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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 »

Opera's 'Best Soprano' Dead at 85

Spain's Montserrat Caballe dies in Barcelona

(Newser) - Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti, has died, the AP reports. She was 85. Hospital Sant Pau spokesman Abraham del Moral confirmed her death early Saturday. Del Moral says that Caballe's family... More »

Goodbye to the Name We Knew From a Buddy Holly Song

Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham has died at age 78

(Newser) - The Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song "Peggy Sue" has died at a Lubbock hospital. Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham died Monday at University Medical Center, per a UMC spokesman. She was 78, the AP reports. The family gave the hospital permission to confirm the death but... More »

Blues Legend Who Inspired Huge Acts Dead at 84

Otis Rush made it big with 1956 hit "I Can't Quit You Baby"

(Newser) - Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate, jazz-tinged music influenced artists from Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton to the rock band Led Zeppelin, died Saturday at the age of 84, his longtime manager says, per the AP . Rush succumbed to complications from a stroke he suffered in 2003, manager... More »

A Pioneer of Psychedelic Rock Is Dead at 76

Marty Balin co-founded Jefferson Airplane

(Newser) - A major figure in the emergence of psychedelic rock in the 1960s has died. Marty Balin, who co-founded Jefferson Airplane and played on and off with its later iteration, Jefferson Starship, died en route to the hospital in Tampa, Florida, at age 76, reports the New York Times . The cause... More »

His Name May Not Be Familiar, but His Famous Test Endures

Walter Mischel created the marshmallow test to gauge kids' self-gratification; he's dead at 88

(Newser) - A psychologist by the name of Walter Mischel died this month at age 88, and if the name doesn't ring a bell, a test he concocted in the 1960s just might. It's the "marshmallow test," and the premise is simple: Mischel presented young children with a... More »

Official: Vietnam's President Succumbs to Toxic Virus

Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2, was 61

(Newser) - Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party's leader, died Friday after a serious illness, the government said. He was 61 and had been in the role since April 2016. Quang passed away despite "utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese... More »

Hoaxer Who Got NYT to Publish His Fake Obituary Is Really Dead

Alan Abel is dead at 94

(Newser) - An infamous professional prankster who once went to great lengths to get his own fake obituary published in the New York Times is now actually dead, the Times reports, noting in its headline that it has the news "on good authority." Alan Abel, who has been called "... More »

Rapper Mac Miller Dead

Cause of death at age 26 is believed to be a drug overdose

(Newser) - Rapper Mac Miller died Friday at age 26 of a suspected drug overdose in his Los Angeles home, reports USA Today . The LA Times says Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, "was a rare figure in contemporary hip-hop, equally comfortable accompanying major pop acts and hard-edged hip-hop peers while crafting... More »

Billionaire Amway Founder Richard DeVos Dead at 92

Orlando Magic owner was also father-in-law to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

(Newser) - Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic, and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his western Michigan home due to complications from an infection, the AP reports. DeVos was born in... More »

Burt Reynolds Dead at 82

Iconic star died at Florida medical center Thursday

(Newser) - Burt Reynolds, the iconic mustachioed star who received an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for his role in Boogie Nights, has died at 82. Reynolds, who also starred in such hits as Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and The Cannonball Run, died at a Florida medical center Thursday... More »

JFK Nephew Dies, Cousin Cites Hot Yoga

Christopher Lawford reportedly suffered heart attack at yoga studio

(Newser) - Christopher Kennedy Lawford, an actor, author, and nephew of John F. Kennedy, died of a heart attack Tuesday. The 63-year-old, who became an advocate for sobriety after his own substance abuse issues, was in Vancouver, Canada. He was there working to open a recovery center, his cousin, former US Rep.... More »

What McCain Wanted on His Tombstone

'He served his country'

(Newser) - John McCain is making his final journey. The hearse carrying the late senator's body left his Arizona ranch Saturday, making the journey to Phoenix in a police-escorted motorcade along a route that saw many of his constituents line up to pay their respects, reports the Arizona Republic . Services are... More »

Neil Simon, King of Broadway Comedy, Is Dead at 91

The writer died of complications from pneumonia

(Newser) - Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, and his Brighton Beach trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91, the AP reports. Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia surrounded by family at New York... More »

'Most Unlikely Star in the World' Dies at 76

Robin Leach of 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' passed away after a 2nd stroke

(Newser) - The man who gave the world an inside peek into the world of the wealthy has died. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Robin Leach, host of the syndicated TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died at age 76. "Sad to report the death of famed celeb... More »

One of the World's Most Celebrated Diplomats Is Dead

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was 80

(Newser) - Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet , saying he died... More »

Rocker Was Vocal About Her Mental Illness, Dies by Suicide

Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus was 43

(Newser) - The California heavy metal band Huntress shared the news with "crushed hearts": Frontwoman Jill Janus died Tuesday at age 43. "A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon," the band wrote on Facebook . It added that "Janus spoke publicly... More »

The 'Queen of Soul' Is Dead at 76

Aretha Franklin had been ill for a while

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer," and her signature song, " Respect ," and who stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76... More »

Set on Fire by Dad in 1983, He's Dead at Age 42

David Rothenberg, aka Dave Dave, led a 'rich' life

(Newser) - Dave Dave, a respected Las Vegas artist who was badly scarred as a boy when his father tried to burn him to death in Southern California, has died. He was 42. Dave, born David Rothenberg, died on July 15 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg... More »

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