Wrestling Icon The Ultimate Warrior Dead at 54

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Wrestling Icon The Ultimate Warrior Dead at 54
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Throughout the 1980s and '90s "The Ultimate Warrior" was among the most popular and beloved heroes in the pro wrestling world. After the shocking news of his death, other wrestling greats took to twitter to express their grief.

His death came as a surprise since on Saturday Night he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame:
RIP Ultimate Warrior

Breaking News of the Day: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in His New York Apartment

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Breaking News of the Day: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in His New York Apartment
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The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York Apartment Sunday morning of an apparent overdose. The New York Times report:

The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46, was found in his West Village apartment around 11:30 a.m. by a friend who had become concerned at not being able to reach Mr. Hoffman.

Investigators found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be her0in, the official said.

"It's pretty apparent that it was an overdose," the official said. "The syringe was in his arm."

Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 with his portrayal of Truman Capote in the film "Capote."

He was most recently known for his role in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" He was slated to star in two more installments.

Sad, sad news. Rest in peace.

Farewell of the Day

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Farewell of the Day
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Marty, the inspiration behind Nyan Cat, passed away last night after being diagnosed with Feline infectious peritonitis only a week ago, according to Chris Torres. In remembering his passing, Torres shared the story of Marty's life via his Twitter account and the homepage of Nyan.cat has been swapped with Sad Nyan Cat. Rest in peace, Marty.

RIP: Moon River's Andy Williams, at 84

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RIP: Moon River's Andy Williams, at 84
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Andy Williams, one of America's top pop vocalists of the 1960s and best known for "Moon River," died Tuesday of bladder cancer. He was 84.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Williams said he never tired of singing "Moon River," whose melody he considered "beautiful" and whose lyrics he called "timeless."

"You wouldn't believe how 'Moon River' became a hit," he said in a 1989 interview with the Chicago Tribune. "I was having dinner with [songwriters] Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, who had just finished recording the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, with Audrey Hepburn singing 'Moon River' out on the balcony with a guitar.

"So Mancini and Mercer played this song for me, which I thought was great. But my record company was really into singles then, and they said: 'I don't think phrases like 'my Huckleberry friend' will make it with the kids — they won't know what it means.'"

But about four weeks before the 1962 Academy Awards program, he recalled, "I was invited to sing 'Moon River' on the Oscars show, and Columbia Records decided we ought to rush a 'Moon River' album into the stores, because that tune looked like a shoo-in for the 'best song' Oscar.

"So they quickly put out an album, had it in the stores on the day of the Oscars, and the next morning it sold 500,000 copies."

NASA Remembers Neil Armstrong of the Day

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Neil Armstrong was laid to rest at sea today. The pics are amazing, as is this video tribute by NASA.

RIP, Neil.

[doobybrain]

RIP: Libya Ambassador Chris Stevens, at 52

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RIP: Libya Ambassador Chris Stevens, at 52
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U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed late Tuesday -- September 11 -- along with three other embassy staff after armed militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in retaliation for a California businessman's low-budget anti-Muslim film, Innocence of Muslims, that attacks Islam's prophet Muhammad.

President Obama condemned the attacks, which also occurred at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, and said that they will "not break the bonds" between the U.S. and Libya:

We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

There was no threat of military action or economic sanctions -- the U.S. considers Libya a friendly state.

Mitt Romney called Obama's response to the attacks "disgraceful," while Republican Party Chair Reince Preibus dragged some disgusting politics into the tragedy: "Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic."

Stevens, who was 52, served as envoy to the Libyan rebels in 2011 when NATO aircraft helped rebels overthrow the 40-year-old regime and eventually capture and kill Gaddafi.

In a video introduction released by the State Department shortly after he was appointed ambassador in May, Stevens said he "was thrilled to watch the Libyan people stand up and demand their rights."

[telegraph]

RIP: Michael Clarke Duncan, At 54

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RIP: Michael Clarke Duncan, At 54
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Michael Clarke Duncan, Academy Award-nominated actor for The Green Mile, died this morning due to complications of a prior heart attack. He was 54.

[washingtonpost]