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Roy Halladay Makes Hall of Fame Ballot … 1 Year After Death

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No surprise here … but Roy Halladay has officially been placed on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame … 1 year after his tragic death in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico. 

Halladay’s nomination was NOT advanced due to his death — he last pitched in 2013, satisfying the usual 5-year waiting period. 

Most experts agree Halladay is a 1st ballot lock — since he was an 8-time All-Star and won 2 Cy Young Awards during his 15-year MLB career.  

In 2010, Halladay famously threw the 2nd no-hitter in MLB postseason history — when the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS. 

Halladay died on Nov. 7, 2017 while piloting a new ICON A5 single passenger amphibious plane over the Gulf of Mexico. 

Witnesses had said Halladay was flying dangerously and lost control of the plane — which eventually plunged into the water. 

Halladay was 40-years-old. 

Other big names on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot include Mariano Rivera, Todd Helton and Andy Pettitte

Pettitte could be an interesting one to watch considering he admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career. 

The results of the HOF voting will be announced in January. 

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Dennis Hof No Drugs Found at Death Scene … Was Healthy Weeks Before

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Dennis Hof was the picture of health before his untimely death, and there are no obvious signs he was under the influence when he died … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us no drugs or alcohol were found near Hof’s body Tuesday when paramedics arrived at his Love Ranch home in Crystal, Nevada. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Sources close to the late owner of the famous Bunny Ranch brothels say Hof did not drink or take drugs of any kind — and insist even his signature cigar was fake. 

Also interesting … we’re told 72-year-old Hof was given a clean bill of health just 2 weeks ago after undergoing cataract surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Our sources say Hof appeared to be in tip-top shape last weekend during his birthday celebrations.

We’re told friends became concerned Tuesday when they weren’t able to get a hold of him, as sources say he was always up by 4:30 AM and easily reachable by cell unless he had company.

Since he wasn’t answering Tuesday, his pals assumed that was the case … until Ron Jeremy discovered his body at his home around 11 AM. 

Hof was in the middle of a campaign for State Assembly in Nevada before he passed.


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Lil Xan Announces Plans to Enter Rehab On One-Year Anniversary of Lil Peep’s Death

Lil Xan’s stage name might be inspired by his love of prescription medications, but it seems the death of several close friends has caused the rapper to realize that recreational pill-popping can have deadly consequences.

According to TMZ, Xan (nee Diego Leanos) has announced plans to enter rehab in order to seek help for an addiction to opioids.

It’s no coincidence that he reached the decision to enter treatment exactly one year after fellow emcee Lil Peep was found dead of an overdose.

And sadly, at the age of 22, Leanos has been impacted by the opioid crisis multiple times.

Rapper Mac Miller, who died of an overdose in September was a close friend and mentor of Xan’s.

Leanos has stated that he decided to get sober not long after learning of Miller’s passing.

He says he’s recently been hard at work on an album that he describes as a tribute to Miller.

But apparently, Leanos realizes that his health needs to take priority over his work, as he announced today that he’ll be putting that project on hold in order to focus on getting sober:

“I just dropped out of SoundCloud Uni to go to rehab, I leave in like 5 days and I couldn’t be happier with this choice,” Xan wrote on Instagram today.

“I love you guys for being so supportive and can’t wait too get back clean headed ready to Finish my album!”

The decision comes just days after Xan opened up about his ongoing substance abuse issues in an interview with TMZ:

“I relapsed, and that’s common … Any other addict would understand that sh-t just happens,” Leanos told the outlet.

“You just relapse. You don’t want to. It’s a process. You need treatment and help, and sometimes that doesn’t even help.”

Xan made it clear in recent interviews that while he is not as “strung out” as he’s been in the past, he has still not achieved the sobriety he aspires to:

“I’m not completely clean. Off Xanax, yes, but I’m still weaning off Norcos [a brand of codeine-based painkiller],” he said.

While fans have been supportive of Xan’s decision, many expressed hope that he would decide to check into rehab immediately, rather than waiting until next week.

We wish him all the best as he embarks upon the long road to recovery.

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Tamera Mowry Offered Condolences on Niece’s Death from The Real Co-Hosts

Heartbreaking news came as yet another mass shooting claimed 12 innocent lives, this time in Thousand Oaks, California.

Alaina Housley, niece of Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley, was among those slain in this horrific attack.

Now, Tamera’s co-hosts on The Real are releasing statements of sorrow and comfort on social media.

Loni Love broke the tragic news to her followers.

“Unfortunately Alaina was one of the victims in the mass shooting,” she shared.

Loni asked her fans to “please keep The Housley’s in your prayers at this time.”

She sent her own “positive thoughts and prayers to all the families right now waiting to hear about their loved ones from the #borderlinemassshooting.”

“I really don’t know what to say other than I love this girl with all my heart,” Loni continued.

“And,” Loni shared. “I’d give my life right now for a miracle.”

“My sweet, sweet Alaina,” Loni wrote in a subsequent post. “Oh how I miss you. Oh how I miss u.”

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Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Houghton shared almost identical posts to their Instagram Stories.

“Please join us in praying for Alaina Housley,” the message shared by both of them begins.

The message appears to be part of a pre-made e-card designed to ask for prayers.

“Praying for all the families hurting,” the script says.

“Today Lord, we cry out to you on behalf of all those [whose] hearts are hurting,” the message continues.

The message also notes that they are praying for “My dear friends Tamera, Adam, and the whole Housley family.”

At least some parts of the message may have been sent out before it was confirmed that Alaina had died.

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The Real also issued a statement.

“The Real is heartbroken for the victims of the senseless tragedy in Thousand Oaks,” the statement begins.

The statement continues: “which included Alaina Housley, the niece of Tamera and Adam Housley.”

“We send prayers and strength to all the victims’ families and their community,” The Real says.

“As well as our gratitude to the first responders,” the statement adds.

In conclusion, The Real writes: “We send all our love and our deepest condolences to the Housleys, our family, during this difficult time.”

Tamera and Adam issued their own statement.

“Our hearts are broken,” the couple shared. “We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks.”

“Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her,” they affirm.

The statement continues: “and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner.”

“We thank everyone for your prayers,” they conclude. “And ask for privacy at this time.”

We know that a lot of statements of grief can sound impersonal. That is okay. People need time to grieve.

No one is suggesting that Alaina’s death is more tragic than the horrific murders of the 11 other innocents.

But it’s important to recognize how outrageously common mass shootings have become. They occur on an almost daily basis within the United States.

They’re so common that anyone, even one of those rare individuals with a famous relative, could fall victim.

In fact, some of those who survived the Thousand Oaks shooting — and at least one of those who died — were also survivors of last year’s Las Vegas shooting.

This should not be how the world is. This is devastating.

Our hearts go out to the dead, the wounded, the survivors, and the loved ones of everyone involved.

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