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Old 06-06-2006, 08:33 AM   #1
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R.I.P. Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) from Family Matters

saw this on a friends myspace bulletin, i watched the urk-man on TV alot back in the day... this is sad...

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) --

Jaleel White, who played 'nerdy' neighbor Steve Urkel on "Family
Matters" found dead Monday. He was 29 years old.

White was pronounced dead on arrival after admission to an LA hospital early Monday morning. The death is being investigated as a suicide.

Born Jaleel Ahmad White, he began his career at the age of three
acting in television commercials, before landing guest spots on shows such as "The Jeffersons" and "Mr. Belvedere." It was in 1989 that White landed the role that would make him famous, playing wacky neighbor 'Steve Urkel' on the ABC program "Family Matters."

Following the cancellation of "Family Matters" in 1997, friends claim
White became obsessed with the character, and grew despondent, despite further successes as star and producer of the UPN sitcom "Grownups", and as a writer for NBA.com

Neighbor and friend, Bradley Spencer alerted police after hearing what he described as "a loud bang" coming from White's Los Angeles apartment.

Authorities state that upon entering the home they discovered a young African-American male with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Also found was a note, which read simply "Did I do that?", a popular catchphrase from the show.

"Jaleel was an uncommonly good man, an exceptional role model and a great comedic actor," said William Bickley, who created the series, and Thomas L. Miller, one of the executive producers, in a joint statement.

"We feel privileged to have known him and worked with him. He'll be missed and remembered every day by his many, many friends," they said.

Actress Kellie Williams -- Laura Winslow on the series -- described
White as a consummate professional actor. "Everyone adored him," she said.

"We have all lost a dear, dear brother," said Reginald VelJohnson, who played Carl Winslow.

White, an only child, is survived by "cousins, aunts, uncles, and
wonderful friends," Bickley said.

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Old 06-06-2006, 08:41 AM   #2
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ah man. that's sad.

are there any news links for this?

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It's not true


Comments: This bogus "news story" credited to AP began making the email rounds on June 2, 2006. No such article was published by the Associated Press or any other legitimate media outlet.

Though its exact origin has yet to be determined, an early version was posted on the Museum of Hoaxes message board on December 20, 2005.

One obvious clue that it's a prank is this purported quote — actually a popular catchphrase from "Family Matters" — from White's suicide note: "Did I do that?"

The answer is no.
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So he's alive and kicking?
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Probably drank Coke while eating Pop Rocks with Mikey from Life cereal.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:01 AM   #6
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what the hell?? i just googled him in the news an found this....


i guess i better research these deaths better than on myspace, ugh..

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I'm gonna close this thread to avoid confusion. If anybody wants to start a new thread to discuss Jaleel White, feel free to do so.

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