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Toni Morrison, most known for her incredible work on the book “Beloved”, has passed away at the age of 88.

Publisher Knopf and her family released a statement confirming of the author’s death at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, following a short illness. The cause of death was not immediately known.

“We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight,” her publisher, Knopf, wrote on Twitter.

Morrison’s family said: “Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life. While we would like to thank everyone who knew and loved her, personally or through her work, for their support at this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we mourn this loss to our family.”

Morrison, born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in Lorain, Ohio during the Great Depression, won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for her novel, “Beloved,” which was later adapted into a film of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover in 1998. Morrison is credited for carving out a place in literature for African American voices.

The novel “Beloved” was the first in a trilogy by the author. “Jazz” later came out in 1992 and “Paradise” in 1997. . Her latest novel, “God Help the Child,” was published in 2015.

In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first black woman to receive the honor. She was also given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2012.

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The popular television personality’s wife has died following a battle with throat cancer. She was 51.

Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Chapman confirmed his wife’s death tweeting, “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven….We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.”

The story of her passing came out not long after news broke that Beth Chapman was placed in a medically induced coma over the weekend at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.

Beth Chapman was a woman of strong faith. She turned to God for strength during her battle with cancer.

“Beth is one of the strongest people I’ve ever known, and if anyone can beat this, it’s her,” the family’s agent said in a statement. “No matter what happens, she and the family have placed all their hope, faith and trust in God. Other than that, I’d ask that all of her and Duane’s fans keep Beth and the entire family in their prayers.”

When she was alive, she was known for sharing wisdom about how she stayed strong. She was not shy about sharing her strong Christian faith.

For her fans, she wasn’t afraid to talk about survival and was a big source of inspiration.

Just two weeks ago, Beth responding to one of her fans that reached out for guidance on social media.

“How do you stay so positive?” a fan named Melissa asked her on Twitter in response to Beth’s cheerful attitude when facing her battle with cancer. “I have MS and Health Anxiety and it eats me up daily!”

Beth gave a response only a warrior would!

“…I rebuke that, I ask god to bind that spirit and keep those thoughts from my head I’m no different I have good days and bad.”

Beth’s journey with cancer began in September 2017 when the couple shared publically that she was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer.

Her emotional battle was documented in an emotional two-hour A&E special titled Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives.

After a 13-hour surgery, doctors removed a tumor the size of a plum as well as her lymph nodes. At the time, she was declared cancer-free.

Beth had remained cancer free but learned in November 2018 that her cancer had returned.

She was strong all the way until the end.

“We cannot let this experience tear us apart,” she shared with her family on camera. “We need this to bring us together. If this is the worst of it, then all it can be is better.”

The family of faith is asking for prayers at this time.

Actress and singer Doris Day died of pneumonia on Monday at the age of 97.

Best known for her wistful song “Que Sera, Sera,” Day passed away surrounded by close friends at her home near Carmel Valley, California, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said in a statement.

“Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” the foundation said.

Day was a top star in the 1950s and ’60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history. She made nearly three dozen films and more than 600 recordings. At the height of her career, she topped both the billboard and the box office charts.

“During her three decades of work in film, Day starred in nearly every genre, not just as a singer/dancer but as an actress with superb comic timing, a natural talent for interpreting a role and a gift for evoking emotion,” her foundation said.

Day was know as the “girl next door”, and the comedies she was best known for were daring and sexy for the time period. She teamed with Rock Hudson in “Pillow Talk” and other lighthearted romantic comedies including “Lover Come Back” and “Send Me No Flowers.” Other significant screen roles included Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956), and Day’s Oscar-winning song “Que Sera Sera” (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).

After many successful films, she starred on CBS in “The Doris Day Show” for five years starting in 1968, and soon after retired to California. Her 1976 tell-all book, “Doris Day: Her Own Story,” chronicled her money troubles and three failed marriages, contrasting with the happy publicity of her Hollywood career.

The legendary entertainer “wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker,” according to her foundation’s statement.

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Gage Skidmore | Flickr.com

Luke Perry died on Monday, March 4, 2019. The actor had suffered a massive stroke on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. When Los Angeles paramedics responded to the call from his Sherman Oaks home, Perry was reportedly lucid. He deteriorated rapidly, however, and was eventually sedated in an effort to give his brain time to recover from the damage. On Monday morning, however, the damage proved too great and the actor passed away.

Perry rose to fame after appearing in the show “Beverly Hills, 90210” where he portrayed Dylan McKay. He continued playing the role for 10 seasons and was offered a spot on a reboot of “90210,” but he declined to accept. Reportedly, the reason he turned down the role was a combination of scheduling conflicts and because he said he “cannot do [a reboot] without [longtime “90210” producer] Aaron [Spelling].”

Perry got his start acting in TV commercials before appearing in music videos and soap operas such as “Loving” and “Another World.” After his explosive success in “90210,” Perry played a supporting role in the original film version of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” He also starred in “Terminal Bliss” and appeared in “8 Seconds.”

Perry left “90210” in an attempt to find more mature roles, but he returned to the show that made him famous only three years later. He did, however, play a wider variety of roles after 1999.

Of the role of Dylan, Perry said, “I’m going to be linked with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine.”

In recent years, Perry has held a repeated role on the CW show “Riverdale” where he played the character Fred Andrews. He also recently finished filming a role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Following Perry’s death, numerous celebrities, including both current and former co-stars, reached out in remembrance of the star. Ian Ziering of “90210” said he would “forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last 30 years.” Molly Ringwald, who appeared with Perry on “Riverdale” said, “My heart is broken.” Another “90210” star, Christine Elise McCarthy said, “”With the heaviest of hearts, I am stunned and devastated to tell you that Luke passed away. I am still in shock and I have no words beyond saying he was a truly kind gentleman. He will be mourned and missed by everyone who knew him and the millions who love him. RIP, dearie Luke. Your time here was far too short.”

There is no news yet of any sort of funeral arrangement, but no doubt there are many fans who join in mourning the loss of the man who once stole the show in “Beverly Hills.”