Andy Hallett, better known as the demon Lorne from the series Angel, died Sunday night of heart failure at the way too young age of 33. Hallett had been hospitalized for heart problems several times over the last five years, but still, this is unexpected and horrible. Hallett’s Lorne was a fantastic part of Angel, and almost single-handedly kept the show from becoming the the most depressing genre series on TV on many an occasion. And he was a hell of a singer, too. (Via E! Online)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.