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Firefighter Dies on the Set of Edward Norton Movie 'Motherless Brooklyn' in NYC

37-year-old firefighter and father of four Michael R. Davidson sadly died on Thursday night (March 22) while battling a fire on the set of the upcoming Edward Norton-directed film, Motherless Brooklyn, in New York City.

His death, due to a critical injury sustained while battling the fire, was confirmed by Edward and producers of the upcoming film in a statement issued on Friday (March 23).

“To our great sorrow, we now know that a NYC firefighter lost his life battling the blaze that grew, and our hearts ache in solidarity with his family. New York City firefighters truly are the bravest in the world. We watched firsthand with astonishment as they charged into the smoke to make sure all were safely out and then fought to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading, putting their lives on the line as they do every day,” said Edward and the producers in a statement.

Flames initially broke out around in the basement of the Harlem apartment house where filming is taking place for the movie. Bruce Willis stars in the upcoming movie.

“Our city lost a hero tonight. The prayers of 8.5 million New Yorkers are with his wife, his four children and his loved ones,” said Mayor Bill DeBlasio in a statement.

Our thoughts are with Michael‘s family and friends at this difficult time.

Charles Lazarus Dead - Toys 'R' Us Founder Dies at 94

Toys “R” Us founder Charles Lazarus has sadly passed away at the age of 94, the company confirmed on Thursday (March 22).

The news comes just one week after the company announced that it will be shutting down its U.S. operations.

Charles started the company in 1948 when he was just 25 years old in anticipation of the baby boom, and remained the CEO until 1994.

“There have been many sad moments for Toys ‘R’ Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today’s news about the passing of our beloved founder. He visited us in New Jersey just last year, and we will forever be grateful for his positive energy, passion for the customer and love for children everywhere,” the company said in a statement.

Our thoughts are with Charles‘s family and friends at this difficult time.

Queen Latifah Mourns Death of Mom Rita Owens: 'I Am Heartbroken'

Queen Latifah has announced her mom Rita Owens has sadly passed away after suffering from a heart condition for over a decade.

The 48-year-old Girls Trip actress shared a statement with People mag announcing the news, saying that she is “heartbroken.”

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” Queen Latifah shares. “Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldy but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.”

Back in 2015, Queen Latifah and Rita opened up about her battle with heart failure – a chronic, progressive condition when the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently through the body – and revealed with proper medication, a defibrillator implanted in her chest, Rita could live with the condition.

“She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over,” Queen Latifah continues. “I am heartbroken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time. Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latif‎ah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter.”

Our thoughts are with Queen Latifah at this time.

NHL Star Erik Karlsson & Wife Melinda Lose Unborn Son Weeks Before Due Date

NHL star Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda have lost their baby, just a few weeks before his due date.

“The collective thoughts and prayers of the Ottawa Senators organization, the city of Ottawa and entire hockey community rest with Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son,” a statement from the Erik‘s team the Ottawa Senators said on their website. “We ask that you respect the family’s wishes for privacy during the grieving process.”

People reports that their child was due in April.

Erik, who is a captain for the team, sat out of their game this week. Our thoughts are with the family during this tragic time.

Cirque du Soleil Aerialist Yann Arnaud Dies After Falling Onto Stage During Show

Yann Arnaud, a longtime performer with Cirque du Soleil (pictured here on the left), fell to the stage and died from his injuries during a performance on Saturday (March 17) in Tampa, Florida.

“It is with immense sadness that Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group reports that a tragic accident occurred last night, March 17, during a performance of its show ‘Volta,’ in Tampa, Florida. While he was performing the aerial straps number, long-time aerialist, Yann Arnaud, fell onto the stage,” a statement read. “Yann was transported to the nearest hospital … he later passed away from his injuries.”

Yann had been with the company for over 15 years.

Our thoughts are with Yann‘s friends, family, and loved ones during this tragic time.

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