Dolores O’Riordan: Mourned by “Devastated” Bandmates

The sudden passing of Dolores O’Riordan continues to reverberate around the music world.

As previously reported, the lead singer of veteran rock band The Cranberries died suddenly on Monday at the young age of 46.

The cause of death remains a mystery, but a few new details have emerged regarding this unfortunate piece of news.

According to O’Riordan’s longtime friend and Eleven Seven International Managing Director Dan Waite, per People Magazine, the Irish artist had left a voicemail on his phone mere hours before she died.

There was no signs of any kind at the time that the end was near.

“Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of Zombie,” said Waite of O’Riordan’s remix of The Cranberries’ 1994 hit track with the hard rock band, Bad Wolves.

He added:

“She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.”

The singer was scheduled for a recording session on the day of her death.

Concluded Waite to People:

“She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week.

“The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”

During O’Riordan’s run as the lead singer of this group, The Cranberries were responsible for eight top-20 hits, foremost among them “Linger,” “Zombie,” and “Dreams.”

Tweeted former co-musicians Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler upon learning of her death:

“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores.

“She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries.

“The world has lost a true artist today.”


O’Riordan’s publicist, meanwhile, confirmed her passing in a statement to earlier in the day.

The statement reads as follows:

“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.

“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.

“No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

The band had canceled a number of tour dates last July due to ongoing back problems for O’Riordan, but she recently assured fans she was feeling much better.

In the wake of this news, sales of The Cranberries’ album “Something Else” surged 913,350% on Amazon.

Records by the group also dominated the Top 10 list of iTunes at the moment.

It can at least be comforting to know that music fans are realizing just what kind of special artist O’Riordan was, although the circumstances could not be any sadder.

Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac, who previously managed The Cranberries, also released a statement.

“From the very first time I met Dolores, I knew she was a great talent. Managing the Cranberries and being part of making ‘Zombie’ one of the biggest records of its time was a great professional honor,” he said, concluding: 

“So when Dan Waite called me suggesting a collaboration with Dolores and Bad Wolves’ on Zombie, I was excited to once again be a part of the magic she was able to create.

“My heart goes out to her children, I hope they can find some peace despite this tragic event.”


Carrie Fisher: Mourned, Remembed One Year After Death

It’s been one year since Hollywood was shaken to its core by the most tragic of news:

Carrie Fisher had passed away.

The beloved actress had fallen unconscious a couple days prior to Christmas after suffering a heart attack and finally succumbed to the after-effects on December 28, 2017.

Exactly 365 days ago today.

Immediately following her death, tributes and words of mourning poured forth from all who knew the legendary actress well.

And even from those who were just familiar with her work, such was the profound impact Fisher had on so many individuals.

Now, on the anniversary of her death, two of the most important people in Carrie’s life have spoken out once again.

First, her daughter, Billie Lourd.

“My momby had an otherworldly obsession with the northern lights, but I never got to see them with her,” Lourd wrote on social media on Wednesday.

She added:

“We journeyed to northern Norway to see if we might ‘see the heavens lift up her dark skirts and flash her dazzling privates across [our] unworthy irises.’ And she did.”

In a beautiful and simple conclusion, the young actress wrote:

“I love you times infinity.”

“In just an hour, the post reached close to 50,000 Likes, with many users expressing their love and support in the Comments section.

Then there was Mark Hamill.

The actor, who co-starred in a number of Star Wars films with Fisher and who had a special bond with the late star, took to Twitter this afternoon and wrote the following:

“No one’s ever really gone…”

He penned this caption along with the hashtags “#AlwaysWithUs” and “#CarrieOnForever” and a photo of the stars together.

This photo was itself alongside a drawing of Fisher and her beloved dog, Gary, which is … well… totally awesome.

See for yourself:

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As many movie fans also know, director Rian Johnson recently paid tribute himself to Fisher in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Shortly after the credits, a dedication appears onscreen that reads: “In Loving Memory of Our Princess, Carrie Fisher.”

“I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying, ‘Damn it, Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute,'” the director joked at the film’s premiere earlier this month, adding simply:

“So let’s all have a blast tonight for Carrie.”

The veteran star’s cause of death was eventually revealed to be from sleep apnea and “other undetermined factors.”

May she continue to rest in peace.


Ralphie May: Mourned, Remembered by Friends and Colleagues

As previously reported, comedian Ralphie May passed away on Friday from cardiac arrest.

He was only 45 years old at the time.

In his memory, we've collected a number of social media tributes below, penned by those who knew May well and those who worked with him over the years.

May Ralphie May rest in peace…

1. Kevin Hart

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Wow….I was just told that Ralphie May passed. I’m truly saddened by this. He was a good dude. Heaven just got another funny angel RIP man.

2. Gabriel Iglesias

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I’m at a loss for words to hear about the passing of comedian Ralfie May. He was a friend to many and a father of 2 beautiful children. RIP.

3. Dane Cook

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Whoa… man.. this sucks. Ralphie was a good guy & a very funny person. Condolences to his family & fans.

4. Bob Saget

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Ralphie May. Dammit. You were a funny and sweet mofo man. Rest In Peace.

5. Jim Breuer

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Ralphie May RIP funny man. We shared good talks & good laughs . See you on the other side kid.

6. Larry the Cable Guy

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Oh man fellow comedian and friend Ralphie May just died. So crazy. RIP Ralphie. You my friend were one of the nicest and kindest out there.

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Tom Petty: Mourned, Remembered by Stars Everywhere

After suffering from cardiac arrest, Tom Petty died on Monday night.

The music legend was 66 years old and, as you can see below, his passing has hit Hollywood hard.

May he rest in peace.

1. Russell Crowe

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Mr Petty, thanks for all of it.

2. Colin Hanks

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Damn it. NO! Tom Petty got me thru this morning.

3. Josh Groban

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What a horrid day for our country, music fans and music itself. RIP Tom Petty. His songs are always good medicine. Love to his family.

4. Kevin Smith

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One night when I was 11, I played The Waiting by #TomPetty on a jukebox 100 times in a row. Loved the man’s voice & his art. RIP, Legend.

5. Mandy Moore

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One of the greatest. Sending love & light to his family, band/crew & legions of fans forever touched by the music around the [world].

6. Nick Lachey

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One of the best to ever do it!! #RIP.

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Jerry Lewis: Mourned and Remembered by Stars Everywhere

It's been a tough weekend for comedians, huh?

Last night we learned that the beloved Dick Gregory had passed away, and then, less than 24 hours later, the news broke that Jerry Lewis had also died.

Jerry, known for his comedy and for his amazing humanitarian work, was 91 years old, and he passed away in his Las Vegas home this morning from natural causes.

It's a big loss … and you can tell by how many people have taken the time today to remember him.

Check out some of the messages about Jerry below.

1. Jim Carrey

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“That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy’s absolute! I am because he was!”

2. Samuel L. Jackson

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“It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He’ll keep’em laffin in the ever after!”

3. Bill O’Reilly

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“Jerry Lewis loved his country & helped it enormously. I occasionally spoke with him about policy-he was on it, very engaged despite his age.”

4. Neil Patrick Harris

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“Watching Jerry Lewis onscreen makes me laugh harder than almost anyone. His great contribution to cinema is undeniable.”

5. Debra Messing

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“#RIP Jerry Lewis. A Genius. A Legend. Thanks for all the laughs.”

6. Ellen DeGeneres

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“Jerry Lewis was a comic and philanthropic icon. I send love to his family today.”

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Christina Grimmie: Mourned by Family, Fans One Year After Murder

It has been one year since Christina Grimmie was tragically shot to death in Orlando.

On June 11, 2016, Grimmie was signing autographs for fans backstage after a show when she was approached by a man with two guns.

The man, who was later identified as a deranged fan named Kevin James Loibl, opened fire on Grimmie once he got close enough to the singer.

He was then tackled to the ground by Christina’s brother before he could inflict any further damage before turning a gun on himself and pulling the trigger.

“Her brother is a hero for saving and stopping him from not hurting anyone else,” Orlando Sgt. Wanda Miglio said in a statement shortly after Grimmie died of her wounds in a hospital.

Grimmie had risen to fame as a contestant on The Voice, finishing in the top three on Season 6 as part of Team Adam Levine.

On June 9, her family released the studio album Grimmie was in the middle of working on at the time of her death. It’s titled “All Is Vanity” and it’s comprised of 10 songs.

This release came a few months after Grimmie’s relatives released a music video she created before she died.

“The story follows a young girl’s journey into self-discovery through her love life, her womanhood, and her music,” Grimmie’s brother, Brian, wrote on Twitter at the time, adding as a description to what you can watch below:

“Jessica is at a crossroads in her life. 

“She becomes suspicious of her boyfriend and is gripped by insecurities only to realize that she is doing more damage to her own heart and future than any relationship ever could.”

Here is that music video:

In March, upon receiving the Teen Choice Award Grimmie won the summer before, Christina’s family released a statement that thanked fans for all their support.

“Your commitment to Christina’s legacy and making your voice heard online is a blessing to us,” they wrote back then.

“We also acknowledge those who supported behind the scenes to make this a reality. Thank you with love!”

Now, on the anniversary of their daughter/sister/loved one’s shocking murder, Grimmie’s family has once again reached out with a few moving words.

Their latest statement, shared on Twitter yesterday, reads as follows:

We want to take this moment to say thank you to Christina’s legion of fans worldwide and all the partners who contributed and are still contributing to her legacy.

Your prayers, love, encouragement and support have been felt by us as a family and we are humbled and deeply appreciative. We too, are still healing, but know that we love each and every one of you.

Thank you for your support!

In April, Levine paid tribute to his former protege during the The Voice when he performed the Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” telling the crowd at the time:

“God, I loved her so much.

“I am talking to you guys specifically, I’m talking to everybody. I miss her. It is unfair she is not here. We are going to sing a little song. I am going to be singing every word to her in her honor.

“Thank you for being here. Christina, we love you.”

Well said, Adam.

We continue to send our thoughts and condolences to the family of Christina Grimmie.

May she rest in peace.


Adam West: Mourned, Remembered by Stars Everywhere

We just learned earlier this morning that Adam West, the actor best known for starring in the 1960s Batman series, has passed away.

He was battling leukemia, and sources say that he died in his sleep.

He was 88 years old.

Though we just learned the news a little while ago, celebrities everywhere are already taking time to remember Adam on Twitter.

Check out some of the most touching messages below.

1. Burt Ward

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“I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends,. Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night.”

2. Julie Newmar

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“Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end. He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people – A friend said: ‘The father that we wanted.’ That is a great gift, no matter how you live it.”

3. Seth MacFarlane

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“Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity. I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You’re irreplaceable.”

4. Will Arnett

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“RIP Adam West. You will always be Batman.”

5. George Takei

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“RIP Adam West. You’ll always be Batman to me.”

6. Elijah Wood

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“Sad to hear of Adam West’s passing. A legend as Batman but also, Ty Lookwell.”

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Gregg Allman: Mourned, Remembered by Stars Everywhere

The music world has lost a legend.

On Saturday, May 27, Gregg Allman died peacefully at his home in Georgia.

While a cause of death has not yet been established, reaction to this unexpected passing has poured in from the music industry and beyond.

Here's a look at what various celebrities have said/written in response to Allman's death:

1. Cher

Tweeted Allman’s ex-wife: “IVE TRIED…WORDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE GUI GUI FOREVER, CHOOCH… Thinking bout funny,crazy,amazing Macon days,dear friend…”

2. Keith Urban

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My heart breaks today at the passing of soul brutha Gregg Allman. Blessings and peace to all the Allman family.

3. Bob Seger

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Gregg was one of my favorite rock singers of all time… so sad, we’ve lost another music titan.

4. Melissa Etheridge

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My southern-rock heart is breaking

5. Sheryl Crow

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Broken heart. Gregg Allman I will miss you.

6. Ringo Starr

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Rest in peace Greg Allman peace and love to all the family.

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Chris Cornell: Mourned, Remembered by Stars Everywhere

Chris Cornell was found dead in his hotel room last night. He was only 52 years old.

As of now, it's believed that the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer committed suicide — a friend found him in his room with some sort of band around his neck.

It's a tragic end to an amazing talent, and so many people are reeling from the news.

Check out how some of Chris' celebrity friends and fans are reacting to the news.

1. Elton John

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“Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.”

2. Gavin Rossdale

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3. Billy Idol

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“Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist… another blow…RIP”

4. Adam Lambert

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5. Joe Perry

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“Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace.”

6. Elijah Wood

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“Oh man. Sad to hear of the passing of Chris Cornell.”

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Christopher Boykin: Mourned by Rob Dyrdek, Other MTV Stars

As previously reported, Christopher Boykin is dead at the age of 45.

The bodyguard-turned-reality-star passed away on Tuesday from causes currently unknown, although it is presumed a heart attack is responsible for his unexpected death.

We’ll know more when an autopsy is performed.

Known affectionately as “Big Black,” Boykin was a former member of the United States Navy who rose to fame as part of the MTV series Rob & Big.

He helped anchor that fun reality show as one half of the title show duo.

From 2006 through 2008, Boykin played pranks and engaged in ridiculous antics with his best friend, professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek.

Despite a brief falling out after the series wrapped, Boykin mostly remained close to Dyrdek, appearing on other MTV shows opposite his close pal – and also remaining linked to him forever in the eyes of fans and followers.

And now Dyrdek has spoken out on Boykin’s passing.

“My heart is broken,” Rob wrote on Twitter last night in response to the awful news.

Keeping it short and simple, Dyrdek added:

“I don’t want to write this post. I don’t want to believe that this is reality. I am so thankful for you.”

In a follow-up message, Dyrdek added:

“We truly were brothers that lived an unexpected unforgettable adventure. I just can’t fathom that it would end so suddenly.”

And then there was this third Tweet: “You will forever be in my heart.”

And, finally, the most heartbreaking Twitter post of all from Dyrdek:

The 6′ 6,” 375 pound reality star starred as Dyrdek’s bodyguard on 19 episodes of the aforementioned MTV show.

He is survived by his nine-year old daughter, Isis Rae, and a number of other MTV personalities also mourned his passing on Tuesday evening.

Wrote Chanel West Coast on Twitter:

RIP @bigblack1972. My heart is crushed hearing this news. I’ll never forget all the times you made me laugh. So many epic memories with you. You put smiles on a lot of people’s faces and you will be missed dearly by SO many.

My prayers go out to your family and loved ones. Keep them laughing up in heaven.

Juicy J, who was also a co-star of Big Black’s, took to social media to remember the late MTV star via a heartbroken Tweet.

“Rip Christopher “Big Black” Boykins,” wrote the rapper.

Steelo Brim (from Ridiculousness) also shared a touching post on his Instagram. It reas as follows:

“My brain can’t truly comprehend this. As soon as we met we became friends. Genuine, Funny, Family Man, just an Overall Great guy.

“May God Rest his soul and he make everyone in heaven smile like he did on earth! LOVE!”

Finally, MTV released an official statement in the wake of this sad news.

“MTV is deeply saddened to learn the news of Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin’s passing,” it reads, concluding:

“He was a long time and beloved member of the MTV family and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.”

We share this sentiment.

We send our condolences to all who knew Boykin well and all who will continue to mourn his loss for many days, weeks and months to come.