Ving Rhames (real name Irving Rhames) is an affable actor best known for his role in the Mission: Impossible trilogy, as well as Pulp...

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Ving Rhames released a statement Monday offering condolences over the death of his caretaker, who was mauled by the actor's dogs at Rhames' home this month.

"I was out of the country when this shocking and terrible tragedy occurred on my property," Rhames said in a statement.

"Jacob Adams was not just a devoted employee â€" he was also a dear friend. I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to his family."

Although Rhames goes on to say that a "coroner's report confirmed that my dogs were not the cause" of Adams' death, the Los Angeles Department of Coroner says an autopsy is pending, and no initial findings have been released.

However, at the time of the body's discovery on August 3, Capt. Matt Blake of the LAPD said that while the man was "definitely mauled" by the Pulp Fiction star's three mastiffs and one bulldog, "there is no solid evidence that they were the cause of death."

The case is still under investigation
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It's unclear if Ving Rhames will face any liability in the case, or what the fate will be of his dogs, which are in custody at the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services.

Let's just hope they don't end up in the care of Michael Vick.

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Los Angeles animal services personnel were spotted taking four mastiffs away from Ving Rhames' home Friday after a caretaker was fatally mauled by his dogs.

The actor has long been fond of the breed, which are often used as guard dogs. The appeal of owning one of those - let alone four - as a private citizen? No idea.

In a 1999 interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Pulp Fiction star showed off his "petrifying" Ambullneo mastiff named Samson and his three mastiff puppies - Storm, Scorsese and Cage.

The latter two, naturally, were named after director Martin Scorsese and actor Nicolas Cage, with whom Rhames worked on the film Bringing Out the Dead.

He also talked about his 170-pound Fila Brasileiro named Kong.

"The dog was actually bred to guard slaves," Rhames said.

"It was the only dog they found that had the temperament to guard a slave. It could be around you every day, but if you tried to run away, it would deal with you like it never saw you before."

In other news, Rhames said Michael Vick is getting a raw deal.

During the aforementioned L.A. Times interview, Ving Rhames lavished his canines with attention, at times speaking to them in baby talk.

Still, despite their intimidating appearance, Rhames insisted that his dogs were all bark no bite. "He just wants to play," Rhames said of Kong.

In a 2001 interview with Time, Ving Rhames said that he tests out his characters on his dogs to make sure that he's completely embodied.

"Once I'm close to that transformation, then I do it for my dogs - because dogs know when something's not right," Ving Rhames said.

"I figure if I can fool them, then I've successfully changed my spirit."

While preparing for the role of Don King in the television movie Don King: Only in America (for which he won a Golden Globe), Rhames adopted the promoter's speech patterns and mannerisms and tried out the character on his pets.

"I changed my voice, my diction, my movement - and then I tested it on the dogs," he said. "The dogs started growling at me. That's a true story."

And not an un-scary one.

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Here's a story that should make Michael Vick feel a little better.

At least it might... if that disturbed, pathetic waste of oxygen were human, and thus were capable of having feelings.

Anyway. Four dogs belonging to actor Ving Rhames are suspected of having mauled his caretaker, found dead in the property next to Rhames' Brentwood home Friday.

"We removed three mastiffs and one bulldog - they were the size of lions - from Ving Rhames' property," said Capt. Matt Blake of the LAPD, "but we have no solid evidence that they were the cause of death."

Capt. Blake said the victim â€" described only as a 40-year-old African-American male - had access to the Mission: Impossible star's home but appeared to have jumped a fence next door after being mauled.

The animals have been taken to an animal shelter and are being examined for traces of blood, and the case is still under investigation.

Expect PETA to flip its lid over this latest animal tragedy. If its attack dogs (so to speak) aren't too busy mauling that cluck-head Elisabeth Hasselbeck, of course.

Rhames, 48, was not home at the time of the mauling. Which is good, as it means Rhames was spared the canines' wrath. Although if he were there, Ving might have been able to calm the pups down. Okay, we're going to cut this debate short now.

Um, How about that Lauren Conrad? She's pretty.

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