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Nobel-Winning Author Who Tackled Colonialism Dead at 85

VS Naipaul divided readers with his stories of Caribbean and African peoples

(Newser) - The family of Trinidad-born British author VS Naipaul says the Nobel Literature laureate has died at the age of 85, the AP reports. The family said in a statement late Saturday that the novelist had died at his London home. The writer's wife, Nadira Naipaul, said he "died... More »

One of the World's Top Chefs Is Dead

Joël Robuchon was 73

(Newser) - It's tough to know which accolade to list first: that Joël Robuchon was dubbed "chef of the century" in 1989 or that he won a record-setting 32 Michelin stars in 2016. The French chef, regarded as one of the world's best, has died of cancer at... More »

Facts of Life Star Charlotte Rae Dies

'Mrs Garrett' was 92.

(Newser) - Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom The Facts of Life during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92. Rae died at her Los Angeles... More »

A Woman's Final Note to All Doctors in Her Obituary

Ellen Maud Bennett says she endured 'fat shaming' from the medical profession

(Newser) - When a terminal cancer diagnosis finally came, Ellen Maud Bennett was given only days to live. The 64-year-old of Victoria, BC, spent them eating lobster and shrimp-wonton soup and boasting, "I look so good for someone almost dead!" Her much-lauded obituary published this month, however, called out something... More »

'Zombie Boy' Found Dead

Lady Gaga devastated by apparent suicide

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is mourning her friend and muse Rick Genest—better known as "Zombie Boy." The 32-year-old Canadian model, who went from the Quebec punk scene to catwalks around the world after his head-to-toe tattoos of bones, insects, and exposed brains made him famous, was found dead at... More »

2 Deaths Slam WWE World, Including Son of 'the King'

Brian Lawler reportedly hanged himself; Josip Peruzovic, aka 'Nikolai Volkoff,' dies at 70

(Newser) - The professional wrestling world lost two of its own over the weekend, including the son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler. Per Yahoo Sports and the Commercial Appeal , Brian Christopher Lawler, 46, was found hanging in his jail cell in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday evening and died the next day. "Corrections... More »

At 5-Foot-2, This 'Spitfire Girl' Proved Them Wrong in WWII

Mary Ellis was a pioneering female pilot

(Newser) - “Everybody was flabbergasted that a little girl like me could fly these big airplanes all by oneself,” Mary Ellis said at her 100th birthday party last year in Britain. But fly them she did, delivering British Spitfires and other warplanes to the front lines during World War II,... More »

'He Saved Our Company': Fiat Chrysler CEO Dies at 66

Sergio Marchionne passed away after complications following shoulder surgery

(Newser) - "Who the hell is this guy?" was an analyst's reaction to Sergio Marchionne when the latter joined the auto industry in 2003. Fifteen years later, Marchionne has earned a description from the Wall Street Journal as "one of the last larger-than-life car-maker CEOs," though that comes... More »

Only Food Critic to Win a Pulitzer Dies

Jonathan Gold of the 'LA Times' dead at 57, only weeks after pancreatic cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - Jonathan Gold was a restaurant critic, the only one to win a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts, and he was 57 when pancreatic cancer ended his life on Saturday—just a few weeks after his diagnosis. He was also a gentle giant in an industry that has now lost two... More »

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 »

5-Year-Old's Self-Penned Obit: 'See Ya Later, Suckas!'

The funeral of Garrett Matthias, who died of cancer, will include snow cones and bouncy houses

(Newser) - A funeral with snow cones, bouncy houses, fireworks, and a fiery burial ceremony straight out of Thor will be held Saturday in Van Meter, Iowa, and it's all the brainchild of the child who will be honored there. The Des Moines Register reports on the recent passing of 5-year-old... More »

Owner 'Devastated' Over Death of 'World's Ugliest Dog'

Zsa Zsa of Anoka, Minn., passed away in her sleep Tuesday

(Newser) - With her lolling tongue and sad eyes, Zsa Zsa took home the top prize at the world's ugliest dog competition in California last month. It was a short-lived title: Her owner, Megan Brainard, says the 9-year-old English bulldog died in her sleep Tuesday morning, the Star Tribune reports. "... More »

A Hollywood Heartthrob, Singer Is Dead at 86

Tab Hunter starred in 'Damn Yankees,' opposite Divine; also recorded 'Young Love'

(Newser) - He shared the screen with drag queen Divine, starred in Damn Yankees, and put out a No. 1 record. Now, "sad news" regarding Tab Hunter, who made hearts thump in general in the '50s: The actor and singer has died, just three days before he would have turned... More »

Photographer Who Took Iconic Elian Image Dies

Alan Diaz was 71

(Newser) - Retired Associated Press photojournalist Alan Diaz, whose photo of a terrified 6-year-old Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez earned him the Pulitzer Prize, has died. He was 71. Diaz's daughter, Aillette Rodriguez-Diaz, confirmed that he died Tuesday. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. "He was the king... More »

Himmler's Unrepentant Daughter Dead at 88

'Nazi princess' Gudrun Burwitz never disavowed her father or the Nazi regime

(Newser) - The daughter of the man seen as second only to Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany has died at age 88. Gudrun Burwitz, the oldest child of Heinrich Himmler, was famous in her own right, however. When she was a child, Himmler frequently brought her to public events "as a... More »

Jahi McMath Declared Dead in New Jersey

Family says she died after recent surgery

(Newser) - After more than four years of insisting her daughter was still alive, Jahi McMath's mother is grieving. Nailah Winkfield says Jahi—who was declared brain dead in California after routine tonsil surgery in December 2013, when she was 13—died in New Jersey last week from excessive bleeding and... More »

Joe Jackson Dead at 89

Joe Jackson launched the Jackson 5 to stardom, but not without controversy

(Newser) - Joe Jackson, the iron-fisted Jackson family patriarch and manager, died Wednesday at age 89 from cancer, reports Billboard and TMZ . The father of Michael Jackson, Joe Jackson launched the Jackson 5—which included Michael and brothers Jackie, Marlon, Jermaine, and Tito—in Gary, Ind., in the 1960s. The group... More »

A Heavy Metal Legend, Gone at 54

Pantera's Vinnie Paul has died

(Newser) - When Vincent Paul Abbott co-founded his heavy metal band in 1981, he likely didn't know that it would enjoy multi-decade success, earn four Grammy nominations, and have a near-constant place on the Billboard charts. But that's exactly the path Pantera took, which is why fans are devastated to... More »

Man Who Gave Elvis His Backbeat Is Dead at 87

Drummer DJ Fontana was with the icon from the earliest days

(Newser) - DJ Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock 'n' roll as Elvis Presley's sideman, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday. Karen Fontana told the AP that her husband died in his sleep in Nashville Wednesday night. She said he had been suffering complications from breaking his... More »

One of the Best Women's Basketball Players Ever Is Dead

Anne Donovan dies of heart failure at 56

(Newser) - To many in the world of women's basketball, Anne Donovan was a giant. And not just because she stood 6-foot-8. She won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player, and another as a coach in her storied career. The 56-year-old Hall of Famer... More »

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