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'You Sexy Thing' Singer Errol Brown Dead at 71

He fronted the band Hot Chocolate

(Newser) - Errol Brown, the singer for the group Hot Chocolate whose hits included "You Sexy Thing" and "It Started With a Kiss," has died at age 71 at his home in the Bahamas. The BBC reports that he'd had liver cancer. Brown was a "great singer,... More »

Sheryl Sandberg's Entrepreneur Husband Dead at 47

Dave Goldberg died unexpectedly

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley entrepreneur who also happened to be the husband of Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg is dead unexpectedly at age 47, reports CNNMoney . The cause of Dave Goldberg's death is unclear, but it occurred while he was on vacation abroad with Sandberg, according to a post by Mark... More »

'Stand by Me' Singer Dead at 76

Ben E. King achieved fame with The Drifters, then solo

(Newser) - Some tears are being shed: Ben E. King, singer of such classics as "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby," and "Spanish Harlem," died yesterday at age 76, publicist Phil Brown tells the AP. As a member of the Drifters, King co-wrote and... More »

Cronkite's Grandson, 22, Commits Suicide at College

Peter Cronkite was weeks away from graduation

(Newser) - Peter Cronkite, 22-year-old grandson of Walter Cronkite, committed suicide in his Colby College dorm room Sunday, weeks before he was to graduate from the Maine school, People reports. "Peter, an avid film enthusiast, was the voice of Dennis the Menace for an animated movie when he was nine years... More »

Weight Watchers Founder Dead at 91

Jean Nidetch was a rockstar in the weight loss world

(Newser) - Jean Nidetch, a New York housewife who tackled her own obesity problem, then shared her guiding principles with others in meetings that became known as Weight Watchers, died today at her home in Parkland, Florida, at age 91. Plagued by a weight problem since childhood, Nidetch had tried all manner... More »

'Louie Louie' Singer Dead at 71

Jack Ely had no idea he was about to create a classic in 1963

(Newser) - When he stood on his toes, leaned his head back, and began to incoherently shout "Louie Louie" into a microphone 52 years ago, Jack Ely had no idea he was creating a rock 'n' roll classic. Nor did the lead singer of The Kingsmen know he was laying... More »

Partridge Family Daughter 'Tracy' Dead at 52

Suzanne Crough found in her home in Nevada

(Newser) - The youngest daughter of TV's Partridge Family is dead, reports TMZ . The body of 52-year-old Suzanne Crough, who played tambourine-playing Tracy, was found last night in her home in Laughlin, Nevada, near Vegas. The cause is unclear, and an autopsy is scheduled. Crough was married with two children, one... More »

Family Pens Blunt Obit for Woman Killed by Heroin OD

Molly Alice Parks 'made a lot of bad decisions,' including drugs

(Newser) - Molly Alice Parks died last week at 24, and when you read her obituary, you won't have to wonder about the tragedy that took her life at such a young age. The New Hampshire resident "passed away in Manchester on April 16, 2015, as the result of a... More »

Guy's Obit: Don't Vote for Hillary

Larry Upright's views receive a little unexpected attention

(Newser) - Larry Upright may be dead, but he's still Republican and he still doesn't want you voting for Hillary Clinton—at least according to his obituary. "The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016," reads his obit in the Independent Tribune... More »

'Gilbert Blythe' Dead at 48

Actor Jonathan Crombie suffered a brain hemorrhage

(Newser) - Jonathan Crombie, the Canadian actor who as Gilbert Blythe tugged Anne Shirley's braids—and the hearts of many who watched Anne of Green Gables—died on Wednesday, reports CBC News . He was 48. The movie ran on CBC TV in 1984, with two sequels following, and Crombie beat out... More »

'When a Man Loves a Woman' Singer Dead at 73

Percy Sledge went from hospital orderly to Rock Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," has died. He was 73. The coroner in Louisiana's East Baton Rouge Parish confirmed that Sledge died early today. Sledge's first recording took him from hospital orderly to a long touring... More »

Nobel-Winning Author Guenter Grass Dies at 87

German writer known for The Tin Drum faced controversy in recent years

(Newser) - Guenter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward Israel, has died. He was 87. Grass was lauded by Germans for... More »

Doc Who Pioneered Botox Dead of Apparent Suicide

Dr. Fredric Brandt was reportedly 'devastated' by recent parody

(Newser) - Dr. Fredric Brandt "was a huge pioneer" when it came to Botox and other anti-aging techniques, a fellow dermatologist says. In fact, he was once called the "Baron of Botox," and he boasted such celebrity clients as Madonna and Kelly Ripa. But on Sunday the 65-year-old died... More »

Lynyrd Skynyrd's First Drummer Dead at 64

Bob Burns killed in a crash in Georgia

(Newser) - Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer has died in a car crash in Georgia. Bob Burns, 64, was killed when his vehicle went off a curve in a road near Cartersville just before midnight and struck a tree. No other vehicles were involved, and the crash is under investigation. Burns was... More »

Gun-Control Advocate Sarah Brady Dead at 73

She was the widow of James Brady

(Newser) - Sarah Brady, who became a leading figure in the push for gun control after her husband was wounded in a presidential assassination attempt, is dead at age 73 after a battle with pneumonia, reports NBC News . James Brady, who was President Reagan's press secretary when he got shot in... More »

Woman's Spirited Obituary: 'Too Late for Questions, Sorry'

Florida's Emily Phillips touches readers with humorous self-penned death notice

(Newser) - A couple of weeks before she died of pancreatic cancer, Emily Phillips gathered her family around to read them something special: the obituary she had written for herself. "It was one of the most special moments of my life to hear my mother tell her life story in her... More »

Creator of Pillsbury Doughboy Dead at 89

But Poppin' Fresh lives on and on

(Newser) - First the creator of the pet rock dies , and now the creator or another American fixture often accompanied by the word "iconic:" The former Chicago ad man who invented the Pillsbury Doughboy in 1965 has died at age 89, reports the Chicago Tribune . Rudolph Perz was working for... More »

Crystal Cathedral Megachurch Founder Dead at 88

Robert Schuller's influence had faded in recent years

(Newser) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early today at a care facility... More »

Cynthia Lennon, John's Ex, Has Died

A statement from her rep says she had a 'short but brave' battle with cancer

(Newser) - Cynthia Lennon, who was Cynthia Powell before she married John Lennon in 1962, has died. She was 75. Fox News reports that Cynthia's son Julian Lennon confirmed the news, and Billboard has this statement from her rep: "Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain... More »

Inventor of Pet Rocks Dies

Gary Dahl made millions off 1970s craze

(Newser) - Pet Rocks of America, say goodbye to your creator. Gary Ross Dahl, the man who made millions of dollars selling the novelty "pets" in the 1970s—and caused millions of people to say, "I could have thought of that"—has died at the age of 78. According... More »

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