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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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Michael Johns, a singer who finished eighth on American Idol in 2008, passed away yesterday from a probable blood clot in his ankle.

He was 35 years old.

Johns, Michael

Johns released an album ("Hold Back My Heart") in 2009 and married Stacey Vuduris in 2007. The couple did not have any children.

A rep for the singer's fansite tweeted the sad news earlier today, writing online:

"It is with a heavy heart and inconsolable sadness that we confirm the passing of our friend Michael Johns."

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Jessica Barrymore, the half-sister of actress Drew Barrymore, was found dead yesterday morning in San Diego.

She would have been 48 years old tomorrow.

Drew Barrymore at Blended Premiere

According to local ABC affiliate KGTV, a woman named Marta Lopez found Barrymore inside her car around 6 a.m.

Upon seeing Jessica in the driver’s seat - surrounded by a SoBe energy drink and “dozens of white pills” - Lopez shouted “you need help!”

But Barrymore did not respond.

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Torrin Lawrence, a Gold Medal-winning track and field athlete, was killed this morning when his car was hit by a tractor trailer.

He was 25 years old.

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According to officials, Lawrence (who helped the U.S 4x400 relay team finish first at the IAAF World Relays) was driving in Georgia around 1:40 a.m. when his vehicle blew a tire and came to a stop.

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Ariana Grande's career is taking off in ways than no one could have predicted, but while the singer is enjoying phenomenal success in her professional life, she suffered a personal tragedy today that she's since shared with her millions of followers on Twitter.

Ariana Grande With Grandfather

Ariana's grandfather passed away this morning, and the grieving singer has since posted over a dozen of tweets about the loss, as she mourns and shares fond memories of her "favorite person."

"Thank you for your continuous love and light over the past few weeks," said Grande, addressing fans who offered prayers and condolences during Grandpa Grande's final days."

"We did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa. It only y'all knew how amazing he was. My heart hurts so much."

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Skye McCole Bartusiak, an actress best known for her role in 2000's The Patriot, was found dead at her home in Houston yesterday.

The young star was 21 years old.

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Bartusiak was only seven when she played Mel Gibson's daughter in the aforementioned drama. She also portrayed the child of Michael Douglas' character in 2001's Don't Say a Word.

The cause of death is unknown at this time, but Bartusiak's mother (Helen McCole Bartusiak) told CNN that her daughter had been suffering from epileptic seizures of late.

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Amiable and acclaimed actor James Garner of The Rockford Files and Maverick fame has died at the age of 86, according to multiple news reports.

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Law enforcement sources reported that an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles around 8 p.m. Saturday evening.

He was dead when they arrived. No immediate cause of death was available.

A man who cut a dashing figure but also brought a sly sense of humor, Garner played private investigator Jim Rockford from 1974-80 on The Rockford Files.

He was already known as gun-slinging Bret Maverick from 1957-60.

In many respects, Garner was unusual for being very successful in both film and television. He starred in more than 50 films over his impressive career.

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Elaine Stritch, a Broadway legend and three-time Emmy Award winner, passed away Thursday morning.

She was 89 years old.

Elaine Stritch

The actress is likely best known for her stage roles (Bus Stop, Sail Away, Company), but garnered a new fan base in 2008 when she began her run as Jack Donaghy ’s mom on 30 Rock.

She was nominated as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the role.

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Iconic blues guitarist Johnny Winter died last night at age 70. His body was discovered in a Zurich hotel room, and no cause of death has been reported.

Johnny Winter

A god among guitarists, Winter first hit it big in 1968 when Rolling Stone dubbed him one of the most skilled musicians of his time. In 2003, the magazine listed Winter as number 63 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Though he spent much of his career as a successful solo artist, Johnny is perhaps best known for his collaborations with his younger brother Edgar Winter, as well for his work with blues/rock group Johnny Winter And.

The latter group is remembered for the popular 1970 single "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," which later became a Top 40 hit for the band's guitarist, RIck Derringer:

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One year ago today, Cory Monteith died from a fatal heroin overdose.

The actor's shocking passing caused Glee to delay shooting for a few weeks while colleague mourned, especially girlfriend Lea Michele. 

She went on to release her first solo album, saying in many interviews that Monteith helped her write many of the tracks and that many were penned with the star in mind.

Take "If You Say So," for example.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy, meanwhile, has already said that he knows the final scene of his series (which wraps up in 2015) and that it will serve in some way to honor Monteith's memory.

We've published the following photo montage with the same goal in mind and continue to extend our condolences to the late actor's loved ones...

RIP, Cory Monteith
Cory Monteith starred on Glee as Finn Hudson. But a drug overdose sadly took the actor too soon.

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