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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 18

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 18

THIS DAY IN 1997: Comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his apartment in Chicago of a cocaine and morphine overdose. He was 33. Photo: Associated Press

1964: Funeral services were held in Chicago for singer Sam Cooke, who had been shot and killed in Los Angeles. Fans broke glass and caused other damage to the funeral home where Cooke’s body was displayed in a glass-covered coffin.

1983: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards married model Patti Hansen in Mexico, on his 40th birthday. Mick Jagger was his best man.

1984: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis married comedian Christopher Guest of “Saturday Night Live” in Rob Reiner’s home in Los Angeles.

1997: Comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his apartment in Chicago of a cocaine and morphine overdose. He was 33.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Roger Smith is 82. Blues guitarist Lonnie Brooks is 81. Actor Roger Mosley (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 76. Guitarist Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is 71. Director Steven Spielberg is 68. Movie critic Leonard Maltin is 64. Guitarist Elliot Easton of The Cars is 61. Actor Ray Liotta is 59. Actor Brad Pitt is 51. Actress Rachel Griffiths (“Brothers and Sisters,” ”Six Feet Under”) is 46. Country singer Cowboy Troy is 44. Rapper DMX is 43. DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit is 42. Singer Sia (SEE’-ah) is 39. Country singer Randy Houser is 38. Actor Josh Dallas (“Once Upon A Time”) is 36. Actress Katie Holmes (“Dawson’s Creek”) is 36. Singer Christina Aguilera (ag-yoo-LEHR’-ah) is 34. Actress Ashley Benson (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 25.

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