Actor Tommy Ford, Best Known for ‘Martin’ Sitcom, Dies

Actor Tommy Mykal Ford, best known for his role as ‘Tommy’ on the hit 90’s sitcom ‘Martin,’ died Wednesday after an aneurysm burst in his abdomen. He was 52.


Joy Pervis, Ford’s representative, confirmed the actor’s death in a family statement shared with NBC.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved son, father, brother, husband, and friend,” the family said.

For the past several weeks, Ford had been documented his recovery from a knee replacement surgery on social media. TMZ reported early Wednesday that Ford had been hospitalized over the weekend when complications developed from his surgery and had been placed on life support.

Rumors of the actor’s death began circulating on social media after Ford’s friend, comedian Anthony Anderson, tweeted earlier Wednesday that the actor had died. Anderson later deleted the tweet, saying he was misinformed and instead requested prayers for Ford and his family.

“They say he may not make it through the night, but miracles happen!,” Anderson tweeted.

Ford was best known for playing Martin Lawrence’s affable and dependable best friend “Tommy” on the 90’s sitcom. He also had reoccurring roles in the comedy series “The Parker’s” and “New York Undercover.”

We offer our condolences to Mr. Ford’s family.

Thanks for all years of laughter!


Singer and Producer Kashif Has Died


Singer and producer, Kashif Saleem, known as simply Kashif, has passed away. He was 56.


EUR Web reports that sources said the singer lived alone and was found by a neighbor on Monday afternoon (Sept. 26) inside of his Los Angeles home. The L.A. County Coroner’s office said he’d been dead since Sunday and died of natural causes, though no specific cause of death has been determined as of yet.

“It is with great sadness we the Family are confirming the passing of music legend Kashif in Los Angeles, CA. We will keep you updated,” Kashif’s family wrote on Twitter earlier today.

The talented musician was a multi-instrumentalist had been active on the music scene for years. In 1974, he joined the band B.T. Express as a keyboardist and vocalist. After leaving the group, in 1983, he signed to Arista as a solo artist, recording hits including “I Just Got To Have You, Lover Turn Me On,” “Stone Love,” “Help Yourself to My Love,” and the Grammy-nominated instrumental “The Mood.” He  later branched out, producing the 1981 song from Evelyn “Champagne” King “I’m in Love.”

In the 80s, Kashif was featured on records with everyone from Kenny G to Dionne Warwick, including the popular “Love Changes,” which he recorded with Meli’sa Morgan. In 1984, his second album, Send Me Your Love, resulted in two Grammy nominations for “Edgartown Groove” featuring Al Jarreau, and the instrumental “Call Me Tonight.” The record also featured the hits “Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart” and “Are You the Woman.”

Beyond the music, Kashif was also active in the community. In 1996, he wrote the educational book, Everything You’d Better Know About The Record Industry, which offered an intimate glimpse into the business. In 2006, he created and founded Team iCare Foundation and produced the very first Walk/Run for Foster Care at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his activism, in 2006, Kashif founded Kashif University, which was located on the campus of Morningside High School in Inglewood California. Additionally, he produced and directed a ten-part documentary series, The History of R&B Music and Its Influence on World Culture.

Upon hearing news of his untimely passing, several of Kahif’s celebrity friends and fans expressed their sorrow, including Melba Moore, singer/guitarist Anthony David, and Chuck D.

RIP Kashif ..Thank you for the years of GREAT music!

Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and Mel Brooks comedies, dies aged 83

The actor, who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein, dies aged 83 from complications from Alzheimer’s, family says Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as The Producers and Blazing Saddles, has died. He was 83.

o-GENE-WILDER-CHARLIE-AND-THE-CHOCOLATE-FACTORY-facebook.jpgtheguardian-Wilder’s nephew said on Monday that the actor and writer died late on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

“It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived, that I announce the passing of husband, parent, and universal artist Gene Wilder,” Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Wilder’s nephew, said in a statement.

He added that Wilder was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, but kept the condition private so as not to disappoint fans.

“He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world,” Walker-Pearlman said.

The frizzy-haired actor was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only director Mel Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in Young Frankenstein or bilking Broadway in The Producers.

But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozy gunfighter in Blazing Saddles and as the charming candy man in the children’s favorite Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

It was for that role that he was most widely known, and Wilder’s face became synonymous with the character from the Roald Dahl novel.

Willy Wonka also earned him a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1968 classic The Producers and also for his work on the script of Young Frankenstein in 1974.

Celebrities expressed their condolences on Twitter when the news broke.

Gene Wilder will be missed! A true ICON!

Jesse Williams: Watch and Read The Actor’s BET Acceptance Speech In Full

Jesse Williams 2016 BET AWARDS

If you didn’t know who Jesse Williams was prior to this past weekend, you know him now.  The blue eyed Grey’s Anatomy star received a standing ovation for his empowering speech on racism in America at the 2016 BET Awards.

The crowd inside Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles rose to their feet, visibly emotional as the actor delivered a powerful acceptance speech Sunday night.

After Williams accepted the Humanitarian award for his civil rights activism, he addressed the audience.

Watch and read the full speech below:

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Kimbo Slice dies at age 42

Professional mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice 42, has died, Bellator MMA confirmed.

“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement, calling Slice “a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.”

kimboslice1.jpg“Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man,” Coker said. “His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo’s friends, fans, and teammates.”

There was no word on the cause of Slice’s death.

Slice had been hospitalized Monday for undisclosed reasons near his home in South Florida, according to Coral Springs police, who had been dispatched to his residence to prevent a potential gathering outside. They said no foul play was suspected.

Slice, birth name Kevin Ferguson, was a former backyard brawler and Internet sensation. He was born in the Bahamas on Feb. 8, 1974 but made his home in the Miami area. A heavyweight at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, he had a 5-2 professional record with four TKOs.

He was signed to Bellator MMA and scheduled to headline Bellator 158 on July 16 in London against James Thompson.

He last fought at Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston. He defeated Dhafir Harris, aka Dada5000, in a three-round decision. The result was later changed to a no-contest by the Texas commission, after Slice tested positive for anabolic steroids and an elevated testosterone ratio.

Our prayers go out to Kimbo’s family and friends!