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In sad news from the world of television today, Sid Caesar, one of the groundbreaking sketch-comedy artists in the history of the medium, has died at age 91.

His friend Larry King revealed Caesar’s passing on Twitter a little while ago.

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King writes, "Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar - a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic - there will never be another one like him."

A New York-born nightclub performer, he helped to usher in the TV revolution with a 90-minute Saturday night variety program, Your Show of Shows.

That was 1950 if you can believe that. The live TV broadcast became a hit that lasted four years and later morphed into Caesar’s Hour, from 1954-1957.

His writing staff included Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, and Larry Gelbart, but the real star of the show was Sid himself, and he worked at it.

Caesar was prolific but had no interest in small talk. He once said the hardest part of the show was being himself and wishing the audience good evening.

He will be missed, along with these other stars we've lost in 2014 so far:

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Shirley Temple, the beloved former child star who rose to fame as a dimple-cheeked redhead in the 1930s, passed away at her home in California last night.

She was 85 years old.

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Publicist Cheryl Kagan confirmed this sad news to the Associated Press, saying Temple (full name: Shirley Temple Black) was surrounded by friends and family members at the time of her passing.

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Darryl Robinson, host of the Cooking Channel's Drink Up program, was found dead in his New York City apartment yesterday. He was just 50 years old.

Per NY1 and the New York Post, police responded to a friend's concerned call about Robinson and found no immediate signs of forced entry or trauma.

There were no drugs or drug paraphernalia found in the apartment, police said, and the investigation into the death of the mixologist is still ongoing.

A medical examiner will determine Darryl Robinson's cause of death. No foul play is expected at this time. The Cooking Channel released a statement:

"Upon learning of this sad news, our thoughts go out to Darryl's family & friends."

His show, Drink Up, aired in 2010 and can still be seen in repeats. Besides Drink Up, he made appearances on Access Hollywood, The Wendy Williams Show and Today.

Our condolences to those close to Robinson, another star gone too soon.

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Billy Joel once memorably sang that "Only the Good Die Young."

While his point was that you should live your life, not be consumed by preconceived inhibitions, the phrase certainly still rings true in modern day Hollywood.

Be it from substance abuse or other tragic circumstances, some of the world's most beloved stars have met an untimely end long before they should have.

From Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin overdose and Paul Walker's fatal car crash to some whose deaths remained shrouded in mystery, it's a long list.

Scroll through The Hollywood Gossip's gallery of 21 shocking celebrity deaths below as we look back on some of the brightest stars who we lost too soon.

They may be gone from this world, but they are not forgotten:

21 Shocking Celebrity Deaths
Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. He was found with a needle in his arm and had a history of drug abuse.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. He was found with a needle in his arm and had a history of drug abuse.


Cory Monteith

2. Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith was 27 years old when he passed away. He overdosed on drugs during a night of partying in Vancouver.


Heath Ledger

3. Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger left us with one final, amazing performance. He earned an Oscar for his work as The Joker.


Paul Walker

4. Paul Walker

Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.


Gia Allemand

5. Gia Allemand

Gia Allemand was only 29 when she died. The former Bachelor contestant took her own life.


James Gandolfini

6. James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini will always be remembered as Tony Soprano. He died of a heart attack at the age of 51.


Amy Winehouse

7. Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse lived a hard life. She died of a drug overdose on July 23, 2011.


Gary Coleman

8. Gary Coleman

Rest in peace, Gary Coleman. The sitcom star left this world at the age from an intercranial hemorrhage.


Corey Haim

9. Corey Haim

We lost Corey Haim to a reported drug overdose in March 2010. He is remembered for a number of roles, such as Lost Boys.


Brittany Murphy

10. Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy poses here at the 2009 Video Music Awards. She passed away at the age of 32.


Michael Jackson

11. Michael Jackson

Celebrity death don't hit the world harder than that of Michael Jackson. He was 50 years old when he passed away.


Tupac Shakur

12. Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur poses here with his mother. The rapper was gunned down at the age of 25.


Aaliyah

13. Aaliyah

The music world lost Aaliyah in 2001. She died in a plane crash.


Tim Russert

14. Tim Russert

Tim Russert was as respected as it gets in the world of journalism. He died in 2008.


Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

15. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was a key part of TLC. She was killed in a car accident.


Whitney Houston

16. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston passed away the night before the Grammys. She overdosed in a hotel bathtub.


Princess Diana

17. Princess Diana

Princess Diana was taken from us in 1997. The iconic figure died in a car crash.


Kurt Cobain

18. Kurt Cobain

Rest in peace, Kurt Cobain. The rocker committed suicide in 1997.


Anna Nicole Smith

19. Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith died at the young age of 39. She lived a very troubled life.


Biggie Smalls

20. Biggie Smalls

Biggie Smalls got caught up in the East Coast/West Coast rap war. He was killed in 1997.


Natasha Richardson

21. Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson was married to Liam Neeson at the time of her death. She passed away from a skiing accident.


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The news that Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away sent a wave of sadness through Hollywood and the countless stars who admired him and his work.

It is believed that an overdose left Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at the age of 46. Whatever the official cause, the industry has lost a true giant.

A star of film, TV and stage, he left behind an impressive body of work, including his Oscar-winning turn in Capote and so many other great roles.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

As details continue to emerge about the tragic loss, celebrities throughout the entertainment world have flooded Twitter to pay their respects to Hoffman.

Below are some of the many notable Tweets from his peers and fans:

Aaron Paul: We lost one of the greats today. Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP my friend. You will be missed always and forever.

Jim Carrey: Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart. ;^{

Ricky Gervais: Such shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.

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In tragic news from the world of film today, acclaimed actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. He passed away in New York City at the age of 46.

The Academy Award winner was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan this morning, according to the New York Police Department, which is investigating.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, although an overdose is expected. According to TMZ, authorities found a needle in Hoffman's arm.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Photos: Through the Years
Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover of Rolling Stone. R.I.P.
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1. Philip Seymour Hoffman Rolling Stone Cover

Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover of Rolling Stone. R.I.P.


Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

2. Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor famous for both his stage and screen roles. He was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at 46 years old.


Philip Seymour Hoffman: Capote

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman: Capote

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote, the role that won him an Academy Award in 2005.


Young Philip Seymour Hoffman

4. Young Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away. The late actor was one of the best in the business.


Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

5. Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master, one of the late actor's many acclaimed filmed.


Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt

6. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt. The man was an absolute master as an actor and will be forever missed.


Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War

7. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War. This man could get into character like no other.


Philip Seymour Hoffman in Catching Fire

8. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Catching Fire

Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, one of his many memorable roles and one of his most recent.


Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous

9. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous, one of the star's many classic roles.


Eerie Philip Seymour Hoffman Photo

10. Eerie Philip Seymour Hoffman Photo

One of the last photos of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He posed for this in the months before his death.


Philip Seymour Hoffman at Work

11. Philip Seymour Hoffman at Work

Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the best actors of his, or any, time. R.I.P.


Philip Seymour Hoffman at Catching Fire Premiere

12. Philip Seymour Hoffman at Catching Fire Premiere

Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a key role in Catching Fire. And he poses here at the Los Angeles premiere of the film.


Philip Seymour Hoffman Photo

13. Philip Seymour Hoffman Photo

Welcome to Catching Fire, Philip Seymour Hoffman. This Oscar nominee will give The Hunger Games sequel a great deal of credibility.


Philip Seymour Hoffman Pic

14. Philip Seymour Hoffman Pic

Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the best actors alive. He's been nominated for Oscars and Tonys.


Philip Seymour Hoffman on the Street

15. Philip Seymour Hoffman on the Street

Philip Seymour Hoffman will be missed. The actor was one of the all-time greats.


Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights

16. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights

A photo of Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights, one of his many memorable roles.


Philip Seymour Hoffman (R.I.P.)

17. Philip Seymour Hoffman (R.I.P.)

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has left a huge void in the movie world. His tremendous talent will be forever missed.


R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

18. R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away. The late actor was just 46 years old.


Philip Seymour Hoffman Photograph

19. Philip Seymour Hoffman Photograph

It doesn't get much more talented than Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is one of the best actors of our generation.


The New York Times is also reporting that police Investigators found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be heroin.

The suspected overdose hasn't been confirmed, but Hoffman had struggled with drug problems, checking himself into rehab for heroin addiction in May.

He had been clean for 23 years before relapsing in 2012.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on his death, he was discovered alone in the bathroom at 11:30 a.m. in his 35 Bethune Street apartment.

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Colonel Meow, a cat who achieved viral stardom even by Internet standards that allow for disproportionate amounts of feline fame, has passed away.

He had been battling heart disease since last fall, and was only two.

Colonel Meow's rise to power began in a roadside gutter, but not the way Lindsay Lohan ends up there. He was abandoned, scared, alone and sick.

Eventually rescued from the mean streets, he was taken in by the Seattle Himalayan and Persian Society, and later adopted by Anna Marie Avey.

Who soon became known simply as "Slave Beast." Avey and her husband, Eric Rosario, began posting images of him on Instagram, and a star was born.

The Colonel commanded allegiance from growing numbers of faithful admirers - also known as his minions - thanks to that epic, badass scowl.

The furball also had a penchant for scotch, apparently.

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Anna Gordy Gaye, Marvin Gaye's ex-wife and the older sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, passed away this morning in Los Angeles. She was 92.

She died inside her home from natural causes, according to reports. Family members discovered that Anna had passed away around 3 a.m. Friday.

Gordy Gaye

Anna and Marvin Gaye got married in 1964, and she was a huge influence on his career, co-writing two hits on his classic "What's Going On" album.

Marvin Gay also said his hit song "Pride and Joy" was inspired by his courtship of Anna back in the '60s. The couple eventually divorced in 1977.

She is survived by one child, son Marvin Gaye III.

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