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Left Behind Author Tim LaHaye Dead at 90

The series sold 80 million copies

(Newser) - The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind series, a literary juggernaut that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores, died Monday, the AP reports. He was 90. LaHaye died in a San Diego hospital days after having suffered a stroke, according to his publicist Johnnie Moore. Co-authored with Jerry... More »

Former NFL Coach Dennis Green Dead at 67

Vikings, Cardinals coach was one of first black coaches in college football, NFL

(Newser) - Dennis Green, one of the first African-American coaches in college and professional football, died Thursday at the age of 67, ESPN reports. As coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Green helped the NFL team earn eight playoff spots in 10 years. He also helmed the Arizona Cardinals for two years, serving... More »

25-Year-Old Airman Found Dead in Her Room in UAE

Anais Tobar was deployed to help fight ISIS; cause of death hasn't been released

(Newser) - An Air Force lieutenant who was sent to the United Arab Emirates to help take on the Islamic State has died at the age of 25, the Miami Herald reports. The Air Force Times IDs her as 1st Lt. Anais A. Tobar, per a Department of Defense press release , which... More »

Happy Days Creator Garry Marshall Dies

'Pretty Woman' director had '70s sitcom empire

(Newser) - Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley and the box-office successes Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, has died, the AP reports. He was 81. Marshall died Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank,... More »

First Lois Lane Dead at 95

Noel Neill played the reporter in the 1940s, 1950s

(Newser) - The actress who was the first to play Superman's onscreen love interest, Lois Lane, has died, the AP reports. Noel Neill was 95. Neill's biographer Larry Ward confirms she died Sunday at her home in Tucson, Arizona, following a long illness. Neill first took on the role as... More »

'Witness to History's Greatest Crime:' Wiesel Mourned

Holocaust survivor was 'a guide for us all'

(Newser) - Reaction is pouring in to the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, 87, author of Night. Highlights, via the AP :
  • "The state of Israel and the Jewish people express sorrow over the death of Elie Wiesel. Elie, a master of words, gave expression to
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Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Laureate, Has Died

He was 87

(Newser) - Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has died at the age of 87, the AP reports. The death of one of the world's foremost witnesses and humanitarians was announced Saturday. Wiesel summed up his mission in 1986 when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize: "Whenever and wherever human... More »

Man Writes Own Obituary, Bans Family From Funeral

It's not clear exactly why

(Newser) - A German man has taken his grudges to the grave, telling relatives in a posthumous newspaper notice that some of them aren't welcome at his funeral, the AP reports. News agency dpa reported Friday that Hubert Martini published his own obituary in the Trierischer Volksfreund, a newspaper in western... More »

Pat Summitt, Legendary Basketball Coach, Dies at 64

Tennessee's Summitt had more Division I wins than any coach in NCAA history

(Newser) - Pat Summitt, whose work ethic (and famous intense stare ) was born on her family's farm and propelled her to rack up more wins than any other basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, died Tuesday at age 64, the AP reports. "It... More »

P-Funk's Keyboard Wizard Bernie Worrell Dies

He was to the Moog what Hendrix was to the guitar

(Newser) - Bernie Worrell, the ingenious "Wizard of Woo" whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop, and other genres, has died. Worrell, who announced early this year that he had Stage 4 lung cancer, died Friday at... More »

Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dies

'O Death' singer was 89

(Newser) - Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday, the AP reports. He was 89. Stanley died at his home in Sandy Ridge, Va., because of difficulties from skin cancer, his publicist says. Stanley... More »

Varsity Blues Star Ron Lester Dead at 45

After 1999 hit, he 'threw away career to be skinny'

(Newser) - Sad news for fans of Varsity Blues: Ron Lester, the actor best known for starring as plus-sized offensive guard Billy Bob in the 1999 comedy, died in a Dallas hospital on Friday, Rolling Stone reports. He was 45 years old. NBC reports that he died from liver and kidney failure... More »

Woman Who Created 'Beehive' Dies at 98

Margaret Vinci Heldt's 1960 creation was inspired by a hat

(Newser) - Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the famous beehive hairdo in 1960, died Friday at a senior living community in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst at age 98, the AP reports. The beehive became a cultural phenomenon during the 1960s and evolved into a style... More »

Voice of Judy Jetson Dies at Age 96

Janet Waldo was also the pipes behind Josie in 'Josie and the Pussycats'

(Newser) - You won't hear Elroy's big sister laughing in the halls of Orbit High anymore. Janet Waldo, who voiced futuristic teenager Judy Jetson on the cartoon series The Jetsons, has died at the age of 96, ABC News reports. Waldo's daughter confirmed she passed away Sunday morning and... More »

Hockey Great Gordie Howe Dead at 88

'Mr. Hockey' died Friday morning

(Newser) - Hockey legend Gordie Howe is dead at age 88, the Detroit Red Wings confirmed to CBS Detroit Friday. His son, Marty Howe, tells CNN he died Friday morning. Howe, a Hockey Hall of Famer and six-time NHL MVP, had an incredible career that led to his nickname, "Mr. Hockey"... More »

MMA Legend Kimbo Slice Dead at 42

Street fighter's cause of death still unknown

(Newser) - Kimbo Slice, the bearded street fighter who parlayed his Internet popularity into a mixed-martial-arts career and worldwide fame, has died. He was 42. Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, was taken to a hospital in Margate, Fla., near his home Monday, Coral Springs Police Sgt. Carla Kmiotek says. Slice'... More »

Ali to Get His 40th Sports Illustrated Cover

A 'singular force'

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali will be on the June 13 cover of Sports Illustrated for the 40th time—featuring a photo shot by Neil Leifer while Ali trained in Miami Beach in 1970, reports AP . The decision comes in the wake of Ali's death at age 74 . "Muhammad Ali was... More »

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Quotes

The 'Louisville Lip' knew just what to say

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at age 74 , wasn't known as the Louisville Lip for nothing. The man whose quick hands and feet stunned opponents inside the ring—and won him three heavyweight-boxing championships—showed just as much verbal dexterity for the microphones. Some of his best quotes, per... More »

Muhammad Ali Dead at 74

'It's a sad day for life, man'

(Newser) - He was fast of fist and foot—lip, too—a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He was The Greatest. Muhammad Ali died... More »

Pink Panther Sidekick 'Cato' Dead at 85

Burt Kwouk's character kept Inspector Clouseau on his toes

(Newser) - RIP, Cato. Burt Kwouk, who played the memorable character in the comic Pink Panther films, has died at age 85, reports the AP . In 1964, director Blake Edwards cast him in A Shot in the Dark, a comedy centered on Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau. Kwouk appeared in half a... More »

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