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Hollywood Salutes Legend Lauren Bacall

Tributes are pouring in to honor her 'magical life'

(Newser) - The iconic, smoky-voiced Lauren Bacall died yesterday at age 89, but her memory will live on in Hollywood—and in the world—forever. Stephen Bogart, her son with the equally legendary Humphrey Bogart, says "her life speaks for itself—she lived a wonderful life, a magical life," reports... More »

Robin Williams: Not 'a Faster Brain on the Planet'

At least when it came to comedy; tributes rolling in

(Newser) - After Robin Williams' sudden death , the tributes are rolling in, with many recalling a comic genius grappling with private challenges. A sampling:
  • When it comes to comedy, "there wasn't a faster brain on the planet," writes Tony Hicks in the Contra Costa Times . We'll be hearing
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Martha Stewart's Sister Dead at 59

Laura Plimpton died of brain aneurysm

(Newser) - Martha Stewart's younger sister, Laura Plimpton, died suddenly yesterday at age 59. "She woke up Monday morning at 5:30am, did her one hour of elliptical and treadmill, then showered and felt ill enough to call her husband, Randy, for help," Stewart, 73, says in a statement... More »

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Star Dies at 65

Marilyn Burns' character was first to escape 'Leatherface'

(Newser) - Marilyn Burns, who portrayed horror-film hero Sally Hardesty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died at the age of 65. "It is with sad news that I can officially confirm that actress Marilyn Burns passed away earlier today," her rep said in a statement, as per the Hollywood ... More »

American Idol Alum Dead at 35

Aussie Michael Johns competed in 2008

(Newser) - Michael Johns, the Australian singer who appeared on the seventh season of American Idol, has died at the age of 35, reports the Hollywood Reporter . Johns was voted off the show in what the AP calls an "eighth-round stunner" in 2008, having never finished in the show's bottom... More »

Guy's Hilarious Obit: 'Don't Email Me, I'm Dead'

Adman Kevin McGroarty leaves his loved ones cackling

(Newser) - Kevin McGroarty worked in advertising for some 30 years. His final project: a hilarious "500-word mini masterpiece," AdWeek reports— his own obituary . McGroarty, who died last week at 53, kicks it off with a bang—"McGroarty Achieves Room Temperature!"—before explaining he died "after... More »

Last Surviving Member of Enola Gay Crew Is Dead

Navigator 'Dutch' Van Kirk helped drop atomic bomb on Hiroshima

(Newser) - The crew of the Enola Gay bomber that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima is now only in the history books. The last surviving member, navigator Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, has died in an Atlanta retirement home at age 93, reports WXIA . Van Kirk was 24 when he helped... More »

James Garner Dead at 86

Found dead of natural causes in his California home last night

(Newser) - James Garner, the actor best known for his laconic parts in Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died at age 86, reports the AP , citing Los Angeles police. He was found dead at his home in Brentwood last night around 8pm. "Mr Garner died of natural causes," say... More »

'Brassy' Broadway Star Elaine Stritch Dead at 89

TV viewers will know her best as Jack Donaghy's mother

(Newser) - The phrase "Broadway legend" is getting heavy use today with the death of 89-year-old Elaine Stritch. Modern TV viewers might know her best as Jack Donaghy's mom on 30 Rock, but Stritch made her name on the stage, reports Entertainment Tonight . As the New York Times puts it,... More »

'Child Prodigy' Conductor Dies at 84

Lorin Maazel's glittering career spanned 75 years

(Newser) - The controversial but undeniably brilliant conductor Lorin Maazel has died at the age of 84—some 75 years after he began conducting orchestras as a 9-year-old child prodigy. Maazel, who conducted an average of two orchestras a week during his long career and performed with more than 200 orchestras, died... More »

Last Original Ramone Is Dead

Drummer Tommy dies at 65

(Newser) - The last original member of the seminal punk band the Ramones is dead, reports Variety . That would be drummer Tommy Ramone, who was born in Hungary as Erdelyi Tamas but grew up in Queens as Tom Erdelyi. He played on the band's first three albums before leaving to be... More »

Harry Potter Villain Found Dead in Desert

Actor David Legeno played werewolf Fenrir Greyback

(Newser) - He was a 6-3, 250-pound former mixed-martial arts fighter who went on to play a villainous werewolf in the Harry Potter movies, but even David Legeno was no match for Death Valley. The 50-year-old actor was found dead in the place known to be the hottest on Earth last weekend,... More »

WWII Hero Who Survived 47 Days on Raft Dead at 97

Louis Zamperini was subject of the best-selling book 'Unbroken'

(Newser) - Louis Zamperini had a resume that truly impressed: Olympian, World War II POW/hero, and the subject of best-selling book Unbroken and the upcoming Angelina Jolie film based on it. Zamperini has died at 97 following a bout of pneumonia, "having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in his life,... More »

Designing Women's Meshach Taylor Dead at 67

Actor had long battled cancer

(Newser) - Meshach Taylor, the actor perhaps best known for his longtime role in Designing Women, died last night at age 67 after what TMZ calls a lengthy battle with cancer. "It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible... More »

Soul 'Poet' Bobby Womack Dead

His career spanned seven decades

(Newser) - Bobby Womack is dead at age 70 after a musical career that has tributes, like this in the Chicago Tribune , referring to him as the "revered poet of soul music." Though renowned as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist in his own right, Womack's work has been extensively... More »

Senator Famed for Watergate Question Dies at 88

Howard Baker also served as chief of staff for Ronald Reagan

(Newser) - Former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., a moderate Republican known as the politician who inquired what President Richard Nixon knew during the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings, died in his home yesterday at age 88, according to a statement released by his law firm today. The scion of a political family,... More »

Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Star Dies at 98

Eli Wallach played 'a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters'

(Newser) - Only the good is now left from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Eli Wallach, the veteran character actor best known for his roles in spaghetti westerns, has died at the age of 98, the BBC reports. The Brooklyn native played "ugly" Mexican bandit Tuco Ramirez in the... More »

'Fun-Loving' Jazz Master Dead at 85

Horace Silver helped pioneer hard bop and wrote infectious tunes

(Newser) - Jazz fans lost one of the greats this week—pianist, composer, and band leader Horace Silver. He died at his home in New Rochelle, NY, on Wednesday at age 85, the New York Times reports. In the 1950s, Silver helped pioneer hard bop, a driving, rhythmic music that critics considered... More »

'Natural Woman' Songwriter Gerry Goffin Dies

He penned dozens of hits with Carole King

(Newser) - The man who put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) and penned dozens of other '60s hits, mainly in partnership with then-wife Carole King, has died at the age of 75. The duo, who married in 1959, scored their first hit with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow,... More »

Flowers for Algernon Author Dead at 86

Daniel Keyes' sci-fi masterpiece has never gone out of print

(Newser) - Daniel Keyes, the scribe best known for Flowers for Algernon, the tender story of a mentally retarded man who yearns to be smarter, has died at age 86 of complications from pneumonia. The idea for Algernon hit him as he awaited a train in Brooklyn in 1945, reports the New ... More »

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