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Former Boston Drummer Dies on Legends of Rock Cruise

Sib Hashian was 67

(Newser) - John "Sib" Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday, the AP reports. He was 67. His son, Adam Hashian, said Thursday a cause of death had not yet been determined. Hashian was listed as one of the featured performers on... More »

Creator of Some of Our Craziest Game Shows Is Dead

Chuck Barris came up with 'Gong Show,' 'Dating Game,' and more

(Newser) - Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and that infamous factory of cheese, The Gong Show, has died at age 87, per AP . Barris died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin. Barris made game... More »

IRA Leader Turned Peacemaker Martin McGuinness Dies

Sinn Fein leader praises 'passionate republican'

(Newser) - Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who led his underground, paramilitary movement toward reconciliation with Britain, and was Northern Ireland's deputy first minister for a decade in a power-sharing government, died Tuesday, his Sinn Fein party announced. McGuinness, 66, suffered from amyloidosis, a rare disease with a strain... More »

David Rockefeller Dead at 101

Rockefeller grandson was a billionaire philanthropist

(Newser) - David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who was the last in his generation of one of the country's most famously philanthropic families, died Monday, the AP reports. He was 101. Rockefeller died in his sleep at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, per a spokesman. He was... More »

Jimmy Breslin, Chronicler and Wise Guy, Dies

Famed 'NYDN' columnist was 'best person ever to have a column in this business'

(Newser) - Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died Sunday at 88 of complications of pneumonia, reports the AP . Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily ... More »

Rock Legend Chuck Berry Dead at Age 90

'Johnny B. Goode' creator is gone

(Newser) - A sad day for fans of rock and roll: Chuck Berry has died at age 90, reports ABC News . Details are sketchy, but police in St. Charles County, Missouri, responded to a medical emergency at Berry's home Saturday afternoon, but he was unresponsive and could not be revived. Berry... More »

'Marry My Husband' Author Dies

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, 51, wrote a viral love letter as she lay dying of cancer

(Newser) - Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the children's author who took the heartbreak of her own looming death and turned it into a love letter for the ages , has died of ovarian cancer at the age of 51. Krouse Rosenthal penned "You May Want to Marry My Husband," a New ... More »

'Numbness' as 'We Are Family' Singer Found Dead

Joni Sledge, member of Sister Sledge, was 60

(Newser) - Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem "We Are Family," has died, the band's representative said Saturday. She was 60. Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix on Friday, the band's publicist, Biff Warren, says. A cause... More »

Author of the Novel Critics Loved to Hate Is Dead

Robert James Waller wrote 'Bridges of Madison County'

(Newser) - Author Robert James Waller, whose best-selling 1992 novel The Bridges of Madison County was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and a Broadway musical, has died in Texas, according to his literary agency. He was 77. Lucy Childs of Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency said Waller... More »

Liver Transplant Pioneer Dies

Dr. Thomas Starzl was 90

(Newser) - Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of liver transplantation and driving force behind the world's first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90. The University of Pittsburgh said the renowned doctor died Saturday at home in Pittsburgh, reports the AP . Starzl performed the world'... More »

Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Star of 'Aliens,' 'Big Love,' 'Titanic' dies of complications from surgery: TMZ

(Newser) - Bill Paxton , the beloved Emmy-winning actor who appeared in everything from Aliens to Big Love and Titanic, has died at the age of 61, reports TMZ . The news is confirmed by People , and Paxton's family has released a statement saying that "It is with heavy hearts we... More »

A Fitting Obituary for the 'Queen of Sass'

Jean Oddi, who died Monday at 91, was 'unafraid to offend'

(Newser) - It's not often an obituary needs a NSFW warning, but not everyone is Jean Oddi, who died Monday in Ohio at the age of 91. Casey Clark tells the Columbus Dispatch that her mom, known as the "Queen of Sass," was "unafraid to offend" and "... More »

Infant Who Survived 1920s Sideshow Incubator Dies at 96

Doctor says he kept thousands of babies alive on Coney Island midway

(Newser) - Lucille Conlin Horn weighed barely two pounds when she was born prematurely, a perilous size for any infant, especially in 1920. Doctors told her parents to hold off on a funeral for her twin sister who had died at birth, expecting Horn too would soon be gone. But her life... More »

Fox News Mourns Loss of Another Familiar Face

Alan Colmes is dead at 66

(Newser) - Fox News is mourning its second loss in one week: Alan Colmes has died at age 66, the network announced Thursday, per Mediaite . Colmes was generally known as the "liberal" on the network (as this headline at the Washington Examiner notes), once paired as a counterpoint to Sean Hannity... More »

Longtime Fox News Host Dead at 55

Network mourns Brenda Buttner

(Newser) - Fox News is mourning longtime business correspondent and Bulls and Bears host Brenda Buttner, who has died at 55 after a long battle with cancer. Buttner, a Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, started her media career at an NBC affiliate and hosted CNBC's The Money Club before moving to... More »

'Funky Drummer' Behind Infamous Hip-Hop Sample Dies at 73

Clyde Stubblefield's drum break has been sampled over 1,000 times

(Newser) - Clyde Stubblefield, a James Brown drummer who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever , has died. He was 73. Stubblefield's wife, Jody Hannon, tells the AP he died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital Saturday. She says he had been suffering from kidney disease... More »

'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade Dies at 69

Norma McCorvey later became a staunch anti-abortion crusader

(Newser) - Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the US Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday. She was 69. McCorvey died at an assisted living center in Texas, journalist Joshua Prager,... More »

Man Convicted in World Trade Center Bombing Dies in Prison

The 'blind sheikh' Omar Abdel-Rahman was convicted in 1995

(Newser) - The man known as the "blind sheikh," who was convicted of plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorist attacks in New York City, died Saturday in a North Carolina jail, CBS News reports. According to the AP , Omar Abdel-Rahman, born in Egypt, had been blind... More »

WWE Mourns George 'The Animal' Steele

He was a wild man in the ring and a teacher during the week

(Newser) - WWE Hall of Fame member George "The Animal" Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, has died at age 79. WWE announced Friday the death of Steele, who was living in Florida. The Detroit native had tweeted and blogged in recent months about his declining health, the AP reports.... More »

Little Caesars Founder Quietly Paid the Rent of Rosa Parks

Story resurfaces about the late Mike Ilitch and his generosity

(Newser) - The death of Mike Ilitch , founder of Little Caesars, has brought back into the public eye a little-known story about his hometown philanthropy in Detroit: Back in 1994, he began covering the rent for civil rights icon Rosa Parks. That year, Parks had been robbed and assaulted in her central... More »

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