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Legendary Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82


Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Legendary fashion designer Oscar De La Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82.

A family member confirmed De La Renta's passing to ABC News. The designer had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De La Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.

"When I first arrived here in 1963, all the names on clothes were the name of [the store]," he told Gotham magazine last year. "You made your clothes, you sold them to the store, and they quickly removed the label and put the label of the store. If it was a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue, the label was Saks Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman was Bergdorf Goodman. But it was a time of transition."

In 1965, the designer launched his own label, and soon caught the eye of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Other first ladies including Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton would follow suit, as well as a bevy of A-list stars, from Amy Adams to Sandra Bullock to Jessica Biel and countless others.

He also launched a successful bridal line, and most recently, designed Amal Clooney's wedding gown.

"George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can't imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress," she told Vogue last month. "Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman."

The fashion designer is survived by his wife, Annette, and a son, Moises, as well as stepchildren and step-grandchildren.

De la Renta, who won a bevy of fashion awards in his lifetime, including two Council of Fashion Designers Designer of the Year Awards, a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award and two COTY Awards, always appreciated every moment of his high-profile life.

"A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die. We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is a little like a garden. There is a time to plant, then a time you have to weed. Just think about people you've deeply cared for. And then think of the people you wish you'd spent more time with," he told Gotham. "I always say this: Live, love and laugh."


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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Jonathan Bennett Gets the Boot


ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jonathan Bennett and his professional partner, Allison Holker, were eliminated on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday.

“That’s OK,” said Bennett, after learning the news.

“Here’s the thing,” Bennett explained. “I came here to do this show to have fun and just have a really great experience and to bring life back into my life, and that’s what I did. I can’t thank Allison enough. I had the best time.”

Holker agreed, telling co-host Tom Bergeron, “I’m so proud of him.”

It was “Muy Caliente Monday” on the show as guest judge Pitbull filled in for the absent Len Goodman during this Latin-themed sixth week of the competition. The singer opened the show with his hit song, “Fireball.”

Former contestant and actress Leah Remini also helped host in Erin Andrews’ absence while she’s in Kansas City covering the World Series.

Returning to compete next week are actors Antonio Sabato Jr. and Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson and fellow actress Janel Parrish, NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, reality TV star Sadie Robertson, YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota and comedian Tommy Chong.

The stars compete each week for scores from the judges as well as votes from viewers. The star with the lowest combined total is eliminated each week.

Here’s a rundown of Monday night’s routines:

Jonathan Bennett: The actor and pro partner Allison Holker danced a Men in Black-inspired jazz routine to Pitbull’s “Back in Time.” “We need to see improvement and see a range, and that was exactly what that was,” said judge Julianne Hough, who immediately gave Bennett a big hug across the judges’ table. “The best part about you is your resilience,” added judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “I think this was your best dance so far.” Guest judge Pitbull joked, “You look just like Will Smith.” The actor earned 8s across the board for a total of 32 points.

Janel Parrish: Parrish and professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy spiced things up on the dance floor with a samba to a song by the legendary Celia Cruz. “You’re such a phenomenal performer because you perform from your entire body,” Inaba told Parrish. “But tonight I felt like you were a bit off balance.” Pitbull couldn’t help but feel the passion was missing from their performance. “I don’t know [anything] about ballroom dancing, but I know a lot about passion,” he explained. “And I didn’t feel the passion.” Hough was very complimentary of the performance, however. “The choreography and the content was almost like a competition routine,” she said. “So I want to commend you. Well done, I thought it was great.” The judges awarded Parrish a total of 33 points.

Tommy Chong:
The comedian did a foxy foxtrot to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd. “I just want to say that I think you could be in this competition for a long time. That was so awesome,” said Hough. Inaba agreed, noting she was “so happy to see” that Chong was “back in great form.” Pitbull, who called Chong “The most interesting man in the world,” really enjoyed their routine on the dance floor saying, “It wasn’t perfect, but it was fun.” In a pre-taped segment, Chong and Murgatroyd spent time in the sweat lodge, and it appears to have helped recharge them. The comedian received 7s across the board for a total of 28 points.

Antonio Sabato Jr.:
The actor and his professional partner Cheryl Burke steamed things up with a salsa dance to Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando.” Despite it being a tough week for Burke as she was also dealing with her father’s recent medical problems, the partners pulled through, earning decent remarks from the judges. “You really took me back to the streets of old Havana,” explained judge Bruno Tonioli. “You did a fantastic job of creating the perfect atmosphere, but you’ve got to learn to transfer the weight so you get the hips going.” Inaba agreed that Sabato Jr. was a bit stiff on the dance floor, but noted that his “trajectory of growth is consistent” which means he’s slowly and surely improving. But, she added, “You’ve got to let the music move you.” The judges awarded the actor all 7s, for a total of 28 points.

Sadie Robertson: The reality star danced a rumba to Rihanna’s “Diamonds” with pro partner Mark Ballas. The partners attempted to keep the traditionally passionate dance style as conservative as possible, out of respect to Robertson’s Christian values. “It felt really good, but I’m glad to get the rumba over with,” Robertson said after her performance. “I wanted to find the perfect balance of being appropriate while still doing the perfect dance,” added Ballas. The judges felt they did an excellent job of maintaining that balance. Inaba called it “exceptionally gorgeous and age appropriate.” Tonioli told Robertson, “You really are a sparkling little jewel of a dancer,” adding however, “The rumba needs a continuous motion and at times it was a bit jagged, but mostly well done.” Pitbull said, “It was simple, but it was powerful.” The routine earned Robertson a whopping 35 out of 40 points.

Lea Thompson: The actress and her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev spiced up the dance floor with their salsa to Pitbull’s “Sexy People.” Pitbull joked with the shirtless Chigvintsev saying, “I didn’t know Jean-Claude Van Damme could dance that good, man. It was sexy and that’s what I’m talking about.” Inaba, on the other hand, felt disappointed with their performance saying, “I think you should stay to your strengths. You play your game and stay on track.” Hough agreed that Thompson seemed to lack confidence, instead worrying too much about her fellow competitor, Alfonso Ribeiro. “I have always thought from day one you are the girl to beat,” said Hough. “Tonight though, I felt like you needed to trust your partner and trust yourself. At the end of the day, that’s all you can control.” The judges awarded Thompson a total of 32 out of 40 points.

Michael Waltrip:
The NASCAR driver and partner Emma Slater danced a sensual Argentine tango to Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” and the judges loved it, calling the choreography “beautiful.” Inaba told Waltrip “This is what a champion is made out of,” adding, “You were composed, you were elegant and you actually tried to really dance.” Pitbull said he was feeling badly for Waltrip at first, but then told him, “You did a great job and I see that you got so much into the moment you tried to sneak a kiss at the end.” Without missing a beat, Waltrip quipped back, “I felt like that was a Mr. Worldwide move.” Tonioli felt this performance was a “great improvement.” Waltrip earned two 8s and two 7s from the judges for a total of 30 out of 40 points, his highest score this season.

Bethany Mota: The YouTube star danced a sensational tango to “Jealous” by Chromeo with professional partner Derek Hough. The judges raved that the performance was “pure tango.” Hough explained, “There was no fluff. It was a pure, honest, good tango. It was everything a tango should be.” Tonioli couldn’t agree more, adding, “No messing around. [It was] straight down the line pure ballroom.” And Inaba said she was “blown away,” telling Mota, “that was ridiculous.” The judges awarded Mota 9s across the board, for a total of 36 out of 40 points.

Alfonso Ribeiro:
The actor, despite a painful groin injury, managed to pull through with a vivacious salsa performance to Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s “Booty” alongside his professional partner, Witney Carson. Ribeiro’s wiggling hips and gyrating derriere had the judges all excited, especially Tonioli, who told the competitors, “The rhythm’s got me. I could have danced all night.” Inaba even called Ribeiro over to the judges’ table just so she could spank him 10 times, displaying her enthusiasm. “That’s how you give that spice,” said Pitbull, as he recreated some of the couple’s moves. “That’s what I’m talking about.” The actor earned three 10s and one 9 for a total of 39 points.

The competition continues next Monday night on ABC.

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Study ‘Beyonce Feminism’ and ‘Rihanna Womanism’ at University of Texas


Larry Busacca/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Beyonce’s band of feminism has been a source of debate recently, and now you can study how she and Rihanna are impacting the feminist movement, by taking a new course at the University of Texas at Austin.

The African & African Diaspora Studies department just announced the “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” course for the spring 2015 semester. The goal is to explore their careers to understand the role of feminism in pop culture.

According to the course description, "Students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression."

The class will not compare Beyonce and Rihanna, nor is there word on whether Queen Bey or RiRi will make a guest appearance.  

As previously reported, Beyonce has also been studied by the Ivy League: the Harvard Business School recently released a report on the marketing strategy behind the surprise release of her most recent, self-titled CD.

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Kylie Jenner and Rapper Tyga Seen Traveling Together in Europe


Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) -- Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga have been traveling all over Europe together, sources tell TMZ, but the pair still deny they're a couple.

Eyewitnesses spotted the 17-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and Tyga, 24, at England's Gatwick Airport last Friday. The two then reportedly traveled on to Bordeaux, France and Geneva, Switzerland, before finally landing in Athens, Greece, where Tyga performed on Sunday.

Tyga was previously linked to model Blac Chyna, with whom he has a child.

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Tori Spelling Hospitalized for Bronchitis and Possible Pneumonia


ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Tori Spelling had a bit of a scare this past Saturday when she was rushed to Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai Hospital for a severe cough attack, a source tells Us Weekly.

The True Tori star was coughing so intensely she nearly passed out, according to the source who adds she was eventually admitted to the hospital for severe bronchitis and possible pneumonia.

Spelling’s husband Dean McDermott, with whom she recently reconciled following his highly publicized affair, was at her side, notes the source. The former Beverly Hills 90210 star is expected to remain in the hospital through the week, according to the source.

The 41-year-old reality star was forced to cancel a promotional appearance for True Tori’s upcoming second season.

TMZ had previously reported that upon her arrival, Spelling was initially quarantined and treated like she had contracted the Ebola virus. She was kept from other patients while medical staff took precautions treating her. However, the gossip website confirmed she doesn’t have the virus.

Season 2 of True Tori kicks off Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

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Nicholas Brendon Says He Mixed Medication with Alcohol Prior to Arrest


Paul Warner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon on Monday posted an apology on Facebook following his recent arrest in Boise, Idaho, stemming from a disturbance in a hotel lobby.

The 43-year-old actor says he regrets disappointing his family, fans and himself, and that there is no excuse for his "unacceptable behavior."

He then explains, "For the past 5 days, I have been taking prescription pain medication to help me manage a cyst behind my knee cap, which is scheduled for corrective surgery on Monday morning. I made the poor decision to mix this prescribed medication with alcohol. The result was embarrassing and unacceptable."

Brendon says he intends to seek "appropriate treatment and therapy" for his medical ailments and "emotional demons."

Brendon was arrested on a count of resisting and obstructing officers, as well as a count of malicious injury to property, at a Boise hotel on Friday night. Hotel staff accused him of breaking a decorative dish.

The actor was in town for the local Tree City Comic Con.

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Renee Zellweger Says ‘It Would Be Fun’ to Do “Bridget Jones' Diary” Sequel


Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The woman behind the Bridget Jones series, author Helen Fielding, has already penned a third book that picks up on the life of our favorite British TV personality. Still, would Renee Zellweger, who portrayed Bridget in the big screen adaptations, want to reprise her role?

"It would be fun," Zellweger told E! News.

Still, Zellweger explained she's not sure what the status is on a third movie adaptation, if one is even in the works. "I have no idea. I'm not being cagey. I just don't know," she said.

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A third film would most likely follow Fielding's Mad About the Boy, the third book in the series. Mad About the Boy upset many fans when they learned Bridget Jones became a widow after the death of her husband, Mark Darcy. The third book picked up five years after Darcy’s death, with Jones being a 51-year-old single mom with two children and a boyfriend named Roxster.

The first two books, Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones Edge of Reason, were made into films starring Zellweger, Colin Firth as Mark Darcy and Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver. Reportedly, Grant said that he wouldn't be part of a third film.

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Shia LaBeouf Talks Religion, His Dad and His Latest Film “Fury”


Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) -- Shia LaBeouf discusses a number of topics, including his stormy relationship with his dad, finding religion after filming his new movie Fury, and his recent behavior, in the latest issue of Interview magazine.

LaBeouf, who was compared to actors like Tom Hanks early in his career, tells the magazine he always rejected those comparisons.

"The guys who I looked up to were far darker," the 28-year-old actor notes, naming actors such as Gary Oldman, Sean Penn and Joaquin Phoenix as his idols. The choices, he adds are largely due to his tumultuous relationship with his father, whom LaBeouf has previously admitted was a drug dealer.

"The guys who I looked up to were guys that my dad looked up to," he explains. "I looked up to my dad. And he doesn't have a Tom Cruise or a Tom Hanks kind of sensibility. He's in the Mongols biker gang. He's cut from a different kind of fabric, a different sensibility, a Vietnam veteran who came home disgruntled."

LaBeouf goes on to say he only speaks to his dad when he's working and needs to stir up feelings of anger and grief. "He knows what I'm looking for. It's not to say 'Hey, Dad,' Shia declares, "It's just an excuse to rev up. He's the marionette puppeteer."

In his latest film, Fury, LaBeouf plays a member of a World War 2 tank crew who relies on his faith in God as a way of coping with the rigors of war. He believes the role helped him find his own faith.

"I found God doing Fury," he tells the magazine. "I became a Christian man, and not in a f**king bulls**t way -- in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me," he adds.

LaBeouf also credits co-star Brad Pitt as being "very instrumental" in his religious transformation.

LaBeouf's bizarre behavior has landed in the tabloids a number of times over the past year, and he admits he's trying to ''reinvent'' himself, though "sometimes in very uncalculated behavior."

"I'm not a very intelligent person," he confesses, "and you've got to be a f**king genius to learn from other people's mistakes, because you've got to be a very smart man to learn from your own."

LaBeouf also admits looking like a "drunken buffoon" in New York City just prior to his arrest for disorderly conduct during a performance of the Broadway play Cabaret. His behavior led him to seek treatment for alcohol addiction.

Fury is currently in theaters.

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Brad Pitt on ‘Pecking Order at Home’ with Dame Angelina Jolie


ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie may be an honorary dame, but that doesn’t necessarily make her the boss at home.

“Aaah, no,” Brad Pitt told Us Weekly with a laugh Sunday at the London premiere of his new film, Fury. “We have our own pecking order at home!”

Pitt recalled the recent royal reception, in which the queen of England made Jolie a dame of the British Empire -- one of the highest honors awarded by Britain -- for raising global awareness of violence against women as the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

“It was just a pleasure and certainly one for the books,” the proud husband told Us Weekly about the Oct. 10 ceremony. “[It was] a wonderful afternoon for our family, a great honor for Angie and something we won’t forget.”

Pitt and Jolie brought their brood of six kids along for the meeting with the queen.

Because Jolie, 39, is a foreign citizen, she cannot be addressed as “dame,” and the award was given on an honorary basis.

Still, it was a significant achievement for the actress.

“To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Jolie said in a statement. “Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”

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Michael Bolton Finds New Fans in Starring in Commercials as Michael Bolton


ABC/Matt Brown(NEW YORK) -- Michael Bolton is back in the studio, not to record another passionate break-up song, but to lay down tracks for a new line of greeting cards.

The ‘90s R&B icon who made us swoon with tear-jerking ballads like “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” has launched a second career as a celebrity pitchman, selling all kinds of things from e-cards to Starbursts and Hondas.

The mullet is gone, but the pipes are as solid as ever. In all of his spots, Bolton plays a version of himself. “So far they all want me to be Michael Bolton,” the Grammy-winning artist said, laughing.

Bolton, who has sold nearly 55 million albums, clearly doesn’t need the money. He is just the latest celebrity to lend their persona to commercials.

Recently, Matthew McConaughey starred in two Lincoln car commercials and Will Ferrell became Ron Burgundy for a few Dodge Durango spots. William Shatner has also starred in commercials where he too plays an over-the-top version of himself. Not only is Shatner in on the joke, he’s cashing in. Those Priceline ads have led to new roles, including his Emmy-winning star turn on The Practice.

For Bolton, the ads have brought his career full circle. Back when he was a starving singer-songwriter, struggling to pay the bills, Bolton wrote and sang product jingles.

“’Be all you can be, get an edge on life in the Army,’” Bolton said. “That was me plus 20 great singers.” Bolton likes to joke that he has done a jingle for every drink in the picnic cooler, including spots for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 7Up, Cherry 7Up and Dr. Pepper.

“Dr. Pepper was huge,” Bolton said, bursting into song: “’Dr. Pepper, give me the news, I got a bad case of loving you.’” Somewhere along the way, his music career took over, and Bolton remembers the moment he realized it.

“I was driving to New York, and one of my commercials comes on,” he said. “Then the commercial is off and my single comes on and now I’m in my heart.”

“I’m thinking, “This is what I’ve worked my whole life for. It’s happening,’” Bolton continued. “And just as it finishes another of my jingles comes on after it. They were bookends to my single.

He said when he heard a second jingle, he called his manager from the car.

“‘We have to stop doing the jingles.’ I told him,” Bolton said. "I don’t want people at radio trying to guess whether I’m a real singer or whether I’m a jingle guy.”

But what brought Bolton back to the commercial airwaves was a music video parody called “Jack Sparrow” that first aired on Saturday Night Live in 2011. In the skit, Bolton is working on a song with Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island, and while the guys sing about partying in the club, Bolton keeps singing about a Disney Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy. (The Walt Disney Company, which owns the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, is also the parent company of ABC News.)

Bolton said Samberg didn’t have to twist his arm to participate. He jumped at the chance.

"We met at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and they gave us this boardroom,” he said. “We sat across from each other and I said, “Okay first of all my daughters are flipping out that I’m meeting with you guys right now.” And Andy says to me, “My mother is going insane that I’m sitting here with you!”

Through ads, Bolton can re-connect with fans who once weathered a break-up with a Michael Bolton tune, and reach their kids too.

“You are now stepping in front of an audience that record companies can’t even hope to get in front of,” he said. “There’s no comparison… Because you don’t have MTV and VH1 doing that anymore. Top 40’s not looking at us… We can’t look at them to get a new record out. It’s not realistic. It could happen, but it’s not realistic.”

Now the quirky ads have given Bolton a new way to remind his fans he’s still going strong.

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How Jake Gyllenhaal Lost 30 Pounds for Latest Movie "Nightcrawler"


Open Road Films(LOS ANGELES) -- Jake Gyllenhaal's latest movie Nightcrawler is due out at the end of the month and a Halloween release date is fitting since the actor's appearance in set photos could easily be categorized as "creepy."

The Oscar-nominated actor takes on the role of Lou Bloom, a photographer who scours the night looking for horrific photos to get the most online traffic.

To take on such a role, Gyllenhaal went to the extreme.

"I made a lot of choices physically," he told Entertainment Weekly for its latest issue, adding he lost upwards of 30 pounds for the film.

Some of the actor's staples were kale salad and chewing gum to be able to drop such intense weight, he told the magazine. He also ran 15 miles each night and didn't see his friends for weeks.

"The running thing, you're pretty hungry because you're not eating a lot of food," Gyllenhaal added. "You're lonely because you're not meeting your friends for dinner. People go, 'Hey you want to meet for dinner after work?' I go, 'Well, I'm shooting all night.' 'Alright, you want to meet for lunch?' I'm like, 'I can't!' So I'm gonna go run."

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Taylor Swift Reveals First Song on 1989: "Welcome to New York"


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift has revealed the first track on her new album. 

"The first song on 1989 is a song called 'Welcome to New York,'" she explained on Monday's Good Morning America.  "And I wanted to start the album with 'Welcome To New York' because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years," Taylor said.

Written by Taylor and Ryan Tedder,"Welcome to New York" is available tonight at midnight exclusively on iTunes, but only if you've pre-ordered 1989. "Welcome to New York" follows the release of the singles "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off." 

Taylor said the Big Apple definitely inspired the track. "I dreamt about moving to New York, I obsessed over moving to New York and then I did it," Taylor said. "The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe and hard to compare to any other force of inspiration I’ve ever experienced in my life."

"It’s like an electric city and I approached moving there with such wide-eyed optimism and sort of saw it as a place of endless potential and possibilities and you can kind of hear that reflected in this music and in this first song especially," she continued.

1989 will be officially released October 27. Three days afterward, Taylor will perform live on GMA in Times Square.

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"American Idol" Contestant Joanne Borgella Dies at 32


Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMI(LOS ANGELES) -- Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died Saturday after battling cancer. She was 32.

Borgella's family posted the news to her Facebook page on Saturday.

"With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne," the message read wrote. "On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 5:45AM, Joanne Borgella Ramirez was called by the Lord to heaven. At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world."

The message added, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered. Although our family is suffering with this great loss, we find comfort in the closeness Joanne shared with the Lord. We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven. #Godgotthis #cancerfree2014 #godisgoodallthetime. If you would like to send your condolences or for more information please feel free to email joanneborgella529@gmail.com or leave a message on her facebook fan page. If you feel so inclined, we hope you'll take the time to educate yourselves on Endometrial Cancer and support research efforts."

It was signed "The Borgella & Ramirez Family."

A few weeks ago, Borgella posted a message on Facebook saying she was having more radiation.

"Gooooood morning!! We are heading back to radiation for 2 procedures!! God js with us!! I have lots to fill you in on.. The presence of The Lord is here.. Prayers up!!! I love you guys #GodsGotThis #ThePowerofPrayer #Faith #IWillbeCancerFree2014 #JoanneBorgella," she posted.

In a video posted last October, she revealed that her cancer started in her throat and spread to her chest.

Borgella competed on the seventh season of Idol in 2008, where she finished in the top 24. Before that, she won Mo'Nique's Fat Chance show in 2005.  Borgella had also been featured on the cast of NUVOtv's show Curvy Girls.

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Julia Roberts Honored at "Pretty Woman" Hotel for Humanitarian Work


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Julia Roberts was back at the iconic Regent Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles Friday night, where she famously filmed Pretty Woman 25 years ago.

This time, however, the leading lady wasn't gracing the hotel to rendezvous with Richard Gere. Instead, she was accepting the Humanitarian Award from GLSEN, an organization that aims to prevent bullying against members of the LGBT community in schools.

Before the 2014 GLSEN Respect Awards, Good Morning America sat down with Roberts, 46, along with five young GLSEN ambassadors -- Mark Pino, Emery Vela, Peter Finucane-Terlop, Ben Espejo, and Ariana Thornton -- to talk about bullying.

"Why is this such an important issue for you and for your family?," ABC News' Amy Robach asked Roberts.

"I think for my family, because these are the heroes that are leading the way so that my children can go to school really unencumbered by this conversation," the actress explained of the five ambassadors. "You guys are the trailblazers. The future is really riding on people like this."

When asked whether Roberts and each ambassador could summarize how bullying has made them feel in one word, they all had poignant yet similar answers.

"I'm going to start with my own experience and say that bullying, when I have been bullied when I was younger, it made me feel insignificant," Roberts said.



"I would say it has made me feel silenced," Vela, a high school freshman from Denver, Colorado, who identifies as a straight-trans man, added.

"Dehumanized," Pino, a high school junior from Linwood, New Jersey, who identifies as gay, recalled.

"I want to say alone," said Espejo, a high school senior from Buena Park, California, who identifies as gay.

"Devaluating," Finucane-Terlop, a high school junior from Tampa, Florida, who identifies as gay, agreed.

"I would say ignored," said Thornton, a high school junior from Midland, Michigan, who identifies as pansexual.

Each of them also had strong opinions about what they would change in their schools to promote acceptance, if given the chance.

"I feel like a majority of the bullying that happens, or any other major issue, mainly occurs from just ignorance," Vela said. "You know, it's not people intentionally trying to be discriminatory. It's just they don't know."

"Teachers surprisingly need to be more sensitive with their lessons," added Pino, pointing out that it's not just students, but teachers and administration as well, who need to be cognizant of the LGBT community. "I've had teachers go on and talk about, ‘Oh guys, this is how you date a girl.’ [But] it doesn’t ever occur to them that there could be LGBT."

Roberts, as a mother of three, said the most disturbing thing to her is the "anonymous aspect of it that I think gives this sort of courage to people to be hateful as a sport. It's become like a game. And it's not a game. It's not funny. There's nothing brave or courageous about anonymously writing unkind things."

Roberts says she tells her children. "'Remember who you are. Be impeccable in every way that you represent our family in the day.'"

"Because even to be passive," she added, "to be a bystander, is to be absolutely as wrong as the person who is standing in the front of the line of cruelty. Even if this isn't your friend, even if this isn't your cause, we're still all human kind. Everybody’s just trying to get through the day the best they can."

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Allison Williams Says Flying Lessons for "Peter Pan Live" Musical Are 'Fun' But 'Uncomfortable'


Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Allison Williams is well on her to flying into homes when she becomes Peter Pan for NBC's upcoming live musical production. Still, learning how to fly like a boy who never wants to grow up isn't easy.

The Girls star, who began flying lessons in August, told People magazine that being airborne is "about as fun as you can imagine."

Williams said the harness "becomes uncomfortable really quickly, but that first moment when you are lifted off the ground is just utter bliss."

"It's a shame we were not built to be airborne," she added.

NBC will air the musical Peter Pan Live!, also starring Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, on Dec. 4.

Peter Pan Live! is NBC's follow-up to its hit production of The Sound of Music, which starred Carrie Underwood.

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