Ex-UCLA Basketball Star Tyler Honeycutt Dead of Apparent Suicide After Police Shootout

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Tina Turner’s Oldest Son Commits Suicide

Terrible news today out of the music world:

Tina Turner’s oldest son, Craig, was found dead at his home in Studio City, California at 12:58 p.m. this afternoon.

He was 59 years old.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has confirmed this tragedy, telling multiple outlets that Craig was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities reportedly arrived at his residence just after noon and pronounced him dead just a short while later, at the scene.

The aforementioned spokesperson told the press that a 911 call was placed, although it’s unclear just who made the call.

Says the spokesperson in a little more detail:

“The call was reported as a suicide, gun shot wound. The next of kin has been notified. There will be an autopsy done and there is an investigator at the scene.”

Craig was born when Tina was 18 years old, prior to her up-and-down marriage Ike Turner.

Once Tina and Ike were husband and wife, however, Ike adopted four-year old Craig.

(His biological father was a saxophonist named Raymond Hill, who performed with Ike’s band.)

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This awful piece of news of comes as the legendary artist is making a rare trip outside her new home country of Switzerland to attend Paris Fashion Week events.

Craig Turner worked in the real estate business in the San Fernando Valley.

His mother is, simply put, one of the most successful and respected solo singers in history.

She counts “What’s Love Got to Do With it” and “Proud Mary” among her best-known singles.

Tina also starred in such movies as Mad Max: Thunderdome and Last Action Hero.


Craig’s suicide, meanwhile, follows a sad rash of similar events around the entertainment world.

Over the past few weeks alone, iconic fashiond designer Kate Spade has committed suicide, while beloved chef and author Anthony Bourdain has done the same.

Both these stars took their own lives via hanging.

Spade was 56 years old and Bourdain was 61.

May they rest in peace and may Craig Turner rest in peace.

Our thoughts go out to Tina and all of her loved ones.


Carlos Lopez, Operation Repo Star, Dead from Apparent Suicide

Carlos Lopez Jr., a former reality star best known for his long-running role on TruTV’s Operation Repo, was found dead Sunday night on the balcony of his Los Angeles apartment.

He was 35 years old.

According to TMZ, Lopez’s body was discovered by his roommate around 8 p.m.

The roommate then dialed 911 and paramedics eventually arrived at the residence… but it was too late. Lopez was announced dead at the scene.

The cause of death appears to be a simple, obvious and tragic one:

Lopez was found with what looked to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. In its report, TMZ also claims that he left behind a suicide note.

Lopez was an Army veteran who served 37 months in combat with the 82nd Airborne in the Army, per his IMDB page.

He appeared on Operation Repo from 2012 to 2014 and also enjoyed small roles on television shows such as iCarly and CSI: Cyber.

Most recently, he appeared as a CIA station chief in the Tom Cruise movie, American Made.

Based on a recent Facebook post, it also sounds as if Lopez will have a small part in the upcoming Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee.

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Operation Repo, meanwhile, was the English-language version of the original Spanish reality program that aired on Telemundo.

Based out of California’s San Fernando Valley, it chronicles a professional team that conducted repossessions for finance companies; it was canceled in 2014 following six years on the air.

Wrote Carlos’ mother on Facebook not long after this awful news went public:

Our hearts are heavy. Our handsome adventurous and loving son Carlos Jr. Left is for Heaven yesterday and our hearts are so heavy. Keep our family and Carlos’s friend Ronnie Lee in your prayers please.

We’ve lost our eldest son and military warrior.

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Lopez’s death comes on the heels of two other suicides in Hollywood.

First, legendary designer Kate Spade took her own life via hanging. She was 55 years old.

Then, beloved chef and author Anthony Bourdain took his own life, also via hanging, while on location in France for his CNN show Parts Unknown.

On Monday morning it was revealed that Pawn Stars star Richard Harrison had died at the age of 77.

Very sad news all around.

May they all rest in peace.


Tyler Baltierra Details Suicide Attempt in Heartbreaking New Poem

We’ve been talking about Tyler Baltierra and his mental health for a while now, mostly because he and Catelynn Lowell have been putting such a focus on it lately.

For the past several months they’ve been dedicating themselves to ending the stigma around mental illness, and they’ve been doing it by being honest about their own struggles.

Catelynn, of course, did two separate six-week stays in a treatment center in Arizona back in winter, to deal with the grief of having a miscarriage and to work through some of her childhood trauma.

She allowed MTV to film much of that journey for Teen Mom OG, even though it was extremely personal and very tough to watch.

As for Tyler, he revealed a few months back that he was diagnosed as bipolar, and he’s also been very open about that.

He’s made several posts on social media about his feelings, and more recently he’s been sharing some poetry that’s really been letting his fans and followers in on his emotional state.

Yesterday, he posted a brand new poem, probably the longest, most intimate one he’s released to date.

And that’s because it’s a poem about his suicide attempt.

As he revealed in that book he and Catelynn wrote together, he tried to hang himself when he was just 12 years old, but was able to free himself before suffering too much damage.

It was bad enough reading about it in the book, but in this poem, he’s gone into even more detail — seriously, it’s a tough read with some graphic details.

Even in the caption he wrote for it, he admitted he wasn’t going to share it, “but I know that I’m not the only one who went through mental health struggles & I know that someone can relate to this experience.”

He said that the poem “was written in a very dark time in my life,” and that “I still don’t like to categorize myself as a survivor but the older I get, the more I realize that we are ALL survivors & we ALL are worthy enough to live!”

And with that, let’s get right into the actual poem, all right?

He begins by asking his readers to “Imagine a little boy almost 12 years old with an angry core & he’s already smoking & trying to find a way to not have his mind collapse to the floor.”

The boy, he writes, goes to school and gets good grades, but has a bad attitude, anger issues, and problems with authority, so he get suspended, but “it doesn’t bother him that bad cause he knows this week he’s gonna see his Dad.”

“But ya see, later on that week, he gets a call from his Dad that makes his knees become weak, ‘Sorry Son, your dad f-cked up again, I have to go back to livin in prison ya see, this is hard on me.”

Tyler’s obviously referring to his father Butch here, who’s been in and out of his life because of his drug addiction.

It’s had a profound impact on him, and as we’re seeing now, 12-year-old Tyler had a very hard time dealing with it.

The poem continues with “He cringes with pain& collects his tears as his ears hear the collect call disappear.”

“He sits in the middle of the kitchen, tears are falling to the floor as he rests his head on the cabinet door & asks what is this life even worth living for?”

As you can probably imagine, here’s where things get dark.

“He sees the knives on the counter,” Tyler writes, “he thinks maybe he can go out that way, he just wants his mind to stop the wander, to stop the shower, of all these emotions that hold all the power …”

Then he describes climbing a tree in his backyard to think and seeing a rope that used to hold a tire swing.

“He grabs that rope, ties it around his neck, then jumps with the weight of all his emotions & he can’t seem to cope with all that, which makes that rope snap back,” he recalls.

“He grabs that rope as it starts to choke, he’s gasping for air, now he’s losing hope, he’s struggling to breathe, he’s stretching his feet to reach the dirt & scrambling because his young naive brain didn’t believe how much this would hurt.”

See what we mean about this being a tough read?

Next, Tyler says that he struggled to get free, and when he imagined his mother finding his body, it gave him the extra motivation he needed to keep trying.

He was able to touch the tips of his toes to the ground long enough to catch his breath, and that helped him gather enough strength to pull himself up and get his head loose.

“He doesn’t believe what happened,” he continues, “he runs in the house & can’t believe how tight that rope just fastened. He can’t believe he just tried killing himself & how his little brain could be so saddened.”

He found some makeup to cover up the “red bleeding rope marks” on his neck, and as he was applying it, “he feels lost, sad, & happy, yeah all those emotions he feels simultaneously.”

“Lost in his mind, sad for all the desperate times, but happy to still be alive!”

It’s a lot to take in, right?

Fortunately, Tyler’s received nothing but support since sharing this, with many of his followers thanking him for being courageous enough to be so open and honest about such a difficult topic.

Lots of people have even told him that his poem is one of the most moving things they’ve ever read, which seems like some pretty high praise.

Here’s hoping that Tyler is feeling way, way better than he did when he attempted suicide, and that he never feels that low again.

Because seriously … how tragic.


Kate Spade: Drugs Found at Scene of Suicide, But…

We have an update on the tragic death of Kate Spade.

As previously reported, the iconic fashion designer was found dead on June 5 inside her Manhattan apartment.

The cause of death has been ruled a suicide by hanging.

Since this awful news went public, celebrities from across various industries have sent their condolences to Spade’s loved ones, while also expressing their shock and sadness over this development.

Spade was only 55 years old at the time of her death.

Now, TMZ has posted an update on the situation, writing on Thursday morning that drugs were found at the scene of Spade’s suicide.

But there’s a pretty big catch to this detail:

The drugs were not illegal.

According to law enforcement, officers looking through Spade’s Park Avenue residence instead came across the anxiety pills, which were prescribed to the designer.

It’s not even clear at the moment whether or not Spade has any of these meds in her system at the time of her passing.

Previously, Spade’s sister had come out and said her famous sibling had been battling Depression and/or other forms of mental health disease in the years and months leading up to her hanging.

We cannot say for certain if she was ever diagnosed officially, however.

Other insiders have said that Kate’s state of mind took a turn for the much worse after she and her long-time husband, Andy, went through a very difficult period in their marriage last year.

Andy has said in a lengthy statement that he and Kate were separated, but would occasionally dine together or spend time together for the sake of their 13-year old daughter.

This is what Andy Spade said in his emotional response to his estranged wife’s suicide:

Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years”My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her.

We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already…

Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives…

Our daughter was our priority.

We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce. We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how…

My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother. Kate loved Bea so very much.

Spade allegedly left a suicide note that singled out her child and emphasized how much Bea meant to her.

This is just tragic all around.

Kate’s funeral is being held Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, where she was born and raised.

We continue to send our thoughts to her loved ones and we hope Kate Spade is resting in peace.

Here is a look at other celebrities who have also died in 2018, including a few prominent ones who also killed themselves. RIP to all.


Anthony Bourdain: How Did His Mother Learn of His Suicide?

Gladys Bourdain called in to The Today Show this week.

The mother of Anthony Bourdain opened up in this back-and-forth about how she learned of her son's tragic suicide, while describing the celebrity chef and author as "feisty and very talented," as well as someone who was a "lover of people of all kinds."

As previously detailed across the Internet, Bourdain committed suicide last Friday by hanging.

His body was discovered in the bathroom of his French hotel room by close friend Eric Ripert.

Since this awful news went public, numerous celebrities, loved ones and colleagues have released statement of sympathy, shock and sorrow in regard to Bourdain.

But there's understandably something extra troubling and depressing when hearing from Bourdain's mother.

Gladys says that she learned of her son's death from his younger brother, Christopher.

She told Today she had last heard from Bourdain on Mother's Day.

Were there any signs at all that anything was wrong? Any signs she could see of anything like this coming?

"Not a one," she replied.

Bourdain, who truly made it big on television in 2005 with the series "No Reservations," was open over the years about his drug addiction and his past debt issues.

The Kitchen Confidential author and "Parts Unknown" host had spoken candidly about his past struggles in various interviews.

"He didn't disguise anything or take on any act of persona,'' Gladys said on Today, explaining how his on-screen personality reflected his off-screen demeanor:

"He was who he was, and it was out there for everyone to see."

Following Bourdain's passing, girlfriend Asia Argento released a statement in which she referred to him as her "love," saying in full:

Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did.

His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.

My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.

Watch the following video to hear more from Bourdain's mother:

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Anthony Bourdan Suicide: Major New Detail Revealed

While the world continues to come to grips with the loss of Anthony Bourdan, a key new detail regarding the celebrity chef’s death has been made official.

Bourdain, of course, tragically took his own life on Friday.

His body was discovered in a French hotel room by close friend Eric Ripert, who had been filming a new episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown with Bourdan in Ripert’s native country.

Those who have followed this sad story closely already knew that Bourdain killed himself via hanging, and they already knew his death took place in the aforementioned hotel room.

But French officials have now confirmed two more critical pieces of information:

  1. Bourdain hanged himself in the hotel room’s bathroom.
  2. He used the belt from his bathrobe to do so.

Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny also says that there are no signs of foul play.

There are no indications anyone had entered Bourdain’s room at the luxury Le Chambard Hotel any time close to the beloved star’s passing.

This should effectively end all official inquiries into Bourdain’s death.

Questions will continue to be asked about Bourdain’s state of mind and mental history and what could have possibly caused him to make such a heartbreaking decision.

But there are not many more practical details related to his suicide that remain uncovered.

The French prosecutor did add in his report that toxicology tests were being carried out, including urine tests, to determine if Bourdain was on any medications at the time of his hanging.

Said CNN in a statement yesterday morning:

It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdains.

His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.

His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.

Bourdain had premiered Parts Unknown on the networkin 2013 and won a Peabody Award shortly thereafter.

He was widely respected for the way he paid tribute on his show to a wide variety of cultures and countries.

Tweeted Italian actress Asia Argento, Bourdain’s girlfriend of about a year, hours after news of the chef’s death went viral:

“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds.

He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.

My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”

Bourdain leaves behind an 11-year old daughter from his second marriage.

He was 61 years old at the time of his death.

His final act came three days after fashion designer Kate Spade also killed herself; she did so by hanging herself in her New York City apartment.

In response to these developments, the Mental Health Association of New York tells TMZ that its hotline has experienced a 25% increase in call volume compared to this time last week.

The number has been shared by number of celebrities on social media, which the organization says has resulted in more people “being aware of the resource and calling the Lifeline to get help.”

It’s simply awful that it took the suicides of two respected global figures for this to happen.

But perhaps some solace can be found in the silver lining that people with mental health struggles are taking the necerssary measures to make sure they don’t end up like Bourdain, Spade and so many others.


Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade Suicides Spark Increased Calls to Suicide Prevention Hotline

The tragic deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade by suicide have sparked a wave of calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline … TMZ has learned. The Mental Health Association of New York tells TMZ … the hotline has experienced a 25%…