Celebrity Deaths, Dearly Departed

Aretha Franklin Laid to Rest in style


As thousands of mourners line up to bid a final farewell to the Queen of Soul, as she lie in repose at the Charles H. Wright museum of African American History in her hometown of Detroit.

The Queen of Soul is wearing Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps that match a tea-length ruby red dress made of lace – with a full tulle skirt and chiffon overlay, said Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home. The dress has beading on the bodice and shoulders, and a boat neck collar with a chiffon bell sleeve altered by Swanson, who is also a seamstress.

The music legend is wearing custom-designed beaded earrings.

Franklin is resting in a solid bronze Promethean casket plated in 14-karat gold. It is the same type of coffin in which singers James Brown and Michael Jackson were buried, according to The Telegraph of Britain.

The interior is finished with champagne velvet. Franklin’s title, “Queen of Soul,” and her name “Aretha Franklin,” are embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread.

Tributes will be held all week in her honor with a private funeral service to follow, which is scheduled for Friday August 31st.

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Celebrity Deaths, Celebrity Parents

Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson family, dead at 89


Joe Jackson, the father and longtime manager of the famed Jackson family, has died at 89. He passed away at 3:30 a.m. according to TMZ.

Jackson had been hospitalized earlier this month.

Jackson is infamous for being a strict father who guided the careers of the children he made a household name.

 

Celebrity Deaths, Celebrity news

Fashion Designer Kate Spade Dead at Age 55


Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment of an apparent suicide on Tuesday, according to published reports. She was 55.

Spade’s body was found hanging in her Park Avenue apartment by her housekeeper. According to news reports, she left a note before taking her own life.

Spade, real name Katherine Noel Brosnahan, was the force behind her own successful clothing label, Kate Spade New York.

Spade founded the company with her husband of 24 years, Andy Spade, in 1993. She launched her clothing line, including shoes and accessories in 2004.

She is survived by her husband and daughter. Spade is also the sister-in-law of actor/comedian David Spade and the aunt to “Amazing Mrs. Maisel” actress Rachel Brosnahan.

Celebrity Deaths, Celebrity news, Prince Rogers Nelson

Who Killed Prince?


Prince’s autopsy revealed that the 5ft 3in singer weighed just 112lbs at the time of his death, and that he was dressed entirely in black (cap, pants, shirt, socks and boxer briefs) when his unresponsive body was discovered on April 21 inside an elevator at his Paisley Park estate just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was announced yesterday that no criminal charges would be filed in the death of Prince, and tomorrow marks two years after he lost his life following an alleged overdose.

The investigation did reveal that Prince himself had no idea the pills contained Fentanyl, with officials stating that the singer thought he was taking Vicodin in the days and weeks leading up to his death.

This would suggest that neither Prince or those close to him knew that he was addicted to Fentanyl at the time of his death. This is hard to believe. Someone knew or knows who was subscribing these pills to prince? Someone on his staff had to know he was buying Fentanyl laced pills, which is said to be deadlier than cocaine.

Prince died of a self-administered Fentanyl overdose according to an autopsy report released by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

The 57-year-old singer’s death was ruled an accident, and the only listed cause on the medical examiner’s report was ‘Fentanyl toxicity’.

‘To actively charge a crime requires probable cause and a reasonable likelihood of conviction. The bottom line is that we simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime related to Prince’s death,’ said Mark Metz, the Carver County attorney on Thursday.

Authorities have yet to determine how prince got his hands on the highly addictive drug fentanyl. The question remains: Who Killed Prince?

Celebrity Deaths, Joan Rivers

Breaking News: Joan Rivers Dead at 81


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Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers died on Thursday —  exactly a week after she was rushed to a Manhattan hospital when she stopped breathing during a routine throat procedure.

She was 81.

Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, had been keeping vigil by her mother’s bedside at Mount Sinai Hospital as her condition failed to improve since she went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 28 at Yorkville Endoscopy.

She was moved from the intensive care unit to a private room on Wednesday.

The State Health Department has launched an investigation into the clinic where Joan had the minor surgery.

Joan Rivers, dead at 81.