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Jay Adams, an iconic skate boarder who was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie Lords of Dogtown, died late last night in Mexico.

He was 53 years old.

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Insiders tell TMZ that Adams passed away of an apparent heart attack while on vacation with his wife and two children. They had been on an extended three-month holiday when the tragedy struck.

Adams had reportedly been sober for months and had no history of heart problems.

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Another celebrity death has befallen Hollywood.

With Robin Williams having committed suicide on Monday, and Lauren Bacall succumbing to old age yesterday, TMZ now confirms that Million Dollar listing star Edith Flagg has also passed away.

A holocaust survivor and a fashion mogul, Edith was a viewer favorite on her grandson Josh Flagg's program.

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"My grandmother was a legend, not only in my eyes, but in the eyes of the countless people she helped and touched," Josh wrote to TMZ via email. "Beverly Hills and LA have lost one of the great members of the community."

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Lauren Bacall, a legendary actress who got her start back in 1944 and worked for six decades in cinema, has passed away.

She was 89 years old.

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Bacall’s death was confirmed by the Humphrey Bogart Estate via Facebook.

"With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," read the online message posted this evening.

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The death of Robin Williams shocked fans the world this week, but sadly, he is but one of many stars to have passed away many years too soon.

For all the joy he brought to millions of lives, the actor battled substance abuse and severe depression at various points in a life cut short by his own choice.

He is far from alone. Be it from severe illness, addiction or other tragic circumstances, some of the stars who shone the brightest also met untimely ends.

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Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.

From Robin Williams' suicide to Philip Seymour Hoffman's overdose, Paul Walker's car crash and others that remain cloaked in mystery, it's not a short list.

Their respective careers, however, remain etched in history. They may be gone from the world we inhabit, but their legacies live on, each and every day.

Robin, Philip and so many others who tragically passed on have left their marks on this world, and having touched us all, will always have a place in our hearts.

Scroll through our list of 23 shocking celebrity deaths above as we look back on some of the famous and talented individuals who we lost far too early.

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With the world still in shock over the suicide of Robin Williams, the actor's wife has released a statement in mourning of the late Oscar winner.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken," said Susan Schneider, adding:

"On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions." 

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The role that started it all. Robin Williams starred as an alien on the late 1970s sitcom Mork & Mindy.

Williams shot to fame in the 1978 sitcom Mork & Mindy.

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Robin Williams is dead at the age of 63.

According to The Associated Press, the former Oscar winner and veteran actor committed suicide inside his Northern California home.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office reports that authorities responded to a 911 call just before noon today and found the star’s unresponsive body on the scene; a coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia.

Williams went back to rehab last month to focus on sobriety and insiders confirm alcohol remained an issue for him up to the very end.

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J.J. Murphy, a veteran Irish actor best known Stateside for his portrayal of Ser Denys Mallister on Game of Thrones, collapsed and died on Friday.

He was 86 years old.

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Murphy portrayed the oldest member of the Night’s Watch and commander of the Shadow Tower on the HBO epic.

He was in the middle of shooting Game of Thrones Season 5 when he passed away, with more scenes set to come in the weeks ahead.

It's unknown at this time whether producers will re-cast the role in the wake of the actor's passing, or cut Mallister out of future episodes.

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Martha Stewart's younger sister, Laura Plimpton, died yesterday at her home in Weston, Connecticut, having suffered an apparent brain aneurysm.

Her famous sibling shared a tribute on her official website.

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"My youngest sister, and the youngest of the six Kostyra siblings, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, passed away today in Norwalk Hospital," Stewart, 73, posted.

Although Plimpton was rushed to the hospital after falling ill, doctors could not save her, Stewart's message said, going into further detail as follows:

"She woke up Monday morning at 5:30 a.m., did her elliptical and treadmill, then showered and felt ill enough to call her husband, Randy, for help."

"Laura left a living will so she was kept on life support until today so her three children could say their goodbyes, and the testing could be completed for organ donation."

Following her first husband's death, Plimpton went to work for her sister. More than 25 years later, she still ran daily operations at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

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Actress Marilyn Burns, who is best known for starring in the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, has died this week at the age of 65.

News of her passing was first reported late last night.

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A rep for the actress told TMZ that she was discovered on August 5 by a family member in Houston, adding that the cause of death is still unknown.

No further information was immediately available.

Burns' character famously survived Leatherface in the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie and went on to make cameos in the 1994 and 2013 sequels. 

The Scream Queen, as she was nicknamed, also appeared in other notable horror films such as Eaten Alive, and the TV mini-series Helter Skelter.


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Former White House press secretary and outspoken gun control advocate James Brady has died at the age of 73, his family said in a statement Monday.

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The family cited "a series of health issues" for the long-time political spokesman and figure who was paralyzed during a shooting 33 years ago.

"Over the years, Jim inspired so many people as he turned adversity into accomplishment," the family said in the statement, referencing the attack.

That attack was the 1981 assassination attempt on his boss, President Ronald Reagan. Brady went on to lead a gun control campaign that bears his name.

The federal law that requires background checks be conducted on handgun buyers, The Brady Bill, passed in the ensuing years, to James' great pride.

"Few Americans in history as directly responsible for saving as many lives as Jim," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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