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Guy Who Created Modern Cheerleading Is Dead

Lawrence Herkimer even patented pompoms

(Newser) - One of the day's most interesting obituaries is that of 89-year-old Lawrence Herkimer , who pretty much created modern cheerleading as we know it, reports the New York Times . Herkimer, known as the "grandfather of cheerleading" and "Mr. Cheerleader," actually patented pompoms—he thought they'd look... More »

Fargo Man Sums It All Up in 2-Word Obit

Doug is dead, and he wanted that expressed succinctly

(Newser) - We'll keep this short—that's how Douglas Legler would want it. The Fargo, North Dakota, man's obituary in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead was just two words: "Doug Died." Its brevity is offset by a 364-word piece in the paper that basically doubles as an obituary,... More »

True WWII Hero Has Died at 106

Nicholas Winton almost single-handedly saved 669 Jewish children

(Newser) - Nicholas Winton, a humanitarian who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label "Britain's Schindler," died today at the age of 106. Born in London in 1909 to parents of German-Jewish descent, Winton himself was raised as a Christian. He... More »

Nun Who Succeeded Mother Teresa Dies

Sister Nirmala Joshi died of unspecified ailment at 81

(Newser) - The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died early today, the organization says. Sister Nirmala Joshi was 81. Her health had been declining in recent days, the charity says, without specifying the cause of her death. She was selected to lead the Roman... More »

Eight Is Enough Dad Dead at 86

Dick Van Patten also starred on the 'Love Boat'

(Newser) - Dick Van Patten, who starred as the patriarch of the Bradford family in the late 1970s show Eight is Enough, is dead at 86 from diabetes complications, reports ABC News . Van Patten also was a regular on the Love Boat for six years and "was a familiar face on... More »

The Man We Have to Thank for This Is Dead

Pink plastic lawn flamingo creator Donald Featherstone died yesterday

(Newser) - The creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. Donald Featherstone was 79. Featherstone's wife, Nancy, today told the AP that her husband died yesterday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg, Mass., after a long battle with Lewy body dementia.... More »

'Unpretentious' Vegas Mogul Kirk Kerkorian Dead at 98

Billionaire bought, sold MGM 3 times

(Newser) - Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas' biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler, and bought and sold MGM at a profit three times, died last night at age 98. The reserved, unpretentious Kerkorian spent much of his life trying to stay out of the spotlight and... More »

Christopher Lee Dead at 93

Iconic film villain hospitalized for respiratory, heart troubles

(Newser) - RIP, Saruman. Sir Christopher Lee, the English actor who played the Lord of the Rings villain as well as other iconic roles, died Sunday at age 93. Lee had been hospitalized in London for respiratory problems and heart failure, and his wife of more than 50 years waited a few... More »

Family Brutally Honest About Dead Son's Overdose

Clay Shephard's family doesn't shy away from his drug overdose in obituary

(Newser) - Clay Shephard died on May 17, and the obituary for the 23-year-old from Apex, NC, clearly shows the love his family had for him, listing his "intelligence, confidence, athletic ability, height, beautiful blue eyes, broad smile, fantastic wit, and the ability to engage and forge a relationship with anyone.... More »

'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 »

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