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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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Actor Corey Haim has been found dead in Los Angeles. He was 38.

The LAPD said that the troubled former child star's death appeared to be the result of an accidental drug overdose, and an investigation is currently underway.

Haim is best known for '80s films License To Drive and The Lost Boys. Haim and actor Corey Feldman starred in License To Drive and Dream a Little Dream.

Sadly, Haim's drug abuse took over his life and helped ruin his once-promising career. He attempted a 2006 comeback with the reality show The Two Coreys

R.I.P. Corey Haim (1971-2010).

The successful show, again pairing him with his namesake, lasted two seasons, but Corey Feldman refused to do a third because of Haim's continued drug use.

We'll have more details on Corey Haim's death if and when they are available as the story develops. We wish his family and friends the best in this tough time.

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Tragedy has struck the Osmond family.

Michael Blosil, the son of Marie Osmond, committed suicide last night. The trouble teen, who left a suicide note, jumped from his Los Angeles apartment building around 9 p.m.

Entertainment Tonight confirmed the news and quoted Donny Osmond as saying: "Please pray for my sister and her family," while Marie recently released a statement that reads:

"My son Michael is an amazing young man, shown through his courage in facing his issues. As his mother, I couldn't be more proud of him. The press and public have always been kind and gracious in the past, and I know they will continue to respect our privacy during this time."

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Michael was one of Marie's eight kids. He reportedly suffered "severe depression" throughout his life, insiders say, and entered a rehab facility in 2007 at age 16.

Marie and Donny have canceled their Las Vegas show tonight, of course, and there's no word on when they might return to the stage. Our thoughts our with their loved ones.

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The Andrew Koenig saga has ended in tragedy.

Almost two weeks since the former Growing Pains actor went missing, Koenig was found dead yesterday in a wooded area of a downtown park where he often spent time. All indications point to suicide.

Said actor's father, Walter Koenig: “My son took his own life... If you can learn anything from this, it’s that there are people out there who really care, and you may not think so, and ultimately it may not be enough, but... before you make that final decision, check it out again, talk to somebody."

Police spokeswoman Jana McGuinness simply echoed that sentiment: "I'll let Mr. Koenig's words speak for themselves."

Speaking at a press conference at the park, McGuinness said foul play was not an issue, but added she could not elaborate until the coroner completed the investigation.

Koenig recurred on the 1980s sitcom as Richard "Boner" Stabone. His last television appearance took place in 1993 on an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Our thoughts go out to his family.

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Alexander McQueen, an internationally known and respected fashion designer, was found dead today in his London home.

Sources are reporting that McQueen committed suicide, as the UK media organization Sky News says he hanged himself in his apartment. No official cause of death has been released, however.

The 40-year-old British designer was often responsible for outfits worn by such stars as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Prince Charles.

Said rep from McQueen's office in a statement:

"At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with [McQueen's] family."

A new line from the artist, McQ, was set to be debut this afternoon at New York Fashion Week. He was also scheduled to premiere his new collection at Paris Fashion Week on March 9.

Our thoughts go out to McQueen's friends, family and loved ones.

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Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie on Deadliest Catch has died.

Sons Jake and Josh Harris broke the news on the Discovery Channel show's official site, where updates on Harris had been posted since his January 30 stroke.

"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad - Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the entire crew, he was someone who never backed down."

"We will forever remember and celebrate that strength. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. - Jake and Josh Harris"

Harris, who was 53, was based out of Seattle, suffered a stroke during an offload of crab. He was found unconscious in a stateroom, was airlifted to Anchorage for 12 grueling hours of surgery, then placed in a medically induced coma.

R.I.P. Phil Harris with sons Josh and Jake.

He had shown signs of improvement last week, squeezing hands and even telling his doctors and nurses, in his signature gruff style, to not "f--k things up."

Phil Harris, a fisherman for 32 years, was a co-owner of the Cornelia Marie, which he'd captained for 18 years; Jake and Josh work on the ship as deck hands.

Fans reached out Tuesday night on the show's message boards, where comments have been posted since Phil Harris fell ill, offering condolences to the family.

The Discovery Channel said in a statement that Phil "more than someone on our TV. Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him. We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart."

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Actor Justin Mentell, perhaps best known for his starring role on Boston Legal, died in a car accident in rural Waukegan, Illinois yesterday morning.

He was just 27 years old.

Mentell passed away when his Jeep swerved off a steep embankment and hit two trees at about 8:30 a.m. The actor was not wearing a seatbelt.

Justin Mentell portrayed lawyer Garrett Wells on Boston Legal from 2005-2006; more recently, he appeared as Terrell in the 2009 film G-Force.

R.I.P. Justin Mentell (1982-2010).

Born in Austin, Tex., Mentell was also an accomplished athlete who was a former member of the U.S. Junior National Speedskating team.

Our condolences go out to his loved ones.

Sad news like this tends to happen in bunches. Mentell's death follows the passing of former NFL star Jay Novacek's wife LeAnne and news of Phil Harris of Deadliest Catch falling into a coma after a stroke. We'll be hoping for Phil's recovery.

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LeAnne Novacek, wife of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek, has died, a spokesperson with the Tarrant County medical examiner's office said.

Dallas-Fort Worth's' WFAA cites a self-inflicted gunshot as the cause of death. The 45-year-old LeAnne was discovered dead at 9:05 a.m. this morning.

At 8:37 a.m., Burleson police and fire departments responded to "a report of a medical emergency, possible suicide" at a residence in Burleson, Texas.

Police on the scene called the Tarrant County coroner's office and detectives. The police investigation is ongoing, with an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday.

R.I.P. Jay Novacek's wife LeAnne was found dead earlier today.

Officials say that Jay Novacek was not at the residence when police arrived. No suicide note was found, but more information may be revealed shortly.

Jay Novacek played six seasons for the Cowboys from 1990-1996 and was a major contributor to teams that won three Super Bowls over four seasons.

He retired in 1997. He and LeAnne Novacek continued to live in the area after his retirement, and Jay remained closely involved with his former team.

Our thoughts are with LeAnne's and Jay's families after this tragedy.

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