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3 Doors Down Guitarist Dies at 38

Matt Roberts was found dead in a Wisconsin hotel; drug overdose is suspected

(Newser) - Matt Roberts, the lead guitarist for 3 Doors Down from the group's founding in 1996 until he left for health reasons in 2012, was found dead Saturday in a Wisconsin hotel, reports Rolling Stone . He was 38. "I was wakened at 8:50 this morning by some detectives... More »

John McLaughlin of The McLaughlin Group Dies at 89

He hosted the long-running political show for nearly 35 years

(Newser) - Political talk show pioneer John McLaughlin died Tuesday morning at his home in Virginia at the age of 89, the New York Daily News reports. According to the Washington Post , he had been fighting prostate cancer. After stints as a Catholic priest and speechwriter for President Nixon, McLaughlin started The ... More »

German Olympic Coach Dies After Rio Accident

Stefan Henze was injured in car crash last week

(Newser) - A canoe slalom coach from Germany died Monday after sustaining head injuries last week in a car crash in Rio de Janeiro, the country's Olympic team says. The team says Stefan Henze, who was 35 and won a silver medal in canoe slalom at the 2004 Athens Games, died... More »

Former DC Mayor's Son Dead at 36 From Suspected Overdose

Family believes drug overdose is to blame

(Newser) - Marion Christopher Barry once hoped to follow his famous father into Washington, DC, politics. Instead, he has followed him to the grave at the age of 36. Family members tell NBC Washington that Barry, the only child of former Mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday from a suspected drug overdose.... More »

Kids Roast Their Dad in Hilarious Obituary

William Ziegler didn't fake death to 'avoid creditors or old girlfriends'

(Newser) - William Ziegler died July 29 at the age of 69 "to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election," and "unlike previous times, this is not a ploy to avoid creditors or old girlfriends." At least according to an obituary published Friday in... More »

The Man Who Brought R2-D2 to Life Is Dead

Kenny Baker played the famous droid in six Star Wars films

(Newser) - The man behind everyone's favorite droid is dead at the age of 81. The Guardian reports British actor Kenny Baker was found dead Saturday morning following a long illness. Baker played R2-D2 across six Star Wars films covering a span of 28 years, starting with A New Hope in... More »

Longtime ESPN Personality John Saunders Dead at 61

He spent nearly 30 years with the sports network

(Newser) - John Saunders, a host and anchor at ESPN for three decades, is dead at the age of 61, Hannah Storm announced on the sports network Wednesday, at times breaking down. Saunders started at ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in 1986. He went on to host The Sports Reporters and cover... More »

Man's Wife, Girlfriend Place Rival Obituaries

NJ man leaves many loved ones behind

(Newser) - Leroy "Blast" Black is gone but definitely not forgotten: The New Jersey man was remembered in double the traditional number of obituaries when his wife and his girlfriend placed rival obituaries here and here in the Press of Atlantic City. There were two notices for the 55-year-old fiberglass technician... More »

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 »

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