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Partridge Family's David Cassidy Dead at 67

He had been suffering from organ failure

(Newser) - David Cassidy of The Partridge Family fame has died at age 67. Publicist JoAnn Geffen released a statement Tuesday evening saying Cassidy had died "surrounded by those he loved," per the AP . No further details were immediately available, but Geffen said on Saturday that Cassidy was in a... More »

'Pioneer in Her Field' Dies Delivering Twins

NYC MTA elevator and escalator mechanic Julia Roman suffered an amniotic fluid embolism

(Newser) - Julia Roman came to the US from the Dominican Republic when she was 16, joined a program that helps women get jobs in male-dominated industries, and ended up making history: She was the first female elevator and escalator mechanic for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But the story of... More »

Della Reese Dead at 86

'Touched by an Angel' star died in her LA home Sunday

(Newser) - Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama Touched by an Angel, has died at age 86, the AP reports. Reese's co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that... More »

'98 Wimbledon Champ Dies of Cancer at 49

Jana Novotna won 24 singles titles

(Newser) - The Women's Tennis Association says 1998 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49. The women's tennis body says Novotna died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, the AP reports. The WTA made the announcement on Monday. Her family confirmed her death to the... More »

Charles Manson Dead at 83

Cult leader's name became a byword for evil

(Newser) - Charles Manson, the cult leader whose hippie followers terrorized Los Angeles with seven gruesome murders in 1969, has died after almost 50 years behind bars. He was 83. The California Department of Corrections says Manson, whose death sentence for orchestrating the killings was commuted to life imprisonment in 1972, died... More »

Malcolm Young of AC/DC Dies After Dementia Battle

Band co-founder/guitarist was 64

(Newser) - "Malcolm, job well done." So ends a Facebook post from Australian rock behemoth AC/DC announcing the death of band co-founder/guitarist Malcolm Young. He was 64 and reportedly died with his family at his bedside. Rolling Stone reports Young's three-year battle with dementia had led him to step... More »

Lil Peep, 'Emo' Rapper With Cult Following, Dead at 21

Sources say up and coming star may have overdosed

(Newser) - Rapper Lil Peep has died at age 21, the AP reports. A representative for the performer confirmed reports of his death Thursday. Lil Peep, whose real name was Gustav Ahr and whose stage name came from a childhood nickname his mother gave him, didn't take the stage during his... More »

'Grande Dame of Dish' Dies

Gossip columnist Liz Smith was 94

(Newser) - Liz Smith, the legendary gossip columnist who started dishing up inside info on celebrities when the grandparents of some of today's stars were babies, has died. She was 94. The New York Post , one of nine New York newspapers Smith wrote for in her long career, reports that her... More »

Magnum PI's 'Higgins' Dies

John Hillerman was 84

(Newser) - John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck's freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series Magnum, PI, has died at age 84. Hillerman, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Houston, nephew Chris Tritico says. Besides playing the... More »

'Impromptu Spy' of WWII Dead at 96

Irv Refkin carried out daring missions for Britain, then America

(Newser) - Irv Refkin enlisted in the Army in 1940, at age 19, and was sent to Canada after basic training to learn about explosives. But once there, a senior officer with whom he clashed sent him to Britain without notice. Shortly after arriving—the British military still thought he was Canadian,... More »

Apollo 12 Astronaut Who Flew to Moon Dies

Richard Gordon was 'the kind of guy you want when you go to the moon'

(Newser) - Apollo 12 astronaut Richard "Dick" F. Gordon Jr., one of a dozen men who flew around the moon but didn't land there, has died, NASA said. He was 88. Gordon was a test pilot when he was chosen for NASA's third group of astronauts in 1963. He... More »

The Mountaineer We Never Knew Dies at 94

Fred Beckey, who sometimes climbed 50 peaks a year, had more first ascents than any American

(Newser) - Legendary mountain climber Fred Beckey, who wrote dozens of books and is credited with notching more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, has died. He was 94. Megan Bond, a close friend who managed his affairs, told the AP that Beckey died of natural causes in her Seattle home... More »

It Started With an Ad for Sex. It Ended With a Best Seller.

Jane Juska, who wrote about late-in-life sex, has died at age 84

(Newser) - Jane Juska, whose chronicle of searching for sex as a woman in her 60s became a best-selling memoir and later a stage show, has died in California, per the AP . She was 84. Juska died Oct. 24 at a Chico care facility after a long illness, her son, Andy Juska,... More »

RIP to a Rock Legend: Fats Domino Is Dead

'Blueberry Hill' singer was 89

(Newser) - Rock 'n' roll legend Fats Domino is dead at age 89, reports WWL-TV of New Orleans. His daughter confirmed the news to the station. No cause of death was immediately released, but the singer—born Antoine Domino Jr. in New Orleans, per People —was surrounded by family and... More »

Robert Guillaume Dead at 89

He won Emmy Awards for his portrayal of acerbic butler in 'Benson' and 'Soap'

(Newser) - Robert Guillaume, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms Soap and Benson, has died at age 89. Guillaume died at home Tuesday in Los Angeles, according... More »

Canada Just Lost a National Treasure

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

(Newser) - After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer , the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie didn't wait for death to take him. He embarked on a sold-out concert tour , released a solo album, raised money for cancer research, and put a spotlight on issues affecting indigenous Canadians, leading to his... More »

Trailer Park Boys Actor John Dunsworth Dies

'Jim Lahey' was 71

(Newser) - A sad day for Sunnyvale Trailer Park: John Dunsworth, the Canadian actor best known for playing alcoholic trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey in the Trailer Park Boys, has died. He was 71. "With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people... More »

Journalist Writes Own Obituary: 'I Wish I Had Done More'

Mark Mooney died Friday of prostate cancer at 66

(Newser) - "If you are reading this, that means that I am no longer here," Mark Mooney writes in the final entry of his blog, Closing in on -30- , which he started in October 2016 after being given two years to live by a doctor. The former reporter and... More »

Psychologist Who Captured Zeitgeist With 'Primal Scream' Dies

Arthur Janov was 93

(Newser) - Arthur Janov, the California psychotherapist whose development of primal scream therapy in the 1970s garnered him both celebrity patients and celebrity, died Sunday in Malibu at the age of 93, the New York Times reports. Primal scream therapy, which Janov claimed could "cure" everything from alcoholism and asthma to... More »

Why Tom Petty's Death Hurts So Much

We've all sung his songs at karaoke and played them on the guitar

(Newser) - Tom Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 66 after suffering from cardiac arrest, and the tributes are now pouring in. Thanks to a mixup in the media that led to a premature announcement, the tributes actually began a little early, as he was showered... More »

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