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Alex Karras, an NFL lineman who starred with the Detroit Lions in the 1960s, then went on to a successful acting career, has died. He was 77 years old.

Alex Karras

Karras, who had recently suffered kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, his attorney.

Alex starred in the sitcom Webster and famously punched a horse in the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles, among other acting achievements.

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Sahara Davenport, a former contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race whose real name is Antoine Ashley, has passed away from unknown causes. He was 27.

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Logo, the network behind the reality series, confirmed the passing on its Facebook page this morning and released the following statement regarding Davenport:

"He was an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl [Westerberg], in their time of need."

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Justin Bieber is mourning the loss of his biggest and cutest fan today.

Avalanna Routh, referred to by many who knew her as "Mrs. Bieber," succumbed this afternoon to a long battle with cancer. She was six years old.

In February, due to a persistent Facebook campaign, a visit was arranged between Routh and Bieber in New York City.

The two spent hours there playing Candyland and exchanging playful kisses and hugs.

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Steve Sabol, who co-founded NFL Films decades ago and changed the way we watch the game, passed away this morning after battling brain cancer.

He was 69.

Steve reportedly suffered a seizure in March 2011. He had been receiving treatment ever since for a tumor in his brain that doctors could not remove.


Sabol co-founded NFL Films in 1962. Its dramatic montages, music and candid player soundbites from the field fueled the league's immense popularity.

NFL Films produced several iconic shows in addition to its feature-length movies, including Hard Knocks, NFL Films Presents and Football Follies.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Sabol's deat:

"Steve’s passion for football was matched by incredible talent and energy .. Steve’s legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.”

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John Ingle died Sunday at the age of 84.

On Monday, the actor best known for his work on General Hospital was remembered as a "Father, Husband, Grandan, Great Grandan, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Teacher, Inspirer and Mentor" by his family in a touching Facebook post.


"May You Soar with the Angels. You will forever hold a special place in the deepest corners of our hearts," his family wrote, as tributes from his peers poured in.

Frank Valentini, executive producer of the daytime soap, took to Twitter to share thoughts on the passing of the star that brought Edward Quartermaine to life:

"With great sadness, I share the news of John Ingle's passing. We love him and will miss him. John will always be a part of the #GH family."

Ingle made his final appearance on the show just last week. John's wife, Grace-Lynne Martin, passed away in February 2012. They had five children together.

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Joe South, the man behind many classic songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has passed away. He was 72.

According to The Associated Press, South's music publisher confirmed his client's death yesterday and cited an apparent heart attack at Joe's home in northeast Georgia as the cause.

Joe South

"He's one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His songs have touched so many lives. He's such a wonderful guy and loved by many," said Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group.

South performed on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" and Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and wrote such hits as "Games People Play" and "Walk a Mile in My Shoes." He won the Grammys for Best Contemporary Song and Song of the Year for the former track.

Our thoughts go out to South's loved ones.

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Mark Abrahamian, the lead guitarist for the band Starship, suffered a heart attack following a concert in Nebraska Sunday night and passed away. He was 46.

According to The Associated Press, Abrahamian collapsed in the group's dressing room following a performance in Norfolk. He was then taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Wrote Starship on Facebook:

"We are all shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of our guitar player Mark Abrahamian. Mark was a kind, thoughtful and innovative soul. He was also a friend and family member. Mark also happened to be one hell of a guitar player. We are devastated by the loss of our brother and just dealing with it the best we can."

Abrahamian joined the band - whose hits include "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - over a decade ago. We send our thoughts and prayer to his family and friends.

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About six weeks after he suffered a cardiac arrest and needed his fiancee - Omarosa Manigault - to revive him and get him to the hospital, actor Michael Clarke Duncan has passed away. He was 54.

Best known for his role in The Green Mile and most recently a series regular on Fox's The Finder, Duncan reportedly died unexpectedly, though he was hospitalized at the time.

TMZ sources say Omarosa's mother was at Duncan's side, while the former Apprentice star herself simply left the room for a short while and returned to the horrible news.

Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile

While details are sketchy at the moment, the actor's rep says his client never fully recovered from last month's myocardial infarction. The rep adds in a statement:

"[Omarosa] Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."

Prior to his Oscar nomination for The Green Mile, the 6'5", 300-pound Duncan served as bodyguard for such stars as Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and Notorious B.I.G.

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