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Tab Hunter Dies; Hollywood Legend and Gay Icon Was 86

Tab Hunter, the long-time Hollywood heartthrob who portrayed Joe Hardy in the film Damn Yankees!, died Sunday might in Santa Barbara.

He was 86 years old.

Considered a fan favorite of movie fans in the 1950s, Hunter passed away from a blood clot that led to a heart attack, according to his romantic partner, Allan Glaser.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Glaser said Hunter’s death was “unexpected and sudden.”

Elsewhere, a Facebook account linked to the star also announced his passing with a message that read as follows:

“SAD NEWS: Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday.

“Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that.”

As part of his impressive resume, Hunter also recorded a number-one record and starred in two outlandish films with the drag queen Divine.

This last career achievement is notable for the following reason…

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After many decades of silence, Hunter confirmed long-gestating rumors about his homosexuality in his autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, which was published in 2005.

He penned the memoir and made the personal admission after learning that someone else was planning to out him in a separate book.

Back in his professional prime, Hunter was more than just a leading man.

Due to his blonde hair and his physique, the actor covered numerous teen magazines and was even the main face (errrr, body?) of a 2000 book titled “Shirtless! The Hollywood Male Physique.”

After Hunter beat out James Dean and Paul Newman to play a young Marine in Raoul Walsh’s Battle Cry (1955), Warner Bros. picked up his option and signed him to a seven-year contract.

From there, he appeared in The Girl He Left Behind (1956) and Burning Hills (1956).

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In 1958, Hunter was tabbed to play the central role in the big screen adaption of Damn Yankees! and then his career truly took off.

Long after he stopped anchoring movies, however, Hunter returned to the news after he came out of the closet.

He wrote at the time that he kept his homosexuality under wraps all those years ago because it was simply unheard of for a gay man to be a movie star.

“When you’re under contract to a studio,” he wrote, “your job is to do as they say. If you have a job, do your job.”

“I knew what I was,” Hunter told People Magazine in 2005. “I just never talked about it.”

Hunter and Glaser were together for over 30 years.

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“If I had come out during my acting career in the 1950s, I would not have had a career,” Hunter said in an October 2017 interview, adding:

“Not much in Hollywood has changed in 60 years. I really didn’t talk about my sexuality until I wrote my autobiography.

“My film career had long since been over by then. I believe one’s sexuality is one’s own business. I really don’t go around discussing it. Call me ‘old school’ on that topic.”

A feature documentary about him, also titled Tab Hunter Confidential, was released in 2015 and produced by Glaser.

May Tab Hunter rest in peace.

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Vader Dies; WWE Legend Was 63

Leon White, who rose to fame inside the squared circle of professional wrestling under the name “Vader,” died on Monday after a two-year battle with congestive heart failure.

He was 63 years old.

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This sad piece of news was made public by Vader’s son, who wrote the following on his famous father’s Twitter account:

“It is with a heavy heart to inform everyone that my father, Leon White, passed away on Monday night (6/18/18) at approximately 7:25pm.

“Around a month ago my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress.

“Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time.”

According to TMZ, Vader had undergone open heart surgery this past March and he appeared to be doing well.

However, his health took a turn for the worse over the past few weeks and he was unable to recover.

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Prior to breaking into the wrestling industy, Vader was a star football player at the University of Colorado, twice earning All-American honors as an offensive lineman.

The big man was even drafted by the Rams in the thirrd round of the 1978 NFL Draft and played in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As a professional grapper, Vader was a major attraction around the globe, becoming a three-time WCW heavyweight champ and battling such legends as The Undertaker and Kane in the WWE.

Vader even made television appearances on shows such as Baywatch and Boy Meets World.

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Nicknamed The Mastodon, Vader was considered by many to be the best, most versatile wrestler of his size in WWE history.

His heart condition was discovered after he visited two doctors because he was knocked unconscious for over half an hour following a car accident.

In April of 2017, he passed out during a match in Japan due to a head injury and had not wrestled since.

“WWE is saddened to learn that Leon White, better known to WWE audiences as Vader, passed away Monday night at the age of 63,” Tweeted the company after news of Vader’s death went viral.

WWE Diva Paige, meanwhile, simply wrote “RIP Vader” on Twitter, while Bubba Ray Dudley added “RIP BIG MAN.”

Our condolences go out to Vader’s friends, family members and loved ones.

This death comes about two months after the tragic passing of Bruno Sammartino, another WWE legend.

We’ve rundown a number of sad and notable wrestling deaths in the gallery above

May they all rest in peace.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share First Photo of Their Baby Boy!!!

GREAT NEWS, EVERYBODY!

Really, this is just some seriously precious, absolutely adorable, 100% feel-good news.

You know how everything has been awful and sad and scary and terrible recently?

And then yesterday the royal wedding happened, and it was a nice reminder that good things can still happen, and we all enjoyed how pretty and fancy it was, and how obvious the love between Meghan and Harry was?

And then it was over, and we were like “well, time to go back to thinking about the end times”?

That’s the great news: we have an additional lovely little reminder that that things aren’t always completely horrible!

As you may know, Chrissy Teigen had her baby just a few days ago — her second child with John Legend.

She announced the big news on Twitter by simply stating “Somebody’s herrrrrrre!”, along with some baby bottle emojis.

We’d already heard that they were expecting a baby boy, but other that, we really haven’t heard any news about the new addition to the family.

… Until now, that is!

Someone asked if he looked like Luna, Chrissy and John’s first child, and she answered that they have the same nose!

“He is a few weeks early so he’s litttttttle and makes the teeniest noises,” she added. “We are in love.”

And since one of her claims to fame is oversharing, she also tweeted “I can confirm postpartum life is 90% better when you don’t rip to your butthole. Baby boy: 1 point. Luna: 0.”

So now we know that her second delivery went much more smoothly than her first!

But then, this afternoon, Chrissy revealed her son’s name, along with a photo of the darling little baby.

Here’s Miles Theodore Stephens:

He’s SO CUTE, right?!

His little hands, his little arms, his little face … he’s so adorable it hurts.

“Hello, world!” she wrote in her caption. “This is Miles Theodore Stephens – We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles.”

“Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!”

And just in case you were curious, she and John really did get so, so many well wishes.

“He’s a miniature John,” one person told her. “Just needs a baby piano for those wee little fingers. Kudos on y’all’s cutie.”

Likewise, another of her followers said “He’s destined to be a soulful jazz singer with a name like that.”

Speaking of the name — Miles Theodore Stephens, once again — she’s been getting a ton of praise for the classic, not at all wacky choice.

She’s even been getting thanked for it — as one person told her, “thank you for this very normal name.”

In a world of celebrity babies with names like Sir and Apple and Chicago, Miles Theodore is actually pretty unique in its own way, right?

Congratulations again, Chrissy and John!

If you’d like to share any more photos, lots of more of little Miles, some with his big sister, really just any photos at all of your astoundingly cute family, that would be great!

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