DJ Adam Goldstein's accidental death

DJ Adam 'AM' Goldstein before his death. He loved his sneakers.

Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein was found in his apartment after a friend reportedly went to his apartment to check on him. There was no response at the door so he called the police who gained access to the star’s home where they found his body.

Police found several bottles of prescription medication in the DJ’s kitchen and a crack pipe was reported as lying near his body. DJ AM had previously battled a drug related problem and sought help for addiction, however, according to sources he been clean for nine years.

The coroner ruled that the DJ’s death was an accident, saying that he passed away from “acute intoxication” from ‘substance abuse’. The medical examiner stated at the time that Goldstein had died from the ‘combined effects’ of cocaine, oxycodone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole.

Goldstein was found with eight undigested oxycontin pills in his stomach and one in his mouth although the circumstances surrounding his death are still not clear, a representative confirmed he was to enter rehab again for his addiction to prescribed medication.

DJ AM in happier times. Taken before his weight ballooned due to depression and other factors.

AT the time of his death the 36-year-old was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (specifically survivor’s guilt) after surviving a plane crash that left him seriously injured and killed four other passengers. It is thought that the emotional strain caused by the crash led him to begin using drugs again.

DJ AM and musician, Travis Barker, were the only survivors after a Learjet crashed during take-off in South Carolina. In an interview a month after the crash, Goldstein said: “There’s no reason why I lived and they didn’t. It’s something that I struggle with every day, you know, kind of wondering. But I’ve realized I’m never really going to know. I’m alive, I’m here, and I have another chance. So I have to do something better with my life this time.”

Friends of the deceased star, who previously dated socialite Nicole Richie, say his break-up with former girlfriend Hayley Wood left him devastated and may also have contributed to his return to drug use. A friend of the DJ told BANG showbiz: “She ended it, and he didn’t want it to end. The breakup hurt him. He hadn’t been in a good place lately. For the past week, he wasn’t really around, he was keeping to himself, and he was blowing people off.”

DJ Adam Goldstein at home with his cat.

The cause of death is still a source of speculation but the evidence around his death scene speak volumes and police say it was a suspected accidental drug overdose. Just one day before he was found dead, Adam left this message on his Twitter page: “New York, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york ain’t always what it seems [sic].”

DJ AM was buried on September 1 and the ceremony lasted for two and a half hours. Hayley Wood addressed the crowd with a moving speech that contradicted her move to break off the relationship with Goldstein.

He was my soulmate and now he is my soul,” she said. “He is my amazing grace.”

As a former member of Crazy Town he also worked with Will Smith and Madonna. He recently joined forces with former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker to release a mix tape called ‘Fix Your Face’. The two toured in the US and it was during the tour that the traumatic plane crash occurred.

DJ ADam Goldstein doing his thing

He was one of the most sought-after DJs in the US, playing gigs regularly in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

During his long battle with drugs he entered rehab a few times and reflecting on his early 20s when he also struggled with depression and weight he said: “Drugs became my identity.”

At one stage he would finish a gig and return home in the early hours of the morning to take drugs alone and in the following months he ballooned to around 300 pounds.

A failed suicide attempt brought an epiphany. He put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger but it jammed, “I can’t even kill myself,” he thought at the time.

Adam, however, made a defining decision in his life and vowed to get off the drugs and lose weight. He underwent gastric bypass surgery and lost a whopping 120 pounds.

His representatives issued this statement, following the DJ’s unexpected death: “The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Out of respect for his family and loves ones, please respect their privacy at this time.”

Travis Barker paid tribute via twitter: “I’ll never forget everything we’ve been thru and every time i play the drums i’ll think of you. U were an amazing friend/DJ/human being,” and “Rest In Peace my brother, this really f***s me up. [sic]

Infomercials King Don Lapre found dead in jail cell

TV Salesman Don Lapre has been found dead in his jail cell, the authorities said. The apparent cause of death – suicide.

His death comes just days before he was set to stand trail in a $52 million fraud case against him, according to reports. Lapre, who proclaimed himself the “King of Infomercials” had been charged with 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and promotional money laundering through his company, “The Greatest Vitamin in the World.”

The 47-year-old was known for his late-night commercials, which were parodied on Saturday Night Live.

The salesman, who was doing time in Arizona, was indicted for scamming millions of dollars from at least 220,000 people between 2004 and 2007. He allegedly set up a pyramid scheme used to sell vitamins that did not provide the health benefits he claimed.

David Spade doing a parody of Don Lapre on Saturday Night Live

Lapre would have faced between $250,000 to $500,000 per count and five to 25 years in federal prison, had he been convicted. Pretty hefty. Guess life wouldn’t seem worth living if you were faced with that kind of sentence.

Lapre was a high-school dropout. In 1990 him and his wife, whom he married in 1988, started a credit repair business called Unknown Concepts. Lapre then began selling a 36-page booklet explaining how to recover a Federal Home Association insurance refund after paying off a home mortgage. On TV infomercials that ran during the early-mid 1990s Lapre claimed that by placing “tiny classified ads” in newspapers he was able to make $50,000 week from his one bedroom apartment.He also began offering “900” phone lines.

Soon he rose to fame with his many “lucrative” and “beneficial” schemes, including “The Greatest Vitamin in the World” and the “Making Money Package”. He was criticized as selling questionable business plans that often did not work for his clients. In 1992, he began broadcasting The Making Money Show with Don Lapre, which promised viewers that they could make money as easily as he had. For several years the show was ranked among the ten most frequently broadcast cable television infomercials.

Consumer watchdog organizations such as Quackwatch have accused Lapre of flogging get-rich-quick schemes. Web sites such as the Ripoff Report have numerous consumer complaints about Lapre and his products and business practices. Lapre, on the other hand, seemed to have not been so vexed about the bad reviews he was getting. The charming man that he evidently was, was once quoted as saying, “…I really don’t give a rat’s ass about what people think about me.”

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Lady Gaga jumps on Jamey Rodemeyer suicide

Our favourite celebrity self-hawker Lady Gaga is back in the news today (as if she was ever out of it) , this time on the rampage against bullying.

Speaking on Twitter after the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer who committed suicide on Monday after years of bullying at school, Gaga tweeted, “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger, it is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life.”

Jamey Rodemeyer committed suicide after continued bullying at school.

Seems Gaga must spend most of her life in tears having spent 48 hours excessively grieving the death of Amy Winehouse before using her death as a step-up to more publicity. And that is where the questions hang over her sincerity.

Certainly there is something tragic about the death of anyone who feels the only solution to an unbearable situation is to kill themselves, but why does Lady Gaga feel the need to use every heart-rending story to push propel herself further into the lives of every living being on this planet?

If she truly fought for every cause she pretends to endorse she’d never have time to release records.

The real monster behind the many masks, Gaga in her true form.

Like so many victims of bullying and central figures in campaigns, the help and sympathy comes too late for Jamey Rodemeyer. According to his mother who spoke with the Buffalo News, Jamey was made a target because he questioned his sexuality.

He openly spoke of his admiration for Lady Gaga and proudly considered himself one of her little monsters.

Jamie Rodemeyer was proud to be one of Gaga's little monsters.

Gaga has made it her personal mission to make sure that bullying is recognised as a crime and has sounded a rallying call to the rest of her little monsters; a collection of children too young and blinded by her dazzling celebrity kaleidoscope to notice that she lacks any substance whatsoever and is only there to steer them away from learning about real, meaningful, important issues in the world.

“Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime, I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it.#MakeALawForJamey.”

Music and politics? There is no line between them any longer. Sad times.

I hope she does encourage the president to make bullying a crime becasue it means that for once she’ll have done something useful with her fame, rather than make it seem acceptable to wear dead animals for shock factor, or use the death of other celebrities who she never even met to promote her average songs. I’m sure that rattling around somewhere in the largely vacant cavity between her ears is the genuine belief that she’s doing good things; thoughts placed there by her PR people.

For now, it’s just a load more hot air from the gagster, who it seems would perish if she stepped outside the spotlight’s beam for more than a second.

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Read about Tyler Clementi who committed suicide over gay allegations, Perez Hilton’s end to blog bullying, and other celebrities who have come out such as Evan Rachel Wood and Amber Heard, or take a look at Uganda’s anti-gay regime.


27 Club Inducts a New Member: Amy Winehouse

At the age of 27, Amy Winehouse’s so-called ‘untimely’ death (I’m not sure what constitutes a timely one) affords her lifetime membership to the 27 Club – a group of notable musicians who also died at the age of 27.

And she’s in good company: the 27 Club, which should really be called the Stupid Club contains some important musical names from the last 40 years. Members include:

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Brian Jones
(1942 – 1969)
Age if alive today: 69
Rolling Stones guitarist, Jones was a notorious drug user at the height of the swinging sixties during the golden era of the band where drugs such as LSD and Speed were also enjoying their heyday.

Cause of death: drowned in a swimming pool, verdict of death by misadventure. Death by bad swimming more like.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix
(1942 – 1970)
Age if alive today:  68
Seminal psychedelic guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, is one of the most influential musicians of the last forty years.

Cause of death: imbibed a delicious but deadly wine and sleeping pills combo and choked on his own vomit.


Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison
(1943 – 1971)
Age if alive today:  67
Lead singer of the doors and famous for improvising poetry during live performances. Also known as Mr Mojo Risin (an anagram of Jim Morrison). Later referred to himself as ‘the lizard king’.

Cause  of death: suspected heroin overdose.


Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain
(1967 – 1994)
Age if alive today: 44
Singer in grunge band Nirvana.  Known as the spokesmen of a generation – apparently. Famously uncomfortable with media attention. Struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression.

Cause  of death: successfully managed to impale himself through the head with a bullet;

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin
(1943 – 1970)
Age if alive today:  68
Known as the ‘queen of rock n roll’ or the ‘queen of psychedelic soul’. Famous soulful vocals and a gravelly voice.

Cause of death: finished herself off on a heroin and alcohol sandwich.

Perhaps influential musician types approaching the age of 27 should think about taking a year off for detoxification instead of marinating themselves in booze and drugs or tinkling about with firearms or swimming underwater without the use of oxygen. Although they’d probably be half as famous as they are now had they continued living.

Whether this dead-by-27 is a phenomena or whether it is more a reflection of the general age that rock musicians achieve success and the trajectory of their burgeoning addiction, I’m not sure. But as of 23rd July, the club inducted a new member.

These artists may have all died young and stayed pretty, but they are still dead.

You must help a heroin addict if you don’t want that person to suffer the same tragic fate as many other heroin addicts.

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Shamy Winehouse is Dead: Does Anyone Really Care?

So the world’s most famous alcoholic and junkie – the car crash that was Amy Winehouse – is dead at last, putting herself out of what appeared to be a miserable quagmire of destructive addiction. And even worse, an addiction played out as the world salaciously watched and salivated, savouring every picture of her bruised, bedraggled, bleeding and intoxicated body and persona. No one is surprised but everyone is shocked.

But when the self-destructive girl was abnormally clean and healthy, no one was really interested in her. What’s newsworthy about that? We liked Amy Winehouse the clown entertaining everyone as they sat at their grey desks in grim offices and pedestrian jobs, looking for excuses not to work. Look at her pulling funny faces with her make up smeared across her face; look at her funny skinny legs, isn’t she a fabulous disaster? Ha ha ha. Ho ho ho. She can sing as well you know. But no one likes a clown without their make up or funny trousers on.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was actually a singer as well as a junkie.

As a nation of alcoholics many of us looked at her and thought, ‘God, not even I’m that bad!’ – and it made us feel that bit better, knowing that our own paltry addictions and afflictions couldn’t compete with Amy Winehouse’s much publicised downfall. However drunk and offensive and embarrassing we became, Amy always did it better. And instead of just embarrassing pictures on Facebook only accessible by a handful of ‘friends’, Amy’s images were plastered across every red top juicepaper and every sanguinary celebrity website that thirsted for her pixelated celebrity blood.

Proving what a pathetic and sick bunch the human race is, her second album Back in Black re-entered the charts the day after her death. All of a sudden, with her departure, everyone is Amy Winehouse’s friend, everyone is an Amy Winehouse fan. The same rubberneckers that drank up the sometimes shocking images of her like gossip-hungry vampires whilst she was alive now mourn her passing, like they were a close friend.

Amy Winehouse looking sexy and sassy.

Amy Winehouse looking sexy and sassy.

And the tasteless stupidity doesn’t stop there. Some idiots in the guise of fans (or is it the other way around?) , have adorned her shrine in Camden Square, London with cigarettes and vodka bottles, which is like leaving a tumour at the grave of a cancer victim or Semtex at the shrine of someone wiped out during a bombing.

[adsense]A pilgrimage of fans and friends went to the Hawley Arms pub in North London – a trendy bar often visited by Winehouse and other famous Camdenite co-drinkers, all wanting to drink in the pub that she frequently attended. Which is exactly why people have been going to the Hawley Arms and a handful of other fashionable bars every other night anyway.

Perhaps if she’d got out of Camden – a melting pot for junkies and lushes and scabby musicians, she’d have stood a chance of survival. The area has achieved new status in the last few years due to the presence of Winehouse and her cohorts, turning regular pubs into trendy holes frequented by those desperate to be in the same space as some celebrity, like that might make them cool by association.

But there is really nothing cool about being an alcoholic or a junkie. It’s about time it stopped being romanticised by the creative industries: the troubled writer, the tortured artist, the suicidal genius.

Amy Winehouse before and after

Amy Winehouse: Attractive and healthy to skinny and drug-addled.

It’s no more tragic that Amy Winehouse died than if one of us mere mortals dies. It’s just more public. She had the opportunity to have a fantastic life. She could have done anything she wanted to but she screwed it up. She was a beautiful young woman – despite the many unflattering and scabrous images available on the internet – with a stunning voice, but she had one massive weakness – the brain of an addict and the propensity for self destruction. A propensity that made her exponentially more famous than simply having a tremendous voice, ever could.

I battled with drink problems and drug issues for many years, the only difference between Amy Winehouse and a regular lush or junkie is that the regular lush or junkie generally has to be able to function on some level. We have to make a living. We have responsibilities, we have to stay sober long enough to perform our jobs. We can’t afford to marinate ourselves in booze and drugs all day, otherwise we would.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse: sexy bitch.

So did alcohol kill her? Did drugs kill her? Did fame kill her? Or did Amy Winehouse kill herself? I wonder if the deceased chanteuse is worth more to her record label dead than alive? Is she less hassle and worry to her loved ones dead than she was alive? Definitely, I’d say.

I don’t care that we lost a great talent. Amy Winehouse was undoubtedly exceptionally talented. I care that we lost a young woman who should have been helped and protected; a young woman who was unable to cope with the fame that came with having a recognised talent.

On the other hand, Amy Winehouse was a sad alcoholic and a pathetic junkie and shouldn’t be revered for this type of behaviour, any more than the smack heads that skulk around the back streets of Camden Town. But of course she will be. She will be escalated to rock n roll martyr. Her death will guarantee her longevity. Something that continuing to live couldn’t have guaranteed.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

We are all to blame for Amy Winehouse’s death. When I say ‘all’ I mean all of us that took pleasure in the images of her looking dreadful, drug addled and demented on booze and drugs. All of us that drank with her or took drugs with her were condoning her public suicide. But most of all, the hideous and unprincipled media that were always on hand, stalking her in order to capture every indiscretion and amplify it.

Amy Winehouse didn’t court public attention like media whores such as Lady Gaga do but garnered attention accidentally through having a great voice and an equally great affliction. I don’t believe Amy Winehouse was a lost cause. I believe that if she’d been kept away from Camden and other losers she could have turned her life around, as I and so many other losers have. I think that if she’d had a decent support network and if the media had left her alone, she’d have pulled through. She didn’t need an end to her suffering – whatever the course of that was – she wasn’t a wounded creature beyond repair. She could have survived. But that’s not very rock & roll, is it?

Ok, so we lost another junkie. So what? But unfortunately a young woman with a tremendous voice was lost too. Shame, huh?

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Bond girl dead after drinking drain cleaner

Former James Bond bombshell Angela Scoular has died after drinking chemical fluid in the form of drain cleaner and pouring it over her body, an inquest in London heard on Wednesday.

The 65-year-old had reportedly been battling with alcoholism, bowel cancer and worries over debt from shopping sprees caused by bipolar disorder for years.  She suffered 40% burns to her body, throat and dietary tract after ingesting One Shot Instant Drain Cleaner with the mixture containing 91% sulphuric acid.

Angela Scoular was a Bond girl

Scoular, who played Buttercup in the 1966 spoof “Casino Royale” and Ruby Bartlett in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969, had not been drinking on the morning she died and did not leave a suicide note, the inquest heard. She was pronounced dead at 5.34pm in hospital on April 11, just over two hours after drinking the chemicals.

After being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008, Scoular underwent several courses of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, had surgery to remove diseased tissue and was given the all-clear. However, in the months leading up to her death she was apparently worried the cancer would return.

The depression and anxiety was made worse by drinking between 150 and 210 units and having manic episodes.

On the morning of April 11, when the actress died, her husband and British comedy actor Leslie Phillips was said to have brought her a cup of tea and a banana to bed. Shortly afterwards, Scoular got out of bed and went to fetch the bottle of drain cleaner. She immediately drank from it and then ran outside the house and poured the remains of the liquid all over her body. After this, she also slipped down the stairs to their house, fracturing her spine.

Angela Scoular with husband Leslie Phillips

Phillips, 87, had heard a noise at the door but thought nothing of it until he heard a passer-by outside and looked out of the window and saw his wife lying next to the white plastic bottle with blood on her face. He ran outside to help her before calling an ambulance. He then tried to help her with water and towels.

The elderly actor was too unwell to attend the inquest, but maintained that the couple’s 35-year life together was a happy one. He said in a statement:

”The only exception was her alcoholism. Angela had been an alcoholic since I met her. She did stop drinking from time to time but would return to drinking.She was a nervous type of person, not confident. But she was a kind, generous person who would help me with my work and I would help with hers. ‘She was lovely when she was sober.”

[adsense]Phillips said his wife had not mentioned suicide recently. She has, however, attempted it before, when she tried to kill herself in 1992 by cutting her wrists with a knife.

Other celebrities who have battled bipolar disorder include Superman actress Margot Kidder, actor Ben Stiller and singer Sinead O’Connor. It is also thought that Mel Gibson may suffer from the condition.

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Joseph Brooks – composer and rapist is dead

Oscar winning composer Joseph Brooks, most noted for the song You Light Up My Life, popular in the 70s, was found dead in his Manhattan home by a friend on Sunday afternoon.

With a son facing trial for murder, the imminent repossession of his home, and about to go on trial for the rape of 11 young women and on 82 accounts of sexual abuse, it’s not difficult to understand why the 73-year-old musician might have stuck his head in a plastic dry cleaning bag, connected it to a helium tank with a tube, breathed in a few times and quietly bowed out. Such poltroonary is quite sickening. It’s bad enough subjecting these women to such a despicable act, but being too cowardly to take responsibility for what you have done, well, that just rankles me a little.

Joseph Brooks collecting his award for 'Biggest Rapist'.

Harsh words you might say, don’t speak ill of the dead blah blah blah, but I think it’s pretty hard to feel anything other than relief that the old pervert is dead. He clearly used his status as a lure for foolish actresses eager for their big break, not realising that the only things that would be broken were their hymen, their ability to trust another human being, and possibly the idea of forming a healthy relationship for the rest or most of their lives. Rape does that to a kid, I’m told.

Of course, he might not have been guilty of these nefarious crimes and sexual peccadilloes, but killing yourself is generally tantamount to an admission of guilt. Or he might have been so disappointed by the bogus non-event that was Judgement Day that he decided to go to hell anyway.

Police have said that he did leave a suicide note. Probably something in ‘A’ minor, but the contents have yet to be divulged.

The only sympathy that I have goes to the young women who not only suffered the horror and indignity of being raped, but who are also robbed of their right to see their abuser rightly punished. The stigma that his close family must now carry also warrants sympathy. What a legacy to leave your children!

Help is at hand for rape and sexual abuse victims.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), someone is sexually assaulted in the US every two minutes. Sadly, 60% of these attacks go unreported to the police due to the stigma attached to being a rape victim and because rape trials are notoriously long, insensitive and intrusive, which means that 15 out of 16 rapists will never spend a day in jail, which almost makes it too easy.

Victims – please don’t let these crimes go unreported.

Other celebrities who have been accused of sexual offenses include: Woody Allen, Michael Jackson, Julian Assange and Mike Tyson. Famous people seem to think their status instantly grants them immunity to law and punishment.

I’d say rest in peace Joseph Brooks, but my words might lack sincerity. We lost another rapist. I just felt the world get lighter. C’est la vie.

Death Race 2011: Wacky Races for frat boys

Say the words ‘Death Race’ and most of us probably imagine the 1975 classic high speed, macho, sci-fi romp starring Sylvester Stallone and David Carradine as a bunch of futuristic, Wacky Racer-esque petrol heads trying to kill each other in between bouts of shambolic,naked 70‘s style gratuity.

Big bushes and hefty helmets ruled the day back then, and despite a very poor remake (as most remakes are) starring Jason Statham (he of ugly, cockney, balding, high-testosterone, ridiculous muscle definition and tedious dialogue fame) which tried to bring the film up to date, the classic remains just that.

David Carradine in Deathrace 2000, not the Pittsfield Death Race

Dick Dastardly and David Carradine won't be lining up for the Pittsfield Death Race

Today however the term Death Race applies to a new real life event in which insanely determined super freaks attempt to complete a gruelling set of challenges that only an egotistical, narcissistic masochist would contemplate, let alone enjoy. Dick Dastardly need not apply.

Two such maniacs preparing for this moderately new craze are Norwich based duo Ryan Davis and Philip Brown.

“It’s a crazy race, so we are doing a lot of crazy stuff to train and prepare,” exclaims an almost hyperactive Ryan Davis. “We work out six days a week, two times a day.”

“We are pretty hyped for this race, I know it sounds crazy, but we like to do crazy things!”

The 21-year-old athlete and college major studying psychology is hoping to add his name to a list of few who have completed the 24 hour death race. With six weeks to go until the challenge (June 24th in Pittsfield) in which participants must sign a mortality waiver to relinquish organisers ‘Peak Races’ of any responsibility, the pair are stepping up the workout.

The Norwich duo probably won't look like this as they compete in the Death Race

Somehow I doubt this will be the scene in the Pittsfield Death Race

And workout to the nth degree they must if they stand any chance of completing the ridiculously gruelling trials that await them. Crawling through heavy mud filled with barbed wire, running for several miles against the current in flowing rivers and climbing hills while carrying tree stumps or bike frames are just a few elements of madness they must overcome to reach the goal.

“We heard about it from a couple of friends on campus, who completed the race,” said Brown, also 21-years-old and studying history. “They said it is a big challenge, and we like challenges so we want to see how we do.”

The boys are hoping to maintain a Norwich tradition, given that every contestant from there has completed the race.

“We believe that it’s really overrated with the fatality waiver,” added Brown. “With right training and a strong mentality, we know we can finish the race.”

Their fitness regime includes swimming, weight-lifting, snow running and plyometrics, a system of explosive exercises designed to improve flexibility and nervous system response times.

“We use other challenges, like Bulldog Challenge, Levy Challenge and Best Ranger, only to prepare along with other workouts,” said Davis.

Mental strength is a big part of the Pittsfield Death Race

Mental strength or just plain mental? We'll know in six weeks time.

I’m not sure if the dynamic duo should be awarded medals for bravery or slipped into white, buckled jackets, but according to Brown their mental state plays a big part in the overall game.

“It’s real mental, because some parts of the race is set-up to where your body can’t really take it, unless you stop and think about what you are doing,” he explained. “Otherwise you’ll give out, and it’s long so you have to keep going and not let your mind give out on your body.”

Other aspects to the event include memory games involving former US presidents which must be remembered in the correct order and Lego bricks that require rebuilding correctly.

“You have to have a goal or drive to really complete the race,” stated Philip Brown. “You have to have a mind-set that if you are going to work out hard and determination then you’ll finish.”

Perhaps the tag Death Race is a little over the top but it certainly doesn’t sound like fun to me; still, best of luck to both participants as it sounds like they’ll need it.

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Read about other Iron Men such as Clayton Treska; Lance Armstrong; Craig Alexander; Matt Cutts; Chris Hemsworth and Iron Man.


Kurt Cobain burned out but has never faded away

Neil Young said, “It’s better to burn out than fade away.”

Ironically the ‘Grungefather’ is still rocking in the free world while most of his grunge progeny have faded away. Pearl Jam remain at the top of their game and are still as vibrant as the day they burst onto the Seattle scene, Soundgarden have reformed to less than glorious response while the iconic Nirvana died the day their talismanic front man, Kurt Cobain, injected lead into his cranium through a 12-guage syringe after shooting up what Bill Hicks would call a ‘heroic dose’ of heroin.

Cobain was a known bi-polar sufferer and his lyrics painted the picture of a man completely at odds with himself. While their live shows were often hit or miss due to Cobain’s state of mind on the day, they nonetheless forged a huge following thanks to their catchy songs delivered through the medium of a raucous, chaotic three-piece.

Dying was probably the best thing that could have happened for Cobain’s career as it instantly elevated him to legendary status. Even now kids born after his death are proudly sporting Nirvana tops and talking about their troubled singer as if they knew him personally.

In truth he was no martyr; just a desperately unhappy man who hated the celebrity status heaped on him by his band’s success. He wasn’t prepared for the waves of attention that flooded his life after they sold out to a major label and Nevermind was really the beginning of the end for the crest-fallen drug addict.

His misery was further fuelled by his relationship with Courtney Love who was a proponent of the original punk movement and the second most famous groupie to the Sex Pistols.

[adsense]After previous suicide attempts, most notably a year prior to his death through a massive heroin overdose, Kurt Cobain opted out of life. Nobody was particularly surprised by his death at the time – shocked, yes. As a musician he was nothing exceptional, not outstanding ability wise, and although he penned catchy songs his poetry was too self-indulgent to be anything other than obscure ramblings to any outsiders.

Cobain never changed the world and probably never saved anyone’s life; least of all his own, so the elevation to saint is baffling. Like Sid Vicious before him, all he was really famous for was excess and suicide.

Love him or hate him, he did at least follow Neil Young’s philosophy, and in burning out he has never faded away.

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Read about other untimely deaths including Jimi Hnedrix; River Phoenix; Heath Ledger; Brittany Murphy and Brad Renfro.



Alex Reid pleas for sympathy by hinting at suicide

In what outwardly appears like a genuine show of emotion, actor Alex Reid has spoken of his bitter sadness and contemplation of suicide after his marriage to Katie Price ended.

“I was depressed… I’ve had some really dark moments over the last few weeks. At my lowest I thought it would be easier not to be here,” said Reid.

“I feel humiliated. It was horrible because I usually live life to the full. I’m a strong guy. I’m a fighter. But this has drained me and taken all my energy and vibrancy.”

Reid’s sudden admission could be seen as closure on what was a torrid relationship, but the fact he is doing so publicly makes it look more like a plea for sympathy. He claims he is defending himself against what he perceives to be personal attacks by Price who rapidly moved on after she abruptly ended their 11 month marriage.

Better known as Jordan, the former ‘model’ and constant self-hawker, Katie Price, ridiculed her latest husband on her new reality TV show, in particular laughing about his dress sense.

And while seeing his wife in public with her new man, Argentinian model Leandro Penna, drove the knife deeper, Reid should be thankful that he’s out of the picture. Jordan is a slimy, grotesque, attention whore and her life has been a constant quest for fame and the media spotlight.

Despite this obvious fact Reid is still devastated by the separation, but perhaps this episode will serve as a lesson in choosing partners more carefully in future; after all, Jordan has left enough clues in the past as to the type of person she really is.
“After what’s been said this week, and the stuff that’s been on television, it’s time for me to speak out and tell my story. Seeing pictures of her with another man whilst we are still married is awful. Yes, I’m in pain. And in the last few weeks I’ve felt anger, rage, despair…But there’s a big part of me that still loves her,” said a clearly generic Reid.

[adsense]”When I first saw pictures of her and that bloke Leandro I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. I just thought ‘Jesus! How could she do that so soon, so publicly?'”

“This woman was, and still is, the big love of my life and leaving her was always going to be hard. I just wish it could have ended differently so that it hurt less. I would die for her and the kids.”

Or perhaps he won’t. Clearly his outburst is designed to try and win her back; a futile gesture from a desperately sad individual who might want to keep his feelings private in future to save the humiliation.

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