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Mac Miller Update: Family Releases Statement, Awful People Blame Ariana Grande for Rapper’s Death

As previously reported, tragedy has once again struck Hollywood.

Around noon on Friday, authorities, responding to a call from an unknown individual, arrived at the San Fernando Valley home of Mac Miller and found the rapper dead.

He was 26 years old.

As of this writing, the likely cause of death is a drug overdose.

The artist had been well known and respected across the music industry ever since his debut album in 2012… but he was perhaps better known of late for his long-term relationship with Ariana Grande.

This romance ended in May, with sources saying that Miller’s substance abuse issues played a significant role in Grande deciding it was time to part ways.

Just a week later, Miller was arrested for drunk driving.

Shortly afterward, in July, he an interview to Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on Apple Music in which he referred to himself as a “self-destructive depressed drug user.”

But he also assured fans at this time that he was doing okay and that he was “happy” for Grande, who he dated for two years.

Just over a month later, Miller is dead.

“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” his family said in a statement provided to multiple outlets.

“He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time

Elsewhere, Warner Bros. Records added the following:

“Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and sense of humor that touched everyone he met.

“Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless.”

The Los Angeles Fire Department has confirmed that first responders were dispatched Friday after an 11:42 a.m. call about a medical complaint at a residence in Studio City, California.

They did not transport anyone from the scene, making it safe to assume that Miller had passed away before they arrived.

“I just wanna go on tour,” Miller Tweeted on Thursday. “The show is going to be special every night. I wish it started tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, while music heavyweights mourn Miller’s passing (“Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken. God bless him,” Tweeted Chance the Rapper), a handful of terrible trolls out there are blamng Grande for what has transpired.

They somehow think the singer is responsible for Miller’s addiction and for driving him to this fatal place due to their split.

In the wake of this tragedy and upon seeing what these awful people were writing on her Instagram page, Grande disabled Comments for a period of time.

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She appears to have now turned them back on.

And if she is checking, we sincerely hope she sees that the supporters out there far, far, FAR outweight the misguided haters.

“The amount of tweets blaming Ariana Grande for what happened to Mac Miller is disgusting, his addiction and lack of help is what drove this to happen, don’t point the finger and blame,” wrote on fan.

And another chimed in as follows:

“Just noticed Ariana Grande disabled comments on her Instagram account after a barrage of Mac Miller-related comments. Recognize the true problem here, rather than using someone else as a scapegoat & continuing the cycle.

All so sad & nauseating.”

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Following Mller’s aforementioned crash and DUI arrest, someone on the Internet dared to blame Grande for the rapper’s fate.

She wasn’t having it.

“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” clapped back the singer, adding:

“I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming / blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s— together is a very major problem.”

That is oh so true.

And also so not the point right now.

A young man is dead at the age of 26.

It’s a tragedy.

This is especially the case when you consider what Miller said in a documentary a few years ago:

“I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can’t even get out of his house. Overdosing is just not cool. You don’t go down in history because you overdose. You just die.”

May he rest in peace.

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Lyric McHenry: Family Releases Official Statement

Tragically, producer and reality star Lyric McHenry died this week. Friends and fans alike were shocked upon learning the circumstances of her death — that she was found on a sidewalk.

Investigators are still looking into her cause of death. It is unclear if Lyric knew she was pregnant.

Now, her family has released a statement sharing what they know.

In a statement made to Us Weekly, Lyric McHenry’s family says that they appreciate the well-intentioned support they’ve received from loved ones.

“The McHenry Family deeply appreciates the many communications of support,” the statement begins.

The family writes that they received this support “from Lyric McHenry’s many friends upon learning of her untimely death at approximately 6:00 AM the morning of August 14th, 2018.”

They want to help make the timeline clear, based upon what investigators have told them, in order to clear up confusion.

“Despite the speculation in earlier reports,” the family says. “At this point in time the cause of Lyric’s death has yet to be determined”

“In contrast,” the statement continues. “What is factual and known is that Lyric who just turned 26 last week on August 6, was a brilliant, creative, and lovely young woman.”

Lyric, they write, was a woman “who shared a deep passion for writing, film, and a long-standing commitment to social justice.”

She was, and they would prefer to celebrate her life than speculate about her death.

“She was a Christian who grew up in Los Angeles and attended the Center for Early Education,” the statement shares.

“And,” the family writes, Lyric “graduated from the Marlborough School in Los Angeles.”

“Lyric graduated from Stanford University in 2014,” the statement continues.

“Where she studied in Paris, France for a year,” Lyric’s proud family writes. “And spoke fluent French.”

Lyric was politically active even before she was old enough to vote.

They mention that she “worked on numerous social justice issues.”

Notably, Lyric volunteered for the Obama Campaign from 2007 to 2008 and then volunteered again in 2012.

She helped to make the world a better place.

“Lyric produced and raised funds via crowd funding for her first film,” the statement shares. “Which won several film festival awards”

“And,” her family reminds the world, Lyric “was a Producer and member of the cast of E! show EJNYC.

Lyric is well-known for her reality career, but there was so much more to her.

“Currently,” the statement shares. “Lyric was working on packaging and development of several well regarded film and TV projects.”

“She was also interviewing for several West Coast Media jobs,” they reveal. “Having returned to L.A. in February from working in NYC for several years and preparing her applications for a business school MBA Program.”

“Lyric’s warmth, compassion, and energy will be missed by many,” the statement acknowledges.

“And the family would appreciate that all speculation surrounding the circumstances of death cease,” they request.

Because she was found dead less than fully dressed on a sidewalk, some fear that Lyric was murdered. Others wonder if it was an overdose.

They are only making this request “until the real facts are determined during the current investigation by the NYPD and the City of New York.”

“The Funeral Service will be held in her hometown Los Angeles,” the statement concludes. “At a date to be determined.”

Rest in peace, Lyric. We hope that her family finds closure.

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Omarosa Releases Tape of Her Firing… from The Situation Room!

And so it has come to this, America:

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, a failed reality contestant who got to know the President of the United States back when he was a reality show host, is making major headlines for a recording she made of her firing.

The firing took place early in 2018 and was carried out by Chief of Staff John Kelly.

For whatever reason, Kelly told Omarosa that she was a goner from The Situation Room, which is the same secure location from which the country plans wars and raids and, like, the most confidential stuff out there.

But that wasn't all.

During an interview on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Omarosa secretly taped this firing in order to prove that she did NOT flip out when it occurred, as had been previously reported.

This would be an unusual enough of a move even before we stop to emphasize:

OMAROSA MADE THE RECORDING FROM INSIDE THE SITUATION ROOM.

What the heck kind of a$ $ backward security system is in place when a reality-show-contestant-turned-random-political-advisor can just sneak a cell phone into a meeting with the President's right-hand made and his Record?

Heck, when anyone can do this?

In the recording, Kelly calls for Manigault-Newman's "friendly departure" from the administration without any "difficulty in the future relative to your reputation."

Omarosa interprets this as a threat, telling Todd that the phrasing clearly implied Kelly would soil said reputation if Omarosa did not go away quietly.

(And this is when we must point out that we are not in any way defending Omarosa in any of this. Her only reputation is that of a total attention-starved loser. We're not sure how it could be soiled any futher.)

"We've got to talk to you about leaving the White House," Kelly says in the tape, adding:

"It's come to my attention over the last few months that there's been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you and the use of government vehicles and some other issues."

After getting canned, Omarosa appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and claimed she only took the White House position because it was a "call of duty" and because she had to serve and protect the country from Trump.

What a hero, right?

You can listen to the full recording here and, as you do, keep in mind that the real loser here is no Omarosa for once.

It's America.

"This is a HUGE security violation. HUGE," wrote Laura Rosenberger, the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a former Hillary Clinton adviser, on Twitter Sunday.

"Makes you wonder what other kinds of security breaches are occurring under this White House. "

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Carole Radziwill Mourns Dennis Shields, Releases Statement

Carole Radziwil is no longer a member of The Real Housewives family.

But the former Bravo star still chimed in this evening in response to a major loss for someone within this family.

We’re talking, of course, about Dennis Shields.

The 51-year old, known well to The Real Housewives of New York City viewers as the on-again/off-again boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel, was found dead on Friday morning.

According to a number of outlets, Shields appeared to have overdosed on prescription pills, with various sources saying he actually asked his assistant to give him a dose of Narcan around 9 a.m. on Friday because he knew something was amiss.

Narcan is a drug that is used to combat the effects of an opioid overdose.

Sadly, the request came too late.

Shields fell unconscious and was pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy is pending, but it is believed that Shields overdosed on oxycodone.

Frankel, who just discussed her relationship with Shields on the latest episode of the aforementioned Bravo series, has not yet commented on this tragedy.

But her main nemesis on the program has gone ahead and released a statement.

Via Twitter, Radziwill acknowledged Shields’ passing and said the following:

I just heard the sad news about Dennis. He was a good man. My condolences to all his family and friends. So tragic.

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Radzwill is the first of Frankel’s costars to speak on the Shields’ passing. 

The journalist announced last month that she’s leaving the program after six seasons, telling Us Weekly:

“I have decided to return to what I do best: journalism and producing.”

Many fans of this franchise believe that Radzwill was either forced out by producers due to her feud with Frankel or left due to this rivalry.

Either way, things between Carole and Bethenny have been contentious for a long time now.

But an awful event such as this pushes all of that tension to the side. It puts things into perspective.

Frankel and Shields starting dating in 2016, about 30 years after they first met.

The two stayed in touch over all those decades, eventually getting together at Shields separated from his wife and Frankel divorced Jason Hoppy.

The romance was up and down and was often chronicled on The Real Housewives of New York City.

On the August 8 installment of this series, Frankel confided in Dorinda Medley, saying she needed a break:

“I didn’t say it to Dennis, but in my own mind, I said, ’90 days. I’m not saying a word to Dennis for 90 days.’ It’s a really hard thing to realize that someone you love, it doesn’t mean they’re the right person,

“And I wish he was.”

Shields was still technically married to his estranged wife Jill at the time of his death.

This is what she said soon after the news became public:

“We are all heartbroken. Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life. His spirit lives on in our children. Please respect our family’s privacy at this time.”

The NYPD, meanwhile, has confirmed hat “police responded to a 911 call of an aided male inside of 721 5th Avenue. Upon arrival, they discovered the unconscious male at the location. E

“MS responded and pronounced the man deceased.”

We send our condolences to the loved one sof Dennis Shields.

UPDATE: Sonja Morgan has now also spoken out about Shields’ death, telling Radar Online of Bethenny:

“Dennis is her rock. Dennis was important to her, and her daughter. Another tragedy in her life. I’m so sad for her.”

We feel the same way.

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Demi Lovato Releases First Statement Since Near-Fatal Overdose

Demi Lovato has spoken out for the first time since nearly dying of a drug overdose just under two weeks ago.

In a statement released to the public, the beloved and troubled singer addressed this frightening incident… her road to recovery… and those who have been responsible for her well-being over the past several days.

Scroll down to see what Lovato had to say…

Via Instagram, this is how Demi opened her heartfelt message to fans and supporters:

I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time.

It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.

Lovato, as you likely know by now, was found unconscious inside her Los Angeles bedroom on Tuesday morning, July 31.

Initial reports indicated that Lovato has overdosed on heroin, but follow-up articles made it clear that the substance Lovato ingested or injected remains unknown.

The same can be said for Lovato’s status.

We know she’s alive. We know she nearly died. And we believe she has agreed to attend some sort of rehab for the third time over the past few years.

Continues Lovato in her statement:

I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond.

Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time.

Lovato has been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai in California for well over a week now.

In her message, the artist acknowledges that she came very close to dying.

And that she likely would have passed away if not for those around her (an assistant called 911) and the medical professionals who took over from there.

Writes the singer:

I want to thank my family, my team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time.

Without them I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you.

It’s hopefully a positive sign that Lovato recognizes this fact.

If she understands how close she came to accidentally killing herself, perhaps she will take the steps needed to attempt to get better once and for all.

Without revealing her plans for the future, this is how Lovato concluded her post:

I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side.

I will keep fighting.

We can’t say for certain when we’ll next hear from Lovato, but that isn’t important right now of course.

She needs to take as much time as she needs to heal, mentally and physically, and it will likely serve her best to do so far away from the spotlight.

We just hope she knows how much her fans love her as she takes the time she needs to arrive in a healthier place.

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