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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 »

World's Longest Reigning Monarch Dies at 88

King Bhumibol ruled Thailand for 70 years, was revered

(Newser) - King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure, and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval at home and abroad, died Thursday. He was 88 and had been the world's longest reigning monarch, reports the AP . The Royal Palace said Bhumibol died "... More »

His Amazing Survival in 1939 Became a Kids' Classic

Donn Fendler, author of 'Lost on a Mountain in Maine,' is dead at 90

(Newser) - Donn Fendler was big national news back in 1939: The 12-year-old got separated from his family on a hike up Maine's highest mountain and became the subject of an increasingly desperate search. As the New York Times recounts, mothers across the US sent his mother prayers via Western Union.... More »

Songwriter Who Wrote 'Thriller' Dead at 66

Rod Temperton dies in London

(Newser) - Anyone who's ever joyously sung, "'Cause this is THRILLER!" at a Halloween party was singing the work of Rod Temperton, though they may not have known it. And now the songwriter behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and more of his big hits, including "Off... More »

Woman Who Reinvented Soap Operas Dead at 93

Agnes Nixon dealt with dicey topics never before seen on TV

(Newser) - Agnes Nixon, the woman who helped create the soap opera as we know it, is dead at age 93. Nixon rose to prominence during the '60s and '70s, and NPR describes her as one of the only powerful women in the entertainment industry during that era. Just like... More »

Shimon Peres Dead at 93

Israeli elder statesman had 7-decade career

(Newser) - Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, died early Wednesday. He was 93. His son, Chemi, confirmed his death Wednesday morning... More »

'He Made Golf Cool': Arnold Palmer Dead at 87

'Most beloved figure in the game'

(Newser) - One of golf's greatest is gone: Arnold Palmer is dead at age 87. Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems, reports AP . Palmer was admitted to a Pennsylvania hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the... More »

Teen Ends Treatment, Dies After 'Last Dance' Prom

Condition left 14-year-old in constant pain

(Newser) - After a special "Last Dance" prom and a final summer with her mom, 14-year-old Jerika Bolen now has the other thing she wished for: an end to her constant and unbearable pain. The Wisconsin teen, whose decision to end treatment for Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and stop using... More »

LA Confidential, 8 Mile Director Dead at 71

Eminem pays tribute to Curtis Hanson

(Newser) - Curtis Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for LA Confidential and directed the psychological thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Eminem's tale of Detroit hip-hop 8 Mile, has died. He was 71. Paramedics declared Hanson dead at his Hollywood Hills home late Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles police... More »

Author Whose Novel Inspired Field of Dreams Dies at 81

WP Kinsella wrote nearly 30 works, including 'Shoeless Joe'

(Newser) - Canadian novelist WP Kinsella, who blended magical realism and baseball in the book that became the smash hit film Field of Dreams, has died, the AP reports. He was 81. His literary agent Carolyn Swayze said in a statement that Kinsella's death on Friday in Hope, British Columbia, was... More »

America's 'Greatest Living Playwright' Dies at 88

Edward Albee was best known for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

(Newser) - Edward Albee can no longer be considered America's greatest living playwright. The 88-year-old, whose most famous works include A Delicate Balance and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, died Friday at his home in Montauk, New York. Albee, a three-time Pulitzer winner, was famous for challenging audiences with his... More »

Beloved Soap Actor Drowns After Filming

Witnesses thought Brazilian was acting

(Newser) - Brazil is mourning beloved actor Domingos Montagner, whose death strongly resembles a plot twist from the soap opera he starred in. The BBC reports that the 54-year-old drowned after going for a swim in the Sao Francisco River with co-star Camila Pitanga following a day of filming in the area.... More »

'Crazy Eddie,' King of 'Insane' Prices, Dead at 68

Eddie Antar rose to success with his electronics retail chain, ended up in prison

(Newser) - If you came of age in the New York tri-state area in the '70s and '80s, it was hard to escape the "Crazy Eddie" ads that touted one of the region's most well-known electronics retailers. But there won't be any more Christmases in August for... More »

Alexis Arquette Dead at 47

Cause of death not specified

(Newser) - Alexis Arquette, the actress and transgender activist who was born Robert Arquette and whose transition to female was documented in a 2007 film, died Sunday at age 47, CNN reports. Arquette was surrounded by members of her famous family; her siblings include actors Rosanna, David, and Patricia Arquette. David Arquette... More »

'Blood-and-Guts' Boxer Dies of Dementia at 64

Bobby Chacon had thrilling career, lots of personal tragedies

(Newser) - Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon has died under hospice care for dementia. He was 64. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, the former WBC featherweight and super featherweight champion went 59-7-1 with 47 knockouts in a 16-year pro career, the AP reports. The California native... More »

Popular Children's Author Leaves Dying Wish

Anna Dewdney, creator of the 'Llama Llama' series, died Saturday

(Newser) - A popular children's author had one final wish when she died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer: Instead of holding a funeral, read to a child. Today reports that 50-year-old Anna Dewdney became a household name with parents when she published her first Llama Llama book—Llama Llama ... More »

Well-Known Ferguson Activist Found Dead in Burning Car

Darren Seals had been shot, St. Louis County cops say

(Newser) - A Missouri man who became a familiar face in the protests against the Michael Brown police shooting in Ferguson was himself killed Tuesday, St. Louis County police say. The St. Louis American reports that officers discovered the body of 29-year-old Darren Seals (the police are spelling his name as "... More »

Anti-Feminist Housewife Who Helped Defeat ERA Dies

Phyllis Schlafly was 92

(Newser) - Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, best known for her successful campaign to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, has died at her home in St. Louis. She was 92. The author and activist attended scores of hearings in the 1970s to testify against the amendment, arguing that equal rights would disadvantage housewives.... More »

Straight Outta Compton 'Villain' Dead at 75

Jerry Heller hated how movie depicted him

(Newser) - The music manager who played a large and controversial role in the rise of gangsta rap is dead at age 75. Jerry Heller, who helped launch N.W.A. with rapper Eazy-E in the mid-'80s, suffered a heart attack while driving and died at a hospital in Thousand Oaks,... More »

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