G.R.L. singer, ‘X Factor’ finalist Simone Battle dead – CNN.com

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Los Angeles CNN — Simone Battle, an “X Factor” finalist and G.R.L. singer, was found dead Friday in a Los Angeles home, a coroner’s spokesman said. She was 25.A cause of death is not yet known, according to Los Angeles County Coroner Lt. David Smith. An autopsy has been scheduled for the weekend, he said.Battle’s body was discovered in her West Hollywood apartment Friday morning, Smith said. No other details have been made public.The singer was a finalist in the talent competition for Fox Television’s “The X Factor” in the 2011 season.She was a member of the girl singing group G.R.L., which performed last month on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

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Kent State Center Jason Bitsko Passes Away at Age 21 | Bleacher Report

Kent State offensive lineman Jason Bitsko, 21, passed away on Wednesday. The cause of death is unknown after a roommate found him unresponsive.  A release posted on the university’s official athletics site states police believe an “undetermined medical issue” was a factor. It also included comments from both director of athletics Joel Nielsen and head football coach Paul Haynes.”Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing,” Nielsen said. “We are heartbroken by the news of Jason’s death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched.””Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family,” Haynes said. “As a team, we will come together and get through this one day at a time.”

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Rapper Speaker Knockerz dead at 19 – MSN Music News

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Rising rapper Speaker Knockerz has been found dead in South Carolina at the age of 19.

The body of the young hip-hop star was found on Thursday in a garage at a house in Columbia. Police do not suspect foul play and an autopsy found no sign of trauma. Officials are now waiting for the results of toxicology tests before ruling on a cause of death, according to Billboard.com.

Speaker Knockerz, real name Derek McAllister, was reportedly missing for two days before he was found dead.

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U.S. student studying abroad found dead in Rome rail tunnel – CNN.com

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(CNN) — A U.S. student who went missing while studying abroad in Italy was found dead inside a railroad tunnel in central Rome, police there said Saturday.

Investigators are looking into the death of John Durkin, an economics major from Rye Beach, New Hampshire. The 21-year-old attended Bates College, but was one of six students from the Maine school taking part in a study abroad program in Rome through Trinity College in Connecticut, his school said. Both colleges are working with Italian authorities.

“It is with much sadness that the Durkin family informs you of the loss of John Nolen Durkin and thanks everyone for their support during the past few days,” his family said in a statement released through Bates.

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Body of missing world traveler Leanne Bearden found in Texas – CNN.com

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(CNN) — After spending nearly two years criss-crossing the world, Leanne Hecht Bearden’s adventures — and life — ended abruptly in woods near a home in central Texas.

Authorities announced Thursday that a body believed to be the 33-year-old woman had been found in Garden Ridge, the same city where she was last seen January 17 heading out from her in-laws’ house for what was supposed to be a one-hour walk.

Her family later confirmed her death, saying on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her that they were “understandably devastated.”

“Leanne was a lovely and remarkable young woman,” the family said, “and we will all miss her greatly.”

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Body of missing Hall County woman found | www.ajc.com

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A 32-year-old Oakwood woman reported missing Monday was found dead Saturday morning in that Hall County community, authorities said.

Holly Fox Strickland left behind her vehicle, purse and other personal belongings when she was last seen at her home Monday night in the 5500 block of Rain Tree Road, said Deputy Nicole Bailes with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. Saturday, deputies responded to a call in that area and found Strickland’s body along a wood line.

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Woman found dead inside Mandarin home | News – Home

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The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office say a woman in her mid 60s was found dead in her Mandarin home at Saturday morning.

The woman lived inside a gated community in the 3900 block of Red Gait Lane, and police say there is evidence inside that could suggest foul play.

Police are interviewing family and friends who were at her home Friday night. Right now they have not determined the woman\’s cause of death.

\”We don\’t know that it was a homicide however

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