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'He Made Golf Cool': Arnold Palmer Dead at 87

'Most beloved figure in the game'

(Newser) - One of golf's greatest is gone: Arnold Palmer is dead at age 87. Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems, reports AP . Palmer was admitted to a Pennsylvania hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the... More »

Teen Ends Treatment, Dies After 'Last Dance' Prom

Condition left 14-year-old in constant pain

(Newser) - After a special "Last Dance" prom and a final summer with her mom, 14-year-old Jerika Bolen now has the other thing she wished for: an end to her constant and unbearable pain. The Wisconsin teen, whose decision to end treatment for Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and stop using... More »

LA Confidential, 8 Mile Director Dead at 71

Eminem pays tribute to Curtis Hanson

(Newser) - Curtis Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for LA Confidential and directed the psychological thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Eminem's tale of Detroit hip-hop 8 Mile, has died. He was 71. Paramedics declared Hanson dead at his Hollywood Hills home late Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles police... More »

Author Whose Novel Inspired Field of Dreams Dies at 81

WP Kinsella wrote nearly 30 works, including 'Shoeless Joe'

(Newser) - Canadian novelist WP Kinsella, who blended magical realism and baseball in the book that became the smash hit film Field of Dreams, has died, the AP reports. He was 81. His literary agent Carolyn Swayze said in a statement that Kinsella's death on Friday in Hope, British Columbia, was... More »

America's 'Greatest Living Playwright' Dies at 88

Edward Albee was best known for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

(Newser) - Edward Albee can no longer be considered America's greatest living playwright. The 88-year-old, whose most famous works include A Delicate Balance and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, died Friday at his home in Montauk, New York. Albee, a three-time Pulitzer winner, was famous for challenging audiences with his... More »

Beloved Soap Actor Drowns After Filming

Witnesses thought Brazilian was acting

(Newser) - Brazil is mourning beloved actor Domingos Montagner, whose death strongly resembles a plot twist from the soap opera he starred in. The BBC reports that the 54-year-old drowned after going for a swim in the Sao Francisco River with co-star Camila Pitanga following a day of filming in the area.... More »

'Crazy Eddie,' King of 'Insane' Prices, Dead at 68

Eddie Antar rose to success with his electronics retail chain, ended up in prison

(Newser) - If you came of age in the New York tri-state area in the '70s and '80s, it was hard to escape the "Crazy Eddie" ads that touted one of the region's most well-known electronics retailers. But there won't be any more Christmases in August for... More »

Alexis Arquette Dead at 47

Cause of death not specified

(Newser) - Alexis Arquette, the actress and transgender activist who was born Robert Arquette and whose transition to female was documented in a 2007 film, died Sunday at age 47, CNN reports. Arquette was surrounded by members of her famous family; her siblings include actors Rosanna, David, and Patricia Arquette. David Arquette... More »

'Blood-and-Guts' Boxer Dies of Dementia at 64

Bobby Chacon had thrilling career, lots of personal tragedies

(Newser) - Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon has died under hospice care for dementia. He was 64. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, the former WBC featherweight and super featherweight champion went 59-7-1 with 47 knockouts in a 16-year pro career, the AP reports. The California native... More »

Popular Children's Author Leaves Dying Wish

Anna Dewdney, creator of the 'Llama Llama' series, died Saturday

(Newser) - A popular children's author had one final wish when she died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer: Instead of holding a funeral, read to a child. Today reports that 50-year-old Anna Dewdney became a household name with parents when she published her first Llama Llama book—Llama Llama ... More »

Well-Known Ferguson Activist Found Dead in Burning Car

Darren Seals had been shot, St. Louis County cops say

(Newser) - A Missouri man who became a familiar face in the protests against the Michael Brown police shooting in Ferguson was himself killed Tuesday, St. Louis County police say. The St. Louis American reports that officers discovered the body of 29-year-old Darren Seals (the police are spelling his name as "... More »

Anti-Feminist Housewife Who Helped Defeat ERA Dies

Phyllis Schlafly was 92

(Newser) - Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, best known for her successful campaign to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, has died at her home in St. Louis. She was 92. The author and activist attended scores of hearings in the 1970s to testify against the amendment, arguing that equal rights would disadvantage housewives.... More »

Straight Outta Compton 'Villain' Dead at 75

Jerry Heller hated how movie depicted him

(Newser) - The music manager who played a large and controversial role in the rise of gangsta rap is dead at age 75. Jerry Heller, who helped launch N.W.A. with rapper Eazy-E in the mid-'80s, suffered a heart attack while driving and died at a hospital in Thousand Oaks,... More »

Man Held at 9 Nazi Camps Dies

His life mission was to speak about Nazi atrocities

(Newser) - During his imprisonment at nine separate concentration camps, including Auschwitz, Abraham Peck expected death to come at any moment. Instead, he lived a full life that came to an end last Thursday at age 91 due to kidney failure, reports the New Jersey Record . The last Jewish survivor from the... More »

Mexico Says Adios to Its Star Musician

Juan Gabriel died Sunday in California

(Newser) - Juan Gabriel, Mexico's top-selling artist, died peacefully at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday of an apparent heart attack, per the BBC . He was 66. Though not all were familiar with his music, his songs were like hymns to many in Latin America and beyond, reports the... More »

Gene Wilder Dead at 83

'Young Frankenstein' star died of Alzheimer's complications

(Newser) - Gene Wilder, the iconic star of such comedy classics as Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is dead at age 83. The actor's nephew tells Variety Wilder died at his Stamford, Conn., home of Alzheimer's complications Monday. Jordan Walker-Pearlman says in a statement that Wilder'... More »

Poet Max Ritvo Dies of Cancer at 25

He chronicled illness in acclaimed work

(Newser) - Fiercely talented poet Max Ritvo has died at the age of 25 from the cancer he chronicled in his work and was first diagnosed with when he was 16. Ritvo, who had Ewing's sarcoma, a deadly form of bone cancer, went to Yale during the years he was in... More »

3 Doors Down Guitarist Dies at 38

Matt Roberts was found dead in a Wisconsin hotel; drug overdose is suspected

(Newser) - Matt Roberts, the lead guitarist for 3 Doors Down from the group's founding in 1996 until he left for health reasons in 2012, was found dead Saturday in a Wisconsin hotel, reports Rolling Stone . He was 38. "I was wakened at 8:50 this morning by some detectives... More »

John McLaughlin of The McLaughlin Group Dies at 89

He hosted the long-running political show for nearly 35 years

(Newser) - Political talk show pioneer John McLaughlin died Tuesday morning at his home in Virginia at the age of 89, the New York Daily News reports. According to the Washington Post , he had been fighting prostate cancer. After stints as a Catholic priest and speechwriter for President Nixon, McLaughlin started The ... More »

German Olympic Coach Dies After Rio Accident

Stefan Henze was injured in car crash last week

(Newser) - A canoe slalom coach from Germany died Monday after sustaining head injuries last week in a car crash in Rio de Janeiro, the country's Olympic team says. The team says Stefan Henze, who was 35 and won a silver medal in canoe slalom at the 2004 Athens Games, died... More »

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