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Before proceeding further, I must make one statement. Thus far, the only endangered person with whom I had enough clues (from both Nostradamus and my own system of numerology) to make a positive identification in advance was Princess Diana. This is because Nostradamus actually named her. I have the name of only one other individual who will be in danger in the near future, but no definite date: singer/actress Madonna. Again as with Diana, Nostradamus provides her name -- base 7 numerology may provide the time.
It may be that other names are to be found in Nostradamus' prophesies that I will discover in good time. In the meantime there is only numerology, speculation based on historical trends, Nostradamus quatrains that are descriptive but do not provide a name, and these strange relationships between words and letters. The first such system that was developed was the "More" and "F" system.
Through use of the base 7 system, I was able to post a warning in advance on these pages in 2006 that Anna Nicole Smith might die no later than 2009 due to a Jayne Mansfield influence (Anna Nicole died in February 2007). Also, in February 2007, I warned that pop singer Britney Spears might attempt suicide by hanging in March. She did. On my forum I also posted in April 2002, based on name sounds and the Jayne Mansfield base 7 influence that Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was in danger of dying in a car crash. She died in a crash less than 24 hours later.
Those of us who remember the late 1960s and early 1970s well know that the period was marked by more than the Vietnam War, peace protests, and the rock and drug culture (although the last phenomenon listed partially contributed to the trend I am about to discuss). For those of us who were in adolescence it was our introduction to the shock of seeing celebrities we had grown to love, emulate, or simply had grown up with suddenly topple over one by one like a gruesome row of dominoes.
Certainly as young children or infants we had already been exposed -- whether or not we were aware of it -- to the earthshaking and tragic deaths of seemingly immortal men and women: James Dean, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Jayne Mansfield, Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy. Jaded Beatles fans -- or perhaps the Beatles themselves -- subjected us to a Paul McCartney death scare. Then a crazed convict who claimed to be Christ and Satan roled into one selected the Beatles' most unusual album and used it to perpetrate the most heinous, tragic, and brutal murders of this century.
Still, through it all, seemingly great gaps of time passed.
It was late 1969 when a series of inexplicable young celebrity deaths began. Rolling Stones drummer Brian Jones was discovered drowned at the bottom of his swimming pool. He had taken LSD and confused the water he was sucking into his lungs for air. Judy Garland, Dorothy of Kansas, succumbed to depression and her addiction to sedatives and alcohol, disappearing into Oz forever. Summer came and began fading to autumn. Like two shots echoing in the night Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were no more, their music and voices stilled, leaving their brief legacy behind in short stacks of vinyl and a few reels of film.
1971 came and crawled slowly along in the manner that years tend to pass for the very young. The noise of graduation parties and post-graduation parties filled the air, competing with the sound of private fireworks displays. Not long after, like a disturbing flash of de ja vu, the news was reported: Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, was found dead in a bathtub by his girlfriend -- a drug overdose victim (friends insist it was a heart attack) at the incredibly young age of 27. Morrison, originally a poet before being persuaded to join his famed rock band, was the most prolific of the three rock superstars who had died in the space of only ten months.
It seemed to end there and then: death that shocked, death that disturbed, death that saddened finally had played its trump card. For popular culture, this appeared to be true for a short time. But for those who read and wrote poetry, once a major domain of popular culture until the suicide death of Sylvia Plath in 1963 and the posthumous release of the final collection of her poems Ariel in 1965, 1972 would bring tidings of another senseless death. John Berryman, the most outstanding black poet in America, took his own life. In the autumn of 1973 the world would be shocked yet again with the sudden, unexpected death of folk-rocker Jim Croce whose small plane crashed en route to a live engagement.
There is rarely a year that passes that does not present us with that last look, the final review of a life lived long and well and peacefully departed from or else snuffed out senselessly and prematurely by accident, suicide, murder, or a premature and terminal medical event. The individuals mentioned above were not the only victims of the 1969 - 1973 period. Inger Stevens, Duane Allman, and Sharon Tate were among others who had also passed on before their time.
The purpose of the above reminisence may have already been plainly stated enough. Most of the major celebrities of the 1969 - 1973 period had one thing in common: they each had a first or last name beginning with the letter "J." Brian Jones, Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin (a double "J"), Jim Morrison, John Berryman, Jim Croce. I am convinced that this was not a coincidence. I should also add that, because John Lennon "retired" near the end of this period, he apparently bought himself some extra time. Still, on December 8, 1980, the founder and leader of the Beatles was murdered by a psychotic fan named Mark David Chapman.
It did not occur to me until late 1998 that something similar had been occurring for nearly a year. Following the shocking deaths of Princess Diana and John Denver, comedian Chris Farley was found dead of an apparent heart attack. As the new year began, a pretty young woman was seen more and more on television, praying in her prison cell, arms upraised to heaven. Karla Faye Tucker would be the first woman executed in Texas since the Civil War. The entertainment world quaked in May with the announcement of the death of Frank Sinatra. Florence "FloJo" Joyner, a famous black Olympics superstar would die in September, asphyxiating in her sleep, just as rock star Jimi Hendrix had done 28 years earlier in the same month. Television and film actress Mary Frann was found dead shortly after, prescription drugs strewn about the room wherein her lifeless body lay. The following month the word was out: Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart was dying of anorexia. Not true, she retorted angrily. It was a month-long death-scare rumour that had fooled even seasoned journalists. Then, in November, actor Michael J. Fox revealed that he was suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
I believed I now knew what was coming. Farley, Faye, Frank, Florence, Frann, Flockhart, and Fox had one thing in common: the initial "F." If the 1969 - 1973 period was being replayed in 1997 - 2001, then not merely a sub-culture, but the world would be in for a major shock in July 1999. A young male, wth the letter 'F' figuring predominately in his initials, would die suddenly and unexpectedly. But who?
I agonised over this as I began to build my website, naively believing that thousands of visitors would be beating a path to my pages. Surely I would be able to pinpoint who was in danger. Surely the word would get out somehow to the right channels to prevent whatever was going to occur in July. But so many women had died tragically since Diana's death in August 1997. Could it be that it would be a female celebrity rather than a male who was in danger of dying in July 1999? As I began to scramble for other possible clues, I decided to include both genders in the prediction.
The most outstanding sound in Jim Morrison's name was the sound "More." Was there anyone around today with that sound predominating in their name? Then a list began to form in my mind: Alanis Morissette, Van Morrison, Demi Moore, etc. Also Jim Morrison's initials: J.M. Could that be a clue? Could the first name of the individual be Jim, James, John? John Mellencamp, perhaps? (I recently have learned that Mellencamp has a heart condition and is exercising, dieting, and taking prescriptions to keep his illness in check.) Without realising it, I had the first initial, "J," correct, and the second initial as well -- what I didn't know was that the "FFF" would end up being a middle initial. I also began to wonder whether it was possible that "More" and "F" might work independently of each other -- each spawning a separate list of potential victims.
I joined GeoCities on May 7, 1999. On May 8, I began FTPing my web site. On May 10, I launched it. Then I began to promote it by submitting to search engines and directories. All the while this was going on, unbeknownst to me, television actress Dana Plato committed suicide in Moore, Oklahoma. It would be two weeks before I would learn of her death on May 8.
In June 1999, Star Trek lost its first major actor: DeForest Kelly ("Bones") died of stomach cancer. Then came that fateful day in July of which I had warned, remembering the death of Jim Morrison 28 years before. John F. Kennedy Jr. plummeted to his death in the Atlantic off Martha's Vineyard. His wife, Carolyn Bessette and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, died with him in the small plane they had been flying in to attend the wedding of JFK Jr.'s cousin.
Male and female would die.
It was quite a shock, especially with "JFK Jr." permanently affixed to the bottom of the television screen on CNN, a very famous person who I only marginally knew anything about. Yet, despite having the "what" and the "when" and even the originally-surmised gender of the person in media focus correct, I only had had fragments of the "who." I had never had any cause to consider the initial "K." The significance of that letter would not become apparent until it was much too late -- not only for JFK Jr., but for others as well.
Just as the "J" trend for the most part ended with Jim Morisson, I now suspect the "F" trend has also nearly finished with John F. Kennedy Jr. However, there may be one more major "F" at risk of death before his or her time.
Also, as with John Kennedy Jr. I sense tremendous danger for someone very famous with the name "John" in late 2001. It need not be a first name. Indeed, I am concerned that the individual in question may be singer/composer Elton John. I will be presenting my reasons for this on the "Early 21st Century: 2001" page soon.
As for "More" the potential victims continued to pile up until December 31, 1999, and were never anyone you might expect. For the exception of the mysterious death of English maven John Morgan (Morgan) in July 2000, I suspect its influence was largely a 1999 phenomenon.
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|Prediction: The 'F' hurricane has
formed. It is called Floyd. Watch it
carefully. Also, throughout the season, state of Florida; Ft.
NC; New cities (New York, New Bedford, etc.); East Coast
September 16, 1999: North Carolina, as far west as Fayetteville, New Jersey, and New York City were most adversely affected by Floyd (along with Virginia and Pennsylvania).
October 15, 1999 -- The east coast of Florida was severely battered by the surprise hurricane Irene. Ft. Lauderdale was worst hit by flood and death to six by electrocution.
|Prediction: In July 1999 a male or
female celebrity may die suddenly and unexpectedly. He or
she will be young. Base 7 suggests a set of potential
initials: J.M., A.M., V.M., D.M. J.S., or any
letter combined with the letter F.
July 16, 1999: Male and female celebrities JFK Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, along with Bessette's sister, Lauren Bessette, died suddenly and unexpectedly after Kennedy's small plane took off from Fairfield, NJ and crash-dived into the ocean enroute to Martha's Vineyard.
Services were held at the Church of St. Thomas More.
|May 4, 1999: The worst F5 tornado in history wreaks destruction on the town of Moore, Oklahoma||May 8, 1999: Dana Plato commits suicide in Moore, Oklahoma|
|October 31, 1999: Canadian race car driver Greg Moore dies in racing accident.||November 18, 1999: Actor Dudley Moore reveals he has Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), an often terminal brain illness.|
"Lone Ranger" Star Clayton Moore Dead at 85
Actor Clayton Moore
|December 28, 1999 --WEST HILLS, California
(CNN) -- Clayton Moore, the actor
forever identified with the Lone Ranger character, died
of a heart attack Tuesday morning at West Hills Hospital,
about 20 miles north of Los Angeles. He was 85.
Moore played the Lone Ranger from 1949 to 1951, riding his trusty horse Silver and accompanied by his faithful American-Indian friend Tonto as the pair brought law and order to the Old West in every half-hour episode. When he sat out a contract dispute with the producers, actor John Hart took over the role for two years. But Moore completed the show's run until it was canceled in 1957.
The Lone Ranger and Silver
Well, what can I say? I thought he was already dead.
Clayton Moore's days may have been numbered by the "More" influence, but there is no tragedy in a life lived long and well.
Lone American Hostage of Indian Airline Hijacking, Jeanne Moore, Returns to US
January 4, 2000 -- LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The sole American hostage on the hijacked Indian Airlines jet returned to California Tuesday. Jeanne Moore, 53, who was among the 155 passengers held on the plane for eight days, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport aboard a Lufthansa flight. Airline spokeswoman Maria Soler said Ms. Moore was tired and left the terminal with her son through an alternate route to meet her family outside the airport. She did not meet with reporters. Her Indian Airlines flight from Nepal to New Delhi was hijacked on Dec. 24, and the hostages were freed December 31. Ms. Moore's parents said they were anxious to see her.
"I'll be so glad to see her, and love her a lot," her 85-year-old mother, Marie Redding, said Monday from her Burbank home. Her father, Harold Redding, 86, said: "She travels quite frequently and she wanted us to go along with her on this particular trip, but we couldn't get away. Our health couldn't stand the rigors." Ms. Moore lives in Bakersfield, where she teaches disabled children.
Despite a terrifying and potentially deadly experience in a drama played out for nearly a week, this story has a happy ending for one MORE at least.
Sadly, I did not have the foresight to archive the 2000 series and deleted most of the files.
To see the 2001 series and summary, go first to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 1 and then visit Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 2. The summary appears on Archives 2.
To see the 2002 series and summary, go first to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 3 and then visit Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 4. The summary appears on Archives 4.
To see the 2003 series and summary, go first to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 5 and Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 6 then visit Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 7. The summary appears on Archives 7.
To see the 2004 series and summary, go first to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 8 and Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 9 then visit Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 10. The summary appears on Archives 10.
To see the 2005 series and summary, go first to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 11 and Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 12 then visit Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 13. The summary appears on Archives 13.
To see the 2006 series and summary, go to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 14.
To see the 2007 series and summary, go to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 15.
To see the 2008 series and summary, go to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 16.
To see the 2009 series and summary, go to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 17.
To see the 2010 series and summary, go to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 18.
To see the 2011 series and summary, go to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 19.
To see the 2012 series and summary, go to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 20.
To see the 2013 series and summary, go to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 21.
NOTE: Some years may have no summaries, especially recent years. I may dispense with annual summations altogether since the pages speaks for themselves (more or less).
|Anna Nicole Smith (d. 2007, SUICIDE BY DRUGS
Ann, Nah, Ah, Nick, Ick, Cole, Ol, Smit, Myth, Ith
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Anna Bielska, Anna Faris, Anna Friel, Anna Kournikova, Anna Lynn Mccord, Anna Mouglalis, Anna Murray, Anna Paquin, Anna Poppelwell, Anne Meara, Annie Lennox, Annie Potts, Anne Archer, Ann Blyth, Anne Hathaway, Anne Heche, Ann-Margret, Anne Murray, Anne Rice, Diana Agron, Diana Hayden, Diana Morgan, Diana Penty, Diana Rigg, Nicole Kidman, Nicole Richie, Lisa Nicole Carson, Nicollette Sheridan, Nick Adams, Nick Cassavettes, Nick Mancuso, Nick Nolte, Nicolas Cage, Jack Nicklaus, Harry Connick Jr., Mick Jagger, Rick Moranis, Cheryl Cole, Cheryl Ann Cole, Christina Cole, Lily Cole, Natalie Cole, Taylor Cole, Patti Smith, Will Smith, Loretta Swit. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
British comedian Rik Mayall dead at 56
June 9, 2014 -- Updated 1931 GMT (0331 HKT)
(CNN) -- Tributes are flowing in for much-loved British actor and comedian Rik Mayall, who died in London Monday at age 56.
Mayall, one of the leading lights of Britain's alternative comedy scene in the 1980s, is best known for starring roles in hit TV series "Blackadder," "The Young Ones," "The New Statesman" and "Bottom." His agent, Kate Benson, of Brunskill Management, told CNN Mayall died suddenly Monday; she did not know the cause of his death.
Mayall first found widespread fame in student sitcom "The Young Ones," which ran for two years on the BBC, and was later shown on MTV in the United States. The series, which he co-wrote, focused on the lives of four roommates at "Scumbag College." Mayall played politics-obsessed poet Rick alongside his long-term comedy partner Ade Edmondson as violent punk Vyvyan.
Edmondson led the tributes to Mayall Monday, telling Britain's Press Association news agency: "There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing. "They were some of the most carefree, stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him. And now he's died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard."
Writer and comedian Ben Elton told the Press Association Mayall had "changed his life" by asking him to work on "The Young Ones." "He always made me cry with laughter, now he's just made me cry."
In cult favorite "Blackadder" -- also co-written by Elton -- Mayall was memorably cast in the guest role of the womanizing Lord Flashheart, who steals the anti-hero's fiancé from under his nose -- at the altar. His lines were regularly repeated in schoolyards and student pubs. In the 1990s, he reunited with Edmondson for "Bottom," a slapstick-filled series about two unemployed flatmates who spend most of their time attacking each other violently with anything that comes to hand; the pair are reported to have come up with the idea for the show while starring in a production of Samuel Beckett's nihilistic "Waiting for Godot."
On Twitter, writer Hugo Rifkind suggested that fans of the show should pay homage to Mayall in true "Bottom" style: "Go home tonight, find someone you love, and hit them with a frying pan."
Mayall also branched out into movies, taking the lead role in 1991's "Drop Dead Fred," in which he played the imaginary friend of Phoebe Cates, returning years later to wreak havoc in the now grown-up Cates' life.
Mayall survived a near-fatal quad bike accident in 1998; he was in a coma for five days after the crash, on his farm in Devon, southwest England, and developed epilepsy as a result of the severe head injury he suffered when he was crushed under the bike. In an interview several years later, he joked that he "beat Jesus" by coming back from the dead after so long. In 2006, he told Britain's Observer newspaper: "I was dead for five days. Jesus was only dead for three, so I beat him -- 17 April 1998 was the day I was sent back from heaven." He said the accident left him "more aware of being alive."
House star Hugh Laurie, who worked with Mayall on "Blackadder," took to Twitter to recount a story about his co-star: "A young girl, stricken with terminal cancer, once asked Rik Mayall for an autograph. He wrote: 'Young Ones are never afraid.'"
COMMENTS (6/25/14): Technically, the name sounds for Rik Mayall are all over the place (Anna Nicole, River Phoenix, Paula Yates, Marie MacDonald) ... nothing really dominates from any one single name. This year was not high on the list of potential years for a renown comedian to die suddenly. The cause of death has been stated as an acute cardiac event, but cause of the event is still unknown. I would add that all these people with contributing name sounds have one thing in common: death by drugs overdose.
Danica McKellar Injured: 'Wonder Years' Actress Breaks a Rib in 'DWTS' Practice
By Dina Exil | Headlines & Global News
Apr 26, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
As "Dancing with the Stars" tradition follows - another week, another injury.
People reported that Danica McKellar is the latest contestant to suffer from an injury. The former "Wonder Years" star broke a rib Thursday during rehearsal for "Dancing with the Stars" Latin Night, scheduled to air this Monday.
McKellar tweeted about the injury to her over 90,000 Twitter followers on Friday, asking fans for a little support.
"So...I broke a rib in yesterday's #DWTS rehearsal. Trying my best to pull thru and could use your prayers!! #wanttokeepdancing," the 39-year-old actress wrote.
It is unclear whether McKellar will be able to dance her way through the pain, or be forced to sit out the next round of live shows. Her dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy also took to Twitter to address her injury, writing, "Very very tough week #very."
The pair has been doing well this current season, even coming just one point away from a perfect score for their Beauty and the Beast-themed routine during Disney week.
The current season of "Dancing with the Stars" has been largely injury-free. During week three of the dancing competition, contestant Billy Dee Williams withdrew from the show because of back and arthritis problems.
However, McKellar is not the first celebrity to injure themselves on the physically grueling show. Last year, Bill Nye, The Science Guy, hurt his knee on the show. He was voted off the show the following week.
In 2012 Maria Menounos suffered two broken ribs during rehearsals with partner Derek Hough. The dancing pair still managed to continue to compete. In 2011, "DWTS" pro Kym Johnson injured her neck while practicing with dance partner Hines Ward.
"Dancing with the Stars" airs Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
COMMENTS (6/25/14): Dancing partner Mark Ballas, also injured earlier, doesn't show up on the name sounds for some reason except for vowels. Every inch of Danica McKellar's name is prominently seen on several name sounds: Anna and Nicole; Dandridge; Nicole, Darnell and Sanders. Only the M in McK is missing. Death by fire or drugs overdose seems unlikely to happen to this dancing actress/model.
|Jung Da Bin (d. 2007, SUICIDE BY HANGING)
Chung, Ung, Daw, Aw, Bin, In
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Neil Young, Leigh Taylor-Young, Robin Williams, Emily Robinson, Shauna Robinson. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|U;Nee (d. 2007, SUICIDE BY HANGING)
Oooo, Nee, Eeee
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Lulu, Lou Gossett, Lou Myers, Lou Perryman, Lou Reed, Lou Vanaria, Sue Ane Langdon, Pamela Sue Martin, Elizabeth Shue, Jewel, June Lockhart, Juice Newton, Jude Law, Judy Carne, Judy Collins, Louise Fletcher, Louise Griffiths, Louise Lasser, Louise Pitre, Lucy Lawless, Susan Clark, Susan Lucci, Susan Sarandon, Susan St James, Tuesday Weld, Bruno Campos, Bruno Mars, Carla Bruni, Geri Jewell, Nancy Loomis, Tina Louise, Olivia Newton-John, Adrienne Maloof, Reese Witherspoon, Jerry Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Moody, Tatum O'Neill, Liam Neeson, Neil Diamond. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|Chris Benoit (d. 2007, SUICIDE BY HANGING)
Chris, Riss, Iss, Ben, En, Oyt, Oy, Oi
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Chris Cooper, Chris Elliott, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Christopher Lambert, Christopher Norris, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Walken, Christine McVie, Christine Taylor, Christie Brinkley, Chrissie Hynde, Gwendoline Christie, Julie Christie, Ben Vereen, Dan Ackroyd, La Toya Jackson. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|Benazir Bhutto (d. 2007, BRAIN TRAUMA,
Ben, En, Ah, Zeer, Ear, Boo, oooo, Toe, Oh
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Britney Spears, Norman Lear, Pat Boone, Charo, Adrienne Barbeau, Adrien Brody, Olivia D'Abo, Kylie Minogue, Bo Derek, Bono, Chaz Bono, Dido. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
Glee' star Becca Tobin's boyfriend found dead in hotel room
By Rande Iaboni and Carolyn Sung, CNN
July 11, 2014 -- Updated 2232 GMT (0632 HKT)
(CNN) -- The boyfriend of "Glee" star Becca Tobin, Matt Bendik, was found dead in a Philadelphia hotel room, the actress' manager confirmed to CNN. "Matt has passed away. With respect to both the Bendik and Tobin families, there is no comment at this time," manager Ricky Rollins told CNN Friday.
Philadelphia police said the 31-year-old was found dead inside Hotel Monaco Thursday shortly after 1 p.m. ET. There appeared to be no foul play involved. "Housekeeping discovered this guest in the hotel room in the bed unresponsive," Officer Christine O'Brien said. "No cause of death has been determined," O'Brien said.
Tobin, 28, plays snippy cheerleader Kitty Wilde on the Fox musical show. Tobin joined the cast of "Glee" in the series' fourth season.
This is not the first tragedy to strike the show's cast. Actor Cory Monteith, who portrayed heartthrob Finn Hudson, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13, 2013. Monteith was also 31 years old.
At the time of his death, Monteith was dating "Glee" co-star Lea Michele, who plays Rachel on the show.
COMMENTS (7/16/14): A bad time for Becca.
Venezuelan beauty queen Monica Spear slain; daughter survives shooting
By Osmary Hernandez. Rafael Romo and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
January 7, 2014 -- Updated 2357 GMT (0757 HKT)
Caracas, Venezuela (CNN) -- In one of her last Twitter posts, Venezuuelan beauty queen Monica Spear wished her fans peace, health and love.
The 29-year-old soap opera star was gunned down by the side of a country road less than a week later. Spear and her ex-husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were driving in Venezuela's Carabobo state Monday night when their car broke down, officials said. Armed robbers opened fire, killing both of them. Their 5-year-old daughter survived Monday's shooting, authorities said, but was shot in the leg.
"It is presumed that the motive was robbery," Venezuelan Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said. "We are still investigating. There are five people detained who are being interrogated."
Spear was Miss Venezuela in 2004 and represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant the next year. Her popularity opened the door to acting roles in soap operas that eventually made her an international star.
She worked in Colombia and more recently in the United States, where she made her home in Miami.
She was vacationing in Venezuela with her family when she was killed. Hours before the shooting, she posted a video online showing scenic images of the countryside.
Spear, who studied theater at the University of Central Florida before winning the Miss Venezuela crown, appeared on the Telemundo soap operas "Flor Salvaje" (Savage Flower) and "Pasion Prohibida" (Forbidden Passion). "We are deeply impacted and saddened by the horrible crime that the beloved actress Monica Spear and her family suffered," the network said in a statement. "Monica was not just a great professional, as she showed in the two soap operas that she worked on with us ... but also she was an excellent person, always enthusiastic and with great strength and determination."
Word of Spear's slaying spread quickly on social media and drew a massive response from fans in the South American nation and well beyond its borders. Movie stars, fellow soap opera actors, athletes and government officials expressed sorrow and condemned the attack. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the killing a massacre and said more needed to be done to put a stop to violence.
Venezuela is one of the world's most violent countries, according to a United Nations ranking. One person is killed roughly every 21 minutes in Venezuela. And there were 24,700 violent deaths last year in the oil-rich country of roughly 30 million people, according to the nonprofit Venezuelan Violence Observatory. "This happens every day in Venezuela. ... If the victim had not been this actress, the person would simply be one more statistic," said Luis Izquiel, a lawyer and criminologist in Caracas.
The observatory says the country's murder rate has soared to nearly 80 deaths per 100,000 people. Government statistics put the figure significantly lower, at 39 deaths per 100,000.
Richard Linares, Spear's Venezuela-based personal trainer, said the slaying shows how little life is valued in his country. "Life does not matter," he told CNN en Español on Tuesday.
"A life can be traded for some shoes. It devastates me that there is a 5-year-old girl who is asleep, and when she wakes up she will ask how her parents are, and she no longer has any parents," Linares said.
Venezuelan officials said they're committed to solving the problem. A meeting of the country's governors to discuss crime-fighting strategies is scheduled for Wednesday. "It is painful, not only the death of this beloved Venezuelan actress and the wound her daughter received, but also the death of any Venezuelan who falls in the hands of violence," Rodriguez said. Authorities also said they had assigned two prosecutors to investigate Monday's slayings.
Spear's father told CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13 that he learned the devastating news about his daughter's death Tuesday morning while watching a Venezuelan television network in their Orlando, Florida, home. "There's no words to describe our pain. This is something that never should have happened," Rafael Spear said.
After her successful stints in soap operas, he said, his daughter had planned to take her career toward roles in Hollywood movies and French films. "She was a star," he said, "and she was the star of the family."
The beauty queen's daughter is in stable condition at a Caracas hospital, he said.
In an interview with The Huffington Post last year, Spear said she left Venezuela because of the country's security problems. But Spear was eager to visit her home country over the holidays, close friend and CNN Latino anchor Maria Alejandra Requena said. "She wanted to spend Christmas and New Year's in Venezuela," Requena said, "to travel around Venezuela, to let her little daughter know her country."
COMMENTS (4/7/14): Britney Spears and sister Jamie Lynn Spears had better watch out! That name sound of "Spear" is too uncomfortably close. Then again, maybe poor Monica took the heat instead so that Britters can live to be 36, the same age Marilyn Monroe was when she died in 1962 (coming up again in August 2018)!
|Paula Yates (d. 2000, SUICIDE BY DRUGS OVERDOSE)
Paul, All, La, Yay, Ay, Ate, Ates
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Alastair Yates, Cassie Yates, Paula Abdul, Paula Cole, Paula Garces, Paula Kelly, Paula Labaredas, Paula Lane, Paula Malcomson, Paula Marshall, Paula Patton, Paula Poundstone, Paula Prentiss, Paula Trickey, Paula Zahn, Paul Bettany, Paul Hogan, Paul McCartney, Paul Michael Glaser, Paul Rudd, Paul Simon, Paul Sorvino, Geri Halliwell, Shelley Duvall, Robert Duvall, Dee Wallace-Stone, Kathy Bates, Justine Bateman, Bill Gates, Christina Applegate, Rebecca Gayheart, Freda Payne, Mariel Hemingway, Rebecca DeMornay, Susan Dey, Barbara Corday, Amanda Pays, Faye Dunaway, Jane Curtain, Jane Fonda, Jayne Meadows, Jane Seymour, Jay Leno, Kate Hudson, Kate Jackson, Kate Nelligan, Kate Winslet, Tuesday Weld, David Clayton-Thomas, John Elway. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
By Alan Duke, CNN
May 21, 2014 -- Updated 0251 GMT (1051 HKT)
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Michael Jace, who played a Los Angeles cop in TV's "The Shield," has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his wife, police said Tuesday.
Police found April Jace, 40, shot to death in her south Los Angeles home Monday night, Los Angeles Police Det. Lyman Doster said.
Michael Jace, 51, called 911 to report that his wife had been shot, Det. Dean Vinluan said, adding that he "was on the phone with the operator." Neighbors who heard gunshots also called 911, he said. "At this moment, the motive of the murder is believed to be domestic violence," a police statement said.
Investigators detained Jace at the couple's Hyde Park-area home Monday night and booked the actor on a homicide charge early Tuesday, according to Doster. Jace was booked into a Los Angeles jail with bail set at $1 million.
CNN has been unable to find the name of any lawyer Jace may have hired to defend him in this homicide case. He is not expected to appear in court before Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney said.
Two children were in the home when their mother was shot, Vinluan said. The children, whose ages he would not reveal, were taken to a police station and then handed over to a representative of California's Department of Children and Family Services, he said.
Investigators have found no reports of domestic violence between the husband and wife at their south Los Angeles residence, LAPD Det. Iasparro said.
A woman described as a close friend of his first wife said in a sworn statement that she witnessed Jace physically abusing his wife in 1997. The declaration was in court records from Jace's 2005 custody case concerning his son with Jennifer Bitterman.
Jace "choked and hit" his wife and "slammed her against the wall while (their infant son) screamed in his crib next to her," Maria De Le Vegas said in the sworn declaration obtained by CNN. Jace "was raging and out of control, and seeing the extent of his anger was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen," she said.
Jace appeared to be suffering severe financial strain in recent years, according to court documents obtained by CNN. The actor filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in March 2011, citing $500,000 in debts and an annual income of around $80,000 from residuals from his TV and film work, the documents said. Jace had defaulted on the $411,000 mortgage on the south Los Angeles home where his wife died, according to the documents. His bankruptcy case is still active, according to his lawyer.
He married April Jace in June 2003, a year after divorcing his first wife, with whom he shared a son who is now a teen.
The FX police drama "The Shield" was the biggest and longest-running role in Jace's 22-year acting career. He appeared in 89 episodes as Julien Lowe, who started as a rookie officer in an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct in 2002 and rose through the ranks to become a detective before the series ended in 2008, according to the Internet Movie Database.
He acted on several episodes of "Southland," another TV drama about Los Angeles police, between 2009 and 2012. Jace often played a law enforcement or military officer on television shows. He is credited with roles in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Private Practice," "The Mentalist," "Burn Notice" and "NYPD Blue."
He had the title role of Michael Jordan in the 1999 TV movie about the NBA star, "Michael Jordan: An American Hero." Jace played Officer Brown in Russell Crowe's 2009 film "State of Play," and he portrayed a Black Panther member in the 1994 blockbuster movie "Forrest Gump."
April Jace had worked for the past year as a financial aid counselor at Biola University, a private school in La Mirada, California, according to the school. "We are obviously shocked and saddened by this terrible news, to lose a wonderful colleague, mother and friend," Biola President Barry Corey said in a written statement. "April's radiant personality brought great energy to the financial aid office," financial aid director Geoff Marsh said. "Her love for helping students and families and her great work ethic earned the respect and love of her coworkers. Her smiling face and helpful spirit will be missed by all."
COMMENTS (5/26/14): The murder of April Jace by husband, actor Michael Jace, appears to be a year premature if it is a repetition of the Dorothy Stratten murder/suicide by husband Paul Snider in August 1980, the OJ Simpson murder of Nicole Brown Simpson in June 1994, or the murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley by husband Robert Blake in May 2001. This should have occurred in May-August 2015 rather than May 2014. Then again, the murder/suicide committed by wrestler Chris Benoit against his wife Nancy and son Daniel in June 2007 is on target with the May 2014 slaying by Michael Jace of his wife. This could mean that the 2007 murder/suicide was not merely a year early but a new "setting" for the line of death from what would be 1980-2015 to 1980-2007-2014. The last name Jates is a near match to Yates (Paula Yates).
Early casualties from 2013 with "Paul" name sound:
|Name: Paul Walker
Died: November 30, 2013
Cause of death: Died in an horrific, fiery car crash. Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by a racing team partner, that slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in an office park in Santa Clarita 30 miles north of Hollywood. His team partner also was killed.
Medical cause of death: Traumatic and thermal injuries. Both bodies were burned beyond recognition. Later reports indicate Walker may have survived the crash and was conscious when he suffered the painful and horrible experience of burning to death.
|Ofra Haza (d. 2000, COMPLICATIONS FROM AIDS)
Oh, Oaf, Fra, Ra, Ha, Zah, Ah
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Oprah Winfrey, Yoko Ono, Chelsea Noble, Kim Novack, Martha Hyatt, Martha Stewart. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|Audrey Hepburn (d. 1993, COLON CANCER)
Awe, Awed, Dree, Ree, Eee, Hep, Ep, Bur, Burn, Er, Urn
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Audrey Fleurot, Audrey Landers, Audrey Tatou, Maud Adams, Maud Fahy, Maud Wyler, Claudia Cardinale, Claudine Longet, Johnny Crawford, Richard Dawson, Goldie Hawn, Lucy Lawless, Twiggy Lawson, Al Green, Rex Reed, Brooke Burns, Carol Burnett, Olivia Burnette, Ellen Burstyn, Ernie Hudson. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|River Phoenix (d. 1993, ACUTE MULTIPLE DRUG
Riv, River, Er, Fee, Eee, Nix, Icks
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Joaquin Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Summer Phoenix, Pheobe Cates, Phoebe Price, Pheobe Tonkin, Sally Field, Joan Rivers, Geraldo Rivera, Veronica Cartwright, Beverly Garland, Stevie Nicks. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|Frank Zappa (d. 1993, PROSTATE CANCER)
Frank, Rank, Angk, Zap, Ap, Puh, Uh
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Moon Zappa, Aretha Franklin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Chapman. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|Phil Lynott (d. 1986, SEPTICEMIA)
Fil, Ill, Lie, Eye, Ein, Not, Ot
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Phil Collins, Bill Clinton, Stone Phillips, Lou Diamond Phillips, Billy Dee Williams, Sue Lyon. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|Medical examiner: Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott died by 'hanging'|
|By Eden Pontz, Greg Botelho
and Todd Leopold, CNN
March 20, 2014 -- Updated 1139 GMT (1939 HKT)
(CNN) -- L'Wren Scott, a notable fashion designer and longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, killed herself by "hanging," New York City's chief medical examiner's office announced Wednesday. "The manner of death was determined to be suicide," said Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the office.
Scott's remains have been claimed, according to Bolcer, though it was not immediately known by whom. Wednesday's announcement makes official what was suspected after news came out about the 49-year-old woman's death.
A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation earlier said Scott's assistant -- after responding to a text to "come by" -- found the designer hanging from a door knob with a scarf around her neck on Monday morning.
The lanky former model transitioned to become a stylist and eventually a designer. She designed costumes for films such as the 1996 remake of "Diabolique," 2000's "Mercy" and 2007's "Ocean's Thirteen." In addition to her haute couture creations, she designed a collection for Banana Republic that was introduced late last year.
|Madonna, Allison Williams and Christina
Hendricks were among her celebrity clients.
But she was most closely associated with Jagger, 70 -- not just for designing the iconic rocker's duds for the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary tour, which began in 2012, but for being his longtime companion. The couple had been dating since at least 2003. "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," read a statement on the singer's website, MickJagger.com. "We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me."
|LWren Scott wanted to ensure suicide worked|
|By Jamie Schram, Emily Smith and Bruce
New York Post
March 18, 2014 | 3:30pm
Mick Jaggers longtime lover didnt take any chances when she hanged herself, law-enforcement sources told The Post on Tuesday.
LWren Scott whose death prompted the Rolling Stones to postpone a nearly sold-out tour of Australia and New Zealand wrapped a tie around her neck before using a black satin scarf to hang herself from a door handle in her swanky Manhattan apartment on Monday morning, sources said. The necktie would apply more pressure, a source said. She must have figured that if the scarf wasnt long enough or something, then the necktie would choke her out. She clearly wanted to do the job right, the source added.
Sources said that Scott whose company was millions of dollars in debt spent the week before her suicide in isolation at Jaggers beachfront Caribbean villa before returning to Manhattan to hang herself. Scott flew to the private island of Mustique while Jagger was performing with the Stones halfway around the globe, the sources said.
The normally bubbly fashionista maintained a low profile while at the remote, celeb-friendly vacation spot, with bartenders at two local hot spots telling The Post that they hadnt seen her recently. Scott, who regularly posted pictures from the island on her Instagram account, was strangely silent during the solo getaway.
|Instead, one of the
model-turned-designers final posts to the account
which was disabled after her death
reportedly read: Fashion is the armour to survive
the reality of life.
She returned from the trip on Saturday, just two days before summoning her assistant via text message to her luxurious Chelsea duplex, a source said. When she got there Monday at about 10 a.m., assistant Brittany Penebre found the 6-foot-3 brunette slumped dead on the kitchen floor, her neck tied to a balcony door handle with a black satin scarf. Sources have told The Post that Jagger recently dumped Scott, 49, with one law-enforcement source describing her as the famed singers former girlfriend.
Scott, who was raised by adoptive parents and had long wanted a child of her own, was convinced she could change Jaggers womanizing ways, Scotts friend told the source. But Jagger ended their relationship for good within the past several weeks, Scotts friend said. He has blood on his hands, the distraught pal said of Jagger, according to the source.
Jaggers rep responded by reissuing a statement from Monday that said any claims of trouble between the couple were 100 percent untrue. The Daily Mail, citing a source close to the Stones, reported that Scott harmed herself about a month ago, but that the incident was hushed up.
In a message posted on the Rolling Stones Web site, the legendary rockers said they are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of LWren Scott.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement, the message said.
Also Tuesday, Jagger posted a full-body photo of the leggy, 6-foot-3 brunette he began dating in 2001, writing underneath: I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.
We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me, he added. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. He signed the message: I will never forget her, Mick.
Jaggers rep has insisted that the singer and Scott were absolutely still a couple when she died. A spokeswoman for the city Office of Chief Medical Examiner said an autopsy of Scotts body was scheduled for Tuesday.
|LWren Scott dead at 49: Designer and Mick Jagger girlfriend found hanged in apparent suicide as records show she was $6M in debt - March 18, 2014.|
COMMENTS (3/28/14): It just gets worse, doesn't it? Each month another model commits suicide; each time the victim is higher on the ladder of success. L'Wren Scott began as a model and remained a model, but she also was a top fashion designer who worked with major celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, and Madonna. Madonna seems to be a very unlucky person for a person to know since about 2008. Scott owned her own fashion company: LS Fashion Limited. Adding to that, she was Rolling Stones leader Mick Jagger's girlfriend since 2001.
There's not much to say, the news speaks for itself. L'Wren Scott was a major figure. And a very strange series of circumstances link her suicide to those of Charlotte Dawson, Gia Allemand, and Jiah Khan: all of them hanged themselves. Playboy model Cassandra Lynn Hensley so far has been the exception, yet her death was remarkable enough: a night of too much sex, drugs, and alcohol ... found a few hours later floating dead in a bathtub.
How and when will it all end ... and with who?? Or is this the ultimate finish to the prediction? A case now of PREDICTION OVERKILL.
ADDITIONAL NOTES (4/6/14): The above comments are from the prediction "Who Is The Next Anna Nicole Smith? Actress/Model/Singer Commits Suicide" on the 2014 (Part One) page. L'Wren Scott has, in the first name, a fusion of the "L" starting sound from (Phil) Lynott and the "En" sound from (Chris) Benoit. "Sc" beginning of last name from (Gia) Scala and also the "Ott" sound from the last name of (Phil) Lynott.
|Charlotte Dawson dead; Australian TV star found reportedly hanged|
February 24, 2014 (SYDNEY) -- Australian TV star and former model Charlotte Dawson, who became an anti-bullying activist after she was targeted online, has been found dead at age 47. Famed for TV shows such as "Australia's Next Top Model," the New Zealand-born star had a history of depression. She was found dead in her Sydney apartment on Saturday morning. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances, which is how they usually describe suicide.
Sydney's The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that she was found hanged.
In 2012, she was admitted to a Sydney hospital after a suicide attempt following an ongoing tirade of abuse on Twitter. She had taken prescription tablets with wine and tweeted: "you win" in a suicide note to her cyber tormentors.
She later made fighting bullying her personal mission, waging an anti-bullying media campaign on television and radio and in newspapers and magazines as well as her beloved Twitter. Her efforts and high public profile on the issue were recognized by the National Rugby League, a major Australian football association, which last year made her an anti-bullying ambassador. The NRL's One-Community campaign is an extension of its zero-tolerance policy toward racial abuse in football.
Dawson revealed in her 2012 autobiography "Air Kiss & Tell" that she was frequently visited by the "depression bogeyman."
She had long graced the pages of women's gossip magazines and scenes in reality TV shows. Her modeling career had taken her to Italy, Britain and Germany during the 1980s.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key tweeted he was "shocked and saddened" by the news of her death.
The Sun-Herald newspaper in Sydney reported Sunday that her body was found only minutes before her luxury waterside apartment was due to be sold at auction.
|The tragedy was discovered the day after the
birthday of her former husband, Scott Miller, an
Australian Olympic silver medal-winning swimmer who
became addicted to the drug ice and accrued multiple
convictions for illegal drug and firearm possession.
Dawson professed her enduring love for Miller and sadness
at his fall from grace ahead of Australian "60
Minutes" broadcasting an exclusive interview with
him on Feb. 16.
Kate Carnell, chief executive of Beyond Blue, a not-for-profit organization promoting depression awareness, criticized Twitter for failing to sign up to an Australian government complaint-handling program designed to remove hateful material from social media sites. Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft signed up to the project last year. "There's lots more work that people like Twitter need to do," Carnell told The Sun-Herald.
|Troubled Australian Top Model judge found dead of apparent suicide|
|Twitter bullying drove Charlotte Dawson to try to take her own life once before|
|By AP, with Vancouver Sun, AP February 24, 2014|
|Sydney, Australia Australian TV star
and former model Charlotte Dawson has been found dead at
age 47 of an apparent suicide.
Famed for TV shows such as Australias Next Top Model, Dawson had also been an anti-bullying activist and was targeted by cyber-trolls for personal attacks online.
In 2012, Dawson was admitted to a Sydney hospital after a suicide attempt following an ongoing tirade of abuse on Twitter.
The star, who had a history of depression, was found dead in her Sydney apartment on Saturday morning. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
Sydneys Sunday Telegraph newspaper said Dawson was found hanged by a security guard after friends became alarmed when the stars prolific Twitter account fell silent for 18 hours.
Dawsons body was discovered the day after the birthday of her former husband, Scott Miller, an Australian Olympic silver medal-winning swimmer who became addicted to the drug ice and accrued multiple convictions for illegal drug and firearm possession.
|Dawson professed her enduring love for
Miller and sadness at his fall from grace ahead of
Australian 60 Minutes broadcasting an exclusive interview
with him on Feb. 16.
The social media war that put Dawson in hospital after an attempt on her life in 2012 started after the star tracked down one alleged Twitter hater. After a TV interview, Dawson revealed more than 100 messages of abuse, which she re-tweeted.
She received threats like neck yourself you filthy s*** and please put your face in a toaster, images of bloody dead bodies and a request to please hang yourself promptly.
Dawsons personal appearance and private life were also subject to social media attacks.
COMMENTS (3/11/14): As far as Australia, New Zealand, and the UK was concerned, model and TV star Charlotte Dawson was bigger than Anna Nicole Smith. The pattern for 2007 appears to be almost exactly the same this year as it was then. Playboy model Cassandra Lynn Hensley was found dead of alcohol and drugs overdose ... similar to Anna Nicole, although unlike Smith's death, it occurred after a night of intense sexual activity. After the death of Anna Nicole, pop singer Britney Spears had a public breakdown in February and was committed to a mental hospital for rehab in early March where she attempted to hang herself. Charlotte Dawson's depression was less obvious to the public, although her harrassment by trolls and cyberstalkers on Twitter was very public, as was her first response in 2012 ... a tweeted intention to commit suicide and then attempted suicide by overdose. However, this time around, poor Dawson elected to go the route Britney tried and failed to do in March 2007 ... and succeeded in committing suicide by hanging. February/March 2007 was nearly a double tragedy involving a model/reality TV star and a pop singer; January/February 2014 has turned out to be a double tragedy for two models, one a reality TV star.
And that is the exent of it ... Ms. Dawson's death was a suicide and has nothing to do with either the "blonde supreme" prophecy of Nostradamus or the base 7 prediction for another Adrienne Shelley-type murder by hanging, covered up to look like a suicide in November 2013. Rather it is tied to both the Anna Nicole Smith influence and the Britney Spears influence seven years ago. On top of Cassandra Lynn Hensley's death, it is a case of PREDICTION OVERKILL.
In addition, Charlotte Dawson's suicide completes a cycle that began, it would appear, when actress Dorrit Weixler hanged herself in 1916.
ADDITIONAL NOTES (4/6/14): The above comments are from the prediction "Who Is The Next Anna Nicole Smith? Actress/Model/Singer Commits Suicide" on the 2014 (Part One) page. Charlotte Dawson has, in the first name, a fusion of the "Ch" starting sound from Jung or Jeong (Da Bin), "Arr" from (Linda) Darnell, and "Lot" from the unusual last name sound from (Phil) Lynott. It is the "Ott" sound that primarily places her below Phil Lynott. Also, the "Aw" sound from Audrey (Hepburn) and the common "Un" sound from (Mary) Millington.
Philip Seymour Hoffman dead of apparent drug overdose
By Shimon Prokupecz, Steve Almasy and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
February 2, 2014 -- Updated 2244 GMT (0644 HKT)
(CNN) -- Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said. Police said Hoffman, 46, was found on the bathroom floor and pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found two bags of what is believed to be heroin inside the fourth-floor apartment, law enforcement officials said.
"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving," Hoffman's family said in a statement. "Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."
Hoffman was last seen alive at 8 p.m. Saturday, a law enforcement official said. He was expected to get his kids on Sunday, but didn't show up, the official said. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and found him dead, the official said.
A needle was in the actor's left arm, and eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin were found in the apartment, law enforcement sources told CNN. The bags were stamped with "Ace of Hearts" and "Ace of Spades" -- street names for the heroin, the sources said.
Hoffman loved 'deep, dense characters'
Hoffman won an Academy Award for best actor for the 2005 biopic "Capote" and drew critical acclaim for his roles in a wide variety of films.
He was a beefy 5-foot-10-inch man, but was convincing as the slight, 5-foot-3-inch Truman Capote. He had a booming voice like a deity's but often played shlubby, conflicted characters. "He just loved those deep, dense characters. That's where I think he found his true calling," said Bradley Jacobs, a senior editor of Us Weekly.
In Hollywood, Hoffman's big break came with a small role as Chris O'Donnell's classmate in the 1992 film "Scent of a Woman."
For years, Hoffman was the kind of anonymous character actor who earned critical raves but was often unnoticed by the general public. He used his abilities to take chances with such directors as a then-unknown Paul Thomas Anderson, with whom he worked in "Hard Eight" (and several ensuing films, as both became better known) and Todd Solondz ("Happiness"). "I think about that a lot," he told Esquire in 2012 of his anonymity. "I feel it cracking lately, the older I'm getting. I think I'm less anonymous than I was."
As an actor, Hoffman could be heartfelt and giving, as with his male nurse in "Magnolia" or rock critic in "Almost Famous," or creepily Machiavellian, like the gamemaster in the latest "Hunger Games" movie or a "Mission: Impossible" movie villain. He also appeared in "Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt," and "The Master," for which he was nominated as best supporting actor.
He appeared last month at the Sundance Film Festival, where a movie he starred in, "God's Pocket," premiered.
Last year Hoffman revealed that he had entered rehab to deal with a drug problem, telling TMZ that he'd kicked a substance abuse habit for 23 years but recently relapsed.
In a 2011 interview with "60 Minutes," he discussed his past struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. "Anything I could get my hands on, I liked it all," he said.
Asked why he decided to sober up, he replied, "You get panicked. ... I was 22 and I got panicked for my life, it really was, it was just that.' and I always think, God, I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden are beautiful and famous and rich. I'm like, 'Oh my God. I'd be dead.'"
According to TMZ, Hoffman said last year that he'd fallen off the wagon, started taking prescription pills and slipped into snorting heroin.
The actor's public comments about his battle with addiction illustrate the struggles many addicts face, according to HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky, an addiction specialist. "Someone with opiate addiction, they are doing pushups their whole lives. They must work on it all the time," Pinsky said. "But often ... it's frequently a fatal condition. We just simply have to continually remind ourselves of that. And now it has taken a glorious, glorious talent from us."
Police were combing Hoffman's apartment for evidence Sunday and investigating to determine whether anyone was with the actor when he died, law enforcement officials said. An autopsy will be conducted on Hoffman's body Monday, said Julie Blocker, a spokeswoman for New York City's Office of Chief Medical Examiner.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that detectives will track Hoffman's recent activities to see where he purchased what appears to be heroin. Moving on the theory that Hoffman's death was a drug overdose, they'll now try to seek exactly where he bought it, the sources said.
This will involve searching his phone and trying to track some of his movements, the sources told CNN.
COMMENTS (4/6/14): I would point out that, because Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Febuary 2, 2014 (the date his body was found and the news reports went out; he may have actually died on February 1), that the "More" name sound from 2013 would likely have still had some influence on his death. Thus, the "See" from (Jean) "Seberg" and the "More" from (Jim) "Morrison." Phil Lynott's full name was Philip Parris Lynott, thus, as I suspected, he was a "Philip" and not merely a "Phil." So we have an exact first name match: Philip Lynott: Philip Hoffman. "Off" is an off-rhyme (pardon the pun) of "Oaf" from Ofra Haza. The "An" in Hoffman is a common name sound most years and can be found in four or five of those celebrity names listed on most any page, although the "man" may be pronounced as "min" (which is still highly common). Especially common sounds found in names are largely ignored if they are the only sound(s) to be found in a recently deceased person's name; however, they are still noted and highlighted in red along with the more unusual sounds.
I did not know who Philip Seymour Hoffman was until his death. I recognized his face from press photos as being an actor I have seen in several films, but to simply mention his name would not and did not drudge up any visual recollection of who he was. It's the luck of draw with me, I suppose, since if a name like George Clooney, Russell Crowe, or Mel Gibson is mentioned, I immediately know who is being talked about, having seen many of their films. Not so in Hoffman's case. But by the sounds of it, he was a very good actor and well-liked, with much more future potential ahead of him that, unfortunately, will now go unrealized. At age 46, heroin has cheated Mr. Hoffman out of at least 30 years of life.
|Playboy model Cassandra Lynn Hensley found dead in Los Angeles home|
|By Alan Duke, CNN
January 18, 2014 -- Updated 0415 GMT (1215 HKT)
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Former Playboy centerfold Cassandra Lynn Hensley was found dead at a friend's home in Los Angeles, the coroner said Friday.
Hensley was 34.
The autopsy on Playboy's Miss February 2006 was done Thursday, but the determination of the cause of death has been deferred until toxicology testing is completed, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said. Lab results usually take several weeks to become available.
|The model's body was found at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in a home in the Marina Del Rey area, Bale
Hensley, who lived in Fairfax, Virginia, told Philadelphia's Metropolis Nights magazine last month that there was "life after Playboy."
"I have been a part of many great experiences: travel shows, magazine covers, and of course giving advice to young impressionable girls who think they need to act a certain way for a chance to be a model -- classy not slutty," she told the magazine.
|Dead Playmate Cassandra Lynn Hensley binged on champagne and cocaine before tub death: cops|
|Hensley had been at the home of a celeb photog when the pair passed out, say reports. He found the model underwater in his tub when he came to.|
|By David Harding / NEW YORK DAILY
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 2:49 PM
|The Playboy playmate found dead in a bath
tub earlier this week binged on cocaine and champagne in
the hours before her death, police have revealed.
Cassandra Lynn Hensley had been suspected of overdosing on drugs after her body was discovered in a Los Angeles home.
Now, police sources have told TMZ that the 34-year-old consumed large doses of the drug and alcohol prior to her body being found in the early hours of Wednesday.
She was staying at the home of a celebrity photographer.
TMZ reported that the model who had been Playboy's Miss February 2006 and the photographer "had sex and did large amounts of coke and guzzled lots of champagne."
The pair passed out around 11 p.m. but when he woke he found the model submerged in the bath and was unable to resuscitate her.
TMZ reports that the death may have been due to an overdose. No foul play is suspected.
Hensley, whose nickname was "Butterfly" because she had five butterfly tattoos, had been working in recent months as an event hostess.
On her Twitter site, which had over 8,500 followers, her feed was updated automatically, so a horoscope was posted after she was found dead.
It read: "Unspoken obligations prevent you from doing what you wish today."
COMMENTS (1/18/14): Not as big a model or personality as Anna Nicole Smith (another Playboy model), but a very similar death. Blonde? Yes. Overdose? Yes. Same middle name? Anna Nicole Smith's real name was Vickie Lynn Hogan; now we have Cassandra Lynn Hensley. Age 39? No; age 34 .... same age as Jayne Mansfield, btw (another former Playboy model). Dead in February 2014? Close; dead in January 2014. Is this the girl? That depends; what else did she do after the Playboy shoot in February 2006? She continued to do some modeling, last appeared as "Angel of the Month" at Metropolitan Nights magazine. She did the TV talk show circuit, she said, giving advice to aspiring wannabes. She is the eighth Playboy centerfold to die a kinky or strange death. The last one was Anna Nicole Smith in February 2007: the basis of this prediction. Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe were two other ultra-famous examples, although their careers as actresses eclipsed their early modeling years. Dorothy Stratten was yet another, murdered in August 1980 and her dead body sodomised by her husband who killed himself afterwards with the same gun. Former Playboy centerfold of the month Star Stowe (Ellen Louise Stowe) was found naked and strangled in 1997, the victim of a possible serial killer. This woman's death is either a warning to someone more famous or else a PREDICTION FULFILLED. This year's remaining events will tell.
Also, if Cassandra Lynn Hensley is the one predicted, then February may reveal who may next suffer a Britney Spears-type meltdown and attempt suicide ... if that event is destined to be a repeating one, that is. It may even be Spears herself again, although it seems unlikely.
ADDITIONAL NOTES (4/6/14): The above comments are from the prediction "Who Is The Next Anna Nicole Smith? Actress/Model/Singer Commits Suicide" on the 2014 (Part One) page. Cassandra Lynn Hensley has the "Kuh" sound from (Gia) "Carangi," the "Sand" sound from (George) "Sanders," the "Ruh" or "Ra" sound from "Ofra" (Haza); and the "Lynn" sound from "Linda" (Darnell). The "eee" ending is common.
|Gia Carangi (d. 1986, COMPLICATIONS FROM AIDS)
Gee, Gia, Eee, Uh, Kuh, Uh, Rhan, On, Gee, Eee
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Gia Carides, Gia Coppola, Gia Johnson, Gia Mantegna, Gia Paloma, Geena Davis, Gina Gershon, Gina Philips, Gina Rowlands, Gena Lee Nolin, Angie Dickinson, Angie Harmon, Angelina Jolie. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
Early casualties from 2013 with "Gia" name sound:
|Name: Gia Allemand
Occupation: Reality TV star, model
Died: August 14, 2013
Suicide. Hanged herself on August 12, 2013, with a vacuum cleaner cord tied to the handrail of a spiral staircase in her home. Cord was "wrapped around her neck many times."
Medical cause of death: Taken unconscious to hospital on August 12, removed from life support on August 14 due to a 'critical loss of brain and organ function.'
|Name: Jiah Khan
Occupation: Actress, model, and singer
Died: June 3, 2013
Cause of death: Found hanged from a ceiling fan in the bedroom of her home. She was wearing a night gown, and the noose was made using a long scarf called a dupatta. A suicide note was found at the scene.
Nevertheless, her boyfriend has been accused of her murder, but not yet tried nor convicted. Officially, her death remains a suicide at this date.
|Mary Millington (d. 1979, SUICIDE BY DRUGS
Mare, Air, Ree, Eee, Mill, Ill, Ing, Tun, Un, Uhh
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Mary Alice, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Mary Hart, Mary McCormack, Mary Quant, Mary Steenburgen, Mary Ann Mobley, Mary Beth Evans, Mary Tyler Moore, Marisa Miller, Marion Ross, Marianne Faithful, Maryam D'Abo, Marilyn Manson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Barry Howard, Barry Manilow, Barry Pearl, Barry Williams, Carrie Fisher, Carrie-Anne Moss, Gerri DiMaggio, Gerri Jerri, Geri Halliwell, Gerri Idol, Gerri Willis, Harry Belafonte, Harry Eden, Harry Hamlin, Harry Lennix, Harry Dean Stanton, Jerry Ferrara, Jerry Hall, Jerry Manthey, Jerry Mathers, Jerry O'Connell, Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller, Jerri Marthey, Teri Garr, Teri Hatcher, Teri Polo, Terence Stamp, Terence Trent D'Arby, Drew Carey, Mariah Carey, Debbie Harry, Prince Harry, Blair Brown, Carroll Baker, Carol Burnett, Carol Kane, Carole King, Carol Potter, Cher, Cheryl Tiegs, Claire Goose, Karen Allen, Karen Mulder, Karen Westwood, Sharon Stone, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Crow, Sheryl Lee, Natalie Blair, Tony Blair, Morgan Fairchild, Jennifer Karen, Donna Mills, Hayley Mills, Juliet Mills, Allison Miller, Sienna Miller, Steve Miller, Jill Scott, Jill Stuart, Jill St John, Jill Sobule, Jill Wagner, Billie Piper, Lily Tomlin, Hillary Clinton, Cybill Shepherd, Priscilla Presley, Faith Hill, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Tilly, Meg Tilly, Paris Hilton. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|Sid Vicious (d. 1979, SUICIDE BY DRUGS OVERDOSE)
Sid, Id, Vish, Ish, Shis, Iss
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Syd Brisbane, Syd Wilde, Syd Wilder, Sidney Poitier, Sydney Park, Sydney Penny, Sydney Rose, David Cassidy, Joanna Cassidy, Shaun Cassidy, Bo Diddley, John Malkovich. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Jean Louisa Kelly, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Kathleen Turner, Orson Bean, Jimmy Dean, Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen, Bruce Springsteen, Erika Remberg, Mary Steenburgen, Barbara Steele, Connie Stevens, Garn Stephens, Nancy Stephens, Oakley Stevenson, Season Hubley, Seymour Cassel, Steve Buscemi, Steve Martin, Steve Miner, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Bishop, Steve Winwood. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|George Sanders (d. 1972, SUICIDE BY DRUGS
George, Or, San, Ann, Durs, Err
Possible predictions (4/4/14): George Bush Sr., George W. Bush, George Chakiris, George Clooney, George Foreman, George Hamilton, George Kennedy, George Lucas, George Maharis, George Takei, Boy George, Jason George, Susan Day George, Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand, Sandy, Sandy Brown, Sandy Dell, Sandy Duncan, Sandy Johnson, Sandy Sidhu, Sandahl Bergman, Sandra Bernhard, Sandra Bullock, Sandra Dee Robinson, Sandra Jose, Sandra Soja, Sandra Oh, Rosanna Arquette, Susan Sarandon, Gillian Anderson, Laurie Anderson, Loni Anderson, Lynn Anderson. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
DA: Stalker spent hour in Sandra Bullock's home while she slept, owned machine gun
June 12, 2014 -- Updated 1310 GMT (2110 HKT)
Los Angeles (CNN) -- A man arrested at Sandra Bullock's Los Angeles home allegedly was inside for more than an hour before police were called early Sunday. Joshua James Corbett, 39, also owned an illegal machine gun, although he did not have it with him when he allegedly broke into the actress's home, a Los Angeles prosecutor said Tuesday.
Corbett, from Montrose, California, was charged Tuesday with felony counts of residential burglary, stalking and possession of a machine gun, according to Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall. Corbett entered a not guilty plea during a brief court appearance Tuesday afternoon. The judge set his bond at $185,000.
Corbett allegedly climbed a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire to enter Bullock's West Los Angeles property and enter her home at about 5 a.m. Sunday, according to Segall. Bullock was home at the time, but police have not said whether her young son also was there.
Los Angeles police said they were not called to the home until 6:30 a.m., suggesting that the alleged burglar was inside for more than an hour while the actress slept.
LAPD officers responding to a "hot prowler" call found Corbett outside of the house, but on the property, according to a police spokeswoman. The prosecutor would not give details about where investigators found the machine gun, saying only Corbett "was not in possession of the machine gun at the time of the break-in." No other information about Corbett has been released, although CNN confirmed through FAA records that he has a private pilot's license.
CNN has been unable to identify a lawyer for Corbett. The charges carry a potential maximum seven years and four months in prison, if the suspect is convicted, Segall said.
Bullock, who also has a home in Texas, was in Los Angeles over the weekend to receive the "Decade of Hotness Award" at the Guys Choice Awards. Her representatives did not respond to CNN requests for comment.
COMMENTS (6/25/14): Sandra Bullock is named in the prediction list above.
Sandra Bullock came face-to-face with stalker in her own home
By Todd Leopold, CNN
July 16, 2014 -- Updated 0055 GMT (0855 HKT)
(CNN) -- Sandra Bullock came face-to-face with a man who allegedly scaled a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire to get into her house last month, according to a police search warrant.
The warrant, obtained by TMZ, said that Bullock, upon hearing banging inside the house around 1 a.m. June 8, found the intruder in the hall outside her bedroom door.
Joshua Corbett, 39, is accused in the case and faces multiple felony charges.
Bullock said she slammed the door and called 911.
According to TMZ's story, when the police arrived, the intruder started screaming, "Sandy, I'm sorry. Please don't press charges."
In another twist, the intruder was carrying a notebook featuring photographs of Bullock and a number of handwritten notes, the TMZ story said. One of them read, "I will forever be thinking of you and (Bullock's son) Louie, my son, as you are my wife by law, the law of God and you belong to me and me to you."
An arrest was made at Bullock's house.
Police said they later searched Corbett's Montrose, California, house and found "an arsenal of weapons" that included a half-dozen illegal machine guns. The finding of the weapons led to 19 felony counts, including seven counts of possession of a machine gun, two counts of possession of an assault weapon and 10 counts of possession of a destructive device, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office told CNN last month.
Corbett pleaded not guilty after the initial charges were filed. After the added counts, his bail was increased from $185,000 to $2.2 million. The charges carry a potential maximum of 12 years in prison if Corbett is convicted, Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall told CNN last month.
COMMENTS (7/16/14): Sandra Bullock is named in the prediction list above. According to a televised report, Bullock was wearing nothing but a towel when she heard the intruder outside of her door. She had just taken a shower. It is impossible to prove intent on the part of the accused, but it is hoped he will not be allowed to go free. It is also hoped he does not provide inspiration for other would-be stalkers ... the base 7 influence for a repetition of the Adrienne Shelly murder (November 2006) remains in effect until the end of 2014.
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Gina Lollobrigida. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|Linda Darnell (d. 1965, SEVERE BURNS SUFFERED IN
Linda, Lynn, In, Da, Dar, Darn, Arr, Nell, Ell
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Linda Gray, Linda Hamilton, Linda Harrison, Linda Morand, Lindsay Lohan, Angela Lindvall, Sherilyn Fenn, Jerri Lynn, Carol Lynley, Kathleen Beller, Valerie Bertinelli, Carol Campbell, Sally Kellerman, Liza Minnelli, Kate Nelligan, Willie Nelson, Craig T. Nelson, Dean Stockwell, Ellen Barkin, Ellen DeGeneres, Elle Macpherson, Elton John, Mel Gibson, Shelley Duvall, Shelley Fabares, Shelley Long, Shelley Malil. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
Lindsay Lohan: Miscarriage interrupted 'Lindsay' filming
April 21, 2014 -- Updated 1633 GMT (0033 HKT)
(CNN) -- Lindsay Lohan's TV reality series ended Sunday with the actress laying some very personal cards on the table.
In a scene from the season finale of OWN's docuseries "Lindsay," the 27-year-old explained that the reason she'd missed some filming days for the project was because she'd had a miscarriage.
"No one knows this: I had a miscarriage for those two weeks I took off," she said. "It's a very long story."
During the docuseries, one of the plot points that emerged was Lohan's inconsistency with showing up for work. But as she explained on Sunday's finale episode, it was because she was unable to.
"That's why, on the show when it says, 'She doesn't want to come down,' I couldn't move; I was sick," Lohan said. "Mentally, that messes with you."
OWN's "Lindsay" covered a lot of ground with Lohan, following the actress after she left rehab in July 2013 and moved to New York while trying to repair her career. By the time the last episode aired, Lohan -- along with the rest of the world -- had seen the difficult footage of her post-rehab life.
"I cried so many times watching it," she said. "Watching this series, I just know how I felt at that moment, and I can relate to that girl. Like, 'Oh my God, this is really sad. Who's helping her?' ... There was a lot going on in my life then."
Filming the eight-part series did impart some lessons, and one in particular was how her struggle with addiction could leave her without a career.
"Even if it's not my intention to lose everything I'm now working for, that's what this addiction will do to me. It's a really f***ked-up disease, and it's really scary," she reflected. "(Now) I'm in a good place, and I don't want to mess with that. It feels good, and I'm happy. The biggest thing I've learned from this experience and doing this show is that my work ethic is different. I have that fire back in me."
COMMENTS (4/22/14): Lindsay Lohan is named in the prediction list above. She should beware fire and anything that burns or causes burning.
|Dorothy Dandridge (d. 1965, SUICIDE BY DRUGS
Door, Or, Oth, Thee, Eee, Dan, Ann, And, Ridge, Rid, Idge, Id
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Dorothy Hamill, Dorinda Stevens, Doris Day, Natalie Dormer, Pia Zadora, Kathy Ireland, Kathy Mattea, Ted Danson, Dannii Minogue, Danielle Steel, Danny Aiello, Danny Glover, Dyan Cannon, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Beau Bridges, Jeff Bridges. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
|Marie McDonald (d. 1965, SUICIDE BY DRUGS
Marie, Mare, Air, Ree, Eee, Mick, Ick, Don, On, Ald, All
Possible predictions (4/4/14): Marie Osmond, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Maria Ford, Maria Schneider, Mariel Hemingway, Valerie Perrine, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Morgan Freeman, Diane McBain, Jenny McCarthy, Catherine McCormack, Janet McTeer, Andrew McCarthy, John McEnroe, Mick Jagger, Donna Air, Donna Douglas, Madonna, Don Johnson, Don McLean, Donald Trump, Penny Marshall, Alan Alda, Stephen Baldwin. Additional predictions: (0/0/14):
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