Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 2:14 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Aretha Franklin, whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, has died, her niece Sabrina Ownes confirmed to the Free Press. She was 76. She died at 9:50 a.m. surounded by family at her home in Detroit. A family statement released by her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit. The family added: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family." Franklin was the loftiest name in the rich history of Detroit music and one of the transcendent cultural figures of the 20th Century. Raised on an eclectic musical diet of gospel, R&B, classical and jazz, … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin dies at 76: Detroit star transformed American music
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[This story contains spoilers from the series finale of The Americans.] At its heart, The Americans was always a family drama more than it was a spy thriller. So it's no surprise that in the end, the series delivered one of the most heartbreaking relational twists. Holly Taylor, who plays Paige in the show, made the utterly surprising, gut-wrenching choice to step off the train that her parents (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) were on in route back to Russia after their covers were blown in the U.S. "I was so shocked when I read that. I was not expecting that at all," Taylor tells The Hollywood Reporter of the pivotal moment. "And you see Elizabeth’s reaction with her hand up to the window and you’re just like, ‘Oh my god, my heart is in a million pieces on the floor.’" Taylor gave THR an inside look at what it was like the film the last two episodes of the series, the joke on set about where Paige ends up in life and whether or not she thinks Stan's wife is … [Read more...] about ‘The Americans’ Finale: Holly Taylor on Her “Shocking” Decision
WHITNEY Houston is one of the best-selling musicians the world has ever seen, after producing ballads that saw her rise through the charts. The American singer was cited as the most awarded female act of all-time - but how did she die and what else do we know about the legend? When and how did Whitney Houston die? Houston was found unconscious in a suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2012. She was submerged in the bathtub when she was found. Medics arrived and found her unresponsive and the singer was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Her cause of death was reported as drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use". Cocaine was thought to have been used shortly before her death - and a number of other drugs were found in her system. The 48-year-old's death was listed as an "accident". Who went to Whitney Houston's funeral? An invitation-only memorial service was held for Houston on February 18, 2012. The service was scheduled for two hours … [Read more...] about How did Whitney Houston die, what were her biggest hits and what happened to her daughter after her death?
GARY Lucy has teased his "devastating" exit from Hollyoaks. The actor - who plays recovering alcoholic Luke in the Channel 4 soap - will soon leave the show for a nine month break to tour the country with The Full Monty stage show, and he's revealed that it's going to be an ordeal for all involved. Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online's Soap Bubble, Gary said: "It's definitely going to be devastating for everyone and that's how it should be. "It's a combination of everything that comes together. And then we'll see what happens when he goes away for a little while." But before Luke can leave Hollyoaks, he's going to be left horrified when ex Scarlett returns as he and new wife Mandy return from their honeymoon in Florida. Crashing Luke and Mandy's happy reunion, Scarlett returns for her son and reveals he had begged her to come and take him back home, but it later becomes clear she only really wants one thing - Luke. Gary explained: "She turns up mainly to get her boy back, you know … [Read more...] about Hollyoaks star Gary Lucy reveals Luke Morgan’s ‘devastating’ exit from the soap as he kisses ex Scarlett
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the hourlong series finale of NBC's The Carmichael Show.] The Carmichael Show quietly wrapped its acclaimed three-season run Wednesday with one last surprise twist: The penultimate episode saw Jerrod (star and creator Jerrod Carmichael) and Maxine (Amber Stevens West) get married in a courthouse ceremony on their three-year anniversary (and a night after they partook in a threesome). "Very much the way we would tell any story about anything, we didn't want to do it in a traditional way or a straightforward way. We wanted to find our own road into it," showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel tells The Hollywood Reporter. It was another unconventional turn for the NBC sitcom that has been defying conventions since it first premiered in August 2015. Over the course of just 32 episodes, the 20th Century Fox multicamera effort tackled issues ranging from gender to gun control and controversial figures like Bill Cosby and then-presidential … [Read more...] about ‘The Carmichael Show’ Boss Talks Finale Surprise, Cancellation and Series Legacy