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Trans Disabled Entertainer The Goddess Bunny Dies at 61

Trans disabled entertainer Sandie Crisp, known as the Goddess Bunny, has died at the age of 61, according to Them , on January 27. Crisp’s cause of death has not been confirmed, but a GoFundMe for Crisp’s memorial service suggests that complications from HIV may have contributed to her death. Crisp gained a cult following through modeling for Rick Owens, starring in Dr. Dre and Marilyn Manson’s music videos, and appearing in the film Hollywood Vice Squad with Carrie Fisher. Owens told Vice that Crisp ” saw herself as mainstream and she saw herself as being a goddess and a star, and that’s how she lived her life and approached the world.” Them reports that Crisp had polio when she was younger and received inadequate medical care, including a spinal implant that severely affected her posture and growth. Crisp came out as trans as a teen and later created the documentary The Goddess Bunny on her life. Unfortunately, Crisp told Vice in 2016 that she was underpaid or not paid at all for her music video appearances, and said that she is “actually a very sad person because of how others take advantage of [her] because of [her] disability.” Friends and fans of the Goddess Bunny expressed their condolences on social media.   View this post on Instagram  A post shared by Danny (@dannylethal138) The photo to the left in the first tweet and in the second tweet is by Rick Castro. Just heard that the Goddess Bunny has passed. She was a trailblazing disabled & transgender performer featured in documentaries & music videos and a viral sensation, she rarely received the credit she deserved. RIP to an icon before her time pic.twitter.com/oh2zz7oOhH— KⒶCHINA ???????????????? (@KochinaRude) January 29, 2021 Sandie Crisp aka The Goddess Bunny has died. Transgender actress, porn star, model 4 the likes of Joel Peter Witkin, tap-dancer, she did it all. She is great in John Aes-Nihil's "The Drift," a remake of "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone." I met her several times. She was nice to me pic.twitter.com/OIzM14JONH— Bruce LaBruce (@BruceLaBruce) January 29, 2021

Ice Bucket Challenge Co-Founder Pat Quinn Dies at 37

Pat Quinn has died at the age of 37 on Sunday, according to the ALS Foundation, following a seven-year journey with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive condition that leads to a loss of neurons that control muscles. Quinn and Pete Frates, another person who lived with ALS, created the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2015 to raise awareness about the condition and funding for research. People who were nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge had the option to dump a bucket of cold water on themselves, mimicking some ALS symptoms, or donate to help ALS research. The ALS Foundation reported “the Ice Bucket Challenge went on to raise $115 million for the ALS Association and over $220 million around the world for ALS research.” Quinn for the Win, a Facebook page that gave updates about Quinn’s life as well as information on ALS research and events, confirmed his death yesterday. People wrote about Quinn’s advocacy and character in the comment section. It is with great sadness that we must share the passing of Patrick early this morning. He was a blessing to us all in…Posted by Quinn for the Win on Sunday, November 22, 2020 Supporters and Quinn’s beloved baseball team, the New York Yankees, wrote about Quinn’s impact on ALS advocacy and offered their condolences on social media. RIP to my buddy Pat Quinn. Words can never describe what a hero he was & the good he did for the world with the #icebucketchallenge. He was a great friend & inspirational crusader. Let’s keep his fight alive & support the @alsassociation ???? pic.twitter.com/ZAv1OfoAgW— Tara Jakeway (@tarajakewaytv) November 22, 2020 Rest In Peace Pat Quinn. You are a hero and a legend. Thank you. https://t.co/p50dYYLimV— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) November 23, 2020 New York Yankees statement on the passing of Pat Quinn: pic.twitter.com/1XXAYI56Pp— New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 23, 2020

'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Dies at 80

Alex Trebek has died at the age of 80, according to Jeopardy!’s Twitter account on Sunday, after battling pancreatic cancer. Trebek shared that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019. For 36 years, Trebek was the host of Jeopardy!, and won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host seven times for his work on the show. A Jeopardy! spokesperson told TMZ that Trebek “passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.” Prior to his passing, Trebek spoke to Good Morning America in 2019 about what he told his Jeopardy! staff to not say after his passing because he has lived a very full life, sharing: One line that I have used with our staff in recent weeks and months is that when I do pass on, one thing they will not say at my funeral is, ‘Oh, he was taken from us too soon. Hey guys, I’m 79 years old. I’ve had one hell of a good life and I’ve enjoyed it. The thought of passing on doesn’t frighten me. Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020 Fans and friends, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, responded to Trebek’s death on social media and offered condolences. Please read my full statement on the passing of Alex Trebek: https://t.co/pnAsoFSzx5— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 8, 2020 Alex Trebek holds a special place in my heart. He was like Mr. Rogers, or Carl Sagan on Cosmos, or Bob Ross. Somebody kind who just wanted to share knowledge with us.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 8, 2020 Alex Trebek was a gentleman, and it was a privilege to share the stage, even briefly, with such a kind, thoughtful guy. Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/moZrpOhLwA— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) November 8, 2020 I was the “answer” on Jeopardy a couple of times and hearing ALEX TREBEK say my name truly felt like a dream. We could all benefit from conducting ourselves with that level of elegance and measure. An icon for almost 40 years! RIP Alex Trebek. ????— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 8, 2020 I only met him for a moment, but he was kind to me. I used his dressing room. His producers were encouraging and warm. I can’t imagine the pain his family (and his chosen family) must be going through. Rest In peace Alex Trebek. You improved this world and will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/8chBaMXmaG— ☠️ Cara Santa Maria ☠️ (@CaraSantaMaria) November 8, 2020 ABC News will air a 20/20 special “Alex Trebek, Remembered” in Trebek’s honor tonight at at 10/9c on ABC. TONIGHT: Alex Trebek, remembered. Join us for a special #ABC2020 tonight at 10/9c on ABC. #AlexTrebek https://t.co/xKKODLeYj1 pic.twitter.com/YKeBtKrCu6— ABC News (@ABC) November 8, 2020

Former Menudo Band Member Anthony Galindo Ibarra Dies by Suicide at 41

Venezuelan singer Anthony Galindo Ibarra has died by suicide at the age of 41, according to a statement released by his family. His family previously said Ibarra was in critical condition following a Sept. 27 suicide attempt. On Saturday, his family shared on Instagram Ibarra had died after “the doctors did what was humanly possible to save his life.” “We thank you for all the prayers and support in these difficult times for our family and for so many people who had the opportunity to meet him personally and as an artist,” the statement added. View this post on Instagram R.I.P #AnthonyGalindo ????????A post shared by Papijoe (@iamelpapijoe) on Oct 3, 2020 at 6:39pm PDT Ibarra, also known by his stage name El Papi Joe, was a member of the hit Puerto Rican group Menudo. Formed in 1977, Ibarra joined the band in 1979 and performed with Menudo until he aged out of the boy band. Other notable Menudo alums include Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa. Ibarra later joined the pop band MDO and also worked as a model. View this post on Instagram #Tbt • • • • #IAmElPapijoe #BuenaVibraFlow #Singer #songwriter #music #life #love #producer #prolific #model #art #igers #picoftheday #instagood #instagram #papijoe #enterpreneur #photooftheday #elpapijoe #letso #Selfie #instadaily #style #fashion #photographyA post shared by Papijoe (@iamelpapijoe) on Nov 13, 2018 at 4:51pm PST If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.