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Lari White Dies of Cancer; Country Singer Was 52

Lari White, a Grammy-winning country artist best known for such hits as “Now I Know” and “That’s My Baby,” died on Tuesday after a brief battle with cancer.

She was 52 years old.

The passing of White, who rose to fame after appearing on Jim Ed Brown’s “You Can Be a Star” talent show, was confirmed in a sad note left by her mother, Yvonne.

It reads as follows:

Last night all her Family-of-Origin circled round her bed, saying our goodbyes to Lari, loving her, praying, sending her messages of support and gratitude. Her Dad gave her his loving foot massage.

[Husband] Chuck and their three children joined with us, and it was such a comfort to all of us to be ‘Together Again’ around Lari.

Chuck and their children bathed her in the same love and care all night long they have given to her for four months. At 4:44 this morning, Lari peacefully took her ‘Rain Walk.’

A Florida native, White signed a recording contract with Capitol Nashville shortly after winning the aforementioned Brown-hosted reality program.

However, the singer was dropped from that label after releasing just one track.

She later became back-up singer for Rodney Crowell and then signed a new deal with RCA, which produced her hit 1993 album, “Lead Me Not.”

A year later, she released her second record and, along with it, her three biggest singles:

  • “That’s My Baby” hit number-10 on the Country Songs Billboard Chart.
  • “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love)” accomplished this same feat.
  • And so did “Now I Know.”

White was also known being for a cast member in the 2006 Broadway musical “Ring of Fire.”

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The musician revealed in November of last year that she had been diagnosed with peritoneal cancer.

Tragically, her condition quickly worsened from there.

On January 19, her mother announced that White had entered hospice care, writing at the time:

There is so much I could say about Lari, but multitudes of you have said it already. 

God gave us a very special gift when he sent this incredible baby to a young, inexperienced…and frightened!…couple  …But in spite of this,  we loved her with all our hearts. 

From the beginning, we knew that she was ‘something else’…wise and funny, intelligent and super-talented…so loving, kind and compassionate…with a heart as big as all of Heaven. 

I have never known a person who did not love her and respect her, as evidenced by the great outpouring of love and concern of so many people.  Every role she has played in Life has been superb, and most of all, her role as Mother. 

We are blessed to be her Family.  Chuck and their three children are blessed to have her as Wife and Mother. Thank you, God, for Lari!

In response to White’s passing, a number of artists expressed sorrow and sadness on Twitter.

To wit:

responses to White

White is survived by her husband, Nashville songwriter Chuck Cannon, and three children.

Funeral arrangements are pending

We send our condolences to the singer’s family and we hope she is resting in peace.

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Ami Brown Reveals the Truth About Her Cancer

Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown’s health has seemed to take a turn for the better.

Some fans wonder if her cancer was cured in a Christmas miracle. Others wonder if she ever really had cancer to begin with.

Ami Brown is speaking out directly, for the first time in a long time.

In a new interview with PeopleAmi Brown describes how her battle with cancer has come to, for now, a happy ending.

Of her meeting with her doctor, Ami says:

“I was expecting great news.”

That might make her the only one. Just a few months earlier, Billy Brown had described Ami’s condition as “grim.” And the couple’s youngest daughter, Rain Brown, admitted that she didn’t know if her mom would make it.

But it sounds like Ami knew her own body.

“I could just feel it.”

Ami reveals that “all signs” of the cancer that had spread through her lungs and her back had vanished.

Billy Brown notes that he wasn’t the only one surprised by the good news:

“The doctors were as shocked as we were.”

As you know, cancer treatments like the radiation and chemo that Ami experienced can be hell on the body. Ami found herself unable to eat 

She had dropped to 77 pounds, which is a life-threatening weight for an adult.

We’re all happy to hear that Ami is back up to 104 pounds (she’s still tiny, folks), and is once again enjoying midnight snacks.

Ami admits that it’s not all rainbows and roses, or whatever. It’s just better.

“I’m still a little weak and tired and I get a little sickly, but I do some walking around the house now.”

Compared to how things were, though, she’s walking on sunshine.

“My last treatment was December 7 and it took about a month for the pain to go away. It was so bad and the radiation treatment hurt so badly.”

Fighting for your life is agonizing.

“To take a sip of water just hurt so bad and I couldn’t eat anything. It progressed in strength, the hurting.”

A major thing impacted what Ami’s diet.

“I went from [eating] ice cream and mashed potatoes and stuff to [eating] nothing at all. I’d like to develop a protein sucker for people.”

But she’s turned all of that around.

“But now I’m so hungry. I used to not be a big food person but now I am so appreciative of food.”

(Some folks spend every day in anticipation of their next meal, but for others, it’s just a thing that they do. We guess that the latter perspective lends itself better to living in the wilderness)

As for what food Ami is eating now?

“Chicken, salmon, meatloaf, rice, and enchiladas. It was so hard just to get to 80 lbs. and then 90, to actually get to 100 was incredible.”

But let’s be totally clear about this: her cancer is “gone” but remission is not a forever-cure. People who beat cancer face an increased chance of cancer returning.

Ami knows that.

“I have to go in every three months now for the rest of my life and be scanned to see if it’s back or not.”

Four times a year, every year, she’s going to be bracing for the worst possible news.

“It’s going to be a part of my life forever.”

Ami takes the opportunity to speak to her fans about how her faith was a source of comfort during this ordeal.

Like so many reality stars, Ami Brown is a Christian. She says:

“But I want to encourage people to enjoy every moment and walk every moment with God because he knows what it’s about.”

And she has a very succinct piece of advice:

“Never give up faith.”

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Ami Brown: Did She Ever Really Have Cancer?

Sometimes, a small but vocal minority of viewers and “fans” can’t even take good news without trying to turn it into something that it isn’t.

And that seems to be what’s happening with Alaskan Bush People as they respond to updates on Ami Brown’s cancer battle.

The minute that she doesn’t look like she’s dying, some people have the audacity to question whether Ami ever really had cancer to begin with.

The Alaskan Bush People star and family matriarch Ami Brown has been battling lung cancer. Real, actual lung cancer.

Throughout this fight, even Ami’s own children haven’t been sure if their mom is going to make it.

Obviously, as reality stars with a long and successful career, the Brown family could afford the best kind of care. They even moved to a Beverly Hills mansion so that Ami could be near a hospital and could be comfortable while recovering.

Fans wanted Ami to recover, which is why a photo of Billy Brown ignited controversy when fans noticed that he was still proudly displaying his carton of cigarettes while his wife battles lung cancer.

With the Alaskan Bush People Christmas Special, fans and viewers learned some very good news: that Ami Brown was finished with treatment and her doctor declared that she was doing much better.

The non-fan page Alaskan Bush People Exposed shared this post:

“Ami Update: I’ve been seeing in a lot of other groups and articles that she is 100% cancer free.”

That’s not true. But there is wonderful news.

“I would like to set the record straight. Ami is officially in remission and for now chemo is over.”

That’s a huge — and pleasant — surprise for many fans who weren’t expecting good news.

Alaskan Bush People Exposed continues, writing:

“That doesn’t mean she lied about having cancer or faked having cancer.”

Obviously. It’s not that no one ever lies about this kind of thing, folks. But … clearly, Ami was not.

So, what’s Ami’s status?

“All it simply means is that she is in remission and will be monitored by her doctors very closely.”

Remission is not the same as being magically cured by a Christmas miracle, folks.

“Like most people dealing with cancer it is something that Ami will have to deal with for the rest of her life and to suggest anything else is irresponsible and utter nonsense.”

Ami will have to be vigilant for cancer to once again manifest for the rest of her life. Her chances of having cancer are 40% higher than that of someone who doesn’t have cancer.

Sometimes, people who’ve “beaten” cancer find that just a few months or years later, cancer returns. Sometimes, it’s worse the second time around.

As we already told you, Alaskan Bush People Exposed shared that Ami had a “setback” following the filming of the Christmas special:

“Shortly after Thanksgiving she suffered a brief setback and was very ill. She is doing better now and back on the mend.”

That may have simply been an illness, as the ravages of both chemo and cancer can leave someone susceptible to everyday ailments.

Of course, some people still have questions. One comment replying to Alaskan Bush People Exposed’s clarifying post reads:

“You have to go 5 years to be officially ‘cancer free’. As of right now she is in remission.”

This commenter finds all of this suspicious.

“I just don’t see how someone that is stage 4 was able to be cancer free so fast. Remember stage 4 means the cancer metastasized to other parts of the body.”

And then he writes:

“The 5 year survival rate is less then 10%. I’m glad she is doing well but it doesn’t add up.”

One, perhaps Ami Brown was lucky and beat the odds.

Two, perhaps Amy Brown is a reality star who can afford the best care.

Three, and we hate to mention this, but his “concerns” about the 5 years survival rate may be addressed if Ami Brown doesn’t make it to 2023.

Beating cancer doesn’t mean that she’ll live to be 80. Or 70. And maybe not even 60.

(Ami will turn 55 in August of this year)

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Jill Zarin Loses Husband to Cancer, Releases Moving Statement

Bobby Zarin has lost his battle against cancer.

The husband of Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin, Bobby passed away on Saturday while surrounded by family members and loved ones.

He was 71 years old.

In tribute to her late soulmate, Jill posted an official statement on her website on behalf of the family.

It reads as follows:

“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.

“There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone for all your love, and support during this difficult time.”

Along with this simple and sentimental message, the website included a photo of Bobby in a suit.

Here it is:

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Bobby Zarin was initially diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009.

He went on to have his thyroid removed, while also undergoing radioactive iodine treatment in an attempt to overcome the very serious illness.

“He’s in a better place now,” said friend and fellow Bravo personality Ramona Singer to E! News.

In July of 2015, Bobby spoke to People Magazine about the diagnosis and treatment.

“The radioactive iodine usually kills off whatever undetectable cancer cells are left in your body after surgery,” he explained at the time, adding:

“We thought it was cured – and it usually is in about 93 percent of cases. But I wasn’t able to absorb the radioactive iodine. So it came back.”

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In emotional footage shared on her Instagram page back on December 3, Jill discussed how her husband was in the hospital and “was [doing] okay.”

But she clearly knew the end was sadly near.

“I’m just going to miss Bobby,” she said tearfully in this video. “I’m going to miss my life with him.”

Although the Real Housewives of New York City veteran tried to be optimistic throughout Bobby’s treatment, she said “his cancer took an unexpected turn” over the summer.

In July of last year, Bobby was admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he recovered from a procedure related to his disease.

“He is not going down without a fight,” Jill told People. “We’re hoping for a miracle.”

The couple was married for 17 years at the time of Bobby’s death.

In addition to Jill, Bobby is survived by his children – David Zarin, 41, Jennifer Zarin, 38, Jonathan Zarin, 35; along with 25-year-old stepdaughter Ally Shapiro.

A service for Bobby will be held at a Riverside Memorial at a yet-to-be determined date.

Our thoughts go out to Jill Zarin and all others affected by this tragedy.

May Bobby Zarin rest in peace.

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Mackenzie McKee Reveals Mother’s Heartbreaking Brain Cancer Diagnosis

You probably know Mackenzie McKee best for her time on Teen Mom 3, and for her subsequent wild and crazy antics.

But today, Mackenzie is in the news for a different, much more upsetting reason …

It’s because she just revealed that her mother, Angie Douthit, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

It sounds like the family just got the news on Tuesday — that night, Mackenzie tweeted “Haven’t cried this hard in over ten years. By far the worst night of my life.”

A few hours later, she asked “all prayer warriors” to “please pray for my mom.”

“What we thought was bronchitis turned out to be 3 masses on her brain, 1 large imone in her lungs and multiple blood clots,” she explained.

“We are in shock and devastated. She has brain surgery tomorrow. I’m sick. I’m so sick and want to wake up from this nightmare.”

Yesterday, Angie did have the brain surgery, but TMZ reports that things are even worse than they previously thought.

Doctors found two more lesions in her brain, as well as multiple masses in her lungs. She’s been diagnosed with stage four brain cancer.

The family has made a GoFundMe account to help with the costs of treatment — remember, although Mackenzie was a Teen Mom, the girls from Teen Mom 3 only filmed for one season, and they never made the money the other moms did.

In the information for the fundraiser, Angie’s family explains that her tumors “cover almost the entire brain,” and the cancer “started in her lungs with several masses and spread to her brain.”

“Angie has always been the healthiest person,” she “doesn’t smoke and never did,” and she also abstains from alcohol, eats organic, and runs marathons, “so this has come as a complete shock to the family.”

In an update, it was revealed that Angie will get an MRI and a bone scan today, along with a few other tests, to determine the course of treatments.

In another heartbreaking update, Angie herself wrote that her family had given her running gear for Christmas, and “Since I can’t run right now, I challenge all of u to run for me tomorrow believing that I will soon get to run and wear my new things.”

Yesterday, Mackenzie shared a collage of photos of her mother on Instagram, calling her “the most amazing woman I know.”

Angie Douthit Collage

“She taught me everything I know. She is the only reason I am the woman I am today. I love you Mom. I’m devastated, I’m angry, I’m shook, I can’t breathe.”

“You are everything,” she finished. “Please pray.”

In a statement she gave to Us Weekly, Mackenzie echoed the information on Angie’s GoFundMe page, saying “She is the healthiest person I know. Eats healthier than me. Always organic.”

“Doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, she is a school teacher so she has no money. She runs marathons and works out two to three times a day. This does not run in our family.”

“I am so sad,” she continued. “I can barely breathe. I can not lose her.”

“She did ask that I blog her whole journey and make a documentary in case something does happen we will always have that. I know God will use her to speak to others.”

Mackenzie does seem intent on documenting everything so far — her last update was a couple of hours ago on Twitter, where she wrote “Does your body ever run out of tears?”

Best wishes for her and her family as they go through this tragic ordeal.

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