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16-Year-Old Pro Surfer Zander Venezia Dies While Catching A Wave During Hurricane Irma

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What a tragedy.

It's being reported that 16-year-old pro surfer Zander Venezia died on Tuesday while catching the mega-swell waves in Barbados caused by Hurricane Irma.

The Bridgetown, Barbados native was surfing a heavy break called "Box by Box" when he was knocked unconscious and drowned after getting caught by a closeout set that sent him into the shallow, rocky bottom where he hit his head on the reef.

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Former Bajan pro-turned-surf instructor Alan Burke told Surfcide of the devastating accident:

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Aspiring Pastor Allegedly Stabs Wife To Death In His Sleep — And Blames It On Taking Too Much Cold Medicine

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An aspiring pastor is facing a murder charge after allegedly stabbing his wife in bed — but he claims he performed the fatal act in his sleep.

Early Friday morning, Matthew Phelps called police to report that his wife Lauren was dead on their bedroom floor having suffered from multiple stab wounds.

In a 911 call obtained by People, the 28-year-old cried:

"I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she's dead on the floor. I have blood all over me and there's a bloody knife on the bed and I think I did it. I can't believe this."

Now charged with murder, the North Carolina native is being held at Wake County Detention Center without bail.

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Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Lauren's death, but Phelps shared his own theories as to what happened during the 911 call — and he thinks an extra-hard dose of cold medicine is to blame.

He told the dispatcher:

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Steely Dan Co-Founder Walter Becker Dead At 67

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The co-founder of Steely Dan has died, according to his official website.

Walter Becker, who founded the group along with Donald Fagen, had apparently been very ill and underwent surgery last month before succumbing at some point this weekend. Becker was 67 years old.

Related: Houston Man Electrocuted In Flood While Helping Girlfriend's Cat

Steely Dan was influential across the 1970s with some huge hits that were co-written by Becker himself, including

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Houston Man Electrocuted & Killed In Floodwaters While Checking On His Sister's Cat: 'He Probably Drowned. And Burned.'

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Another tragedy from the waters of Hurricane Harvey.

A 25-year-old Houston man died on Tuesday after he was electrocuted by a live wire in floodwaters while trying to check up on his sister's stranded cat.

Alyssa Pasek said her brother Andrew (above) was "just trying to be my hero" when he returned to their evacuated neighborhood to check up on the cat she left behind on the second floor of her home. She explained to People:

"[Andrew]'s fearless. That kid was so brave… He just really wanted to go and be the one to call me and tell me, ‘She's okay, she's fine, don't worry."

Before evacuating her Houston home on Monday, Alyssa tried to convince her cat to come downstairs, but D'Artagnon, a 15-pound Maine Coon cat, refused.

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The 27-year-old didn't have a cat carrier, so she put an automatic feeder and plenty of fresh water out for the feline. Alyssa was convinced the animal would be fine on its own, but her brother wasn't.

Andrew, an Eagle Scout who frequently rescued stray animals he found on the street, called his sister Tuesday afternoon and said he was going to check on the cat. Alyssa recalled:

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Bachelorette Alum Michael Nance's Cause Of Death Revealed

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Michael Nance's cause of death has been revealed.

As you may recall, the 31-year-old from Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette was found unresponsive in the early hours of May 29 at a group home in Austin, Texas.

Related: Michael Nance Remembered As A 'Sensitive Guy'

According to an autopsy report from the Travis County Office of the Medical Examiner, the former reality star died from

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