Good God. This is sickening. I hate writing about this stuff. British film director, Tony Scott, (Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II--and one of my all-time favorite films, True Romance) has committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Los Angeles.
Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge's apex and leapt off "without hesitation" around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner's Department and port police.
A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn.
Officers with port police, the Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol joined city firefighters and the Coast Guard in searching the water for his body.
Cargo vessels moved at slow speeds through the east side of the Main Channel during the search, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
"It's a dolorous task and we're working to treat the deceased with the utmost dignity and respect," Humphrey said.
Authorities used sonar equipment to track the man in the port's murky waters and his body was recovered by a dive team around 4:30 p.m., Alva said. Scott's body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner.
Terrible. Just terrible. I can't imagine what his wife and children are going through...I'm just so sad for them.
Well, gee. That's a shame. Sixty-eight really isn't that old. I'm sure it is to you youngins out there. Let me assure you, though, it's not.
A statement said that Mr. Hamlisch collapsed after a brief illness and died on Monday in Los Angeles but did not provide additional details.
In a career that spanned film, television, theater and recorded music, Mr. Hamlisch won seemingly every award available in each medium. He was a 12-time Academy Award nominee, for his score and song contributions to films as varied as “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Sophie’s Choice” and a three-time Oscar winner for the score of “The Sting” as well as the score from “The Way We Were” and its title song (with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman). He won four Emmy Awards, four Grammy Awards and a Tony Award for his score to the musical “A Chorus Line.” That musical, which blended bouncy, brassy songs like “One” and “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” with melancholy numbers like “At the Ballet,” also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976.
As recently as last month, Mr. Hamlisch was working on a musical adaptation of the Jerry Lewis comedy “The Nutty Professor,” for which he wrote the score. His press representatives said he was also working on a new Broadway musical called “Gotta Dance,” and had written the score for a coming HBO movie, “Behind the Candelabra,” about the life of Liberace.
Do you have a favorite Marvin Hamlisch song? That one up there is mine.
Rest in peace, Marvin...
Well, now. I wonder if Christopher Walken and Robert Wagner are a little nervous about this...TMZ is reporting that legendary actress, Natalie Wood's death certificate has been change from "accident" to "undetermined" as the cause of death.
Natalie Wood's death certificate has been changed from "Accident" to "Undetermined" ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the L.A. County Coroner filed documents making the change late last month.
Members of Wood's family tell TMZ ... detectives from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department -- which has reopened the death investigation -- paid them a visit earlier today informing them of the change. They tell us ... detectives told them the change was made in part because some of the bruises on Wood's body were inconsistent with death by accident.
Family members add ... they were told at this point authorities can't prove definitively Wood's death was accidental or the result of foul play. Detectives did tell family members Wood's death was definitely from drowning, but the way she ended up in the water is unclear.
Wood died November 29, 1981 after an alcohol-fueled party on a boat off Catalina with Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken on board.
It's been reported repeatedly that Natalie Wood was terrified of deep, dark water--which is why there has always been the looming question of why she would have tried to leave the yacht by dinghy that fateful night. I hope this "undetermined" case is solved before my lifetime...and theirs. Ahem.
We all knew Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees had been battling cancer, but GOD. Enough is enough. F*cking cancer has taken TWO people from my high school memory bank this week, and it sucks. First Donna Summer, at age 63 and now Robin Gibb, at age 62. That's too goddamned YOUNG to die.
"The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," reads the statement. "The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."
The Rolling Stone article is actually really great. Click on the link. This is just too sad...
Oh, and this organization: www.fuckcancer.net
Rest peacefully, Robin. Hug Maurice and Andy...
You might remember Men At Work's big hit "Who Can It Be Now?" ,their saxophonist Greg Ham was a big part of what made that song so special. Ham also supplied the famous flute riff for "Down Under." the bands other huge single. The 58-year-old was found dead by two friends in his Melbourne home after not being heard from for a week. Police are still trying to determine the cause of death.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that local detectives are saying there are many "unexplained circumstances" surrounding Ham's death. A close friend says that Ham had been using heroin and drinking heavily in the wake of a lawsuit where the band was sued for copyright infringement. Larkin Music, which owns the right to the 1935 children's song "Kookaburra," alleged that the flute part "Down Under" was lifted from the song. A court agreed and ordered 5% of the song's royalties to Larkin. Ham didn't write the song and was not affected by the royalties lien, but was said to be devastated.
"It will be the way the song is remembered and I hate that. I'm terribly disappointed that that's the way I'm going to be remembered - for copying something."
Ham is survived by his wife, Linda Wostry, whom he had recently separated from, and two children.
Written by: Brittani