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Boxer 'Hurricane' Carter Dead at 76

Wrongfully sent to prison for 19 years before conviction overturned

(Newser) - Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former middleweight champion whose wrongful murder conviction was protested in Bob Dylan's iconic song , died this morning of prostate cancer at age 76, reports the New York Times . Carter served 19 years in prison after being twice convicted in a racially charged New Jersey... More »

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87

'100 Years of Solitude' author was a Nobel laureate

(Newser) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence, and inequality, died today at his home in Mexico City at age 87. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the... More »

Man, 92, Writes His Own 3-Word Obituary

'I am dead.' Well, that does sum it up

(Newser) - The latest man to write his own obituary kept things about as short as possible: It read simply, "I am dead." Swedish 92-year-old Stig Kernell gave his funeral home instructions before he died on April 6, and the funeral home followed through, publishing the 3-word obituary in two... More »

Mickey Rooney Dead at 93

Hollywood legend's career spanned more than 80 years

(Newser) - Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television, and the Broadway theater, has died at the age of 93. An LAPD spokesman says that Rooney was with his family when he died at... More »

Comedian John Pinette Dies

He played mugging victim in Seinfeld finale

(Newser) - Veteran comedian John Pinette has been found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room. He was 50 years old. The comic, best known for his appearance as an overweight mugging victim in the final episode of Seinfeld, died of a pulmonary embolism, his manager tells the Hollywood Reporter . Pinette, a regular... More »

House Music's 'Godfather' Dies at 59

Frankie Knuckles was top DJ at pioneering club

(Newser) - He's been called the "Godfather of House Music," and Rolling Stone says he "laid the groundwork for electronic dance music culture—all of it." Frankie Knuckles, who died yesterday at 59, was the top DJ at the Warehouse in Chicago, where house music was effectively... More »

Doctor Who Star Kate O'Mara Dead at 74

Actress also starred in 'Dynasty,' 'Absolutely Fabulous'

(Newser) - Actress Kate O'Mara, who starred in the 1980s soap opera Dynasty as well as the original Doctor Who series, has died at the age of 74. Her agent Phil Belfield said O'Mara died today in a nursing home in southern England after a short illness. The actress, who... More »

Brit Who Cracked Hitler's Code Dies at 93

Raymond "Jerry" Roberts remembered

(Newser) - Britain has lost one of its last World War II code breakers, credited with shortening the war by at least two years and saving millions of lives. Raymond "Jerry" Roberts—who died at 93 after a short illness—served as a German linguist and cryptographer at Britain's premier... More »

Play Inspired Homeland Actor to Pen Own Obituary

'He was a lucky man in every way'

(Newser) - Veteran character actor James Rebhorn wrote his own touching obituary after being inspired by a character in his final theater performance who did the same, his agent tells the Hollywood Reporter . In the obituary posted on his church's website , the Homeland actor, who has died at the age of... More »

Gwar Frontman Found Dead at 50

No foul play suspected in Dave Brockie's death

(Newser) - Dave Brockie—or Oderus Urungus, as he was known onstage as frontman for heavy metal band Gwar—was found dead in his home last night. He was 50. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but foul play is not suspected, Style Weekly reports. Police were called to... More »

Actor James Rebhorn Dead at 65

'Homeland' character actor battled skin cancer for years

(Newser) - James Rebhorn, a character actor known for playing Claire Danes' troubled father on Homeland, died at home in New Jersey on Friday at age 65, TMZ reports. The Philadelphia native had been battling skin cancer since his melanoma diagnosis in 1992. Rebhorn's prolific, five-decade career included a memorable role... More »

Tonight Show Fave, Comedian David Brenner Dies at 78

Standup pioneered observational comedy of Seinfeld

(Newser) - Other veteran comics could head straight to The Tonight Show couch to banter with Johnny Carson, but David Brenner had to do a stand-up routine when he was a guest. Finally, Carson told a puzzled Brenner why. "I like to sit back, smoke a cigarette and laugh for six... More »

Voice You've Heard in Movie Trailers Is Gone

Hal Douglas, one of the 'in a world' guys, is dead at 89

(Newser) - You know the voice even if the name isn't familiar. Voice-over artist Hal Douglas, who added drama to countless movie trailers and TV promos, is dead at age 89 of pancreatic cancer, reports the Guardian . The New York Times notes that Douglas was one of three legends in the... More »

Grandfather Writes His Own Obituary, and It's Awesome

Says his wife is now free to buy that mink coat

(Newser) - The latest amazing obituary comes to us from Walter George Bruhl Jr., a Delaware man who wrote his own obit before he died at the age of 80 on Sunday, USA Today reports. It's published in full at the Cape Gazette ; here are some of the best lines:
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Astronaut Who Went on Strike in Space Dead at 84

Bill Pogue wanted more time to enjoy the view and think

(Newser) - Astronaut Bill Pogue has died at age 84, and notes that he earned his spot in history by serving for nearly 3 months aboard the Skylab space station in the early 1970s. That stint aboard the earth-orbiting outpost earned him and his two crewmates the distinction of the... More »

Palin Nemesis, Author Joe McGinniss Dead at 71

'Fatal Vision' writer, Palin provocateur suffered from prostate cancer

(Newser) - Joe McGinniss, the bestselling author of books that ranged from politics to true crime, and more recently the provocateur behind the most famous fence in Wasilla , has died at the age of 71. McGinniss announced last year that he'd been diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer; he died yesterday in... More »

Lions Owner, Grandson to Henry Ford, Dead at 88

William Clay Ford ran family business for over 50 years

(Newser) - William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford and owner of the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 88. Ford Motor Co. said in a statement today that Ford died of pneumonia at his home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Ford helped steer the family business for... More »

How We Die Author Dies at Home, Age 83

Nuland 'wasn't scared of death,' daughter says

(Newser) - Dr. Sherwin Nuland, whose book How We Die sparked national debate over end-of-life decisions, has died from prostate cancer at his Connecticut home. The 83-year-old surgeon's award-winning 1994 book on death argued that death with dignity was rare and doctors too often tried to prolong life when further treatment... More »

Dating Game Host Jim Lange Dead at 81

Lange's real love was radio work

(Newser) - Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show The Dating Game, has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy tells the AP. Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is... More »

Ghostbusters Star Harold Ramis Dead at 69

Famed actor and director was behind hits like Caddyshack, Groundhog Day

(Newser) - Egon Spengler has given up the ghostbusting. Actor and director Harold Ramis died just after midnight today, due to complications from a rare disease, his wife tells the Chicago Tribune . He was 69. Ramis was probably best known for his aforementioned role in Ghostbusters, which he also co-wrote, but his... More »

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