‘Orange is the New Black’ is coming back for three more years. Plus news on Dave Mirra and Katie May
JR JR holds fundraising auction for Flint
Detroit rock duo JR JR is auctioning off memorabilia to help raise money for victims of Flint’s water crisis. Among the items up for grabs through the online auction are the group’s J&R stage prop lights, sweaters from the band’s “creepiest photo shoot ever,” a saxaphone used by the band in studio and on tour, and more. Winners will be chosen at random on Feb. 26. For more, visit www.cadenceandcause.com/artist/jr-jr.
‘Orange is the New Black’ renewed times three
Netflix’s popular series “Orange is the New Black” has been renewed for an additional three seasons, the on-demand network announced Friday. That will keep the show around for seasons five through seven. “Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things,” showrunner Jenji Kohan said in a statement. “In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life,’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures. Here’s to keeping it interesting. Thanks Netflix!” “Orange is the New Black” had a strong showing at last week’s SAG Awards, where Uzo Abdua won best actress in a comedy and the “OITNB” ensemble took home the comedy ensemble award. The show’s fourth season premieres June 17.
BMX’s Mirra dead at 41
BMX star Dave Mirra was found dead Thursday of an apparent suicide, according to reports. He was 41. Mirra was a popular fixture on reality TV, appearing in such MTV shows as “Punk’d,” “The Challenge,” “Nitro Circus” and “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.” “MTV sends their deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time,” network representatives said in a statement. Mirra also had his own line of BMX video games. Mirra was found by police in Greenville, North Carolina, sitting in his truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, People.com reports.
Queen of Snapchat’ dies
Model Katie May died Thursday in Los Angeles after a stroke left her in critical condition, TMZ reports. She was 34. May was a popular model with a strong following on social media, including around 2 million followers on Instagram and a Snapchat fanbase that had dubbed her the “Queen of Snapchat.” May was hospitalized earlier in the week when she suffered a stroke caused by blockage in her carotid artery, according to TMZ. May had a 7-year-old daughter, and a gofundme page has been set up to help raise money for her.
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