Glee Star Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson) has died. Cause of Death Revealed

Cory Monteith who played the character Finn Hudson on the hit TV show Glee has been found dead in a Vancouver hotel room this evening.

Monteith, 31, originally from Calgary had come forward to discuss his “substance addiction” issues from earlier in his life, and how he was “lucky to be alive” after his mother and friends staged an intervention to force him into rehab. Monteith had just finished another round of treatment at a treatment centre on April 26th, 2013.

He was found alone in his hotel room after he missed his check-out time.

He was dating Glee star Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) at the time of his death.

BREAKING NEWS: The cause of death has been revealed and the coroner revealed that Monteith died after taking a deadly mix of heroin and alcohol.

This is yet another example of how difficult it is to kick the habit of using drugs, which is why kids should never start!

It’s okay to want to be cool but when drugs and alcohol are involved, it’s okay not to be cool and be alive.  Monteith’s accidental death has devastated his fiancé Lea Michele and he threw away a promising career.  Sad.

As a fan of the show, his character will be missed.

Lea and Cory were last on Twitter on July 12th.

Cory MonteithVerified account@CoryMonteith12 Jul


1:25 PM – 12 Jul 13
Lea MicheleVerified account@msleamichele12 JulYou guys are the BEST! I’d love to win this #TeenChoice Award for you all! Vote for me here! :)

5:12 PM – 12 Jul 13
Lea has gone public with her hopes that Cory would come out of rehab and ready to get married and start a family.  Now she has to plan his funeral.

You Gotta Fight… Beastie Boys Adam Yauch Passes Away at Age 47.

It’s always surprising when someone so young dies, especially when famous, but the death of Beastie Boys Adam Yauch today, May 4th after a 3 year-long battle with a rare form of cancer, salivary gland cancer, caught me by surprise.

Yauch, 47, also known by his rap moniker “MCA” co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz in 1979 in Brooklyn, N.Y.  The Beastie’s smashed onto the music scene in 1986 with the album “Licensed to Ill” and from that the anthem “Fight for your right to Party” which was a massive hit for the band putting them on the charts and bringing hip hop into the mainstream.

After transforming the hip hop industry – white guys don’t rap, let alone Jewish ones (Yauch was born to a Jewish mother and Catholic father but was a practising Buddhist) – Yauch turned his attention to Buddhism and Tibetan independence in which he helped set up the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, which helped raise money for Tibetan independence.  He felt that he needed to give a voice to the Tibetan cause and help them get free from Chinese rule.

Yauch also helped form the successful production company Oscilloscope Pictures, which many did not know about him, which released acclaimed films such as “Wendy and Lisa,” “Burma VJ” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

Under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hörnblowér” (his middle name was Nathanial), Yauch directed many of the Beastie Boys’ music videos, making his televised debut as Hörnblowér at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards as he stormed the stage in costume to protest after R.E.M. won the award for Best Direction over the Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys video “Sabotage”, which was a great video and a really good song.

I suspected he was starting to lose his battle with this disease when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, and Yauch was not there – the award was accepted by Diamond and Horowitz although they read a letter written by Yauch and them, nad the other bands dedicated their performances to Yauch.

Yauch leaves behind his wife and daughter who would be around 14-years-old.

Did you know this fact about the Beastie Boys; According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term mullet – the hairstyle which is short on the top and long on the back – was “apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by the Beastie Boys who used “mullet” and “mullet head” as epithets in their 1994 song “Mullet Head”.  The Beastie Boys’ fanzine Grand Royal Magazine was the first to use the term in print

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch dies at age 47

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch dies at age 47 (Photo credit: rusty-boxcars)

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The NHL Can Learn from the NFL and RIP Junior Seau

If the National hockey League (NHL) wants to stop all the concussions and curb the antics around players trying to hurt other players they need to look no further than the news on Wednesday afternoon that the National Football League (NFL) has suspended four players for their role in the New Orleans Saints‘ bounty scandal.

The NFL had been tipped off that the Saints were rewarding players for knocking other players out of games and hurting them and they already banned the coach for the entire year and today they handed a season-long ban to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith suspended for 4 games. The league also hit former Saints players too, including; defensive lineman Anthony Hargove (now with the Green Bay Packers) who was suspended eight games and Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) will miss three games to start the 2012 NFL season.

Sure sends a message to league – not that a 25 game suspension doesn’t but it took way too long and there are still hits to the head, including in last nights game… Suspensions like this tell the players and teams that the league is serious!

Also heard this afternoon about former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau who was found dead in his home today.

He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

I’m not the biggest football fan in the world, however I do root for the Charges, have from when I was an Urban Pain in the Ass, in the Dan Fouts days when they were good.

What is really sad is that Seau was just 43-years-old who had four children with his ex-wife.

A first-round pick of the Chargers in 1990, Seau played 20 years in the NFL, earning 12 Pro Bowl nominations and was a first-team All-pro six times. He played 13 seasons with San Diego before signing on with my second favourite NFL team, the Miami Dolphins. Seau retired in 2009.

Apparently he has had a much publicized battle with depression. My thoughts go out to his children.

Still on football… Anyone see the new CFL jerseys?  Pretty awesome, eh?  I heard Fashion Television’s Jeannie Beker this morning on TSN Radio 1050 and she knows her CFL football.  She liked them and so do I.  You can see them here;  Tell me if you do not also think that the TiCats jersey look the best with the stripes on the sleeves.  I still hope they lose every game, but they can look great doing so.

Below is the Argos jerseys, double blue and full of tradition.

America’s Oldest Teenager, Dick Clark, has died. Some things you may not have known…

Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark was 82 years old when he died today of a massive heart attack.  Depending on your age, you will have different memories of him.  If you are under 40-years-old you will know Dick from ABC’s Dick Clark New Years’ Rockin’ Eve party in New York City’s Times Square.  If you are older you will know Dick Clark as the host of American Bandstand, a dance show which brought Rock and Roll to mainstream America.  In the show, clean-cut teens danced to the latest and greatest tunes while Clark walked around and spoke to them and asked them about the music.

What you may not have known about Clark are some of these facts:

  • The Museum of Broadcast Communications figures that Dick Clark Productions has turned out more than 7,500 hours of television programming, including more than 30 TV series, 250 TV specials, and more than 20 movies for theatre and TV.
  • Clark has won: Emmys, Grammys, been induction in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In March 2012, Clark and his 3rd wife whom he married in 1977 put one of their homes on the market, asking $3.5 million.  The house was an one-of-a-kind house on 22 acres in Malibu, modeled after Fred and Wilma’s house on “The Flintstones.”  It was recently featured as being one of real estate’s most unique houses
  • Clark would sign off his shows by saying “For now, Dick Clark…so long,” which he delivered with a military salute.
  • Clark suffered a significant stroke in 2004 which required Clark to teach himself how to walk and talk again, yet he returned to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show in 2005.  Regis Philbin took over the show for him in 2004.
  • American Bandstand was credited with introducing many artists to national audiences, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Chubby Checker.
  • Shortly after taking over American Bandstand, Clark also ended the show’s all-white policy, and introduced numerous black artists, such as Chuck Berry
  • Clark did not include the Beatles or the Rolling Stones on his show when they came to America, thinking they would not become significant groups
  • Clark later became host of The $10,000 Pyramid, which premiered on CBS March 26, 1973 (the same day as The Young and the Restless). The show continued through 1988.
  • From 1985 to 1988, Clark hosted both the CBS $25,000 version and a daily $100,000 Pyramid in syndication with the daytime version winning nine Emmy Awards for best game show.  It also won Clark three Emmy Awards for best game show host.
  • In 1973, Clark created the American Music Awards show – which he produces annually.
  • In 1984, Clark produced and co-hosted with Ed McMahon TV’s Bloopers and practical Jokes.
  • Amazing statistic: For a period of several years in the 1980s, Clark simultaneously hosted regular programs on the 3 major American television networks: ABC (Bandstand), CBS (Pyramid) and NBC (Bloopers).
  • In July 1985, Clark hosted the ABC prime time portion of the Live Aid concert.
  • Clark did a brief stint as announcer on The Jon Stewart Show, in 1995
  • From 2001 to 2003, Clark was a co-host of a daily mens talk show called The Other Half, meant to offer a male perspective to the wildly success show The View.
  • Clark was featured in the 2002 documentary film Bowling for Columbine in which Michael Moore criticized him for hiring poor, unwed mothers to work long hours in his chain of restaurants for little pay. The significance is that the mother in particular works over 80 hours per week and is unable to make rent and gets evicted which results in her having her son stay at his uncle’s house. At his uncle’s house the boy finds a gun and brings it to school where he shoots another first grader. Clark refuses to answer any of Moore’s questions, shutting the car door and driving away.
  • On November 13, 2002 Clark was appointed as a director of Krispy Kreme U.K. Ltd.
  • In The Simpsons 1999  Y2K  episode “Treehouse of Horror X,” at midnight a computer glitch causes Dick Clark to melt and he is revealed to be a robot.

What is your fondest memory of Dick Clark?

What is on your radar?

Here are some items on my radar right now which may or may not make their way into a real blog post down the road;

1. I understand there was a shooting at the Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana). Some idiot shot one of the dancers then fired into the crowd while ignoring the police telling him to drop his gun so they shot him.


I think he set back the carnival 10 years.

I’m not sure if the police killed him or not, but if they didn’t he should pay the organizers a lot of money for ruining what looked like a great event.

2. Rob Ford went to this event. He didn’t go to the Gay Pride parade but he came here. Oh boy… This is going to be a wonderful Ford-bashing week by the lefties.

3. Roberto Alomar was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame last weekend and today in Toronto at the Blue Jays game the team held an on-field celebration to honour him.  I remember Alomar for the game-tying home run in the playoffs off of Oakland A’s ace relief pitcher and a player I detested growing up, Dennis Eckersly. I also remember Alomar for spitting in the face of an umpire. What I didn’t remember was that he was only a Blue Jay for 5 years. I thought it was much longer and when I searched his stats on the net I was surprised to know that he played for the Orioles for 4 years with Cal Ripken Jr, and then with the Indians, Mets, White Sox and finally retiring after signing with the D’Bax. I knew he came from the Padres to the Jays but the rest I could not recall. Odd.

4. Is it just me or do watermelons suck this year? I recall reading and blogging about a field of exploding watermelons from China – the result of too much water and genetically modified melons with thinner rinds – and I think about every melon we’ve had this year which has been over ripe and lacking of any real flavour. Maybe the melon farmers should go back to the real melon seeds and sell a tasty product and not mass produce garbage.

If I took back every crappy melon to the store I bought it, I would not have paid for any this year.

5.  Hey, look at that!  It’s August 1st today, and that means we’re in the stretch run for back to school… Already. Man do Toronto summers go fast, especially when the first month is all rain, and the previous month no rain and a ton of heat. 

With the fall coming that tells me it’s time for;

  • vacation
  • taking the kids apple picking
  • taking the family to see beautiful fall colours
  • back to school shopping
  • the CNE!

6.  In what I feel is a mistake that could happen in Toronto if the “Downtown Elite” got their way, the President of the US agreed to raise the debt ceiling for the states.  What that means???  It means they are prepared to take on more debt without going bankrupt.  This ostrich like behaviour is going to come back and bite them in the ass big time and will for sure prolong the recession. 

Until both the republicans and the democrats agree that lavish spending and ridiculous compensation for CEO’s and professional athletes are brought back down to earth, the recession will not end.  Since a recession is essentially a view of public confidence in the economy the government has to appear to be doing something to equal the playing field before we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Case in point… HSBC.  Last week they cut 10,000 jobs, and this week 25,000 more.  I can’t see a company as well run as that shedding 35,000 jobs and then suffering, so that tells me they have 35,000 more positions than they needed.  WOW.  That’s a huge hit to the workforce no matter where the jobs are located.  And this is just one example.

7.   Ford recalled 1 million trucks due to faulty gas tanks and socialists everywhere are prepared to descend on Toronto City Hall looking to blame either Rob or Doug…