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Man Credited With Inventing General Tso's Chicken Dies

Chef Peng Chang-kuei was 98

(Newser) - The chef who has been credited with inventing General Tso's chicken—a world-famous Chinese food staple not served in China—has died, the AP reports. He was 98. Chef Peng Chang-kuei brought the sticky, sweet-and-sour dish to New York 40 years ago. It became a favorite of Secretary of... More »

'All I Got Was a Plaque': Big Mac Creator Dies

Jim Delligatti started selling his burger for 45 cents

(Newser) - When he put two beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and a "special sauce" on a double-sliced sesame seed bun, Michael "Jim" Delligatti could've had no idea that he'd just created what would become America's most famous burger. The McDonald's franchisee from Pennsylvania never... More »

Cuba's Fidel Castro Dead at 90

His brother Raul announces it on state media

(Newser) - Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism, and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half-century rule, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that his brother died at... More »

Florence Henderson of Brady Bunch Fame Dead at 82

Beloved TV, Broadway star died surrounded by family and friends

(Newser) - Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful mom residing over the Brady Bunch, has died. She was 82. She died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement late Thursday. Millions loved,... More »

Oldest Remaining Tuskegee Airman Dies

Willie Rogers 'lived by the greatest commandment—to love one another'

(Newser) - The oldest remaining member of the Tuskegee Airmen has died. Willie Rogers of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Friday from complications of a stroke. He was 101. Rogers served in logistics and administration as part of the US Armed Forces' first all-black aviation squadron during World War II, but only revealed... More »

Soul Revival Star Sharon Jones Dies

Dap-Kings singer became star in middle age

(Newser) - Sharon Jones, the powerhouse singer who shepherded a soul revival despite not finding stardom until middle age, has died. She was 60. A rep says Jones died Friday at a Cooperstown, NY hospital after battling pancreatic cancer, the AP reports. Loved ones and members of her retro-soul band, the Dap-Kings,... More »

Gwen Ifill Dead at 61

PBS 'NewsHour' co-anchor dies of cancer

(Newser) - Gwen Ifill, the veteran journalist and co-anchor of PBS' NewsHour with Judy Woodruff, died on Monday of cancer, the network said. She was 61. A former newspaper reporter, Ifill switched to television and worked for NBC News and PBS, the AP reports. She moderated two vice presidential debates. She took... More »

Rocker Leon Russell Dead at 74

Music icon was recovering from heart bypass surgery

(Newser) - Leon Russell, who sang, wrote, and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records, has died. He was 74. An email from Leon Russell Records to the AP says Russell died in Nashville "last night," citing Russell's wife. Russell had heart bypass surgery in July... More »

Man From U.N.CL.E.'s Napoleon Solo Dead at 83

Robert Vaughn dies after cancer battle

(Newser) - Robert Vaughn, the debonair, Oscar-nominated actor whose many film roles were eclipsed by his hugely popular turn in television's The Man From U.N.C.L.E., has died, the AP reports. He was 83. Vaughn died Friday morning after a brief battle with acute leukemia, according to his... More »

Music Great Leonard Cohen Dead at 82

RIP to one of music's 'visionaries'

(Newser) - Sad night in the music world: Leonard Cohen has died at age 82, according to an announcement on his Facebook page . "We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries," it reads. A tribute at Rolling Stone agrees with that sentiment, saying that only Bob... More »

Janet Reno Dead at 78

She was first female US attorney general

(Newser) - Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as US attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, including the seizure of Elian Gonzalez, died early Monday. She was 78. Reno died from complications of Parkinson's disease, her goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte tells the AP... More »

Artist Takes Strangers' Tattooed Secrets to His Grave

Most of the secrets inked onto Andrew Henderson's body weren't even his own

(Newser) - Andrew Henderson knew he didn't have long to live due to his lymphoblastic lymphoma, which doctors told him was incurable. And so he held a "living funeral" last weekend, per the CBC , and the "Taking It to the Grave" event was a testament to the "ebullient... More »

Actor Who Shot Bruce Lee's Son Dead at 61

'I don't think you ever get over something like that,' said Michael Massee

(Newser) - Michael Massee, who accidentally shot and killed Bruce Lee's son, Brandon Lee, on the movie set of The Crow in 1993, has died at the age of 61, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The actor died of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital last Wednesday, his talent agency tells Entertainment ... More »

US Aviation Hero Who Escaped Nazis in Their Own Plane Dies

Bob Hoover went on to test-flight glory, was Chuck Yeager's wingman

(Newser) - One of America's greatest aviation heroes has died, reports Yahoo . Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot who escaped the Nazis by stealing one of their planes, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday near Los Angeles, reports the Washington Post . He was 94. Born in Tennessee, Hoover was... More »

Veteran Simpsons Writer, Producer Dies

Kevin Curran was 59

(Newser) - Kevin Curran might not have been a household name, but there were few Americans he didn't get a laugh out of during a decades-long career in TV comedy writing and producing. Curran, a six-time Emmy winner who has died from complications from cancer at the age of 59, joined... More »

This Pop Icon Got His Start When Buddy Holly Was Killed

Bobby Vee is dead, filled in at show after famous plane crash

(Newser) - Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning singer whose career began because of the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, has died at 73. Vee, who once had a young Bob Dylan in his band and whose hits included "Take Good Care of My Baby," died Monday... More »

First Woman to Climb Everest Dead at 77

Junko Tabei overturned stereotypes in her native Japan

(Newser) - The first woman to climb Mount Everest didn't stop there. Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei, who died last week at 77, devoted her adult life to scaling peaks, climbing the tallest mountains in more than 70 countries, reports the AP . Her philosophy was to live life to the fullest. "... More »

One of America's Most Famous Anti-War Activists Has Died

Tom Hayden was 'Chicago 7' defendant

(Newser) - Famed '60s anti-war activist Tom Hayden, whose name became forever linked with the celebrated Chicago 7 trial, Vietnam War protests, and ex-wife actress Jane Fonda, has died. He was 76. He died on Sunday after a long illness, said his wife, actress Barbara Williams, noting that he suffered a... More »

Former Jet Who Overcame Paralysis Killed in Car Wreck

Dennis Byrd learned to walk again, wrote inspirational book

(Newser) - Dennis Byrd was an inspiration for far more than anything he ever accomplished on a football field. He was able to walk again. And with each step he took toward recovery from paralysis while guided by his always-present faith, Byrd defied doctors' grim predictions and became a symbol of perseverance... More »

Pro Skateboarder and Model Dylan Rieder Dead at 28

'One of the best'

(Newser) - The skateboarding world is mourning the loss of 28-year-old Dylan Rieder, who died of leukemia on Wednesday. Rieder grew up in Westminster, Calif., and began skating at age 9, reports People . He went pro for Alien Workshop at age 18 before nabbing sponsorships with Birdhouse, Osiris, and Quiksilver. "A... More »

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