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Judy Garland's Daughter Lorna Luft Diagnosed With Brain Tumor After Collapsing During Concert

We're so sorry to hear this. Singer Lorna Luft, the youngest daughter of late Hollywood icon Judy Garland, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after collapsing backstage during one of her concerts. According to Lorna's rep, Victoria Varela, the 65-year-old star fell ill on Friday, March 9 in the middle of her show at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club and was immediately rushed to the hospital by her husband, Colin Freeman. Varela told People that Colin — whom Lorna married in 1996 — was already worried about his wife after she was "forgetting lyrics and parts of her monologue" during the concert. After Lorna was admitted to the hospital, she was initially diagnosed with a brain tumor, though Varela said more information pertaining to the singer's health will come as she undergoes further medical testing. Lorna performing in 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Lorna is the only daughter of the late Judy and Hollywood producer Sid Luft.
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'I Love Rock 'N' Roll' Co-Writer Jake Hooker Dies At 61

Jake Hooker, co-writer of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” and guitarist for the Arrows, died earlier this week in California. He was 61.

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Hooker’s death was confirmed in a statement by his ex-wife, actress Lorna Luft.

“After a weekend of such joy with the birth of our granddaughter Jordan Eloise Richards, I have learned that Jordan’s grandfather, my former husband Jake Hooker, passed away this morning,” Luft’s statement read, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. “Jake was an accomplished musician and the father of my children. We are heartbroken. I have no other plans but to grieve with my children and be grateful for the gift that is our precious Jordan, my mother’s first great grandchild. We ask that you respect our privacy during this most difficult time.”

Born in Israel and raised in the United States, Hooker eventually moved to England in the 70s,
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Kristen Stewart Does 'I Love Rock N' Roll' in New 'The Runaways' Clip

Another look at "The Runaways" has been provided by Apparition in a new clip. First debuted by MTV, the snippet sees Kristen Stewart's Joan Jett picking up her guitar and singing "I Love Rock N' Roll" while jumping on her bed. The song itself was created by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of The Arrows who also recorded the first released version before later was made famous by the hit version recorded by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Additionally, some new pictures from the movie also come out via The Runaways Movie's Photos Facebook page. Still becoming the highlight of this stills are Stewart's character as well as Dakota Fanning's Cherie Currie. Stella Maeve who plays Sandy West is additionally captured alongside her co-stars in one photo.

"The Runaways" is based on the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name, which were brought together in late 1975 by impresario Kim Fowley.
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Lead Singer of The Knack Dies at Age 57

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Doug Fieger, lead singer for the popular 1980's musical group The Knack, has died. After a six year battle with cancer and two brain surgeries, 57 year old Fieger succumbed to the disease at his home in Woodland Hills, California on Sunday, according to the band's manager Jake Hooker. Fieger was best known for singing the mega-hit song My Sharona back in 1979, one year after the band was formed in L.A. The song was #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart for six weeks, and became a pop culture phenomenon. Although The Knack enjoyed huge success with other songs like Frustrated, Good Girls Don't, and She's So Selfish, My Sharona was their ultimate staple, maintaining a steady presence on FM radio. Even though the band continued to produce albums through the early 2000's, they never repeated the popularity they achieved in the 1980's. The Knack appeared on the scene at a time
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Doug Fieger Dead: The Knack 'My Sharona' Singer Dies At 57

Doug Fieger Dead: The Knack 'My Sharona' Singer Dies At 57
Woodland Hills, Calif. — Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band The Knack who sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona," died Sunday. He was 57. Fieger, a Detroit-area native, died at his home in Woodland Hills near Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to The Knack's manager, Jake Hooker. Fieger formed The Knack in Los Angeles 1978, and the group quickly became a staple of Sunset Strip rock clubs. A year later he co-wrote and sang lead vocals on "My Sharona." Fieger said the song, with its pounding drums and exuberant vocals, was inspired by a girlfriend of four years. "I had never met a girl like her – ever," he told The Associated Press in a 1994 interview. "She induced madness. She was a very powerful presence. She had an insouciance that wouldn't quit. She was very self-assured. ... She also...
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