Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Elizabeth Gilbert – the author best known for the book Eat, Pray, Love – has shared a moving message on Instagram in memory of her partner, Rayya Ellis.

The 57-year old tragically passed away this week.

Along with the following photo of Ellis playing guitar, Gilbert wrote the following.

(We’ll just quote her word for word, in its entirety, out of respect.)

She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby.

I loved you so much, Rayya. Thank you for letting me walk with you right to the edge of the river.

It has been the greatest honor of my life. I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring. May you rest in excitement.

I will always love you.


Gilbert went public with her relationship with Elias in September of 2016 … after Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer, the latter of which is an incurable disease.

The happy and sad news came a few months after Gilbert split from her husband, Jose Nunes, whom she famously wrote about in her bestselling book, Eat Pray Love.

It was the story of a woman at a crossroads in her life, who went off in search of answers.

Each chapter was divided into sections; about food, about religion and, at last, about romance.

The memoir was turned into a hit movie that starred Julia Roberts as Gilbert.

On New Year’s Day, Gilbert posted a pictre of the couple embracing in front of a fireplace.

“Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she wrote as a caption.


In June, meanwhile, Gilbert and Elias shared a “ceremony of love,” which Gilbert explained wasn’t legally binding, but which she described as “just a private celebration of what we have long known to be true: We belong to each other.”

She added this past summer:

More difficult days are to come. It doesn’t get easier from here. Her illness is grave. But our love is strong. We will walk together as far as we can go together.

After that, it all gets turned over to God. Create beauty with every day you are given.

May Elias rest in peace.


Rihanna Mourns Cousin, Calls for End to Gun Violence

Tragedy has struck Rihanna and her family.

The singer took to Instagram on Tuesday night and passed along the sad news that her cousin had been murdered in Barbados.

Only 21 years old, Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne was shot and killed while spending time in Rihanna’s native country.

In tribute to her late loved one, Rihanna wrote the following on her social media account.

“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” Rihanna captioned a slideshow of four photos with Alleyne.

She added:

“Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man! #endgunviolence.”

While followers have expressed their condolences to Rihanna and passed along their sympathies online, many have also focused on the hashtag she included.

End. Gun. Violence.

This is probably as contentious of an issue as exists in America right now.

Heck, the same day Rihanna shared this post, Teen Mom 2 star Jeremy Calvert received both backlash and compliments for gifting his four-year old daughter with a rifle.

Some folks are aghast that any father would do such a thing…

… while others think Calvert was acting responsibly by teaching his child gun safety at a young age.

In other words: gun violence is a complicated issue.

Rihanna has been applauded by some for her call to action above, while others have wondered what steps she is referring to, exactly.

As for the specifics of what happened with her cousin:

According to local reports, Alleyne was simply walking near his residence in Lake Close, Eden Lodge, St. Michael, around 7 p.m. when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene.

The victim was then rushed to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead.

Authorities in Barbados have launched an investigation.

It’s a tragedy.

In February, Alleyne posted a special message to Rihanna in honor of her birthday.

“Every day we are happy to have you in our lives,” he wrote at the time, adding:

“Happy Birthday cousin, we really love you. Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness. To my favorite cousin, may all your dreams and wishes come true.

“#LoveYouLoads #wishyoumanymoretocome.”

May he rest in peace.


Elton John Mourns Shocking Death of His Mother

Elton John has some terrible news to share with his fans:

The artist’s mother has passed away unexpectedly. 

Her name was Sheila Farebrother and she had only just recently rekindled a relationship with her famous son.

“So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning,” wrote John on Instagram and Twitter this morning, adding:

“I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe Mum. Thank you for everything. I will miss you so much. Love, Elton.”

The legendary star did not explain the circumstances surrounding his mother’s death.

But he did include the following image of the pair along with his unfortunate message:

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The iconic musician announced just this past spring that he had made up with his mom after a nearly decade-long estrangement.

He wasn’t open (nor need he have been) about why he and Farebrother had not been in close contact for many years, but he posted a different happy picture of parent and child on Mother’s Day.

“So happy we are back in touch,” he wrote as a caption at the time.

While John was mostly silent about the reason why he and his mother had a fallout in 2008, Farebrother opened up a bit to The Daily Mail about why she scarcely spoke to her son.

In 2015, she cited her refusal to cut off contact with two of John’s oldest friends – Bob Halley and John Reid – as the catalyst for their severed relationship.

John had previously cut ties with both men.

Said Farebrother to the aforementioned publication two years ago:

“‘I told him: ‘I’m not about to do that and drop them. Bob is like a son to me. He has always been marvellous to me and he lives nearby and keeps an eye on me.’”

She added:

“Then to my utter amazement, [John] told me he hated me. And he then banged the phone down. Imagine! To me, his mother!'”

Last year, however, there was a thawing out between the two.

“Out of respect for my mother’s privacy, I have always shied away from speaking publicly about our relationship,” John said in an interview.

“However, I can say that we are now back in touch and have been so since my mother’s 90th birthday.”

We send our condolences to Elton John and his family.


Bella Thorne Mourns Ex-Boyfriend Lil Peep In Tearful Video

On Wednesday, the music world was shocked by news that Lil Peep had died of an apparent overdose.

Sadly, many who knew the rapper and singer were also aware of the drug problem that eventually claimed Peep's life. 

But the advance knowledge that Peep (real name Gustav Ahr) was on a fatal collision course doesn't appear to have lessened the grief experienced by his loved ones.

Among those who mourning Peep today is actress Bella Thorne.

Thorne and Peep dated briefly over the summer, and they remained close friends in the months after their breakup.

Thorne took to Instagram today to pay tribute to her departed companion.

“I just wanted to say anybody out there who is a Lil Peep fan, you guys know how talented he was, you guys know how great he was… well he was even more f—king great as a person,” says a teary-eyed Bella in the clip below.

Thorne paid tribute to the late 21-year-old on Twitter as well:

"Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn't do your greatness justice,” she wrote.

Eerily, Peep's final tweet seemed to be a prediction of his own demise:

"When I die you'll love me," the rapper wrote.

Our thoughts to go out to Peep's friends and family in their time of grief.

Watch Bella pay tribute to her late friend below:

Bella thorne mourns ex boyfriend lil peep in tearful video

Delilah Mourns Son’s Suicide in Emotional Tribute: My Heart is Struggling to Beat

Beloved radio host Delilah is speaking out about the loss of her son, Zachariah, who tragically took his own life earlier this month.

Delilah says her “heart is struggling to continue to beat” after the death of her child, who succumbed to a battle with depression.

The 57-year-old posted a number of childhood photos of her late son, along with a poem by Mary Jean Irion, in his memory.

She writes, “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.”

“Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.”

“One day I shall dig my nails into the earth,” she adds.

“Or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

“There will not be another ‘normal day’ with my Zack-Attack, at least not in this life time,” Delilah wrote in her emotional post.

Delilah Tribute

“No more cooking his favorite foods or bringing home gallons of his favorite juice, no more laughter around the bonfire or Christmas mornings.”

“My heart is struggling to continue to beat.”

“Thank you for your prayers, love and support. Please pray for his grandparents, his siblings, his dad and his friends,” she added.

“We are all doing our best to focus on his joyful heart, his wild free spirit and his smile,” she concluded, still reeling from the pain. 

Fans first learned of Delilah’s son’s suicide after she shared the sad news with her friends and fans on Facebook on October 7.

She wrote that he was “being treated, counseled, and embraced fiercely by family and friends while battling depression for some time now.”

My heart is broken beyond repair and I can not fathom how to go on… but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord.”

She hopes “that God will get us through.”

Delilah revealed that Zachariah left a suicide note behind, though she did not reveal its specific contents for obvious reasons.

The “Queen of Sappy Love Songs” also announced that she would be taking some time away from work in light of all this.

“I will be absent from the radio and on social media for a time as I grieve and try to process this loss with my family,” she said.

“Please pray for my beloved Zacky, and I will pray for all suffering from this debilitating disease called depression.”


Delilah’s radio show, simply known as Delilah, based in the Pacific Northwest, regularly reaches more than eight million listeners.

It’s unclear when that will resume.

Sadly, Zachariah isn’t the first child the mother of 13 – yes, she has 13 children, 10 of whom are adopted – has lost already.

One of her adopted sons, Sammy, tragically passed away back in 2012 from complications from sickle-cell anemia.

On her Facebook page, Delilah also shared the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

We urge anyone who may be considering such action – or who knows someone who may be – to call it immediately.


Survivor of Livestreamed Crash Speaks Out, Mourns Girlfriend’s Death

There is no part of this story that isn’t absolutely tragic.

Remember how an 18-year-old girl livestreamed herself appearing to lose control of her vehicle, resulting in the death of her own younger sister? There was a third person in the car who wasn’t initially identified in reports.

That third person, a girl named Manuela Seja, survived with a leg injury and is now speaking about the death of her girlfriend, Jacqueline Sanchez.

Obdulia Sanchez is 18 years old, and was driving her younger sister, Jacqueline, and Jacqueline’s girlfriend, Manuela Seja, back home to Stockton, California.

Obdulia Sanchez’s statements in the alleged recording of the incident are already pretty famous.

“I f-ing killed my sister, okay. I know I’m going to jail for life alright. I understand that. This is the last thing I wanted to happen — okay. Alright, I don’t f—ing care though — I’m-a hold it down.”

Understandably, she was and very likely is overwhelmed with feelings of grief and guilt.

(They may also end up being used against her in court)

Obdulia has been arrested on the suspicion that she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as for the accident and death itself.

Police are investigating the vehicle and looking into the livestream video, which could potentially be used as evidence.

Precisely what caused Obdulia to lose control and ultimately for the vehicle to flip are unclear.

Initial reports suggested that Obdulia had struck a curb and overcorrected, losing control at such a high speed.

It is also possible that a tire blew out.

While she obviously should not have been livestreaming while driving, it’s important that we wait to condemn her until we find out exactly what was going on.

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Jacqueline Sanchez and Manuela Seja met on Instagram and became friends.

Over time, their friendship became romantic, and Jacqueline and Manuela dated for seven months before Jacqueline’s death.

Manuela lives in Fresno and Jacqueline lived in Stockton.

130 miles is a long distance for a teenage relationship, but young love is powerful.

The girls had made a commitment to see each other every weekend.

Obdulia was helping her younger sister by driving the girls so that they’d be able to hang out and see each other.

This time, they didn’t make it — the tragic crash happened in Los Banos.

memorial set up

Manuela remembers Jacqueline, who was supposed to celebrate her quinceanera on Sunday.

She’ll treasure those memories for the rest of her life.

A huge part of how she describes Jacqueline is her sense of humor.

“She wasn’t like everybody else. She was just funny and she would be funny. She didn’t even need to try.”

She has a box of treasured memories with her girlfriend — a gift that Jacqueline had made for her.

“I never thought this would happen.”

No one does, but especially not a 14-year-old who has probably had very little experience with death.

Like Jacqueline father said in his own statement, Manuela doesn’t seem to be angry with Obdulia.

“Honestly, I’m not mad at anybody and I don’t blame anybody.”

The fact that this girl who lost her girlfriend of seven months and was a witness isn’t blaming Obdulia makes us hope that investigators take a good, hard look at the evidence before they move things any further.

Obdulia’s excited utterance over her sister’s body is inflammatory, but not proof that it was genuinely her fault.

Manuela has some words of wisdom after the crash.

“It’s all affected by social media. That’s what life is now. And it’s going to advance more and more. That what it’s going to be about.”

It’s not clear if she’s talking about people recording for social media when they should be driving, or if she just means people talking about blame via social media.

Either way, Manuela is right.

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A teen streamed her own death on Facebook Live late last year.

Just weeks ago, a woman livestreamed her own horrific death in a car accident in which she was the passenger.

Whether technology plays a role in distracting drivers or not, streaming means that there can be dozens or millions of witnesses to someone’s death.

Sometimes without any warning whatsoever.

Very likely the only thing that will put an end to livestreamed vehicular deaths will be when autonomous cars dominate the roadways, making them much safer for everyone involved.

But until almost every car is driving itself, it looks like we’re going to see another decade or so of people recording their own deaths.


Drake Bell Mourns Death of Stevie Ryan, Breaks Our Hearts with These Tweets

Drake Bell often uses his Twitter account to engage in feuds with other, better known celebrities.

Over the years, he’s gotten into it with stars such as Justin Bieber (along with the singer’s passionate fans) and Caitlyn Jenner, among others.

Over this past weekend, however, Bell was in no mood to feud.

He was simply stunned and sad over the death of Stevie Ryan.

According to the Los Angeles Coroner’s office’s, the viral video star and aspiring actress hanged herself in her home on July 1.

While details continue to pour in and while we may never know what drove Ryan to commit this tragic act, her final Tweet was posted just a day earlier.

And it was in remembrance of her grandfather.

“The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams,” she wrote. “I’ll miss you everyday, forever. I love you my Pa.”

Ryan was clearly in a very low place at the time.

Bell, meanwhile, dated Ryan – a YouTube star perhaps best known for her celebrity impressions – from 2005 to 2006.

They attended the 2006 MTV Movie Awards together, walking the red carpet and posing for photographers.

“No no no!!!! I can NOT BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING!!!! Please wake me from this nightmare @StevieRyan I loved you and will forever miss you!” wrote Bell in response to the awful news on Sunday.

bell and ryan

He later linked to a Fox News report on Ryan’s passing and added:

“This is too much. My heart is crushed. @StevieRyan I love you and miss you…”

A short time later, Bell re-Tweeted a video of Ryan and Perez Hilton from 2007, quoting the celebrity gossip blogger, who wrote that he was “sending so much light to [the loved] ones” of the late 33-year old.

Ryan was outspoken about her struggle with depression over the years on social media.

She even created and co-hosted a podcast about the mental illness called “Mentally Ch(ill)” with Kristen Carney.

Along with a few broken heart emojis, Carney Tweeted the following in response to Ryan’s suicide:

RIP @StevieRyan. The coolest girl I’ve ever known.

The California native sky-rocketed to fame on YouTube thanks to her impersonations of stars such Kim Kardashian, Amy Winehouse and Justin Bieber.

She then starred her own sketch comedy show on VH1, “Stevie TV,” and co-hosted a relationship program (“Sex with Brody”) with Brody Jenner.

She was reportedly found unresponsive at her home on Saturday and pronounced dead at the scene.

Bell may have actually dated Ryan, but he wasn’t alone in mourning her death.

Here’s a look at a few other responses to her shocking suicide:

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If you or a loved one are struggling with depression, please seek professional help.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

May Stevie Ryan rest in peace.


Erin Moran: Husband Reveals Cause of Death, Mourns Actress in Moving Letter

Earlier this week, Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi actress Erin Moran passed away at the age of 56.

Little was known about Moran’s cause of death in the days after the news of her passing went public, but that didn’t prevent one of her former co-stars from speculating.

Scott Baio, who played the other title character in Joanie Loves Chachi, stated that he was “not surprised” by Moran’s death, and incorrectly attributed her premature demise to her history of drug and alcohol abuse.

“I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content,” Baio said in an interview on Monday.

“For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die.”

After it was revealed that Moran likely died of cancer and not of an overdose, the criticism of Baio grew louder, with many demanding the actor apologize.

Instead, Baio defended his comments in a bizarrely Trump-ian Twitter tirade:

“This is so wrong. Now I know what fake news is!” the 56-year-old tweeted, adding:

“I said ‘IF’ (You abuse drugs/alcohol). My wife @MrsScottBaio spoke to Erin less than 1 month ago.”

Now it seems that Baio has finally realized he should be trying to make amends to Moran’s family, not flailing about in an effort to salvage what’s left of his career.

Moments ago, Baio posted a lengthy open letter penned by Moran’s husband, Steve Fleischmann, which confirms what law enforcement officials revealed yesterday:

Moran was battling stage four cancer at the time of her death.

Fleischmann revealed that the cancer acted fast, having only been discovered in November:

“Erin woke up and had about a dime size blood stain on her pillowcase,” he wrote.

“She said I think i bit my tongue. A couple days go by and there’s a bigger spot of blood. We get like 4 days into December, there’s more blood. I get a flashlight and say let me look. It was not her tongue it was her tonsil on the left side. I thought it was tonsillitis.”

He added:

“So we went to an ENT who said they wanted to biopsy it. It came back squamous cell carcinoma. She started radiation and chemo. Five days a week radiation and chemo only on Thursdays. We did that the whole time. It got so bad so fast.”

Fleischmann went on to offer a heartbreaking account of his wife’s final moments:

“I laid down next to her held her right hand in my left. I feel asleep woke up about a hour later still holding her hand and she was gone, she was just gone. Norton Cancer Institute never said how bad it was,” he wrote.

“The coroner told me it was really really bad. It had spread to her spleen, she had alot of fluid in her lungs and part of her brain was infected.”

He added that by the time the cancer was discovered, it was already too late:

“The coroner said even if she was in the hospital being pumped full of antibiotics she still would not of made it. He said it was the best that she was with me and went in her sleep.”

Fleischmann concluded with a plea for sensitivity from fans and the media:

“PLEASE feel free to send the above to Any and ALL news outlets The press has been relentless,” he wrote.

“They knock on the door constantly.”

Our thoughts go out to Fleischmann and the rest of Moran’s family at this difficult time.


Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family Star, Mourns Late Father

Rico Rodriguez is in a state of mourning.

The 18-year old Modern Family actor took to Instagram on Sunday in order to bid farewell to his father, Roy Rodriguez, who passed away several days ago at the young age of 52.

The death was sudden and unexpected, multiple sources confirm.

“This has been the toughest week of my life,” Rodriguez wrote as a caption to the aboe photo.

It features father and son sharing a milkshake and looking adorable.

Continued the young star:

“My Dad was the most kind hearted, loving, hard working, determined, and funny man I have ever known.

“He was like a super hero, he had the ability to get the best out of you day in and day out.”

He concluded as follows:

“I’m gonna miss your hugs. I’m gonna miss your advice. I’m gonna miss your smile, and I’m gonna miss your laugh. I know you’re looking down at us right now giving us the green light to move forward.

“I miss you Daddy. I’ll love you forever – Your youngest.”

Roy Rodriguez was laid to rest at a funeral on Saturday.

In addition to Rico, he is survived by the actor’s mother and his wife, Diane, along with kids Raini; Ray; and Roy Jr.; and 10 grandchildren.

The family patriarch is also survived by his mother, his stepfather and five siblings.

The late father, husband and grandfather owned and operated Rodriguez Tire Service in Bryan, Texas.

He was described as a car enthusiast, serving as founder and president of La Compania Car Club of Bryan, reads his obituary.

The same life review also states that, at age 47, Roy got his first tattoo: portraits on his arm of his entire family, including his wife, kids, grandchildren and parents.

How sweet, right?

Roy “made it a priority to thank God for the good things he had in life, ensuring that his children appreciated Him, as well,” his obituary reads, adding:

“In essence, Roy laughed and loved his way through life, making the most of each moment he was given.”

Rico has received an outpouring of support from friends, colleagues and social media followers in the wake of this tragedy.

“I love you,” his on-screen mom, Sofia Vergara, Tweeted in response to the milkshake photo above.

We join all of those who have wished Rodriguez well and we send all of Roy’s loved ones our condolences during this difficult time.


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