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Chick Fil-Fil-A founder Truett Cathy died today at the age of 93.

Though he pulled himself up from poverty to found one of the most successful fast food chains in America, Cathy may end up being best remembered for the controversies that resulted in part from his conservative religious beliefs.

Truett Cathy Photo

Though the company was being operated by Truett's son Dan at the time, the Chick-Fil-A gay marriage controversy of 2012 resulted in boycotts and public outcries against the iconic brand.

Chick-Fil-A was even banned by the city of Boston as a result of Dan Cathy's admission that he was opposed to gay marriage.

Truett had long since handed over the reins and adopted the honorary title of chairman emeritus, but many credited his fundamentalist religious beliefs (all Chick-Fil-A locations are closed on Sundays) with laying the groundwork for the marriage rights dust-up.

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When Joan Rivers passed away last week, there was an immediate outpouring of grief and affection from celebs ranging from Kylie Jenner to Samuel L. Jackson.

R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014)
R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014). She will never be forgotten.

Rivers had a lot of famous friends and openly discussed her desire for a "Hollywood funeral" in her memoirs and stage acts. 

When the iconic comedienne was laid to rest on Sunda, the star-studded event in her honor - complete with song-and-dance numbers - would certainly not have disappointed.

Howard Stern delivered a eulogy that was reportedly filled with the sort of off-color jokes that made Joan famous. The New York City Gay Men's Chorus opened the show. Hugh Jackman sang "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage," followed by one last standing ovation for Joan Rivers.

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Molly Glynn, a veteran actress most recently seen as a doctor on NBC’s Chicago Fire, was killed on Saturday after being struck by a falling tree during a bike ride with her husband.

Molly Glynn and Husband

The 46-year old was out in Chicago's Erickson Woods when she got caught in a downpour around 3 p.m.

Joe Foust - who was riding ahead of his wife at the time - heard Glynn yell that the couple should take cover, just seconds before a tree was uprooted and crashed into the actress and her bike.

Glynn (who had been wearing a helmet) was taken to Evanston Hospital on Saturday and passed away there from her injuries.

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Simone Battle, a former contestant on The X Factor and a member of the all-girls group G.R.L., was found dead in her Los Angeles home yesterday. 

She was 25 years old.

Simone Battle Pic

The artist signed with G.R.L (a reboot of The Pussycat Dolls) following a run to the Top 17 on the U.S. version of Simon Cowell’s reality competition in 2011.

Battle’s father tells TMZ his daughter’s body discovery in the bedroom of her apartment in a West Hollywood neighborhood.

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Yesterday, Hollywood and popular culture lost a legend as comic Joan Rivers died following complications from a surgical procedure. She was 81 years old.

R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014)
R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014). She will never be forgotten.

Rivers stopped breathing during an operation on her vocal cords. She was placed in a medically induced coma and never regained consciousness.

An autopsy was performed today to figure out exactly what prevented Rivers from recovering from her initial cardiac arrest, but medical examiners were left with no definitive answers.

The official coroner's report obtained by TMZ claims that no "cause and manner" of death could be determined.

A further investigation that will include toxicology reports and interviews with medical professionals who have treated Rivers will be launched next week.

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Comedy trailblazer Joan Rivers passed away earlier today following complications from a surgical procedure last week.

Joan made a career out of taking down the highest and mightiest of the celebrity world, but what she was also a beloved Hollywood personality for nearly six decades.

R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014)
R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014). She will never be forgotten.

While Rivers gained headlines in recent years for her feud with Kim Kardashian and her comments about stars like Rihanna and Selena Gomez, but reactions on social media today reflect the love and admiration that so many felt for the comedy icon:

Donald Trump: "Joan Rivers was an amazing woman and a great friend. Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed."

Lisa Vanderpump: "So sad. Each time I met her I thought what a wonderful lady, gracious humble and funny. It's a huge loss."

Kathy Griffin: "A legend, a friend, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind."

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Earlier today, Joan Rivers passed away after complications from a surgical procedure caused her to be placed in a medically-induced coma last week.

In a way, it was fitting that we learned of Joan's condition the same day that we found out Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married.

Joan spent much of her career deflating the egos of A-list stars, and she likely would've gotten kick out of the fact that her last act involved upstaging the world's most famous couple.

Sadly, we'll never get to hear Joan's biting takedown of Angie's wedding dress.

Joan Hosts the Tonight Show
Joan was a frequent guest and fill-in host on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. She and Carson never spoke again after she launched a rival late night show.

The loss of her talent will leave a void in the comedy world that won't be easy to fill, as even at the age of 81, Rivers frequently made headlines for her often controversial - and always witty - insights on celebrities, fashion, and world events.

It's hard to pin down the funniest and most shocking moments from her more than five decades in the spotlight, but we've compiled some of her most indispensable feuds, one-liners, and wisecracks in the gallery above.

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Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81. The comedian had been fighting for her life since she stopped breathing during a surgical procedure last week.

R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014)
R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014). She will never be forgotten.

The one-of-a-kind star "passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends,” Joan's only daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers reportedly died of cardiac arrest this afternoon.

She was admitted to New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital August 28 after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic.

In the ensuing days, Rivers was placed in a medically-induced coma to assess her condition, then placed on and subsequently taken off life support.

The petite blonde firebrand won't be remembered for the events of the past week, but for the pioneering confessional female comic persona she embodied.

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Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of bands Survivor and Cobra, died passed away suddenly on Sunday night, just a day after performing in Northern California.

He was 63 years old.

Jimi Jamison on Stage

Jamison's booking agent, Sally Irwin, confirmed the sad news to TMZ, saying her client died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis.

Jamison joined Survivor in 1984 (following their smash hit from the Rocky soundtrack, "Eye of the Tiger"). He was the frontman on classic tracks such as "The Moment of Truth," "The Search Is Over," and "Is This Love."

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Richard Attenborough, an acclaimed British actor and director whose film career spanned more than six decades, has passed away at the age of 90.

The actor's son, Michael, told the BBC that his father died, having been in poor health. UK Prime Minister David Cameron called him "one of the greats of cinema."

Attenborough

Attenborough won an Academy Award for Best Director with Gandhi in 1982, only one of many highlights of a distinguished career as actor and director.

With his distinctive white hair and beard, "Dickie" was one of the most familiar and beloved faces on the British film scene for more than half a century.

He appeared in a many major films, directed a series of them and was known for his extensive work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF as well.

Gandhi, a film that was 20 years in the making and won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, was his crowning achievement, but far from his only one.

He also played the theme park developer in Jurassic Park and Kriss Kringle in a remake of Miracle on 34th Street, showcasing his range in his later years.

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