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Guess who bested Conan on Twitter?

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright did not let Conan O'Brien get away with<a href='https://twitter.com/ConanOBrien/status/525375393097056256' target='_blank'> tweeting</a> that he was going as "Slutty Madeleine Albright" for Halloween. She came right back at him with <a href='https://twitter.com/madeleine/status/525382849365815296' >a hilarious response.</a> But sometimes these celeb beefs aren't as lighthearted.Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright did not let Conan O'Brien get away with tweeting that he was going as "Slutty Madeleine Albright" for Halloween. She came right back at him with a hilarious response. But sometimes these celeb beefs aren't as lighthearted.
Add Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, right, to the list of musicians unimpressed with U2's attempt to give away an album on iTunes. <a href='http://blogs.seattletimes.com/soundposts/2014/10/15/black-keys-drummer-patrick-carney-u2-and-spotify-devalue-music/' >Carney told The Seattle Times</a> that he believes the band, fronted by Bono, "devalued their music completely" by offering the new release "Songs of Innocence" as a free download to iTunes subscribers. Add Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, right, to the list of musicians unimpressed with U2's attempt to give away an album on iTunes. Carney told The Seattle Times that he believes the band, fronted by Bono, "devalued their music completely" by offering the new release "Songs of Innocence" as a free download to iTunes subscribers.
Sharon Osbourne is also not a fan of U2's giveaway. The TV personality took the group and Bono to task in September 2014 for releasing a free album via iTunes. She called their music "mediocre" and the group "middle-age political groupies."Sharon Osbourne is also not a fan of U2's giveaway. The TV personality took the group and Bono to task in September 2014 for releasing a free album via iTunes. She called their music "mediocre" and the group "middle-age political groupies."
Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea have been battling in a very public way. After <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/showbiz/snoop-iggy-feud/index.html' >Snoop made fun of Iggy's appearance on social media</a>, the "Fancy" rapper responded with confusion, saying that she didn't understand why Snoop would be "supportive to my face but another way on your Instagram." Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea have been battling in a very public way. After Snoop made fun of Iggy's appearance on social media, the "Fancy" rapper responded with confusion, saying that she didn't understand why Snoop would be "supportive to my face but another way on your Instagram."
It seems Martha Stewart isn't the biggest fan of Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand, GOOP, but Paltrow isn't bothered. After Stewart <a href='http://pagesix.com/2014/09/12/martha-stewart-thinks-gwyneth-paltrow-should-stick-to-acting/' >commented </a>in an interview that Paltrow "just needs to be quiet" and not try "to be Martha Stewart," Paltrow took it as a compliment. "I'm so psyched that she sees us as competition," the actress said in October. It seems Martha Stewart isn't the biggest fan of Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand, GOOP, but Paltrow isn't bothered. After Stewart commented in an interview that Paltrow "just needs to be quiet" and not try "to be Martha Stewart," Paltrow took it as a compliment. "I'm so psyched that she sees us as competition," the actress said in October.
Danity Kane's reunion is over as quickly as it began. The girl group got back together in 2013 after a four-year hiatus, but by August its bond was broken again because of an alleged dispute between Aubrey O'Day, left, and Dawn Richard. <a href='http://danitykaneofficialblog.tumblr.com/' target='_blank'>O'Day has claimed Richard punched her in the back of the head</a> without provocation, while <a href='http://www.tmz.com/2014/08/08/danity-kane-break-up-fight-aubrey-oday-feud-studio/' >Richard says O'Day and another member</a> were cutting her out of the group. Danity Kane's reunion is over as quickly as it began. The girl group got back together in 2013 after a four-year hiatus, but by August its bond was broken again because of an alleged dispute between Aubrey O'Day, left, and Dawn Richard. O'Day has claimed Richard punched her in the back of the head without provocation, while Richard says O'Day and another member were cutting her out of the group.
On August 1, Donald Trump protested <a href='https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/495379061972410369' target='_blank'>via Twitter</a> about two American Ebola patients returning to the United States. Whoopi Goldberg responded on her show that while Trump is her friend,<a href='http://www.thewrap.com/whoopi-goldberg-lashes-out-at-donald-trump-for-stupid-ebola-virus-tweets-on-the-view/' > "that was a stupid comment. Do your homework, Donald. Just do your homework."</a>On August 1, Donald Trump protested via Twitter about two American Ebola patients returning to the United States. Whoopi Goldberg responded on her show that while Trump is her friend, "that was a stupid comment. Do your homework, Donald. Just do your homework."
<a href='http://www.tmz.com/2014/07/29/orlando-bloom-justin-bieber-ibiza-fight-bar-miranda-kerr/?adid=hero1' >A recent TMZ video appeared to show</a> actor Orlando Bloom and pop singer Justin Bieber having an altercation at a bar in Ibiza, Spain, but neither star has commented on the report. That hasn't stopped the world from imagining that these two had a heated throwdown.A recent TMZ video appeared to show actor Orlando Bloom and pop singer Justin Bieber having an altercation at a bar in Ibiza, Spain, but neither star has commented on the report. That hasn't stopped the world from imagining that these two had a heated throwdown.
Kim Kardashian didn't mention actress Adrienne Bailon by name when she went on a Twitter rant July 29, but it was pretty obvious whom she was speaking of. Bailon, who used to date Kim's brother Rob, spoke ill of the past relationship in a magazine interview. Kim then tweeted, "Funny how she says being with a Kardashian hurt her career yet the only reason she has this article is bc she is talking about a Kardashian ... So sad when people try to kick my brother when he is down #FamilyForever."Kim Kardashian didn't mention actress Adrienne Bailon by name when she went on a Twitter rant July 29, but it was pretty obvious whom she was speaking of. Bailon, who used to date Kim's brother Rob, spoke ill of the past relationship in a magazine interview. Kim then tweeted, "Funny how she says being with a Kardashian hurt her career yet the only reason she has this article is bc she is talking about a Kardashian ... So sad when people try to kick my brother when he is down #FamilyForever."
Freddie Prinze Jr. worked with Kiefer Sutherland on the Fox series "24" in 2010 and said his experience with the actor was so horrible, he wanted to quit acting. Yet while Prinze called Sutherland "the most unprofessional dude in the world," Sutherland responded via his rep that he enjoyed working with his former co-star. Freddie Prinze Jr. worked with Kiefer Sutherland on the Fox series "24" in 2010 and said his experience with the actor was so horrible, he wanted to quit acting. Yet while Prinze called Sutherland "the most unprofessional dude in the world," Sutherland responded via his rep that he enjoyed working with his former co-star.
Rappers Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea were thought to have beef after Minaj made a pointed statement <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/30/showbiz/tv/lionel-richie-bet-awards/index.html' >at the BET Awards</a> about writing her own rhymes. Some took that as a not-so-subtle jab at Azalea, but both rappers have tried to squash rumors of a feud. Rappers Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea were thought to have beef after Minaj made a pointed statement at the BET Awards about writing her own rhymes. Some took that as a not-so-subtle jab at Azalea, but both rappers have tried to squash rumors of a feud.
When Angela Bassett was asked about casting Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, in the biopic she's directing about the late singer, Bassett responded that she never thought to do it for several reasons, "one being that (Brown's) not an actress." Bobbi Kristina did not take kindly to the comment and <a href='http://www.eonline.com/news/555538/bobbi-kristina-slams-angela-bassett-says-she-wanted-to-play-whitney-houston-in-lifetime-movie' >tweeted some disparaging words about the actress.</a> When Angela Bassett was asked about casting Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, in the biopic she's directing about the late singer, Bassett responded that she never thought to do it for several reasons, "one being that (Brown's) not an actress." Bobbi Kristina did not take kindly to the comment and tweeted some disparaging words about the actress.
Rihanna's bare-it-all style is catching flak from the ladies of TLC. "Every time that I see you, you don't have to be naked," T-Boz said during a recent interview <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDTGhAjq2bU#t=2m' target='_blank'>with an Australian media outlet</a>. "We became the biggest-selling girl group of all time with our clothes on." Rihanna's response? <a href='https://twitter.com/rihanna' >A series of pointed subtweets and a new Twitter header</a> that shows a topless TLC. Rihanna's bare-it-all style is catching flak from the ladies of TLC. "Every time that I see you, you don't have to be naked," T-Boz said during a recent interview with an Australian media outlet. "We became the biggest-selling girl group of all time with our clothes on." Rihanna's response? A series of pointed subtweets and a new Twitter header that shows a topless TLC.
Charlie Sheen is also unhappy with Rihanna. Sheen tweeted that the singer declined to meet him and his gal pal when they all landed at the same restaurant in May. The actor went on <a href='http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nchip4' target='_blank'>a bit of a Twitter rant</a>, saying, "it was a pleasure NOT meeting you." We think Rihanna might have responded <a href='https://twitter.com/rihanna/status/469535330014490624' >when she tweeted</a>, "If that old queen don't get ha diapers out of a bunch..."Charlie Sheen is also unhappy with Rihanna. Sheen tweeted that the singer declined to meet him and his gal pal when they all landed at the same restaurant in May. The actor went on a bit of a Twitter rant, saying, "it was a pleasure NOT meeting you." We think Rihanna might have responded when she tweeted, "If that old queen don't get ha diapers out of a bunch..."
Katy Perry got a tongue-lashing from Miley Cyrus after she<a href='http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/21825330/katy-perry-on-the-sunrise-couch/' > dissed the younger singer's hygiene</a> on an Australian morning show March 4. The two have appeared to reconcile -- on Twitter, of course.Katy Perry got a tongue-lashing from Miley Cyrus after she dissed the younger singer's hygiene on an Australian morning show March 4. The two have appeared to reconcile -- on Twitter, of course.
An argument on the set of "In Living Color" has apparently put Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez at odds for the past 20 years. As <a href='http://nypost.com/2014/02/16/rosie-perez-book-spills-details-on-long-running-feud-with-j-lo/' >Perez alleges in a new memoir</a>, Lopez "went off (like) some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest" while they were working together on the show. Perez claims Lopez made "disparaging comments" about her even after leaving the show.An argument on the set of "In Living Color" has apparently put Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez at odds for the past 20 years. As Perez alleges in a new memoir, Lopez "went off (like) some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest" while they were working together on the show. Perez claims Lopez made "disparaging comments" about her even after leaving the show.
Drake was the subject <a href='http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/drake-high-times-at-the-yolo-estate-20140213' >of a glowing profile in a February issue of Rolling Stone</a>, but one quote had the Canadian rapper seeing red. The magazine claimed Drake was critical of Kanye West's album "Yeezus," which Drake said never happened. To add insult to injury, Rolling Stone took the cover from Drake at "the last minute," the rapper tweeted. "I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil," he said on February 12. In the end, Drake wound up deleting his comments and apologizing. Drake was the subject of a glowing profile in a February issue of Rolling Stone, but one quote had the Canadian rapper seeing red. The magazine claimed Drake was critical of Kanye West's album "Yeezus," which Drake said never happened. To add insult to injury, Rolling Stone took the cover from Drake at "the last minute," the rapper tweeted. "I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil," he said on February 12. In the end, Drake wound up deleting his comments and apologizing.
The Jonas Brothers may still be family, but the trio could no longer take being bandmates. A rep for the group <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/09/showbiz/jonas-brothers-canceled-tour/index.html?iref=allsearch' >told CNN</a> on October 10 that there is "a deep rift within the band. There was a big a disagreement over their music direction."The Jonas Brothers may still be family, but the trio could no longer take being bandmates. A rep for the group told CNN on October 10 that there is "a deep rift within the band. There was a big a disagreement over their music direction."
The beef between Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne dates back to <a href='https://littlemonsters.com/post/50ef273be5566f0c2e00045e' target='_blank'>an open letter Gaga wrote</a>, <a href='http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/11/sharon-osbourne-lady-gaga-is-a-bully/?iref=allsearch' target='_blank'>accusing Kelly of being a bully</a>. When Kelly O. saw that Gaga had offered her a birthday cake on October 27, <a href='https://twitter.com/KellyOsbourne/with_replies' >she tweeted</a>, "Not to be ungrateful but why would you send me a birthday cake via my MOTHER in a country half the (world) away? ... #EatMyS***." The beef between Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne dates back to an open letter Gaga wrote, accusing Kelly of being a bully. When Kelly O. saw that Gaga had offered her a birthday cake on October 27, she tweeted, "Not to be ungrateful but why would you send me a birthday cake via my MOTHER in a country half the (world) away? ... #EatMyS***."
Kanye West has given Jimmy Kimmel the rap feud he's always wanted. After <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It05EvqFD6s&amp;feature=c4-overview&amp;list=UUa6vGFO9ty8v5KZJXQxdhaw' target='_blank'>Kimmel poked fun at West's interview</a> with the BBC -- in which the entertainer called himself the No. 1 rock star on the planet -- <a href='https://twitter.com/kanyewest/with_replies' >West went to Twitter to air his profane grievances</a> (in all caps, of course). The two later made amends with a televised sitdown.Kanye West has given Jimmy Kimmel the rap feud he's always wanted. After Kimmel poked fun at West's interview with the BBC -- in which the entertainer called himself the No. 1 rock star on the planet -- West went to Twitter to air his profane grievances (in all caps, of course). The two later made amends with a televised sitdown.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar not only set Twitter on fire with his guest verses on Big Sean's song "Control," he also stoked the flames of a bit of a hip-hop beef. Lamar called out his fellow lyricists to step up their game, which irritated some and led to rapper <a href='http://hiphopwired.com/2013/08/13/joell-ortiz-outta-control-kendrick-lamar-response-listen/http://hiphopwired.com/2013/08/13/joell-ortiz-outta-control-kendrick-lamar-response-listen/' >Joell Ortiz recording a rebuttal. </a>Rapper Kendrick Lamar not only set Twitter on fire with his guest verses on Big Sean's song "Control," he also stoked the flames of a bit of a hip-hop beef. Lamar called out his fellow lyricists to step up their game, which irritated some and led to rapper Joell Ortiz recording a rebuttal.
After her<a href='http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/20/rosie-odonnell-happy-to-be-alive-after-heart-attack' target='_blank'> heart attack</a> in 2012, Rosie O'Donnell <a href='http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/21/rosie-odonnell-wary-of-trumps-kind-tweet/' target='_blank'>received support</a> from an unlikely source: Donald Trump. The two engaged in a pretty high-profile feud in the past, with her <a href='http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20005103,00.html' >calling him a "snake-oil salesman"</a> and Trump retorting that she was a "loser." After her heart attack in 2012, Rosie O'Donnell received support from an unlikely source: Donald Trump. The two engaged in a pretty high-profile feud in the past, with her calling him a "snake-oil salesman" and Trump retorting that she was a "loser."
Onetime friends Denise Richards and Heather Locklear hit a major impasse after the former started dating the latter's ex, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora. In interviews, Richards denied that she and Locklear were still friends at the time she began seeing Sambora.Onetime friends Denise Richards and Heather Locklear hit a major impasse after the former started dating the latter's ex, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora. In interviews, Richards denied that she and Locklear were still friends at the time she began seeing Sambora.
As a teen star, Hilary Duff reportedly dated heartthrob Aaron Carter before he broke up with her to get with Lindsay Lohan -- and then he tossed Lohan aside to win back Duff. The actress told People magazine in 2007 that she and Lohan had made peace.As a teen star, Hilary Duff reportedly dated heartthrob Aaron Carter before he broke up with her to get with Lindsay Lohan -- and then he tossed Lohan aside to win back Duff. The actress told People magazine in 2007 that she and Lohan had made peace.
Yeah, we couldn't believe it either. MC Hammer reportedly took offense to Jay-Z guest-rapping in a Kanye West song ("So Appalled") that "Hammer went broke so you know I'm more focused/I lost 30 mill so I spent another 30/Cuz unlike Hammer 30 mill can't hurt me." Hammer took it to where all celebs take their beefs now -- Twitter -- and released a diss track, "Better Run Run."Yeah, we couldn't believe it either. MC Hammer reportedly took offense to Jay-Z guest-rapping in a Kanye West song ("So Appalled") that "Hammer went broke so you know I'm more focused/I lost 30 mill so I spent another 30/Cuz unlike Hammer 30 mill can't hurt me." Hammer took it to where all celebs take their beefs now -- Twitter -- and released a diss track, "Better Run Run."
Kanye West and Taylor Swift had one of the greatest celeb feuds of all time. The rapper famously grabbed the singer's mic at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. He later apologized, and she seemed to accept his apology via her song "Innocent."Kanye West and Taylor Swift had one of the greatest celeb feuds of all time. The rapper famously grabbed the singer's mic at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. He later apologized, and she seemed to accept his apology via her song "Innocent."
It appears that rapper Lil' Kim has not taken too kindly to what she views as Nicki Minaj's lack of respect and similar style with the colored wigs and sexually explicit lyrics. The pair have traded insults all over the media.It appears that rapper Lil' Kim has not taken too kindly to what she views as Nicki Minaj's lack of respect and similar style with the colored wigs and sexually explicit lyrics. The pair have traded insults all over the media.
It's a case of he said/she said/he said. Eminem set it off after he claimed to have had a torrid dating relationship with singer Mariah Carey, who denied it. Her husband, Nick Cannon, even offered to defend her honor by meeting the rapper in the ring.It's a case of he said/she said/he said. Eminem set it off after he claimed to have had a torrid dating relationship with singer Mariah Carey, who denied it. Her husband, Nick Cannon, even offered to defend her honor by meeting the rapper in the ring.
Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton helped to coin the term "frenemies" after their very public bust-up in 2004. The former "Simple Life" co-stars went on to make up two years later.Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton helped to coin the term "frenemies" after their very public bust-up in 2004. The former "Simple Life" co-stars went on to make up two years later.
Oprah Winfrey was reportedly annoyed by David Letterman's constant joking references to her name when he hosted the Academy Awards in 1995. The late-night talk-show host told "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart he had also once played a practical joke on Winfrey, convincing a waiter that she had agreed to pick up his tab. They have since made peace.Oprah Winfrey was reportedly annoyed by David Letterman's constant joking references to her name when he hosted the Academy Awards in 1995. The late-night talk-show host told "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart he had also once played a practical joke on Winfrey, convincing a waiter that she had agreed to pick up his tab. They have since made peace.
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton claimed Will.i.am and his security guards attacked him at an awards show over some unkind words he had written about the musician's Black Eyed Peas bandmate Fergie. Will.i.am denied he had anything to do with it.Gossip blogger Perez Hilton claimed Will.i.am and his security guards attacked him at an awards show over some unkind words he had written about the musician's Black Eyed Peas bandmate Fergie. Will.i.am denied he had anything to do with it.
Tom Cruise got on Brooke Shields' bad side by decrying her use of medication to treat postpartum depression. Shields responded with an op-ed in The New York Times, and Cruise later apologized for his remarks.Tom Cruise got on Brooke Shields' bad side by decrying her use of medication to treat postpartum depression. Shields responded with an op-ed in The New York Times, and Cruise later apologized for his remarks.
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  • O'Brien tweeted about being "Slutty Madeleine Albright" for Halloween
  • The ex-secretary of state responded with her own putdown
  • Albright warned the comedian not to battle a diplomat

(CNN) -- You got served, Conan O'Brien.

The late night talk show host discovered that diplomats have a way with words when he tweeted Thursday, "I picked out my Halloween costume. I'm going as 'Slutty Madeleine Albright.' "

The former secretary of state responded with a bit of her own humor: ".@ConanOBrien I'm considering going as hunky Conan O'Brien - but that might be too far fetched."

Burn!

The tweet seemed to tickle O'Brien, who came back with ".@Madeleine YES - My first twitter war with a former Secretary of State! You're next, George P. Shultz!"

Albright, who in the Clinton administration in 1997 became the first woman to serve as secretary of state, offered the funnyman 90 characters of wisdom: ".@ConanOBrien Never get into a word war with a diplomat. We talk even more than comedians."

The sparring ended with O'Brien tweeting, "Damn - Whenever I go toe to toe with @Madeleine Albright, she always wins."

Indeed.

Halloween costumes to avoid this year

Supermodel Heidi Klum throws a Halloween party every year, and her costumes are famously elaborate. In 2008, Klum dressed as Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction, leading some Hindus to decry her appropriation of an important religious symbol. Click through the gallery for more costume fails.Supermodel Heidi Klum throws a Halloween party every year, and her costumes are famously elaborate. In 2008, Klum dressed as Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction, leading some Hindus to decry her appropriation of an important religious symbol. Click through the gallery for more costume fails.
Rule 1: No blackface. Actress and dancer Julianne Hough learned this rule the hard way when she <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/julianne-hough-blackface-dwts/'>dressed</a> as "Orange is the New Black" character "Crazy Eyes" for Halloween in 2013. "It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize," Hough said via Twitter.Rule 1: No blackface. Actress and dancer Julianne Hough learned this rule the hard way when she dressed as "Orange is the New Black" character "Crazy Eyes" for Halloween in 2013. "It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize," Hough said via Twitter.
No whiteface, either! Actor and TV host Nick Cannon dressed up as a character he called "Connor Smallnut" for a series of videos. Tweeters objected that the caricature was "racist" and "hypocritical." No whiteface, either! Actor and TV host Nick Cannon dressed up as a character he called "Connor Smallnut" for a series of videos. Tweeters objected that the caricature was "racist" and "hypocritical."
"Octomom" Nadya Suleman dressed as a pregnant nun and styled her children as little devils one Halloween. Her costume may have held personal significance, but it also had the potential to incite the ire of Catholics."Octomom" Nadya Suleman dressed as a pregnant nun and styled her children as little devils one Halloween. Her costume may have held personal significance, but it also had the potential to incite the ire of Catholics.
Paris Hilton attended the Playboy Mansion Halloween Party in 2010 dressed in native American-style regalia. American Indian activists have been vocal in recent years about how offensive it can be to wear native headdresses out of context.Paris Hilton attended the Playboy Mansion Halloween Party in 2010 dressed in native American-style regalia. American Indian activists have been vocal in recent years about how offensive it can be to wear native headdresses out of context.
Photos surfaced in 2005 of Britain's Prince Harry wearing a Nazi uniform at a costume party. Come on, Harry!Photos surfaced in 2005 of Britain's Prince Harry wearing a Nazi uniform at a costume party. Come on, Harry!
This sassy number was advertised as an "Anna Rexia" costume. Get it? Anorexia? Deadly medical conditions are the sexiest ones! This sassy number was advertised as an "Anna Rexia" costume. Get it? Anorexia? Deadly medical conditions are the sexiest ones!
British retailers have removed "mental patient" and "psycho ward" Halloween costumes from their online stores. Schizophrenia isn't so lighthearted, so maybe remove them from your costume closet, too?British retailers have removed "mental patient" and "psycho ward" Halloween costumes from their online stores. Schizophrenia isn't so lighthearted, so maybe remove them from your costume closet, too?
  • It's been tragedy-filled year since last Halloween: plane crashes, Ebola, domestic abuse
  • Topical Halloween costumes tend to be popular but can also be tasteless and hurtful
  • One reveler dressed as Ray Rice, who was kicked out of the NFL for domestic violence
  • It might be wise to skip insensitive costumes in favor of more creative choices

(CNN) -- Freeze! Step away from the stack of face masks and hazmat suits.

"What's more topical than Ebola?" you're thinking. "It's the perfect inspiration for a Halloween costume, right?!"

No. Just ... no.

Using tragic current events as fodder for Halloween costumes is nothing new, but it's often a hackneyed and insensitive choice.

"Prom night toilet baby" was a popular costume after a spate of girls gave birth to secret babies at school, and a bloodied duo strolled into a party dressed as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman just last year.

Knee-slappers, right?

They might evoke a chuckle from the crasser among us, but do you really want to be the hero of the most obnoxious person at the party or, worse, the most-hated person on Twitter?

Photos have already surfaced of a bro dressed as former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and dragging around a lifeless doll meant to stand in for domestic violence victim Janay Rice.

Janay Rice, a real person with actual feelings, weighed in on the tastelessness: "@TMZ it's sad, that my suffering amuses others."

Don't be the guy wearing the cruel, uncreative costume.

Dallas is reeling from the first Ebola cases transmitted on U.S. soil. Predictably, some local resident chose to decorate his front yard as a biohazard zone. It's unclear how the families of those who are fighting for their lives feel about the stunt, but you'd think fellow Dallas denizens would have a little tact.

"Money can't buy empathy or good taste (shaking my head)," Sandra Mundie James wrote to CNN Dallas affiliate WFAA on Facebook.

That about sums it up. So maybe shelve the brilliant ideas that involve dead celebrities, biohazards, missing plane passengers, terrorists and domestic abusers.

Yep, it's been a rough year, but why memorialize it around a spider-filled punchbowl at the office party?

Last words she spoke to Nathan Cirillo

  • Barbara Winters ran to help when she heard gunshots
  • A photo of her kneeling over Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was heavily circulated on social media
  • Although he was unconscious, she believes he heard her

(CNN) -- Thousands lined the streets on Friday as the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo began its final journey home.

His death dominated international headlines this week both for its circumstances and the impression he left behind. Especially touching have been images of his dogs, unaware their master is never returning home.

But the following account from what may have been the last person to speak directly to Cirillo, and tell him he was loved, is especially poignant.

She tried to save soldier after shooting
Soldier's uncle: He didn't deserve that

Attorney Barbara Winters was early for a meeting on Wednesday when she stopped at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, to take a few photos. Two men in uniform solemnly stood guard.

In an interview with CBC Radio on Thursday, she said she remembers remarking to herself what a beautiful October day it was.

What could've been done to stop attack?
New video might show Canadian shooter
Vickers friend describes Ottawa hero
Police enter Canada's Parliament building on Wednesday, October 22, in Ottawa. A Canadian soldier was fatally shot at the National War Memorial nearby, and there were gunshots at the Parliament building itself, Ottawa police spokesman Marc Soucy said. One male suspect was also killed, police said.Police enter Canada's Parliament building on Wednesday, October 22, in Ottawa. A Canadian soldier was fatally shot at the National War Memorial nearby, and there were gunshots at the Parliament building itself, Ottawa police spokesman Marc Soucy said. One male suspect was also killed, police said.
A police officer runs with his weapon drawn outside Parliament Hill.A police officer runs with his weapon drawn outside Parliament Hill.
Police personnel clear the area at the entrance of Parliament Hill.Police personnel clear the area at the entrance of Parliament Hill.
Civilians leave a secured area around Parliament Hill.Civilians leave a secured area around Parliament Hill.
Police move toward the Parliament building.Police move toward the Parliament building.
Emergency personnel tend to a person who was shot at the National War Memorial. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian army reservist, was shot and killed as he and another soldier stood guard at the memorial, police said.Emergency personnel tend to a person who was shot at the National War Memorial. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian army reservist, was shot and killed as he and another soldier stood guard at the memorial, police said.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police respond to the scene.Royal Canadian Mounted Police respond to the scene.
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A heavily armed officer takes position at the gate of 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper was evacuated from the Parliament building, his press secretary tweeted.A heavily armed officer takes position at the gate of 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper was evacuated from the Parliament building, his press secretary tweeted.
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"The sun had come out. It was a wonderful fall picture. I got two pictures straight on of these gentlemen standing in front of the cenotaph."

Moments later the beauty would dissolve into scenes of panic, chaos and mourning as shots were fired and one of those guards, Cirillo, was hit.

Video from the scene just after the shooting shows gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau calmly returning to his illegally parked car on the roadside, holding what appears to be a weapon. It is believed Bibeau shot Cirillo and drove a short distance to the Parliament building, where he opened fire again. Bibeau was eventually killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. No one else was injured.

Winters said she was already walking toward Spark Street when she heard the shots and found herself moving toward the sounds as other people ran away.

Soon she found herself kneeling at Cirillo's side, along with a handful others.

"I think it's human nature to run towards somebody to help them," she said. Winters had served many years in the Naval reserve, part of that service as a medical assistant.

Several people worked together in an attempt to save Cirillo's life, including a nurse and another corporal, Winters told interviewer Carol Off.

Nearly breathless at times during the interview, Winters calmly detailed their various roles. But her voice caught and eventually broke as she described talking to Cirillo, telling him that he was loved, and that he was a brave man.

"Just think of what you were doing when this happened," she said she told him. "Just think you were standing at the cenotaph. You were honoring others. Just think of how proud that will make your family. Your family must love you so much."

He never responded.

An image of Winters and the others bent over Cirillo was captured by photographer Wayne Cuddington.

But Winters said she kept speaking because she had once been in a coma, and although no one could tell, she could hear everything.

"I just repeated, repeated, repeated that he was a brave man, that he was a good man, that he was loved, that he was respected," she said.

Off asked Winters what instinct prompted her to speak to him about love.

She paused a moment before answering.

"I think you tell people when they're sick, or when they're ill, or when they're hurting that they're loved. Because everybody's loved," she said through tears, "by somebody."

Gisele is right: Mom comes first!

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen posted this image to her Instagram account, opening up a dialog about whether she was representing a <a href='http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2013/12/11/nr-gisele-bundchen-breastfeeding-instagram.cnn.html'>glamorized version of motherhood</a>. "What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready," <a href='http://instagram.com/p/hvz4wzntH_/ ' >she wrote</a>. Famous moms haven't been shy about sharing images of themselves breastfeeding. Click through the gallery for more examples. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen posted this image to her Instagram account, opening up a dialog about whether she was representing a glamorized version of motherhood. "What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready," she wrote. Famous moms haven't been shy about sharing images of themselves breastfeeding. Click through the gallery for more examples.
Singer Alanis Morissette posted this more down to earth photo of herself breastfeeding her son Ever while on tour. <a href='http://instagram.com/p/rOgEbCOYM3/' >Her message</a>: "family on tour ;) europe 2012 #worldbreastfeedingweek #isupportyou."Singer Alanis Morissette posted this more down to earth photo of herself breastfeeding her son Ever while on tour. Her message: "family on tour ;) europe 2012 #worldbreastfeedingweek #isupportyou."
Model Jaime King breastfeeds her son James in this intimate moment. King <a href='http://instagram.com/p/o_zxrKt1Ky/' >had a message</a> to spread along with the photo: "Breastfeeding should not be taboo -- and bottle feeding should not be judged -- it's ALL fun for the whole family:)"Model Jaime King breastfeeds her son James in this intimate moment. King had a message to spread along with the photo: "Breastfeeding should not be taboo -- and bottle feeding should not be judged -- it's ALL fun for the whole family:)"
Singer Gwen Stefani <a href='http://instagram.com/p/q35El8OLQI/ ' >breastfeeds her son</a> Apollo in Switzerland.Singer Gwen Stefani breastfeeds her son Apollo in Switzerland.
Model Miranda Kerr has shared a couple of photos of herself breastfeeding her son Flynn. She tagged this one "<a href='https://twitter.com/MirandaKerr/status/63659011983147009' >Another day in the office</a>." Model Miranda Kerr has shared a couple of photos of herself breastfeeding her son Flynn. She tagged this one "Another day in the office."
Model and actress Yaya Dacosta posted this photo of herself feeding her son Sankara. Her <a href='http://instagram.com/p/lv4qTikeIC/ ' >message</a>: "vitamins for society! #normalizenursing"Model and actress Yaya Dacosta posted this photo of herself feeding her son Sankara. Her message: "vitamins for society! #normalizenursing"
Model Ashley Nicole faced a bit of <a href='http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/03/ashley_nicole_breast_feeding_on_instagram_photo_raising_important_issue.html' target='_blank'>backlash</a> when she posted this photo on social media, with some calling it vulgar or an attention grab. <a href='http://instagram.com/p/kcqcGpKR8k/?modal=true' >She wrote</a>: "Was on the way out the door but then mommy duty called... Everything stops for him! #breastisbest #natureisbeautiful #IWasMadeForThis."Model Ashley Nicole faced a bit of backlash when she posted this photo on social media, with some calling it vulgar or an attention grab. She wrote: "Was on the way out the door but then mommy duty called... Everything stops for him! #breastisbest #natureisbeautiful #IWasMadeForThis."
Actor Brad Pitt took this W magazine cover photo of his partner<a href='http://www.wmagazine.com/people/celebrities/2008/11/brad_pitt_angelina_jolie/' > Angelina Jolie</a> while she breastfed one of their twins in 2008.Actor Brad Pitt took this W magazine cover photo of his partner Angelina Jolie while she breastfed one of their twins in 2008.
  • Gisele Bundchen was criticized after saying she puts herself first in a recent interview
  • Taking care of herself, Bundchen says, makes her a better mother and wife
  • Many women across the country say the supermodel is 100% right
  • Some women find it hard to take parenting advice from a woman who makes $128,000 per day

Editor's note: Kelly Wallace is CNN's digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. She is a mom of two girls. Read her other columns and follow her reports at CNN Parents and on Twitter.

(CNN) -- When did it become a crime to admit that you -- as a parent -- put yourself first?

Sure, supermodel Gisele Bundchen's haters are ready to pounce no matter what the gorgeous, successful, wealthy wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has to say.

But the backlash surrounding her most recent comments about parenting -- how important it is as a mother to take care of yourself -- really got our attention because the issue is a powerful one in today's parenting.

"You know how they say on the plane you have to put the oxygen mask on first and then put it on your child?" Bundchen told "The Sunday Times" in an interview about why she believes motherhood is her most important job. "So I think it is the same, as a mum, to take care of myself."

"You can feel a bit guilty," she said. "But if I put my oxygen mask on first, if I'm feeling fulfilled and present and good about myself, then I'm going to be a much more patient, loving, understanding mother and wife. You have to fill your glass so that everyone can drink from it. That's how I feel."

Why are we so quick to pass judgment the minute a mother professes to take time for herself? Is there something wrong with that?

READ: Why are we so quick to cry 'bad mother'?

Admittedly, I have failed miserably when it comes to putting myself first ever since I became a mother more than eight years ago. Now, though, I see that "me time" has a direct correlation not only with my own mental health but my ability to be a good, loving and patient mother.

So I say, "You go girl, Gisele."

I only wish I had the same clarity years ago when my kids were small that she seems to have now.

But removing Gisele from the debate, why are we still as a society so quick to roll our eyes and say "bad mother" when a mom admits to making herself a priority?

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"Of course moms need to take care of themselves first," said Cecily Kellogg, a mom of a 7-year-old who writes for Babble.com and hosts a blog at Uppercase Woman. "I am an individual first, and I happen to be lucky enough to have the job of also being a mom. But yes, self-care is critical."

Kellogg said the Gisele controversy brought to mind a recent article titled "How American Parenting is Killing the American Marriage," about how parenting has almost become a religion in the United States. That, she said, is part of the problem.

"I think motherhood in particular has been elevated by some elements of society to a religion full of zealots."

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We are too often told by society that we, as mothers, must be "the martyr" and put everyone's needs and desires before our own, said Jennifer Bosse, a mom of two small children and founder of the blog Defining My Happy.

"We are supposed to go without for the sake of our family. It is implied that we have to give up our needs and passions to make room for others," she said. "And unfortunately there are a lot of women who are guilted into believing that this is just the way it is."

But what makes us better parents, said Micky Morrison, a mom of two and founder of BabyWeightTV, is taking time for ourselves. "It's not selfish. It's as much a gift to our children as it is to ourselves to make ourselves happy."

"If I'm sad, depressed or not feeling good about myself, (it) reflects on my kids. My daughter can sense when I'm unhappy and then she gets sad," said Trina Small, mom of a 4-year-old and founder of the blog The Baby Shopaholic. "Why shouldn't a mom take time for herself?

CNN\'s Kelly Wallace happens to agree with Bundchen that taking care of yourself makes you a better mother.
CNN's Kelly Wallace happens to agree with Bundchen that taking care of yourself makes you a better mother.

So many women, like Rebecca Hughes Parker, a mom of three, including 9-year-old twins, and an editor and attorney, admitted learning the "hard way" that taking care of one's self does not preclude taking care of the children and being good at a job. In fact, as Hughes Parker says, "It enhances both things."

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"When I first had my twins and was working full time, I did not make time for myself at all," said Hughes Parker, who also has her own blog about parenting. "I did not see friends, exercise, sleep or eat enough. It led to a back injury."

After physical therapy, yoga and realizing "more hours does not always mean better work," Hughes found herself much more centered when she had her third child six years later.

Avital Normal Nathman, editor of the motherhood anthology "The Good Mother Myth," said, "We can't fully take care of others, if we're not devoting time to ourselves, especially in a world that prescribes so many roles to women in particular -- worker, mother, wife, daughter, caregiver, homemaker, etc."

That said, Norman Nathman and other mothers across the country said that while Gisele and other women of privilege have the means, which could include a "bevy of help," to ensure their "me time," that is not the case for most women today.

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"The average woman simply doesn't have the same support in terms of childcare and also lacks the funds for various forms of self-care that Gisele values," said Norman Nathman, a mom of a 7-year-old and host of the blog The Mamafesto.

"So, while the sentiment is lovely, the reality is very different for those not making a reported $128,000/day."

READ: Work-life balance is not just a women's issue

Jennifer Alsip, a mom of two girls, ages 18 and 22, said she never took care of herself before her kids. As a single mom on a budget, there were plenty of times when she would forgo buying new clothes for herself, and sometimes eat less when food was scarce, so that her kids could be taken care of.

"I don't think Gisele Bundchen has ever been put in a position of being hungry ... or needing to clothe your kids for school but not having enough money to do it, so she wouldn't know that sacrifice of putting your kids first."

There is no question that hearing the "put yourself first" parenting advice from someone who has every resource on the planet to put herself first strikes people as out of touch, but regardless of the source, I still think it gets to a core problem of modern parenting.

The debate reminded me of the firestorm of criticism that erupted after author Ayelet Waldman, in a 2005 column for the popular "Modern Love" feature in "The New York Times," said she loved her husband more than her children.

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Can you imagine what the response would have been if Bundchen admitted loving Brady more?

What do you think people are so quick to criticize parents who put themselves first? Tell Kelly Wallace on Twitter or CNN Living on Facebook.

Can a Democrat win in Georgia?

Georgia Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn, right, speaks as Republican candidate David Perdue looks on during a debate, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Perry, Ga.
Georgia Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn, right, speaks as Republican candidate David Perdue looks on during a debate, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Perry, Ga.
  • Democrat Michelle Nunn has a small 47%-44% edge over Republican David Perdue.
  • That's according to a new CNN/ORC International survey
  • If Nunn wins, she'd be the first Democrat elected statewide in more than a decade
  • The gubernatorial race between Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter is also close

(CNN) -- Democrat Michelle Nunn has a slight 47%-44% edge over Republican David Perdue in the Georgia race for an open Senate seat, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey released Friday.

The three-point margin falls within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points, meaning the two candidates are statistically tied less than two weeks before Election Day.

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If neither candidate garners 50% of the vote, the race heads to a January runoff.

Poll: Georgia Senate race statistically tied

Democrats are throwing a lot of money in Georgia, as the party hopes to thwart what's widely expected to be a strong year for Senate Republicans and their quest to take control of the Senate. The GOP needs to win a net six seats to win the majority.

Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford is pulling 5% of the vote in Georgia, keeping Nunn and Perdue from reaching the 50% threshold.

A Libertarian candidate is also peeling off votes in Georgia's contested gubernatorial race between Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger, Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

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The CNN/ORC poll, conducted by telephone October 19-22 with 565 likely voters, indicates Carter has a 48%-46% advantage over Deal, while Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt gets 6% support.

In the Senate race, CNN Director Keating Holland said Nunn's ability to make the race competitive in a reliably red state -- no Democrat has won a statewide election in more than a decade -- is a surprising show of strength.

"The Georgia electorate appears to be the most pro-Obama group of likely voters in the 11 states CNN has surveyed this fall," Holland said. "That's not saying much -- Obama's approval rating among Georgia likely voters is only 44%. But that's still better than the high-30s he gets in states like Iowa and new Hampshire, not to mention the low 30s in Kansas and Alaska."

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Nunn has a particular advantage over Perdue among likely women voters, 56%-38%, and among likely voters who live in the all-important suburbs that dominate much of the state's political scene, Holland added.

In a hypothetical runoff, Nunn still holds a small margin over Perdue, 51% to 47%. But the poll's likely voter model can only estimate the November electorate, as a runoff election can draw a smaller and different crowd than the general election.

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Click through to see<a href='http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/world/obituaries-2014'> people who passed away</a> in 2014.Click through to see people who passed away in 2014.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/21/us/ben-bradlee-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t2' >Ben Bradlee</a>, the zestful, charismatic Washington Post editor who guided the paper through the era of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate and was immortalized on screen in "All the President's Men," died Tuesday, October 21. He was 93.Ben Bradlee, the zestful, charismatic Washington Post editor who guided the paper through the era of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate and was immortalized on screen in "All the President's Men," died Tuesday, October 21. He was 93.
Fashion designer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/20/living/oscar-de-la-renta-death/index.html' >Oscar de la Renta</a> died on Monday, October 20, close friends of the family and industry colleagues told CNN. He was 82.Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died on Monday, October 20, close friends of the family and industry colleagues told CNN. He was 82.
"August: Osage County" actress <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/16/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/misty-upham-missing/index.html' >Misty Upham</a> was declared dead by a Washington coroner after her body was found along a river in suburban Seattle on Thursday, October 16. "August: Osage County" actress Misty Upham was declared dead by a Washington coroner after her body was found along a river in suburban Seattle on Thursday, October 16.
Actress <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/showbiz/elizabeth-pena-dies-modern-family/index.html'>Elizabeth Pena</a> died Tuesday, October 14, according to her manager. She was 55.Actress Elizabeth Pena died Tuesday, October 14, according to her manager. She was 55.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/14/showbiz/isaiah-ikey-owens-death-mars-volta-jack-white/index.html' >Isaiah "Ikey" Owens</a>, the keyboardist in Jack White's backing band, died Tuesday, October 14. The musician also played with bands such as Mars Volta and Free Moral Agents. He was 38. Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, the keyboardist in Jack White's backing band, died Tuesday, October 14. The musician also played with bands such as Mars Volta and Free Moral Agents. He was 38.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/14/showbiz/mark-bell-lfo-death/index.html'>Mark Bell</a>, who founded the highly influential techno-music duo LFO and later collaborated with Bjork on several iconic albums, died of complications from a surgery, his record label said Monday, October 13. Mark Bell, who founded the highly influential techno-music duo LFO and later collaborated with Bjork on several iconic albums, died of complications from a surgery, his record label said Monday, October 13.
Actress and comedian <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/09/showbiz/comedian-actress-jan-hooks-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t2'>Jan Hooks</a> died in New York on Thursday, October 9. Her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed the death to CNN but provided no additional information. According to IMDb.com, Hooks was 57.Actress and comedian Jan Hooks died in New York on Thursday, October 9. Her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed the death to CNN but provided no additional information. According to IMDb.com, Hooks was 57.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/06/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/geoffrey-holder-death/index.html'>Geoffrey Holder</a>, a versatile artist known for his ability as a dancer, actor and a pitchman for 7Up, died from complications due to pneumonia, his family's attorney said on October 6. Holder was 84.Geoffrey Holder, a versatile artist known for his ability as a dancer, actor and a pitchman for 7Up, died from complications due to pneumonia, his family's attorney said on October 6. Holder was 84.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/05/showbiz/paul-revere-obit/index.html' >Paul Revere</a>, leader of the 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died October 4 at his home in Idaho, according to the band's website. He was 76. Paul Revere, leader of the 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died October 4 at his home in Idaho, according to the band's website. He was 76.
Emmy-winning actress <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/20/showbiz/polly-bergen-dies/index.html' >Polly Bergen</a>, whose TV and movie career spanned more than six decades, died on September 20, according to her publicist. She was 84, according to IMDb.com. Emmy-winning actress Polly Bergen, whose TV and movie career spanned more than six decades, died on September 20, according to her publicist. She was 84, according to IMDb.com.
Singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/19/us/county-singer-george-hamilton-iv-dies/index.html'>George Hamilton IV</a>, known as the "International Ambassador of Country Music," died at a Nashville hospital on September 17 following a heart attack, the Grand Ole Opry said in a press release. He was 77.Singer George Hamilton IV, known as the "International Ambassador of Country Music," died at a Nashville hospital on September 17 following a heart attack, the Grand Ole Opry said in a press release. He was 77.
Northern Ireland's former first minister and former Democratic Unionist Party leader <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/12/world/europe/northern-ireland-ian-paisley/index.html?hpt=hp_t2'>Ian Paisley</a> has died, his wife, Eileen, said in a statement on September 12. He was 88.Northern Ireland's former first minister and former Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley has died, his wife, Eileen, said in a statement on September 12. He was 88.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/11/showbiz/obit-richard-kiel-jaws/index.html'>Richard Kiel</a>, the actor best known for playing the James Bond villain "Jaws," died September 10 at a California hospital, St. Agnes Medical Center spokeswoman Kelley Sanchez said. He was 74.Richard Kiel, the actor best known for playing the James Bond villain "Jaws," died September 10 at a California hospital, St. Agnes Medical Center spokeswoman Kelley Sanchez said. He was 74.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/04/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/joan-rivers-obit/index.html' >Joan Rivers</a>, the sassy comedian whose gossipy "can we talk" persona catapulted her into a career as a headlining talk-show host, best-selling author and red-carpet maven, died September 4. She was 81. Joan Rivers, the sassy comedian whose gossipy "can we talk" persona catapulted her into a career as a headlining talk-show host, best-selling author and red-carpet maven, died September 4. She was 81.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/02/showbiz/survivor-singer-death/index.html'>Jimi Jamison</a>, lead singer of the 1980s rock band Survivor, died at the age of 63, it was announced September 2.Jimi Jamison, lead singer of the 1980s rock band Survivor, died at the age of 63, it was announced September 2.
Acclaimed actor-director <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/24/showbiz/richard-attenborough-dead/index.html' >Richard Attenborough</a> died on August 24, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported, citing his son. Attenborough was 90.Acclaimed actor-director Richard Attenborough died on August 24, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported, citing his son. Attenborough was 90.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/showbiz/don-pardo-dead/index.html'>Don Pardo</a>, the man whose voice introduced the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for decades, died at the age of 96, the network announced August 19.Don Pardo, the man whose voice introduced the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for decades, died at the age of 96, the network announced August 19.
Skateboarding legend <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/15/showbiz/jay-adams-zboys-skateboarder-dies/index.html' >Jay Adams</a> died of a heart attack August 14 while vacationing in Mexico with his wife. He was 53.Skateboarding legend Jay Adams died of a heart attack August 14 while vacationing in Mexico with his wife. He was 53.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/13/showbiz/obit-actor-ed-nelson/index.html'>Ed Nelson</a>, best known for playing a doctor in the 1960s nighttime soap opera "Peyton Place," died on August 13, his family said. He was 85. Ed Nelson, best known for playing a doctor in the 1960s nighttime soap opera "Peyton Place," died on August 13, his family said. He was 85.
Actress <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/14/showbiz/obit-star-trek-arlene-martel/index.html' >Arlene Martel</a>, whom "Star Trek" fans knew as Spock's bride-to-be, died in a Los Angeles hospital August 12 after complications from a heart attack, her son said. Martel was 78.Actress Arlene Martel, whom "Star Trek" fans knew as Spock's bride-to-be, died in a Los Angeles hospital August 12 after complications from a heart attack, her son said. Martel was 78.
Actress <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/12/showbiz/lauren-bacall-dead/index.html?hpt=hp_t2'>Lauren Bacall</a>, the husky-voiced Hollywood icon known for her sultry sensuality, died on August 12. She was 89.Actress Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced Hollywood icon known for her sultry sensuality, died on August 12. She was 89.
Actor and comedian <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/11/showbiz/robin-williams-dead/index.html?hpt=hp_t1'>Robin Williams</a> died at his Northern California home on August 11. Williams apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said. He was 63.Actor and comedian Robin Williams died at his Northern California home on August 11. Williams apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said. He was 63.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/11/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/jj-murphy-game-of-thrones-obit/index.html'>JJ Murphy</a>, an actor who was set to join the "Game of Thrones" cast, died August 8, his agent said. He was 86. JJ Murphy, an actor who was set to join the "Game of Thrones" cast, died August 8, his agent said. He was 86.
Actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/12/showbiz/charles-keating-obit/index.html' >Charles Keating</a>, who had been fighting lung cancer for several years, died on August 8, his son Sean Keating said. Charles Keating was known for his role of villain Carl Hutchins on the daytime drama "Another World." He was 72.Actor Charles Keating, who had been fighting lung cancer for several years, died on August 8, his son Sean Keating said. Charles Keating was known for his role of villain Carl Hutchins on the daytime drama "Another World." He was 72.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/04/politics/james-brady-dies/index.html' >James Brady</a>, the former White House press secretary who was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died, the White House said on August 4. He was 73. Later in the week, authorities told CNN they are <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/08/politics/brady-death-homicide/'>investigating it as a homicide.</a>James Brady, the former White House press secretary who was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died, the White House said on August 4. He was 73. Later in the week, authorities told CNN they are investigating it as a homicide.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/29/us/enola-gay-crew-member-dies/index.html' >Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk</a>, the last crewman of the U.S. plane that dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945, died of natural causes on July 28, according to his daughter Vicki Triplett. He was 93.Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, the last crewman of the U.S. plane that dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945, died of natural causes on July 28, according to his daughter Vicki Triplett. He was 93.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/29/showbiz/movies/die-hard-actor-james-shigeta-dies/index.html'>James Shigeta</a>, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career included the movies "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died in his sleep in Los Angeles on July 28, his agent said. He was 81.James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career included the movies "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died in his sleep in Los Angeles on July 28, his agent said. He was 81.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/20/showbiz/obit-skyemccolebartusiak/index.html'>Skye McCole Bartusiak</a>, who played Mel Gibson's youngest daughter in "The Patriot," died July 19, at her home in Houston, her mother said Sunday. She was 21. While investigators didn't immediately determine a cause of death, Bartusiak had been suffering from epileptic seizures, according to her mother.Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Mel Gibson's youngest daughter in "The Patriot," died July 19, at her home in Houston, her mother said Sunday. She was 21. While investigators didn't immediately determine a cause of death, Bartusiak had been suffering from epileptic seizures, according to her mother.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/20/showbiz/james-garner-death/index.html' >James Garner</a>, the understated, wisecracking everyman actor who enjoyed multigenerational success on both the small and big screens, died of natural causes on July 19. He was 86.James Garner, the understated, wisecracking everyman actor who enjoyed multigenerational success on both the small and big screens, died of natural causes on July 19. He was 86.
Broadway legend <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/17/showbiz/obit-actress-elaine-stritch/index.html' >Elaine Stritch</a> died July 17. According to her longtime friend Julie Keyes, Stritch died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, surrounded by her family. She was 89 years old.Broadway legend Elaine Stritch died July 17. According to her longtime friend Julie Keyes, Stritch died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, surrounded by her family. She was 89 years old.
Blues guitarist and singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/17/showbiz/obit-johnny-winter/index.html' >Johnny Winter</a> died July 16 in a Swiss hotel room, his representative said. He was 70.Blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died July 16 in a Swiss hotel room, his representative said. He was 70.
Nadine Gordimer, a South African author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/14/world/africa/obit-nadine-gordimer/index.html' >died on July 13</a>, according to her family. She was 90.Nadine Gordimer, a South African author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, died on July 13, according to her family. She was 90.
Renowned conductor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/13/showbiz/maestro-lorin-maazel-obit/index.html' >Lorin Maazel</a> died from complications of pneumonia on July 13, according to his family. He was 84.Renowned conductor Lorin Maazel died from complications of pneumonia on July 13, according to his family. He was 84.
Grammy-winning jazz bassist<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/13/showbiz/charlie-haden-obit/index.html' > Charlie Haden</a>, whose music career spanned seven decades and several genres, died July 11, according to his publicist. He was 76.Grammy-winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden, whose music career spanned seven decades and several genres, died July 11, according to his publicist. He was 76.
Drummer<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/12/showbiz/tommy-ramone-dead/index.html?hpt=hp_c2'> Tommy Ramone</a>, the last living original member of the pioneering punk band The Ramones, died on July 11, <a href='https://www.facebook.com/theramones/photos/a.10151197504400379.494562.12789020378/10152458044665379/?type=1&amp;theater' >according to the band's Facebook page</a>. He was 65.Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last living original member of the pioneering punk band The Ramones, died on July 11, according to the band's Facebook page. He was 65.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/10/showbiz/eileen-ford-obit/index.html'>Eileen Ford</a>, who founded the Ford Model Agency 70 years ago, died July 9 at the age of 92, the company said.Eileen Ford, who founded the Ford Model Agency 70 years ago, died July 9 at the age of 92, the company said.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/08/showbiz/pinocchio-voice-actor-dead/index.html'>Richard Percy Jones</a>, the actor who gave Pinocchio his voice in the 1940 Disney movie, died at his California home on July 8. He was 87.Richard Percy Jones, the actor who gave Pinocchio his voice in the 1940 Disney movie, died at his California home on July 8. He was 87.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/11/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/harry-potter-david-legeno-obit/index.html'>David Legeno</a>, known for playing Fenrir Greyback in the "Harry Potter" movies, was found dead July 6, by hikers in a remote desert location in Death Valley, California. He was 50. "It appears that Legeno died of heat-related issues, but the Inyo County Coroner will determine the final cause of death," read a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's Department. "There are no signs of foul play."David Legeno, known for playing Fenrir Greyback in the "Harry Potter" movies, was found dead July 6, by hikers in a remote desert location in Death Valley, California. He was 50. "It appears that Legeno died of heat-related issues, but the Inyo County Coroner will determine the final cause of death," read a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's Department. "There are no signs of foul play."
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/11/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/rosemary-murphy-obit/index.html'>Rosemary Murphy</a>, an Emmy Award-winning actress known for her roles in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" as well as TV soap operas "All My Children" and "Another World," died July 5 at the age of 89. The New York Times cited cancer as the cause of death.Rosemary Murphy, an Emmy Award-winning actress known for her roles in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" as well as TV soap operas "All My Children" and "Another World," died July 5 at the age of 89. The New York Times cited cancer as the cause of death.
Olympian and World War II hero <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/showbiz/movies/obit-zamperini-unbroken/index.html'>Louis Zamperini</a>, the subject of the book and upcoming film "Unbroken," died July 2 after a recent battle with pneumonia. The 97-year-old peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, according to a statement.Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, the subject of the book and upcoming film "Unbroken," died July 2 after a recent battle with pneumonia. The 97-year-old peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, according to a statement.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/02/showbiz/walter-dean-myers-obit-ew/index.html'>Walter Dean Myers</a>, a beloved author of children's books, died on July 1 following a brief illness, according to the Children's Book Council.Walter Dean Myers, a beloved author of children's books, died on July 1 following a brief illness, according to the Children's Book Council.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/01/showbiz/movies/obit-paul-mazursky/index.html' >Paul Mazursky</a>, a five-time Oscar nominee who directed and wrote such films as "Bob &amp; Carol &amp; Ted &amp; Alice," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," died at the age of 84, his agent said July 1.Paul Mazursky, a five-time Oscar nominee who directed and wrote such films as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," died at the age of 84, his agent said July 1.
Actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/29/showbiz/actor-meschach-taylor-death/' >Meshach Taylor</a> died June 28 at his Los Angeles-area home, his agent, Dede Binder, said. He was 67. Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days, Binder said. His wife, children, grandchildren and mother surrounded him as he passed away.Actor Meshach Taylor died June 28 at his Los Angeles-area home, his agent, Dede Binder, said. He was 67. Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days, Binder said. His wife, children, grandchildren and mother surrounded him as he passed away.
Legendary soul singer <a href='http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/27/showbiz/bobby-womack-death/index.html' >Bobby Womack</a> died June 27, according to Womack's publicist. He was 70. Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack died June 27, according to Womack's publicist. He was 70.
Character actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/25/showbiz/obit-eli-wallach/index.html'>Eli Wallach</a>, seen here in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," died on June 24, according to a family member who did not want to be named. Wallach was 98.Character actor Eli Wallach, seen here in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," died on June 24, according to a family member who did not want to be named. Wallach was 98.
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/16/sport/gwynn-baseball-death/index.html'>Tony Gwynn</a> died June 16 at the age of 54, according to a release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Gwynn, who had 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, had cancer.Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died June 16 at the age of 54, according to a release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Gwynn, who had 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, had cancer.
Radio personality <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/15/showbiz/casey-kasem-obit/'>Casey Kasem</a> died June 15. He was 82 and had been hospitalized in Washington state for two weeks.Radio personality Casey Kasem died June 15. He was 82 and had been hospitalized in Washington state for two weeks.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/14/us/chuck-noll-dead/'>Chuck Noll</a> died June 13. He had suffered from Alzheimer's and heart disease. He was 82. Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll died June 13. He had suffered from Alzheimer's and heart disease. He was 82.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/12/showbiz/obit-ruby-dee/index.html'>Ruby Dee</a>, an award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, died June 12. She was 91.Ruby Dee, an award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, died June 12. She was 91.
Former baseball star<a href='http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2092723-bob-welch-1990-al-cy-young-winner-passes-away-tragically-at-57-years-old' > Bob Welch</a> passed away on June 9 after suffering a heart attack, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 57.Former baseball star Bob Welch passed away on June 9 after suffering a heart attack, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 57.
British actor and comedian <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/showbiz/obit-rik-mayall/index.html'>Rik Mayall</a>, who appeared in the TV series "Blackadder," died June 9 at the age of 56, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately reported.British actor and comedian Rik Mayall, who appeared in the TV series "Blackadder," died June 9 at the age of 56, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately reported.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/04/us/navajo-code-talker-obit/index.html'>Chester Nez</a>, the last of the original Navajo code talkers credited with creating an unbreakable code used during World War II, died June 5 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation President said. Nez was 93.Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo code talkers credited with creating an unbreakable code used during World War II, died June 5 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation President said. Nez was 93.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/01/showbiz/ann-b-davis-dies/index.html' >Ann B. Davis</a>, who played Alice the maid on "The Brady Bunch," died from a subdural hematoma on June 1. She was 88.Ann B. Davis, who played Alice the maid on "The Brady Bunch," died from a subdural hematoma on June 1. She was 88.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/28/us/maya-angelou-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1' >Maya Angelou</a>, a renowned poet, novelist and actress, died at the age of 86, her literary agent said on May 28. Angelou was also a professor, singer and dancer whose work spanned several generations.Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist and actress, died at the age of 86, her literary agent said on May 28. Angelou was also a professor, singer and dancer whose work spanned several generations.
Australian racing legend <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/19/sport/motorsport/formula-one-jack-brabham-dead/index.html'>Jack Brabham</a> died on May 19, according to Brabham's son David. Brabham, 88, was a three-time Formula One world champion.Australian racing legend Jack Brabham died on May 19, according to Brabham's son David. Brabham, 88, was a three-time Formula One world champion.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/13/showbiz/malik-bendjelloul-searching-for-sugar-man-director-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t2' >Malik Bendjelloul</a>, the Oscar-winning director of "Searching for Sugar Man," died suddenly on May 13, police said. He was 36.Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of "Searching for Sugar Man," died suddenly on May 13, police said. He was 36.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/13/showbiz/movies/h-r-giger-dies-obituary/index.html'>H.R. Giger</a>, the Swiss surrealist artist whose works of sexual-industrial imagery and design of the eponymous creature in the "Alien" movies were known around the world, died on May 12. He was 74.H.R. Giger, the Swiss surrealist artist whose works of sexual-industrial imagery and design of the eponymous creature in the "Alien" movies were known around the world, died on May 12. He was 74.
Former professional tennis player <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/05/sport/tennis/elena-baltacha-dies-tennis/'>Elena Baltacha</a> died at the age of 30 after losing her battle with liver cancer on May 4. Before retiring in November, she had reached a career high of 49th in the world rankings.Former professional tennis player Elena Baltacha died at the age of 30 after losing her battle with liver cancer on May 4. Before retiring in November, she had reached a career high of 49th in the world rankings.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/30/showbiz/mad-magazine-editor-dies/index.html'>Al Feldstein</a>, who guided Mad magazine for almost three decades as its editor, died on April 29, according to a Montana funeral home. He was 88.Al Feldstein, who guided Mad magazine for almost three decades as its editor, died on April 29, according to a Montana funeral home. He was 88.
Oscar-nominated British actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/30/showbiz/obit-bob-hoskins/index.html' >Bob Hoskins</a>, known for roles in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Mona Lisa," died April 29 at age 71, his publicist said.Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins, known for roles in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Mona Lisa," died April 29 at age 71, his publicist said.
Hall of Fame basketball coach <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/28/sport/jack-ramsay-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t2'>John "Dr. Jack" Ramsay</a>, who became a television analyst years after winning a league championship with the Portland Trail Blazers, died on April 28, according to his longtime employer ESPN. Ramsay was 89.Hall of Fame basketball coach John "Dr. Jack" Ramsay, who became a television analyst years after winning a league championship with the Portland Trail Blazers, died on April 28, according to his longtime employer ESPN. Ramsay was 89.
Former Barcelona soccer coach <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/25/sport/football/tito-vilanova-barcelona-dies/index.html' >Tito Vilanova</a>, who had been battling cancer, died at the age of 45, the club announced April 25.Former Barcelona soccer coach Tito Vilanova, who had been battling cancer, died at the age of 45, the club announced April 25.
Country singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/20/showbiz/kevin-sharp-dead/index.html'>Kevin Sharp</a> died from "complications due to cancer" on April 19, his mother told CNN. He was 43.Country singer Kevin Sharp died from "complications due to cancer" on April 19, his mother told CNN. He was 43.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/20/us/rubin-hurricane-carter-obit/index.html'>Rubin "Hurricane" Carter</a>, the middleweight boxing contender who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the 1960s, died April 20 at the age of 76, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the middleweight boxing contender who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the 1960s, died April 20 at the age of 76, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/world/americas/gabriel-garcia-marquez-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_c2'>Gabriel Garcia Marquez,</a> the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," passed away on April 17, his family and officials said. He was 87.Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," passed away on April 17, his family and officials said. He was 87.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/showbiz/cheo-feliciano-obit/index.html'>Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano</a>, a giant of salsa music and a Puerto Rican legend, died in a car crash April 18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to police. He was 78.Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, a giant of salsa music and a Puerto Rican legend, died in a car crash April 18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to police. He was 78.
Days after being inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment's Hall of Fame, WWE superstar <a href='http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2022449-former-wwe-star-ultimate-warrior-passes-away-at-age-54?utm_source=cnn.com&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=editorial&amp;hpt=hp_t2' >Ultimate Warrior</a> died April 8. Born James Hellwig, he legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. He was 54.Days after being inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment's Hall of Fame, WWE superstar Ultimate Warrior died April 8. Born James Hellwig, he legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. He was 54.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/07/showbiz/john-pinette-dead/index.html'>Comedian John Pinette</a>, 50, was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room on April 5. Pinette died of natural causes stemming from "a medical history he was being treated for," the medical examiner's spokesman said. An autopsy will not be done because his personal doctor signed the death certificate.Comedian John Pinette, 50, was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room on April 5. Pinette died of natural causes stemming from "a medical history he was being treated for," the medical examiner's spokesman said. An autopsy will not be done because his personal doctor signed the death certificate.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/07/showbiz/mickey-rooney-obit/index.html'>Mickey Rooney</a>, who started as a child star in vaudeville and went on to star in hundreds of movies and TV shows, died April 6 at the age of 93. Mickey Rooney, who started as a child star in vaudeville and went on to star in hundreds of movies and TV shows, died April 6 at the age of 93.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/03/showbiz/frankie-knuckles-obit/index.html' >DJ Frankie Knuckles</a>, a legendary producer, remixer and house music pioneer, died March 31 at the age of 59.DJ Frankie Knuckles, a legendary producer, remixer and house music pioneer, died March 31 at the age of 59.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/31/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/obit-kate-omara/index.html' >Kate O'Mara</a>, the British actress best known for playing Joan Collins' sister on the 1980s show "Dynasty," died March 30. She was 74.Kate O'Mara, the British actress best known for playing Joan Collins' sister on the 1980s show "Dynasty," died March 30. She was 74.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/us/buffalo-bills-founder-dies/index.html'>Ralph C. Wilson Jr.</a>, the founder and longtime owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, died at age 95, the team announced March 25.Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the founder and longtime owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, died at age 95, the team announced March 25.
Gwar lead singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/24/showbiz/gwar-dave-brockie-dead/index.html'>Dave Brockie</a> died March 23 at the age of 50, his manager said. The heavy-metal group formed in 1984, billing itself as "Earth's only openly extraterrestrial rock band." Brockie performed in the persona of Oderus Urungus.Gwar lead singer Dave Brockie died March 23 at the age of 50, his manager said. The heavy-metal group formed in 1984, billing itself as "Earth's only openly extraterrestrial rock band." Brockie performed in the persona of Oderus Urungus.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/23/showbiz/james-rebhorn-dead/index.html' >James Rebhorn</a>, whose acting resume includes a long list of character roles in major films and TV shows, died March 21, his representative said. Rebhorn was 65.James Rebhorn, whose acting resume includes a long list of character roles in major films and TV shows, died March 21, his representative said. Rebhorn was 65.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/17/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/lwren-scott-designer-obit/index.html'>L'Wren Scott</a>, a noted fashion designer and girlfriend of musician Mick Jagger, was found dead of an apparent suicide March 17, according to a law enforcement official. She was 49.L'Wren Scott, a noted fashion designer and girlfriend of musician Mick Jagger, was found dead of an apparent suicide March 17, according to a law enforcement official. She was 49.
Drummer <a href='http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/drummer-scott-asheton-of-iggy-andthe-stooges-performs-in-news-photo/479298893' >Scott Asheton,</a> who co-founded and played drums for the influential proto-punk band The Stooges, died March 15. He was 64.Drummer Scott Asheton, who co-founded and played drums for the influential proto-punk band The Stooges, died March 15. He was 64.
Comedian <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/15/showbiz/david-brenner-dies/index.html'>David Brenner</a>, a regular on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," died after a battle with cancer, a family spokesman said March 15. He was 78.Comedian David Brenner, a regular on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," died after a battle with cancer, a family spokesman said March 15. He was 78.
Actress <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/09/showbiz/honeymooners-sheila-macrae-dies/index.html'>Sheila MacRae</a>, who portrayed Alice Kramden in a 1960s revival of "The Honeymooners" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," died on March 6, according to her family. She was 92. Actress Sheila MacRae, who portrayed Alice Kramden in a 1960s revival of "The Honeymooners" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," died on March 6, according to her family. She was 92.
Spanish guitarist <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/26/showbiz/paco-de-lucia-death/'>Paco de Lucia</a>, seen here in 2006, died February 25 of an apparent heart attack. He was 66. De Lucia transformed the folk art of flamenco music into a more vibrant modern sound.Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, seen here in 2006, died February 25 of an apparent heart attack. He was 66. De Lucia transformed the folk art of flamenco music into a more vibrant modern sound.
Actor, writer and director <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/showbiz/movies/obit-harold-ramis/index.html'>Harold Ramis</a>, seen here on the far left with fellow "Ghostbusters" Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, died at his Chicago-area home on February 24. He was 69. Other popular Ramis films include "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."Actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, seen here on the far left with fellow "Ghostbusters" Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, died at his Chicago-area home on February 24. He was 69. Other popular Ramis films include "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/22/showbiz/obit-maria-von-trapp/index.html' >Maria von Trapp</a>, seen here posing with a photo of her family, was the last of the singing siblings immortalized in the movie "The Sound of Music." She died February 18 of natural causes at her Vermont home, according to her family. She was 99.Maria von Trapp, seen here posing with a photo of her family, was the last of the singing siblings immortalized in the movie "The Sound of Music." She died February 18 of natural causes at her Vermont home, according to her family. She was 99.
Journalist <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/21/us/obit-garrick-utley/index.html'>Garrick Utley</a> died at age 74 following a long battle with cancer, his wife of 40 years said in February. Utley worked for CNN after his 30-year career at NBC News.Journalist Garrick Utley died at age 74 following a long battle with cancer, his wife of 40 years said in February. Utley worked for CNN after his 30-year career at NBC News.
Devo guitarist <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/18/showbiz/devo-bob-casale-dead/index.html'>Bob Casale</a>, known by fans as "Bob 2," died February 17, his brother and band mate announced. Casale was 61.Devo guitarist Bob Casale, known by fans as "Bob 2," died February 17, his brother and band mate announced. Casale was 61.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/15/showbiz/john-henson-dies/index.html'>John Henson</a>, the son of Jim Henson who is perhaps most notable for his portrayal of Sweetums on "The Muppets," died after a "sudden, massive heart attack," his family's company said on February 15. John Henson, the son of Jim Henson who is perhaps most notable for his portrayal of Sweetums on "The Muppets," died after a "sudden, massive heart attack," his family's company said on February 15.
Veteran actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/13/showbiz/actor-ralph-waite-dies/index.html'>Ralph Waite</a> died at 85 on February 13, according to an accountant for the Waite family and a church where the actor was a regular member. Waite was best known for his role as John Walton Sr. on 'The Waltons."Veteran actor Ralph Waite died at 85 on February 13, according to an accountant for the Waite family and a church where the actor was a regular member. Waite was best known for his role as John Walton Sr. on 'The Waltons."
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/12/showbiz/sid-caesar-dead/'>Sid Caesar</a>, whose clever, anarchic comedy on such programs as "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" helped define the 1950s "Golden Age of Television," died on February 12. He was 91.Sid Caesar, whose clever, anarchic comedy on such programs as "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" helped define the 1950s "Golden Age of Television," died on February 12. He was 91.
Hollywood child star <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/11/showbiz/hollywood-shirley-temple-death/index.html'>Shirley Temple</a>, who became diplomat Shirley Temple Black, died February 10 at her Woodside, California, home. She was 85.Hollywood child star Shirley Temple, who became diplomat Shirley Temple Black, died February 10 at her Woodside, California, home. She was 85.
<a href='http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/03/joan-mondale-wife-of-former-vice-president-dies/'>Joan Mondale</a>, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died on February 3, according to a statement from the family's church.Joan Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died on February 3, according to a statement from the family's church.
Oscar-winning actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/02/showbiz/philip-seymour-hoffman-obit/index.html'>Philip Seymour Hoffman</a> was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said February 2.Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said February 2.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/01/showbiz/actor-maximilian-schell-dies/index.html'>Maximilian Schell</a> died on February 1 in a Austrian hospital with his wife by his side, his agent Patricia Baumbauer said. He was 83. Schell was nominated for an Oscar three times. He won in 1962 for "Judgment at Nuremberg."Maximilian Schell died on February 1 in a Austrian hospital with his wife by his side, his agent Patricia Baumbauer said. He was 83. Schell was nominated for an Oscar three times. He won in 1962 for "Judgment at Nuremberg."
Legendary folk singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/28/showbiz/pete-seeger-death/index.html' >Pete Seeger</a>, known for classics such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," died of natural causes in New York on January 27, his grandson told CNN. He was 94.Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, known for classics such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," died of natural causes in New York on January 27, his grandson told CNN. He was 94.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/17/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/wizard-of-oz-munchkin-duccini-dies/index.html' >Ruth Robinson Duccini</a>, who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," died on January 16. She was 95. Ruth Robinson Duccini, who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," died on January 16. She was 95.
Former Playboy centerfold <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/17/showbiz/cassandra-lynn-hnesley-dead/index.html?hpt=hp_t3'>Cassandra Lynn Hensley </a>was found dead at a friend's home in Los Angeles, the coroner there said on January 17. Hensley was 34. Her cause of death was not immediately known.Former Playboy centerfold Cassandra Lynn Hensley was found dead at a friend's home in Los Angeles, the coroner there said on January 17. Hensley was 34. Her cause of death was not immediately known.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/17/world/asia/japan-philippines-ww2-soldier-dies/index.html'>Hiroo Onoda</a>, center, salutes after handing over his military sword on Lubang Island in the Philippines in March 1974. Onoda, a former intelligence officer in the Japanese army, had remained on the island for nearly 30 years, refusing to believe his country had surrendered in World War II. He died at a Tokyo hospital on January 16. He was 91.Hiroo Onoda, center, salutes after handing over his military sword on Lubang Island in the Philippines in March 1974. Onoda, a former intelligence officer in the Japanese army, had remained on the island for nearly 30 years, refusing to believe his country had surrendered in World War II. He died at a Tokyo hospital on January 16. He was 91.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/16/showbiz/russell-johnson-obit/index.html'>Russell Johnson</a>, center, stands with Alan Hale Jr., left, and Bob Denver in an episode of "Gilligan's Island" in 1966. Johnson, who played "the professor" Roy Hinkley in the hit television show, passed away January 16 at his home in Washington state, according to his agent, Mike Eisenstadt. Johnson was 89.Russell Johnson, center, stands with Alan Hale Jr., left, and Bob Denver in an episode of "Gilligan's Island" in 1966. Johnson, who played "the professor" Roy Hinkley in the hit television show, passed away January 16 at his home in Washington state, according to his agent, Mike Eisenstadt. Johnson was 89.
<a href='http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/11/world/meast/obit-ariel-sharon/index.html'>Ariel Sharon, </a>whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died on January 11 after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported. Sharon was 85.Ariel Sharon, whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died on January 11 after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported. Sharon was 85.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/10/us/greensboro-four-activist-obit/index.html' >Franklin McCain</a>, seen center wearing glasses, one of the "Greensboro Four," who made history for their 1960 sit-in at a Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter, died on January 10 after a brief illness, according to his alma mater, North Carolina A&amp;T State University. Franklin McCain, seen center wearing glasses, one of the "Greensboro Four," who made history for their 1960 sit-in at a Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter, died on January 10 after a brief illness, according to his alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/10/politics/reagan-spokesman-dies/index.html' >Larry Speakes</a>, who served as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, died January 10 at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, according to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. He was 74.Larry Speakes, who served as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, died January 10 at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, according to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. He was 74.
Poet<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/09/showbiz/poet-amiri-baraka-dies/index.html' > Amiri Baraka</a>, who lost his post as New Jersey's poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died on January 9, his agent said. Baraka was 79.Poet Amiri Baraka, who lost his post as New Jersey's poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died on January 9, his agent said. Baraka was 79.
<a href='www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/world/asia/run-run-shaw-dies/index.html' >Sir Run Run Shaw</a>, the media tycoon who helped bring Chinese martial arts films to an international audience, died at his home in Hong Kong on January 7 at age 106, the television station he founded said.Sir Run Run Shaw, the media tycoon who helped bring Chinese martial arts films to an international audience, died at his home in Hong Kong on January 7 at age 106, the television station he founded said.
Stage, TV and film actress<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/08/showbiz/carmen-zapata-obit/index.html'> Carmen Zapata</a>, who founded the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts as a means of of introducing "the rich and eloquent history of the diverse Hispanic culture to English-speaking audiences," died on January 5 at her Los Angeles home. She was 86.Stage, TV and film actress Carmen Zapata, who founded the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts as a means of of introducing "the rich and eloquent history of the diverse Hispanic culture to English-speaking audiences," died on January 5 at her Los Angeles home. She was 86.
Portugal football legend <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/05/sport/football/eusebio-death/index.html'>Eusebio</a>, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died from a heart attack on January 5 at age 71, said his former club, Benfica.Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died from a heart attack on January 5 at age 71, said his former club, Benfica.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/03/showbiz/alicia-rhett-dies/index.html'>Alicia Rhett</a>, who had been one of the oldest surviving cast members of the classic film "Gone With the Wind," died on January 3 in her longtime hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, a retirement community spokeswoman said. She was 98.Alicia Rhett, who had been one of the oldest surviving cast members of the classic film "Gone With the Wind," died on January 3 in her longtime hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, a retirement community spokeswoman said. She was 98.
Singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/03/showbiz/singer-phil-everly-dies/index.html'>Phil Everly</a>, left -- one half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo the Everly Brothers -- died on January 3, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74.Singer Phil Everly, left -- one half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo the Everly Brothers -- died on January 3, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74.
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  • Alcoholism was a cause in Peña death, according to death certificate
  • 55-year-old actress died October 14 in Los Angeles
  • Peña known for roles in film and television, including "Modern Family"
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest and acute gastrointestinal bleeding also caused her death

(CNN) -- Actress Elizabeth Peña died partly because of alcohol abuse, according to her death certificate, obtained by CNN.

The certificate states "cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol" as one of the causes of her death.

The document also lists cardiopulmonary arrest, cardiogenic shock and acute gastrointestinal bleeding as the other causes.

The 55-year-old actress' death shocked Hollywood and Peña's fans. She died October 14 in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

In a report released earlier this year, the CDC says one in 10 deaths among adults between age 20 and 64 is due to excessive alcohol consumption.

Elizabeth Peña

Peña is known for her recurring guest role as the mother of a character played by Sofia Vergara in the ABC sitcom "Modern Family."

She also starred in films such as "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "La Bamba," "Rush Hour," and "The Incredibles."

Her career spanned more than three decades.

Peña was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to parents who were from Cuba, and she graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts in 1977.

She is survived by her husband, two children, mother and sister.

CNN's AnneClaire Stapleton and Michael Martinez contributed to this report

Report: Monica Lewinsky mistreated

  • A government report finds that Monica Lewinsky was mistreated during the 1998 affair investigation
  • Lewinsky, who had an affair with President Bill Clinton starting in 1995, was hounded by agents to cooperate in the investigation
  • In doing so, the agents did not allow Lewinsky to contact her lawyer and confronted her with a "false affidavit"
  • The release of the report comes at a time when Lewinsky is stepping back into public after a decade of attempted privacy

Washington (CNN) -- A government report obtained by CNN on Friday states that government agents and lawyers mistreated Monica Lewinsky when they approached the former White House intern in January 1998 to get her to cooperate with an investigation into President Bill Clinton.

The report, which was first reported by the Washington Post's Rosalind S. Helderman, notes that while "no lawyer involved in the confrontation with Monica Lewinsky committed professional misconduct," the encounter "could have been handled better by all of the OIC lawyers involved."

Read the full report here.

At the center of the government report is what happened after FBI agents and lawyers from the Office of Independent Counsel, who at the time was investigating the affair with Clinton, approached Lewinsky at a food court and moved the conversation to a hotel room nearby. The counsel -- which was led by Ken Starr -- was investigating Clinton for a number of issues, including his extramarital affair with Lewinsky.

Lewinsky poses for a photo with President Clinton in this image submitted as evidence by Kenneth Starr\'s investigation and released by the House Judicary committee in September 1998.
Lewinsky poses for a photo with President Clinton in this image submitted as evidence by Kenneth Starr's investigation and released by the House Judicary committee in September 1998.

"Associate Independent Counsel Michael Emmick confronted Lewinsky with her false affidavit and other criminal activities relations to the Jones case," the report states. "In an effort to gain her cooperation, Emmick told her she could be prosecuted on multiple criminal charges, but said if she cooperated, the OIC would take it into account in charging decisions."

In doing so, however, the agents and lawyers denied Lewinsky attempts to speak with her lawyer, Frank Carter.

"Because they feared she would want to call Carter," the report -- which was posted online by the Post -- states, "OIC lawyers devised a deliberate strategy to discourage her from doing so." One way of doing that was telling Lewinsky that contacting the lawyer would "get less value for her cooperation."

To sum up the confrontation, the report -- which was ordered by Robert W. Ray, Starr's successor -- states: "On the slippery slope, Emmick did not stop."

The National Archives provided CNN with the report and Spokeswoman Laura Diachenko said the reason this report was able to be released - but other from the Starr investigation were not - was because the report was not clearly marked as sealed.

"If the Special Counsel report authored by Jo Ann Harris was considered sealed by the Special Division, it should have been clearly marked to indicate its status. It was not," Diachenko said in an emailed statement. "If the report was marked as under seal, it would not have been released."

The release of the 2000 report on Lewinsky comes at a time when the former White House intern has stepped back into the public eye after more than a decade of trying to be private.

Lewinsky delivered her first high-profile speech since the affair at Forbes' 30 Under 30 summit on Tuesday and earlier this year Vanity Fair announced that the former White House intern was a contributor to the magazine. Since then, Lewinsky has penned pieces on cyberbullying and her life after the Clinton affair.

At the Forbes appearance, Lewinsky spoke at length about her confrontation with agents and lawyers that was detailed in the government report.

"It was just like you see in the movies," Lewinsky said of the encounter. "Imagine, one minute I was waiting to meet a friend in the food court and the next I realized she had set me up, as two FBI agents flashed their badges at me."

She added: "Immediately following, in a nearby hotel room, I was threatened with up to 27 years in jail for denying the affair in an affidavit and other alleged crimes. Twenty-seven years. When you're only 24 yourself, that's a long time. Chillingly, told that my mother too might face prosecution if I didn't cooperate and wear a wire... My friends and my family were subpoenaed to testify against me."

The government report - titled the "Report of the Special Counsel Concerning Allegations of Professional Misconduct By the Office of Independent Counsel in Connection with the Encounter with Monica Lewinsky" - substantiates Lewinsky's story.

"For nearly twelve hours, the OIC lawyers were in a hotel room with this hysterical but very focused young woman," reads the report.

Lewinsky, however, never cooperated with the investigation. And while Clinton was impeached by the House, the Senate acquitted the president of the House charges in 1999.

OPINION: Shame on Monica Lewinsky

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‘Dog got’ White House fence jumper

  • NEW: This is the second time he's been arrested at the White House, father says
  • NEW: Adesanya charged with two counts of felony assault for attacking police dogs
  • It's the second such incident since last month

Washington (CNN) -- A man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night suffers from mental problems, and has been arrested there before, according to his father.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, barely made it onto the lawn before he was subdued as he fought off two police dogs, the Secret Service said.

"Dog got him," a Secret Service spokesman said.

Man jumps White House fence

Adesanya has been charged with two counts of felony assault on a police officer for attacking the K-9 dogs, four counts of resisting and unlawful entry, and one count of making threats, said Brian Leary, a Secret Service spokesman.

Authorities said he was unarmed at the time of his arrest.

His father, who did not want to be named, told CNN affiliate WMAR that his son is paranoid and hears voices.

Adesanya was arrested near the White House about two months ago and charged with a misdemeanor, he said.

"He had done it before. ... He didn't get that close," the father told the affiliate. "He didn't cross the fence. He was at the gate, fussing at the people, wanting to talk to the President to tell the President about his situation."

The father said they've asked the government for help, without any success. He did not provide specifics on whom he sought help from.

"It's hard to be in your house and not know if the person you're living with is trustworthy and to know they're mentally disturbed like he is," the father said.

Before officers moved in, Adesanya kicked a K-9 unit dog and punched another one. The two dogs -- Hurricane and Jordan -- were treated by a vet for injuries suffered in the incident. Both dogs were cleared for continued duty by the Secret Service Thursday morning after sustaining minor bruises from the night before.

Elaborate video shows entire security breach at White House

Wednesday's incident is the second time someone has jumped the fence at the White House in the last month. This time, the president was in the residence when the intruder jumped over the fence.

In September, a man -- who police identified as Omar Gonzalez -- scaled a fence armed with a knife and made it into the White House before he was detained.

Gonzalez's indictment has been delayed until he undergoes a full mental competency evaluation.

CNN's Jim Acosta reported from Washington, with Faith Karimi reporting and writing in Atlanta. CNN's Eric Bradner and Justin Peligri also contributed to this report.

Young Latinos: End Cuba embargo

A Cuban checks his motorcycle in front of billboards alluding to the U.S. embargo on Cuba, on April 20, 2009 in Havana.
A Cuban checks his motorcycle in front of billboards alluding to the U.S. embargo on Cuba, on April 20, 2009 in Havana.
  • A new generation of Cuban-Americans is re-thinking the 50 year-old embargo
  • Democratic politicians have endorsed ending the embargo

New York (CNN) -- Cuban-Americans have had an outsized influence in keeping the U.S. embargo since Fidel Castro seized power. Now a younger generation, with strong familial ties there but far removed from the memories of Castro's revolution, want the embargo to end.

"Asking whether someone is for or against the embargo was a good question in 1962," said Giancarlo Sopo, a 31-year-old Miami-born marketing executive in New York. "We've allowed this policy to become the 800-pound gorilla in the room and a distraction from the atrocities of the regime, the human rights abuses, and the aspirations of the Cuban people," he added.

His statement is startling. Sopo says his grandfather was murdered by the Castro regime. Sopo's father, who he says witnessed the killing, fought in the Bay of Pigs invasion.

According to analysts, as more Cuban-American millennials begin to question the embargo, more will begin to abandon their Republican roots for the Democratic Party, like Sopo did.

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Democrats have long-hoped to make inroads with Cuban-Americans, the only Latino group that still leans Republican, and have taken notice of the generational shift.

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, deemed the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, recently said she would like to see the U.S. move toward normalizing relations with Cuba. "I think it has propped up the Castros because they can blame everything on the embargo," she said during a July interview on Fusion.

CNN reached out for comment but no one from Clinton's office was immediately available for a response.

This year's Florida gubernatorial race will measure just how strong the GOP's grasp on Cuban Americans remains.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott who supports the embargo faces former Republican-now-Democrat Governor Charlie Crist who during a July campaign stop in Miami's Little Havana openly called for an end to the embargo, a move that had been considered political suicide in the state.

At a debate sponsored by CNN in Florida earlier this week, Crist said he wouldn't be willing to go so far as meeting with Raul Castro, but he defended his opposition to the embargo.

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"The embargo has been in place for over 50 years, it has not worked. The intent of the embargo was to get rid of the Castro brothers. They're still there," Crist said.

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"The message that worked well in the past -- Cuban Embargo -- and moved older Cubans to vote Republican, is not as impactful for younger U.S. born Cubans," said Luis Miranda Jr., a managing partner at MirRam Group, a political consulting firm. He says messages of employment, economic recovery and fixing the broken immigration system is what resonates with this group.

It's not just Cuban-Americans, many young Latinos are questioning the embargo.

Twenty nine-year-old old Chicago-based writer Hector Luis Alamo, who is of Puerto Rican and Honduran descent, says people in his generation feel that "It's about damn time" for the embargo to end. Alamo says that he and every other millennial he knows desperately want the opportunity to travel to Cuba -- even those that are not Cuban.

"I don't believe that [being of Cuban descent] matters," Alamo said. "As an American, I have a vested interest in the policies of my government not only towards its own citizens, but also towards the citizens of other countries."

On Oct. 11, the NY Times joined the anti-embargo chorus.

"For the first time in more than 50 years, shifting politics in the United States and changing policies in Cuba make it politically feasible to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and dismantle the senseless embargo", wrote the Times' editorial board. "The generation that adamantly supports the embargo is dying off. Younger Cuban-Americans hold starkly different views, having come to see the sanctions as more damaging than helpful."

A June poll by Florida International University found that more than half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the embargo and a solid majority of them also favor restoring diplomatic relations with Havana.

The Obama administration has not endorsed lifting the embargo, however. And it can only be lifted by Congress and as Mauricio Claver-Carone, Director of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, a lobby group in favor of keeping the embargo, points out, all seven Cuban-American legislators, including senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Bob Menendez, are against doing so.

Still, the Cuban-American community is changing.

"The Cuban-American community is definitely different from that of several years ago," says Professor Mauricio Font, Director of New York University's Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies. "It has a large number of post-1990 immigrants who generally oppose the Castro regime but may want to keep the options to travel to Cuba. Furthermore, the 'historicos' who came to the U.S. in the late '50's and 60's are also experiencing attrition from aging."

The United States and Cuba have been at odds for over 50 years. Both sides have recently taken small steps towards a reconciliation. In 2011, President Barack Obama eased travel restrictions to the island for American citizens and last week, Cuba said it would be willing to cooperate with Washington to help fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

But, only time will tell if a new generation of young, engaged Latino voters can exert enough political heat to completely thaw a relationship frozen during the Cold War.

Ex-mayor linked to missing students

  • 43 students intending to protest in Iguala vanished on September 26
  • Police say former mayor and his wife are responsible for the disappearance
  • Activist priest says the students were shot, bodies burned

(CNN) -- A former mayor is a "probable" suspect in the disappearance of 43 students who were kidnapped last month from Iguala, a small city in Guerrero state, Mexican authorities said.

Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam said Wednesday his office has issued arrest warrants for former Iguala Mayor José Luis Abarca; his wife, Maria de los Ángeles Pineda Villa; and the city's former public safety director, Felipe Flores Velásquez. Murillo said they are considered "probable masterminds" of events that occurred in Iguala on September 26.

According to the attorney general, on that day, a group of students from a teachers college in the nearby town of Ayotzinapa were on their way to stage a protest in Iguala. When the former mayor and his wife learned the protest would disrupt an event led by the mayor's wife, they gave orders to their public safety director to send police forces to prevent the students from protesting.

"The order to confront those people came from the police department's command center, straight from A-5, code name used to identify the Iguala mayor," Murillo said. The attorney general also said his office learned this information from interrogations of police officers and gang members detained in the last month who were allegedly involved in the incident.

Ex-mayor linked to missing students
Mexico: Where are 43 abducted students?
Forty-three students remain missing after armed men ambushed buses carrying students in southern Mexico on on September 26 .The Mexican state of Guerrero posted images and offered a reward of 1 million pesos ($74,000) for information leading to the missing students. Images of three missing students were not available.Forty-three students remain missing after armed men ambushed buses carrying students in southern Mexico on on September 26 .The Mexican state of Guerrero posted images and offered a reward of 1 million pesos ($74,000) for information leading to the missing students. Images of three missing students were not available.
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Photos: Missing Mexican studentsPhotos: Missing Mexican students

Police officers blocked the highway leading into the city and shot at the students as they arrived in buses and a van. One student was killed.

Footage from the scene shows a white van left in the middle of the road with its windows blown out and the doors wide open.

The students, Murillo said, were subsequently taken away by police officers, who handed them over to a local criminal gang known as Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors), which had infiltrated not only the police department but was also complicit with Mayor Abarca, his wife and the public safety director. All three disappeared the day after the clashes between police and the students.

It has been almost a month since the incident and the students are still missing. Fifty-three people, including 36 officers and 17 suspected gang members, have been detained.

No one was available for comment at the Iguala Police Department. The Mexican federal police and army have taken over the department and assumed all security responsibilities.

Twenty-eight bodies were found in mass graves in the state of Guerrero, but DNA tests showed there were no missing students among those victims.

Mexico was shocked this week by the revelations of a Roman Catholic priest and well-known activist who works with migrants and trafficking victims. The Rev. Alejandro Solalinde said the students were forced to walk to a remote location and then shot.

"Some who were wounded but still alive, with others who were already dead -- one, two, we don't know how many -- were put on top of firewood and set on fire with diesel," Solalinde said. He said he has given his information to prosecutors.

The case has become a political crisis, with opposition lawmakers asking President Enrique Peña Nieto to dissolve the entire Guerrero state government and take charge. Peña Nieto has said his government will not spare any efforts until the students are found and justice is done.

"Violence, whatever its origin, goes against what we are as a country. Violence will never be a solution or pave the way towards a better future," the President said.

Mexican authorities are offering a reward of nearly $5 million for information leading to finding the students and solving the case.

Online, international students are also demanding answers. A video posted on YouTube shows young people from different countries "demanding justice for the 43 Mexican students who went missing on September 26," in multiple languages.