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Fredo Santana Dies; Popular Rapper Was 27

Fredo Santana, a popular rapper who originally made a name for himself as part of the Chicago music scene, was found dead on Friday night.

He was 27 years old.

According to TMZ, per close family members of the late musician, Santana was discovered by his girlfriend around 11:30 p.m. in Los Angeles.

He has recently been hospitalized for kidney and liver problems, allegedly due to an addiction to the substance known as “lean.”

(Lean is a mixture of prescription-strength cough syrup and codeine. It is typically mixed with other ingredients, such as lemon-lime soda and/or pieces of hard candy, like Jolly Ranchers.)

Santana had talked openly about this addiction.

Lean is also believed to cause seizures, which is likely what led to the rapper’s death.

In response to this sad piece of news, a number of artists have taken to social media in tribute of Fredo Santana.

“Rest In Peace Santana,” wrote Drake as a caption to the following image, for example.

“RIP Fredo Santana f–kkkk man, @ChiefKeef is going to need a lot of love and support, Fredo was his number 1,” Milonakis added.

After going to the hospital in October for his lean problem, Santana posted the following message on Instagram:

“Been in here since Friday doctor say a nigga had kidney failure an liver failure. Thanks for everyone who prayed for a nigga I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.”

He later admitted that he was thinking of checking into rehab.

“Hopefully I can be the face to sho niggas to slow down an we got our whole life ahead of us fuck being rock stars gettin high I got ptsd,” he Tweeted, adding:

“I was running from my old life tryna get high didn’t want to face them demons…I’m getting help I might just go to rehab.”

Alas, Santana never followed through on this consideration.

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Fredo Santana was the cousin of Chief Keef.

He burst on to the scene via collaborations with his famous relative, but eventually carved his own niche via such mixtapes as “Fredo Kruger,” “It’s a Scary Site and his “Trappin Ain’t Dead” album. 

Santana was working on the second installment in his Walking Legend mixtape series before he passed.

The rapper also became a father for the first time eight months ago.

He is survived by his young son, Legend.

Strangely enough, Santana is the latest big name to pass away at the age of 27, as noted below:

May Fredo Santana rest in peace.

UPDATE: Lil The Based God has also weighed in on the tragedy as follows:

“Let one off in the air for fredo santana !!

“For life they cudnt stop that man SSR for life CHICAGO for life Chief Keef chop durk Reese Gino sd the whole Chicago what it do joe we living it up joe Chicago joe for life too fredo.”

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Dolores O’Riordan Dies; Cranberries Singer Was 46

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the popular Irish rock band the Cranberries, has passed away at the age of 46.

Reps for O’ Riordan confirmed the news of her death just moments ago.

O’Riordan’s passing has been described as “sudden,” and the cause of death is currently unknown to the public.

The singer was reportedly in London for a recording session and was rushed to a local hospital, where medical staff were unable to resuscitate her.

Known for her distinctive mezzo-soprano voice, O’Riordan replaced the Cranberries original lead singer after a successful audition in 1990.

During her time as frontwoman, the band enjoyed tremendous commercial success and rose to international fame.

O’Riordan and her bandmates recorded 8 top-20 hits, including such perennially popular tunes as “Linger,” “Zombie,” and “Dreams.”

The band split up in 2003 but reunited after a several-year hiatus, during which O’Riordan recorded two solo albums.

O’Riordan’s frequently-changing style made her a ’90s style icon, and the Cranberries were often name-checked in the pop culture of the time, including a memorable mention in the comedy classic Clueless.

In recent years, the singer made tabloid headlines several times as a result of her tumultuous personal life.

In 2014, O’Riordan was arrested for assaulting a stewardess and a police officer aboard an Aer Lingus flight to New York.

That same year, she split from her husband after 20 years of marriage.

In 2017, the Cranberries released an acoustic album and embarked on an intercontinental tour that was cut short due to O’Riordan’s persistent back problems.

While her band’s popularity peaked in the 1990s, O’Riordan remained an in-demand performer and a popular figure in Ireland until her death.

She was invited to perform at the Vatican on several occasions, and in 2006, she was listed as one of the ten richest women in Ireland.

Loving tributes from friends and fans made O’Riordan a top trending topic on Twitter within minutes of when news of her death went public.

She is survived by two children.

Our thoughts go out to O’Riordan’s family during this difficult time.

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Fast Eddie Clarke Dies; Legendary Motörhead Guitarist Was 67

Sad news out of the music world today, as multiple sources have confirmed the death of Fast Eddie Clarke, beloved guitarist of the iconic rock group Motörhead.

Clarke was the last surviving member of what’s regarded by fans as the band’s “classic lineup.”

Fast Eddie Clarke

News of Clarke’s passing was revealed on the official Motörhead Facebook page this morning:

“We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight,” the post read.

“Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday.

“Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.”

The message concluded:

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“Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddammit, man, your Motorfamily would expect nothing less!!!”

Clarke was with the band from 1976 until 1982, during which time, he helped record such classic albums as Ace of Spades and No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith.

Clarke left the band abruptly in the middle of an American tour following a creative dispute.

While he was only with Motörhead for six years, his contribution to the group’s signature sound remained evident in the dozens of albums that followed his departure.

Clarke went on to form the band Fastway with UFO bassist Phil Way.

The group released seven studio albums over the course of thirty years.

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Clarke’s passing represents the end of an era for Motörhead’s cultishly devoted fan base.

In 2015, the band’s legendary frontman Lemmy Kilmister passed away at the age of 70.

Just weeks earlier, Phil Taylor, the best-known of the band’s many drummers, died unexpectedly at age 61.

As the last remaining member of the group’s most creatively fruitful years, Clarke was viewed as the final link to a bygone era in rock.

Tens of thousands of tributes to Clarke from family friends and a legion fans began flooding social media just minutes after the news of his passing went public.

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Jerry Van Dyke Dies; Emmy-Nominated Actor Was 86

Jerry Van Dyke, a veteran actor and the younger brother of iconic comedian Dick Van Dyke, died on Friday afternoon at his ranch in Arkansas.

He was 86 years old.

According to Jerry’s wife, per TMZ, the actor passed away with her by his side. 

The exact cause of death is unknown at this time, but the couple had been in a car accident two years ago and Van Dyke’s health had sadly gone downhill ever since.

A native of Danville, Illinois, Van Dyke got his start on television by making appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the beloved sitcom that starred his real-life older sibling.

He also made appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Judy Garland Show early on in his career.

Prior to dedicating his professional life to acting, Jerry pursued stand-up comedy as a young man and performed at military bases around the globe.

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Van Dyke has a very long and impressive resume, but he’s likely best known for his role as Assistant Coach Luther Horatio Van Dam on the TV sitcom Coach, which earned him four Emmy Award nominations.

The series ran from 1989 to 1997.

It centers on the fictional Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles and it often featured guest appearances by professional football figures such as Troy Aikman, Dick Butkus and Jerry Jones, as well as actors like Lucy Liu, Drew Carey and Mary Hart.

Van Dyke’s Luther was an assistant coach who was known for his bumbling ways and occasional moments of pathos.

This is a photo of him from the show:

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His final small screen appearance took place on ABC’s hit show The Middle in 2015.

Well aware of his brother’s enormous fame, Jerry said the following to USA Today back in the 1990s:

“I was always known as Dick Van Dyke’s brother and the guy that did My Mother the Car. Now people know me that never knew me before, that don’t even know Dick. That’s really a thrill.”

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He maintained this kind of sense of humor throughout his career.

“If I had it all to do over again, I definitely would have turned things down,” he told The Associated Press in 1994, adding:

“Almost everything I did!” 

And then there was this, to The Toronto Star that same year:

“I’m getting sick of Dick riding on my coattails. I just can’t prop up his career forever.”

Jerry Van Dyke is survived by two kids and his wife.

May he rest in peace.

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Jon Paul Steuer, Former Star Trek Actor, Dies at 33

Jon Paul Steuer, a former child actor who turned into a successful musician later in life, passed away on New Year’s Day from an unknown cause. 

He was 33 years old.

Fellow members of the band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S confirmed this sad piece news via a Facebook post on Wednesday, January 3.

It reads as follows:

“It is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer.

“The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did.

“He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet.”

Concluded the farewell message:

“We’ve lost our singer, but far, far more than that we’ve lost a friend. Rest in peace, Jonny…we love you.”

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An ex-child actor, Steuer portrayed a young Klingon on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the oldest son of Brett Butler’s lead character on the 1990s sitcom Grace Under Fire.

(The photo below is taken from his time on Star Trek.)

Steuer also appeared on an episode of the series The Wonder Years and the film Little Giants before landing his best known acting job on the aforementioned NBC sitcom.

He left Grace Under Fire at age 12 after three years, in 1996… and promptly retired from acting.

In the years since, however, Steuer has occasionally been spotted at Star Trek conventions.

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The official Star Trek Online Twitter account shared a message in tribute to the late actor on Thursday:

“Rest in Peace, Jon Paul Steuer, the first actor to play Alexander in TNG. You will be deeply missed.”

He told The A.V. Club website in 2015, regarding his career:

“I wanted to forge on with acting after quitting the show, and I went out on a few interviews.

“But even then they’d turn into question-and-answer sessions with casting agents about Grace Under Fire. I was kind of blown away by how unprofessional people inside the industry were.

“It really soured me. I didn’t want that kind of attention.”

After leaving the acting world, Steuer performed in rock bands and, a few years ago, even launched Harvest At The Bindery in Portland.

The restaurant announced on Facebook on Thursday it will shut down in wake of Steuer’s passing.

“Due to an unexpected tragedy, Harvest will be permanently closing our doors,” the post reads.

“We thank you for your support and understanding. Jon Paul Steuer R.I.P. There will be a memorial gathering for Jonny at Harvest on Sunday 1/7 beginning at 1:00. You can donate to help cover Funeral and Memorial costs here.” 

Steuer is survived by his parents.

May he rest in peace.

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