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Clerks' Caitlin Bree Dead at 44

Lisa Spoonauer died at her New Jersey home

(Newser) - Lisa Spoonauer, the actress who played Caitlin Bree in Clerks, died Sunday at age 44 at her home in Jackson, NJ, the AP reports. Her cause of death has not been released. On Instagram , Kevin Smith offered up a touching remembrance of meeting Spoonauer in an acting class in 1992... More »

James Bond Actor Roger Moore Dead at 89

His family said he had cancer

(Newser) - Actor Roger Moore, most famous for his starring role as James Bond in seven 007 flicks, has died at age 89. "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today," said his family in a statement . It... More »

Fox News Founder Roger Ailes Is Dead

He was 77

(Newser) - Big news in the media world Thursday: Fox News founder Roger Ailes has died at age 77, reports the BBC . His family confirmed it in a statement: “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning," says his wife, Elizabeth.... More »

Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Dead at 52

Rep says grunge legend died suddenly

(Newser) - Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to the AP . Bumbery called the death... More »

Deadwood, Sin City Actor Dies

Powers Boothe was 68

(Newser) - Powers Boothe, a Texan actor best known for playing villains including Deadwood saloon owner Cy Tolliver, has died at the age of 68. Boothe died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home of natural causes and a rep tells the Hollywood Reporter that he will be laid to rest... More »

Chemist Who Wanted to Change World Through LSD Dies at 75

Nicholas Sand estimates he made nearly 140M doses of LSD in his lifetime

(Newser) - "We thought LSD was going to change the world," the Telegraph quotes Nicholas Sand as saying. The man who estimates he manufactured enough acid for nearly 140 million doses during his lifetime—and who one law-enforcement officer once called "an icon in the world of illicit drugs"... More »

MTV Star Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin of 'Rob & Big' was 45

(Newser) - Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, star of MTV reality show Rob & Big, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack at the age of 45, TMZ reports. “He was a long time and beloved member of the MTV family and will be greatly missed," Variety quotes MTV as... More »

Decorated Vietnam Airman, McCain's Cellmate Dies at 85

Col. Leo Thorsness was awarded the Medal of Honor for his deeds

(Newser) - Col. Leo Thorsness survived six years of captivity and torture at the "Hanoi Hilton," cellmates with John McCain. He died Thursday in Florida at the age of 85 from leukemia, the New York Times reports. With two Silver Stars, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Medal of Honor,... More »

Best-Selling Author Dies in Leap Off NYC Building: Cops

Jean Stein was 83

(Newser) - Best-selling author and literary editor Jean Stein died Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reports. An NYPD official says the 83-year-old jumped from the 15th floor of a building in Manhattan. "She was pretty depressed," a longtime friend says. "We were all worried." Stein authored three oral... More »

Jonathan Demme Dead at 73

'Silence of the Lambs' director reportedly died of cancer, heart disease complications

(Newser) - Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, died Wednesday morning at age 73. Demme, who passed away in New York, died of esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease, sources tell IndieWire . NPR and the AP are confirming the news. The filmmaker, who also made Philadelphia, Rachel ... More »

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Author Dies

Robert Pirsig was 88

(Newser) - Robert M. Pirsig, whose philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance became a million-selling classic and cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down, died Monday at age 88. Publishing house William Morrow announced that he died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, the AP... More »

Man at Center of Quiz Show Scandal in '50s Dies at 95

Producer Albert Freedman helped Charles Van Doren win on NBC's 'Twenty-One'

(Newser) - It was a story made famous for younger generations via the 1994 Ralph Fiennes movie Quiz Show , and now one of the central characters in the 1950s scandal is gone. The New York Times reports that Albert Freedman, once a producer on NBC's popular Twenty-One program, died on April... More »

Man Denied Transplant Due to Pot Use Dies at 20

Utah hospital kicked him off transplant list

(Newser) - Riley Hancey, the Utah man who was turned away for a lung transplant by University of Utah Hospital after he was found to have traces of pot in his system, received new lungs in a different state months later, but it wasn't enough to give his story a happy... More »

'Joanie' From Happy Days Is Dead at 56

Actress Erin Moran has died

(Newser) - Sad Hollywood news: Actress Erin Moran, better known as Joanie Cunningham from Happy Days, has died at age 56. Few details are known, but the Harrison County Sheriff's Department in Indiana received a call about an unresponsive female about 4pm Saturday, reports CNN . Moran also starred in the short-lived... 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 »

Woman Tells Her Dying Ex Trump Has Been Impeached

'He hated his effing guts'

(Newser) - The last thing 75-year-old Michael Garland Elliott heard was fake news and he died a happy man because of it, according to his ex-wife. Teresa Elliott, who remained close friends with her ex decades after they split up, tells the New York Daily News that she told Elliott, a "... More »

Dylan's 'Tambourine Man' Is Dead at 78

Musician Bruce Langhorne inspired the song

(Newser) - "In the jingle jangle morning, I'll come following you." Plenty of people could identify that as a line from Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," but how many know the man who inspired the song? As it turns out, his name was Bruce Langhorne, and... More »

Comedian Charlie Murphy, Brother of Eddie, Dies at 57

He was perhaps best known for his work on 'Chappelle's Show'

(Newser) - Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedian and performer in his own right, has died, the AP reports. Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57. More »

Letterman's Unlikely Star Mom Dies at 95

Dorothy Mengering charmed America with her pies, Midwest attitude

(Newser) - David Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, a Midwest homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's show, has died at age 95, per the AP . Letterman had made ironic celebrities out of dozens of regular folks... More »

Rocker J. Geils Dead at 71

His band put out hits such as 'Love Stinks' and 'Centerfold'

(Newser) - Musician John Warren Geils Jr., founder of The J. Geils Band known for such hits as " Love Stinks ," '' Freeze Frame ," and " Centerfold ," has died in his Massachusetts home at 71. Police in Groton, Mass., say officers responded to Geils' home around 4pm Tuesday... More »

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