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May 18, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Tampa Bay defensive tackle Brian Price, a former UCLA standout, is once again dealing with heartbreak. His older sister, Bridget, 30, died last week as a result of a car accident in Inglewood. So devastated was Price that he had to be hospitalized in Tampa from Monday through late Thursday after reporting to Buccaneers mini-camp. "He physically broke down," said his agent, Chuck Price, who is not related to Brian. "He had a high fever, was dehydrated, and couldn't hold anything down.
October 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The death of a major creative figure is always a strange moment in Hollywood. It's a time when, as with the passing of Tom Clancy on Tuesday, the legacy of that creator is remembered and lauded, as it should be. But it's also a time when  more serious scrutiny of their work can be overlooked or pushed to the side.  “I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it,” Mark Twain quipped of someone whose life he apparently...
January 17, 2013 | David Lazarus
Saturday is Gun Appreciation Day, an occasion to feel good about a consumer product that is guaranteed to play a role in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans this year. That's not hyperbole. Roughly 30,000 people have been killed annually by guns in this country since 1979, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, the latest year for which statistics are available, the body count was 31,672. That places guns in unique company as a legal, over-the-counter product that, in the hands of some users, will kill people.
June 26, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Celebrities and filmmakers are mourning the death of prolific writer, director and journalist Nora Ephron, who passed away Tuesday in New York City. Responsible for hits such as "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally... " and "Julie & Julia," Ephron was known for her wry, insightful and distinctly female work. "Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why," Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson said in a touching joint statement to the Ministry.
May 4, 2011 | James Rainey
It was past 1 in the morning and Geraldo Rivera was nearly breathless with joy. He'd delivered the flash about Osama bin Laden's death earlier from the Fox News studio in Washington, D.C. — grinning, babbling and high-fiving his way through the moment. Now the old showman again had the stage — exhorting a crowd of college kids outside the White House and even calling on George Washington University to postpone final exams. After all, hadn't he, Geraldo, once faced a big test (the bar exam!
January 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Justin Bieber on Wednesday sent "thoughts and prayers" to the family of a 29-year-old paparazzo killed Tuesday while he was shadowing the pop star's Ferrari, trying to obtain pictures during a traffic stop. "While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," Bieber said in a statement obtained by L.A. Now . "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves.
January 3, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Scott Sterling, the son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, was found dead in his Malibu home in what authorities said Wednesday appeared to be some type of drug overdose. The Sterling family released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that Scott Sterling, 32, was suffering from diabetes. "Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes," the statement read. "His death is a terrible tragedy, the effects of which will be felt forever by our family and all those who knew and loved him. We sincerely appreciate the warm outpouring of sympathy and support from so many of our dear friends.
September 1, 2013 | By Thomas Lynch
The late summer of 1963, I was going on 15 when my father brought me a copy of "The American Way of Death" and asked me to have a look and report back to him. It was the buzz among his fellow undertakers, a must read. But he was busy and I was bookish and baseball was over and a new school year loomed. So that early September 50 years ago I spent reading Jessica Mitford, hot off the press. She had, in cahoots with her second husband, Robert Treuhaft, a lefty attorney with an interest in low-cost funerals for union longshoremen in San Francisco, turned a magazine article ("St.
May 4, 2012
The death of NFL star Junior Seau was officially ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday. Officials are awaiting the family's decision regarding the study of Seau's brain for evidence of repetitive injuries. Seau was discovered dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in his beachside home in Oceanside on Wednesday morning about 9:35 a.m., according to the report. Officials have not determined an exact time of death. Dr. Craig Nelson, deputy medical examiner, conducted a forensic autopsy Thursday, including a full examination of Seau's body and organs and a collection of appropriate specimens for laboratory studies, including toxicology and microscopic examination of organs and tissues.
September 14, 2009 | David Colker
Foul play is not suspected in the death of indicted financier Danny Pang of Newport Beach, the Orange County coroner's office said Sunday. But no cause of death was given after an autopsy on Pang, 42, who had been charged with a series of frauds, including bilking millions from investors. The cause will not be given until the completion of toxicology tests, said Deputy Mitchell Sigal of the coroner's office. "That could take two to three months," he said. Paramedics arrived at Pang's home Friday afternoon and found him not breathing, police said.
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