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Posted: 09:20AM Oct 2, 2017
Posts: 2069

Pray or at least keep them in your heart if you are not a praying person for the more than 50 people that were killed and "well over" 400 that were injured when a gunman opened fire on concertgoers from a perch above the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night, police said, making it the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

The "nonstop gunfire," according to one witness, sent more than 22,000 attendees of a country music festival across the street from the hotel ducking for cover and scrambling for their lives. Police say the suspect, who was found dead, had over 10 rifles.

In the wake of the shooting, the Las Vegas Police Department said authorities responded to a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, where police said the suspected gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was dead. Police said they believe Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself prior to police entry.

The motive was unclear. A senior law enforcement official told ABC News that so far there are no ties to international terror.

Edit... now some 7 hours later from when I first posted this, 58 are known dead 515 wounded.

---This message was edited on 05:09PM Oct 2, 2017---

"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse." Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes
Posted: 11:26PM Oct 2, 2017
Posts: 2069

Tom Petty, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who was among America's greatest songwriters and sold millions of records worldwide as leader of the Heartbreakers, died today at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu. A family spokeswoman, publicist Carla Sacks, confirmed his death to the L.A. Times. The cause of death was not announced. He was 66.
"On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.— Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on behalf of the family."

There was early confusion about Petty's status and erroneous premature reports of his death. CBS News was forced to retract and clarify a report that Petty had died, saying the Los Angeles Police Department had confirmed the death. LAPD later released a statement that the report was inaccurate: "The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources. However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting."

Several media outlets on Monday erroneously reported Petty's death, citing CBS News, and issued corrections. TMZ originally reported that Petty was brain dead at the hospital and was removed from life support. The site later said Petty was alive but not expected to survive the day.
He and the Heartbreakers just finished their 40th anniversary tour with a well-reviewed three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl last week; the final show was Monday. Petty had been quoted as saying it would be the last major tour for the Los Angeles-based group but that it would continue to play concerts.

If you are not familiar with Tom Petty, you would be if you listened to his music. All day, I kept hearing his music on the radio... then I heard of his demise. I got home and looked it up, and read that the media jumped the gun... but it did appear that the end was near. I may wake up tomorrow to find that this report from a family member was also premature; that could happen. But I will honor him tonight and ask that you all take a minute to remember him and his music!

---This message was edited on 11:28PM Oct 2, 2017---

"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse." Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes
Posted: 11:55AM Oct 16, 2017
Posts: 2069

Game show icon Monty Hall died of cardiac arrest after suffering from heart disease for 75 years.

The Let's Make a Deal host had suffered from coronary artery disease since his 20s, according to a death certificate.

Hall died Sept. 30 at the age of 96.

"I would love Monty Hall to be remembered for being a television pioneer — 7 decades in the business! And as a philanthropist — having used his fame to raise close to a billion dollars for charitable causes," his daughter Sharon told Deadline Hollywood.

The Canada-born star began his career in radio before transitioning to television, creating Let's Make a Deal — which tasks contestants called "traders" with keeping or exchanging items of varying value — in 1963. He hosted the program until 1986.

"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse." Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes
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