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Hugh Hefner, Legendary ‘Playboy’ Founder and Publisher, Dies at 91

"Could I be in a better place and happier than I am today? I don't think so. In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life." ~Hugh Hefner   In a statement released to E! News just moments ago, Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine and its connected entities, passed away of natural causes. He was 91 years old. "Hugh M. Hefner, The American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to 'Playboy' magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands...

Tobe Hooper, Director of ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ Dies at 74

Sad new to report in the world of horror. Director Tobe Hooper passed away Saturday night in Sherman Oaks, California, according to the L.A. County Coroner. The details of his death are not yet known. He was 74. Born in Austin, Texas, Hooper is best known for directing one of the most terrifying films ever made, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Loosely based on the true story of Ed Gein, the film tells the story about a group of friends who come in contact with a group of sadistic cannibals. He also...

Joan Lee, Wife of Marvel Legend Stan Lee, Dies at 93

We here at Fan Fest News would like to send our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences to Stan Lee, who lost his wife Joan, on Thursday. Joan was 93 years old. A spokesperson for Lee and his family released the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family. The family asks that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time." According to sources, the wife of...

Chris Cornell’s Wife Releases Statement About His Death

Vicky Karayiannis, wife of late Soundgarden and Audioslave front man Chris Cornell, released a statement regarding the singer's death. Cornell was found unresponsive in his hotel room on Wednesday. “Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time...

Chris Cornell: Musicians Paying Tribute via Social Media

After the news broke early this morning about the sudden passing of Soundgarden and Audioslave front man Chris Cornell, we are still shocked, saddened and trying to absorb the news that he is gone. Since the announcement, many friends, family, fans and colleagues have been paying tribute in the own way. The most touching one I have seen is from Cornell's longtime friend Chester Bennington of Linkin Park fame. Bennington posted the following: Some other tributes to the late Cornell:

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden Rocker, Dead at 52

Chris Cornell, Lead singer of the rock group Soundgarden and Audioslave has died at the age of 52. Cornell died in Detroit, Michigan, while on tour with the recently reunited Soundgarden. Brian Bumbery, Cornell's rep,  made a statement to The Associated Press and stated that Cornell's death was "sudden and unexpected" and that his wife and family were shocked at his passing. He also stated that "Cornell was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit following a tour date at Detroit's Fox Theatre." His family will be working...

Legendary Actress Debbie Reynolds Dies at Age 84

Early Wednesday evening, we reported that, just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, actress Debbie Reynolds was rushed to the hospital due to a possible stroke.  It is with great sadness that we now report, the legendary actress has died.  She was 84 years old. Reynolds was at her son’s house in Beverly Hills on Wednesday afternoon when a call was placed to 911 requesting medical assistance.  She was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where she later died. This news comes just one day after...