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Spike Lee film star Thomas Jefferson Byrd killed in shooting

Spike Lee film star Thomas Jefferson Byrd killed in shooting

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Spike Lee and Viola Davis are leading the tributes following the death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, who has died after being shot multiple times.Homicide detectives in Atlanta, Georgia, are investigating after officers were called to the city's southwest side, where Byrd lived, in the early hours of Saturday. Police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant said the 70-year-old was found unresponsive with several wounds in his back.Responding paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.Byrd was known for his work in films by Oscar-winning director and producer Lee, including Clockers, He Got Game, Chi-Raq, Bamboozled and Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus. ...
Jefferson Airplane singer dies on way to hospital

Jefferson Airplane singer dies on way to hospital

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Singer Marty Balin, the co-founder of US psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died while being taken to a hospital in Tampa, Florida. The 76-year-old's cause of death was not disclosed by his family and publicist.Jefferson Airplane defined the 1960s San Francisco Sound - a mix of blues, folk, rock and jazz, and the musical expression of the emerging hippie lifestyle.Jefferson Starship, the splinter band formed in 1974 that Balin was also in for a number of years, paid tribute to their former bandmate on Facebook.It said: "With heavy hearts, we learn today of the passing of Marty Balin."He was a true talent and inspiration to many. We send his family and friends our deepest condolences." Image: Balin at the Grammy Awards ...