Erin Moran, best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days has died. She was 56.
Officers in Harrison County in Indiana responded to reports of an unresponsive female in Corydon, Indiana, on Saturday afternoon. First responders determined that the woman, identified as Moran, had deceased, PEOPLE has confirmed (the news was first reported by TMZ). An autopsy is pending.
Moran most famously played Cunningham, the younger sister to Richie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard) on Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984. She also starred in the spin-off, Joanie Loves Chachi from 1982 to 1983, which followed her character’s romance with Chachi, played by Scott Baio.
Moran also appeared on The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote and The Bold and the Beautiful.
In 2011, Moran and three of her Happy Days costars — Don Most, Anson Williams and Marion Ross, plus the estate of Tom Bosley who died in 2010 — sued CBS for breach of contract, claiming that they had not been paid for merchandising relating to the show. In 2012, CBS and the actors settled their lawsuit, with the group receiving and undisclosed amount of money.
Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. passed away in Los Angeles due to possible overdose. He was just one week away from his 73 birthday. According to TMZ, the father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead on Thursday, April 20 in his car, which was parked on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, California.
Law enforcement told the publication that Gooding Sr. was "slumped over in his silver Jaguar." The fire department responded to the scene at 12:58 P.M. PT and attempted CPR, but the soul singer could not be resuscitated.
After finding empty booze containers in the car, police suspect an overdose is the cause of the singer's death.
Gooding Sr. was the lead singer of the '70s soul group The Main Ingredient. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and their four children, including Gooding Jr. and Omar Gooding.
Born April 27, 1944 in New York City, Gooding was a son of Dudley MacDonald Gooding and his wife Addie Alston. His father was a Barbadian who fled to Cuba in 1936, and met and married a woman there. When she was murdered because of their affiliation with Pan Africanist leader Marcus Garvey, Dudley Gooding promised his wife on her deathbed that he would name his first son Cuba.
Julia Roberts has been chosen as PEOPLE's World's Most Beautiful Woman in 2017. It is the fifth time, the "Pretty Woman" actress won the title. She first graced the cover of the magazine as the World's Most Beautiful Woman back in 1991, then in 2000, 2005 and 2010.
Julia can hardly believe that she won the title for the record fifth time. "I am very flattered," she tells PEOPLE's editor-in-chief Jess Cagle. The "Mother's Day" actress is now way ahead of pal George Clooney, who was named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive twice. She jokes, "I'm going to mention that in my Christmas card to the Clooneys this year."
Julia says she had no idea how much her life had changed since "Pretty Woman". "People say, 'Oh, when Pretty Woman came out it must have really changed your life,' and it's kind of become this joke, but the truth is I was out of town when Pretty Woman came out," she shares.
"I was in another movie in this tiny little town that was showing Star Wars in its first run," she continues, "I remember reading ...'Pretty Woman came out this weekend and made this much money' and I thought, 'Is that a lot of money? Is that good? Is that great?' I didn't really know."
Julia thinks the best is yet to come. "I think I'm currently peaking," she adds.
It has been almost a year since Prince passed away. To honor the first anniversary of the legend's death, fans can look forward to an EP titled "Deliverance" which consists of Prince's undiscovered studio recordings from 2006 to 2008. The set is going to be released on April 21 via Rogue Music Alliance.
The EP features six tracks which were written and produced while Prince was an independent artist. The late musician wrote them with his then-recording engineer, Ian Boxill, as a protest of injustice in music industry. "I believe 'Deliverance' is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing," Boxill said in a statement.
He then continued, "I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many. Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that's what Prince would have wanted."
The lead single off the upcoming project has already been released. The track which is also titled "Deliverance" has religious and intense vibes. "This is not religion, but common sense/ It's time for you to get down, get down/ Get off the fence," Prince croons. "No son shall die, no mother shall cry/ All in favor, say aye/ Because time's so hard to deal with/ Deliverance is at hand, at hand."
"Deliverance" is now available for pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
"Deliverance" track list:
"No One Else"
"I Am (Extended)"
Richard Simmons knows we've heard a lot about him lately, but now we're hearing from him.
The former fitness guru posted a message on his Facebook page Wednesday morning, assuring followers he's doing fine after being hospitalized this week for gastrointestinal issues.
"Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me," Simmons wrote. "Aren't you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well, by now you know that I'm not 'missing,' just a little under the weather. I'm sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days.
Simmons' health and well being has sparked speculation since he retreated from the spotlight in 2014.
Last month, Los Angeles police paid a visit to Simmons' home to investigate an allegation he was being held against his will. Authorities found nothing suspicious and said Simmons was fine.
The podcast "Missing Richard Simmons," created by Dan Taberski, a man who claims to be a former friend and client of Simmons, also renewed interest in Simmons' welfare.
"We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it's just bigger than we are," Simmons wrote in his post. "I reached out and I hope you will too. I'm sure there are people in your life who love and care for you and would do anything to help you with the challenges you face. Just knowing you care has already made me feel better. Hope to see you again soon!"
Simmons posted a photo of himself from 2014, along with the message.
West Indies superstar Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Twenty20s when he belted a typically bellicose half-century to fire Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 21-run win over Dwayne Smith’s Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.
The veteran left-hander, who has not played for West Indies in 12 months, hit a sparkling 38-ball 77 — his first half-century in 17 T20 innings — as RCB, sent in at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, raced to 213 for two off their 20 overs.
In reply, Lions made a good fist of it, but were restricted to 192 for seven off their 20 overs, with Smith failing at the top of the order with one.
New Zealander Brendon McCullum pummelled 72 from 44 deliveries, but lacked support in the top order.
he headlines, however, were all about the sensational Gayle who with 32, six and 22 in his three previous innings in the tournament, entered the game just three shy of the 10,000-run mark.
And he achieved the mark in the fourth over of the innings and in his 290th T20 game when he edged seamer Basil Thampi to third man.
The 37-year-old then unleashed his full powers, blasting five fours and seven sixes as he raced to his 61st T20 half-century off just 23 balls, launching left-arm spinner Shivil Kaushik for his fifth six to raise the landmark.
Gayle featured in an up- tempo 122-run stand for the first wicket with captain Virat Kohli who punched 64 from 50 deliveries.
The Jamaican eventually perished in the 13th over when he was lbw to a leg-stump yorker from Thampi.
Gayle now has 10,074 runs, well ahead of McCullum who is second on the run-getters list with 7,596, with Australian Brad Hodge third on 7,338, and West Indies power-hitting Kieron Pollard fourth with 7,087.
Bill O'Reilly is no longer a factor at Fox News.
21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel."
It was the first response from O'Reilly's bosses Wednesday to escalating reports that Fox News Channel's biggest star had lost his job after two decades at the network, following accusations he had harassed women and reports that the company paid millions to keep several of them quiet.
New York magazine had reported Wednesday, based on unnamed sources, that Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O'Reilly was out and executives were planning the exit. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal, a newspaper owned by the Murdochs, wrote that the company was preparing to cut ties with O'Reilly.
Congrats to Serena Williams!
The 35-year-old greatest active female tennis star and 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed Wednesday she is pregnant with her first child. She posted on her Snapchat a selfie of her showcasing her baby bump in a yellow one-piece swimsuit, with the caption "20 weeks."
Serena had revealed in late December on Reddit that she is engaged to the social network's co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33.
The two have recently been vacationing in Tulum, Mexico—guess you could call it a babymoon!
Serena recently posted on her Instagram page a sweet photo of her fiancé smiling while carrying her on a beach, writing, "My only regret is not pointing my toe sorry coach Garry."
The tennis star concealed her baby bump in a white top, paired with light blue denim cutoff jeans and a light gray coat.
She appeared to offer a pregnancy hint over the weekend, posting a selfie showing her looking tired and writing, "Fighting to get up this morning."
At this very moment, there's a couple out there realizing that "their" song, the 2005 hit ballad "You're Beautiful," has nothing to do with a loving, body-positive relationship and everything to do with a stalker who's stoned out of his mind.
Easy topics to confuse, we know.
But UK artist James Blunt has set the record straight.
"'You're Beautiful' is not this soft romantic f*****g song," Blunt told The Huffington Post in March. "It's about a guy who's high as a f*****g kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else's girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv."
People who say, "Ah, he's so romantic. I want 'You're Beautiful' as my wedding song' ... These people are f****d up," Blunt continued.
Perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to judge Blunt's fans. Some of the most famous songs in American pop culture, including ones that appear in CNN's new series "Soundtracks: Songs that Defined History," are often misunderstood. Here are 10 of them:
"Born in the USA," Bruce Springsteen
People usually think this song is about: Being uber patriotic.
But it's really about: Casting a critical and mournful eye on America and its involvement in war.
Listen to the opening chords of this Springsteen rock classic and you can't help but have visions of patriotic fist-bumping on the Fourth of July.
Despite its driving drumbeat and seemingly pro-American title, the lyrics of this '80s hit don't blindly celebrate the country. Far from it, "Born in the U.S.A." takes a harsh look at the US as a "military-industrial-complex ... and the way in which we treat those who have risked their lives in battle," as The Daily Beast pointed out in 2014 while noting how often politicians often miss this message.
"Imagine," John Lennon
People usually think this is about: A gentle musing on peace and global unity.
But it's really about: Radical, revolutionary ideas on how to achieve that peace.
"Imagine's" melody may be sweet, but its message is not. Lennon, who released this song in 1971, said "Imagine" is "virtually the Communist Manifesto, even though I am not particularly a communist and I do not belong to any movement." Lennon wanted to see a world in which the divisions of country and religion didn't exist, a thought that some have viewed as dangerous.
But you wouldn't know that his lyrics were controversial by the reception of the song. "Now I understand what you have to do," Lennon said after "Imagine" became one of the most popular tracks in the US. "Put your political message across with a little honey."
"Semi-Charmed Life," Third Eye Blind
People usually think this is about: The desire to rise above the pitfalls of life.
But it's really about: Drug addiction.
Third Eye Blind's late '90s radio takeover may be to blame for listeners who missed the very clear references to drug use in this upbeat track.
Frontman Stephan Jenkins told Billboard in 1997 that "Semi-Charmed Life's" seemingly optimistic and sunny sound is intentional but apparently also deceptive for some of its fans. "It's a dirty, filthy song about snorting speed and getting blow jobs" and meant to evoke the "bright, shiny feeling you get on speed," Jenkins said. "It really is funny that people play it on the radio."
"American Pie," Don McLean
People usually think this is about: Having some sort of whiskey-fueled karaoke night with friends. (In other words, they have no idea.)
But it's really about: The end of an era.
Artist Don McLean has said the tragic 1959 plane crash that killed rock star Buddy Holly inspired him to write the enduring 1971 release "American Pie," but "the day the music died" is just one element of the song.
"The lyrics had to do with the state of society at the time," McLean said in an early interview, according to the Guardian.
In 2015, McLean put all 16 pages of "American Pie's" lyrical manuscript up for auction at Christie's, which commented that "There is something about this song that captures the era of that period and there is a kind of innocence to it, a loss of innocence in America."
It's a statement McLean has agreed with, according to the Guardian: "American Pie speaks to the loss that we feel" the UK paper reports. "That's why that song has found the niche that it has."
"Closing Time," Semisonic
People usually think this is about: What'll come next after last call at the bar.
But it's really about: Childbirth
In the category of "most misunderstood songs," this one is a classic unto itself. But Semisonic's Dan Wilson says that he understands why so many people miss the message of the 1998 hit; at first, he, too ,thought it was going to be a song about closing up shop.
"I was initially trying to write a song to end the Semisonic shows with," Wilson admitted in 2010. "So I set out to write a new closer for the set, and I just thought, 'Oh, closing time,' because all the bars that I would frequent in Minneapolis ... would yell out 'closing time' ... and I guess that always stuck in my mind."
But "part way into the writing of the song, I realized it was also about being born," Wilson said. "My wife and I were expecting our first kid very soon after I wrote that song. I had birth on the brain, I was struck by what a funny pun it was to be bounced from the womb."
"Time of Your Life," Green Day
People usually think this is about: Offering someone best wishes for their future.
But it's really about: Telling an ex-girlfriend not to let the door hit her on the way out.
Feel free to continue to play this track at high school reunions, going away parties and college graduation celebrations -- as long as you know the song's full title begins with "Good Riddance."
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong once explained that "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" was inspired not by hope but anger. "I wrote the song about an ex-girlfriend who moved to Ecuador," he said. "And I was really bitter at the time."
"Slide," the Goo Goo Dolls
People usually think this is about: Being in love.
But it's really about: Abortion.
With lyrics like "I wanna wake up where you are" and "I'll do anything you ever dreamed to be complete," it's understandable if you overlooked the references to abortion in this '90s hit. (Exhibit A: "Don't you love the life you killed? The priest is on the phone; your father hit the wall, your ma disowned you.")
The Goo Goo Dolls' lead singer, Johnny Rzeznik, explained during a "VH1 Storytellers" session in 2002 that "Slide" is "actually about these two Catholic teenage kids, and the girlfriend gets pregnant, and they're trying to decide whether she should get an abortion, or they should get married, or what should go on. And I don't think a lot of people got that; it's actually kind of heavy."
"It Was a Good Day," Ice Cube
People usually think this is about: An epic 24 hours that took place in either November 1988 or January 1992.
But it's really about: The dream of having a day without police harassment and gun violence.
Ice Cube is such a talented storyteller that when he rhymed about a day in which he hooked up with a girl, watched some MTV, grubbed on Fatburger and didn't have to use his A.K., some apparently thought these were actual, sequential events.
In 2012, the Internet took these theories to the next level and tried to deduce the actual day being referenced in the 1992 single.
But as the artist himself has explained, "It Was A Good Day" is completely fictional -- which makes its lyrics that much more heartbreaking. In between the commentary on girls and fast food, Ice Cube makes pointed references to what a day would be like without gun violence and police harassment. "No helicopter looking for a murder ... Nobody I know got killed in South Central L.A ... Saw the police and they rolled right past me, no flexin'" -- in other words, "basically my interpretation of what a great day would be," Ice Cube has said.
"Mother and Child Reunion," Paul Simon
People usually think this is about: The intense connection between a mother and her offspring
But it's really about: Chinese food
Paul Simon's 1972 tune had a hook that sang of a "strange and mournful day, when the mother and child reunion is only a motion away." Naturally, most listeners assume that the legend must be speaking on a familial relationship, one that apparently had soured since the reunion was both strange and mournful.
But in reality, Simon was singing about a chicken and egg dish at his local Chinese restaurant. According to Snopes, Simon explained his inspiration in a 1972 interview: "I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown (and) there was a dish called 'Mother and Child Reunion.' It's chicken and eggs. And I said, 'Oh, I love that title. I gotta use that one.'"
"Bad Reputation," Joan Jett
People usually think this is about: A general anthem for rebels.
But it's really about: Joan Jett fighting past rejection.
When Joan Jett declared in the early '80s that she doesn't "give a damn about a bad reputation," she was stating for the record that she wouldn't let rejection stop her.
Jett originally recorded the song around 1979 as she launched her solo career following the breakdown of her band the Runaways. "A lot of 'Bad Reputation' came from comments that people said in the early days of 'she'll never make it,'" Jett explained in a 2013 Reddit AMA.
While the song was never released as a single, it became iconic anyway as the titular track from Jett's first solo album -- an album she initially had to self-release because 23 record labels turned her down.
"Inspiration comes from all sorts of places," Jett said. "And you have to decide that it's not worth all that mental anguish worrying about what other people think."
Jamaican supercentenarian Violet Mosse Brown became the world's oldest human today, Saturday April 15, after the passing of Italian woman Emma Morano, who was born on November 29, 1899.
Mosse Brown is 117 years old, having been born on March 10, 1900. Affectionately called Aunt V, she lives in Duanvale, Trelawny.
Her eldest child, Harold Fairweather, at age 96, is said to be the world's oldest living person with a parent also alive.
Aunt V's parents, Elizabeth Riley (who lived to 96 years) and John Mosse brought her into the world on the same premises which she now lives.
Aunt V and her husband worked as cane farmers, selling their crop to the Long Pond Sugar Estate. Later, her husband became the caretaker at the neighbouring cemetery, calling on his wife’s skills to assist him in record keeping.
Her birth place, Duanvale, is a neighbouring district to Sherwood Content, where Jamaican track legend Usain Bolt was born.
One of the supercentenarian's caretakers told Jamaica Observer columnist Jean Lowrie Chin last year: “She likes fish and mutton and sometimes she will have cow foot, but she does not eat pork or chicken”. Her other preferences are sweet potatoes, irish potatoes, breadfruit, and fruits, especially oranges and mangoes.
According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group (GRG), in 1900, when Mosse Brown was born, Jamaica was part of the British West Indies, so her records are from the British government, in Queen Victoria's time.
"Unless a surprise candidate comes out of the trees, she is the oldest living Victorian," Robert Young, director of the Los Angeles-based GRG's Supercentenarian Research and Database Division told AFP.
The previous oldest living person, Morano, died at her home in Verbania, northern Italy as the last survivor of the 19th century, reports said.
The world longevity record, Young noted, remained with French woman Jeanne Calment, who died at 122 in 1997, having outlived both her daughter and grandson.
A supercentenarian is someone who has lived to or passed their 110th birthday. There are estimated to be 300–450 living supercentenarians in the world, though only 50 verified cases are known.