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'Me and Mrs. Jones' Singer Dies

Philadelphia soul legend Billy Paul was 80

(Newser) - Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and "Philadelphia Soul" classic "Me and Mrs. Jones," died Sunday. Paul, whose career spanned more than 60 years, died at his home in New Jersey, his co-manager, Beverly Gay, tells the AP... More »

WWE Star Chyna Dies at 45

She was one of the best-known female wrestlers in history

(Newser) - Chyna, the WWE star who became one of the best-known and most popular female professional wrestlers in history, has died at age 45. Police in Southern California say they were responding to a 911 call from a friend of the former wrestler when they found her dead in her Redondo... More »

Mom Who Found Daughter Dead Writes Devastatingly Honest Obituary

Kelsey Endicott, 23, died of accidental overdose

(Newser) - Kathleen Errico is the latest devastated family member to take part in a heartbreaking trend: being brutally honest about a person's untimely death. Errico found her 23-year-old daughter dead in her bed, TV still on, at 3:45am on April 2. Kelsey Endicott, who leaves behind a 2-year-old son,... More »

Iconic Voice of Lucky Charms Leprechaun Has Died

"Frosted Lucky Charms, they're magically delicious"

(Newser) - The longtime voice of the Lucky Charms mascot has died. Arthur Anderson, who voiced the cereal's animated leprechaun for almost 30 years, died Saturday at the age of 93, Time reports. Anderson, who got his start with Orson Welles' radio company, also performed alongside Welles in a Broadway production... More »

Liza Minnelli's Ex Found Dead in Hotel

David Gest's death not being treated as suspicious at this time

(Newser) - Entertainer David Gest, who was briefly married to Liza Minnelli in 2002 and 2003, was found dead in a London hotel Tuesday morning, the Independent reports. A friend of the 62-year-old confirms the news, and the Metropolitan Police say in a statement that they were called to the scene of... More »

Merle Haggard Dies on His 79th Birthday

A country music legend

(Newser) - The music world has lost an icon: Merle Haggard died Wednesday on his 79th birthday, reports TMZ . He'd been fighting double pneumonia since last year. Haggard was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and as ABC23 notes, he "won just about every music award"... More »

Influential 'Queen of Curves' Architect Is Dead

Zaha Hadid dead from sudden heart attack at the age of 65

(Newser) - Zaha Hadid, the literally and metaphorically groundbreaking architect who reshaped the design landscape with what the New York Times describes as "buildings of extravagant sculptural invention, spectacles of curving, swooping, unprecedented forms," died at the age of 65 in Miami on Thursday. Hadid had been taken to a... More »

Patty Duke Dead at 69

She won an Oscar at 16

(Newser) - Actress Patty Duke is dead at age 69, reports TMZ . Though she won an Oscar at 16 for her portrayal of Helen Keller in the Miracle Worker, Duke might be better known for her starring role in the 1960s sitcom, the Patty Duke Show, in which she played identical cousins.... More »

Legends of the Fall Writer Jim Harrison Dead at 78

Scriptwriter, poet, outdoorsman, he lived as large as his books

(Newser) - Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman, and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country's landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success with his historical saga Legends of the Fall, has died at 78. A rep for Harrison's publisher told the AP that Harrison died... More »

Garry Shandling Dead at 66

Death appears to have been sudden

(Newser) - Comedian Garry Shandling died Thursday at age 66, the AP reports. The cause of death has not been revealed, but his death was reportedly sudden. A source tells TMZ Shandling was speaking to people and appeared healthy Thursday morning. He was transported to an LA-area hospital after a 911 call... More »

Ballplayer-Turned-Broadcaster Joe Garagiola Dies at 90

8 Years as a professional baseball player were prelude to 57 in Broadcasting

(Newser) - Former big league catcher and popular broadcaster Joe Garagiola has died at the age of 90, the AP reports. The Arizona Diamondbacks say Garagiola died Wednesday after recent years years spent in ill health. Garagiola thrived in his post-retirement career as a glib baseball broadcaster and fixture on the Today... More »

In Obituary, She Tells Painful 'Truth' of Sister's Depression

'Depression lies'

(Newser) - After her sister committed suicide last month, Eleni Pinnow took an unusual approach in writing the obituary: "Aletha Meyer Pinnow, 31, of Duluth, formerly of Oswego and Chicago, Ill., died from depression and suicide on Feb. 20, 2016," reads the first line in the Duluth News Tribune of... More »

A Tribe Called Quest Rapper 'Phife Dawg' Dead at 45

Rapper Malik Taylor had suffered from various health issues, including diabetes

(Newser) - Malik Taylor, the rapper also known as Phife Dawg who helped catapult A Tribe Called Quest to success with such hits as "Can I Kick It?" and "Scenario, " has died at the age of 45, Rolling Stone reports. Taylor was known for his rhyming skills and his... More »

Challenger Engineer Dies, Free of Guilt

'You helped bring my worrisome mind to ease'

(Newser) - "Next time I talk to [God], I'm gonna ask him, 'Why me,'" Bob Ebeling said in January of his nagging guilt over the Challenger disaster, which he tried to prevent as an engineer with NASA contractor Morton Thiokol. He may now get his chance. The... More »

Rob Ford Dies at 46

Former Toronto mayor had been battling cancer

(Newser) - Just one day after Rob Ford's office confirmed that the former Toronto mayor was in palliative care, his family says Ford has died. He was 46. Ford dropped his 2014 bid for re-election when he was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer . In a lengthy obituary, the... More »

One of World's Best-Performing CEOs Dead in Plane Crash

'Iron Man' Roger Agnelli, banker turned mining magnate, dies with wife, 2 kids, 3 others

(Newser) - "We have lost a Brazilian of extraordinary entrepreneurial vision," Dilma Rousseff, the country's president, said in a statement Sunday, per Reuters . Her mournful message announced the death of 56-year-old banker Roger Agnelli, who turned a Brazil mining company into the world's largest iron-ore producer and made... More »

Frank Sinatra Jr. Dead at 72

Another claim to fame: kidnapped at age 19

(Newser) - Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career, has died at age 72. The Sinatra family said in a statement to the AP that Sinatra died unexpectedly Wednesday of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Fla. No other details were... More »

Prog Rock Legend Dies in Suspected Suicide

Emerson of Emerson, Lake, Palmer found dead in Calif, home

(Newser) - Keith Emerson, founder and keyboardist of the progressive-rock band Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, has died. He was 71. Emerson's longtime partner, Mari Kawaguchi, called police to his condominium in Santa Monica, California, at about 1:30am on Friday. Emerson had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and... More »

The 'Fifth Beatle' Is Dead at 90

George Martin played huge role in band's historic transformation

(Newser) - George Martin, the producer who guided, assisted, and stood aside through the Beatles' swift, historic transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, his management says, per the AP . He was 90. Too modest to call himself the "Fifth Beatle,... More »

Nancy Reagan Dead at 94

Former first lady said 'My life began with Ronnie'

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan, the helpmate, backstage adviser, and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan in his journey from actor to president—and finally during his 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease—died Sunday at the age of 94, reports the AP , via CBS News . The cause was congestive heart failure, notes ABC... More »

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