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Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83

Star Trek's 'Spock' died of lung disease

(Newser) - He lived long and prospered: Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock of Star Trek fame, died this morning at the age of 83. Nimoy died at home of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife tells the New York Times . Nimoy discussed his struggle with the disease last year , blaming... More »

Scientist Behind 'Feats of Espionage' Dead at 90

Navy's John Craven 'turned submarines into spy machines'

(Newser) - The name might not be of the household variety, but John Craven made his mark in Cold War espionage for the US military. In his obituary, the New York Times explains that the Navy scientist "turned submarines into spy machines" and was responsible for "some of the nation'... More »

'It's My Party' Singer Lesley Gore Dies

Her hit 'You Don't Own Me' became feminist anthem

(Newser) - Lesley Gore, the singer-songwriter who scored a huge hit as a 16-year-old with "It's My Party" in 1963, has died at the age of 68. Gore, who grew up in New Jersey and was discovered by Quincy Jones, followed up the Grammy-nominated chart-topper with hits including "She'... More »

Woman Who Fought Ban on Gay Marriage Dies of Cancer

Niki Quasney helped dump Indiana ban, is survived by her wife

(Newser) - A woman whose terminal ovarian cancer led her to push Indiana to recognize her same-sex marriage, eventually overturning the state's gay marriage ban, has died at the age of 38. Niki Quasney died Thursday, gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal said yesterday. Two years after Quasney's 2009 diagnosis,... More »

Designer of Bullet Train, Soy Sauce Bottle Dies

Kenji Ekuan was former monk whose inventions went on and on

(Newser) - Japanese industrial designer Kenji Ekuan, whose works ranged from a bullet train to the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser as familiar as the classic Coca-Cola bottle, has died, his company said. He was 85. A former monk, Ekuan crafted a tabletop bottle for Kikkoman Corp. in 1961, winning international popularity... More »

Obit Lists Cause of Man's Death: the Seahawks

Michael Vedvik died hours after the team's Super Bowl loss

(Newser) - A lifelong Seattle Seahawks fan, Michael Vedvik died of a heart attack early Monday in his home in Kent, Wa., hours after his beloved team threw the fateful interception that cost them the Super Bowl . According to his obituary in the Spokesman-Review , Vedvik, 53, "loved his family, work, clients,... More »

Thorn Birds Author Dubbed 'Overweight' in Obit

Backlash is swift over Colleen McCullough's obituary

(Newser) - Colleen McCullough wrote "the highest-selling novel in Australia's history," Time reports. She also happened to be a neurophysiologist. But even so, when the Australian reported on the Thorn Birds author's death this week , it led with this:
  • "Colleen McCullough, Australia’s best selling author, was
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Thorn Birds Author Dead at 77

Colleen McCullough has died after a long illness

(Newser) - Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel The Thorn Birds sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died today in a hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said in a statement. McCullough wrote 25 novels throughout her... More »

Civil War Vet's Son, Among the Last, Dead at 97

Luke Martin Jr. was a local hero in North Carolina

(Newser) - Luke Martin Jr. was born to a former Civil War soldier in 1917, when the father was in his 80s. Now, at 97, Martin has died, meaning the world has lost one of the last surviving sons of a Civil War veteran; only eight remain, according to a roster . His... More »

2 Tuskegee Airmen, Lifelong Friends, Die on Same Day

Clarence Huntley Jr., Joseph Shambrey were both 91 and living in LA

(Newser) - Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen—the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II—died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were both 91. Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey died on Jan. 5 in their Los Angeles homes, relatives said yesterday.... More »

Star of Fellini's La Dolce Vita Dies at 83

Anita Ekberg best known for iconic dip in Trevi Fountain

(Newser) - Anita Ekberg, the Swedish-born actress and sex-symbol of the 1950s and '60s who was immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in La Dolce Vita, has died. She was 83. Ekberg's lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi confirmed she died in Rome this morning following a series of illnesses. She had been... More »

Miss America Later Caught in Scandals Dead at 90

Bess Myerson was Jewish, popular, and political

(Newser) - Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America and a New York political force until a series of scandals dubbed the "Bess Mess" forced her into obscurity, has died. She was 90. Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif, officials say. The Bronx-born Myerson was hailed... More »

Edward Brooke, First Elected Black Senator, Dies at 95

Massachusetts Republican won Congressional Gold Medal in 2009

(Newser) - The first African American elected to the US Senate has died at age 95. Edward Brooke, a Massachusetts Republican, died of natural causes in Florida, the AP reports. He was elected in 1966 and served two terms as a highly popular politician. That came after he became the first African... More »

Mario Cuomo Dead at 82

Former New York governor is father of current New York governor

(Newser) - The elder Mario Cuomo—the former governor of New York who is father to the current Gov. Cuomo of New York—died today at age 82 at his Manhattan home. Some early snippets in his hometown press:
  • New York Times : "Mario Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who
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Detective Who Hunted Down 'Son of Sam' Dead at 99

Timothy Dowd also on NYPD team that broke apart 'French Connection' drug ring

(Newser) - Almost 40 years ago, "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz terrorized New York City—until he was brought down by the investigative work of the NYPD's "Operation Omega" team and a simple parking ticket. Timothy J. Dowd, the detective who led that task force, died Friday in... More »

Joe Cocker Dies at 70

Singer of 'You Are So Beautiful,' 'Up Where We Belong'

(Newser) - Joe Cocker, the iconic British singer-songwriter known for a string of hits covering half a century, has died at the age of 70; the Yorkshire Post reports that he suffered from lung cancer. The Brit rose to fame in the '60s, played two Woodstocks, turned "With a Little... More »

Pugsley From Addams Family Dead at 59

Ken Weatherwax played Gomez and Morticia's boy

(Newser) - The actor who played Pugsley on the Addams Family TV show is dead of an apparent heart attack at 59, reports the Los Angeles Times . Ken Weatherwax died Sunday at his California home. Weatherwax served in the Army after high school and tried to make a go of it in... More »

Son Who Looted Brooke Astor Fortune Dies

Anthony Marshall was jailed last year at 89

(Newser) - Anthony Marshall served with distinction in World War II, was a CIA operative and a US ambassador to several countries, produced a Tony Award-winning Broadway play, and wrote seven books—but he's going to be remembered for swindling his elderly mother out of millions while she was suffering from... More »

People Goofs, Runs Obit for Kirk Douglas

He 'died TK TK TK'

(Newser) - News of Kirk Douglas' death has been more than a little premature: People magazine appears to have accidentally posted the actor's obituary, reports the BBC , in the latest casualty of the pre-written obit. The post with the headline "DO NOT PUB Kirk Douglas Dies" was dated Sept. 29,... More »

Man Reveals He's Spider-Man in Poignant Obit

35-year-old Aaron Purmort says he fought 'a nefarious criminal named Cancer'

(Newser) - A Minneapolis art director died of brain cancer last week, but in an obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune , "mild-mannered" Aaron Purmort reveals himself to be Spider-Man, writing that he "died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years... More »

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