Myles Munroe Dies in Plane Crash; Minister, Motivational Speaker Was 60

Myles Munroe, an internationally known minister and motivational preacher, died in a plane crash Sunday in the Bahamas, according to news reports.

He was 60.

His wife Ruth and several other people were killed along with him when a Learjet 36 crashed while making an approach at Grand Bahama International Airport.

Myles Munroe

Myles Munroe was a prominent Christian preacher who frequently appeared before massive audiences at Christian events with other widely known ministers.

He was the head of the Bahamas Faith Ministries, and wrote or co-wrote more than 100 motivational books focused on strengthening the role of men in Christian life.

The plane was heading to Freeport for the Global Leadership Forum, a gathering organized by Munroe’s ministry, which was scheduled to run through Thursday.

The ministry said the conference would go on, albeit in a shortened form, despite the tragedy because “this is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted.”

Oral Roberts University, the private evangelical college in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Munroe attended seminary, named Munroe its outstanding alumnus in 2004.

In a statement Sunday night, it said the school is “heartbroken over the loss.”

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014). He will forever be missed!

“His work in extending Christ’s Kingdom in our generation was exemplary and world changing,” said the university’s president, Billy Wilson, of Munroe’s passing.

Andrew Young, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who often joined Munroe at Christian forums and gatherings, also mourned him publicly.

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Virgin Galactic Crashes in California Desert, Kills Co-Pilot

Virgin Galactic, the rocket ship owned by Richard Branson on which many celebrities had planned to blast off into space, crashed this afternoon in California’s Mojave Desert.

Reports indicate that one co-pilot died in the accident, while others were seriously injured and at least one individual airlifted to a local hospital.

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Reads a statement released by Virgin:

“Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle.”

The names of those on board at the time of the accident have not been released.

Branson confirmed the tragedy on Twitter, writing:

“Thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support. I’m flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team.”

Virgin Galactic had planned for years to sell trips in which the vehicle transports passengers approximately 62 miles above Earth, allowing them to experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to ground.

In June of last year, Justin Bieber said that he and manager Scooter Braun had signed on to take one of the $250,000-a-person commercial suborbital flights, even claiming he would love to film a video in space.

Also, Lady Gaga had said she hoped to board a Virgin Galactic flight in 2015 and perform a song as part of the Zero G Colony music festival.

Weather does not appear to have been a factor in today’s crash, as the rocket had successfully separated from its carrier plane during all of its 34 previous flights.

Our thoughts go out to the victims on board.

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Jaylen Fryberg: Memorial For School Shooter Stirs Conrtoversy

Last week, a school shooting in Washington left three dead and five critically wounded.

The shooter – 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg – died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sadly, incidents such as the Marysville High School rampage are all too common in American schools these days, with the most recent taking place at Reynolds High School just four months ago.

Fryberg’s attack marks the 11th pre-meditated school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in December of 2012.

It’s a story most Americans know all too well at this point, but there are several ways in which the Fryberg tragedy stands out as unique.

By all accounts, Jaylen Fryberg was not an angry loner, but a well-liked student athlete.

Unlike previous school shooters, he didn’t target bullies or those more popular than himself. Instead he attacked his own friends, and even one of his cousins.

Jaylen was elected Homecoming Prince just weeks before the shooting and was described as happy and outgoing by his friends and classmates.

Perhaps that’s why students have been more open in sharing fond memories of the troubled young man.

A makeshift memorial has sprung up at a chainlike fence outside of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School campus and to the surprise of many, one section features an outpouring of grief and sympathy for Jaylen Fryberg:

“Jaylen, you’re an amazing kid, I love you,” reads one message scrawled on a Mylar balloon.

“Jaylen, I may not have known you well, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about you,” reads another note.

Other messages written by students include:

“Jaylen, wheres do I begin? You were my brother, my best friend. I love you, bro!”

“Jaylen, I will never forget your beautiful smile.”

“Zoe and Jaylen! You guys will be missed terribly.”

The last message refers to 14-year-old Zoe Galasso who was the first to die in the shooting.

On social media and in comment boards across the Internet, many have expressed their belief that it’s inappropriate to honor Fryberg’s life in the same place where family and friends pay tribute to those he murdered.

Others have pointed out, however, that it’s only when we acknowledge the tragedy of a young man feeling compelled to commit such an atrocity that we can hope to get to the root cause of such once-unimaginable behavior.

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Chris Hemsworth Braves The Water For ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’

chris hemsworth in the heart of the seaDid you know Herman Melville based ‘Moby Dick’ on a true story? I had NO idea. Well, Nathaniel Philbrick wrote a book about the event called ‘In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.’ Director Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth teamed up to bring the story to the big screen for ‘In The Heart of The Sea.’ RELATED: Watch Chris Hemsworth in #Blackhat.

Ron and Chris might be a new director – actor pairing: the two also made ‘Rush’ together. I remember seeing the pictures of Chris in period costume for ‘In The Heart of the Sea. Just this teaser trailer looks INTENSE. It’s scheduled to hit theaters on March 13, 2015 in IMAX as well as 2D. Are you interested?

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Indiana Doctor Kills Wife, Himself Hours After Wedding Reception

Indiana doctor George “Scott” Samson reportedly killed his new bride, Kelly Ecker Samson, at their mansion the very same night he married her.

Samson also took his own life in a stunning turn of events.

It’s far from clear as to exactly what sparked the murder-suicide, but shortly after guests cleared out of their home, Kelly Ecker, 50, called 911 three times.

  1. In the first call, she screamed, “He’s beating the s–t out of me!”
  2. In the second 911 call, someone answered but got disconnected.
  3. In the third, Kelly screams, “Oh my god!” and shots were fired.

Within minutes, she and her new husband were dead.

Kelly was found dead, shot twice in her 10-year-old son’s bedroom. George Samson was found dead of a self-inflicted gun shot wound in the basement.

Kelly’s son was home at the time of the shooting, as was an unidentified elderly couple; it is believed that the boy heard and saw his mother being shot.

Friends are baffled as to what could’ve gone so horribly wrong, although some reportedly left the wedding reception due to the newlyweds arguing.

The couple had just moved into the home this summer.

The wedding and reception took place on the grounds, with the tent celebrating the affair still up as police swarmed the property following the tragedy.

Vigo County Chief Deputy Sheriff Clark Cottom said:

“The investigation has revealed that there was a verbal argument between the couple toward the end of the reception, which carried over to the after party at the couple’s home.”

“Shortly after the last guest had left at around 1:17 a.m., Kelly Ecker Samson called 911 reporting that her husband had threatened to kill her.”

“There were a total of three very brief 911 calls,” the law enforcement official said, “which in the first two the caller disconnected.”

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Tony Stewart Cleared in Kevin Ward Jr. Death, Ward High on Weed During Crash, Officials Say

NASCAR star Tony Stewart will not face criminal charges resulting from the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who was struck and killed by Stewart in a race this summer.

A grand jury investigating the case decided earlier today to close the potential case against Stewart, citing no evidence of legal wrongdoing on his part.

On the night of his death, Kevin Ward Jr. was killed by Stewart’s car, a tragedy by any measure, but one that many felt also may have been a criminal act.

Ward got out of his car and aggressively moved toward Stewart’s vehicle, which hit him seconds later and was seen in a video that shocked the sports world.

There was suspicion after the accident that Stewart was angry with Ward Jr. over an incident earlier in the race and may have intentionally swerved into him.

He denied this, and apparently the grand jury agreed, determining that it was nothing more than an accident and declining to pursue a case against him.

Investigators claimed to have “enhanced video” of the crash that killed Ward. Whatever it included that the viral clip did not, it didn’t sway the grand jury.

Officials say the footage, raw or enhanced, did not show Tony making any sudden or suspicious moves on the track before the collision with Ward.

Investigators also say that experts reenacted the crash and evaluated factors such as the speed of Tony’s car, reaction times, distance and more.

None of that suggested any foul play, ill intent or even anything out of the ordinary regarding Stewart’s driving, no matter what bad blood may have existed.

Officials also say Kevin Ward Jr. was high on marijuana at the time of his death, though this did not impact whether or not to pursue a case against Stewart.

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Chicago Fire Season 3 Episode 1 Recap: Who Died?

Chicago Fire Season 2 ended with a BOOM.

In a very literal sense, that is, as a building exploded and collapsed with members of the station inside.

So viewers tuned in to Chicago Fire Season 3 Episode 1 on the edges of their seats, having been told this summer by producers that a significant character really did die in the incident. 

So, who ended up as a corpse on last night’s premiere? SHAY.

Guess they weren’t kidding about it being a major character, huh?

This raises the stakes for episodes to come, as Chicago Fire has made it clear that nearly anyone can be killed off at nearly any time.

The episode itself picked up six weeks after the tragedy, with Severide MIA from work and Dawson completely closed off and acting distant.

Things with Casey are okay, but she asks that he propose again so that memory isn’t tainted by Shay’s death.

“The answer’s yes. The answer’s always yes,” Dawson tells her man, who vows: “I’m going to do it right.”

We later learn that Casey had attended a therapy session where she broke down in tears because she traded placed with Shay on that fateful, terrible day.

Severide, meanwhile, is eventually tracked down by Casey… in the woods, shirtless. He believes the firehouse is cursed and miserable and he needs to hear a speech about the lives these fighters DO save before Severide returns home to go through his roommate’s stuff.

Casey later invites Severide to move in with him and Dawson for a bit. That should be interesting.

Also of note:

  • Herrmann, motivated by Shay, chooses to franchise Molly’s.
  • As a gesture of sympathy, Mouch invites Boden his new wife on double dates with him and Chicago P.D.‘s Trudy. Fun times!
  • Newhouse learns that Mill’s paternal grandfather is residing near the city, prompting Mills to track down one of his young relatives

Quite a premiere, no? Watch Chicago Fire online via TV Fanatic if you need to catch up and sound off now: Will you miss Shay?

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Happy Birthday, George R.R. Martin: Here Are 7 Times You Made Us Hate You!

Today is George R.R. Martin’s 66th birthday, and he certainly has a lot to celebrate.

He’s one of the world’s best-selling authors, there’s a wildly successful television series based on his work, and he makes life miserable for millions of people on a regular basis.

Yes, if you’re one of the 18 million people who watched Game of Thrones last season, you might hate GRRM even though you’ve never actually read his work.

And we’re right there with you. On countless occasions, Martin has ripped our hearts out and cast them aside like Theon Greyjoy’s severed wang:

Bran's Winterfell Fall


When a lovable kid gets paralyzed early in the story, you know the guy telling tale isn’t gonna spare your feelings.

But like a handlebar mustache on a hipster’s lip, our hate is thoroughly ironic.

We hate George because we so deeply love the world that he’s created with his A Song of Ice and Fire books that the death of even a minor character can feel like a real-life tragedy.

Based on his interviews, we know that Martin loves nothing more than shocking Game of Thrones fans with moments like Ned Stark’s beheading or Oberyn Martell’s eye-popping demise (retroactive spoiler alert if you’re behind on the story).

So for his 66th name day, we can’t think of a better present than to tell George that we truly love his ability to make us hate him.

So relax and enjoy some meat and mead, Mr. Martin. Then hurry up and finish the damn books.

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Daily Link Love With ‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell

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Here’s your daily dose of celebrity news and gossip, brought to you by ‘Arrow’ star Stephen Amell!

  • Amal Alamuddin’s parents are footing the bill for their daughter’s wedding to George Clooney. (D Listed)
  • OMG: Is Bethenny Frankel broke? (OK! Magazine)
  • Jessica Alba and Haven have a girls’ day out. (Moe Jackson)
  • Uh-oh: Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Cake’ wasn’t able to get a distribution deal coming out of ‘TIFF.’ Will we get to see it? (Lainey Gossip)
  • Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea’s ‘Booty’ video remains true to its name! (HuffPost Celebrity)
  • Summer may be over, but Behati Prinsloo is still rocking a bikini. (PopSugar)
  • Watch Kristen Bell’s smoothie smile. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)
  • Keanu Reeves kept his cool while subduing an intruder. (TMZ)
  • Here’s yet another domestic violence problem involving an NFL player (IDLYITW)
  • Jennifer Lawrence unveils a new Dior ad campaign. (Evil Beet Gossip)
  • Is there tension on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ set between Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder now that he’s dating Nikki Reed? (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
  • Billy Crystal shares memories of Robin Williams with Jimmy Fallon. (PopCrush)
  • Follow Kim Zolciak on her plastic surgery odyssey on ‘Don’t Be Tardy.’ (Reality Tea)
  • ‘The Walking Dead’ star Sonequa Martin-Green is expecting her first child. Congrats! (Celebrity Babies – People)
  • What do you think of Kourtney Kardashian’s maternity style? (Babyrazzi)
  • Howie Mandel was quite… taken with Heidi Klum’s chest… (ICYDK)
  • Check out this ADORABLE video of a two-year-old “choreographing” a dance to Sia’s ‘Chandelier.’ (Celebuzz)
  • Bruce Jenner is rocking a ponytail. (Celebslam)
  • LeAnn Rimes joins a Pilates studio where Brandi Glanville happens to take classes, which has led Brandi to call LeAnn a stalker. (Celebitchy)
  • A tragedy: a Florida man kills his daughter, his six grandchildren, and then himself. (Bossip)

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Joan Rivers Dead at 81; Daughter Confirms Comic Legend’s Passing in Statement

Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81. The comedian had been fighting for her life since she stopped breathing during a surgical procedure last week.

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014). She will never be forgotten.

The one-of-a-kind star “passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends,” Joan’s only daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers reportedly died of cardiac arrest this afternoon.

She was admitted to New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital August 28 after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic.

In the ensuing days, Rivers was placed in a medically-induced coma to assess her condition, then placed on and subsequently taken off life support.

The petite blonde firebrand won’t be remembered for the events of the past week, but for the pioneering confessional female comic persona she embodied.

Often lampooning her personal life (and others’), she brought a rare gravitas to gigs from the The Tonight Show to Fashion Police over more than five decades.

Joan had and did it all, from talk shows, Vegas engagements, and bestselling nonfiction books, to award shows, TV commentary and best of all, standup comedy.

Edgy and never afraid of being politically incorrect, she always stirred up controversy in what became an increasingly politically correct world since she started out.

Back in the ’60s, Rivers paved the way for comics of the female gender to be every bit as outrageous, outlandish and hilarious as men, with no qualms about it.

Her life was also marked by the tragedy, specifically her husband Edgar Rosenberg’s 1987 suicide, which was played out in the media for months.

Rivers and her daughter with Rosenberg starred in the reality/improv comedy show Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? for WE TV and were very close.

Joan and Melissa Rivers have been fixtures on E! and other channels as hosts of awards ceremonies arrivals (the Oscars, Golden Globes, and others) since 1995.

R.I.P.

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Joan was a frequent guest and fill-in host on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. She and Carson never spoke again after she launched a rival late night show.

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