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Actor Known for The Sopranos, Home Alone Dies

John Heard was 72

(Newser) - Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the Home Alone movie series, has died, the AP reports. He was 72. His death was confirmed by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner's office in California on Saturday. TMZ reported that Heard was found at a Palo Alto hotel... More »

She Invented a Self-Cleaning House, but World Wasn't Ready

Frances Gabe dies at 101. Her epic idea never quite caught on

(Newser) - If the idea of a self-cleaning home sounds like a futuristic vision decades away, you'll want to acquaint yourself with the late Frances Gabe. She not only scored a patent for the idea—back in 1984—she built one in Oregon and lived in it for years. Gabe died... More »

Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dies

He revived career after Mission:Impossible typecasting

(Newser) - Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as crafty master of disguise Rollin Hand in the 1960s TV show Mission: Impossible, then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror star Bela Lugosi in 1994's Ed Wood, has died, the... More »

'Father of the Zombie Film' Dies

George Romero was 77

(Newser) - His movies were groundbreaking—and that ground was over a grave. George Romero, the director known as the "Father of the Zombie Film" for 1968's Night of the Living Dead and its follow-ups, died of lung cancer on Sunday, CNN reports. He was 77. Romero, who grew up... More »

1st Woman to Win Math's Nobel Prize Dies at 40

Maryam Mirzakhani was 'ambitious, resolute, and fearless'

(Newser) - The first woman to win the Fields Medal—essentially math's version of the Nobel Prize—has died at the age of 40 after a battle with breast cancer, NPR reports. According to AFP , Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born Stanford professor, won the award in 2014 for her work in geometry... More »

Fall on Set of Walking Dead Proves Fatal

Stuntman John Bernecker has died at the age of 33

(Newser) - Sad news from the world of The Walking Dead: John Bernecker, the stuntman who suffered severe head injuries after falling Wednesday on the Georgia set of the AMC series, has died, TMZ reports. Variety has also received confirmation of Bernecker's death, citing the Coweta County coroner, who says the... More »

Exec Whose Admissions Started FIFA Scandal Is Dead at 72

Chuck Blazer 'felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions,' his lawyers say

(Newser) - Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer exec whose corruption admissions set off a global scandal that toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter , died Wednesday, reportedly in New Jersey. He was 72, the AP reports. At a November 2013 court hearing during which Blazer entered guilty pleas to 10 federal charges, Blazer... More »

China's Most Famous Prisoner Dead at 61

Liu Xiaobo had been diagnosed with cancer, denied opportunity to seek treatment abroad

(Newser) - Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has died at age 61, the AP reports. Liu, the country's most prominent political prisoner, was first put behind bars in 1989 in connection with the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. His fourth and last prison sentence, for inciting subversion thanks... More »

True Blood's Nelsan Ellis Dead at 39

Actor who portrayed 'Lafayette' died of complications of heart failure

(Newser) - Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for his memorable portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood, has died at age 39. Ellis' manager, Emily Gerson Saines, confirmed the actor's death in an email Saturday. The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report Ellis' death, quoted her as saying... More »

Obituary Rips Great-Grandma: 'Her Presence Will Not Be Missed'

Son thinks one of his sisters placed scathing death notice in NC newspaper

(Newser) - In the Deep South, a predilection for proper manners often means the temptation to tell someone off is replaced with a "Bless your heart." But an obituary that appeared last month in a North Carolina newspaper flouted politeness, and at least one family member isn't happy, KDVR... More »

Stan Lee Is a Widower After 69 Years

Joan Lee, wife of comic icon, is dead after a stroke

(Newser) - Sad news in the world of comics: Joan Lee, the wife of industry legend Stan Lee, is dead at age 93, reports Variety . She had a stroke last week and never recovered. Lee himself is 94 and had been married to Joan for 69 years. Her death prompted the Hollywood ... More »

Prince Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dies at 43

'One of the best to ever pick up drumsticks'

(Newser) - More sad new for Prince fans: John Blackwell Jr., a drummer who played with Prince for 15 years, has died at the age of 43. In an Instagram post Tuesday, wife Yaritza said Blackwell had died peacefully in her company, TMZ reports. Blackwell was diagnosed with two brain tumors last... More »

French 'Abortion Pioneer' Dead at 89

Simone Veil was a driving force behind France's legalization of abortion

(Newser) - Simone Veil, who lost her parents and brother during the Holocaust and went on to become one of France's most popular politicians, per NPR , has died at 89. Veil survived Auschwitz as a teen and went on to study law and enter politics after the war. As health minister... More »

Paddington Bear's Creator Dies

Michael Bond was 91

(Newser) - It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat. Bond would go on to see his creation enchant children for more than half a century and become an icon immortalized in print,... More »

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, John Wick Star Dies

Michael Nyqvist was 56

(Newser) - Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like John Wick, has died. Nyqvist's representative Jenny Tversky said Tuesday that he died after a year-long battle with lung cancer, the AP reports. He was... More »

Man Behind 'Most Paralyzing Rap Lyric Ever' Dead at 42

Prodigy of Mobb Deep was hospitalized for complications from sickle cell anemia

(Newser) - Prodigy, one half of iconic rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was 42. Born Albert Johnson, the rapper was hospitalized after a weekend performance "for complications caused by sickle cell anemia," a disease he'd battled since birth, his publicist says in a statement.... More »

Stephen Furst, aka 'Flounder,' Is Dead at 63

He also had roles in St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5

(Newser) - RIP, Flounder. Stephen Furst, the actor who played that character in Animal House, is dead at age 63, reports TMZ . A rep tells the Hollywood Reporter that the cause is complication from diabetes, which Furst had battled for years. He was even a spokesman for the American Diabetes Association. Furst'... More »

Man Behind Rocky, Karate Kid Dead at 81

John G. Avildsen won an Oscar for the former

(Newser) - John G. Avildsen, who directed Rocky and The Karate Kid—two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood franchises—died Friday in Los Angeles at age 81. Anthony Avildsen said his father died from pancreatic cancer and called him "a pretty extraordinary man in my estimation."... More »

One of Europe's Most Powerful Modern Leaders Is Dead

Germany's Helmut Kohl died at home Friday

(Newser) - Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, has died at 87, the AP reports. Kohl's Christian Democratic Union Party posted on Twitter: "We are in sorrow. #RIP #HelmutKohl."... More »

Anita Pallenberg Had a Hell of a Life

Model, actor, Rolling Stones muse, mother to Keith Richards' kids dies at 73

(Newser) - An actor and model who dated two of the Rolling Stones (and is rumored to have had an affair with a third) died Tuesday in a hospital in England, the New York Times reports. Anita Pallenberg was 73; a cause of death was not given. Pallenberg was perhaps best known... More »

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