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Brad Pitt: “Devastated” By Deaths of Chris Cornell, Brad Grey

It’s been a rough year for Brad Pitt. 

The actor admits that in the wake of his high-profile divorce from Angelina Jolie, he fell into a deep depression, and began self-medicating heavily.

After seeking treatment, Pitt recently revealed that he’s sober and working again but just days after assuring fans that he’s back on his feet, the beloved screen icon was struck by a pair of devastating blows.

Two major figures in the world of entertainment passed away in the past week, and while one was much a more recognized name than the other, both were close friends of Pitt’s, who is reportedly devastated by their loss.

The first was producer Brad Grey, a former business partner of Brad’s, who passed on Monday at he age of 59.

As Pitt was reportedly still reeling from the loss of a man he considered one of his closest friends, he got news that Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell had been found dead in a Detroit hotel room. 

Pitt has spoken at length about what a huge fan he is of Cornell’s music:

“I’m a big Chris Cornell addict, anything he does,” Brad told Cinema Confidential magazine when asked about his favorite music.

More importantly, however, Cornell and Pitt were friends.

Their kids attended one another’s birthday parties, and Pitt joined Cornell on stage during a benefit concert in January.

“I get to introduce a very, very good friend of mine and someone I’ve known for quite a while, and I’m a huge fan of, Mr. Chris Cornell,” Pitt told the crowd.

The back-to-back deaths of two of his best friends has reportedly shaken Pitt to his core.

“He is devastated and in shock,” a source tells E! News.

“He is trying to process the loss of two great friends. This has hit him very hard.”

In the case of Grey, Pitt was reportedly one of a select view who was aware of the Paramount mogul’s illness.

The knowledge of his friend’s health issues, reportedly did little to soften the blow for Brad:

“With Brad Grey, Brad Pitt was one of the few people who knew he was sick. Grey was told he had a few weeks to live, but he didn’t even get that long. He was gone way too soon,” says one insider.

Sources say Brad will continue to use therapy and the emotional he gained in rehab to get through this extraordinarily difficult time.

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13 Biggest Celebrity Stories of 2016: Deaths, Breakups & the Donald!

2016. At this point, we don't even need to make a joke here, right?

Those four numbers are setup, punchline, and Shakespearean tragedy all rolled into one.

For the celebrity world, the year was one long series of unfortunate events, both minor (See: the Brangelina split) and staggeringly major (See: the incredible number of celebrity deaths that shook the entertainment world to its foundations).

This may have been the year a reality TV host became the leader of the free world, but that certainly wasn't the only celeb story that had our jaws on the floor.

Check out the gallery below for the most shocking (and baffling) Hollywood events from 12 months that will live in infamy:

1. A Year of Tragedy

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Prince, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen, Christina Grimmie … The amount of loss in Hollywood this year was staggering. Each of those names constituted a massive story in his or her own right.

2. Taylor Swift Drops Calvin Harris For Tom Hiddleston

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Taylor Swift has material for her next 17 albums after this year. The singer made tabloid headlines when she dumped Calvin Harris for Tom Hiddleston … whom she proceeded to date for about 4 seconds.

3. Miley & Liam: Together Again!

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are once againheaded for the altar. The couple previously broke off their engagement in 2013.

4. Johnny Depp & Amber Heard: One Ugly Divorce

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It wasn’s shocking that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage didn’t last long. It was shocking that heard claimed the beloved actor abused her throughout their relationship.

5. Beyonce Hints at Marital Trouble With Lemonade

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Beyonce dropped the most epic diss album of all time … and it was targeted at her husband, Jay Z. Months later, the world is still wondering about the identity of Becky With the Good Hair.

6. Kim Kardashian Robbed at Gunpoint

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Kim Kardashian was relieved of $ 10 million in jewels after being held up at gunpoint in Paris. The star laid low for several weeks followint the traumatic event.

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2016 Celebrity Deaths: A Tributes to the Stars

Prince. David Bowie. Muhammed Ali. Gene Wilder. Alan Thicke, George Michael. Carrie Fisher.

There have been far too many celebrity deaths in 2016.

Before we turn the calendar and hope for better in the new year, however, here's a look back at some of the most memorable tributes from living stars to those that left us too soon…

1. Joanna Kerns on Alan Thicke

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Alan had this way about him. He was handsome, cocky, and fiercely intelligent, but he was no saint. That was what made him so much fun. He lived to connect with people, and even more important, he loved to make them laugh. He was happiest when he could perform. It’s very hard to have a self-deprecating humor about the silliness in yourself, but he could do it better than anybody… Growing Pains was a gift. It lifted us both out of insecurity and changed my life forever. Best of all, it introduced me to Alan. He was my mentor and friend, and I loved him.

2. Henry Winkler on Garry Marshall

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Wisdom. Generosity. No-nonsense. Warm. Funny. Loyal. These are the words that frame his life. He carved his own avenue through the world… I will never get over missing him. I will never get over the gratitude that I have that I was able to have him in my life.

3. Barbra Streisand on Pat Conroy

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Do you know how you just feel comfortable with some people immediately? That’s how I felt with Pat. I wanted to hear his stories: about his father, his mother, his family, his whole life. I was greedy for any detail that would help me flesh out the characters and understand his world. After I showed the movie to Pat, he wrote me a long, beautiful letter that I will treasure forever, and one of the lines was, ‘You gave me my book back to me.’ At the very end, he said, ‘Let me tell you this: I love the movie version of The Prince of Tides. I simply love it. The book has many flaws based on basic flaws of my character. But the movie sings and soars.

4. Sheila E. on Prince

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You’re first attracted by the melody of what he’s created, and then you start singing those lyrics. It was just incredible how he would talk about something so personal and specific, but in a way that you’re thinking, ‘Wait. What did he just say?’ Some of the rock & roll bands did that as well, but he did it in a different way. He was an amazing songwriter and, I think, one of the greatest guitar players ever.

5. Ray Romano on Doris Roberts

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She played this woman who was intrusive, jealous, and overbearing, who could have easily been hated by the audience. But they adored her because she showed where it came from — love. That’s who she was in real life.

6. Paul McCartney on George Martin

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I can’t think of anyone who was as good a producer and whose input was as significant to a band as George Martin was to us.

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