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'Joanie' From Happy Days Is Dead at 56

Actress Erin Moran has died

(Newser) - Sad Hollywood news: Actress Erin Moran, better known as Joanie Cunningham from Happy Days, has died at age 56. Few details are known, but the Harrison County Sheriff's Department in Indiana received a call about an unresponsive female about 4pm Saturday, reports CNN . Moran also starred in the short-lived... More »

Cuba Gooding Sr. Found Dead in Car

Foul play not suspected in soul singer's death

(Newser) - Tragedy for Cuba Gooding Jr.: The Oscar-winning actor's father, soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., was found dead in his car on a Los Angeles street Thursday afternooon, NBC News reports. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that emergency workers were unable to resuscitate the 72-year-old after he was found slumped... More »

Woman Tells Her Dying Ex Trump Has Been Impeached

'He hated his effing guts'

(Newser) - The last thing 75-year-old Michael Garland Elliott heard was fake news and he died a happy man because of it, according to his ex-wife. Teresa Elliott, who remained close friends with her ex decades after they split up, tells the New York Daily News that she told Elliott, a "... More »

Dylan's 'Tambourine Man' Is Dead at 78

Musician Bruce Langhorne inspired the song

(Newser) - "In the jingle jangle morning, I'll come following you." Plenty of people could identify that as a line from Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," but how many know the man who inspired the song? As it turns out, his name was Bruce Langhorne, and... More »

Comedian Charlie Murphy, Brother of Eddie, Dies at 57

He was perhaps best known for his work on 'Chappelle's Show'

(Newser) - Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedian and performer in his own right, has died, the AP reports. Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57. More »

Letterman's Unlikely Star Mom Dies at 95

Dorothy Mengering charmed America with her pies, Midwest attitude

(Newser) - David Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, a Midwest homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's show, has died at age 95, per the AP . Letterman had made ironic celebrities out of dozens of regular folks... More »

Rocker J. Geils Dead at 71

His band put out hits such as 'Love Stinks' and 'Centerfold'

(Newser) - Musician John Warren Geils Jr., founder of The J. Geils Band known for such hits as " Love Stinks ," '' Freeze Frame ," and " Centerfold ," has died in his Massachusetts home at 71. Police in Groton, Mass., say officers responded to Geils' home around 4pm Tuesday... More »

Creator of Flag Synonymous With Gay Pride Dies at 65

Artist Gilbert Baker created the Rainbow Flag at the behest of Harvey Milk in 1978

(Newser) - Artist and activist Gilbert Baker has died nearly 40 years after creating the Rainbow Flag that now symbolizes gay pride around the world, ABC 7 reports. Baker's death was first announced by fellow activist Cleve Jones. "Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years... More »

'Best Acting Mamma' Dead at Age 69

Darlene Cates played Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp's mother in 'Gilbert Grape'

(Newser) - An actress described on IMDB as "lovable, impressionable, and immeasurably talented" has died at the age of 69, though most people recognize her through her character rather than her real name. Family members say Darlene Cates, who played Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's obese mom in What's ... More »

Sprint Car Driver Killed in Horrific Wreck

David Steele, 42, died trying to win his 100th race in Florida

(Newser) - Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida, reports the AP , after he locked wheels with another car, went airborne, spun 180 degrees, and hit a retaining wall. Medics attempted to treat him but he was pronounced dead. He was 42. "Desoto Speedway owners and... More »

Former Boston Drummer Dies on Legends of Rock Cruise

Sib Hashian was 67

(Newser) - John "Sib" Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday, the AP reports. He was 67. His son, Adam Hashian, said Thursday a cause of death had not yet been determined. Hashian was listed as one of the featured performers on... More »

Creator of Some of Our Craziest Game Shows Is Dead

Chuck Barris came up with 'Gong Show,' 'Dating Game,' and more

(Newser) - Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and that infamous factory of cheese, The Gong Show, has died at age 87, per AP . Barris died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin. Barris made game... More »

IRA Leader Turned Peacemaker Martin McGuinness Dies

Sinn Fein leader praises 'passionate republican'

(Newser) - Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who led his underground, paramilitary movement toward reconciliation with Britain, and was Northern Ireland's deputy first minister for a decade in a power-sharing government, died Tuesday, his Sinn Fein party announced. McGuinness, 66, suffered from amyloidosis, a rare disease with a strain... More »

David Rockefeller Dead at 101

Rockefeller grandson was a billionaire philanthropist

(Newser) - David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who was the last in his generation of one of the country's most famously philanthropic families, died Monday, the AP reports. He was 101. Rockefeller died in his sleep at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, per a spokesman. He was... More »

Jimmy Breslin, Chronicler and Wise Guy, Dies

Famed 'NYDN' columnist was 'best person ever to have a column in this business'

(Newser) - Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died Sunday at 88 of complications of pneumonia, reports the AP . Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily ... More »

Rock Legend Chuck Berry Dead at Age 90

'Johnny B. Goode' creator is gone

(Newser) - A sad day for fans of rock and roll: Chuck Berry has died at age 90, reports ABC News . Details are sketchy, but police in St. Charles County, Missouri, responded to a medical emergency at Berry's home Saturday afternoon, but he was unresponsive and could not be revived. Berry... More »

'Marry My Husband' Author Dies

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, 51, wrote a viral love letter as she lay dying of cancer

(Newser) - Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the children's author who took the heartbreak of her own looming death and turned it into a love letter for the ages , has died of ovarian cancer at the age of 51. Krouse Rosenthal penned "You May Want to Marry My Husband," a New ... More »

'Numbness' as 'We Are Family' Singer Found Dead

Joni Sledge, member of Sister Sledge, was 60

(Newser) - Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem "We Are Family," has died, the band's representative said Saturday. She was 60. Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix on Friday, the band's publicist, Biff Warren, says. A cause... More »

Author of the Novel Critics Loved to Hate Is Dead

Robert James Waller wrote 'Bridges of Madison County'

(Newser) - Author Robert James Waller, whose best-selling 1992 novel The Bridges of Madison County was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and a Broadway musical, has died in Texas, according to his literary agency. He was 77. Lucy Childs of Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency said Waller... More »

Liver Transplant Pioneer Dies

Dr. Thomas Starzl was 90

(Newser) - Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of liver transplantation and driving force behind the world's first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90. The University of Pittsburgh said the renowned doctor died Saturday at home in Pittsburgh, reports the AP . Starzl performed the world'... More »

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