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Tuskegee Airman: 'We Were Just Doing Our Job'

Wilfred DeFour served as an aircraft technician

(Newser) - A New York City man who served as an aircraft technician with the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen died Saturday at age 100, the AP reports. Police say a home health aide found Wilfred DeFour unconscious and unresponsive inside his Harlem apartment at about 9am. DeFour was pronounced dead by Emergency... More »

Punk Pioneer Dead at 63

Pete Shelley 'was held in the highest regard'

(Newser) - Pete Shelley, lead singer and guitarist of first-wave British punk band Buzzcocks, died Thursday in Estonia. He was 63. NPR reports that no cause of death was given when the band’s publicist confirmed the news “with great sadness.” But, per the BBC , a heart attack is suspected.... More »

George HW Bush Dead at 94

Former president dies 8 months after Barbara Bush's death

(Newser) - Former President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, the AP reports. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10pm Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. The nation's 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years... More »

SpongeBob Squarepants Creator Is Dead at 57

Stephen Hillenburg had ALS

(Newser) - It's a sad day in the fictional world of Bikini Bottom. Stephen Hillenburg, the man who created SpongeBob Squarepants and his undersea pals, has died at age 57, reports Variety . Hillenburg, who revealed last year that he had ALS, didn't start out as an animator. As the Hollywood ... More »

Man Who Shocked World With Last Tango in Paris Has Died

Bernardo Bertolucci was 77

(Newser) - Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who won Oscars with The Last Emperor and whose erotic drama Last Tango in Paris enthralled and shocked the world, has died. He was 77. Bertolucci's press office, Punto e Virgola, confirmed the death to the AP . Italy's state-run RAI said Bertolucci died at his... More »

Oldest Military Survivor of Pearl Harbor Dies at 106

Ray Chavez died in his sleep Wednesday

(Newser) - Ray Chavez, the oldest US military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, died Wednesday. He was 106. Chavez, who'd been battling pneumonia, died in his sleep in the San Diego suburb of Poway, his daughter tells the AP . The chief historian for the National Park... More »

'My Name Is Inigo Montoya': Legendary Screenwriter Dies

2-time Oscar winner William Goldman was 87

(Newser) - A "true legend" in filmmaking has died at 87. William Goldman, who won screenwriting Oscars for All The President's Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, died Thursday night at his Manhattan home due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia, per the Washington Post . Referring to... More »

Country Great Roy Clark Is Dead

He hosted 'Hee Haw' for years, was renowned musician in his own right

(Newser) - Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show Hee Haw for nearly a quarter-century, has died at age 85, per the AP . Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. Clark was Hee Haw... More »

Stan Lee Dies at 95

His daughter confirms the news to TMZ

(Newser) - Stan Lee, the co-creator of Marvel Comics, is dead at 95, Lee's daughter tells TMZ . The gossip site reports an ambulance was called to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday and he died at a nearby medical center. His cause of death is not yet clear, but TMZ... More »

One of Film's Most Chilling Voices Is Gone

Douglas Rain voiced HAL in '2001: A Space Odyssey'

(Newser) - Canadian actor Douglas Rain never appeared before the camera in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, but anyone who's seen the movie will vividly remember him anyway. Rain provided the voice for the HAL 9000 computer, which eventually turns against the human astronauts when it realizes they intend... More »

Roy Hargrove Dead at 49

Winner of two Grammies played vast array of styles

(Newser) - Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a prolific player who provided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Grammys, has died at age 49, his manager said Saturday. Hargrove died in New York on Friday of cardiac arrest stemming from a longtime fight with kidney disease,... More »

Indy's 'Quiet Pioneer' Is Dead at 83

Mari Hulman George has died at age 83

(Newser) - Mari Hulman George, the "quiet pioneer" of auto racing who ordered drivers to start their engines and was instrumental in the expansion of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died Saturday. She was 83, the AP reports. Hulman George, the speedway's chairman of the board emeritus, died in Indianapolis with her... More »

Actor With Incredible Resume Dies at 94

James Karen was a beloved character actor

(Newser) - James Karen, a prolific and beloved character actor whose hundreds of credits included memorable appearances in Poltergeist and The Return of the Living Dead, has died. He was 94. Karen's friend Bruce Goldstein tells the AP that he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He had been... More »

Creator of a Thanksgiving Staple Is Dead at 92

Dorcas Reilly came up with the green bean casserole in 1955

(Newser) - The woman who created a Thanksgiving staple—the green bean casserole—has died at age 92, the AP reports. Dorcas Reilly died on Oct. 15, and her family will celebrate her life Saturday in Haddonfield, New Jersey, where she lived. Reilly was a Campbell Soup kitchen supervisor in 1955 when... More »

'Hero' Who Foiled Nazis' Nuclear Dreams Dies

Joachim Roenneberg, who led Norway's 'most successful sabotage,' dies at 99

(Newser) - It was said to be a "near-suicide mission," and a previous attempt saw dozens of men killed and captured by the Nazis. But the "Operation Gunnerside" raid in World War II on a Norwegian plant making heavy water—a hydrogen-filled substance that could eventually have been used... More »

Police Chief Has a 'Problem' With Viral Obituary

Where was our outrage before? wonders Burlington's top cop

(Newser) - Madelyn Linsenmeir's obituary, giving a face to America's ongoing opioid crisis, resonated around the country . A police chief's rebuttal is now doing the same. "Please elect this man to replace Bernie Sanders, Vermont," a journalist tweeted Wednesday after Burlington police Chief Brandon del Pozo aired... More »

Not 'Just a Junkie': a Heartbreaking Obit for Young Mom

Madelyn Linsenmeir first tried OxyContin at a high school party

(Newser) - "To some, Maddie was just a junkie," but to the family and friends grieving the 30-year-old's death, Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir was "adored as a daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, and mother," according to a moving obituary that has caught the attention of the nation and... More »

Microsoft Co-Founder Is Dead at 65

Paul G. Allen is gone

(Newser) - Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65, the AP reports. His death was announced by his company, Vulcan Inc. Earlier this month Allen announced that the... More »

Beer Industry Innovator William Coors Dies at 102

Coors helped develop and introduce the aluminum beer can

(Newser) - William "Bill" Coors—the man who helped make the brewery started by his grandfather, Adolph Coors, one of the largest in the world—died at his home Saturday. He was 102, KOAA reports. "Our company stands on the shoulders of giants like Bill Coors," Molson Coors... More »

Walking Dead Actor Dies, but Will Reprise Role

Scott Wilson succumbs to leukemia, had already completed filming on Season 9 of zombie thriller

(Newser) - Walking Dead star Scott Wilson has died of complications of leukemia at the age of 76. Scott's career spanned more than five decades and included 50 movie credits, but he was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Herschel Greene in AMC's zombie thriller. Wilson's rep tells... More »

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