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Marion Barry Dies at 78

Former DC mayor collapsed outside his home

(Newser) - Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the DC Council. Instead, Barry will be... More »

Scientist Who Found Cause of Lyme Disease Dead at 89

Willy Burgdorfer discovered tick-borne bacteria

(Newser) - A researcher who figured out how people were contracting a new ailment called Lyme disease in the early 1980s has died at age 89, reports NBC Montana . Swiss-born Willy Burgdorfer made the discovery while not even looking for it. He was dissecting deer ticks sent from Long Island that were... More »

Eccentric Duchess More 'Noble' Than Elizabeth Dead at 88

World's most titled person loved bull-fighting, flamenco dancing

(Newser) - Spain's Duchess of Alba, the world's most titled person, died today at her 14th century palace in Seville after battling pneumonia. Officially Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the eccentric duchess who loved bull-fighting, flamenco dancing, and fishnet tights, was as Reuters... More »

Graduate Director Mike Nichols Dead at 83

Entertainment icon had prolific, lengthy career in Hollywood, on Broadway

(Newser) - Mike Nichols, the iconic director of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Working Girl, Angels in America, Spamalot, and much more, died suddenly yesterday at the age of 83. "No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike," says the president of ABC News , which... More »

'Brokenhearted' Motown Legend Dead at 78

'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted' was Jimmy Ruffin's biggest hit

(Newser) - The Motown singer whose ballad "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" was a big hit in 1966 has died at the age of 78. Jimmy Ruffin died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital of undisclosed causes, family members confirm to the AP . Ruffin, originally from Mississippi, moved to Detroit in... More »

Harper Lee's Sister, Alice, Dead at 103

Alice Lee was long-practicing lawyer in their home state of Alabama

(Newser) - Alice Lee, the sister of the famous To Kill a Mockingbird author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, has died. Johnson Funeral Home in Monroeville, the south Alabama home of Alice and Harper Lee, has posted an online notice saying Lee died yesterday. No... More »

TV Icon Behind Magnum, PI, Knight Rider, Galactica Dies

Writer-producer Glen Larson was vastly prolific

(Newser) - Glen A. Larson, the writer and producer behind well-loved TV series such as the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., and Quincy, M.E., has died. He was 77. Larson died at the UCLA Medical Center on Friday night of complications from esophageal cancer, his son, James Larson,... More »

Chicago's Only Female Mayor Dead at 80

You can thank Jane Byrne for 'Blues Brothers'

(Newser) - Jane Byrne, Chicago's first and only female mayor, died today at the age of 80. Byrne capitalized on Chicago's slow reaction to a snowstorm to score one of the biggest election upsets in the city's history. She famously beat Mayor Michael Bilandic in 1979 after his administration... More »

NPR's 'Car Talk' Guru Dead at 77

Tom Magliozzi was one-half of the 'Tappet brothers'

(Newser) - Tom Magliozzi, better known as the elder half of the so-called "Tappet brothers" on NPR's long-running and beloved Car Talk, died today of complications of Alzheimer's, the station confirms . He was 77. Like Ray Magliozzi, his co-host and younger brother by a dozen years, Magliozzi had an... More »

Boston's Beloved, Brash Mayor Menino Dead at 71

Served 5 terms, diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office

(Newser) - Thomas Menino, the colorful mayor of Boston who once scoffed that "visionaries don't get things done," then proceeded to shape his beloved city on a pretty visionary level, died today of cancer, reports the Boston Globe . He was 71. He was diagnosed in February, a month after... More »

Cream Bass Player Jack Bruce Dead at 71

Wrote big hits for 1960s band featuring Eric Clapton

(Newser) - Jack Bruce, bass player, singer, and songwriter for the 1960s rock trio Cream, has died at 71 of liver disease. The British band, which also featured Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, sold 35 million albums in just two years, breaking up despite their popularity in 1968. The band was... More »

Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

Legendary fashion designer battled cancer

(Newser) - Fashion designer and icon Oscar de la Renta died yesterday at 82, after a yearslong battle with cancer, the New York Times reports. His illness, the paper notes, didn't slow him down: He designed Amal Alamuddin's dress for her wedding to George Clooney just last month, and his... More »

Lying Brother in Rosenberg Spy Case Dead at 92

David Greenglass testified, falsely, he saw sister Ethel transcribing research data

(Newser) - David Greenglass, who served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War and gave testimony that sent his brother-in-law and sister, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair in 1953, has died at 92. Greenglass—who admitted decades later... More »

78-Year-Old Man's Obituary Opens With Penis Joke

Howard Cocks Dickinson IV apparently loved women, too

(Newser) - With a name like Howard Cocks Dickinson IV, it's no wonder this New Hampshire man's obituary opens with a penis joke. "He walked through heaven's gate 'prick first,' just as he would have wanted," reads the obituary in the Conway Daily Sun . It... More »

Saturday Night Live Alum Jan Hooks Dead at 57

Comedian had 'serious illness'

(Newser) - Former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks died today at age 57, reports CNN . The actress and comedian had been battling a "serious illness," reports TMZ . Hooks performed on SNL from 1986-91, the era of Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, and Mike Myers, among others. Her role... More »

'Mad Man of Rock and Roll' Dead at 76

Paul Revere fronted the Raiders for more than 50 years

(Newser) - Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76. The manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders says Revere died from cancer at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, over the weekend. "He'd been quiet about it for some time,"... More »

Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Dead at 63

Ousted dictator had a heart attack

(Newser) - Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier is dead of a heart attack at age 63. He was better known as "Baby-Doc" Duvalier, so named because his father—a doctor-turned-dictator—was "Papa Doc." The regimes of both leaders tortured and killed political opponents and relied on a dreaded civilian... More »

Ex-Con Former US Rep Dies After Tractor Accident

James Traficant was expelled from Congress in rare move

(Newser) - Former Ohio Congressman James Traficant, who served time in jail on a corruption conviction, has died at 73 after a tractor accident , according to reports. The vehicle flipped over onto him while he was trying to park it, the AP reports. He spent four days in the hospital and died... More »

Obituary: Man 'Despised' the Kardashians

'Big Al' Brownley also disliked shorts, enjoyed chili

(Newser) - Raymond Alan “Big Al” Brownley, who recently died at 82, did not like the Kardashians. In fact, he "despised" them so much that it was pointed out in his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . That obituary, which has gone viral, also lists a number of other things "... More »

Last Mitford Sister Dead at 94

She drank tea with Hitler, became a duchess, and met JFK

(Newser) - Deborah Cavendish, the last Mitford sister and the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, died yesterday at 94. But as the New York Times puts it, she led a "fairy-tale life." Born Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford in 1920, she was the youngest and perhaps the quietest of several controversial children. Adolf... More »

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