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Nintendo responds to calls for Robin Williams to be in future 'Legend of Zelda' game

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Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda in a "Legend of Zelda" commercial.

A lot of fans didn't know it, but Robin Williams was a huge video game fan, even naming his daughter Zelda after the popular "Legend of Zelda" character. Efforts have gained steam to immortalize Williams as a character in both an upcoming Zelda game and in the "World of Warcraft" online game.

Nintendo responded to the online Zelda petition, which now has over 100,000 signatures, on Friday evening. They issued the following statement to video game site Polygon:

"Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo. Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we've worked with multiple times.

"We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close."

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Vince McMahon, Triple H take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ahead of Sunday's WWE SummerSlam

Vince McMahon takes part in the "Ice Bucket Challenge"

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WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon accepts Triple H's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Update Saturday, Aug. 16 1:07 p.m. Vince McMahon joins in

After being called out by his son-in law Triple H, Vince McMahon has joined in the fun by taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He also is keeping it going with challenges to several celebrities who have previously been involved with WWE: Donald Trump, Maria Menounos and... Kermit the Frog.

Watch the video above, and watch the original challenge from Triple H below.

Previously: Triple H gets iced

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has encouraged people to pour buckets of ice over their heads while donating money to fight the disease, while also daring others to engage in the dare. It's all part of a viral effort to raise money to fight ALS, which the organization behind it says has been a huge success, raising millions more than they usually would. One of the latest celebrities to join up: World Wrestling Entertainment pro wrestler and company vice president Triple H.

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Original Dogtown Z-Boy skateboarder Jay Adams dies at 53

9th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert - Arrivals

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Jay Adams and Christian Hosoi attend the 9th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on May 30, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Premiere Of TriStar Pictures "Lords Of Dogtown" - Arrivals

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Original Z-Boys pro-skaters Tony Alva (R) and Jay Adams arrive at the Premiere of TriStar Pictures 'Lords Of Dogtown' at the Mann's Chinese Theater on May 24, 2005 in Hollywood.

Premiere Of TriStar Pictures "Lords Of Dogtown" - Arrivals

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Original Z-Boys skater Jay Adams (C) and guests arrive at the Premiere of TriStar Pictures 'Lords Of Dogtown' at the Mann's Chinese Theater on May 24, 2005 in Hollywood.

Premiere Of TriStar Pictures "Lords Of Dogtown" - Arrivals

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Original Z-Boys pro-skater Jay Adams (L) and actor Emile Hirsch arrive at the Premiere of TriStar Pictures 'Lords Of Dogtown' at the Mann's Chinese Theater on May 24, 2005 in Hollywood.

Premiere Of TriStar Pictures "Lords Of Dogtown" - Arrivals

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Original Z-Boys skater Jay Adams (R) and guest arrive at the Premiere of TriStar Pictures 'Lords Of Dogtown' at the Mann's Chinese Theater on May 24, 2005 in Hollywood.


Influential Southern California skateboarder Jay Adams has died, his manager Susan Ferris tells KPCC. Adams, known as "The Original Seed" of skateboarding, was 53.

"I received a text very early this morning from Alan Sarlo who is in Mexico on a surf trip with Jay and some others," fellow skater Stacy Paralta wrote for Thrasher Magazine. "In the text Alan said Jay had died of a massive heart attack at 1am this morning. Alan was apparently holding Jay in his arms as he passed."

Adams didn't have a history of heart problems, according to Ferris.

Adams was an original member of the Z-Boys skateboarding team (formally the Zephyr Competition Team) in the late 1970s in a part of Santa Monica and Venice known as Dogtown. Among other accomplishments, they were known as the first to ride in empty swimming pools. He was seen in the 2001 documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and represented in the film "Lords of Dogtown."

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As Radio Disney sells their stations, listen to 12 iconic Radio Disney hits

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Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the Radio Disney Totally 10 Birthday Concert held at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on July 22, 2006 in Anaheim.

Radio Disney is selling 23 radio stations and moving the kids-oriented programming to satellite and digital-only distribution, Broadcasting & Cable reports. However, they're holding on to one key station: Los Angeles's KDIS 1110 AM, which will be where the national signal originates from.

The network has helped make artists into huge stars with kids, paired with airplay on the Disney Channel to get the earworms into tween brains who will hopefully stick by those artists as they grow up.

Here's a look at videos from some of the most iconic Radio Disney artists:

Miley Cyrus — "Party in the U.S.A."

Party in the USA

Arguably the most popular combination of huge Disney Channel and Radio Disney star with mainstream success, Cyrus made her name on "Hannah Montana," where she played pop star Hannah Montana with the secret identity of Miley... Stewart. She started to break out from her Disney homeland with hit "The Climb," then firmly established herself with "Party In The U.S.A." — before completely turning from her Disney image with more recent hits like "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball."

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#WheresGamora: Fans ask about lack of Gamora in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' merch

Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora

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Video of Zoe Saldana as Gamora in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

"Guardians of the Galaxy" stormed multiplexes with its Star Warsian vibe, but if you want to pick up some merch, there's a little less of it if you're a fan of the film's female lead Gamora.

Writer Amy Ratcliffe wrote about the discrepancy earlier this week and encouraged people to tweet about it with the hashtag #WheresGamora. She noted that Gamora didn't have as much solo merchandise, but found it more disturbing that she was left off of items featuring the entire Guardians team.

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She specifically cited a men's T-shirt spotted at Downtown Disney that features five columns with several images in each... but doubling-up on the male characters rather than dropping any Gamora in there. (But wait, how exactly are Groot's tree-people gendered?) That T-shirt also isn't the only one:

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