A 23-year-old Taylor Swift fan died at the singer’s Eras Tour concert in Rio de Janeiro Friday night, according to a statement from the show’s organizers in Brazil. Both Swifties and politicians reacted to the news with outrage. While a cause of death for Ana Clara Benevides Machado has not been announced, fans complained they were not allowed to take water into Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium despite soaring temperatures. A group launched an online petition…"Taylor Swift fan dies at Eras concert in Rio de Janeiro amid soaring heat – National"
Michael Chiarello, the celebrity chef who inspired a generation of eager home cooks with his passion for food and entertaining, has died. He was 61. Chiarello’s company, Gruppo Chiarello, announced the Food Network star’s death on Saturday. Chiarello died at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif., where he was being treated for an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock. It is unclear if the allergy was food-related. The chef reportedly…"Michael Chiarello, celebrity chef and Food Network star, dies at 61 – National"
Ashton Kutcher is stepping down as chairman of the board of an anti-child-sex-abuse organization he co-founded, called Thorn, as he continues to face fallout and outrage for supporting rapist Danny Masterson. TIME magazine reports that his wife, Mila Kunis, is also stepping down in her role as an observer on Thorn’s board. “Victims of sexual abuse have been historically silenced and the character statement I submitted is yet another painful instance of questioning victims who…"Ashton Kutcher resigns from anti-child-sex-abuse board following backlash – National"
Hip-hop has a long, tragic history of murder and mayhem. Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., Big L., Fat Pat, Mac Dre, Big Hawk, Magnolia Shorty, XXXTentacion, Nipsey Hustle, Pop Smoke and dozens of others have been shot since the late ’80s. In terms of infamy, the unsolved murders of Shakur and Biggie have attracted the most attention, but right behind them is the shooting of Jason Mizell, otherwise known as Jam Master Jay, the DJ behind…"A sensational decades-old hip-hop murder may soon be solved: The death of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay – National"
Randy Meisner, a founding member of the Eagles who added high harmonies to such favorites as “Take It Easy” and “The Best of My Love” and stepped out front for the waltz-time ballad “Take It to the Limit,” has died, the band said Thursday. Meisner died Wednesday night in Los Angeles of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the Eagles said in a statement. He was 77. The bassist had endured numerous afflictions in recent…"Randy Meisner, founding member of the Eagles, dies at 77 – National"
A wise music industry person once told me that the average lifespan of a band is about seven years. You form, get better, get big, peak, enter a decline, and then break up. You burn through all your youthful angst and energy, grow older, gain new perspectives, find yourself with new responsibilities and interests, and move on with your life. But what’s next? Some, hoping for a second chance, try to plow ahead. Others, though,…"What do you do when the music stops? There is life after rock. – National"
The Iron Sheik, an American-Iranian professional wrestling legend, has died. He was 81. A representative for The Iron Sheik, whose real name is Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, shared the news to the wrestler’s Twitter account on Wednesday. “Today, we gather with heavy hearts to bid farewell to a true legend, a force of nature, and an iconic figure who left an incredible mark on the world of professional wrestling,” the statement reads. “It is with…"The Iron Sheik, WWE wrestling legend, dead at 81 – National"
The successful daytime TV program The Kelly Clarkson Show is all about positivity and happiness — but that cheery attitude doesn’t extend behind the scenes, according to a number of current and former staff members. In an exposé shared by Rolling Stone on Friday, 10 former and one current staff member of The Kelly Clarkson Show said they were bullied and harassed by the show’s producers, some to the point of tears, vomiting and mental…"‘Kelly Clarkson Show’ labelled a toxic workplace by staffers: reports – National"
Morgan Freeman doesn’t like the terms “African American” or “Black History Month.” In a candid interview about race relations in the U.S., Freeman, 85, told the U.K.’s Sunday Times that Black History Month is an “insult.” “Black history is American history; they’re completely intertwined,” Freeman argued. “You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” Read more: Are Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson brothers? They think it’s possible The Oscar award-winning actor went on to say…"Morgan Freeman: ‘Black History Month,’ ‘African American’ are insulting terms – National"
California prosecutors have dismissed felony domestic violence charges against Justin Roiland, co-creator of the animated comedy Rick and Morty, almost two months after he was dropped from the show. “We dismissed the charges today because there was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt,” said Orange County district attorney’s spokeswoman Kimberly Edds on Wednesday. Roiland, 43, was facing one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment…"Justin Roiland slams ‘horrible lies’ after domestic violence charges dropped – National"