. Rest in peace, Jas.”
Since the news of her passing was confirmed on Twitter Wednesday by longtime friend and fellow writer Sade Sellers, social media has been flooded with tributes to the beloved powerhouse. Here are some highlights.
May she rest in peace.
DJ Premier Mourns Loss Of Mother After Recent Passing
DJ Premier revealed that his 91-year-old mother has passed away, almost exactly two years after he lost his father.
DJ Premier shared some sad news with the world on Thursday (June 11th). The legendary producer and DJ revealed that his mother passed away earlier this week, around two years after he lost his father back in 2018. Preemo broke the news on Instagram, by sharing a photo of his own hand holding his mother's manicured hand. "My Angel Just Got Her Wings..." he wrote. "I'm So Glad I Made It Here To Say Goodbye...The Caretakers Love You So Much That They Just Did Your Nails and Feet Before Your Last Breath...That's How A Queen Gets Handled."
"I LOVE YOU MOMMA..." he continued. "91 YEARS OF LOVE...YOU DID THE DAMN THANG!DADDY IS WAITIN FOR YOU!" Preemo shared a similar mourning post when his father passed away around this time in 2018.
"A RARE BREED..." he wrote on a photo of him holding his father's hand. "YOU WAITED FOR US AND YOU TOOK YOUR LAST BREATH PEACEFULLY IN YOUR OWN HOME THE WAY YOU WANTED... GLAD WE WERE HERE IN THE HOUSE TO SEE YOU GET YOUR WINGS... LOVE YOU DAD! R.I.P."
RIP to Preemo's parents. We're sending our love to him and his family during this difficult time.
Joe Budden, SZA, & More Mourn The Loss Of Writer Jas Fly
Joe Budden, SZA, and more paid tribute to Jas Waters AKA Jas Fly, hip hop journalist and TV writer who passed away this week.
Joe Budden, SZA, and more shared some beautiful messages about their late friend, Jas Waters, also known as Jas Fly, who passed away earlier this week at 39 years old. The news broke on Wednesday (June 10th) that Jas, a prominent hip hop journalist and TV writer for shows like This Is Us and Kidding, had died. Although her cause of death is still unknown, the news was devastating for those who knew and loved Jas. Many took to social media to pay their respects.
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Late Wednesday night, Joe took to Instagram to remember Jas. "Many of us are in a lot of pain tonight," he wrote on a photo of Jas, "and the person who would know the perfect thing to say to brighten our spirits has gone home..... i love you, trust you and will miss you.. Rest peacefully Queen Jas."
SZA also paid tribute to Jas on social media by retweeting one of her old tweets with a kind message. "You had a purpose before anyone had an opinion," Jas had written back in 2015. "Remember that. And when asked 'who do you think you are?' answer 'whom I was created to be.'" SZA quoted this wisdom with, "Thank you for your time here and honest perfectly put words. Rest in Love queen."
Fellow writer Issa Rae took to Twitter as well to tell a story about the first time she got an interview with Jas. "I‘ll never forget being so excited to get an interview w/ @JasFly for Necole Bitchie back when I was working on ABG," Issa recalled. "I could feel her warmth through the phone. Over the years, I got to know & appreciate her even more. She was so generous, beautiful and REAL. I’ll miss you, girl."
Hip Hop Journalist & Screenwriter Jas Waters AKA JasFly Passes Away
May she rest in power.
The celebrated TV writer, director, journalist and television personality Jas Waters, also known as JasFly, has passed away at the age of 39.
While the cause of death is still unknown at the time, close friends of Waters shared the news of her death on Wednesday. Waters was born Jasmine Waters in Illinois, and later graduated from Columbia College Chicago. At the time of the of her passing, she was living in Los Angeles where she worked on TV shows for various networks including VH-1, Comedy Central, and Showtime. Most notably, Waters has worked on This Is Us, Spiderman 1 & 2, Hardball, Save the Last Dance, MTV’s Real World, and Barbershop 1 & 2.
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Waters’ contribution to journalism was also profound, she created and ran her own entertainment blog for three years that averaged 700,000 views a day. She was one of the most recognizable women in hip hop when the blog scene was first starting. Additionally, Waters was offered her own column in VIBE Magazine in 2013.
Social media was immediately flooded with tributes to the beloved powerhouse, shocked at the devastating news. Longtime friend and fellow writer Sade Sellers confirmed the news on her own Twitter account, writing, “Absolutely devastated to confirm @JasFly‘s passing. She was such a light. Offered me advice about writing so many times— prayers to her family.”
Below are some reactions to her sudden death from colleagues and friends.
Rest in Peace JasFly.
Joe Rogan Remembers Anthony Bourdain On Anniversary Of His Death
Joe Rogan takes a moment to reflect on Anthony Bourdain’s passing on the anniversary of his death.
Anthony Bourdain passed away a year ago today, to the surprise of many, after taking his own life. The famous chef and TV personality was 61 years old when he hanged himself. As details came to light following his death, it was revealed that he did suffer from depression, while there were no narcotics in his system at the time he died.
In reflecting on Bourdain today, Rogan expressed his admiration for Bourdain, and equally, his regret that he wasn’t able to help Bourdain through whatever he was dealing with at the time. “I really admired Bourdain, and I couldn’t imagine that a guy like him would ever get to the point where he would want to take his own life. I just thought he was one of the coolest people alive and that his perspective and insight would navigate him through the most difficult of waters that many people encounter in life,” Rogan wrote, before adding: “To this day I’ll think about him and wonder if I could have steered him into a better place if I was around during his last day.”
In the image of the post, Rogan shared a piece of original artwork that hangs on the wall at this podcast studio, serving as a constant reminder of Bourdain.
Check out his IG post below.
George Floyd Will Be Laid To Rest In Texas Hometown, Says Houston’s Mayor
George Floyd will be buried in the city of Houston, Texas where he was raised in the Third Ward.
He may have lost his life in Minneapolis, but George Floyd will reportedly be laid to rest in Houston, Texas. The civil unrest in American cities has boiled over into other organizations using the protest of police brutality as a way to incite riots and violence. As many major cities crackdown on the gathering of protesters, to the extent of enacting early evening curfews, George Floyd’s family prepares to lay the 46-year-old to rest.
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As we all know, Floyd was killed after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck for nearly nine minutes along with three other officers who either looked away or held Floyd down while he was handcuffed. While the city’s medical examiner determined many contributing factors including substance abuse and health conditions caused Floyd’s death, famed and respected forensic pathologist Michael Baden recently came forward with new findings. According to Dr. Baden, George Floyd died of asphyxiation.
It’s being reported by CBS News that Floyd will be buried in his hometown of Houston where he was raised in the Third Ward. “This is the same city that George Floyd grew up in, and his body will be returning to this city,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. A GoFundMe account created by Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd has already amassed $5 million.
“This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George,” Philonise stated. “A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”
Bob Kulick, Guitarist For Kiss & More, Dies At 70
Guitarist Bob Kulick has passed away at the age of 70.
The guitarist for the band Kiss, Bob Kulick, has passed away at the age of 70. His brother announced his passing on Twitter, Friday.
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“I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this sad time. RIP,” Bruce Kalick wrote on Twitter.
Kulick was born in Brooklyn in 1950. He first auditioned for Kiss in the 1970s, but didn't land the role of lead-guitarist; however, he would remain connected to the band and worked on several albums throughout their discography.
“We are heartbroken. Our deepest condolences to the Kulick family in this difficult time,” the band posted on Twitter.
Kulick also worked with W.A.S.P., Lou Reed, and Meat Loaf’s touring band, the Neverland Express. He is also known for co-writing the “Sweet Victory” song for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants. The song was played during Super Bowl LIII.
Sons Of Apollo keyboardist Derek Sherinian wrote on Twitter, "I am very sad to hear about the passing of Bob Kulick. I played on several tribute records in the 90s that Bob produced. My condolences to his family and especially Bruce. R.I.P."
A cause of death has not been confirmed.