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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 »

Beastie Boy Who Named the Band Dies at Age 52

John Berry left the group shortly after first 7-inch EP was released

(Newser) - One of the original Beastie Boys—and the one said to have coined the hip-hop band's name—has died at the age of 52, Rolling Stone reports. Guitarist John Berry died at a Danvers, Mass., hospice Thursday, his stepmother, Louise Berry, tells the AP , noting that he had suffered... More »

Morley Safer Dead at 84

CBS reporter dies days after retirement from '60 Minutes'

(Newser) - Just days after retiring from 60 Minutes, Morley Safer is dead at age 84, reports CBS News . No word yet on a cause of death for Safer, who had worked on the show about half a century. His retirement, however, was attributed to unspecified health issues, notes CNNMoney . Prior to... More »

Man Behind World's 'Most Famous Ad' Dead at 89

Bill Backer known for Coca-Cola commercial, among many others

(Newser) - If you were alive in the early '70s, you knew the ad. Even if you weren't, you probably do: "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" was such a hit upon its Feb. 12, 1971, debut that radio DJs were flooded with calls to play... More »

After 71 Years With Orchestra, She Fatally Collapses on Stage

Bassist Jane Little of the Atlanta Symphony was 87

(Newser) - Jane Little began playing with the brand-new Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at age 16. On Sunday, 71 years later, she died after collapsing on stage during a performance with the same group, reports CNN . "Truly unbelievable," says a spokesperson for the ASO. The 87-year-old bassist never regained consciousness after... More »

Obit: 'In Lieu of Flowers, Do Not Vote for Donald Trump'

A final request from a 'blue, southern girl from a red, southern state'

(Newser) - "In lieu of flowers, do not vote for Donald Trump." So reads the obituary of Katherine Hinds published Friday in the Opelika-Auburn News . The Alabama-born Hinds died April 29 in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 34, the AP reports. Her obituary describes her as "a blue,... More »

Famous JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theorist Dies at 89

Mark Lane questioned the Warren Commission and coined 'grassy knoll'

(Newser) - Mark Lane, "one of the most important experts on the Kennedy assassination," died Tuesday at his his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the age of 89, the New York Times reports. Lane came to national prominence with his best-selling 1966 book Rush to Judgment, which questioned the findings... More »

Tupac's Mom Dead at 69

Afeni Shakur suffered apparent cardiac arrest at home

(Newser) - Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac, died Monday at a Northern California hospital after apparently suffering cardiac arrest at her Sausalito home. The Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed her death on Twitter after deputies responded Monday night; she was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later. She was... More »

Priest Whose Protests Landed Him in Prison Dead at 94

Rev. Daniel Berrigan and his brother took draft files, burned them

(Newser) - His defiant protests helped shape Americans' opposition to the Vietnam War—and they landed the Rev. Daniel Berrigan behind bars. The Roman Catholic priest, writer, and poet, who became a household name in the US in the 1960s after being imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the... More »

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