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Legendary country star George Jones is dead at 81

Country music icon George Jones — a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a legend of the Grand Old Opry — died today in Nashville, where he had been hospitalized for more than a week with fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81.

His recording career spanned more than 50 years, kick-started with his 1959 hit, “White Lightning.” He charted more than 160 singles, a record in pop-music history that still stands. Over the decades, Jones worked with Mercury Records, United Artists, Epic Records, and MCA, as well as producers and songwriters including Billy Sherrill and Bobby Braddock, who were often behind Jones’ series of duets with his then-wife Tammy Wynette — “Golden Ring,” “Near You,” and “We’re Gonna Hold On.”

Jones and Wynette’s tumultuous professional and personal relationship became a defining dynamic in country music, and his personal struggles with drugs and alcohol were also well documented; he later credited second wife Nancy Jones with helping him to reach and maintain his sobriety for the last three decades of his life. READ FULL STORY

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng dead at 42

Chi Cheng, the founding bassist of the Deftones, passed away this weekend at the age of 42, a fansite announced. Vocalist Chino Moreno also confirmed the news on his Facebook Saturday night (Deftones’ representation had not released a formal statement at time of publication).

Cheng had been in a semi-conscious state since a 2008 car wreck in Santa Clarita, Calif.; the band was recording its sixth studio album Diamond Eyes at the time. Moreno said as recently as 2012 that he hoped his bandmate would recover. Indeed, Cheng had shown improvement in recent years, including a limited ability to move his legs on command. He ultimately succumbed to his injuries at 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

Below, the full statement from Gina Blackmore at OneLoveforChi.com. READ FULL STORY

Mindy McCready dead of apparent suicide

According to the Cleburne Country Sheriff’s Office in Heber Springs, Ark., troubled country star Mindy McCready, best known for her hit 1996 album Ten Thousand Angels, died today in an apparent suicide at the age of 37.

Stacy McCloud, a reporter at Fox17 in Nashville, first tweeted the news on Sunday evening, and followed-up with a clarifying tweet an hour later:

NBC News correspondent Andrea Canning also reported details via Twitter, where she claimed that a close friend of McCready’s explained the singer had shot herself.

An email and call to McCready’s rep were not immediately returned.

Last week, a judge ordered McCready be sent to a treatment facility for mental health and alcohol issues on the same day that her two children, Zander, 6, and Zayne, 10 months, were placed in foster care. In January, McCready’s boyfriend, David Wilson, Zayne’s father, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

McCready moved herself from Florida to Nashville when she was 18, and within a year had scored a recording contract at BNA Records. In 1996, she released her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, which sold over 2 million copies and spawned the number one single “Guys Do It All The Time.”

McCready’s two subsequent albums with BNA, 1997’s If I Don’t Stay the Night and 1999’s I’m Not So Tough, couldn’t match the success of her debut (though, If I Don’t Stay the Night was certified Gold), and she was dropped by the label soon after. In 2002, McCready released a self-titled fourth album with Capitol Records, but it was a commercial failure, and she was dropped once again.

Over the subsequent years, McCready’s personal struggles often overshadowed her musical endeavors. In August 2004, she was arrested for using a fake prescription to purchase OxyContin pills. In May 2005, McCready’s then-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, Zander’s father, was charged with attempted murder after he assaulted her. She was charged with DUI the same month. The following July, McCready was found unconscious in a hotel lobby in Florida after an attempted drug overdose. In September of that year, while pregnant with her first child, McCready was again hospitalized for an overdose of antidepressants. Sadly, those weren’t her only suicide attempts. McCready was also hospitalized in 2008 after cutting her wrists.

In 2009, McCready appeared in the third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. She released a new album in 2010 called I’m Still Here. “This time I can survive,” she wailed during the bridge of the title track.

McCready continued to run into legal troubles stemming from her probation and an ongoing custody dispute over son Zander from 2010-2012. The apparent suicide of boyfriend David Wilson on January 13 of this year clearly shook the star. In her last interview, McCready spoke with Dateline shortly after Wilson’s death. “He was my soulmate,” she said, through tears. “He was my life.”

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Suicide Silence singer Mitchell Lucker dies in motorcycle accident

Mitchell Lucker, frontman for the death-metal band rising star Suicide Silence, died Thursday of injuries in a Southern California motorcycle crash. He was 28.

Lucker lost control of his black 2013 Harley-Davidson in Huntington Beach at 8:55 p.m. on Halloween night and slammed into a Main Street light pole, police said in a news release. He died Thursday at University of California, Irvine, Medical Center.

Lucker, who lived in Huntington Beach, was ejected while the motorcycle continued south and crashed into a Nissan Titan pickup truck, police said in a news release. Two people in the pickup and nearby trick-or treaters weren’t hurt.

The accident was being investigated to determine whether alcohol was a factor, police said. READ FULL STORY

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