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Celebrities Who Died in 2018: From Aretha to Anthony…

Below is a tribute to celebrities we have lost in the year 2018.

These entertainers are gone, but will never be forgotten by their fans.

May they rest in eternal peace.

1. Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain, world traveler, celebrity chef and CNN journalist, was found dead at the age of 61 in June. There was perhaps no greater star in the food world, and no more unique an individual around.

2. Aretha Franklin

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Arguably the greatest singer EVER, Franklin died in August after a brave battle against cancer.

3. Kate Spade

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Kate Spade is pictured here back in 2008. The designer very sadly killed herself years later at the age of 55.

4. Mark Salling

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Mark Salling took his own life. The Glee star was 35.

5. Jerry Van Dyke

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May Jerry Van Dyke rest in peace. The actor, pictured here in 2002, has died at the age of 86.

6. Dolores O’Riordan

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has passed away. She was just 46 years old.

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Dennis Shields Nearly Proposed to Bethenny Frankel Before He Died: Report

Bethenny Frankel is yet to speak on the tragic death of Dennis Shields.

As previously detailed, the 51-year old died last Friday morning in his Trump Tower apartment, allegedly of an accidental Oxycodone overdose.

Shields had often been featured and discussed on The Real Housewives of New York City due to his long-term, on-again/off-again relationship with Frankel, arguably the most successful and best-known star in this entire Bravo franchise.

In fact, Frankel had only just talked about her romance with Shields on the last new installment that aired, telling Dorinda Medley that she was planning to take a 90-day break from the relationship.

But that episode was filmed many months ago.

According to Radar Online, Frankel and Shields were actually in a fairly positive place not long before the latter passed away.

So positive, in fact, that Shields was planning to propose to Frankel during the final dinner date they would ever have.

“He bought a ring and took her to dinner to feel her out and it became obvious to him that she’d never marry him and it left Dennis heart broken,” an insider tells Radar, elaborating about what transpired as follows:

Bethenny could sense that he was going to ask her to marry him and it pushed her away. So he never took it out to propose but that was his purpose.”

Wow.

That really puts things in perspective, huh?

Frankel and Shields actually met over 30 years ago.

They remained in touch and starting dating in 2016, not long after Shields split from his wife and three years after Bethenny broke up with husband Jason Hoppy.

It’s not shocking, to anyone familiar with this up-and-down relationship, that Shields could see a serious future with Frankel, while she maintain major doubts over the years.

This doesn’t mean she didn’t feel very strongly about Shields, of course.

“He was hoping the time was finally right, but just as he got his hopes up he was shot down again, and that would be the last time sadly,” Radar writes of the aforementioned meal.

As we said, Bethenny has not yet commented on his passing.

However, Dennis was still legally married to his estranged wife, Jill, saying:

“We are all heartbroken. Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life. His spirit lives on in our children. Please respect our family’s privacy at this time.”

She also Tweeted:

“Even though we did not live together, you still remained my nest friend and my husband. Not many people were able to grasp our situation but it worked for us.”

Finally, Carole Radziwill, Frankel’s former friend and occasional foil, expressed her shock and sadness on social media via the following message:

I just heard the sad news about Dennis. He was a good man. My condolences to all his family and friends. So tragic.

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We send our condolences to Frankel and to anyone who knew Dennis Shields well.

May he rest in peace.

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Joy-Anna Duggar Opens Up About Difficult Child Birth: I Could Have Died!

It’s been five months since Joy-Anna Duggar welcomed her first child.

At the time, it was reported that the birth did not go according to plan, and Joy-Anna was rushed to a nearby hospital, despite her intention to deliver the baby at home.

It’s not the first time that a Duggar woman was forced to abandon her plans for a homebirth, but Joy-Anna’s case sparked greater interest among fans than those of her older sisters,

In the corners of the internet that are devoted to all things Duggar, fans speculated that Joy-Anna’s delivery went seriously awry.

There were rumors that Jill Duggar had served as midwife, even though she lacks the proper qualifications for the job.

Some even went so far as to claim that Joy nearly lost her life.

On tonight’s episode of Counting On, Joy-Anna will open about the complicated delivery and share previously undisclosed information with her many curious fans.

 
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The episode finds Joy-Anna and her husband, Austin Forsyth, meeting with their midwife in the weeks before Joy-Anna gave birth.

“I want to have all the options available, but I’m not sure,” says at one point.

“We want a home birth, we’re going to try, but we’re not going to risk mom and baby’s life,” says Austin.

“I’m just having to remind myself not to let the fears and anxiety things take over and just prepare as best as I can and be flexible at the same time,” a very anxious-sounding Joy remarks.

Yes, it seems that Joy-Anna had her doubts about a homebirth from the very start.

Asked by producers for her feelings on the situation, Joy had this to say:

“My thoughts right now? If you ask me, I mean, they change. Sometimes I’m like, ‘I’m ready for this, I can do this!’ And then sometimes I’m like, ‘Why am I doing this?’

“It changes. But right now, I’m excited and I’m ready and I want to have this baby as soon as it’s ready to come out.”

She added:

“I really wanted to at least try it, and we’re only about 30 minutes from the hospital, so it’s not too bad in case of an emergency or a change of plans.

“[I’m feeling] somewhat nervous, trying not to be scared, but just prepared.

“I know that it’s going to painful, there’s going to be a lot of emotions, but I know Austin is going to be there to support me.”

The bad news is, the homebirthing option proved to not be viable and Joy-Anna had to be rushed to a hospital.

The good news is, once she was there, she delivered a happy, healthy baby boy.

These days, Joy is loving new motherhood, and baby Gideon is getting bigger by the day.

Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for tonight’s new episode.

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Demi Lovato Overdose: Yes, She Nearly Died

In a newly-released 911 call, an assistant for Demi Lovato calls paramedics and tells them that the singer is unconscious in her bed.

This unnamed assistant comes across as surprisingly calm while talking to the dispatcher, as you can hear in the following video:

HOWEVER, a new report wants to make something very clear.

No matter how reasonable this assistant may sound in the call and no matter what you may have read about Lovato’s drug overdose on Tuesday morning, do not be fooloed.

Lovato nearly killed herself.

The artist is very lucky to be alive right now.

According to a TMZ insider, if the 911 call had taken place even just a short period of time later, or if the EMTs had been delayed in arriving at Demi’s house, “she could have died.”

Lovato was not conscious and just barely breathing when she was discovered at around 11:30 a.m. and the the above call was placed.

As previously detailed, Lovato was given a dose of Narcan to counter the effects of whatever opioids she was on, which is a common maneuver for someone discovered in the singer’s troubled state.

Once she awoke, Lovato was reportedly uncooperative.

She refused to tell the paramedics or doctors exactly what she had ingested.

Multiple outlets have confirmed that Demi was out partying the night before at a bar in the Los Angeles area, throwing back shots with some shady friends.

A group of these same friends then made their way back to Lovato’s residence and continued the party until around 4 a.m.

It’s unclear whether any stuck around and were present when the medical technicians arrived hours later.

But it does seem clear at this point that those especially close to the singer have been urging her to find help for a long time now.

“Her family has realized they are not out of the woods yet and are very concerned that she doesn’t see the severity of her issues and are worried because she thinks she can control her addiction,” a source tells Entertainment Tonight.

This source explains that Lovato’s relatives feel this way even after the overdose.

They are still unconvinced that Demi is ready to commit to rehab in the way that she needs to.

Lovato had been candid with fans for years about her history with addiction and also with eating disorders.

She was sober for six years prior to relapsing this spring, even confessing to the said relapse via the lyrics in the song “Sober.”

“There was a sit-down talk with Demi and her team about a month ago to address her no longer being sober,” another insider tells ET, adding:

“Demi’s team has been down this path with her before and, although hesitant at first, she agreed to go to rehab.

“However, it took her manager, Phil McIntyre, and others saying they’d walk away from her if she didn’t get the help to convince her.”

Let’s all continue to pray that Lovato soon sees the light and is willing to begin on her path to sobriety once again,

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Jenelle Evans Reaches Out to Demi Lovato: I Almost Died From Drugs!

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Demi Lovato suffered an overdose that resulted in the singer being hospitalized on Tuesday.

The singer is now in stable condition and recovering in the presence of her family.

Many in Hollywood have reached out to Demi via social media to offer words of encouragement and support.

Jenelle Evans is one such star, but her message to Demi was more poignant than most.

If you’re a Teen Mom 2 fan, then you’re probably aware that Jenelle has also struggled with addiction throughout much of her life.

In the wake of yesterday’s frightening news, Jenelle took to Twitter to offer a very personal message of hope:

“If you need help or support in time of immediate need, please seek it,” Evans tweeted.

“Hearing this news about @ddlovato breaks my heart. I hope she’s okay. You’re strong girl, don’t let the devil drag you down.”

For all of her many faults — and those faults are profound and plentiful, to be sure — Jenelle deserves credit for being so open about her past struggles with addiction in recent years.

She revealed the depth of her struggles in a recent memoir:

“I won’t glamorize the drug by going into the long details of why people love it so damned much,” Jenelle wrote.

“Before I knew it, I was shooting up four or five times a day. I was hooked.” She continued, “The first thing I lost to the drug was my family.” 

Jenelle and Demi are about the same age; they both found fame while still in their teens; and they’ve both struggled with addiction and emotional issues during their years in the spotlight.

So while they may seem like unlikely bedfellows, Jenelle can probably relate to Demi’s plight more than just about everyone.

Demi’s story is a familiar one, but sadly, many of the celebrities who have traveled down her current path didn’t live long enough to turn things around.

So while it’s hard to imagine Jenelle being a source of inspiration to anyone, she may be just the sort of role model Demi needs.

Fortunately, reps for Lovato say she’s currently and ready to begin the long and painful process of recovery:

“She is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support,” says one insider.

We wish Demi and her family all the best during this incredibly difficult time.

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Farrah Abraham: My Kid’s Dog Died for Real, Watch Her Cry Over It!

Farrah Abraham has never been known to be compassionate or thoughtful, nor has she been known to make solid parenting choices.

But still, this new thing is despicable, even for her.

Just days after she handed herself a brand new scandal by trying to convince her daughter to "prank" some friends by telling them her dog died, her dog actually died.
 
Yep, karma acted swiftly here, and unfortunately, a sweet little dog named Blue paid the price.
 
But the way Farrah is handling the situation is sincerely unbelievable …

1. The Dynamic Duo

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Look, Farrah makes a whole, whole lot of bad choices as a mother. She just does. We’ve discussed this many, many times.

2. SUCH Bad Choices

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Farrah thought it was a good idea to pull Sophia out of school so that she could homeschool her. In reality, it was not a good idea at all, because if Farrah has such trouble stringing a sentence together, how is she going to be responsible for a child’s entire education?

3. Tsk Tsk

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There’s also that whole thing where she seems incapable of understanding that some things should be off limits for children, like discussions about her sex tape and eyebrow waxings.

4. Oh No …

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But earlier this week, Farrah went and topped herself by trying to convince Sophia and her friends to prank someone by telling them that her dog died.

5. Um

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It was weird because how is that a prank? Farrah’s master plan was for Sophia to ring someone doorbell, run away, and then go back and tell that person that her dog had died. Is that … is that supposed to be funny? What is even the point? Also, how twisted is that idea?!

6. Dang, Karma

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That happened just a few days ago, and you won’t believe what’s happened for the Abrahams now.

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