The Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Dead At Age 59

It was a sad day in Hollywood yesterday, as The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon died at the age of 59. More and more Hollywood celebrities are dying and it is not fun to write about the celebrity deaths, especially when someone as talented as Sam Simon.

Sam Simon Dies

In 2012, Sam Simon was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and given three to six months to live. He, clearly, beat that diagnosis and in 2014, he announced he would donate $100 million to charity, mostly animal groups.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Suicide: 50 Bags of Heroin Is Choosing to Die

Philip Seymour Hoffman suicide? Whether he meant to it or not, that’s exactly what happened. The Hunger Games and Capote star killed himself over the weekend and we are more angry than sad about his death.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Source: Lions Gate Entertainment
Let’s be honest, whether it is politically correct or not. We have to stop glossing over these deaths and calling them ‘accidents’ and ‘terrible tragedies’ and celebrating celebrities who kill themselves with drugs and alcohol if it is ever going to stop.

We’re just sick of it. We are exhausted by people who have fame, power, wealth and often, beautiful families, who keep wasting their lives like this. Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, Corey Monteith, and now Philip Seymour Hoffman dead as well. The list just goes on and on and on. Yes, addiction is a disease.

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Rapper Heavy D Passes Away

Fourty-four-year-old rapper/songwriter passed away yesterday. He apparently had trouble walking up some stairs, became short of breath and collapsed after returning to his Beverly Hills home. Neighbor Adam Mills found him leaning against a railing, having trouble breathing. Adam told TMZ that he cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 911.

Paramedics found Heavy D conscious but unable to breath. They took him to a nearby hospital where he died a short time later.

People in the building say he died from a heart attack but exact cause of death hasn’t been confirmed.


The Travolta Extortion Plot Thickens

john-travolta-jett-travolta3A Bahamas paramedic who was the first to arrive on the scene to treat Jett Travolta on Jan. 2 has been formally charged in the alleged plot to extort money from John Travolta. Ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne and attorney Pleasant Bridgewater, are accused of attempting to extort $25 million from Travolta. Bridgewater was released on $40,000 bail on Friday; a third person, Obie Wilchombe, a former member of Parliament and ‘friend’ of Travolta’s was questioned but then released. Lightbourne is being held without bail.

Police have confirmed the alleged plot to extort money from the Travoltas included a request for $25 million so that a supposedly “damaging” document would not be made public.

Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames told the Nassau Guardian:

“All I can say here is that, you know, there was a complaint made by Mr. Travolta — and those acting on his behalf — that there was an attempt on behalf of a number of individuals to extort initially some $25 million from the Travoltas. Acting on that complaint we initiated the investigation and it has brought us to this particular point.”

There still is a lot of speculation as to what the alleged extortionists claimed they had in their attempt to bag the huge sum of money from the Travoltas. Some have suggested those involved had pictures of Jett in the moments before and after he died. Dames said this is “incorrect.”

He said the complaint, filed last week, alleges the conspirators approached the Travoltas with a document, that if released, would be damaging to the them. Dames said police have a copy of a document, but they haven’t been able to prove it’s authenticity yet. He did say, however, that the document is a “refusal to transport” document.

A “refusal to transport” is signed by a party when refusing emergency medical services from trained personnel. Signing the document absolves the hospital of liability regarding an incident. Hmmm. Very interesting. Would the Travoltas sign a refusal to transport Jett to the hospital? Were they buying time for some reason?

Bridgewater, Wilchcombe and Lightbourne are all claiming innocence.

“January 23 is a day that will live in my memory as a nightmare,” said Bridgewater in a written statement. “In my capacity as a lawyer, I acted within the bounds of the law and within the bounds of my ethical responsibility to my profession. How these innocent actions can be so misconstrued, so perversely twisted to mean something other than it was, is a mystery. I assure the Bahamian people of my complete and total innocence and I am satisfied that when the full story comes out that I shall be fully vindicated.”

And after his release on Friday, Wilchcombe told The Guardian:

“I was the one who alerted everyone about it, which led to where we are today. I was asked questions and detained for two-and-a-half hours and I was just there giving evidence and answering questions. They questioned me about the initial phone call I would have made to alert the Travolta family of the circumstances of the situation. That was the basis of their discussions with me, but of course it’s an ongoing investigation and there’s not much I can say about it.”

Here we go again with another Bahamian-based celebrity death circus…Anna Nicole Smith 2.0. We’ll see what kind of final “story” comes out in this tragedy.

Paul Newman Passes Away From Cancer

Paul Newman, beloved Oscar-winning actor and philanthropist, died last night after a battle with cancer. He was 83. Newman and his wife Joanne set the standard for Hollywood marriages, with 50 years together. Newman married Woodward in 1958 and the couple have three daughters. He also has two daughters from his first marriage to Jackie Witte.

It was reported last month that he had been readying their oldest child, Nell, to take over his Newman’s Own salad dressings company, the profits of which are given to a charitable foundation.

Paul didn’t want to die in the hospital,” a source said. “Joanne and his daughters are beside themselves with grief.” He died at home. Rest in peace, Paul.