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Aretha Franklin has Died

Just a few days after Aretha Franklin’s family and publicist confirmed the soul-breaking news that she was getting ready to travel to the heavens to fill the ears of the angels with her legendary voice and legendary charisma (and legendary shade skills), her publicist says she died at her home from advanced pancreatic cancer in Detroit last night.

Aretha was surrounded by her friends and family at the time. She was 76.

To say that Queen Aretha’s contributions to music and culture were enormous is as big of an understatement as saying that Queen Aretha was just okay at shade. There’s a billion and one obits about Queen Aretha out there, so I won’t write a full one here, but it’d be illegal for me not to mention how she changed music by perfectly infusing gospel and R&B with pop, won 18 Grammys (as well as a Grammy Living Legend honor), was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, and is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time. Aretha, who dropped out of high school, got honorary doctorate degrees from Berklee College of Music, Yale University, and Harvard. And Queen Aretha accomplished all of that, and much more, after going through a hard childhood and having two children by the time she was 14. 

Somebody should really get ice packs for the angels who work the front gates of heaven, because I’m sure they fell back after Queen Aretha strolled on through like this:

RIP Queen. I Say A Little Prayer For You, Forever and ever.

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Zombie Boy Is Dead

Montreal model and artist Rick Genest, also known as Zombie Boy, has died, police sources have told Radio-Canada. Genest was 32. They are classifying his death as a suicide.

Genest came to the public’s attention after tattooing his body from head to toe, including images of a skull and brain on his head. He holds a Guinness World Record for most insect tattoos (176) and another for most human bone tattoos (139).

His body-art attracted fashion designers and he modelled at high-end shows in Paris and Berlin. In 2011, he appeared in Lady Gaga’s music video for the song Born This Way.

Now, I “knew” this guy before he became famous, he used to be a “homeless” asking for money around Chinatown and inside the metro station. Of this about 13 years ago. Back then he was probably 18 or 19 and had his face already tattooed.

Some may say it’s art, but all that ink in his face didn’t show any stability.

Years later after he became famous I met one of his ex girlfriends, and I was not surprise to hear about the toxic entourage. What I’m trying to says is that this guy had some evident issues but nobody cared about it. NOBODY!

Artist or not, douchebag or not, it’s always sad when someone young ends its life.

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Another Suicide…

I just posted about two suicides this week and here’s another awful news…

The week is ending with the extremely shocking news that culinary legend Anthony Bourdain has been found dead of what reports are describing as a suicide.

I truly don’t get it, I’ve read his memoir kitchen Confidential (2000) about his hard beginning dealing with alcohol and drugs abuse, and he seemed indestructible to me, like Superman. 

Anthony was bad ass, plain and simple! 

Pretty shocking and sad!

And regardless of Anthony’s case, if you’re dealing with depression or emotional / mental issues don’t be ashamed or feel like its a burden to ask for help… I’m telling you that.

Rest in peace, Chef.

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The Silent Epidemic

The sister of the Queen of the Netherlands has been found hanged in her apartment in an apparent suicide…

The Dutch government has confirmed that Queen Maxima’s younger sister, Ines Zorreguieta, 33, was found dead two days ago in Buenos Aires, Argentina, their homeland.

Ines reportedly suffered from depression and mental health problems.

Few days ago, American fashion designer Kate Spade also took her life. She also suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.

Suicide has been described as a “silent epidemic”: epidemic because of its high incidence and substantial contribution to mortality, and silent because of a lack of public awareness, a paucity of explanatory research, and the reluctance to seek help for suicide-related concerns. 

Depression is a nasty disease!

I read an article a while back that asked why someone would commit suicide.

They likened it to being in a burning building. No matter how much they wanted to stay the flames kept closing in and they had to jump. It was a sobering and honest testament to people who are struggling with their depression.

I hope all the victims found the peace that eluded them in this life.

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The Cop who didn’t shoot

There have been a lot of these… London. Munster. Berlin. Barcelona. Paris. Nice. Stockholm.

It’s hard to recall the details of any one specifically or to tell them apart. There’s a van or a car. Often it is rented. The driver steers it into a crowd, killing as many pedestrians as he can. Most end when whoever is behind the wheel is shot, or shoots himself.

Today it was Toronto, 10 pedestrians dead, 15 injured…  A horror. A tragedy.

But this one may stand out in our memory for more than the fact that it happened here, in Canada. It will also be remembered as “The one with the cop… the cop who didn’t shoot.”

No motive is currently known, all we know is that the criminal is a 25-year-old fucked up!

At any point if the cop had fired and killed the suspect, the public, his peers, the press, even the driver himself, everyone would have understood. In fact, we likely would have called him a hero.

What held his finger? Bravery? Training? Compassion? Perhaps we will find out in the days ahead. But whatever it is, it deserves attention.

It is easy to take a life. A quick turn of the steering wheel and 10 people are gone. A small amount of pressure on the trigger, and the suspect is dead.

We kill each other out of hate, or fear, or ignorance, or duty. Sadly, we understand this instinct well. This is the dark side of humanity. And rightly, we are mesmerised by the horror of it.

But we also possess the instinct to keep each other alive.

This part of us can be more difficult to understand. But it deserves our devotion much more than the act of killing does.

These moments of humanity are not uncommon, but they are precious. It would be good if we could remember that about Toronto, remember the cop who didn’t shoot the bastard.

My thoughts go out to the victims of this senseless act of violence.

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Timeless Classic Of The Day

Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You by LEGEND Robert Palmer

Your happiness is all I crave.

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WTF Avicii Has Died!!

The 2013 radio hit Wake Me Up isn’t just a catchy song; it’s also what Avicii fans (yours truly included) are no doubt feeling after hearing this sad news.

The Associated Press is reporting that 28-year-old Swedish DJ and producer Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman

Police are still investigating his death. Avicii has suffered in the past with acute pancreatitis, which was in part caused by excessive drinking. In 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed. He quit touring in 2016, but continued to make music in studio and was one of the highest-paid DJs in the world. Avicii began producing music at 16, and started touring when he was 18.

This is a real, true gone-but-not-forgotten situation. Because even though Avicii is no longer with us on Earth, his music will remain. Specifically his song Levels.

It’s everywhere, always. Every mall, every club, every Spring Break. I’m almost sure it’s the unofficial soundtrack to being inside an Uber on a Saturday night

As for myself, this is the song from Avicci I relate and have played the most…

28 is too fucking young to die. RIP Avicii.

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