X Factor Contestant Simone Battle Commits Suicide

X Factor Simone Battle Suicide

Simone Battle, a singer with the group GRL, is dead at 25 of an apparent suicide. Battle was found in her Los Angeles home Friday morning.

According to some reports, Law enforcement sources claim, “Simone was found hanging from a rod in her bedroom closet”.

Battle first rose to national fame on the X Factor reality show in 2011. Though she was eliminated in the first live show in competition, she made an impression that helped her land a spot with the Pussycat Girls 2.0, GRL. She was also an actress who appeared on episodes of “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Zoey”

Here is the statement her labels released following the news:

“Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing”

via the AP


  1. I have questions…

    There have been young, successful Black actors, actresses and musicians at the height of stardom who are, all of a sudden, committing suicide. I never knew depression to overtake a person when they’re on top. Not saying it can’t or doesn’t happen, but something about this girl’s death screams foul play.

    She was living in a guest house that was connected to a larger property. How would someone know where to look to find her in that instance? Why would they be looking for her to learn she is dead? So many questions that will likely go unanswered.

    May she rest in peace. She was a beautiful young lady with a bright future. May her family find comfort in their grief.

      • It was the height of HER stardom. We all have different perceptions of success and we will all achieve success at different levels. I’m sure there are a lot of billionaires you’ve never heard of. That doesn’t negate their wealth.

    • It’s the medication. Strong thoughts of suicide is one of the side effects of anti-depression medication. When you hear someone committed suicide they most likely were on anti-depression medication. However, there are crazy stories I’ve heard like the journalist Gary Webb(?) who they said committed suicide but he was shot twice in the head.

      • The meds they give these people because of depression is bullshit. My sister has turned into zombie robot who lives inside her own head. Can’t have a conversation with her because she so paranoid everything you say is about her. They f*ck up thier brains even more. Fuck them pills. It’s turned my sister into someone I don’t know.

        • i agree with you. Prayer and meditation, sex, and exercise increase serontonin naturally

        • I agree & disagree about the anti-depression meds. They vary & have different effects on individuals. I take mine & they work very well for me. I think that if you have a good doctor like myself; they’ll try to find the right med(s) that will work for you. I went through several & finally found two that really works for me.

      • Well let’s wait and see how the GRL blows up after her death before we start pointing fingers. This sounds very suspect though.

    • A lot of holes in this scenario, struggle comes with being in hollywood. They know this from the jump. As you stated, there have been a number of blacks in and on the edge of the industry who erased themselves from this place… Can’t Explain It!

  2. Rest in peace babygirl she had a good daddy in her corner and a mother, too. Mental illness is real for us.

  3. This screams Questionable to me.

    What a beautiful and talented girl, may she rest in peace.

    I know that depression exists and is undertreated in the black community, but damn, what is going on?
    My question is: if Hollyweird/music industry KNOWS that many true talents are damaged and fragile souls, where are the escorts, bodyguards, chapperones? You protect your goods, and if talent is your good you protect it. You don’t lose someone this talented and beautiful.
    Hollyweird/music industry has the money and connections to get these people the best psychotropics (like you know, Princess Diana grade), the best psychologists/psychiatrists, the best drug rehabilitation.

    And, if, if she was into something she shouldn’t have been into, Hollyweird/music industry should have the best heavies/private investigators/off-duty cops.

    How can Hollyweird/music industry expect to be respected when tragedies like this happen.

    • talent is expendable. They are the lowest on the industry totem pole.. There are 1000 new faces getting off the bus (not stevie J’s) everyday in this city.

      • Talent may be “expendable,” but people are not. If you have talent, consider yourself blessed. That is a God-given gift. Attitudes like that are the reason why people feel worthless, helpless and seek to harm or even kill themselves.

        As much as I like things, things will never be more valuable than human life. Human life is priceless. That’s why I’ve never been willing to sacrifice my life or give of my body in pursuit of things.

        We live in a “society” that totally disrespects and devalues people and their contributions to the world. That is equally as sad as a 25-year-old, beautiful young woman losing her life who I’m sure had a lot more life in her. Smh

      • @HSK You are so right. Talent is a dime a dozen literally. Folks outside of Hollywood actually think there is something unique or special about those who “make it.” There are 20 year old blond 10’s falling from every tree in town. There are male pretty boys just aching to be in Brian Singer’s iPhone. And every month the number re-ups X 10.

      • @HSK ITA. The 1000’s that get off that bus everyday are viewed just like blacks were viewed in the slavery days, where the buyer (slaver) looked over the slaves from head to toe to pick which slave was best suited for the slaver’s agenda. Talent isn’t exactly what they look for, but however they are always in the market to pick who’s better suited to push TPTB’s agenda.

        Now as far as this young woman’s death is concerned. I am leaning towards this being more or less a homicide, rather than a suicide because in order for others to reach success, they have to keep feeding that beast that they worship. This is not just in Hollywood, but around the world. Spiritual warfare is among us and the battle for souls is a vicious one. Just my two cents.

    • Hollyweird is probably the reason behind her death. The industry does not care about these people. To expect anything from them is foolish.

  4. They couldnt get Blu so they got her. J/k, but seriously, how does everyone know how to hang themselves?! That is the worst way to die, its like drowning! IT CAN TAKE MINUTES TO DIE! Pills would make you fall asleep….

    • depends if you go the slow hanging route or the quick break your neck way… I think both are pretty awful, but nothing is worse than your lungs filling with water and then exploding as you gasp for breath only to consume more water.

      • Lungs filling up with water,exploding as you gasp to breathe,only to consume more water, Damn HSK!

    • Hanging certainly does seem to be the go to method these days. I have to think it must not be as bad as we imagine. I hear that carbon monoxide poisoning is not so bad also. There are tons of websites dedicated to “how to” suicide methods. So a lot of people must be interested.

      I’d be a pill person if it ever came to it.

  5. Lee Thompson was said to have been depressed and committed suicide, Robin Williams, Wren Scott and now her. Three of the above were hanged. Is their a serial killer here? They must find it a perfectly easy murder when hanging as it is presumed suicide.

    • There’s no serial killer. L’Wren Scott was a different situation than the media reported. I think she was planning to expose Mick Jagger before her untimely demise. Her clothing line was reportedly in financial peril, but the apartment she lived in and apparently owned outright could’ve covered the losses within her company. Her net worth was also undervalued. She owned a piece of jewelry that Jagger gave her that was in excess of $1 million.

      Notice, Ms. Scott’s family was not allowed to take possession of her body. They were not at her funeral. She should have been buried with and by family since she was a single woman sans children. Jagger made all of the funeral arrangements and likely took back everything he “gave” her in the process.

      • Damn! That shows you how deep and dark shit gets. Mick Jagger is not even yer spouse, how can a non spouse claim a body over family ??? that isn’t even legal but yet there it is. Smdh!

    • Must be some spirit lurking in the background snatching up souls of those who are profoundly unhappy, with their lives, their careers, or a mixture of both. Fame and money only exacerbates these demons, especially then one can not find peace and joy.
      It must be absolutely debilitating to have wealth, influence and power, but not have joy. The asset one has amass , in a macabre way, mocks the person-jmho, of course.

          • When people rise to fame and fortune, they become more susceptible to predators than ever. There is always some envious person with a jealous spirit waiting to aid in a successful person’s demise. There’s the guy who hands the young entertainer an offering of “free” drugs, in hopes of getting them hooked and gaining a new client. There are the club promoters who ply underage celebs with alcohol and prostitutes as a means of keeping their events hot. There’s no such thing as “free.” It all comes with a price. You just have to be clear headed enough to know that the little bit you receive from a person will benefit them more than it will ever benefit you. And in many cases, it is best to JUST SAY NO. All isn’t good sometime.

            • I’m not anyone’s mother, so you can keep your sarcasm and ignorance to yourself. I’m just thankful my mother taught me better so I was able to become a victor instead of a victim. Too many parents throw their children out to these industry wolves, only to end up burying their children because the children weren’t built for the industry.


  7. are y’all like this in real life,lol.

    btw her father found her it was said in a closet.

    Sadly,this could have been something they’ve been aware of since she was a child ,just like Lee Thonpson Young’s family had to cope with.

    • His death resonated with me as I posted my first comment on his thread. He was at the top of his game when he allegedly committed suicide. I still question the “findings” re: Thompson’s death.

  8. I love Simone Battle she was so talented and was very sweet. I think her death was a sacrifice because the group she was in wasnt doing to well. Im not sure why she was in this group and the token black girl but something doesnt sound right. She was too beautiful and talented to take her own life. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.

    • It was definitely a sacrifice. There is no such thing as mental illness and depression. Those are demonic excuses used by white people. Black folk cannot be mentally ill or depressed.

      • I agree. Depression feels like there’s no way out. Ur stuck and you can’t see anyway out, or the way out is to mammoth of a task. God unlocks all them doors when you let him in.

      • are u serious?????? There is a such thing as mental illness and it runs very rapid in our community. it hits all walks of life an unfortunately many people go untreated because ignorant fools like you tell them to dust it of their shoulder and pray it away. Check out the stats of.young black men committing suicide because life has given them an unfair justice. it has skyrocketed within the the last few years. Smh!

        • So what makes someone killed themselves. Ive known a few people who have taken thier own life and nothing to with mental illness.

        • anonymous 18:43 Of course I wasn’t serious. I am so sick of hearing every excuse under the sun for why we lose our battles to live, prosper and succeed on this planet. We, like all human beings, have BRAINS, and brains are subject to all the same maladies of human frailty as every other part of the body. When someone’s pancreas becomes cancerous due to the transitioning of healthy cells into a tumor, we don’t yell “Sacrifice!! Murder Plot!! Jhews did it!! Black folk don’t get cancer!!! Pray away the cancer demons!!!”
          Because we GET how cancer happens and we accept it as part of life. If only we could grow to the point where we accept that the brain is just another major organ subject to hundreds of possible failings==and none of them have to do with demons. If you don’t believe me, ask a physician to study some PET scans. See how the brain actually functions and fails in living color.
          Ms Battle very likely had a physiological cause for her depression and the source of it wasn’t being addressed properly.
          100 years from now when we are all long gone, our current attitudes toward mental illnesses will be viewed similarly to how we see the medieval use of leeches and razors for blood letting in order to bleed the demons out of the body of the sick: backwards and the opposite of what should be done to heal a sick person. Simply praying for a mentally compromised person to get better is like draining the blood of an anemic in order to get the “bad blood” out.

          • True. Faith without works is dead. People better put plans into action along with prayer if they ever hope to recover when they are ailing.

            • Radiation! The “treatment” is so-called killing their cancer cells when, in actuality, it is killing their organs. Cancer doesn’t kill people nearly as much as the poison practitioners use to treat people with cancer.

            • Steve Jobs agreed with you. By the time he realized he was not responding to the natural remedies to destroy his cancer it was too late for chemo and radiation.
              Both procedures are lethal when not utilized with great skill, but they are the only game n town for the tie being. If you don’t believe that, read more about Jobs, one of the brightest minds in the world who made a terrible mistake. I have a sister who is cancer free 9 years following chemo/radiation for breast cancer. Her kids have a living mother, not just memories.
              It’s better than the alternative!
              By the way, a little tip for retarding the growth of cancer cells in your body(which we have at all times)eat an apple’s seeds 3 times a week. The seeds contain a minute amount of cyanide(you can taste it in the almondy flavor) which assists the body’s immune system in destroying mutation prone, irregular (or in layman’s terms pre-cancerous)cells. Learned that at the Cleveland Clinic when I was there with my sis.

            • Tameka Foster Child Raymond v. Raymond I'm Ready To Sign Them Papers, But My MFing Pen Ran Out of Ink

              I’m aware of that. He had the opportunity to seek medical treatment early in his diagnosis, when it could’ve prolonged his life. Mr. Genius decided otherwise, and we know how the story ended.

              I would never suggest people deny receiving chemo or radiation, but I have also seen how overtreatment has lent itself to cancer patients’ demises. Thankfully, since that time, treatments have been monitored more closely and administered differently. The whole process is still sickening. People may survive treatment and have their cancer in remission, but still have fallout years later because of the radiation or chemo. God forbid, medical professionals discuss that with their patients.

  9. I think she would have been great to play the late Aaliyah. She was too good for the world but I dont believe she took her life.

  10. Russell Armstrong, Wren Scott, Simone Battle and Robin Williams all hanged. Do we have a serial killer under the cloak of suicide? Although Lee Thompson supposedly shot himself, it does not mean it is not the same person or people. Something is odd. If we do not make noise, it will continue. I knew Don Cornelius and suicide was not in his nature. We all know that Don Cornelius and Whitney were odd deaths. The Illuminati theory is a smooth way to cover up a murder by one or more sick people. I don’t think it was “Illuminati” I think it was one or more sickies that have been getting away with murdering people from an eclectic hit list. Hanging? I doubt these people are hanging themselves. It’s not as easy as people thing to hang yourself.

    • True. I read, that most hangings are attempts that were successful, out of a few failed ones. Not sure if this theory is valid or not.

    • It’s easy as hell. Just tie a scarf around your neck and attach it to the door know and sit on the floor with your head hanging. Your oxygen is cut off and you pass out and then die. That is exactly what L’Wren did. Several xannie bars first make it easier to avoid the panic while your oxygen supply is slowing down.

      It is the easiest manner of suicide other than handgun. And many just can’t pull a trigger, but they can sit on the floor and wait.

  11. Anytime a young person ends their life, It’s Tragic! Hollywood might as well be The Grim Reaper. Death is always around the corner. Pressuring women to look a certain way, lose weight, stray from beliefs and family, etc. None of this makes sense, women like her have no reason to commit suicide. She has the globe in her hands, Figuratively Speaking! Condolences To Her Family And Friends!!!!

  12. One day soon you guys are going to wake up and see how real this human sacrifice in the industry really is. Yall need to open your eyes and see something is going on with these celebs. Satan is collecting souls of those who sold out for fortune and fame. Wake up people. This is a ritual killing yall.

    • Blake:

      This young woman’s death reads ‘ritual killing.’ I won’t say she sold her soul. I will say she was killed because she refused to play the game the industry wanted her to play, so she was sacrificed in the process. I also think she was sacrificed so her group could go on to fame and fortune which apparently eluded them thus far.

      When Aaliyah died, she was a sacrifice. She wasn’t willing to go any further with the ritualistic practices of the industry, so she was exterminated. Aaliyah’s “best friend” was Kidada Jones, Quincy Jones’ daughter. Quincy is indoctrinating a lot of these young people in the music industry. What went on in Kidada’s mother’s house is polar opposite of what went on in her father’s house. Kidada acted in MK-Ultra prostitute fashion by having sex and being in “relationships” with a few of the top names in music today. It is all connected.

        • Dumb motherf*ckers like you are still call 9/11 bullshit. Some people i see just are not meant to see the truth. So basically reprobate i am telling you to stfu!

          • Preach. People act like the fallout from Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster. Bush knew those levies were weak. It would’ve taken a mere $20 million to secure the levies so when the hurricane hit, the massive floods and losses of life could and would have been avoided. Instead, the government ended up amassing closer to $20 billion in debt over and otherwise preventable occurrence. That was an intentional act. Uproot the niggas from NOLA so there can be a fire (or rather water sale) on property in NOLA. Ship the “displaced” former residents to TX and other parts of the South with a $500 gift card and the few, if any possessions they could salvage. That was a totally intentional act.

            People act like fracking doesn’t exist. All earthquakes are not an act of God.

            re: 9/11, the Bush received word well in advance what lie ahead for this country. He allowed these “terrorists” to wreak havoc on this country so he could start a war under false pretense. He is an extension of his father and Ronald Reagan. Bush was and will always be a puppet who moved when Karl Rove, Bush, Sr. and whomever else pulled his strings. That isn’t a conspiracy. It is factual.


  13. Great another suicide, this person was not seeing fame, yeah huh uhh Hollywood !!!! *sarcasm of course* i wish blacks do their research before going out to that place, stop trying to be something you’re not. To my dark skinned sistas stay out of Hollywood, we’re not wanted because of the color of our skin & being a non mixed woman. Stop supporting any sista in Hollywood that sold out and deny their blackness to fit in being a carbon copy of white women.

  14. There have been 27 deaths associated with reality TV, 15 of them suicides

    Thats scary, the environment of reality TV is like jail or bootcamp where they are cut off from the rest of the world durring the taping and they cant watch TV, or see thier family, and they have to live in a house full of romates who cant stand eachother, and perform strenuous competition against one another, it reminds me of bootcamp because some people cant take it and there is a high suicide rate there too.

    • People think that just because they see someone on TV they must be in plush conditions and its the opposite they are in hell and to top it off they have a camera in their face, the money dosent come until afterward after you get exposure, and its probably still not that much

      • what about the black chef from hell’s kitchen who killed himself last year…Gordan Ramsay is a craxy motherf*cker he only gets away with his bull shyt
        because he’s white and that the truth!!

        realty show are not good in the same year another realty star died the guy from storage wars

  15. Blu Cantrell and Martin Lawrence both stated that someone was trying to kill them. The name Illuminati is an escape name for entertainment business organized crime. As long as the mystery of “Illuminati” is kept up, the mob gets away with it. Two mobs rune the industry… Jewish (out of Chicago and Ohio) and Sicilian (New York/New Jersey) the are worldwide but were launched in these bases. Lew Wasserman (The last mogul- see the book)was the head at one time. The hit man for Robin Williams, Wren Scott and Simone Battle uses the same technique but too many times now. This was the one that got attention.

    • Please add Brittany Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack to the list. Unless she really died of something other than pneumonia (like AIDS), I find it odd that he died of the same symptoms just a few months after she died.

      • That’s exactly what I said when I watched her biopic las nite…she had 2 have passed from aids….I don’t anyone who has died being an anemic….then her husband dies 5 months from pneumonia 2??? Cmon now…..smh, that’s craaazy & it DOESN’T happen like that!! She seemed like she was a really sweet, caring, gullible…2 trusting!!!.wen it came 2 sum of those around her….r.i.p. Brittney…

      • Well I was always TOLD Eazy was injected with Aids while he was in the hospital…

  16. I agree B. The Police and the autopsy is a joke. The cases are concluded at arrival. I hope her mom and dad pursue the truth and don’t allow a payoff like Whitney’s mother. Whitney and Michael’s mother’s know what happened. Every since Latoya got a reality show, she has not spoken about her brother’s murder again. Simone Battle could easily have been the next Beyonce. Her voice was unusually good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXCe0NZm3_k

    • You are so right re: LaToya. JaTail doesn’t afford her and Jeffre the lifestyles they live.

    • I highly doubt that she could have been the next Beyonce . Unless the group was split up . With her suddenly untimely demise, we will never know. It seems the blond, was the lead.

  17. People wake up and see the light. These celebrities are dying the way we are being told. Notice how they are always alone? Please people see that they are being whacked just like Randy Quaid had been trying to warn us They then stage their deaths to look a certain way to throw the public off.

  18. This thread has really brought out the loonies in force. Some of you have a career in writing crime fiction with your complex theories.

    • Building 3. 911. It all seems made up till u start actually looking at stuff for yourself and not getting your information from mainstream media, who report only what they are told to report.

      • Why do you assume that those who scoff at your absurd logic are sourcing the “mainstream media” for our information?
        God you You Tube people are sad cases. A bigger group of lemmings never existed.

        • Who you talking to. What you know bout me. Nothing. Assuming. All I said was to look at stuff for yourself. So where do you get your information from. Share the knowledge. Come on big mouth. Cause I don’t u tube shit.

          • Now that is some good news. Kudos to you.

            I am a voracious reader. I read non fiction at a rate of 3-5 books per week. I take classes every quarter at a university in my city even though I have my undergrad degree and am over 30. I am a major cynic and I don’t take anything at face value or on the word of someone else without researching it to my satisfaction. If you have thoroughly vetted your information through reputable sources, good. But your statement concerning 9 11 gives me cause to wonder. JMO.

  19. The murderer has chimed in:

    Anonymous | September 6th, 2014 at 18:30
    This thread has really brought out the loonies in force. Some of you have a career in writing crime fiction with your complex theories.

    Two words and they are not fu-k you.

    Randy Quaid and Dave Chapelle

  20. Trying to get some people to open their eyes is like dressing a pig in a tuxedo and expect it to understand why it should not go into the mud. Some people are just going to be part of that 2/3 we read about in the scripture. They reject knowledge and the truth.

    • Thank you, Liz! I just read the update on TMZ. It is like the story TOTALLY changed. Simone’s father said he never knew her to be suicidal or suffer from depression. Quite contrarily, he stated that they texted each other daily and she was very happy with her life out here and the direction her group was going in. They just dropped a single with Pitbull, so you know it is destined to climb the charts. My suspicions have been confirmed. I pray for justice for Simone. She was a beautiful young lady who deserved more than this tragic ending.

  21. I Was Always Taught:
    Suicide Is An Permanent Answer
    To An Temporary Problem!!! I’ve Been
    At Rock Bottom & Thought About Suicide
    Myself, But Through My Faith And My Luv Of
    God, He Saw Me Through It!!
    Suicide Is A Sin!!
    I Pray For Her Soul!

  22. Based on what her father said, this young lady did not kill herself. She was not unhappy or depressed about anything. Something is not adding up with this.

  23. Martin Lawrence said the same thing in the 90′s

    All these stars were lynched by a serial killer:
    David Carradine
    Wren Scott
    Simone Battle
    Robin Williams
    Russell Anderson

    Also killed:
    Whitney Houston
    Michael Jackson
    Lee Thompson
    Vesta Williams
    Don Cornelius
    Phyllis Hyman
    Richard Jeni
    Kurt Cobane
    Heavy D.
    Brittany Murphy
    John Belushi
    Cathy White
    Jam Master Jay
    Ronni Chasen
    Ingrid Rivera
    Sadia Morrison
    Rick James
    Teena Marie
    Jimi Hendrix
    Janis Joplin
    Lenny Bruce
    Marilyn Monroe
    Dorothy Dandridge
    Sam Cooke
    Otis Redding
    Paul Williams and David Ruffin
    Delores Jackson (Tito’s wife)
    Rodney King
    Joan Rivers
    James Brown
    Adrienne Brown (James wife)
    Donda West
    Darnell Donnerson (Jennifer Hudson’s mother)
    Jason Hudson (Jennifer Hudson’s brother)
    Julian King (Jennifer Hudson’s nephew)

    Watch list:
    Eddie Murphy
    Bobbi Kristina
    Bobby Brown
    Tyler Perry
    Charlie Sheen
    Lindsey Lohan
    Katt Williams
    Arsenio Hall
    Mick Jagger
    Frankie Lymon
    Billy Stewart

    Graham Bond: Age 36
    He committed suicide by throwing himself into the path of a London Underground train in 1974. — Richie Unterberger,

    Adrian Borland: Age 41
    (b.1957, d. 26 April 1999, London)
    On April 26th. 1999 Adrian Borland died. [He] committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train in London on early Monday morning. He was right in the middle of the recording session for his new solo album.

    Tommy Boyce: Age 55
    (Born: September 29,1939 in Charlottesville, VA,
    Died: Nov 23, 1994 Nashville, TN)
    Boyce recorded for RCA Records and had one self-written charting single, “I’ll Remember Carol” b/w “Too Late For Tears” peak at #80 Pop on Billboard’s charts in fall 1962.He began writing with Bobby Hart, with their first success being “Come A Little Bit Closer,” a 1964 #3 Pop smash for Jay and the Americans.Signed as staff songwriters for Screen Gems Music, the music publishing arm of Columbia Pictures’ TV production arm, Screen Gems, they began to write songs for the soundtrack of the studios’ hit TV show The Monkees airing in primetime on NBC-TV; “Theme From The Monkees,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” gold, #1 Pop, fall 1966, “(I’m Not Your)Steppin’ Stone”-the charting B-side of “I’m A Believer”…Boyce & Hart toured with The Monkees in the 70s and recorded with some of the group’s members on albums as Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart. Boyce wrote and produced for Iggy Pop, UK band Darts, Del Shannon and Meat Loaf. Boyce, who appeared on TV talk shows sharing his travails with depression, succumbed to the illness, committing suicide at his Nashville residence in 1994.

    Herman Brood: Age 55
    (b: 5 November 1946 in Zwolle, Netherlands; d: 11 July 2001, Amsterdam)
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) – Herman Brood, a well known artist and a top musician on the Dutch rock scene for 30 years, jumped to his death from the roof of an Amsterdam hotel on Wednesday, police said. He was 55. Brood, who spoke about the difficulty of ending his daily drug habit, had been complaining of poor health and depression, and had told a close friend he didn’t want to fade away. Brood entered art school at 17 and joined musical groups beginning in the 1960s. He became a sensation with his 1978 hit single “Saturday Night,” which he wrote as leader of the band Wild Romance. Over 25 years he recorded nearly 20 albums, on his own or with a variety of groups, and also acted in Dutch movies. He briefly withdrew from recording in the early 1990s to focus on painting and poetry. But in one year, 1994, he released a book, a new CD and a film. As his success grew, Brood became known as much for his drug-based wild life style as for his art. He quit drugs last summer after his doctor warned him his life was at risk, but the television reported his mental and physical health quickly deteriorated.

    Roy Buchanan: Age 48
    (b.23 September 1939, Ozark, Alabama, USA, d. August 1988).
    The son of a preacher, Buchanan discovered gospel music through the influence of traveling revivalists. LOADING ZONE was an accomplished album and contained two of his finest (and longest) outings; the pulsating Green Onions featured shared solos with the song’s co-composer Steve Cropper and the extraordinary Ramon’s Blues (again with Cropper). His trademark was a battered Fender Telecaster guitar. Buchanan was never comfortable with the role of virtuoso. A shy, reticent individual, he made several unsuccessful suicide attempts before hanging himself in a police cell in 1988, following his arrest on a drunk-driving charge.

    Leon Chappelear: Age 53
    aka Leon Chappel
    Chappelear was a gifted songwriter and guitarist who admired Jimmie Rodgers. The Lone Star Cowboys became Chappelear’s group after the Sheltons broke away. Chappelear turned it into a popular early western swing band. On September 13, 1935 (a Friday the 13th), Chappelear was involved in an auto accident that affected his brain, temperament, and behavior. Tragically, his injuries caused him to be unable to sing as well as he once did and his career suffered greatly. He got involved in many strange and questionable activities that landed him in jail at one point for gambling. He moved to the west coast in the early 50s and recorded a series of sides for Capitol as “Leon Chappel.” see:Automatic Mama. Chappelear committed suicide in 1962, despondent over a career gone sour. He shot himself in the face with a shotgun. Leon Chappelear was only 53 years old.

    Kurt Cobain: Age 27
    (b. Kurt Donald Cobain, 20 February 1967, Hoquiam, Seattle, d. 5 April 1994, Seattle). His descent into self-destruction accelerated in 1994 as he went into a coma during dates in Italy (it was later confirmed that this had all the markings of a failed suicide attempt), before returning to Seattle to shoot himself on April 5, 1994.

    Darby Crash: Age 22
    Died: December 7, 1980
    Los Angeles punk band the Germs was formed in April 1977 and quickly became one of the most popular and influential in that area of music. The group disbanded in early 1980 but reformed later that year. A week after their first reunion concert, however, singer Crash died of an intentional heroin overdose.

    Sonny Criss: Age 50
    (Born in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 23, 1927, Died on Nov. 19, 1977, LA, CA)
    A talented bop altoist, Sonny Criss was influenced by Charlie Parker but had his own heavier sound. He spent most of his life in the Los Angeles area starting in 1942. In 1946 he worked in Howard McGhee’s band with Charlie Parker and Teddy Edwards and can be heard on several jam sessions on Savoy in 1947. Criss spent periods playing with Johnny Otis, Gerald Wilson, and Billy Eckstine (1950-51) and was with Stan Kenton in 1955. He also worked with Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars and Buddy Rich’s quartet (1958) in addition to leading his own groups, recording three albums for Imperial in 1956. Criss lived in Europe during 1962-65, recorded some excellent sets for Prestige during 1966-69 and in the 1970s headed sessions for Fresh Sound, Xanadu, Muse and a couple of commercial efforts for Impulse. After European tours in 1973 and 1974, Sonny Criss’ career seemed on an upswing. But due to the pain of cancer, he chose to commit suicide in 1977.

    Ian Curtis: Age 23
    On 18 May 1980, the eve of Joy Division’s proposed visit to America, Ian Curtis was found hanged. The verdict was suicide. A note was allegedly found bearing the words: ‘At this moment I wish I were dead. I just can’t cope anymore’. To read more Link to: Touching From A Distance. Ian Curtis And Joy Division

    Nick Drake: Age 26
    (b. 19 June 1948, Burma, d. 25 November 1974).
    Born into an upper middle-class background, Drake was raised in Tanworth-in-Arden, near Birmingham. FIVE LEAVES LEFT was a mature, melodic collection which invoked the mood of Van Morrison’s ASTRAL WEEKS or Tim Buckley’s HAPPY SAD. By contrast BRYTER LAYTER was altogether more worldly, and featured support from emphatic, rather than intuitive, musicians. Indisputably Drake’s most commercial album, the singer was reportedly stunned when it failed to reap due reward. On 25 November 1974, Nick Drake was found dead in his bedroom. Although the coroner’s verdict was suicide, relatives and acquaintances feel that his overdose of a prescribed drug was accidental. Interest in this ill-fated performer has increased over the years and his catalogue contains some of the era’s most accomplished music. Drake is now seen as a hugely influential artist.

    Jim Ellison: Age 31
    Material Issue
    (born:1964, died: June 20, 1996)
    Long before the Smashing Pumpkins became Chicago’s most famous export, Material Issue was doing its part to put the Windy City on the musical map. Signed to Mercury Records in 1990, vocalist-guitarist-songwriter Jim Ellison, bassist Ted Ansani and drummer Mike Zelenko seemed destined for rock stardom.~By Jae-Ha Kim Sadly, Ellison committed suicide on June 20, 1996, suffocating himself in his garage with carbon monoxide fumes from his moped. — Steve Huey

    Tom Evans: Age 36
    Joey Molland and Tom Evans reformed the group, changing the subsidiary members frequently over the next few years. Commercial success proved elusive and in November 1983, history repeated itself in the most bizarre scenario possible when Tom Evans committed suicide [by hanging] at his Surrey home. Like Pete Ham he had been suffering from depression and financial worries. The Badfinger story is uniquely tragic and among its greater ironies is the now morbid chorus of the song with which Pete Ham and Tom Evans are best associated: ‘I can’t live, I can’t live anymore’ (Without You).

    Andre Dede Fortin: Age 38
    Les Colocs
    (Born: 1962; died: 11 May 2000)
    Quebec singer Dede Fortin’s death ruled a suicide
    MONTREAL – A Montreal coroner has confirmed that Quebec singer Andre Dede Fortin died from a self-inflicted wound. Fortin, 38, was found in his Montreal home Wednesday with stab wounds to his chest. Fortin, known as Dede to his friends and fans, was a songwriter and the lead singer of the group Les Colocs. He was expected at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Friends worried after he didn’t show up and went to his apartment to look for him. Finding the door locked and no answer from inside, they went in through an open window and discovered Fortin’s body. Les Colocs won the Felix, Quebec’s equivalent to the Juno awards, for rock album of the year in 1998. Fortin’s writing helped the group earn its reputation as one of the most original voices in Quebecois song through the 1990s. The singer-songwriter was born in St-Thomas Didyme, Que. He grew up in a family of 11 children.

    Danny Gatton: Age 49
    (Born: Sep 4 , 1945 in Washington, D.C., Died: Oct 20, 1994 in Newburg, MD)
    Danny Gatton is Washington D.C.’s musical legend, described in the Washington Post Magazine as”The Greatest Guitarist You’ve Never Heard.” Danny is well-known to the likes of Chet Atkins, Les Paul, and Buddy Emmons. He was once on the cover of Guitar Player magazine as part of a feature called “Unknown Greats.” ~by Brian Alpert Danny died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There have been many rumors, “theories”, etc as to why Danny took his own life. I can speak very loudly for the Gatton family in saying that these are all rumors and/or theories. The truth is simply that no-one, not even Danny’s immediate family, knows why he did what he did.

    Pete Ham: Age 27
    (b. 27 April 1947, d. 23 April 1975; vocals).
    Worse was to follow the next year when Pete Ham took his own life [by hanging], after a long period of personal and professional worries.

    Donny Hathaway: Age 33
    (b. 1 October 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 13 January 1979).
    Originally schooled in the gospel tradition, this versatile artist majored in musical theory before performing in a cocktail jazz trio. Hathaway was then employed as a producer with Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label while a duet with June Conquest, I Thank You Baby, became his first hit, in 1969. The following year he was signed by Atlantic for whom he recorded several imaginative singles, including The Ghetto (1970) and Love Love Love (1973). His crafted compositions were recorded by such acts as Aretha Franklin and Jerry Butler, but Hathaway is best remembered for his cool duets with Roberta Flack. Their complementary voices were honed to perfection on Where Is The Love (1972) and The Closer I Get To You (1978), both of which reached the US Top 5. Why this gifted musician should take his own life remains unexplained, but on 13 January 1979, Hathaway threw himself from the 15th floor of New York’s Essex House hotel.

    Libby Holman:
    (Born… Died: Jun 18, 1971)
    Cause of death: Suicide (carbon monoxide poisoning). “I always have to break a song over my back. I just can’t sing a song; it has to be part of my marrow and bones and everything,” Libby Holman explained in a 1966 interview. A musical and sexual revolutionary, Libby Holman succeeded at two different musical careers spanning the prohibition era of the 1920s, the second World War, and the advent of the political and social ferment of the 1960s. Strong, daring, “dark” and impetuous, this feisty Jewish woman led a rich public life touching a dizzying array of people, from Montgomery Clift, to Alice B. Toklas, to close friends Jane and Paul Bowles. From a deep sense of personal commitment to racial justice, she later made contributions to the civil rights movement as both an artist and a wealthy benefactor, helping to finance Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to India to meet Mahatma Gandhi. Known as the “Statue of Libby,” she carried one of the smokiest torches of American music-hall society in the twenties and thirties and was the inventor of the strapless evening dress. Murder, millionaires, death and suicide were morbid recurrent themes in Libby Holman’s life, reaching tabloid proportions. Scandal, however, was not only the operative mode of Holman’s personal life; she also produced scandal on the stage, combining race, sound, and sexuality to create an aural form of “passing” which, I will argue, sought to destabilize culturally fixated notions of black and white. ~ Jeanne Scheper In July 1932, Zachary Smith Reynolds, the younger son of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds Sr., was killed by a gunshot to the head. His wife, Broadway torch singer Libby Holman, and his close friend Ab Walker were charged with murder, though they said he committed suicide. The charges were later dropped at the request of the family, reportedly to prevent unpleasant details of Smith Reynolds’ life from becoming public.

    Douglas Hopkins: Age 32
    Gin Blossoms
    After struggling for years against depression and alcoholism, chief songwriter Hopkins’ behaviour had became so unstable that it was necessary to eject him from the band. His departure came in April 1992, soon after recording sessions for the album were completed. A bitter wrangle ensued, with the band reportedly forcing him to sign over half his publishing royalties in return for a one-off payment of $15,000 owed to him. As Hey Jealousy and Found Out About You, two excellent songs he had written for the Gin Blossoms, became major hits, his personal problems increased. On December 3, 1993 he left a detox unit in Phoenix, Arizona, and shot himself. He had been replaced in the band by Scott Johnson, but of more concern was how the Gin Blossoms would replace him as a songwriter. Although both Wilson and Valenzuela had written songs on the group’s debut album, critics were in no doubt as to who the author of the more compelling tracks was.

    Michael Hutchence: Age 37
    1997, Sydney, Australia).
    Hutchence hanged himself in Ritz-Carlton Hotel room with his leather belt. The body was discovered around noon by a hotel employee. INXS had been rehearsing for their 20th anniversary tour. All those close to the singer report that he had been in high spirits in the days prior to his suicide, although he had been linked with a notorious reputation of cocaine and opium use. He was also planning to marry his girlfriend, Paula Yates, the mother of his 18 month old daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. To read more Link to: Michael Hutchence Memorial Site or The Final Days of Michael Hutchence

    Phyllis Hyman: Age 45
    (b: July 6, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA, d: June 30, 1995 in New York, NY)
    Phyllis Hyman began her career as a silky-voiced, jazz-influenced singer, and gradually moved into slick, heavily produced Urban Contemporary ballads and light dance numbers. Norman Connors made her his featured vocalist in the mid-’70s, and she was highlighted on a cover of The Stylistics’ “Betcha By Golly Wow,” which appeared on Connors’ You Are My Starship LP. Hyman also sang with Pharaoh Sanders and the Fatback Band while cutting two singles as a lead artist. Hyman got her lone Top 10 hit in 1981 with “Can’t We Fall In Love Again,” but her albums did consistently well through the ’80s. She also sang on fusion and light jazz dates by Joe Sample, Ronnie Foster, and Grover Washington, Jr., a more conventional jazz session for McCoy Tyner, and a pop date with The Four Tops. Tragically, Hyman took her own life on June 30, 1995; Forever with You was issued posthumously. — Ron Wynn, All-Music Guide …Phyllis was diagnosed as being “bi-polar”, a medical term for someone who suffers from the disease of manic-depression. As she got older, her dis-ease became more and more difficult for her to manage. She elected not to use pharmaceutical medication. She elected to self medicate. Her self medication distorted her disease more and more, until she felt helpless about ever being able to recover from it.

    Johannes Kerkorrel: Age 42
    Born: Ralph John Rabie: 1960. Died 12 November 2002
    Cape Town – South African music icon Johannes Kerkorrel is dead. He hanged himself. Provincial police spokesperson William Reid confirmed that “Ralph John Rabie, aged 42, was found hanging from a tree in the Kleinmond area, about 3km outside Kleinmond at around 12:40 on Tuesday”. According to friends close to the Rabie family (who wished not to be named) this was exactly the way a former lover of the music icon took his life some years ago.
    Cape Town – “I hope you can forgive me, Mom, I really do not have the strength to carry on. I pray that the Lord will forgive me and that you will be able to understand and accept as time goes by.” This was the last wish of Ralph Rabie, better known as Johannes Kerkorrel, expressed in a letter written to his mother before he committed suicide in a forested area, 5km outside Kleimond, on Tuesday. He told her there was no other way. Rabie wrote the letter on Saturday, three days before his death. He also left letters for his partner and the police. To his partner Demetrios Demetriou he wrote: “I do not have any other option. I am in such a deep state of depression that I see no future for myself.” In a letter to the police, Kerkorrel admitted that he could no longer pay his bills and that he had no work for the next two months. ~Jacob Rooi

    Philip Taylor Kramer: Age 42
    Iron Butterfly
    Born: 1952, Died: February 12, 1995
    Kramer, born in 1952, joined the second coming of Iron Butterfly in 1974. He played on its album Sun and Steel. The bassist disappeared without a trace in 1995. Four years later hikers in LA found his remains in a car at the bottom of a 200 foot ravine. Kramer was also working on guidance systems for the MX missile for the US government. Prior to his discovery, many theories abounded regarding his sudden and unexplained disappearance.

    James Lawrence, Age 26
    Hope of the States
    Died 15 January, 2004
    Musician found hanged at studio
    The guitarist of rock band Hope of the States has been found hanging at a recording studio.
    Police were called to the Real World Studios – owned by singer Peter Gabriel – at Box, near Bath, at 0430 GMT on Thursday after the body of James Lawrence, 26, was discovered. The six-piece band, from Chichester, had been recording their debut album. Wiltshire Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious. Hope of the States reached number 26 in the singles chart with Enemies Friends in October 2003, earning them an appearance on the BBC’s Top of the Pops programme. A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “I can confirm that we were called to the Real World studios in Box shortly after 4am today where the body of James Lawrence was found by other members of the band hanging from the rafters. “He was taken down and efforts made to revive him but to no avail.” He confirmed Mr Lawrence’s body was found in one of the studios. The six-piece had recently signed a deal with Sony and were putting the finishing touches to their debut album, which they had recorded in Russia and Ireland, at Real World. They were due to play at the Astoria in London next month as part of the NME Awards series of gigs. Real World is one of the music industry’s most popular studios, with Kylie Minogue and Stereophonics among recent visitors. A spokesman for the complex said Mr Lawrence’s family were too upset to comment. ~Story from BBC NEWS:
    HOPE OF THE STATES are in the studio for the first time since the death of guitarist JIMMI LAWRENCE. The band had almost completed work on their debut album when they found the body of Lawrence hanged in Real World studios near Bath last month. A spokesperson for the group confirmed to NME.COM the band are back working on the record, but said no more details were available at present. Hope Of The States were due to release their anticipated debut album in late spring after months spent recording in Russia and then Ireland. The finishing touches were being put on the album at Real World when the guitarist died of an apparent suicide.

    Jon Lee: Age 33
    Died: January 7, 2002
    Miami – Jon Lee, the drummer for the Welsh rock band Feeder, which had a hit in England last year with the single “Buck Rogers,” killed himself in his home, officials said. He was 33. Lee, who was from Newport, Wales, hanged himself in his Miami home on Monday, said Veronica Lamar of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office. Fellow band members Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose gave a short statement on the band’s official Web site: “We will miss you more than melody – friends always.” Feeder formed in 1992, but the trio of Lee on drums, Nicholas on vocals and guitar, and Japanese-born Hirose on bass came together in London in 1995. The group’s biggest hit single was the 2001 single “Buck Rogers,” which reached No. 5 on the British charts. Feeder released its first full- length album, “Polythene,” in England in 1997; it was released in the United States in early 1998. The second album was followed by “Yesterday Went Too Soon” in 1999. The band released its third album, “Echo Park,” last year, which debuted at No. 5 in Britain and sold more than 100,000 copies. Lee was married to a Brazilian model, Tatiana Englehart, and had a son, Cameron.

    Oupa Mafokate “Makhendlas”: Age 27
    (Died: 7 November 1998)
    South African musician dies ~November 2, 1998, http://news.bbc.co.uk
    Music fans in South Africa are mourning the death of a young musician, Oupa Mafokate, who apparently shot himself in the head. Mafokate — known as Makhendlas — was a rising star of kwaito — a rap-derived music seen as a symbol of black empowerment. His manager said he may have been upset about an incident at a concert on Saturday when he wounded a backstage intruder.”

    Richard Manuel: Age 42
    The Band
    (b. 3 April 1943, Stratford, Canada, d. 7 March 1986; piano/drums/vocals).
    A tour ended in tragedy when, on 7 March 1986, Richard Manuel hanged himself in a motel room. His death inspired Fallen Angel on Robertson’s outstanding ‘comeback’ album, but despite the presence of Hudson and Danko elsewhere on the record, the guitarist refused to join his colleagues when they regrouped again in 1991. Their first studio album in 17 years was released in 1993.

    Susannah McCorkle: Age 55
    (b: 1 January 1946 Berkeley, CA ;d: 19 May 2001, New York)
    Susannah McCorkle, the sultry voiced pop-jazz singer who brought a rare literary refinement to popular standards, was found dead outside her apartment at 41 West 86th Street early yesterday morning. She was 55. She had apparently jumped to her death, the police said. She had left a suicide note, but the police would not reveal its contents. In her apartment, the singer had left a will, along with detailed instructions about disposition of her estate. With a smoky, often kittenish pop- jazz voice and phrasing that lingered stealthily behind the beat, Ms. McCorkle was a direct stylistic descendant of Billie Holiday, who was her primary influence. A student of lyrics and a prolific writer herself, she liked to find new ways of interpreting familiar standards. Her pensive, slowed-up rendition of “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” for instance, found an underlying sadness in Irving Berlin’s razzle-dazzle anthem. She also had special and continuing love for Brazilian pop, to which she devoted an album, “Sabia” (Concord Jazz), whose lyrics included her own translations from Portuguese. Many of her later albums included at least one standard composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim. ~By STEPHEN HOLDEN..More..

    Steve MacDonald: Age 31
    Drummer Commits Suicide – Oct. 21, 2002
    Steve MacDonald, drummer for the long-running Canadian death metal act GORGUTS, reportedly hanged himself a couple of days ago after battling depression for the last few years. An official statement from the rest of the group is expected by the end of the week.

    Phil Ochs: Age 35
    (b. 19 December 1940, El Paso, Texas, d. 7 April 1976).
    A superior singer/songwriter, particularly adept at the topical song, He was attacked during a tour of Africa and an attempted strangulation permanently impaired his singing voice. Beset by a chronic songwriting block, Phil sought solace in alcohol and although a rally/concert in aid of Chile, AN EVENING WITH SALVADOR ALLENDE, succeeded through his considerable entreaties, he later succumbed to schizophrenia. Phil Ochs’ was found hanged at his sister’s home on 7 April 1976. To read more Link to: Phil Ochs: A Bio-Bibliography Phil as Elvis at Carnegie Hall

    Brian O’Hara: Age 58
    (b. Liverpool, Mar. 12, 1942, d. June 27,1999)
    Brian O’Hara, former singer and guitarist with the Fourmost, a 1960s Liverpool group that shared a manager with the Beatles and had hits with songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, was found hanging at his home…He was 58. Liverpool police found O’Hara in the Wavertree area of the northern English port city. The group had half a dozen hit singles from 1963-65, including “Hello Little Girl” and “I’m In Love” by Lennon and McCartney.

    Jason Raize, Age 28
    Broadway singer
    Died February 3, 2004
    Jason Raize in Broadway’s ‘Lion King’ Dies February 10, 2004, 3:18 PM EST
    NEW YORK — Jason Raize, who played the older Simba in the original
    Broadway company of “The Lion King,” has died at 28. Raize died Feb. 3 in Yass, Australia, southwest of Sydney, according to Chris Boneau, a spokesman for the Disney musical. The cause was suicide, Boneau said. Raize was chosen for the role of Simba, who changes from a callow young lion to the aware adult played by Raize, after a series of grueling auditions for “Lion King” director Julie Taymor and choreographer Garth Fagan. The musical, based on Disney’s successful animated film, opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in November 1997 and is still running in New York and around the world. Raize played the part for nearly three years. The competition for the role of Simba was fierce because the musical required “triple-threat work — singing, dancing and acting — that you don’t get to such an extent in other shows,” Raize recalled in a 1997 interview with The Associated Press. “It was more the sense of who can take the challenge and not be daunted by the task.” Asked to compare the stage and film versions, Raize said he took a look at the film “to see the gaps that Julie has filled in. She has done a terrific job of creating a richer, even more rewarding work.” In 2003, Raize was the voice of an Ice Age boy in the Disney animated movie “Brother Bear.” Raize, from Oneonta, N.Y., worked there while in high school at the Orpheus Theater, a semiprofessional troupe. Raize performed in a variety of shows including a “Jesus Christ Superstar” tour with Ted Neeley and later a “King and I” tour starring Hayley Mills. Raize is survived by his father and stepmother, Robert and Monet Rothenberg, of Oneonta, N.Y.; and his mother, Sarah MacArthur of Wrentham, Mass.

    Danny Rapp: Age 41
    Danny & The Juniors
    (b. 10 May 1941, d. 4 April 1983).
    Formed in 1955 as the Juvenairs, their song Do The Bop came to the attention of Dick Clark who suggested it be changed to At The Hop. In 1976 a re-issue of their classic At The Hop returned them to the UK Top 40. After a few quiet years, leader Rapp was found dead in Arizona in 1983—he had apparently committed suicide by gunshot.

    Del Shannon: Age 55
    (born: Charles Westover, 30 Dec. 1934, Coopersville, Michigan; died: 8 Feb. 1990, LA, CA).
    From the plethora of clean, American, post doo-wop male vocalists to find enormous success in the early ’60s, only a small handful retained musical credibility. Shannon was undoubtedly from this pedigree… Ultimately however, he was branded to rock ‘n’ roll revival tours which finally took their toll on 8 February 1990, when a severely depressed Shannon pointed a .22 calibre rifle to his head and pulled the trigger, ending the misery echoed in his catalogue of hits.
    A Fuller Up: First Hand Account:
    I was working the desk at the Medical Examiner’s when Deputy Roger Hom from the Sheriff’s Info Bureau called to verify that we had received a “call” on one “Charles Weedon Westover”. I immediately recognized the name and said, “you mean Del Shannon” to which he replied “that’s why we are checking, a patrol unit is already on the scene”. About the time I hung up the phone, Investigator Gary Kellerman walked by and handed me a standard call sheet and indicated he would call later with directions as it was in far north L.A. County. When Gary did call, he asked me if I knew who it was (why everyone asks me is anyone’s guess). I said I did and headed out. When I arrived at the scene some 30-45 min later and entered the house, Mr. Shannon was found, deceased for some time, in a wooden rocking chair. He was minus his hairpiece. Yep, that wavy hair that used to hang down in front was a rug. Both eyes were black and blue from the trauma that close contact gun shot wounds will cause and he was slumped slightly sideways, wearing only a bathrobe. He had been dead for several hours. I observed several ceremonial record awards and a lot of obviously expensive musical instruments. Gary and I removed Shannon from the chair, laid him on a sheet of plastic and wrapped him further for transport to the Coroners Office. Along with him was the .22 rifle that had been used. I had vehicle 603 0r 892 as they were the few that had AM/FM radios. After awhile the local station played a few of his songs and the hair on my neck was straight up and stayed there a long time. I brought Shannon in, weighed, measured and fingerprinted him for processing subsequent to his post mortem exam later in the morning. I looked at him the next day, after he had be “done” and observed that the bullet had left several scars inside the skull as it will when it bounced around the inside of his head. His remains were claimed almost 2 weeks later; and he was cremated by The Neptune Society on Burbank Blvd. I understand his cremains were buried in a business partner’s back yard, location unknown.

    Elliott Smith: Age 34
    (Steven Paul (Elliott) Smith. B: August 6, 1969, Omaha, Nebraska – Died: October 21, 2003)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elliott Smith, a singer-songwriter whose dark, introspective songs won him critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination, has apparently committed suicide, his publicist and coroner’s officials said Wednesday. He was 34. Smith’s body was found by his live-in girlfriend Tuesday, Los Angeles County Coroner Records Supervisor Marsha Grigsby told AP Radio. He sustained a single stab wound to the chest that appeared to be self-inflicted, she said. His New York-based publicist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also confirmed his death. Smith released five solo albums that received widespread acclaim from rock critics and garnered modest commercial success. “Miss Misery,” recorded for Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting,” was nominated for an Oscar in 1998. Smith’s songs often were compared with those of Alex Chilton, Nick Drake and the Beatles, his favorite band. Lyrically, they addressed dark subject matter such as drug and alcohol addiction, troubled relationships and loneliness — though Smith tried to distance himself from the label of confessional songwriter. “I don’t feel like my songs are particularly fragile or revealing,” he said in a 1998 interview in the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not like a diary, and they’re not intended to be any sort of superintimate confessional singer-songwriterish thing.” However, Smith had recently spoken in interviews about his struggles with alcoholism. “When I lived in New York I was really a bad alcoholic for a few years,” he told Under the Radar magazine in an interview published in June 2003. In an effort to quit drinking, Smith said he had undergone treatment which administers an intravenous solution meant to clear the bloodstream of toxins. Smith was born Steven Paul Smith in Nebraska; his mother was a singer and his father was a psychiatrist. He spent most of his childhood with his mother in the suburbs of Dallas and then moved to Portland, Ore., while in high school to live with his father. He studied piano and guitar as a youth and began composing songs when he was 13. He began calling himself Elliott in middle school, he later explained to a reporter, because Steve sounded too “jockish.” A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., he later joined a Portland punk band called Heatmiser. On the side, he recorded several solo albums — “Roman Candle” (1994), “Elliott Smith” (1995) and “Either/Or” (1997), all on independent labels — that won him a devoted underground following. In 1997, he moved to New York, where Van Sant approached him with an offer to use several of his songs on the soundtrack to “Good Will Hunting.” The movie was a hit, bringing Smith’s music to a mainstream audience. Smith subsequently signed with DreamWorks Records and recorded two albums; “XO” (1998) and “Figure 8” (2000) continued his critical winning streak, and took him to the middle reaches of Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart. “I don’t really have any goals as a songwriter,” he once said, “other than to show what it’s like to be a person — just like everybody else who’s ever played music does.” ~Associated Press writer Justin Glanville in New York contributed to this report.
    Tests on Musician Elliott Smith’s Death Inconclusive
    Tests on Musician’s Death Inconclusive ~ By Associated Press
    December 30, 2003, 11:30 PM EST
    LOS ANGELES — Tests to determine whether an Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter was murdered or committed suicide were inconclusive, a coroner’s spokesman said Tuesday. Elliott Smith, 34, died in a hospital on Oct. 21 after his live-in girlfriend found him in their apartment with a stab wound to the chest. Initial reports indicated the reclusive Smith had stabbed himself, said coroner’s spokesman David Campbell. But an investigation into his death and an examination of his body were unable to determine if the wound was self-inflicted or if Smith was the victim of an attack. “The coroner’s examination determined either scenario was possible,” Campbell said. The Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate Smith’s death, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman. Smith, who earned a 1998 Academy Award nomination for his song “Miss Misery” from the film “Good Will Hunting,” performed it at that year’s awards show. The song lost to “My Heart Will Go On” from the film “Titanic.” Campbell said tests showed no illegal drugs in Smith’s body at the time of his death. Friends said Smith had become reclusive in recent years, and the singer-songwriter himself said he never sought fame and had at one time struggled with alcoholism. Smith was a favorite of rock music critics who admired his often dark, seemingly confessional songs, but he enjoyed only modest commercial success.

    Gary Stewart: Age 58
    (Born: May 28, 1945, Letcher County, Kentucky; Died: December 16, 2003, Fort Pierce, Florida)
    One of country music’s greatest honky-tonk singers was found dead Tuesday in Florida. Gary Stewart’s death was an apparent suicide, according to authorities. He was 58 years old. Stewart was found in his home in Fort Pierce, Florida. Police are investigating the cause of death, although an initial police report said it appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said his wife of 43 years died last month. Throughout the 1970s, Stewart was a country hitmaker, both as a songwriter and as an artist with a compelling vibrato voice and a high-energy live show. He was born May 28, 1945, in Letcher County, Kentucky. After his coal miner father was maimed in a mining accident, the family moved to Fort Pierce, which became Stewart’s base for life. As a teenager he played both rock and country in bars and was discovered and encouraged by Mel Tillis. Stewart headed for Nashville, where he recorded for the Cory and Kapp labels and wrote songs for the likes of Jim Ed Brown. After a return to Florida, where he honed his fusion of honky-tonk and Southern rock, he went back to Nashville and recorded a cover version of “Ramblin’ Man,” the song by his idols the Allman Brothers. It charted only to #63 but his follow-up, the rowdy “Drinkin’ Thing,” became a top-10 hit, and he was on his way. Stewart’s peak came with his acclaimed 1975 RCA album, Out of Hand, which climbed to #6 on the Billboard country albums chart. That album also yielded the #1 hit “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles).” His work continued to be acclaimed throughout the ’70s, particularly the 1976 album Steppin’ Out and 1977’s Your Place or Mine. Cactus and a Rose (1980) also featured Southern rockers Bonnie Bramlett, Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts. But Stewart never established a firm audience — he was often labeled as too country for rock audiences and too rock for the country listeners. He also lived his private life on a grand honky-tonk scale, and his heavy drugging and drinking were no secret. For a time, he and songwriter Dean Dillon teamed up to record and perform as rowdy good old boys, but those records did not match his earlier work, either in quality or in sales. Stewart faded away in Florida, quit recording, went back to playing the bars, and little more was heard from him. Then he popped up clean and sober in late 1988 on the California label HighTone. He had a new album, Brand New, that was released on HighTone in early 1989. Three singles from the album charted briefly, but those were to be his last appearances on the charts. He released two more HighTone albums, Battleground in 1990 and I’m a Texan in 1993. Stewart had canceled his last scheduled concert date — November 29 at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth — after his wife died.

    Screaming Lord Sutch: Age 58
    (b. David Edward Sutch 10 Nov 1940, d. 16 June 1999, UK)
    Hanged himself. Born… West Hampstead, England. – Was the leader of The Savages (They did, “Till The Following Night” and “She’s Fallen In Love With A Monster Man”) – Worked with Keith Moon, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Charlie Watts & Nicky Hopkins – Holds the record for running for public office in the UK (Lost all 40 elections) – Founder of The Monster Raving Loony Party.

    Jason Thirsk: Age 28
    (b. Jason Matthew Thirsk, 25 Dec. 1967; died 29 July 1996)
    Jason Matthew Thirsk, the former bassist and co-founder of the California punk band Pennywise died 7/29/96 of a gunshot wound/suicide. Here’s something his brother wrote about the great bassist: Jason…was born on Christmas Day 1967. He lived in Hermosa Beach his entire life…In his 8th grade year some of his older friends had him listen to some punk and Oi! records including bands like BLACK FLAG, BAD BRAINS, THE DAMNED, COCKNEY REJECTS … He started his first band with three of his friends a few months later. They called themselves the JUVENILE DELINQUENTS, or JD’s. They were straight ahead three-chord sloppy punk rock with such songs as “Fuck You Teacher” and “Turtle Back Graw.” After the JD’s, Jason formed the SYNDICATE and then went on to form the really popular local band P.M.A…[who] played mostly punk covers, but Jason soon grew tired of playing other peoples songs. So he quit and in 1988 he teamed up with his friend Fletcher to start a band who was later to be named PENNYWISE. From the start of PENNYWISE Jason wanted to make it a positive band with positive, uplifting lyrics and more melodic music…From 1988 to 1996 Jason…used his music and writing as a form of therapy to help him get over his own problems and addictions…Through 1995 and 1996, his addictions were getting the best of him and eventually they took his life… –Justin Thirsk

    Larry Troutman, 54
    Born: Nov 29, 1951 in Hamilton, OH
    Died: Apr 25, 1999 in Dayton, OH

    Zapp’s Roger and Larry Troutman Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

    Brothers Roger and Larry Troutman, founding members of seminal ’80s funk outfit Zapp, were found dead Sunday (April 25) morning near their Dayton, Ohio recording studio in an apparent murder-suicide.

    Roger Troutman, 47, was found just outside the studio with several gunshots to his torso, according to the Associated Press. He died while in surgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center.

    Roger’s brother Larry was found dead in a car a few blocks away with a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators believe the wound was self-inflicted, but won’t know for a few days whether a handgun found in the vehicle was the same as that responsible for Roger’s death.

    Roger and Larry Troutman founded Zapp in 1975, along with their brothers Lester and Terry Troutman. The group became an important part of the funk scene in the early ’80s with such hit records as “More Bounce to the Ounce,” “Dance Floor,” and “Doo Wa Ditty.”

    Roger, lead singer and guitarist for the group, frequently used a vocoder voice- distortion box for his lead vocals. The group’s future-funk vibe provided the transition between the sloppy grooves of Parliament in the late ’70s and the early electro foundations of hip-hop in the early ’80s. Later in the decade, Roger went solo and earned a crossover hit with the record “I Want To Be Your Man.” He later rejoined the family group under the moniker Zapp & Roger.

    After depleting a finite reserve of James Brown and George Clinton samples, hip-hop artists also took a liking to Zapp. Most recently, Roger Troutman was used by 2Pac and Dr. Dre for their 1996 award-winning collaboration “California Love.”

    E. William Tucker: Age 38
    Ministry, Pigface,
    (Died: May 14, 1999)
    Longtime Ministry sideman and prolific industrial guitarist E. William Tucker killed himself at his apartment in Chicago this past Friday (May 14). He was 38. Initial reports indicate that he had taken pills and afterwards slit his own throat. His body was discovered by his roommate, along with a 10-page suicide note…

    Carlos Vega: Age 41
    James Taylor
    d. April 7, 1998
    Besides his drum work with Taylor over the past decade — which included the studio releases “Never Die Young,” “New Moon Shine,” and “Hourglass,” plus Taylor’s “(Live)” album — Vega had recorded and/or performed with Freddy Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Lee Ritenour, Vince Gill, Reba McIntire, Olivia Newton-John (including the “Grease” soundtrack), Larry Carlton, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, and Randy Newman, according to sources. Vega was also a member of keyboardist David Garfield’s fusion band Karizma…Vega, 41, died at home of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound on the eve of a scheduled April 8 appearance with Taylor on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” according to a published report.

    Chuck Wagon, Age 24
    The Dickies
    Died 1981 – He shot himself. He was a multi-instrumentalist.
    The Dickies formed after the initial punk explosion of 1977. The band comprised vocalist Leonard Graves Phillips, guitarist Stan Lee, bassist Billy Club, keyboardist Chuck Wagon, and drummer Karlos Kaballero — all of the names were assumed, of course. Two years later, the group released their debut album, The Incredible Shrinking Dickies, on A&M Records. Throughout their career, the Dickies only deviated slightly from the fast and catchy punk of their debut; their earlier records leaned toward the Californian hardcore punk that was popular at the time

    Paul Williams: Age 34
    The Temptations
    (b. 1939, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 17 August 1973).
    Paul Williams left the group in 1971, to be replaced by another former Distant member, Richard Street; Paul Williams shot himself in 1973, after years of depression and drug abuse.

    Rozz Williams: 34
    Christian Death
    Shadow Project
    (b.1963, CA, d. 1 April 1998, CA)
    CHRISTIAN DEATH’s former singer Rozz Williams has committed suicide at the age of 34. Williams who was seemingly enjoying a successful solo career hanged himself in his West Hollywood appartment. His body was discovered by his room mate Ryan Gaumer. Bruce Duff of Williams’ label, Triple X Records, said that the singer hadn’t seemed depressed in recent days. “I saw him a week ago, I was hanging out in a club with him and he was partying and everything was fine. Most people I know were caught off guard: he didn’t leave a note, I don’t think there was any real warning, and you can only speculate as to why.”

    Wendy O. Williams: Age 48
    (b. 1949, d. April 7, 1998, CT, USA)
    Formed in 1979 in New York City, the Plasmatics were a theatrical hardcore band which incorporated such violent acts as blowing up Cadillacs and chain sawing guitars in half into its performances. Assembled by and masterminded by former pornography entrepreneur Rod Swenson, the original personnel of the group included vocalist Wendy O. Williams, a former star of sex shows, who wore see-through lingerie, but for the most part, appeared topless with strategically-placed masking tape. After releasing two EPs on the independent Vice Squad label in 1979, the Plasmatics signed with Stiff Records in the USA and the UK, releasing NEW HOPE FOR THE WRETCHED in 1980. Williams recorded solo albums following the Plasmatics’ mid-80s break-up. Wendy shot herself in the woods by her home.

    Kevin Wilkinson: Age 41
    (Died. 17 July 1999)
    Squeeze / Waterboys
    The former Squeeze and Waterboys drummer, Kevin Wilkinson, has tragically been found hanged at his home in Wiltshire. The 41 year old musician was found at his home in Baydon, near Swindon, by his wife, Marilyn Fitzgerald, early on Sunday morning just three weeks before he was due to fly to America to play on an eight date ‘comeback’ tour with ’80’s pop star, Howard Jones. Wilkinson was also due to appear at London’s Embassy Rooms on the 25th August with Jones, on their return from the States.

    Faron Young: Age 64
    (Born: Feb 25, 1932 in Shreveport, LA; Died: Dec 10, 1996)
    Originally known as the “Hillbilly Heartthrob” and the “Singing Sheriff,” Faron Young had one of the longest-running and most popular careers in country music history. Emerging in the early ’50s, Young was one of the most popular honky tonkers to appear in the wake of Hank Williams’ death, partially because he was able to smooth out some of the grittiest elements his music. At first, he balanced honky tonk with pop vocal phrasing and flourishes. This combination of grit and polish resulted in a streak of Top 10 hits — including “If You Ain’t Lovin’,” “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young,” “Sweet Dreams” “Alone With You” and “Country Girl” — that ran throughout the ’50s. During the ’60s, Young gave himself over to country-pop, and while the hits weren’t quite as big, they didn’t stop coming until the early ’80s. Through that time, he was a staple at the Grand Ole Opry and various television shows, including Nashville Now, and he also founded the major country music magazine, Music City News. Most importantly, he continued to seek out new songwriters — including Don Gibson, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson — thereby cultivating a new generation of talent. Faron Young was born and raised outside of Shreveport, Louisiana. While he was growing up on his father’s dairy farm, he was given a guitar, and by the time he entered high school, he had begun singing in a country band. Following high school, he briefly attended college, before he left school to join the Louisiana Hayride as a regular performer. While on the Hayride, he met Webb Pierce and in a short time, the pair were touring throughout the south, singing as a duo in various nightclubs and honky tonks. In 1951, he recorded “Have I Waited Too Long” “Tattle Tale Tears” for the independent label Gotham. After hearing the singles, Capitol Records decided to buy Young’s contract away from Gotham in 1952. That same year, he was invited to perform regularly on the Grand Ole Opry. Just as his career was taking off, Young was drafted into the Army to serve in the Korean War. Assigned to the Special Service division, he sang for the troops in Asia and appeared on recruitment shows; while on leave, he recorded his debut Capitol, “Goin’ Steady.” Upon its early 1953 release, it climbed to number two on the country charts and it was followed in the summer by “I Can’t Wait (For the Sun to Go Down),” which hit number five. Young was discharged from the Army in November of 1954, releasing “If You Ain’t Lovin,” his biggest hit to date, shortly after he returned. The single was quickly followed in the spring of 1955 by “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young,” which became his first number one hit, and the number two single, “All Right…” During the ’90s, Young was stricken with a debilitating emphysema. Depressed by his poor health, he shot himself on December 9, 1996 and passed away the next day. Though he was under-appreciated toward the end of his career, Faron Young was a ground-breaking vocalist during the ’50s, and he remains one of the finest honky tonkers of his time.

    • Add Dave Chapelle , Beyoncé Knowles, Sean Combs, and Shawn Carter to that watch list

      • also added rob kardashian he’s getting depressed that’s why he’s overweight. also he’s doing a book to expose he’s families
        secret. maybe kris is fatten him up to take the fall knowing what the women is capable of anything is possible

        • They sacrificed Robert, Sr., so Robert, Jr. could definitely be on the chopping block. Say that!

          • do you think kris jenner dislike her son??? because he isn’t really bring anything to the table like the others
            her favorite child is kim because she keeps the family relevant and she’s in with the urban community khole a wells she’s dating a french who’s
            arab and kourtney is in with the jhews community because of scott’s background

            kyile is dating jayden smith and kendell is a model

      • I think Dave Chappelle is cool as long as he stfu and stays on his Fuck Hollywood Ranch with his wife. I think if you give up on super stardom and go bag groceries somewhere, they leave you alone.

  24. From her facebook and instagram pics she seemed happy but you never know whats going on in someone’s mind. She might have been a sacrifice for that group she was in but why? She was the only black girl in the group who had the most talent. Wow I just answered my own question.

  25. I dont believe she hanged herself. I hope the parents hire a private investigator to find out the truth. Whoever her boyfriend is might have the answers.

  26. G.R.L. Fan here.
    Why IS THE MEDIA IGNORING THE FACT G.R.L. CREATOR ROBIN ANTIN has destroyed 4 of her girl groups? Robin created p*ssycat dolls, girlicious, paradiso girls and G.R.L. Melody thornton (cat dolls) and Tiffanie (girlicious) were both beautiful dark woman who left or were fired from groups! Finally Simone commits suicide. I def believe in the blood sacrifice theories, but if not this could be due to depression brought about by Robin Antin’s discrimination against black females as well as Dr.Luke (huge producer who signed G R L and kesha) has also come under fire for calling kesha fat and her suffering from eating disorders.

    ALSO SIMONE BATTLE WAS MISSING FOR PROMOTION a few months ago… RED CARPETS AND I HEART RADIO TV CONCERT WHICH PITBULL HOSTED WHO ALSO GAVE G.R.L. their first radio hit featuring on his.song “wild wild love” when this happened i thought robin was kicking yet another strong black female out her groups…

    What letter is missing from G. R. L.? Mmhmmm

    In g.r.l.’s final video for “ugly heart” there is a police state theme, simone kicks off the song with “maybe im just crazy” which the illuminati try to make subtle ties to certain targeted celebs being crazy or drug addicts to explain away the death. Simone’s outfit in video was very “black panther” looking which is timely cause of the Fuergson fiasco, video ends with eerie talking shot of Simone saying “now your face matches your heart”

    G.R.L’s only other two videos feature heavy MK ultra symbolism (leopard print, skulls n bones, large one eyed statues, butterflies and goat skulls) a “contract” was signed by all the members in their video with pitbull.

    Simon cowell also tweeted his condolences, simone started on x factor, simon (proud free mason) is currently pouring money into his new girl group Fifth Harmony who he bought a vma for recently. I’m sure simon is hoping that blood sacrifice mojo works for his fifth harm girls.

    Theories aside, a huge help in the investigation would be to interrogate robin antin girls kicked out of groups (melody and tiffanie) to find out if she was indeed racist and current G.R.L. Memebers to see if robin was lending her artists out at prostitutes to secure deals/songs…which couldve led to simone’s depression if this wasn’t a ritual.

  27. Do you know, if any complaints were ever made against Robin Antin?
    As for Simon Cowel, I do think he seems to over do it a tad bit,that fella.

    • Neither had I, until last night . Apparently, there has been a few deaths on X Factor -unrelated though.

  28. Robin Antin is the devil! She stole Elease Neal’s from All of Us choreography a few years ago and the Pussy Cat Dolls used it in their dance. Robin doesnt care about anybody except her precious Nicole Scherzinger. Robin stiffed another girl by the name of Asia Nittalono who won a tv show a few years back and her career has gone no where. Also a girl group called Girlicious broke up and havent been heard of since. Dont trust Robin Antin ladies!

    • After the PussyCatDolls thing fell thru Asia Nittalono was signed to Murda Inc.But nothing came from that either.I blame 50Cent.Ha.Ha.

  29. Yall need to read that book GUF mention on the Blu Cantrell post. That book got 21 parts but that sucker not only creepy but good as hell. September 23rd is the Autumn equinox or the Fall season starts. Just be on your Ps and Qs! This shit done got too freakin real!

  30. Lets not forget people have been sacrificed to boosts other peoples careers. Simone was the only one in the group who already did a movie with Mario Van Peeples son called We the Party and she was on X Factor. The other girls were non factors. Simone was better off as a solo artists. I dont know how she ended up in this group. The devil herself Robin Antin probably asked her to be in it and then sacrifice her. Robin your an evil bitch!

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    • The bible tells you that our Lord spring out of Judah which is Hebrew BTW.Jesus Christ is a title not a person and its also Greek/Latin.If the bible says our lord spring out of Judah than he shouldn’t have a Greek name.Jesus of the bible and the fake so-called Christian Jesus are two different people.

  33. I don’t know why but i am picking up on something with Aretha Franklin. Add her to the hit list. When i saw hwr in a picture with that Satanic Clive Davis she was throwing up the pyramid hand sign just like Jay Z does. I knew then that she had sold out.

    • You’re picking up on something re: Aretha because she narrowly avoided being sacrificed. Clive gave Whitney up instead.

      Now, for some reason, Dionne Warwick popped into my head. I’m praying for a hedge of protection for her.

      • I was told that Clive really wanted Anita Baker before he chose Whitney. The attempt to get at Anita failed so Whitney was a second choice. One of them had to be sacrificed by a certain time. Aretha just came to mind for a ritual killing real strong when i saw her on the BET Tribute to her. I hope i am wrong.

        • Anita?!. Oh, wow!

          I was told it was going to be either Whitney or Aretha. Remember how Aretha was supposed to attend Whitney’s funeral but she was “too sick” to attend? That night, Aretha gave a performance.

          All of this stuff is crazy!!!

          • Remember Anita was getting sued and she knew nothing about it, per her twitter. Before that, someone had broken into her house. I always thought Anita was on the chopping block.

            • Wow, reminds me of the short story called the Lottery. Thought it was absurd, not so now.

  34. I was told that Cissy Houston and Whitney both knew about human sacrifice and Satan worship even before Whitney came into the industry and took the oath.

    • cissy dsang for elvis, Motown, Hendrix and Wilson pickett.

      yes cissy experienced some chit and she is the only surviving member of the sweet inspirations.

      • I did not know Cissy was the founder of The Sweet Inspirations. “You Roam When You Don’t Get It At Home” was the “Someone To Love Me” sample by Dirty Money (which I’m sure you already know). WOW. I learned something today.

        • Brandy and the Norwood family knows about hollyweird too. i heard they dodged a few things also

  35. More money more problems. Rumored to have more money even bigger problem. Debt, disappointment, fear of being judged, and fear of embarrassment, ridicule, and failure. Basically, fear of judgement can be a killer.

  36. People are jealous and that jealousy can turn to envy. Then it turns to wishing someone would fail. It’s more difficult to return home, because you leave as a success and its often viewed as you returned because you failed

    It’s similar to going into the Armed Service. You leave with pride, your treated with respect while your in, and once you get out you’re just another person on the street–sometimes living at your parens house, working for minimal wage, and constantly being reminded of how you “were” treated with respected . It’s difficult and can cause depression and a loss of self-worth. That’s why it’s so difficult for ex-military to get acclimated back into civilian life

  37. Aretha’s in bad health these days.

    Aretha was a high priced hooker from the 60’s we all knew she sold ass and she had her first child by her dad.

    her seconds son was by sam cooke.

    plus all her immediate family is dead cwept her her dad died, her brother and sisters died who were her backyup singers.

    Aretha the queen of soul wonder how she earned that title which really means to pay homage to semiramis.

    check out her old costumes from the 70’s and 80’s and see her dressing like metropolis.

      • I actually regretted posting that! I would feel bad if anything happened to someone after I put it out there.

      • U know he (Ray J, Sonia and Brandy) is in the know real deep about the knows of hollyweird. Im sure they may have had to participate 1 time or the other

  38. You guys ever remember that american idol contestant that leaked a copy of their contract with the media. It said things like, Idol can make up false things about you and leak them to the public.

  39. Wow I didnt know that about American Idol but Im not surprised. I wonder what happened to all those black men who were suing them for discrimination.

  40. So sad. These Puppets have no protection whatsoever against these satanic predators in the industry. They can kill them any time by possessing them with demonic spirits. So sad to live a shot life. What waste of beauty ! The world has changed. Sad#truth

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