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Jackass Star Vincent 'Don Vito' Margera Dead at 59

Uncle of Bam Margera succumbed to kidney, liver failure: family

(Newser) - In what TMZ describes as a "double blow" for Jackass star Bam Margera, his uncle, Vincent "Don Vito" Margera, died early Sunday at age 59, April Margera (Bam's mother and Vincent's sister-in-law) tells TMZ . Vincent, also known as his character "Don Vito," "struggled... More »

Soap Star Nathaniel Marston Dead at 40

Ex-'One Life to Live' actor succumbed to injuries from Oct. 30 car crash

(Newser) - One Life to Live fans are waking up to devastating news Thursday morning: Nathaniel Marston, the star who played Michael McBain on the long-running ABC soap opera, has died at the age of 40, People reports. Mom Elizabeth Jackson posted a heartfelt tribute to her son on Facebook Wednesday evening,... More »

'Legendary Stripper' Dead at 78

Carol Doda helped introduce topless entertainment to San Francisco

(Newser) - Legendary San Francisco stripper Carol Doda, whose splashy act helped introduce topless entertainment to the city more than 50 years ago, has died at age 78. Doda died Monday in the city from complications of kidney failure, friend Ron Minolla disclosed Wednesday. Doda first went topless in 1964 at the... More »

Legendary Songwriter Allen Toussaint Dies on Tour

He was 77

(Newser) - Allen Toussaint, the legendary New Orleans musician responsible for such classics as "Lady Marmalade" and "Working in a Coal Mine," had just given a concert in Spain Monday night when rescue workers were called to his hotel early Tuesday. He suffered a heart attack, and though they... More »

Star Wars Superfan Dies After Getting Final Wish

Daniel Fleetwood died of a rare cancer after private viewing of 'The Force Awakens'

(Newser) - Daniel Fleetwood, the Star Wars superfan with a terminal illness whose wish to see an advance screening of The Force Awakens came true last week, has died at the age of 32, Mashable reports. His wife, Ashley Fleetwood, announced the Texas man's death with a Facebook post early Tuesday,... More »

Former Star MLB Pitcher Dead at 29

Ex-Braves player Tommy Hanson suffered 'catastrophic organ failure': report

(Newser) - Tommy Hanson, the friendly pitcher known as "Big Red" whose MLB career was stalled by injuries and personal loss, died Monday night at the age of 29, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Hanson, who pitched four seasons for the Atlanta Braves and ended his major league stint with the Los... More »

Legendary Batmobile Creator Dead at 89

George Barris created cars for Hollywood's elite

(Newser) - George Barris, the legendary custom car builder who created television's original Batmobile and helped define California's car culture with colorfully designed vehicles ranging from the stunningly beautiful to the simply outrageous, died Thursday. He was 89. Barris, who had been in declining health, died at his Los Angeles... More »

Woman Who Wrote ET Screenplay Is Dead

Melissa Mathison was once married to Harrison Ford

(Newser) - Melissa Mathison never wrote down to her audiences. Known for her family-friendly films like ET the Extra Terrestrial and the elegant The Black Stallion, Mathison's stories were rich with symbolism, adventure, depth, and darkness. With their intricate plots and grown-up themes of loneliness and loss, her films enchanted a... More »

Survivor of Nazi Camps' Only Mass Escape Has Died

Thomas Blatt worked to ensure Sobibor couldn't be erased

(Newser) - After an extraordinary life of tragedy and triumph, Holocaust survivor Thomas Blatt passed away at home in Santa Barbara on Saturday, reports the Los Angeles Times . He was 88 and suffered dementia. Though 250,000 who arrived at Sobibor concentration camp never left, Blatt was one of 50 Jews to... More »

Fred Thompson Dead at 73

He went back and forth from acting to politics

(Newser) - Fred Thompson, a folksy former Republican US senator from Tennessee who appeared in feature films and television including a role on "Law & Order," died Sunday, his family says. He was 73. Thompson, at 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, appeared in at least 20 motion pictures. His credits... More »

Model, 40, Dies After 7-Hour Police Standoff on Bridge

Sam Sarpong, ex-Tommy Hilfiger model and MTV co-host, dead in Calif. suicide

(Newser) - Police crisis negotiators and family members tried for seven hours Monday to talk a distressed British actor and model off a California bridge, but the incident ended in tragedy, Us Weekly reports. Per Hollywood Life , Sam Sarpong, 40, an ex-Tommy Hilfiger model and former co-host of MTV's Yo Momma... More »

Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders Dead at 60

Saunders had a 654-592 NBA record

(Newser) - Flip Saunders, the longtime NBA coach who won more than 650 games in nearly two decades and was trying to rebuild the Minnesota Timberwolves as team president, coach and part owner, died Sunday, the team said. He was 60. Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in June and doctors called... More »

Movie Star Maureen O'Hara Dies at 95

She starred in How Green Was My Valley and Miracle on 34th Street

(Newser) - Maureen O'Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim How Green Was My Valley to the uplifting Miracle on 34th Street and bantered unforgettably with John Wayne in several films has died. She was 95. O'Hara died in her sleep at her... More »

Leader Behind Aid-in-Dying Law Uses It to End Life

Richard Walters had been diagnosed with lung cancer

(Newser) - Richard Walters, a leader in the effort to get Vermont to pass aid-in-dying legislation, used the rules established under the law to end his own life on Friday. He was 90 years old and had been battling cancer. Walters, the leader of Patient Choices Vermont, died at a retirement community... More »

US Hostages' Savior in Iran in 1980 Has Died

Heroic actions of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor were documented in 'Argo'

(Newser) - Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran who helped smuggle six American hostages home from the country in 1980, died Thursday of colon cancer at the age of 81, his wife tells the AP . For three months, Taylor and his deputy, John Sheardown, hid at their Tehran homes the six... More »

Agent Who Saved Reagan Dies

Jerry Parr foiled 1981 assassination attempt on the president

(Newser) - The man widely credited for saving Ronald Reagan's life from an assassination attempt passed away from congestive heart failure Friday at the age of 85, the New York Times reports. According to the Washington Post , Jerry Parr met and protected dozens of US and foreign dignitaries and heads of... More »

Chef Who Popularized Cajun Cuisine Dead at 75

Paul Prudhomme credited with inventing 'turducken'

(Newser) - Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75. Tiffanie Roppolo, the CFO of Prudhomme's businesses, told the AP that he died early Thursday after a brief illness. Prudhomme became prominent... More »

BASE Jumper Killed in Alps Leap

Johnny Strange, 23, achieved fame for climbing 7 tallest peaks by 17

(Newser) - It's been a deadly year for those who jump from extreme heights in nothing more than a wingsuit , a grim trend that continued last week with the death of Johnny Strange, an American adventurer who plunged to his death while BASE jumping in the Swiss Alps. As the Los ... More »

Yogi Berra Dead at 90

Yankees legend coined 'It ain't over 'til it's over'

(Newser) - Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, has died. He was 90. Berra died of natural causes yesterday at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of... More »

5 Great Quotes From the Late Jackie Collins

Author of racy novels is dead at 77

(Newser) - The family of Jackie Collins announced last night that the author of steamy novels had died at 77 of breast cancer, reports People . Collins followed actor sister Joan to Hollywood from the UK and became a star in own right, selling more than 500 million copies of her books. Maybe... More »

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