Recently, I was very near a shooting

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I won’t go into too much detail. I can’t even say exactly what happened as rumors are still flying around. But I will give you my point-of-view as to my first experience being near a shooting.

It was after my old high school’s homecoming. There was an after-party at a local club. Not considering this club’s egregious reputation of violence and shootings and against my better judgment, I went down there to check it out. I figured two years ago, nothing happened at the after-party I went to then or the year after. So, I went.

In mere minutes of my arrival, a fight broke out where a young man jumped another young man outside of the building. The victim left in a huff. Moments later, two young women threw down. This also happened out in the open. I heard one of them was pepper sprayed. They two ended up leaving the club. So far, this looks like it will be a fun night.

Soon after, cops arrived to make sure nothing else went down. I never thought I would be glad to see them considering the overall tumultuous relationship with the black community, especially in recent weeks. Still, I should’ve left as I had a sinking feeling in my stomach that the worst was yet to come. Unresolved fights don’t always go away quietly. But no. I had to stick around. So, I did.

All seemed cool for about a half-hour. I chilled and talked to some friends. I listened to the music blasting in the back room. But that wouldn’t be the only thing blasting that night.

Suddenly, shots rang out. Naturally, everyone panicked and ran like hell, myself included to keep from getting trampled to death. I took cover through an open door that led to the woman’s restroom.

After a few minutes, I walked out into the open room where there was a dance platform. Glass bottle shards were scattered all over the floor. There were puddles of beer and liquor here and there. A couple of chairs were turned over. The front door was locked. So, I went out the back way where several people were. There, I was told that the shots came from outside. However, over the weekend, my cousin – who was also at the club – told me that he dodged a bullet. Literally. A shot penetrated the wall and whizzed through his shirt grazing him. Luckily, he’s fine, but I’m sure he won’t forget his brush with (possible) death.

It was revealed that the young man who was jumped earlier came back for revenge. But the guy who jumped him left. That didn’t matter. It also didn’t matter that were were cops present. Somebody had to pay, and pay dearly.

Rumors abound that at anywhere from one to five people were hit. Some say one person died. Some say the victims were the young man’s relatives. More will be revealed in this week’s local newspaper, that I will pleasantly avoid.

I admit that after I got home, I was still shaken. It was my first time being close to an actual shooting. Even now, I’m still in disbelief and still a little anxious.

The young man was obviously pissed off enough to take his rage out on someone or as many people as possible. It’s nonsense, but that is the dark side of humanity, and he succumbed to it. It’s a testament to the toxicity of this nation’s affection for guns that want to deny its true existence.

This is by NO MEANS an exclusive part of black culture that’s constantly excused in order to continue oppressive law enforcement against the black community. Black folks do not ‘worship’ violence, nor do they ignore it. We’ve been fighting to stop violence in our neighborhoods for years, and even though violent crime has decreased in recent years, we’re still out on the front lines, because the job is still far from over.

The shooter felt disrespected which meant a lot to him. When he lost it, he lost it. If he wasn’t going to get respect, what makes anyone else deserving of theirs?

That Friday night reminded me that gun violence can happen anytime, anywhere. The incident shows that power, protection, fear and respect is falsely but overly forced through the means of a loaded barrel with the finger on the trigger aimed at human beings.

R.I.P. Bill “Radio Raheem” Nunn

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From NBC News:

Bill Nunn, a veteran character actor whose credits ranged from the “Spider-Man” movie franchise to the Spike Lee films “Do the Right Thing” and “He Got Game,” has died.

His wife, Donna, said Nunn died Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 62 and had been battling cancer.

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NOT AGAIN! Another Black Man Is Murdered By Police

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Not long after the police murder of Terence Crutcher was there news of another police-involved shooting of a black man. Heavy reports:

A 43-year-old black man was fatally shot by police Tuesday afternoon at an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparking protests from members of the community.

The man has been identified by neighbors and family as Keith Lamont Scott. His family says he was disabled.

The officer who shot Scott was identified Tuesday night as Officer Brentley Vinson, WJZY-TV reports…

According to the Charlotte Observer, the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road just before 4 p.m.

Officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant, but the man who was shot was not the person they were attempting to take into custody. Police told the newspaper Scott was armed and a gun was recovered at the scene by detectives.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the officers felt their lives were endangered and at least one officer shot Scott, the Observer reports.

However, the family disputes the police’s claims. They said that Scott was unarmed and was reading a book while waiting for his son to be dropped off by the school bus. It was also noted that the victim’s brother said that the officer was in plainclothes and undercover.

Scott was taken to a local hospital, where he died, police said.

His family has disputed the police statements about the shooting, saying he was waiting for his son to come home from school when police arrived at the apartment complex and shot him.

Soon after the news was made public, protests began in Charlotte. News outlets are already reporting that violence has erupted and that about a dozen were injured.

At this moment, I know how the rest of the show will play out. And I know something like this will happen again somewhere with a different black victim and a different cop.

Black Male Season Continues: Another Brotha Gunned Down By Police

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This shit continues undisturbed with no signs of slowing down or stopping. At this point, claiming that being black in America is hazardous to your health is an accurate observation, not an overexaggeration.

Raw Story reports:

Dash cam video released by the Tulsa Police Department on Monday showed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher with his hands above his head moments before he was shot and killed by one of the officers at the scene.

At a press conference on Monday, Chief Chuck Jordan explained that the video was “very disturbing — very difficult to watch.”

The video shows multiple police cruisers approach Crutcher’s vehicle, which appears to be broken down in the middle of the road. Crutcher is seen with his hands in the air. Both hands appear to be empty.

Pastor Rodney Goss of Morning Star Baptist Church, who was able to view the dash cam video as well as video from other department vehicles, said that all views showed Crutcher’s hands in the air.

Goss also denied claims made by a police spokesperson that suggested Crutcher was shot because he refused to obey commands.

Already, cops are trying to justify the shooting. Of course they would. They must save their own necks before admitting to any wrongdoing or gross incompetence.

“It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer,” Goss told Tulsa World.

The officer who pulled the trigger was later identified as Betty Shelby. She was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

It must be police procedure or something. How many other similar incidents have we seen where the officer in question was placed on paid administrative leave which means that they still get paid after murdering someone who posed no threat?

Like with any and all cop killings, the same old story will repeat itself like a bad rerun of a terrible show. It’s so recurrent that we know what to expect from the police, the “justice system” and political and social media commentaries. This was another edition of cops killing unarmed black people. So, the moment we heard about the news, we knew police was going to try to spin the incident in favor of the suspected cop who will be tried and probably freed or given a minimal sentence. Of course, if this is picked up by the mainstream media, especially of the conservative variety, they will do their best to uncover as much information about the victim as possible, such as his legal records, and will work hard to paint him as a criminal who deserved to die. And of course, black-on-black crime will be thrown into the mix.

Welcome to America where being black is a crime, and not too many people gives a fuck and are seemingly proud of it.

Vern’s Venting: Angry Becky on the Rampage

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By Lavern Merriweather:

By now, everybody has heard of the mea culpa given recently by Lena Dunham, the star and creator of the HBO hit “Girls”, for her inflammatory criticism of New York Giants player Odell Beckham Jr. Lena was forced to apologize after being seated next to Mr. Beckham at a Met Ball in May of this year. Apparently, Ms. Dunham is still crying some rather salty tears, because of Mr. Beckham’s lack of acknowledgment to her presence.

She said and I quote, “I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me, and he determined I was not the shape of woman by his standards. He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog’. It wasn’t mean – he just seemed confused”. And because Mr. Beckham dare not drool over the arrogant female, in a tuxedo no less, Dunham ended her whiny rant with the gem: “This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes”.

Okay people, where do I even began breaking down the total douche baggery of Ms. Dunham’s self-centered, self-serving, petty, offensive and yes racist unfair seething?

No, Ms. Dunham it is you that are confused about what constitutes classy, sophisticated behavior as opposed to that of a childish, entitled, privileged little brat. I’m surprised she didn’t threaten to hold her breath until her face turned blue or immediately jumped on the floor and starting pounding it while screaming for another piece of cake.

Alas, even Lena’s words on Twitter to supposedly make amends sounded very much like a ‘woe is me’ trope. Ms. Dunham prattles on about her insecurities, then makes a snarky comment about her ‘humor’ and the level of outrage she got from her egotistical ramblings. It wasn’t until some obvious much needed self-reflection did Ms. Dunham issue a much more valid and less haughty, smug apology.

Hopefully, Ms. Dunham has learned something from this, meaning that the whole world isn’t going to give in to her puerile notions of beauty and race within the confines of her protected little world. What she did was not only disgraceful, but a pattern of conduct that got black men lynched 100 years ago. For those who have an issue with me bringing Mr. Beckham’s race into this, tough. You can’t tell me that his being a black man had no bearing for why Ms. Dunham thought that nobody would call her obnoxiousness to the carpet, then trying to use being a comedian and her humor as an excuse as if that has anything to do with it. Her conjuring some made-up fantasy disgust for her looks and figure by this black male who, for all intense purposes was minding his own business, was not the least bit funny. Nor do I believe she meant her comments as a joke.

This woman actually had the gall to be upset because a male Negro was not showing sexual interest in her. I would assume that Ms. Dunham has attended many award functions where there were white male guests who did not even look at her sideways. Yet, she rather picks on the black man for some manufactured rejection. I’d like to know if Lena herself made any effort whatsoever to engage Mr. Beckham in some casual conversation. Perhaps she was so busy being a shit starter that it would have been far too much for her to create a dialogue. I could understand her point if she had actually spoke with Mr. Beckham, and he was rude to her. But that wasn’t even close to the case

To those snotty complainers defending Lena’s actions by saying that Odell not talking to her was rude in itself, go kick rocks. Mr. Beckham was not obligated in any capacity to show her attention and the fact that she became a she-wolf in the aftermath tells me he was right not to. In case you haven’t noticed Lena, you aren’t that pretty by Hollywood’s standards and much of anyone else’s. A declaration she has made herself. But because black men are suspect to find any female that has white complexion beautiful, he is a total jerk for ignoring her.

Here’s the thing Lena, the only jerk in this scenario is you. Whatever insecurities you have are your crosses to bear and yours alone. It ain’t Odell Beckham’s problem.

And to her fans who claim that she made a mistake, give me a break!! Lena is an adult, and she should have behaved like one. She knew damn well what she was doing. Dunham was trying to get a black man in trouble for no damn good reason. So, the only thing she gets from me is an upright middle finger.

Speaking of black male celebrities in trouble, Chris Brown is facing legal issues again based on the accusations of a former beauty queen named Baylee Curran. The accuser Curran, claims that Chris Brown held a gun to her head when she states that she was admiring some jewelry of his she saw lying out. Or rahter more like that is one of the many versions she has told about her encounter with the R&B star.

Ms. Curran has told damn near every media outlet that would listen that he held the gun in front of her initially. Her story has changed so many times that I am having a hard time keeping up. Ms. Curran also alleges that she touched the jewelry, then says that she didn’t. Okay, well which one is it? I have a sneaky suspicion that not even she knows anymore, despite her declaration that she wants the truth to come out. Do you really, Ms. Curran, because I have a feeling that if and when it does, things will not look so promising for you. After all there is the matter of a rumor floating around that Baylee is good friends with Nia Guzman who is the mother of Chris’ daughter. If that weren’t bad enough, Curran is reported to have sent Guzman a text saying that she wanted to “take him down and make him pay”.

I don’t know if that’s true or not. However a preplanned idea to target the singer will not fare well in her attempt to seek the truth. Another truth Ms. Curran might want to avoid is the fact that she is wanted in New York for an incident where she is suspected of stealing a woman’s purse while at the Plaza hotel in 2013.

Anyone reading this who wants to question what the accuser’s past has to do with anything should consider several factors: First of all, if she is a thief who had a previous intent to frame Mr. Brown, then her word is not to be trusted or believed. Second, if she is in cahoots with the child’s mother, then she’s a despicable liar that has wasted the police officers’ valuable time with her sham of a story.

Now, I’m not implying that because she has a tainted history that automatically means she is lying. However, certain revelations that have surfaced about Miss Curran since this sordid tale broke leaves one with every right to have doubts. Miss Curran was also stripped of her title for an undisclosed reason a number of years ago.

Before some criticize me for delving into her background, Chris Brown’s life has been dissected many times over after her allegation. Some in the media have even mentioned his so-called ‘history of violence’ towards women. Meanwhile, famous white males such as Mickey Rourke, Charlie Sheen and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee are afforded the luxury of having prior misdeeds with women overlooked. I fail to see how one incident constitutes an entire history, especially when those white men have actually had multiple infractions.

Not one news outlet covering the story has brought up the fact that Miss Curran came to his house sans invitation, and when she was told repeatedly to leave, she refused. Now, when you show up to someone’s home uninvited, particularly someone you don’t know, common courtesy is to exit when you are told to do so. This might be used as leverage by Miss Curran’s attorneys to say that Mr. Brown acted out of anger by pulling a gun on her. Still, that does not justify her being at this man’s house when she was not asked to come or to stay. That is a tidbit that the media is glossing over much the same way many in the media are manipulating their words.

For the record, Chris was not in a standoff with police. He told them that they couldn’t enter without benefit of a warrant which is a highly reasonable attitude regardless of who is demanding it.

Mr. Brown was later arrested after a supposed bag of drugs and guns was tossed out of a window that has yet to be recovered by the LAPD. It should be noted that following his arrest, Mr. Brown paid bail to secure his release from jail and that no gun or bag of guns was found in his residence. Mr. Brown may have very well had a friend get rid of the weapon before the cops could come in or this woman is making the entire thing up. I will wait and see what happens at trial if there is one baring any new evidence that comes to light. And if Miss Curran is lying then she should face the exact same scrutiny and vilification that Mr. Brown is getting.

Lena Durham’s Comments on Odell Beckham Jr. and All Things Seriously Wrong With Them

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Lena Durham, best known as the creator, writer and star of the HBO series Girls and considered to be one of Hollywood’s biggest feminists, caused a media frenzy and internet firestorm for comments illustrating her internal conversation with herself pertaining to NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. during the MET gala in May. She seated next to him during the event. During a recent conversation with another Hollywood feminist Amy Schumer, she said the following:

I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards. He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused. The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to f— it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.’ It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes.’

And it gets better, folks.

After her chat was broadcast all over the news, social media had to say something. Durham would apologize…Well, not really:

I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology. Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel terrible about it. Because after listening to lots of valid criticism, I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don’t know AT ALL. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he’s having or what his truth is. But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies- as well as false accusations by white women towards black men. I’m so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. The fact is I don’t know about his state of mind (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena.

Okay, let’s examine this train wreck piece by piece.

First, Durham opened with bashing her appearance. (She wore a tuxedo at the time.) Then, she projected that onto Beckham assuming that she didn’t look like the kind of woman he would want. Obviously, she had some kind of momentary attraction to Beckham which is harmless. But instead, she made it seem like it was all about him and what he thought about her.

Second, Durham made Beckham sound like a complete condescending idiot by – one again – making assumptions as to what he’s thinking about her after he supposedly took a brief glimpse at her, “That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused.”. Of course, the possibility can’t be because Beckham simply wasn’t interested in her. He probably didn’t even know who she was. Maybe he was shy. Who knows what was going on in his mind? Apparently, she thinks she does.

Third, Durham painted Beckham as kind of a sexual deviant. “Do I want to f— it?” If you’re reminded of the black rapist stereotype and how it lead to hundreds of lynchings, you’re not alone. But most of what’s said so far appears to be projection. She may really want him more than he wants her. Again, there’s nothing wrong with that, but the context in which it was said reduced Beckham to a racist caricature.

Fourth, Durham’s portrayal of Beckham not wanting her has the earmarks of the constant push for make white women the standard for beauty. She wasn’t noticed by a black man. So, she got disappointed.

Fifth, Durham’s apology was anything but. She proceeds to blame Beckham for her thoughts while self-depreciating herself. “Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts.” In other words, she made herself the victim of a black man for her own thoughts, because he wasn’t into her.

Already, people have declared Durham’s latest volume of disturbance (She confessed to molesting her own sister when they were little.) as an example of white feminism. Hell, some claim she is white feminism. Some claim that the term itself is recent, but the racist campaign to uplift white women as the epitome of beauty, elegance and purity and protect them from the onslaught of black males who, according to the stereotype, hunger for white vaginae has existed for at least 100 years. Nothing’s new.

Yet Another Racial Hoax Has Happened

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Tell me if you’ve heard something like this before.

A white person reports that he, she or someone she knows who’s also white is a victim of a crime, usually one that involves violence. This person tells the police that the suspect is black. There’s immediately a search for this black suspect as well as an investigation as to whether or not the person’s story is authentic.

In time, police conclude – with evidence – that there was no black criminal. However, in some cases, a crime actually did occur, but it was committed by the person who made the report in the first place. And this person came up with the nonexistent black suspect to get away with it, because of the prevalent criminal black male stereotype that society doesn’t want to get rid of, the overblown fear of black-on-white crime and its pathological denial of its race problem.

Well, it happened again. US Uncut reports:

Courtney Chancellor called campus police at around 8:30pm, reporting that while she was delivering food for sandwich chain Jimmy John’s, a young 6 foot tall black man with facial hair and an upper arm tattoo “flashed a gun near Wolpers Hall and demanded money.”

Authorities initially sent out security alerts to students, faculty, staff, and local news outlets, encouraging thousands of people to be on the lookout for the fictional black man.

When MUPD reviewed evidence from nearby surveillance cameras and confronted Chancellor – who is not a student at the campus – she confessed to falsely claiming a robbery…

…It is currently unknown why Chancellor faked the robbery, or why she chose to describe her attacker as a black stereotype. She has since been arrested for filing a false report.

There have been cases where no crime was committed. Yet, there have been white people who knowingly chose to make one up and blame it on a black man that never existed or has blamed an actual black man for a crime he didn’t commit despite the devastating effect it will have on that man and black people in general. Emmett Till anyone?

Quick Thoughts: Bill O’Reilly and Chris Brown Are in Trouble Again, Tomi Lahren’s Angry Again and More

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People are flawed. We’re not perfect. We weren’t meant to be. But some people can’t or won’t admit their mistakes. Some people of the more delusional variety don’t believe they have any inadequacies. And then we have the assholes who won’t acknowledge their faults or misdeeds but delight in explaining what other people’s are.

Enter Bill O’Reilly who has a long history of chastising the black community using racist stereotypes he cites as ‘truths’ is the target of a sexual harassment allegation by former Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros. Remember, this came off the heels of numerous sexual assault allegations against their former boss and CEO Roger Ailes who was forced to resign.

You also have to think back to the time O’Reilly was accused of sexual harassment in 2004. Back then Andrea Mackris, a Fox producer, accused O’Reilly of making lewd and threatening comments during their conversations. So, this ain’t the first time the conservative commentator expressed his freakiness.

And yet, according to O’Reilly, Black Lives Matter is dangerous to Americans.

At this point, Fox News, the media arm for the Republican party and megaphone for conservative views is becoming more dangerous for women to work. You begin to wonder who’s next to be revealed as a sexual predator working in Rupert Murdock’s Right wing media empire.

In other sad-ass news about famous people’s fuckery, guess who’s in trouble for the millionth time? If you’ve guessed Chris Brown, you’re right. The troubled R & B singer got arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on a beauty pageant model (Baylee Curran) during one of his rage-fueled moments. As usual, Brown claims he’s the true victim. He took to Instagram to vent about being held up in his home while cursing the bejesus out of the police.

As you know, Chris Brown has had legal troubles ever since that infamous night in 2009. (You know what happened.) and most of those troubles stem from his violent temper. When you think about it, it’s not all that surprising given that he came from an abusive home  Hurt people hurt people. He witnessed violence growing up and grew up becoming violent.

It’s gotten to where you start predicting Chris Brown’s downfall, something will happen that neither he nor his celebrity status can never recover from. But I honestly fear an event so severe that it will land him in the same sinking boat as O.J. Simpson.

Or worse.

That’s why Brown desperately needs help. He needs help in the worst way possible. The help he’s getting obviously hasn’t helped much, at least in the public’s eye. It’s time for a serious change. That is, if he wants it. And so far, it doesn’t look like he does.

And while we’re at it, The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren needs help as well. Or rather, she and the population of fools that erroneously interpret any stance, vocally or physically, against any form of racism against blacks as hatred against white people need serious help, especially in reading comprehension skills.

After 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick protested against the National Anthem, the blonde bubbleheaded Becky proceeded to accused him of (drumroll) blaming white people.

But did he? Not according to The Breakfast Club‘s host Charlamagne the God who stated that he heard and read Kaepernick’s entire interview and stressed that he never mentioned ‘white people’ once.

I haven’t heard nor watched the interview, but I’ve read articles with excerpts from the interview. And not one has mentioned nor implied that white people are to blame.

The transcript is located here, and as I’m reading it…nope, no white people blaming.

So, Ms. Lahren, YOU ARE A LIAR!

No, worse than that. You’re an Ann Coulter clone!

You don’t know anything about what’s going on in the world, and you apparently put forth zero effort in learning them. And yet, you speak with such passion and anger that you appear to believe that your views are objective. To put it simply, you’re an angry, thoughtless white woman, a perfect soldier for the male conservative order.

I know that the title of this article says that there’s more. But I’m honestly tapped out. Famous people and their fuckery can get on your nerves.

R.I.P. Gene Wilder

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From Variety:

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.

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