Steve Buscemi‘s wife died earlier this week, and the funeral was a moving funeral at their NYC home … TMZ has learned.
We’re told Jo Andres died either last Monday or over last weekend. On Monday, friends and family began arriving at their Brooklyn home. It appears the funeral service — at the home — was held last Tuesday and the burial was Wednesday.
We’re told there were around 20 people at the service, including Steve’s co-star from “The Big Lebowski” John Turturro and Aida Turturro from “The Sopranos.” Steve’s brother Michael and Steve’s son Lucian were also there.
FDNY blocked off the street Wednesday as the wicker casket was removed from the home. As you know, Buscemi was a volunteer FDNY firefighter on 911.
The company that showed up to do the prep work for the funeral specializes in home funerals and “natural burials” … where the body is not embalmed and typically the final resting place is in a “natural setting.” Everything is biodegradable and one of the purposes is to preserve the environment.
Steve and Jo were married for 30 years. They had a son, Lucian, who’s 29.
A member of Canadian pop band Walk off the Earth died this weekend just as the group was about to play a New Year’s Eve show and embark on an international tour.
WotE announced Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor‘s passing Sunday on their official social media pages, saying he had died peacefully Saturday in his sleep of natural causes … but did not elaborate further.
In their statement, the band says … “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother and band member, Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor. Mike had a love for life that was unmatched and a willingness to give that went beyond ordinary means.”
They add … “He passed peacefully from natural causes last night in his sleep. Our deepest sympathies are with his two children, whom he adored more than anything else in the world. We ask for privacy for his family in this trying time.”
Mike was a multi-instrumentalist, but primarily played keyboards and provided vocals for Walk off the Earth. He joined the band sometime after it formed in 2006.
Walk off the Earth is most famous for their 2012 cover of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” in which all five members played one guitar together while singing it. The video went viral at the time.
The band was set to play a gig Monday in Niagara Falls. They were also scheduled to hit the road this coming February here in the States, Canada and in Europe.
Unclear if they still plan on moving forward with either at this point.
Terrible news out of Florida after a police dog was shot and killed by a suspect … and the K9 is being credited for saving the lives of officers.
The sad incident went down on Xmas Eve in Wellington, Florida … where Palm Beach County Sheriffs confronted several individuals cops say were wanted on attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery warrants.
According to local reports … one of the suspects ran and that’s when Cigo — a 3-year-old canine — gave chase. But the suspect shot Cigo before a deputy returned fire … hitting the suspect and severely injuring him. Cigo, however, would later be pronounced dead at an animal hospital.
Shortly after Cigo’s death, several tributes were posted in honor of the fallen officer. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office tweeted, “He gave his life to save others. He’s a good boy and he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace #K9Cigo.”
The Sheriff’s Office also posted this heartbreaking video of Cigo’s handler devastated from the loss.
The child Dikembe Mutombo flew to the U.S. to remove a massive tumor from his face has sadly died after he suffered a “rare and unpredictable genetic reaction to anesthesia” during surgery … TMZ has learned.
8-year-old Matadi from the Democratic Republic of Congo died Friday night after complications from his delicate surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. … according to The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation.
The foundations says … “We are devastated by the loss of Matadi and our heart goes out to his father, his mother and the rest of his family, and all his old and new friends.”
We broke the story … Matadi went intocardiac arrest during his surgery and was transferred to the ICU, but we didn’t know why his operation wasn’t completed. Now we know it was due to his bad reaction to the anesthesia, but despite the best efforts of his medical staff … he was never able to recover.
As we showed you … the former NBA star flew Matadi to the U.S. a week ago for free surgery in hopes of removing the life-threatening, massive tumor on his face. We captured theirmeeting at LAX.
Mutombo told us the boy had been shunned in society because of his condition, so he wanted to help him out.
His foundation says Matadi was “was a pioneer, and his memory will inspire us to continue to develop efforts and partnerships to improve the lives of the children of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”