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King of Surf Guitar Dies at 81

Dick Dale pioneered sound in the '50s

(Newser) - Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou " and "Let's Go Trippin' " earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81. His former bassist Sam Bolle says Dale passed away Saturday night. No other details were... More »

One of Third Reich's Most Famous Children Is Dead

Edda Goering, 80, was the daughter of Hermann Goering

(Newser) - How to describe Edda Goering? She "was a sort of Shirley Temple of Nazi Germany," writes the Telegraph , while the New York Times calls her "practically a princess of the Third Reich." Both provide a sense of the media attention the daughter of Hitler henchman Hermann... More »

One of the Most Recorded Musicians in History Is Dead

Session drummer Hal Blaine played on scores of '60s, '70s hits

(Newser) - You may not have heard the name Hal Blaine, but if you've heard music from the '60s and '70s, you've heard him play. Blaine, an extremely prolific session drummer who became one of the most recorded musicians of all time, has died at the age of... More »

George Foreman's Daughter Is Found Dead

The famous boxer's daughter was only 42

(Newser) - Freeda wanted to be a fighter too, just like dad. And for a while she was. Now George Foreman's daughter has been found dead in her Texas home at age 42, with inside sources telling TMZ they don't suspect foul play. Back in 2000-2001, Freeda fought as a... More »

Colombo Crime Family Boss Dead at 85

Carmine 'The Snake' Persico died in North Carolina at age 85 while serving 139-year sentence

(Newser) - He was the last surviving member of New York City's Commission, the governing body of the US Mafia. Now, Carmine "The Snake" Persico has joined his former crime buddies in eternal rest. Persico attorney Benson Weintraub says the 85-year-old head of the Colombo crime family died Thursday in... More »

Airwolf Star Jan-Michael Vincent Is Dead

The '80s star died in February of cardiac arrest at the age of 73

(Newser) - Just days after the untimely death of Luke Perry comes news that another iconic heartthrob is gone. TMZ reports on the death of actor Jan-Michael Vincent, known best for his starring turn in the '80s show Airwolf , though the 73-year-old actually passed away last month, per his death certificate.... More »

Oldest-Ever Member of US House Dies at 95

Ralph Hall started out as a Democrat in Texas, switched to the GOP after 12 terms

(Newser) - Former Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the US House and a man who claimed to have once sold cigarettes and Coca-Cola to the bank-robbing duo of Bonnie and Clyde in Dallas, has died. He was 95. Ed Valentine, Hall's longtime strategist, said the Republican and World... More »

'The Most Brilliant Man That I've Ever Met' Has Died

Jerry Merryman helped invent the hand-held electronic calculator at Texas Instruments

(Newser) - Jerry Merryman, one of the inventors of the hand-held electronic calculator who's described as "the most brilliant man that I've ever met," has died. He was 86. Merryman died Feb. 27 at a Dallas hospital from complications of heart and kidney failure, said his stepdaughter, Kim... More »

WWE's 'Walking Condominium' Has Fallen

King Kong Bundy dead at 61

(Newser) - The "walking condominium" has fallen. The death of 61-year-old WWE legend King Kong Bundy, real name Christopher Pallies, was confirmed Tuesday by his promoter and friend David Herro. "Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family. Rest in Peace Chris. We love you," he... More »

2 Singers Dead, Including Prodigy Frontman

Keith Flint was 49; also, former 'Voice' contestant Janice Freeman is dead at 33

(Newser) - Two obituaries in the world of music are making headlines Monday. The bigger name of the two is Keith Flint, who fronted the UK electronic music group the Prodigy and is dead at age 49. But fans of the Voice might be more familiar with the second—contestant Janice Freeman,... More »

Co-Founder of Square Dead at 35

Tristan O'Tierney leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter

(Newser) - He co-founded the successful mobile payments company Square, but Tristan O'Tierney's story came to a tragic ending: He died Feb. 23 at age 35. Details of his death are scarce, but his mother tells the San Francisco Chronicle "it was in relation to his addiction." She... More »

Actress From Who's the Boss, Soap Is Dead

Katherine Helmond was 89

(Newser) - Actress Katherine Helmond, known to fans of the sitcoms Soap and Who's the Boss, has died at age 89, reports Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter . Talent agency APA said Helmond died from complications of Alzheimer's in her Los Angeles home, reports the AP . Helmond first gained national fame... More »

Andre Previn Dead at 89

Oscar-winning composer reached high levels of jazz, classical worlds

(Newser) - Andre Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz, and classical music, always rejecting suggestions that his bop 'n' blues moonlighting lessened his stature, died Thursday. He was 89. His manager Linda Petrikova said Previn passed away in his Manhattan home,... More »

Last 'Great Escape' Survivor Dies

Dick Churchill thought his name saved his life

(Newser) - The last of the Great Escapers has died. Dick Churchill, a British Royal Air Force veteran who took part in the famous 1944 mass escape from the Stalag Luft III POW camp, died earlier this month at his home in England, the New York Times reports. He was 99. The... More »

He Never Wanted to Be a Music Icon. He Became One Anyway

Talk Talk's Mark Hollis dead at age 64: reports

(Newser) - The frontman and creative mind behind the UK's Talk Talk has reportedly died at the age of 64. Per the Guardian , Anthony Costello, believed to be a relative of Mark Hollis', tweeted Monday, "RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the... More »

Man's Obituary: 'Don't Be an Idiot'

Geoffrey Turner died of lung cancer, uses his last words to urge others to quit smoking

(Newser) - Geoffrey Turner is dead, and he would like you to know exactly why: "I was an idiot who made the same stupid decision, day-after-day, multiple times per day. I was a smoker and even though I knew it may eventually kill me, I chose to deny the truth to... More »

Hangover Actor Brody Stevens Dead at 48

Comedian is believed to have taken his own life

(Newser) - The comedy world is in mourning for one of its own with the death of actor and comedian Brody Stevens at the age of 48, People reports. He apparently took his own life, with law enforcement sources telling TMZ Stevens was found hanging in his Los Angeles home early Friday... More »

Monkees' Bass Player Peter Tork Is Dead

He was like the Ringo Starr of his made-for-TV band

(Newser) - The Monkees' deliberately goofy bass and keyboard player, Peter Tork, has died at age 77, reports the Washington Post . Tork had been diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer in 2009. His death leaves two surviving members of the group, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith. Lead singer Davy Jones... More »

A Fashion Icon Is Dead

Designer Karl Lagerfeld was 85

(Newser) - Women's Wear Daily calls him "one of the most prolific, admired and multi-talented fashion figures of the modern age." It's one of the assessments coming in Tuesday morning upon the news that German designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at 85. Lagerfeld joined Chanel in 1983... More »

Prolific Author W.E.B. Griffin Dead at 89

Best-selling novelist wrote about the military

(Newser) - W.E.B. Griffin, the prolific and best-selling author of military novels, has died, the AP reports. Griffin, whose real name was William E. Butterworth III, died Feb. 12 at 89. His death was confirmed Monday by his publisher, Putnam, which did not immediately provide additional details. Himself a military... More »

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