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RWBY creator and Rooster Teeth animator and writer Monty Oum has passed away due to a severe allergic reaction during a routine medical procedure that left him comatose. A GoFundMe has been set up for his family.

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From the official notice:

In order to focus on planning for a new customer loyalty program for our fans, we’ve decided to wind-down the Club Nintendo program. We are deeply thankful to our members for being a part of Club Nintendo for all of these years.

We will share details about our new program at a later date. For now, please see the schedule below for information on the discontinuation timeframe for Club Nintendo.


If you've been saving up your coins for a good reward, make sure you spend them before Club Nintendo is officially gone on July 1, 2015.  New items will be added to the rewards catalog in February, and members who reach elite status for the year will still be able to choose elite gifts in April.  Every member of Club Nintendo will receive a free download code for Flipnote Studio 3D in February. 

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On Sunday morning Anton Yelchin's Jeep rolled down his driveway, pinning then crushing him against a brick post outside of his house in Los Angeles, California. It just so happens the car that caused this horrific fatality was a 2015 Grand Cherokee, and among over one million more cars/SUVs filed for recall by Fiat Chrysler. 

More than 100 crashes have been reported to date, due to gear selector problems that can confuse drivers about whether their cars are in park or not.

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Star Wars Co-Stars and Celebrities Pay Their Heartwarming Respects to Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker, who was the 'soul of R2-D2' passed away at 81 years old last week. The world lost a tremendous talent, and it warms the heart to see so many of Baker's esteemed Star Wars co-stars and associates step forward to offer their condolences.

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While on air for a podcast with Nerdist, Rockwell said “they were going to do a sequel on Amazon. We were ready to sign up, and [then] Alan Rickman passed away and Tim Allen wasn’t available – he has a show – and everybody’s schedule was all weird. It was going to shoot, like, right now. And how do you fill that void of Alan Rickman? That’s a hard void to fill.”



A hard void to fill indeed. By Grabthar's Hammer, what a crying shame.

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Every gamer knows that the bond formed with their virtual teammates is as real as any formed in the real world, and losing one of those friends is a truly painful loss.  After one of their clanmates passed away due to complications arising from a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the Dads of Destiny clan found a truly touching way to salute their comrade. 

Known as TheSquashPhD in Destiny, Joshua R. Stokell of Charlotte, NC passed away on June 8.  He was 36 years old.  Josh had a PhD in Microbiology and was a Post- Doctoral Fellow at UNC-Charlotte researching Cystic Fibrosis.  

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Stuart Freeborn, creator of Yoda and legendary make-up artist, has passed away at the age of 98. In the words of the great green Jedi, "death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force."