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Chris Lighty, hip hop mogul and longtime manager of big names such as 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey, was found dead in NYC this morning.

Lighty apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot would to the head.

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According to law enforcement sources, the 44-year-old Lighty's body was found by police around 11:30 a.m. in the back yard of his Bronx apartment.

Chris Lighty was pronounced dead on the scene, where a semi-automatic firearm was recovered. The death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

TMZ reports that he had been in an argument with his ex-wife and shot himself; the duo divorced last year and Lighty hadn't been the same since.

Our condolences to those who knew and loved Chris.



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Sylvester Stallone's half-sister, Toni-Ann Filiti, died Sunday night at age 48 after an extended fight with lung cancer, according to multiple news reports.

It's been a summer filled with tragedy for The Expendables 2 star, whose son Sage Stallone also passed away at 36 of yet-to-be determined causes.

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Filiti entered UCLA's ICU August 10, where doctors had "done everything" they could. Prior to her hospitalization, she had been living with her mom.

Filiti's son and Stallone's nephew, Edd Filiti, had accused the actor, on Facebook, of neglecting Sage Stallone in recent years. He recanted that claim.

Filiti was married twice and had a son, Edd, with second husband Louis D'Alto, an actor who appeared in several Stallone vehicles. They split in 2001.

Our thoughts go out to Stallone and his family.


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Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82.

Modest and quiet, the self-described "nerdy engineer" became a global hero with "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" on July 20, 1969.

That one small step was onto the moon, the first time such a thing had ever been done and marking the pinnacle of 20th Century space explorations.


His first words after setting foot on the surface will forever be etched in history books and in the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.

Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the lunar surface, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photos.

"The sights were simply magnificent, beyond any visual experience that I had ever been exposed to," Armstrong said in an interview years later.

In all, 12 American astronauts walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972, but none more famously than the Ohio native on Apollo 11.

Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement from his family said. It didn't say where or when.


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Comedian Phyllis Diller, a groundbreaking comedian who paved the way for female comics in the generations that followed, has died at the age of 95.

Diller recently hurt her wrist and hip in a fall, and her health had been on the decline ever since. She had been living in hospice care at her home.

The mother of three children, Diller passed away in Brentwood, Calif.

Diller deconstructed the role of homemaker, a role society expected to be immaculate following popular sitcoms of the times like Leave it to Beaver.

Her humor was self-deprecating. Her appearance - loud and proud clothing, eccentric makeup and crazily teased hair - went against stereotypes.

She was loud, raw and, at times, chaotic as she took on subjects like her fictional husband and child-bearing with her signature, lingering cackle.

But perhaps the most signature part of Diller's routine was her singular, lingering cackle, which alone would announce her entrance to a room.

Diller's fame wasn't deeply rooted in her own ill-fated TV starring vehicles: The Pruitts of Southampton and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show.

Rather it was her status as a comedienne - and mainstay on entertainment game shows and talk shows - that cemented her place in Hollywood history.

Other stars we've lost in the past 48 hours: Scott McKenzie and Tony Scott.


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Scott McKenzie, whose hit single "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" became a beloved anthem of the late 1960s, has died.

He was 73 years old.

McKenzie had been suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease that impacts the nervous system. His website confirmed McKenzie's death:

"Scott had been very ill recently and passed away in his home after two weeks in hospital. Farewell our much loved and wonderful friend."

Scott's "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" became one of the best known songs during 1967's famed "Summer of Love."

The song, which McKenzie sang, had been written by his childhood friend, John Phillips, who went on to form The Mamas and the Papas.

In addition to two albums, McKenzie worked and found fame as a songwriter, penning the catchy 1988 tune "Kokomo" for The Beach Boys.

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The sudden death of Tony Scott, who reportedly took his own life Sunday, has Hollywood's big names Tweeting condolences and memories left and right.

Here's what a bunch of his colleagues, contemporaries and fans had to say about the Top Gun director after hearing the saddest imaginable movie news:

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Ron Howard: "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day"

Lee Unkrich: "Shocked to hear about Tony Scott's suicide. Terrible news."

James Gunn: "RIP Tony Scott. Damn. He was a huge inspiration. Very sad."

Brian Bendis: "ugh! i am a HUGE tony Scott fan. that is horrible news. RIP."

Elijah Wood: "Awful news about Tony Scott. rest in peace."

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Tony Scott died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. The 68-year-old's death was being investigated as a suicide.

The filmmaker is best known for directing Top Gun, a sequel to which is reportedly in the works. His death was confirmed by his family late yesterday.

"I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's spokesman, Simon Halls, said.

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Reports indicate Scott plunged to his demise from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island around 12:30 p.m.

Unlike his brother Ridley Scott, Tony never dazzled with his vision; was a director critics loved to hate for his slick barrage of images at the expense of story.

From Top Gun to Crimson Tide, Beverly Hills Cop 2 and Unstoppable, he was a man of action films, living for sky, sea and earth in the name of movie adrenaline.

Tony Scott was partners with his brother Ridley in their production company, collaborating on a wide variety of film, TV and advertising projects. R.I.P.

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Joey Kovar, a former cast member on Real World: Hollywood who also appeared on Celebrity Rehab and struggled with substance abuse for years, was found dead inside a friend's Chicago home today.

He was 29.

Joey Kovar on MTV

The reality star's rep tells TMZ that Kovar's body was discovered by an acquaintance early this morning, blood coming out of his ears and nose.

The woman called 911 and EMTs pronounced Kovar dead at the scene.

Kovar departed the Real World about halfway through his season in order to seek help for alcohol and drugs. He then admitted on VH1's Celebrity Rehab that he often used cocaine and ecstasy.

Due to his history and the state in which he was found, family members reportedly suspect elicit substances of some kind played a major role in Kovar's death.

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Robert Wayne Birch, a veteran musician who has been playing alongside Elton John for 20 years, was found dead this morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 56.

Law enforcement officials tell TMZ that Birch's body was discovered - with a single shot to the head - around the corner from his house. No suicide note was found and there were no signs of drug use or foul play.

Birch had been played bass guitar for John since 1992 and contributed in 1997 to "Candle in the Wind," the biggest selling single of all-time.

He has also collaborated with Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Cher, Sting, The Backstreet Boys and The Spice Girls.

Our thoughts go out to Birch's loved ones.


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Ron Palillo - a veteran actor best known for portraying Horshack on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter - died of a heart attack this morning. He was 63.

Sources close to the actor confirm that Palillo passed away at his home in Palm Beach, where his body was found by partner Joseph Gramm around 4 a.m. He was later transported by ambulance to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Palillo was a heavy smoker who had been struggling with a cough, but he was otherwise in good health.

A native of Cheshire, Connecticut, Palillo rose to fame by portraying the lovable Arnold Horshack on the series that made John Travola famous. He also appeared on Laverne & Shirley.

Our thoughts go out to Palillo's loved ones.