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Sat Jul 22 18:00:39 EDT 2017

Jared Leto posted a touching tribute on Instagram in honor of Chester Bennington — the Linkin Park lead singer who was found dead in his Palos Verdes Estates home on Thursday.

The Oscar-winning actor shared a photo on Saturday of Bennington along with a caption that praised the singer’s personality, intelligence and talent. Leto also described Bennington’s voice as “delicate, ferocious and always full of emotion.”

“When I think of Chester I remember his smile… His laughter, intelligence, kindness and talent. That absolutely unforgettable voice that was at once – delicate, ferocious and always full of emotion. Witnessing his life taught me a lot,” wrote Leto.

“Especially about commitment, about kindness, about hard work, about the pursuit and achievement of dreams and mostly, about love,” he continued. “I know that both his family and his band were a massive source of inspiration and pride for him.”

“It was clear to me that he was deeply grateful for both the people that surrounded him and the life that he had. My heart goes out to his family, friends, band and fans. A tragic loss of an absolute legend. We will miss you.”

RELATED VIDEO: Massive’ Linkin Park Fan Channing Tatum on the Apparent Suicide of Chester Bennington

The Dallas Buyers Club star is also in a rock band, Thirty Seconds to Mars. Leto and his band recently embarked on a project called “A Day in the Life of America,” which was billed as “a filmed portrait of the country.” The reported aim of the project was to capture 24 hours of life in America on the Fourth of July.

Leto isn’t the only star sharing fond memories of Bennington. Fellow bandmate Mike Shinoda confirmed the news of Bennington’s death on Thursday writing, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” Jimmy Kimmel, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest, the band Imagine Dragons and other celebrities also took to social media to express their condolences for the late singer.

Bennington’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide, the L.A. County Coroner’s Office confirms to PEOPLE. On Friday, the coroner’s office told USA Today Bennington hanged himself from a bedroom door.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Sat Jul 22 16:55:40 EDT 2017

Nelsan Ellis — the actor known for his role of Lafayette on True Blood who died at the age of 39 — was laid to rest on Saturday at the Holy Temple Cathedral in his home state of Illinois.

Several of Ellis’ costars, including his  True Blood castmates, attended his funeral, according to E! News.

Stars from True Blood included Anna Paquin, who played Sookie; Carrie Preston, who played Arlene, and Rutina Wesley, who played Tara, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Wesley was a longtime friend of Ellis and penned an emotional tribute to him which she shared last week.

Viola Davis, who starred with Ellis in the films The Help and Get on Up also attended the funeral.

There was also a public viewing for Ellis on Friday at the Leak and Sons Funeral Home, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ellis, who had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years, died from heart complications on July 8 after he reportedly attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own.

In a statement released on July 10 by Ellis’ manager Emily Gerson Saines to The Hollywood Reporter, Saines said that Ellis’ father had explained that the actor started going into heart failure after he attempted to withdraw from alcohol. Ellis also had many “stints in rehab” before trying to withdraw without any assistance.

Ellis is survived by his son, Breon, as well as his grandmother, Alex Brown, and his father, Tommie Lee Thompson. He is also survived by his siblings Lakeeia Thomson, Tommie Lee Thompson, Babon Ellis, Maurice Turne, Tianna Thompson, Shaentika Beard and Yvonne Ellis and aunt Tartheaia Thompson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Nelsan Ellis Foundation. Flowers and gifts may be sent to Leak & Sons Funeral Home.


Sat Jul 22 16:28:35 EDT 2017

John McCain is not letting his brain cancer diagnosis prevent him from enjoying time with his daughter.

On Saturday, the 80-year-old politician went on a hike with his daughter Meghan McCain and their dog. “Amazing hike with Dad @SenJohnMcCain this morning,” Meghan, 32, wrote on Twitter. “Thank you all for your best wishes!”

Her message came attached to a photo of the two sitting on a bench overlooking the stunning terrain in Arizona, where John is recovering from a minimally invasive craniotomy he received at Phoenix’s Mayo Clinic on July 14 to remove a 5-cm blood clot associated with the cancer from above his left eye.

It was during that surgery when doctors first discovered the cancerous brain tumor associated with a blood clot.

The cancer, known as glioblastoma, is one of the most aggressive and highly invasive forms of cancer — and makes up about half of all malignant (cancerous) brain tumors, affecting around five people out of 100,000 per year. United States Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, Delaware attorney general (and son of former Vice President Joe Biden) Beau Biden also had glioblastoma.

The median survival rate is about 14 to 14.5 months (up from eight to 12 months in recent years), and with current treatment about 5% of patients make it to a survival rate of five years or more, TIME reported. Treatments include surgical resection (i.e. having as much of the brain tumor removed as possible via a roughly half-day surgical procedure), chemotherapy, and radiotherapy.

The former Republican presidential nominee said in a statement that the senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team and that his “treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”

John, who has served Arizona in Congress since 1982, is a three-time survivor of melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer that can spread to the brain and cause bleeding. He was diagnosed with invasive melanoma in 2000, and has been regularly screened by his doctors.

RELATED VIDEO: John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

Meghan remains glued to her father’s side since his health crisis, explaining on Twitter Wednesday that she, her mother Cindy, and her siblings (Douglas, 57, Andrew, 55, Sidney, 50, John Sidney, 31, James, 29, and Bridget, 25) have “endured the shock of the news,” and are now living “with the anxiety about what comes next.”

“It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father,” she wrote. “He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other.”

“Cancer may afflict him in many ways: But it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has,” she added.

She ended her emotional explaining that her love for her father will never go away.

“My love for my father is boundless, and like any daughter I cannot and do not wish to be in a world without him,” she wrote. “I have faith that those days remain far away. Yet even in this moment, my fears for him are overwhelmed by one thing above all: Gratitude for our years together, and the years still to come. He is a warrior at dusk, one of the greatest Americans of our age, and the worth heir to his father’s and grandfather’s name. But to me he is something more.”

“He is my strength, my example, my refuge, my confidante, my teacher, my rock, my hero — my dad,” Meghan concluded.



NEW YORK (AP) — Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the "Home Alone" series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos," has died.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Civil rights leader John Lewis led a march through Comic-Con on Saturday. About 1,000 people joined the Georgia Democrat on a march through the crowded San Diego Convention Center following a panel discussion about his trilogy of graphic novels, "March."

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When Steven Spielberg first read the book "Ready Player One," which is about a dystopian future where humans take refuge in a virtual reality world, he had one thought: "They're going to need a younger director."

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Harrison Ford is still Harrison Ford, gruff charm and all. The actor delighted and toyed with excited audiences at Comic-Con on Saturday in promotion of "Blade Runner 2049."

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say more than 90 people were hospitalized during a concert featuring Chance the Rapper.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Country singer Scotty McCreery has been cited after authorities say he had a loaded handgun with him in Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Justin Zimmerman was a 7-year-old black boy in Moreno Valley, California, when O.J. Simpson was on trial for murder. He wasn't old enough to understand the "trial of the century," but his parents and the older black people in his community made their position clear: They were cheering for Simpson, and were convinced the former NFL star was an innocent dupe in a racial conspiracy.

LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace has released a portrait to mark Prince George's fourth birthday. The son of Prince William and his wife Kate celebrated his birthday Saturday.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The stars of "Teen Wolf" made a special appearance at Comic-Con Friday for an audience of one. Nine members of the MTV show's cast sat down for a meet-and-greet with 16-year-old super fan Sydney Lang, who came to Comic-Con with her family thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

NEW YORK (AP) — He won't be behind a podium at the White House, but it's unlikely Sean Spicer will disappear from television. Spicer quit as White House press secretary Friday, ushered out with the wish that "I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money" from Anthony Scaramucci, President Donald Trump's new communications director.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Judging by the "Twin Peaks" panel at Comic-Con, solving the mystery of David Lynch seemed more pressing than the mystery of where the show is going.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sansa Stark is woke now, Alfie Allen has a cute dog and everyone got sick of answering all those questions about whether Jon Snow was dead or alive, but little else was revealed at the annual "Game of Thrones" panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — When O.J. Simpson gets out of prison in October for his first taste of freedom in nine years, he will have the mementos he was convicted of stealing in a Las Vegas heist, his guaranteed NFL pension and, with any luck, certain life skills he says he acquired behind bars.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The band Linkin Park canceled its North American tour Friday after its lead singer, Chester Bennington, was found dead by hanging the day before.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — There will never be an antidote or immunity to the zombie apocalypse in "The Walking Dead." "It's kind of a mythology-breaking proposition," creator Robert Kirkman said Friday during the show's presentation at Comic-Con.

NEW YORK (AP) — A wax figure of Beyonce at Madame Tussauds in New York has been given a makeover after fans of the megastar said the figure was too white.

ATLANTA (AP) — Meek Mill faced scrutiny during his highly-publicized rap feud with Drake and relationship with former girlfriend Nicki Minaj.

NEW YORK (AP) — The response to season one of Issa Rae's HBO series, "Insecure," was so strong, particularly on social media, that countless (and hilarious) memes were created about the star characters, and the show's male fans rallied behind the male lead after he had been cheated on.

Sara Evans, "Words" (Born to Fly) Many musicians like to say their work is deeply personal but Sara Evans may have taken that a step further in her new, impressive album, "Words."

NEW YORK (AP) — No scripts have been written, not even an outline. But HBO's announcement on Wednesday that the creator-showrunners of "Game of Thrones" will follow up that massive hit with an HBO series in which slavery remains legal in the modern-day South drew fire on social media from those who fear that telling that story will glorify racism.

Little Silver, "Somewhere You Found My Name" (Record Park) If the debut album by Little Silver, an intriguing folk-rock quartet out of Brooklyn, has echoes of the spacy jangle-rock of the late 1990s and early 2000s, so what? Some of that stuff never got the attention it deserved.

NEW YORK (AP) — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos calls himself the "most fabulous supervillain on the internet" and that's probably not an exaggeration.

CRANFORD, N.J. (AP) — Five years ago, some musicians who had played with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons during his comeback in the 1970s rounded up some of their friends, slicked back what hair they had left and set out on a tour to capitalize on the success of Broadway's "Jersey Boys."

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, wrapped up a three-day trip to Germany in Hamburg, where they attended a concert for children in a spectacular new concert hall on Friday.