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Nancy Sinatra Dead at 101

Frank Sinatra's first wife left him over his womanizing

(Newser) - Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101, the AP reports. Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her web page... More »

'I Was Scared': Kidnapped Singer Becomes a Star

Vickie Jones took an unexpected road to success

(Newser) - She started as Mary Jane Jones, became Vickie Jones, performed as Aretha Franklin, and returned to the life of Mary Jane Jones—with a kidnapping, an arrest, and a spell of stardom in between, the Smithsonian reports. Jones was a standout gospel singer in ramshackle West Petersburg, Virginia, in the... More »

Tina Turner’s Son Dies by Suicide

Craig Turner found dead in Calif. home

(Newser) - Tragedy for the Turner family: Craig Turner, eldest son of Tina Turner, has died in an apparent suicide. The 59-year-old was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his California home Tuesday, law enforcement sources tell TMZ . Craig was born when Tina Turner was just 18. His biological father... More »

Whitney Houston Documentary Spills Shocking Family Secret

Relatives say she was abused by famous cousin

(Newser) - Whitney Houston was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and she took that secret with her to her grave at age 48, family members reveal in a documentary that premiered at the Cannes festival Wednesday. In Whitney, half-brother Gary Garland says he was abused when he was young... More »

Belgian Singer Promises 'Rebirth,' Dies Next Day

Maurane's death at her home not considered suspicious

(Newser) - "I really believed for almost a year that I would never sing again," Belgian singer Maurane, real name Claudine Luypaerts, said in a Sunday interview, describing a "rebirth," per the BBC . Over the weekend, the singer participated in a concert in Brussels, which was to mark... More »

With 'Great Reluctance,' Neil Diamond Retires

Singer has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

(Newser) - Sad news for Neil Diamond fans: The beloved singer has announced his retirement from touring effective immediately because of a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, says he has had to call off the Australia and New Zealand legs of his 50th Anniversary tour, which... More »

Cranberries Singer Mourned as 'Voice of a Generation'

She was 'full of life' in voicemail hours before death

(Newser) - Fans, family members, and fellow musicians are mourning Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, who died suddenly in London Monday . Dan Waite, manager of rock label Eleven Seven International, says he is stunned by the death of his longtime friend, who left him a voicemail just hours before... More »

Lewandowski Accused of Sex Assault for 'Demeaning' Slaps

Singer and Trump supporter Joy Villa says ex-Trump aide hit her on buttocks twice

(Newser) - A singer and potential congressional candidate says she has filed a sexual assault complaint against President Trump's ex-campaign manager for hitting her twice on her buttocks during a DC gathering in November. Joy Villa, a Trump backer who wore a "Make America Great Again" dress at the Grammys... More »

K-Pop Star Dies in Apparent Suicide Using Coal

South Korea's Jonghyun appears to have killed himself by burning coal

(Newser) - A K-pop superstar in South Korea whose bandmates said "loved music more than anyone" died Monday in what appears to be a suicide, the BBC reports. Police say Jonghyun (full name Kim Jong-hyun), said to be in his late 20s, was found unconscious in a Seoul residence hotel and... More »

She Ate a Banana in a Music Video. Now She's Going to Jail

Egyptian singer Shyma sentenced to 2 years on 'debauchery' charge for sexy clip

(Newser) - If Shyma's music video had aired on MTV in the US, she likely wouldn't be facing jail time. But the 20-something singer, whose star turn showed her stripped down to her skivvies and provocatively eating fruit, lives in Egypt, and the conservative powers-that-be there have sentenced her to... More »

Why Deaf Singer on America's Got Talent Got Death Threats

'Doing something that is living inside the hearing world ... can be frowned upon'

(Newser) - Singer Mandy Harvey earned a spot in the finals of America's Got Talent earlier this year—no less impressive a feat because she's been legally deaf for a decade. But the 29-year-old from Ohio tells the BBC she got death threats from the deaf community when she started... More »

Sia Fights Back Against Naked Pics by ... Posting Naked Pic

'Save your money, here it is for free'

(Newser) - Sia is offering a holiday gift that's one part diss and one part whip-smart self-promotion: a picture of herself in her birthday suit. The 41-year-old singer released the combination preemptive strike/album promotion after she found out someone was trying to sell naked photos of her, People reports, said to... More »

RIP to a Rock Legend: Fats Domino Is Dead

'Blueberry Hill' singer was 89

(Newser) - Rock 'n' roll legend Fats Domino is dead at age 89, reports WWL-TV of New Orleans. His daughter confirmed the news to the station. No cause of death was immediately released, but the singer—born Antoine Domino Jr. in New Orleans, per People —was surrounded by family and... More »

Canada Just Lost a National Treasure

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

(Newser) - After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer , the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie didn't wait for death to take him. He embarked on a sold-out concert tour , released a solo album, raised money for cancer research, and put a spotlight on issues affecting indigenous Canadians, leading to his... More »

Broadway Star Barbara Cook Gone at Age 89

'I don't remember when I didn't sing. I just always sang': Barbara Cook

(Newser) - Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died, the AP reports. She was 89. Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends,... More »

Promising Singer Dies Mid-Concert

France's Barbara Weldens may have been electrocuted

(Newser) - A French singer whose career was on the rise collapsed and died on stage, reports the BBC . Barbara Weldens, 35, had been performing as part of a music festival in the village of Goudron. It wasn't immediately clear what happened, but police are investigating the possibility that she was... More »

Guitar, Pill Bottles, Blood: Pics From Cornell's Hotel Room

Police report includes photos, details of what bodyguard and emergency workers found

(Newser) - A guitar lying on a chair. A plane ticket in pieces. A bathroom floor stained with blood. These are just some of the images contained in a Detroit Police Department report regarding the May death of Chris Cornell, obtained from an FOIA request by the Detroit Free Press . The Press... More »

Ed Sheeran: I Don't Know Why People Hate Me

Singer says he's 'quitting' Twitter because of all the 'mean things' said about him online

(Newser) - "I go on it and there's nothing but people saying mean things," says Ed Sheeran. That's the reason the 26-year-old English singer is offering for why he's "quitting" Twitter, the Sun reports, apparently deciding he just couldn't take those mean statements any longer.... More »

Cuba Gooding Sr. Found Dead in Car

Foul play not suspected in soul singer's death

(Newser) - Tragedy for Cuba Gooding Jr.: The Oscar-winning actor's father, soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., was found dead in his car on a Los Angeles street Thursday afternooon, NBC News reports. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that emergency workers were unable to resuscitate the 72-year-old after he was found slumped... More »

Soul Revival Star Sharon Jones Dies

Dap-Kings singer became star in middle age

(Newser) - Sharon Jones, the powerhouse singer who shepherded a soul revival despite not finding stardom until middle age, has died. She was 60. A rep says Jones died Friday at a Cooperstown, NY hospital after battling pancreatic cancer, the AP reports. Loved ones and members of her retro-soul band, the Dap-Kings,... More »

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