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Comic community continues to mourn Patrice O'Neal on Twitter

Since yesterday’s outpouring of sadness at the unexpected passing of comedian Patrice O’Neal, the usually funny faces of Twitter have continued to maintain a serious tone. Most notably, Greg “Opie” Hughes — whose Tweet confirmed O’Neals death on the Twittersphere — posted, “Last thing I filmed w/ Patrice O’Neal was him singing w/ Warren Haynes. Strangely, he picked this song” and linked to a clip of O’Neal singing, “I have had my fun if I never get well no more/ Oh my health is fading/ Oh yeah, I’m going down slow.”

See what other celebs, including Ricky Gervais, Marlon Wayans, and Sarah Silverman, after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Celebrities mourn Patrice O'Neal on Twitter

Patrice O’Neal, envelope-pushing comedian, radio personality, and actor, passed away this morning at the age of 41. O’Neal had battled diabetes before he suffered a stroke in October. Some of O’Neal’s celebrity fans have taken to Twitter to express their sadness at his untimely passing. Some, like Judah Friedlander, Craig Robinson, and Eugene Mirman, only posted a simple “R.I.P. Patrice O’Neal.” Others considered his films and mourned a friend they wished they’d known better. See what they had to say below. READ FULL STORY

'Family Circus': The best of Bil Keane

Family Circus creator Bil Keane made a lot of people’s mornings brighter with his low-key observations, subtle eye for humor, and appreciation for the innocence of children. Back in 1990, our own Ken Tucker called Family Circus “the most underrated comic strip in the country.” In light of his sad passing Tuesday, I looked through the cartoonist’s archives and picked out some of my favorites. See them below. READ FULL STORY

Steve Jobs' last words revealed in sister's eulogy

At a memorial service earlier this month, novelist Mona Simpson delivered a touching eulogy for her late brother, Apple CEO and tech-entrepreneur rock god Steve Jobs, which has now been reprinted in its entirety by the New York Times. The eulogy discussed her relationship to her brother in depth. Since Jobs was given up for adoption after he was born, Simpson didn’t even know that she had a brother until she was 25, and her portrait of their friendship is often unbearably moving. Still, undoubtedly the most intriguing part of Simpson’s memoriam is her description of the final hours of Jobs’ life. Appropriately for the man who spent a lifetime streamlining technology, Jobs’ last words were simple, straightforward, and profound: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” (Yes, there’s already a website.)

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Twitter pays its respects to Harry Potter's parents on the anniversary of their death

If you ever needed concrete proof that the Harry Potter saga and its characters (even the dead ones) will never really die, this might be it.

On Monday morning “RIP Lily and James Potter” became a trending topic on Twitter, commemorating what would mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Harry Potter’s parents.

The late couple, as we all know, died defending their infant child against He Who Must Not Be Named. Fans, who are planning a moment of Twitter silence at 3 p.m., posted messages like, “Thirty years ago today Lily and James sacrificed their lives so that their son, Harry, could live. RIP James and Lily Potter,” and “It’s 3 decades since his mother’s sacrifice saved Harry and caused the downfall of Lord Voldemort. RIP James and Lily Potter,” while another noted, “RIP James and Lily Potter, but also, happy birthday Peter Jackson! An eventful day for nerd history, Halloween is.” (Although The Roots drummer Questlove had a different outlook on the outpouring of grief on the social networking site, “”RIP James and Lily Potter” REASONS YOURE SINGLE.”)

While I’m not planning a vigil, Internet or otherwise, for James and Lily Potter (as Chandler Bing argued about the sadness over Bambi’s mom’s death, “Yes, it was very sad when the guy stopped drawing the deer“), it got me thinking about how often this sort of thing occurs with pop-culture enthusiasts. Are you planning on having a piece of anniversary cake to celebrate the nuptials (also 30 years ago!) of Luke and Laura on Nov. 17? Did you hang out by your local mall on Oct. 26 in the faint hope that the DeLorean would show up? On May 4 will you be buying little Cece Halpert something for her second birthday?

Are you mourning the death of Lily and James Potter today, PopWatchers? Which pop-culture anniversary do you acknowledge? Share in the comments section below!

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Johnny Depp honors friend and 'Rum Diary' writer Hunter S. Thompson at Columbia University panel

Johnny Depp remembers the day he first met Hunter S. Thompson. He was waiting at the back of a tavern when the author and journalist burst in, ordering people out of his way. “I just saw sparks, literally sparks,” Depp said of their first encounter. “In his left hand he had a three-foot cattle prod, and in his right hand a tazer.”

The memory was one of many shared Monday night by Johnny Depp and director Bruce Robinson at a Columbia University panel honoring the life and legacy of Thompson before a special screening of Depp’s upcoming film, The Rum Diary. In the film — adapted from a novel by Thompson — Depp plays Paul Kemp, a semi-autobiographical stand-in for Thompson who works as a young freelance journalist in Puerto Rico.

Rum Diary marks the second time Depp has portrayed Thompson — he first played the author in 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. At Monday’s panel, Depp spoke of the time he spent living in Thompson’s basement preparing for the Fear and Loathing role and the close bond that formed between the two men. Depp, who Thompson referred to as “Colonel,” said from that first bar room encounter until the writer’s death in 2005, the pair were almost inseparable. READ FULL STORY

Apple posts Steve Jobs memorial video, with appearances by Al Gore and Coldplay

Apple has posted a link on its homepage to an 81-minute video of the memorial service for company co-founder and epoch-defining superhuman Steve Jobs. The service, which was held last Wednesday on the company’s Cupertino campus, included appearances by current CEO Tim Cook and by Jonathan Ive, a.k.a. Apple’s iPod-creating design ninja. Former Vice President and Apple board member Al Gore also paid tribute to Jobs, and the service included performances by Norah Jones and Coldplay. Here are three highlights: READ FULL STORY

Apple Stores closed today for Steve Jobs memorial

In honor of the late Apple founder and iconic media superhuman Steve Jobs, CEO Tim Cook announced that all Apple Stores would be closed today. A private memorial service for Jobs started this morning at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, according to the Associated Press. The service is also being simulcast to all Apple employees across the world — though presumably not in Shenzhen — to allow employees to, in Cook’s words, “take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place.” Wouldn’t it be awesome if LSD were involved, as part of Apple’s “Broader Guy” initiative? Sigh. We miss you already, Steve.

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Appreciating Dan Wheldon: An interview with David Letterman shows why the driver was a crossover star

Fans of the race world were devastated to hear about the passing of two-time Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon, who died as a result of a multi-car crash during a race on Sunday in Las Vegas. But you didn’t have to be a fan of the sport to appreciate Wheldon or feel sadness looking back at his impressive, but all too-short, life.

The driver stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman this past June for a chat with the Indy enthusiast host, and it’s easy to see why Wheldon was beloved by those in his industry and elsewhere. The interview proved he was humble (he effortlessly joked around with Letterman, zinging back at the host during the interview, “As you pointed out, I’m not employed”), and simply loved what he did. It’s especially sad to hear Wheldon talk about upcoming races, now knowing that his life would end tragically because of one, but it’s nice to see him as the smiling, likable crossover star that fans remember. Watch the bittersweet clip below. READ FULL STORY

Racing star Dan Wheldon remembered on Twitter

On Sunday, two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon tragically passed away at the age of 33 from a fatal accident during a race in Las Vegas. Wheldon, who is survived by his wife Susie and their two children, was remembered on Twitter in the hours since his passing by sports and Hollywood stars. Actress Ashley Judd, who is married to driver Dario Franchitti, posted lines from John Donne’s poem “Death, Be Not Proud” and then tweeted, “Hardest parts, Thinking about Susie, Sebastian, Oliver. Seeing my husband grieve. Nights are so awful at first. Poor woman. Such pain.” Danica Patrick, one of the many in the racing community who reacted to Wheldon’s death on Twitter, wrote on her page, “There are no words for today. Myself and so many others are devastated. I pray for suzi and the kids that god will give them strength.”

Here are how some other stars paid tribute to the English-born Wheldon on Twitter: READ FULL STORY

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