Legendary comedian Charlie Murphy has succumbed to his battle with Leukemia, according to TMZ. Murphy, who is the older brother of Eddie, died Wednesday morning in an NYC hospital. He’d been going undergoing chemotherapy.  According to the site, family members were “absolutely shocked” because they thought he was getting better.

Charlie became a fave in the comedy circuit with roles in films like ‘Roll Bounce’, ‘Harlem Nights’, and ‘The Players Club’. He also toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley on “The Comedy Get Down.” But it was his story-telling on ‘The Dave Chappelle Show’ that made us fall in love. The groundbreaking ‘Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories’ is on our list as memorable television moments that will never get old.

The 57-year-old leaves behind three children.

Celebrity friends share their thoughts on Charlie’s death.

Let’s take a moment to watch what was the funniest we’ve ever seen on syndicated television.

2016 just keeps getting worse….

We all enjoyed this actress as the loving matriarch, Carol, on ‘The Brady Bunch’. Florence Henderson died Thursday night at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles from heart failure, according to her publicist, David Brokaw. She was 82-years-old.

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Via NY Times:

 

“She was quite active until she started not feeling well several days ago,” Mr. Brokaw said. “It was felt that she would just bounce back from it.”

Ms. Henderson was making a film in Norway in 1969 when she was asked to appear in the pilot episode of “The Brady Bunch,” an unapologetically upbeat comedy about a widow with three daughters who meets, marries and makes a sunny suburban California home with a widower who has three sons. The series ran from September 1969 to March 1974, attracting viewers during a period of extreme social change and the Vietnam War, neither of which touched the Bradys’ world.

The show took on new life in syndication. In the end, it spawned television movies and reunion specials, short-lived spinoffs (including “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour” in the mid-70s) and eventually two feature films. Read more here

 

I remember  seeing her make a recent guest appearance on ‘Dancing With The Stars’. She was there in support of her friend and contestant, Maureen McCormick, who played her daughter, Marsha, on the hit  show. Henderson was a contestant on DWTS on a prior season.

 Henderson, who was a widow, is survived by two daughters, Barbara and Elizabeth; two sons, Joseph and Robert; and five grandchildren.

 

The Brady kids react to the news
Maureen “Marsha”

Barry Williams”Greg”

Today, loved ones and friends of legendary songstress Natalie Cole said farewell to the singer during a memorial at West Angeles Church of God in Christ’s cathedral. According to The LA Times, it was a closed casket service for the star, who died on New Year’s Eve from ongoing health issues.

In attendance to pay their respects were David Foster, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie and Chaka Khan.

The news of her passing was first confirmed by Cole’s son, Robert Yancy, and her identical twin sisters, Timolin Cole and Casey Cole. They issued a joint statement, saying the Grammy winner “fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived..with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever.”

Natalie, daughter of the late Jazz icon Nat King Cole, will be laid to rest next to her parents, sister and brother in Los Angeles.

Source: E News!

No one’s death is easy to accept!

Even of folks whose timeless music we grew up to.

We’ve lost one of the founding members of The Whispers, Nicolas Caldwell at the age of 71.

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Willette Ballard, a representative for the group, said Caldwell died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his San Francisco home.

With a catalog dating back to the 60s, The Whispers gave us such hits like “Rock Steady” (co-written by Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds), “And The Beat Goes On”,  and “Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong”.

Caldwell also penned some of their songs, including the fan favorite “Lady.”

 

Prayers to his family, friends, and group members. He will be missed!

 

Source: NY Daily News

 

We couldn’t go into 2016 without paying respects to those whose lives were taken; those who’ve touched us, inspired us, made us smile, or simply enjoyed the entertainment they provided for us in some way, shape, or form.

 

Ahmad “Real” Givens

1982-2015

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One-half of the reality show duo Real Chance at Love, in which he starred with his brother. Ahmad died of Cancer. He fought a good fight!

Charmayne Maxwell

1969-2015

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Pictured here to the left with the braids, the songstress and 1/3 of Brownstone, suffered a deep cut to her neck from a terrible fall. The cut was so deep, she bled to death.

Bobbi Kristina Brown

1993-2015

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The daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina’s death eerily echoes the death of her mother. After Bobbi Kris was found unresponsive in a bathtub, she remained on life support for six months. She never fully regained consciousness and her health continued to deteriorate.

Ben Powers

1950-2015

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The actor who played Thelma’s husband, Keith, died from liver cancer.

Stuart Scott

1965-2015

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The lovable ESPN anchor died from his long battle with cancer.

Johnny Kemp

1959-2015

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He’s best known for his hit single, “Just Got Paid” , which was everyone’s anthem every other Friday. The announcement of his death came with some controversy, as his death was initially ruled as foul play. Foul play was ruled out after further investigation. Kemp was found floating face down at a beach in the tourist resort town of Montego Bay on Thursday morning. According to local police, they interviewed several passengers aboard the cruise ship on which Kemp was a passenger and based on their investigations, he died from natural causes.

Anthony Mason

1966-2015

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The basketball star died from a massive heart attack