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Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll, legendary and pioneering star of television and motion pictures, has died of cancer. Carroll’s daughter Suzanne Kay confirmed the news with various news outlets October 4. READ MORE

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Bankroll Fresh, an up and coming Atlanta area rapper, was shot and killed last night outside of Street Execs studios in Atlanta.

Reportedly more than 50 shell casings were found outside of the studio but Bankroll was the only person that was hit. As the news began to get out several rap artist and personalities have taken to social media to express their condolences.


Actor Tony Burton Dies at Age 78


Tony Burton who appeared as the trainer Tony “Duke” Evers in six Rocky films has passed away at the age of 78.

Burton’s sister, Lorett Kelly, has said that Burton was never officially diagnosed but had been suffering from poor health for over a year. It was also reported that Burton was too ill to see Creed, the recent spin off of Rocky that featured Michael B. Jordan as the lead role.


Carl Weathers who co-starred alongside Burton took to twitter to express his condolences tweeting, “Sad news. RIP Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful.”

Burton was a Flint, Michigan native who was a professional boxer and football player before becoming an actor. Aside from the Rocky films he also made appearances in The Shining, Stir Crazy, NYPD Blue, The A-Team, and Twin Peaks.

He was also seen briefly in Creed in a flashback that used old stock footage of a previous Rocky film.

The hip-hop community is mourning the loss of The Sugarhill Gang rapper Big Bank Hank. Born Henry Jackson, Hank passed away Tuesday morning from complications due to cancer.

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Fiancée Says Rodney King High Before Death

Holly Robinson Peete and Russell Simmons are among the celebrities reacting to the passing of 1991 Los Angeles beating victim Rodney King on Twitter. Robinson Peete called it a “tragic ending” in her Twitter post Sunday while Simmons simply offered “RIP Rodney King.” There is word that King may have been drinking and smoking marijuana in the hours before his death Sunday morning. Sources tell the word comes from King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, who sat on the jury of King’s 1994 lawsuit against the LAPD. The two began a romance after the trial ended. According to TMZ, Kelley told friends she awoke at around 5:00 am Sunday morning to the sounds of King screaming and banging on the glass in the backyard of the Rialto, California home they shared. She reportedly says she heard a big splash when she went to grab her phone then discovered King lying in the bottom of their swimming pool. Paramedics called to the scene were unable to revive him. Police are investigating.

King’s 1991 beating at the hands of Los Angeles police officers was captured on video, sparking national outrage. It sparked riots in Los Angeles a year later when the four officers involved in the beating were acquitted at trial. The situation prompted King to step forward with a plea for peace with his now-famous quote, “can we call get along?” King, who was left with permanent brain damage after the beating, also suffered from alcohol addiction and appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2008 and its spin-off “Sober House” the next year. He just released his memoir, “The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption” in April. Rodney King was 47 years old.