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Atlanta-based rapper Lil Phat was gunned down and killed in the parking lot of a Georgia hospital, officials confirmed Friday. He was only 19.

Two men seen running from the scene are being hunted by police.

Lil Phat (real name Melvin Vernell III) was murdered about 6:40 p.m. Thursday outside Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs north of Atlanta.

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Police say one of the two black men seen running away from the parking lot was short, wearing a red shirt, while the second was a tall and dressed in black.

The victim was taken to Northside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police declined Friday to say why Vernell was in the hospital parking area.

The parking deck has video surveillance cameras but it was not known if they captured any useful images. Officials are investigating the footage.

Lil Phat was probably best known for his appearance on the 2008 hit "Independent" by Webbie and Lil Boosie, MTV reported. R.I.P.

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Bob Welch, a musician best known for playing with iconic rock band Fleetwood Mac between 1971 and 1974, has committed suicide. He was 66.

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The artist's body was found inside his Nashville home today, police confirm, discovered there by his wife around noon local time. He reportedly shot himself in the chest and left a suicide note.

Following three years at the guitar and microphone with Fleetwood Mac, Welch formed British rock group Paris in 1976. He most well-known tracks include "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes."

Our thoughts go out to his family.

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Ray Bradbury, a writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vivid tales entertained the world and provided lasting, speculative blueprints for its future, has died. He was 91.

Bradbury died Tuesday night, his daughter, Alexandra Bradbury, told the AP.

He wrote at least 27 novels and story collections, most famously The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Just as notably, Bradbury wrote 600 short stories, and has frequently been credited with legitimizing and elevating the often-maligned reputation of science fiction.

Some say he singlehandedly helped to move the genre into mainstream.

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"The only figure comparable to mention would be [Robert A.] Heinleinand then later [Arthur C.] Clarke," said Gregory Benford, a UC Irvine physics professor.

"But Bradbury, in the '40s, '50s and '60s, became the name brand."

Much of Bradbury's accessibility and ultimate popularity had to do with his gift as a stylist, and ability to write lyrically and evocatively of lands an imagination away.

At the same time, the worlds he anchored in the here and now became so memorable because of the sense of visual clarity and small-town familiarity he instilled.

As influenced by George Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare as he was by Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Bradbury was a once-in-a-generation talent.

He will be missed, and he's even gone viral in the YouTube age. Follow the jump for a sexy, modern-day tribute to Ray from a much younger set of his fans:

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Richard Dawson, the legendary host of Family Feud and a veteran film and TV actor, has died from complications due to esophageal cancer, according to his son.

He was 79. Gary Dawson wrote on Facebook late Saturday:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer."

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"He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered."

Dawson hosted Family Feud from 1976-1985 and 1994-1995. He was also famous for being a regular on The Match Game and in the film The Running Man

He also played Capt. Peter Newkirk on the '60s show Hogan's Heroes.

Dawson was married to Gretchen Johnson, who he interestingly met when she was part of a contestant family on Family Feud. They got hitched in 1991.

He was previously married to Diana Dors, with whom he had two sons.

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Following a hospitalization for abdominal surgery in North Carolina, Grammy-winning folk singer Doc Watson passed away yesterday, the Associated Press confirms. He was 89.

The singer/songwriter actually lost his eyesight as a child, but that didn't stop him from going on to record such hits as "Tom Dooley" and "Shady Grove."

Watson toured for decades, beginning in the 1960s and faced tragedy in 1985 when he son Eddy was killed in a tractor accident. He is now survived by daughter Nancy.

The popular artist won seven Grammys, as well as a lifetime achievement award in 2004. In 1997, he was given the National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton.

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Johnny Tapia, a five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and legal problems, has died.

He was 45. Authorities were called to his house in New Mexico at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday. The death didn't appear to be suspicious, officials said.

Tapia won five titles in three weight classes, winning the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.

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He was regarded as the consummate underdog by his fans. The more trouble he found outside the ring, which was often, the more they rallied around him.

His life was also marked by tragedy - he was orphaned at 8, after his mother stabbed 26 times with a screwdriver and left to die - throughout.

In 2007, he was hospitalized after an apparent cocaine overdose. Several days later, his brother-in-law and his nephew were killed in car accident.

Tapia was banned from boxing for 3 1/2 years in the early '90s because of his cocaine addiction, but returned to win five titles from 1994-2002.

He last fought in June, outpointing Mauricio Pastrana in an eight-round decision. He finished with a 59-5-2 record over a long, tough career. R.I.P.

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Donna Summer's funeral in Tennessee has brought together musical legends from across the world, including famed record producer David Foster.

In addition to Summer, he worked with Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees and many other big name acts from the 1970s to the present day.

Giorgio Moroder is also present at the funeral, having produced several disco hits with Summer, including "Love to Love You Baby" and "I Feel Love."

Donna Summer died last week at the age of 63.

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The late singer's entire family is also at the ceremony, a private event taking place in Nashville (private, though up to 1,000 people are attending).

The Queen of Disco will be greatly missed.

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Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the Bee Gees and their now-iconic 1970s sound, has died. The singer succumbed to cancer at 62.

Gibb "passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," said a statement, which was attributed to Robin's family.

He died in England at 10:47 a.m., according to his family.

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Diagnosed with colon and liver cancer, Gibb had been in a coma as he battled pneumonia earlier this spring, representative Doug Wright said.

Doctors believe that Gibb had a secondary tumor, for which he had emergency surgery in 2010 for a blocked bowel and then had more surgery.

The only surviving member of the three Bee Gees is brother Barry, 65. Robin's twin brother, Maurice, died in 2003 from similar health problems.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says on its website of Gibb's band:

"In the 1970s, the Bee Gees dominated dance floors and airwaves. With their matching white suits, soaring high harmonies and polished, radio-friendly records, they remain one of the essential touchstones to that ultra-commercial era."

News of his death set off a torrent of reaction in social media. Musician Bryan Adams, for instance, lamented "another great singer dying too young."

"The Bee Gees were/are the gold standard when it comes to pop/r&b melody, harmony and vocal arrangement. Massive loss," wrote Claude Kelly.

Fellow British band Duran Duran and current pop sensation Bruno Mars were among many who posted their condolences to Gibb's brothers.

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Donna Summer died this morning after a battle with cancer. She was 63.

The singer was in Florida at the time of her death, according to reports.

Known as the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer was said to be trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. Just a few weeks ago, people close to her say she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on.

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Summer was a five-time Grammy winner who rose to fame with hits - "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" - that were synonymous with the 1970s.

Donna and her producer Giorgio Moroder defined the dance music era of the '70s, influencing acts like Duran Duran, David Bowie and many others.

Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano in 1980. The couple had two daughters together. R.I.P. to one of the greats.

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History Channel star Mitchell Guist, who appeared on Swamp People alongside his brother and passed away following a fall from his boat, died of natural causes.

So states the official autopsy for Guist, E! News confirms, though Sheriff Mike Waguespack of the Assumption Parrish Sheriff's Department in Louisiana says "more details will be released when the final report is made" in four to five weeks.

Mitchell Guist died Monday at the age of 48.

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Guist was pronounced dead at Teche Regional Hospital in Morgan City, not long after falling into the water from what appears to have been a cardiac incident of some kind.

He left behind his brother Glenn, a fellow alligator hunter on Swamp People.

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