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We mourn the loss of another musical great this year. Multiple sources have confirmed that the artist known as Prince has passed. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told the Associated Press the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen, Minn.

It was reported earlier this month that Prince wasn’t feeling well, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and canceled at least one concert in the city. In a performance in Atlanta days later, his plane had to make an emergency landing. At the time, it was reported that he was fine and at home. The cause of the singer’s death is still being investigated.

Prince is responsible for several absolute classic ‘80s hit songs. He won seven Grammy Awards and earned 30 nominations. His hits included “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “When Doves Cry.” Fourteen of his songs hit the Top 10, and five of his singles topped the charts.

Prince broke through in the late 70’s with “Wanna Be Your Lover” and skyrocketed with albums “1999” and “Purple Rain.” But he was far more than that: a fiercely talented, daring artist, always willing to try almost everything. He was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era.

Prince may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

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Laurer,_Joanie_(2007)Former pro wrestler Joan Laurer, known as Chyna in the WWE community, has died at the age of 45. The cause of her death remains unknown to the public.

Chyna was a huge pioneer for female wrestlers in the WWE. Fans and friends of Chyna took to social media to express their deep sadness in losing the icon.

Chyna first entered pro wrestling in the 1990s when WWE was known as the World Wrestling Federation. She became one of WWF’s biggest stars and broke the stereotype of what it means to be a female wrestler. Chyna competed against – and defeated – several top male wrestlers including Triple H and Chris Jericho.

Chyna was the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship, first in 1999 and again in 2000. She was also the first woman to participate in WWF’s Royal Rumble and King of the Ring.

Chyna left the WWF in 2001, a decision that had a profound impact on her life. Claiming she was abruptly let go by management, Chyna faced difficulty accepting and moving forward from the WWE team. Chyna continued on however, and wrestled with New Japan Pro Wrestling and with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

Chyna also dabbled in modeling and acting over the past 15 years. At the time of her death, Chyna was working on a documentary about her life entitled “The Reconstruction of Chyna.” The film was supposed to offer a glimpse into her life since leaving the WWE.

Chyna will always be known as an icon in the wrestling world, proving that woman always have a place in the ring. Chyna didn’t climb over walls, she broke right through them.

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0225-pearl-1jpg-2e54cbace9c8feeeFormer Syracuse great Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington passed away at 52. Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer and received surgery in the fall.

Washington grew up in Brooklyn, New York where he first received his nickname “The Pearl” for his skills on the court. Nearing the end of High School, Washington became the most sought after recruit in 1983. He committed to Syracuse under Coach Jim Boeheim.

Washington proved to be a great asset to the Syracuse team and is recognized for helping Syracuse become a well-known name in basketball.

Washington earned All-American status from 1984-1986. He was named first-team All-Big East twice, and he was the conference tournament’s most valuable player in 1986. He led the Orange in assists and steals during each of his three seasons with the school. Syracuse was 71-24 when Washington was with the team.

In 1986 Washington was the No. 13 overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in the NBA draft, with whom he played two seasons. Washington played his final NBA season with the Miami Heat.

Syracuse retired Washington’s No. 31 jersey on March 2, 1996.

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michael-strahan-320Former Football Michael Strahan is leaving the “Live! With Kelly and Michael” morning program to join ABC’s “Good Morning America” for a full-time spot starting in September, ABC announced Tuesday morning. ABC is hoping Strahan will help it gain new ground in TV’s ever-intensifying morning-news wars.

Strahan has become a large TV presence with his stints as a commentator for Fox Sports’ football coverage and being the host of a new kid-award franchise on Nickelodeon. He will retain his duties as a football analyst for Fox in the fall.

Strahan has been a twice-a-week presence on “GMA” for the past two years, bringing a new energy to the broadcast.

“Michael has been a stellar addition to the broadcast.  Over the past two years on ‘GMA,’ he’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans to American pop culture icons and newsmakers,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo sent to staff. “He will end a four year run as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ‘Live!,’ where he has honed his skills as an interviewer with genuine warmth and a quick wit.  At ‘GMA,’ he’ll now have even more opportunities to tell stories that inspire, inform and empower people.

Strahan is joining “Good Morning America” at a critical time when morning shows are losing overall viewership. During Strahan’s time on “Live,” it was ranked number one among entertainment daytime talk shows.

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