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Jeff Hanneman of the thrash metal band Slayer has died. He was just 49.

The monstrous guitar player died of liver failure, according to reports.

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The punk rock-influenced thrash-metal legend and fellow guitarist Kerry King formed Slayer when both were auditioning for the same band in 1981.

Instead, they decided to start their own, to widespread success.

Slayer's sales neared 30 million albums worldwide, and they were often called one of the "big four" in metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax.

Hanneman is survived by wife Kathy, a sister and two brothers.

R.I.P.

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Chris Kelly, one half of 1990s pop duo Kris Kross, was found unconscious at home and later pronounced dead at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday.

Kelly (below, left) was 34 years old.

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An autopsy is planned before the official cause of death is announced but there is some speculation. A spokeswoman for the Fulton County police said:

"It appears [Kelly's death] may have been a possible drug overdose."

Kelly's cause of death has not been officially confirmed at this time.

Kelly and fellow rapper Chris Smith shot to super-stardom with the release of their 1992 hit "Jump." Their big gimmick was wearing their clothes backwards.

They were just 13 in 1991 when they were discovered by music producer/rapper Jermaine Dupri while performing at the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta.

Dupri's label, So So Def, signed the boys and launched them to stardom. Back in February 2013, Kris Kross reunited for a long-overdue performance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kelly's family at this time.

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Deanna Durbin, an actress who rose to fame as a child in the 1930s and 1940s, has passed away. She was 91.

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Durbin's son, Peter David, revealed the sad news in a fan club newsletter published yesterday, simply saying his mom died a "few days ago" and asking for privacy. He did not provide any further details.

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Leila Fowler's death has a small California town stunned - and worried.

The stabbing of the 8-year-old girl in her home in Valley Springs, Calif., has residents loading their guns and keeping their kids home from school.

Police, meanwhile, have few clues as they hunt for her killer.

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Police officials say that Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother, who was home with his sister Saturday, spotted an intruder, who ran out of the house.

The boy then found his sister badly injured and phoned his parents, who were at a Little League game. Leila was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The county coroner says she died from multiple stab wounds.

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Legendary country singer George Jones has died at the age of 81.

The peerless, hard-living star recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets, perhaps most notably the classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

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Rep Kirt Webster says Jones died today at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones recorded 150 (?!) albums and notched No. 1 songs in five separate decades, from the '50s to the '90s.

He was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but artists such as Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and many others.

R.I.P.

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A body pulled from the water just offshore in a Providence, R.I., park was that of Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student missing since last month.

Tripathi was identified through a forensic dental exam. He was just 22.

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A cause of death has not been determined, but the news puts an end to the mystery of his disappearance, which became doubly painful for his family.

Amateur online sleuths wrongly identified him as a possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Of course, this turned out not to be the case.

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Allan Arbus of MASH fame has died at the age of 95.

His role as the wise, dryly humorous psychiatrist of shell-shocked surgeons on the hit show was so convincing, people long believed he had experience in the field.

Now that's what we call acting, people.

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Alan Alda, who played Capt. "Hawkeye" Pierce, said in an interview Tuesday, "He was so authentic in the role it was hard to believe that he wasn't that person."

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Richie Havens has died.

The folk singer-guitarist, who shot to fame as the first act at the 1969 Woodstock festival, succumbed to a heart attack at his home in Jersey City, N.J.

He was 72.

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A statement on his official website confirmed his death and announced that a public memorial to honor his career is being planned for a future date.

"Beyond his music, those who have met Havens will remember his gentle and compassionate nature, his light humor and his powerful presence," it said.

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Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of Divinyls, died at her home in New York City yesterday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 53 years old.

The Australian rock band rose to fame in the early 1990s with the track "I Touch Myself," which hit number-four in the U.S.

The group released six albums between 1982 and 1996.

"Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity," Amphlett's husband, Charley Drayton, said in a statement," adding:

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