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    2 years ago
    by aj0690
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    Melvin Williams, reformed drug dealer and ‘The Wire’ actor, dies at 73

    Melvin Williams, whose life as a West Baltimore drug kingpin in the 1960s and post-prison redemption earned him a place on HBO’s “The Wire,” died Dec. 3 at a hospital in the city. He was 73. Citing friends of Mr. Williams, the Baltimore Sun reported the cause was cancer. Known as “Little Melvin” — or Slim or Black, the latter for his preference for dark clothing — he once ruled the illegal drug trade along the city’s Pennsylvania Avenue that prosecutors said grossed $1 million a day.

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    2 years ago
    by ppp
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    Amir Aczel, Author of Scientific Cliffhanger, Dies at 65

    Amir D. Aczel, a science writer who took readers on a mathematical mystery tour in “Fermat’s Last Theorem,” his account of how a famous 300-year-old problem in number theory was finally solved in the 1990s, and went on to write more than a dozen popular books on intriguing scientific ideas and discoveries, died on Nov. 26 in Nîmes, in the south of France. He was 65. The cause was cancer, his wife, Debra Gross Aczel, said.

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    2 years ago
    by zobo
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    Scott Weiland's cause of death revealed

    Singer Scott Weiland died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and drugs, the Hennepin County (Minnesota) Medical Examiner's Office said Friday. The Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman died December 3 while on tour with his band the Wildabouts. He was 48. The toxicology test results indicate that his death was caused by a mixture of alcohol, cocaine and MDA, a drug similar to MDMA or ecstasy. Weiland's history of drug abuse was...

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    2 years ago
    by Chubros
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    Specials drummer John Bradbury dies

    John "Brad" Bradbury, drummer with The Specials, has died at the age of 62. The ska group tweeted the news: "It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world's greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP." Bradbury joined The Specials in 1979, and continued with the reversioned band The Special AKA, who had a top 10 hit with Free Nelson Mandela. Bradbury took part in The Specials reunion tour in 2009. He also headed up a band called JB Allstars.

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    2 years ago
    by messi
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    Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88

    Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston. He was 88. His family said the cause was a cerebral hemorrhage. Well before the advent of the microprocessor and the supercomputer, Professor Minsky, a revered computer science educator at M.I.T...

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    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +25 +1

    Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

    Maurice White, the founder and leader of the legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 74. White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, his brother, group bassist Verdine White, told the Associated Press. In 2000, just before EW&F was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, White disclosed to Rolling Stone that he had Parkinson's disease. He was then 58 and had been diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease eight years before but opted to keep it secret.

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    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +31 +1

    Well-Known MMA Fighter Dies in San Diego

    A well-known professional mixed Martial Arts fighter has died in San Diego, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office said. Kevin Christopher "The Monster" Randleman, 45, of Las Vegas, was in the San Diego area training and attending an event, the ME's office said late Saturday.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +34 +1

    Rocky actor Tony Burton dies aged 78

    Tony Burton, who appeared in six Rocky films opposite Sylvester Stallone, has died at the age of 78. His cause of death is not known but his sister, Loretta Kelly, said he had regularly been in hospital over the past year. She added he had not received a diagnosis in that time but his health was so poor he had not been able to see recent spin-off film Creed. Burton played Tony "Duke" Evers, who trained both Rocky and Apollo Creed.

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    2 years ago
    by geoleo
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    ‘Airport’ Star George Kennedy Dies at 91

    George Kennedy, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his role alongside Paul Newman in the beloved film “Cool Hand Luke,” and was also a fixture of 1970s disaster movies including the “Airport” franchise and “Earthquake,” died Sunday in Boise, Idaho. He was 91. His grandson Cory Schenkel reported the death on his Facebook page. While Kennedy largely played gruff, blue-collar characters in dramas and genre films, he allowed a comedic...

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    2 years ago
    by everlost
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    Former ‘American Gladiators’ Star Lee Reherman Dies at 49

    Actor and athlete Lee Reherman, who played Hawk on the competition series “American Gladiators,” died late on Monday in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He was 49. His rep and longtime friend Anthony Turk told Variety that Reherman’s death was completely unexpected, calling him the “epitome of health.” While the cause of death has not yet been revealed, Turk said Reherman underwent hip surgery about two months ago and had not been feeling well for the past few days.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
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    Star Wars: R2-D2 original builder Tony Dyson dies

    Professor Tony Dyson, who built the original Star Wars droid R2-D2, dies at his home on the Maltese island of Gozo.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by spacepopper
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    Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74

    Ray Tomlinson, one of the early ARPAnet pioneers in the 1960s at engineering firm Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), died Saturday morning of a suspected heart attack. He was 74. Tomlinson was best known for choosing the @ symbol to indicate a message should be sent to a different computer on a network. He also led development of standards for the from, subject, and date fields found in every email message sent today.

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    2 years ago
    by cone
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    Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies of Cardiac Arrest While on Tour

    Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career and whose kidnapping as a young man added a bizarre chapter to his father's legendary life, died Wednesday. He was 72. The younger Sinatra died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Sinatra family said in a statement to The Associated Press. The statement said the family mourns the untimely passing of their son...

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    2 years ago
    by rexall
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    Challenger Engineer Who Warned Of Shuttle Disaster Dies

    Bob Ebeling spent a third of his life consumed with guilt about the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. But at the end of his life, his family says, he was finally able to find peace. "It was as if he got permission from the world," says his daughter Leslie Ebeling Serna. "He was able to let that part of his life go." Ebeling died Monday at age 89 at in Brigham City, Utah, after a long illness, according to his daughter Kathy Ebeling.

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    2 years ago
    by larylin
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    David Smyrl Dead: Mr. Handford on 'Sesame Street' Dies at 80

    David Smyrl, the Emmy-winning actor best known for his role as Mr. Handford, the retired firefighter who ran Hooper's Store on Sesame Street, has died. He was 80. Smyrl was diagnosed with lung cancer in January, said his wife, Cheryl. He died on Tuesday at Lankenau Medical Center outside Philadelphia. "He was funny," Cheryl Smyrl said. "I could say so many good things about him. He was loved by so many people.

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    2 years ago
    by sauce
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    Douglas Wilmer Dies: Stage & Screen Actor Long Associated With Sherlock Holmes Was 96

    Stage and screen actor Douglas Wilmer, best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes in the 1960s BBC series, died today at Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk, England following a short illness. He was 96. The Sherlock Holmes society made the news public. Born in London in 1920, Wilmer, trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, served in Africa during World War II prior to making his stage debut in 1945. His first major...

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    2 years ago
    by kong88
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    Joe Medicine Crow, a war chief, historian and the last link to the Battle of Little Big Horn, dies at 102

    According to Crow tradition, a man must fulfill certain requirements to become chief of the tribe: command a war party successfully, enter an enemy camp at night and steal a horse, wrestle a weapon away from his enemy and touch the first enemy fallen, without killing him. Joe Medicine Crow was the last person to meet that code, though far from the windswept plains where his ancestors conceived it. During World War II, when he was a scout for the 103rd Infantry in Europe...

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    2 years ago
    by canuck
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    Erik Bauersfeld Dead: Admiral Ackbar Voice Actor Was 93

    He also voiced Bib Fortuna in 1983's 'Return of the Jedi.' Erik Bauersfeld, who memorably voiced the Rebellion's Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has died. He was 93. The voice actor and radio drama producer passed away on Sunday morning at his home in Berkeley, Calif., his manager, Derek Maki, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

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    2 years ago
    by gottlieb
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    Silicon Valley’s Legendary ‘Coach’ Bill Campbell Has Died

    Bill Campbell — who garnered the name “The Coach” for the sage advice and counsel he gave numerous tech leaders from Apple’s Steve Jobs to Google’s Larry Page to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — has died. News of his passing popped up on Facebook early this morning and many prominent tech players also confirmed the death to me, which came after a long battle with cancer. It is a big loss for Silicon Valley, given the impact a man who said...

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    2 years ago
    by geoleo
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    Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62

    Comedian, singer and writer Victoria Wood has died after "a short but brave" battle with cancer aged 62. Her publicist said the star "died peacefully at her north London home with family" on Wednesday. Wood's long-time comedy partner Julie Walters said she was "too heart sore to comment - the loss of her is incalculable". Wood found fame in the 1980s and was best known for her BBC sketch Acorn Antiques and comedy Dinnerladies.

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    2 years ago
    by gottlieb
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    Frank Levingston, Nation’s Oldest WWII Veteran, Dies at 110

    Frank Livingston, the oldest living man in the United States and the oldest verified surviving American World War II veteran, has died. He was 110. He was born in North Carolina, one of seven children. Levingston enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. He served as a private during the war in the Allied invasion of Italy which lasted from September 1943 to January 1944.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by larylin
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    Pink Panther's Cato Actor Burt Kwouk Dies

    The actor first starred alongside Peter Sellers in 1964 and the pair became famous for a running gag where he attacked Clouseau. Burt Kwouk, best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato Fong in the Pink Panther films, has died aged 85. A statement said: "Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away 24th May. "The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date." Kwouk was born in Warrington, Cheshire, but lived in Shanghai until he was 17.

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    2 years ago
    by ckshenn
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    Chess legend Korchnoi dies in Switzerland aged 85

    Chess grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi, who defected from Russia to the West in 1976, has died in Switzerland aged 85. Born in 1931 in what is now St Petersburg, Korchnoi survived the siege of Leningrad during World War Two and is seen as one of the best players never to be World Champion. He was a four-time USSR champion and ranked number one in the world in 1965. However, he became convinced he had to leave the Soviet Union after being banned from playing internationally.

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    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +38 +1

    Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock, dies aged 87

    Toffler was one of the world’s most famous futurists who foresaw how digital technology would transform the world Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose books, including Future Shock, anticipated the transformation brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87. Toffler died in his sleep at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, on Monday, said Yvonne Merkel, a spokeswoman for his Virginia-based consulting firm Toffler Associates.

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    2 years ago
    by TNY
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    Caroline Aherne: Royle Family writer and actress dies aged 52

    Comedy writer and actress Caroline Aherne has died at the age of 52. Aherne, star and writer of The Royle Family and The Mrs Merton Show, had suffered from cancer, her publicist said. The actress said two years ago that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer, having previously had bladder and eye cancer. Aherne was also the narrator of Gogglebox and appeared in The Fast Show. Her publicist Neil Reading said on Saturday: "Caroline Aherne has sadly passed away, after a brave battle with cancer.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by darvinhg
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    Killing Fields journalist Sydney Schanberg dies at 82

    US journalist Sydney Schanberg, whose reporting inspired the Oscar-winning Hollywood film, The Killing Fields, has died at the age of 82, the New York Times reports. Schanberg worked for the Times and won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting the fall of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge in 1975. His colleague, Dith Pran, was unable to leave and his four-year ordeal inspired Schanberg's work. Schanberg died in Poughkeepsie after a heart attack earlier in the week.

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    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
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    'Left Behind' co-author Tim LaHaye dies

    Timothy LaHaye, the evangelical minister and co-author of the "Left Behind" book series, died Monday in San Diego following a massive stroke. The 90-year-old minister, the son of a Detroit autoworker, had a stroke while walking down his driveway Thursday to retrieve a newspaper and did not regain consciousness, his son Larry LaHaye told CNN. LaHaye, along with Jerry B. Jenkins, wrote the blockbuster "Left Behind," a series of 16 novels dealing with Christian "end times" from an evangelical perspective. In the novels, which reportedly sold more than 65 million copies, true believers have been taken to heaven in the rapture...

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    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +26 +1

    'Babylon 5' Star Jerry Doyle -- Dead at 60

    Jerry Doyle -- best known for his role on "Babylon 5" -- died Wednesday ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell us ... a call was made to his Las Vegas home yesterday afternoon after he was found unresponsive. It's unclear how the political radio talk show host and actor died ... but we're told no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is pending. Jerry starred as security officer Michael Garibaldi from 1994 to 1998 and was married to co-star Andrea Thompson from 1995 to 1997. He worked on Wall Street before going into acting.

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    2 years ago
    by geoleo
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    Arthur Hiller, Director of 'Love Story,' Dies at 92

    The former Academy president also helmed the classics 'The Out-of-Towners,' 'The In-Laws' and 'Plaza Suite' after making his mark in television. Arthur Hiller, the Oscar-nominated director who transitioned from television to helm such classic films as Love Story, The Out-of-Towners and The In-Laws before serving four terms as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has died. He was 92.

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    2 years ago
    by Apolatia
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    Letterman favourite Dick Assman of Regina dies at age 82

    Dick Assman, the Regina gas station worker whose surname led to a brief stint on David Letterman's late-night talk show, has died at age 82. Assman, who was born in Neudorf, Sask., in 1934, died on Monday. He worked as a manager, mechanic and gas attendant at service stations in Saskatchewan his whole life.

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    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +29 +1

    Jack Riley, Voice Of 'Rugrats' Dad Stu Pickles, Dies At 80

    Jack Riley, the actor best known as the voice of ‘90s TV dad Stu Pickles on the “Rugrats” and a regular counseling patient on “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died, multiple outlets have confirmed. He was 80 years old. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Riley died on Friday in Los Angeles after succumbing to pneumonia and infection after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Ginger Lawrence, and his two children.

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    2 years ago
    by ilyas
    +11 +1

    Juan Gabriel Dies From Heart Attack

    The world has lost a great singer. Alberto Aguilera Valadez , better known as Juan Gabriel has died at the age of 66. Reports from respected journalist Joaquín López-Dóriga confirm the death of the Mexican singer at his home in Santa Monica, California due to a heart attack. The legendary artist had just performed at a concert in Los Angeles at The Forum.

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    2 years ago
    by hiihii
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    Legendary playwright Edward Albee dead at 88

    Legendary playwright Edward Albee, widely considered one of the greats of his generation, has died at the age of 88, according to his personal assistant Jakob Holder. Albee, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, died Friday afternoon at his home in Montauk, New York. Albee died after a short illness, according to Holder.

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    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
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    Man who got generations singing Oscar Mayer Wiener song dies

    The man who got generations of hot dog lovers singing along to the Oscar Mayer Wiener song has died. Richard Trentlage died Sept. 21 in Libertyville, Illinois, at the age of 87, according to an obituary posted online by a northern Illinois funeral home. With the words, “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener,” Trentlage helped solidify the company’s hot dogs as a piece of Americana.

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    2 years ago
    by everlost
    +29 +1

    Robert Vaughn Dead: ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E’ Star Loses Cancer Battle At 83

    Such sad news. Robert Vaughn, who’s best known for his role on the hit television show, ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E,’ has passed away after a devastating battle with cancer. He was 83 years old. “Mr. [Robert] Vaughn passed away with family around him,” the actor’s manager, Michael Sullivan, confirmed to Deadline. Those family members include his wife, Linda Staab, and children, Cassidy, 40, and Caitlin, 35. Robert had been suffering from acute leukemia before his tragic death.