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!! OMG, RIP: Icon and legendary singer Leonard Cohen !!

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Leonard Cohen, hugely prolific singer and songwriter whose work spanned close to 50 years, has passed away at the age of 82. Cohen’s label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer’s Facebook page, and his family, son and manager released statements regarding the icon’s death saying:

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read.

“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief. My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records,” Cohen’s son Adam wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour.”

“Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candor, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed,” his manager Robert Kory wrote in a statement. “I was blessed to call him a friend, and for me to serve that bold artistic spirit firsthand, was a privilege and great gift. He leaves behind a legacy of work that will bring insight, inspiration and healing for generations to come.”

A cause of death has not yet been released, but he was 82!

RIP, Leonard! Seeing you perform was one of the most-memorable and beautiful evenings we can recall!

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!! OMG, RIP: WWF Wrestling legend CHYNA, the 9th Wonder of the World !!

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NOO!! First Doris Roberts, and now CHYNA, the 9th wonder of the world! The WWF‘s most iconic female wrestler of all-time (street name Joan Laurer) and women’s wrestling pioneer was found dead in her home in Los Angeles at 45. Sources say that she had been on medication for anxiety and sleep deprivation.

Chyna made her WWE debut in 1997 as an enforcer for Triple H, and continued to work with the current executive vice-president of talent, live events and creative of the WWE when he formed the legendary stable D-Generation X with Shawn Michaels as well as The Corporation faction.

She went on to hold the Women’s Championship for 231 days in 2001, which came after her stints as Intercontinental champions in October 1999 and August 2000. She left the company following her final appearance at the Judgement Day pay-per-view in 2001.Chyna also embarked on a career in pornography from 2004, and it’s known that her work in the adult industry is why she has not been added to the WWE’s Hall of Fame.

RIP, Chyna! We hope you’re up there doing handspring back elbows and gorilla press slams with the angels!

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!! OMG, RIP Producer, entertainer and reality star, David Guest !!

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Producer, reality star and former husband of Liza Minelli, David Guest has been found dead in his hotel room this morning at the age of 62.

“Police were called at 10:17hrs on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus, E14, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. London Ambulance Service were called to the scene. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel.”

David was set to begin a tour this July titled David Gest Is Not Dead, But Alive With Soul, named after the cringeworthy scene that erupted when his Big Brother housemate, Tiffany Pollard, mistakenly thought Gest had died during filming. Eeesh! The irony. Currently, the cause of death is unknown.

Gest produced the highest-rated musical television special in history, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years in 2001, which was the last reunion of Michael Jackson and the Jacksons in 17 years, and Jackson’s last solo concerts. Gest appeared on the 2006 series of the British reality television show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!. RIP David!

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!! OMG, whoops! People Magazine accidentally publishes its pre-written obituary for Kirk Douglas on Sunday night !!

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People Magazine must have wanted to ‘punk’ the Douglas family this Thanksgiving weekend when they published their pre-written and ready-to-go obituary for Kirk Douglas (who’s still alive).

It’s not uncommon for major publications to write their elaborate obituaries in advance, and People Magazine clearly didn’t mean to run the story as evident from the “DO NOT PUB” in the headline.
Still, “Spartacus” and his family members can’t be pleased.
Douglas, who turns 98 next week, isn’t the first celebrity to have been written about by People.
In 1982, Abe Vigoda was erroneously referred to as “the late Abe Vigoda” in People Magazine, which became a running joke about Vigoda on talk shows like “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Vigoda is, of course, still alive.
Bloomberg made a similar obituary gaffe when it published news of Steve Jobs’ death in 2008 three years before the Apple co-founder’s actually passing in 2011.
The editors of Bloomberg quickly posted a retraction and apologized for the mistake.

As of late last Sunday night the Douglas obituary was STILL live on their website…
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!! OMG, RIP: Dick Butt !!

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If there’s one thing we know about here at OMG Blog, it’s Dicks…and Butts. And the world lost one of its greatest Dick Butts this year. More from Death & Taxes:

On Friday, 93-year-old Richard A. “Dick” Butt passed away in his hometown of Spokane, Washington, after struggling with heart disease for several months. He was born in Washington state on April 4, 1921, and had seven siblings. His parents, Will and Helen Butt, raised him on a farm. The obituary in the Spokesman Review noted that, in high school, Dick “was remembered for his pitching prowess.”

RIP Dick Butt!

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