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Beloved ‘Hollywood Superman’ Chris Dennis is Laid to Rest

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Fellow cosplayers and comic enthusiasts bid a final farewell to ‘Hollywood Superman’, aka Christopher Dennis, who was laid to rest in his iconic costume Saturday, after a service crowdfunded by friends, family and anonymous donors.

He was known locally simply as Superman and had starred in the documentary “Confessions of a Superhero” with long time friends Joe McQueen and Jenny Van Dien, formally Jenny Wenger. He had also been featured on Jimmy Kimmel over 100 times. “We lost count after a certain point” his widow, Bonnie, said of the appearances.

Several of Dennis’ closest friends posed for a farewell photo

He is survived by his father, sister and his widow Bonnie Dennis – who married him while he was in his costume. Mrs. Dennis read his eulogy, remembering him as “so kind and sweet…he needed a woman in his life who was as into Superman as he was.” She remarked on his childlike wonder, saying “whenever he was going to show you something he would light up and say ‘oh you’re going to love this!”

Mrs. Dennis continued to tell how he was a real life hero, having stopped a purse snatching near the Chinese Theater and protecting his friend Jennifer Van Dien when she was attacked by a transient on Hollywood Blvd., snagging “Superman saves Wonder Woman” headlines around the globe.

In the last few years, his wellness was in decline, succumbing to addiction, but, according to many accounts, always trying to be of service to others. He met his unfortunate end in a donation bin, trying to fish out something warm for others who live on the streets. “He died trying to help people” Mrs. Dennis said. “He saved a lot of people, but he could not save himself.”

Jennifer Van Dien spoke at the service about the miracle of his friendship when she was new in town, citing his kindness and compassion for all of the Hollywood street performers. “I wouldn’t have the life I have now if I hadn’t met Chris.”

Now married to actor Casper Van Dien, there was a time not so long ago Jenny often dressed as Wonder Woman to work for tips with Chris, taking photos with tourists. “If I was hungry and hadn’t made enough money in tips that day, he would buy me lunch. If it was too hot outside he would let me come over to his and Bonnie’s home and shower off in my Wonder Woman outfit- if you saw ‘Confessions of a Superhero you saw that. I owe everything to him.” 

Comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez spoke at his funeral about Chris and his struggles with faith and drugs.

Wolverine/Elvis performer Danny Zale (also known for the most detailed map of the stars on the walk of fame) spoke during the service and performed pallbearer’s duties as well. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ Actress Sabrina Lu sang at the service.

Christopher Lloyd Dennis lived 6/16/1967-11/02/19. He is buried at Forrest Lawn Cemetery.

Photos by Genevieve Marie

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Marnie the Dog, Famous Instagram Tongue-Out Pup, Dies at 18

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Marnie the Dog, Famous Tongue-Out Pup, Dies at 18

(TMZ) — Marnie the Dog — the Internet-famous pooch who was known for her tongue-out expression — has died.

The Shih Tzu’s owner, Shirley Braha, announced the tragic news on Instagram, writing … “It is with much grief I share the news that Marnie passed away painlessly and peacefully in my home at the age of 18.”

She continued, “Her comfort had been notably declining over the past few days with little hope for improvement and she let me know she had had enough. She enjoyed her chicken until the very end.” Braha goes on to thank everyone for embracing Marnie, explaining how her dog put her on the journey of a lifetime and how grateful she was for the love.

Braha ends her tribute post with a bit of info, and somewhat of a forewarning too … saying Marnie will be buried at a pet cemetery in L.A., adding there’ll hopefully be a public memorial for her whenever it’s safe to hold one, in light of the coronavirus and all.

Marnie was adopted from an animal shelter in 2012 at the ripe age of 11 years old. Soon after, she went on to achieve viral fame because of her freakishly long (but super cute) tongue, which inexplicably hung out of her mouth at almost all times.

Marnie has posed with countless celebs over the years, including Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, Demi Lovato, James Franco, Betty White, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Larry King, Aaron Paul, Usher, Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Riff Raff, Jason Schwartzman and more.

Shirley Braha

She once shot down an invitation to the “World Dog Awards” because, apparently, Marnie and co. felt she was too big for it. She might’ve been right — Marnie got her own book deal at one point.

The doggo was 18 years old.

RIP, Marnie.

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Pop Smoke Will Be Laid to Rest in Brooklyn

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Pop Smoke Death Certificate Reveals Burial Plans, Doctor's Efforts to Save Him

LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Doctors tried to save Pop Smoke‘s life by opening his chest after he was rushed to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

Pop Smoke’s death certificate, obtained by TMZ, says doctors performed a thoracotomy on the left side of his chest — meaning they opened his chest, most likely attempting to remove bullets.

As we first reported, he was hit multiple times when masked assailants broke into the Hollywood Hills home where he was staying.

Pop Smoke’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the document. It says the time between the shooting and his death was “rapid.”

The rapper — born Bashar Barakah Jackson — died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5:12 AM.

The document also reveals his body was transported back to his native Brooklyn. Pop Smoke’s family held a private ceremony last weekend for close friends and family.

His final burial is now scheduled for later this week. Pop Smoke was 20.

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Pink Taco Founder Harry Morton Died of Natural Causes per Coroner

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BEVERLY HILLS (Patch) — The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has announced that Harry Morton, founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain and former owner of the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood, died of “probable cardiac arrhythmia,” and the manner of death was listed as “natural.”

Morton, 38, was found dead in his residence in the 500 block of Haynes Avenue in Beverly Hills about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23.

A secondary cause of death was listed by the coroner’s office as “myocardial bridging with coronary artery atherosclerosis.”

Morton’s father Peter co-founded the […]

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