Following the tragic news of Paul Walker's sudden passing yesterday, cast members from "The Fast and the Furious" film franchise shared messages on social media websites in loving memory of the actor who was the only cast member to have appeared in five of the last six films and will also appear in the upcoming seventh installment, "Fast 7," which is scheduled for release on July 11, 2014. Universal Pictures, which produces and distributes the films worldwide, released the following statement: "All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family."
Paul Walker, best known for his portrayal of Brian O'Connor in “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise, has died. News of the Walker’s death was first reported by TMZ. Representatives for the actor confirmed that Walker died on Saturday afternoon as a result of a deadly car accident in which the vehicle he was in hit a tree in Santa Clarita, California. Per a posting on his official Facebook Page, Walker was a passenger in an unidentified friend’s vehicle while both were attending a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide. “We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences,” read the statement on the page.
Cory Monteith, who portrayed Finn Hudson on FOX's "Glee", has died. The actor was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday afternoon. It's understood that when Monteith missed his checkout at noon, hotel staff went to his room and found his body. "An autopsy is scheduled for Monday," said Vancouver Acting Police Chief Doug LePard in a press conference. "The Coroner will be determining the next steps with respect to establishing cause of death, but all indications are that there was no foul play."
Longtime actor Jerry Ayres — also known as Gerald Holt Ayres — died of natural causes at his home in Valley Village, California, on May 14. Soap fans may remember Ayres as “Dynasty’s” Tom, as “General Hospital’s” David Hamilton, which he played rom 1978 to 1979, or as “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Conway Weston, which he played from 1987 to 1988.
Longtime actress Maxine Stuart (Mary Anderson, “The Young and the Restless,” Grace O’Keefe, “Edge of Night,” Mrs. Dawson, “General Hospital”) died of natural causes in her Beverly Hills home on Thursday, June 6, reports her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell.
It is with great sadness to report that Paul Skipper, a long-time photographer at JPI Studios, died on Tuesday, June 4 (previously incorrectly reported by us as Monday, June 3). While it is unknown at this time what caused Skipper's death, tweets have gone out from several past and present "Days of our Lives" cast/crew members, which is the show Skipper primarily shot for, including one from Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) that read: "Paul Skipper- RIP. No one shot more terrific pictures for our genre." His tweet was responded to by Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly Manning), who said "so very true. Loved his dear heart."
Fran Bascom, who had been nominated nine times for her work as a casting director at NBC's "Days of our Lives" by the Casting Society of America, has died. After reportedly feeling under the weather late Sunday, June 2, Bascom was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA, where she died. A cause of death is not known at this time.
87-year-old “Dallas” actor Steve Forrest (ex-Wes Parmalee/Ben Stivers) passed away on May 18 in Thousand Oaks, California. In addition to his primetime soap role, the Texas native — who was discovered by Hollywood legend Gregory Peck — was known for television roles in “S.W.A.T.,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Gunsmoke,” as well as in film roles like “Prisoner of War” (opposite Ronald Reagan), “Heller In Pink Tights” (with Sophia Loren), “The Flaming Star” (with Elvis Presley) and “The Longest Day” (with John Wayne).
When Jeanne Cooper first stepped into “The Young and the Restless’” Genoa City as Katherine Chancellor back in 1973, soap opera history was made. Written by show creator William J. Bell specifically to convey controversial storylines that would boost weak ratings, Katherine was everything the wealthy wife of Phillip Chancellor II shouldn’t be: a drunk, a heavy smoker and a bit of a slut who had illicit affairs with stable boys. Despite the character’s many problems, fans fell in love with Katherine — as well as the actress who so effortlessly brought her to life.
It is with great sadness to report that Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, "The Young and the Restless") has died. The 84-year old actress, who has been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks, died this morning in her hospital bed with her daughter by her side.
According to a report by NBC New York and Gothamist.com, a staff member of ABC's "The Chew" was murdered on Thursday, January 10 after being shot in the stomach near Macon Street and Throop Avenue in the Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn. Identified as Ivan Giovanettina, 41, the prop supervisor for the daytime talk show was taken to Kings County Hospital and pronounced dead. A recording of the suspected shooters was posted on YouTube in hopes of someone being able to help identify the perpetrators. The recording took place a few blocks away at Tompkins Avenue and Halsey Street. An arrest has yet to be made.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Bobbi Jordan, who had appeared for three years in the mid-1970s on "General Hospital" in the role of Terri Webber Arnett, has died. The actress died at her home in Encinitas, California on November 9 of an apparent heart attack. She was 75 years old.
Emily Squires, who was nominated for fifteen Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards throughout her career based on her work on "As The World Turns," "Guiding Light," "Sesame Street" and "Between the Lions," passed on Wednesday, November 21 at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. She was 71 years old.
Larry Hagman, best known for such iconic roles as Major Tony Nelson on "I Dream of Jeannie" and J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," has died, reports The Dallas Morning News. The actor, 81, died at 4:20 PM local time earlier today.
On Saturday, November 17, 2012, Gene Bua ("Somerset," "Love of Life" and "How To Survive a Marriage") passed away after battling Parkinson's disease for the past 13 years according to a posting on the actor and his wife Toni's website Bua Acting for Life. "The great Master Teacher and my hero and Lion King for 47 years, Gene Bua, passed into the Light on Sat. Nov. 17th at 1:40, after battling 13 years of Parkinson's and yet still going on to teach, write songs, be a mighty friend, and enjoy much of his life. I am surrounded by his power, love and radiance as I walk through these coming days with as much Grace as God will allow me. Very much love to you all," said Mrs. Bua of her husband on the website.
On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the world of soaps lost a true legend in Barbara Esensten, who passed at age 75. Esensten co-created "The City" along with her more than 20 year long writing partner James Harmon Brown. The duo worked together on such shows as "Dynasty," "All My Children," "Days of our Lives," "One Life to Live," "Port Charles" and "Guiding Light."
According to TMZ, comedian Phyllis Diller, who appeared frequently on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," has passed.
Ron Palillo, best known for his star turning role as Arnold Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died, reports TMZ. The actor appeared as Gary Warren in episodes of "One Life to Live" in 1994. He died this morning of an apparent heart attack.
Original "One Life to Live" cast member Doris Belack passed away Monday of natural causes in Manhattan. Belack potrayed Anna Wolek Craig on the show from 1968-77. She was 85 years old.
Daytime Emmy Award winning television and stage director, actor, and teacher <strong>David Pressman</strong> died of natural causes on Monday in New York City at the age of 97. Pressman is best remembered by soap fans for his three decades of directing daytime dramas, including "Another World" and "One Life to Live."