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Simon Monjack has died. The late Brittany Murphy's husband was found unconscious last night and pronounced dead soon after her mother called 911.

Law enforcement sources say Brittany's mom, Sharon, discovered him around 9:30, unresponsive. Simon Monjack was pronounced dead after paramedics arrived.

He was just 39 years old.

No cause of death is known, however, local broadcasts cited law enforcement sources saying it appeared to be a heart attack. Detectives are investigating.

The LAPD was at the home now along with the coroner, and a death investigation is underway. Many more details are sure to follow as the story develops.

R.I.P. Simon Monjack and Brittany Murphy.

The similarities of the spouses' deaths are chilling. Both were found unconscious by Sharon in the same room, possibly having succumbed to cardiac arrest.

Brittany Murphy died from cardiac arrest just five months ago on December 20. Despite being plagued by rumors of illegal drug use and eating disorders, her death was cause by pneumonia, an iron deficiency, anemia and multiple (prescription) drugs.

Strangely enough, two weeks before Brittany Murphy died, paramedics met the couple's return flight from Puerto Rico at LAX and took Simon Monjack straight to the hospital because he was experiencing trouble breathing on board.

He was long considered a shady, borderline criminal individual and was under much scrutiny throughout their marriage, which began back in 2007.

Monjack has actively defended Murphy in the months since she died, and even set up a sham charity in her name (he later returned all donations). We'll have more on this breaking story as soon as information becomes available.

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Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio, former frontman of Black Sabbath and his own band Dio, died over the weekend from stomach cancer. He was 67.

His wife, Wendy, posted the sad news on his website:

"Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May."

"Many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all."

"We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss."

"Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010).

Wendy announced that her husband was diagnosed with stomach cancer on November 25, and he underwent at least seven rounds of chemo. His current band, Heaven and Hell, canceled its summer tour on May 4 because of his condition.

Born Ronald James Padavona, Dio performed with the bands Testament of Apollo, Elf and Rainbow before joining Sabbath in 1979 after Ozzy Osbourne left.

He was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame on January 17, 2007.

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LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg was found dead at her home in Nevada yesterday afternoon, according to local police. It is not known why. She was only 25.

According to law enforcement sources, the cause of death has not yet been determined, but officials are currently conducting a "death investigation."

A two-time NCAA All-American, Blasberg was named Golfweek's 2003 College Player of the Year after finishing the season No. 1 in the rankings.

ESPN reports that police responded to a 911 call, but they did not say who made the call. More details will surface shortly as the story develops.

R.I.P. Erica Blasberg (1984-2010).

Blasberg's agent, Chase Callahan, released the following statement: "We are devastated to learn of the passing of Erica Blasberg. To most of the world, Erica was known as a professional golfer, but she was more than that."

"She was a loving daughter to her parents and a compassionate and loyal friend. Erica had a good heart, was extremely kind and very thankful for what she had in her life."

"She lived out her dream of playing professional golf on the highest level on the LPGA Tour, allowing her to help inspire others. We are proud of Erica for everything she accomplished. This is a painful loss, we feel it in our hearts and we will miss her."

"Erica would want those close to her to celebrate the life she lived. We ask that you keep Erica and her family in your prayers."

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Lena Horne's beauty, talent and race helped pave the way for generations of African-American stars. She passed away Sunday night at 92, reports The New York Times.

As she recounted in her successful, Tony-winning 1981 one-woman Broadway show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, the star was born in Brooklyn and rose from nightclub chorus to the rank of headliner, starting at Harlem's Cotton Club.

MGM's first leading actress of color, though she was often relegated to secondary scenes that could be edited out of movies when shown in the southern U.S.

Her films included 1943's black screen musicals Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather (the latter's title song became her anthem), though she was denied the role she long coveted: the mulatto saloon singer Julie in MGM's 1950 Show Boat.

That role instead went to her friend Ava Gardner.

In the end, Hollywood simply wasn't really ready for a beauty of color. Though she never played a maid, Horne was also denied leading-lady roles.

"They believed that audiences weren't ready," she said, referring to Hollywood studios. "They didn't know what to do with me. So they did nothing."

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Lynn Redgrave, an Oscar-nominated actress most recently seen on an episode of Ugly Betty last year, passed away last night. She was 67.

Publicist Rick Miramontez, speaking on behalf of Redgrave's family, said the veteran thespian died peacefully Sunday night at her house in Connecticut. She was surrounded by children Ben, Pema and Annabel.

"Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer," they said in a statement Monday. "She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Our entire family asks for privacy through this difficult time."

Lynn Redgrave

Redgrave's passing comes a little more than year after her niece, Natasha Richardson, died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident. Her older brother, Corin Redgrave, died last month.

Lynn received Oscar nominations for Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters, as well as Tony nominations for Mrs. Warren's Profession, Shakespeare for My Father and The Constant Wife.

Our thoughts go out to her loved ones.

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Sad news out of Colombia today:

Lina Marulanda, a well-known local TV personality and model in that country, was found dead in northern Bogota today. She was 29.

Authorities in the area suspect the cause of death was suicide, as Marulanda reportedly jumped out the window of her apartment.

Lina started modeling when she was 12. Recently, she separated from her second husband and insiders say she was struggling with the failed relationship. The model was known in Colombia for appearing in fashion magazines and for hosting the news on Caracol television.

Marulanda graduated from the University Jorge Tadeo Spirited of Bogota. She made her debut as a news anchor in 2002.

Our thoughts go out to her family and loved ones.

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Legendary rapper Guru has died after a battle with cancer. He was just 43.

Born in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, Keith Elam was a member of the duo Gang Starr, and is considered one of the pioneers of hip hop-jazz crossover.

His stage name, Guru, is actually an acronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal and/or the less often used God is Universal; he is the Ruler Universal.

According to reports, Guru passed away yesterday, having suffered from the grave, malicious illness for over a year and after numerous special treatments.

R.I.P. Guru (1966-2010).

Guru always tried to keep his harrowing cancer diagnosis in private but in early 2010 he had to admit himself to hospital due to serious effects caused by it.

While in hospital with terminal cancer, Guru wrote a letter, which was provided by Solar, to his fans addressing his illness, career, family and loved ones.

You can read that here.

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Dixie Carte of Designing Women and later Desperate Housewives fame, passed away Saturday morning at age 70. No further details have been released.

"This has been a terrible blow to our family," Carter's actor husband and frequent co-star, Hal Holbrook, said in a statement amid the terrible news.

"We appreciate everyone understanding this is a private family tragedy."

Dixie Carter (1939-2010).

Aside from playing Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women opposite Delta Burke, Annie Potts and Jean Smart, Carter appeared in Family Law and Diff'rent Strokes and scored an Emmy nomination for a guest stint on Desperate Housewives.

Carter was also an accomplished singer and Broadway star, whose credits included Thoroughly Modern Millie, Pal Joey and Master Class.

She and Holbrook began dating after working together in the 1980 TV movie The Killing of Randy Webster and married four years later.

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Influential guitarist Alex Chilton, who shunned the spotlight so much despite his considerable accomplishments that you may not be able to place the name, has died.

The singer and guitarist was just 59. 

His music career of more than four decades and included stints as a teen singer in the Box Tops, and then in alt-rock band Big Star, known for the hit "In the Street."

As a driving force behind Big Star, Alex Chilton inspired the likes of R.E.M., Wilco, Jeff Buckley and the Replacements, who even went so far as to pen "Alex Chilton."

"Children by the millions sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round/ They sing, 'I'm in love, what's that song?/ I'm in love with that song," the 1987 song goes.

R.I.P. Alex Chilton (1950-2010).

Not big on publicity, Chilton was happy to never reach celebrity status, despite all three Big Star albums ranking among Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest of All Time.

Sadly, Chilton passed away in New Orleans on Wednesday after experiencing what appeared to be heart problems. No official cause of his death has been released.

May he rest in peace.

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Peter Graves, a rugged actor who starred in the hit series Mission: Impossible, and whose career took a comic turn in Airplane!, has died. He was 83.

Graves was found dead Sunday in front of his Pacific Palisades home from apparent natural causes, said Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles P.D.

He had just returned from brunch with family to celebrate his upcoming 84th birthday. He collapsed on the driveway before he could reach his house.

One of Graves' daughters administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation but was unable to revive him, his spokeswoman said. May the star rest in peace.

Peter Graves starred in more than 70 TV series and films.

Typically playing the straight-laced hero, one of Graves' first big roles was in the 1953 classic, Stalag 17, in which he played an undercover Nazi spy placed among American POWs in a German camp. But his most memorable role was Mission: Impossible.

In the 1960s CBS series, later made into Tom Cruise vehicles, he played James Phelps, leader of the elite Impossible Missions Force. The show ran from 1967-1973 on CBS and 1988-1990 on ABC. He won a Golden Globe in 1971 for his role.

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