They spent their lives making us laugh, cry, and groove to their music. One even spent his life making our lives easier. And their legacies will continue to live on — in the video embedded after the jump, EW remembers the legendary entertainers that left us way too soon in 2011. They may be gone, but, as we confide with our Siris, we’ll always remember them. READ FULL STORY
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Patrice O’Neal will get to make ‘em laugh once more. Radio hosts Opie and Anthony will say goodbye to their friend and the longtime visitor to their Sirius XM Radio show with a weekend-long tribute to the late comedian who passed away Tuesday at the age of 41, due to the complications from a stroke.
According to a release from Opie and Anthony, the radio hosts, along with comedian Jim Norton, will broadcast a nonstop marathon of O’Neal’s funniest and most memorable visits to the program over the past eight years. (Highlights will include the actor/comedian reviewing popular country music, as well as receiving career advice from Chris Rock.) READ FULL STORY
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
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 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
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
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