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NCIS: Los Angeles Star Miguel Ferrer Dead at 61

George Clooney mourns cousin

(Newser) - Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on the CBS hit NCIS: Los Angeles and, before that, to NBC crime drama Crossing Jordan, has died, the AP reports. CBS says Ferrer died Thursday of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. He had played Assistant... More »

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, WWE Legend, Dead at 73

Hall of Famer who'd faced murder charges lost his battle with cancer

(Newser) - Less than two weeks after a judge dismissed murder charges against him in a 30-year-plus case, a WWE legend has died. Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka passed away at the age of 73, TMZ reports, with former WWE star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson confirming his death on... More »

Scandal-Plagued Megachurch Pastor Dies

Bishop Eddie Long was sued by former parishioners who said he coerced them into sex

(Newser) - Bishop Eddie Long, who rose to prominence with the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and whose well-documented fall came about when young men in that church accused him of sexual misconduct , has died at age 63, reports CNN . "Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who... More »

William Peter Blatty, Exorcist Author, Dead at 89

He did everything from drive a beer truck to sell vacuums before he hit it big

(Newser) - Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie The Exorcist, has died at the age of 89, the AP reports. Blatty died Thursday at a hospital in Bethesda, Md., of... More »

Guitarist Who Won Music's Most Famous Coin Flip Is Dead

It kept Tommy Allsup off Buddy Holly's plane

(Newser) - Tommy Allsup, a guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off a plane that crashed and killed rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP "Big Bopper" Richardson, has died at age 85, reports AP . Allsup died Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, after... More »

Dad in Australia's 'Dingo Took My Baby' Case Dies

Michael Chamberlain, then-wife wrongly convicted in daughter's death

(Newser) - It's a phrase synonymous with "the dog ate my homework." But for years, Michael Chamberlain tried to convince the world that it was true, that in the reported words of his former wife, "the dingo took my baby." He died Monday at age 72 of... More »

Paralyzed NYPD Cop Who Urged Forgiveness Dies at 59

Steven McDonald, shot by teen in Central Park in '86, traveled world to spread message

(Newser) - Steven McDonald spent the last 30 years of his life in a wheelchair, but the NYPD officer shot by a teen in Central Park chose forgiveness, becoming "an international emblem," per CNN . McDonald died Tuesday at a Long Island hospital at age 59, just days after suffering a... More »

Cub Reporter Who Scooped Start of WWII Dies at 105

Clare Hollingworth had been on the job less than a week when she saw Germans on Poland's border

(Newser) - A young reporter for the Daily Telegraph was journeying from Poland to Germany in August 1939 when she spotted what would turn out to be the "scoop of the century": German troops huddled along the border, per the BBC . Adolf Hitler invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939 , jump-starting World... More »

MASH's 'Father Mulcahy' Has Died at 84: Rep

William Christopher's son says actor died of non-small cell lung cancer at his Calif. home

(Newser) - William Christopher, the actor best known for his role as the gentle "Father Mulcahy" in MASH, has died at the age of 84, his rep confirms to People . Christopher's son, John Christopher, tells KABC that his father died at his home in Pasadena, Calif., after a battle with... More »

Man Who Invented Cup Now Used Everywhere Is Dead

Robert Leo Hulseman gave us the Red Solo Cup

(Newser) - "You're more than just plastic, you're more than amazing, you're more than fantastic," croons Toby Keith in his 2011 hit "Red Solo Cup," a song that Robert Leo Hulseman surely loved. The inventor of the plastic chalice known as the Red Solo Cup,... More »

Carrie Fisher Dead at 60

The actress and writer passed away Tuesday following a heart attack

(Newser) - Carrie Fisher died Tuesday at the age of 60 following a heart attack suffered Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles, People reports. Her death was confirmed by a family spokesperson via a statement from Fisher's daughter. "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie... More »

Actor, Comedian Ricky Harris Dead at 54

He died of a heart attack Monday: manager

(Newser) - Comedian and actor Ricky Harris passed away Monday of a heart attack, his manager tells the Hollywood Reporter . He was 54. Harris performed on HBO's Def Comedy Jam before making his acting debut in 1993's Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Pioneering Astronomer Vera Rubin Dies

She overcame sexist barriers to discover dark matter

(Newser) - Vera Rubin, a pioneering astronomer who helped find powerful evidence of dark matter, has died, her son said Monday. She was 88. Rubin's scientific achievements earned her numerous awards and honors, including a National Medal of Science presented by President Bill Clinton in 1993 "for her pioneering research... More »

Remembering the Woman Who Saved Dozens During Holocaust

Marion Pritchard died this month at the age of 96

(Newser) - A woman credited with helping up to 150 Jews—many of them children—and saving dozens of lives during the Holocaust died earlier this month at the age of 96, her family announced this week. The Washington Post reports Marion Pritchard was a social work student in the Netherlands when... More »

Thom Yorke's Longtime Partner Dead at 48

Rachel Owen died of cancer on Sunday

(Newser) - Rachel Owen, the former longtime partner of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, died Sunday following a battle with cancer. She was 48. Owen and Yorke—parents to two children, aged 12 and 15—met as art students at Exeter University before starting a 23-year relationship that ended in August 2015, reports... More »

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor Dead at 99

One of the first modern celebrities

(Newser) - Zsa Zsa Gabor, the jet-setting Hungarian actress and socialite who helped invent a new kind of fame out of multiple marriages, conspicuous wealth, and jaded wisdom about the glamorous life, has died. She was 99. The middle and most famous of the Gabor sisters died Sunday of a heart attack... More »

US Soldier Who Helped End Bloodbath at My Lai Dies

Lawrence Colburn was among 3 US soldiers who stopped massacre of Vietnam villagers

(Newser) - Lawrence Manley Colburn, a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War who helped end the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers by US troops at My Lai, has died. He was 67. Lisa Colburn, speaking with the AP , said her husband of 31 years was diagnosed with cancer in late... More »

Henry Heimlich, Life-Saving Maneuver Creator, Dies at 96

He once estimated the Heimlich maneuver had saved thousands in US

(Newser) - The surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims has died, the AP reports. Dr. Henry Heimlich died early Saturday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was 96. His son, Phil, says he suffered a heart attack earlier in the week. More »

TV Dad Alan Thicke Is Dead at 69

His big role was on 'Growing Pains'

(Newser) - TV's Alan Thicke, who first gained US fame as the dad on the sitcom Growing Pains in the 1980s, has died at age 69 of a heart attack. The publicist for his son, pop singer Robin Thicke, confirmed the news to the Los Angeles Times . In addition to his... More »

First US Astronaut to Orbit Earth Dead at 95

John Glenn had a remarkable life

(Newser) - John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the US Senate, died Thursday, the AP reports. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95. Glenn died at the... More »

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