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Beloved Actor Verne Troyer Dead at 49

Statement alludes to 'depression and suicide'

(Newser) - Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil's small, silent sidekick "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, has died, the AP reports. He was 49. A statement provided by Troyer's representatives that was also posted to his accounts on Instagram and Facebook say the actor died Saturday.... More »

Renowned DJ Avicii Dead at 28

Swedish-born artist was found in Oman, and the circumstances are unclear

(Newser) - The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman. TMZ calls the 28-year-old, real name Tim Bergling, "one of the most famous DJs in the world." Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that Avicii died in Muscat, Oman, though the circumstances were... More »

On the Eve of Her Death, Barbara Bush Sipped Bourbon

Heartbroken family pays tribute to matriarch

(Newser) - The matriarch of the Bush family has died —but family associates say Barbara Bush was her irrepressible self until the very end. "Some of the recent emails indicate she is not quite ready to sign off. She’s answering all of her phone calls herself," family friend... More »

Barbara Bush Dies at 92

Former first lady led a remarkable life

(Newser) - Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real. The wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the 43rd brought a plainspoken, grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, displaying an... More »

'Signature Voice of NPR' Dead at 84

Carl Kasell died of complications from Alzheimer's disease

(Newser) - Newscaster Carl Kasell, a signature voice of NPR who brought his gravitas to Morning Edition and later his wit to Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me! has died, the AP reports. He was 84. NPR said Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Maryland. He retired... More »

Film Icon Kidnapped by North Korea Dies

Choi Eun-hee later shared recording in which Kim Jong Il apologized

(Newser) - Choi Eun-hee led a fascinating life—even before the actress was kidnapped by North Korean agents and forced to make films for the state. A film icon, Choi died Monday at a South Korean hospital, where she was receiving dialysis, her son tells Yonhap News . She was 91. Beginning her... More »

He Became a Billionaire, Dies on Way to Rehab at 54

Matthew Mellon bet big on cryptocurrencies, but battled an OxyContin addiction

(Newser) - Matthew Mellon, the banking heir whose cryptocurrency investment paid off big-time, has died in Cancun, Mexico. He was 54. A family rep issued the following statement to Page Six : "Mellon made his fortune in cryptocurrency, turning a $2 million investment into $1 billion. He is survived by his three... More »

Night Court's Harry Anderson Dead at 65

He was found dead at his NC home

(Newser) - Harry Anderson, the magician and former street hustler who starred as wacky judge Harry Stone on NBC sitcom Night Court, has been found dead in his home in Asheville, NC. He was 65. Police say officers were called to the home early Monday and no foul play is suspected, WSPA... More »

Full Metal Jacket Drill Sergeant Dies

'The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul'

(Newser) - R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, has died. Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications, the AP reports. He was 74. The... More »

Radio's Master of Paranormal, Art Bell, Dead at 72

On Friday the 13th, no less

(Newser) - Art Bell, best known for a paranormal-themed radio show syndicated on hundreds of stations in the 1990s, has died at his home in southern Nevada. Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly announced in a Facebook video that Bell died Friday in Pahrump. He was 72, reports the AP . An autopsy will... More »

Legendary 'Anti-Authoritarian' Director Is Dead

Czech native Milos Forman made 'Cuckoo's Nest' and more; his parents died in Nazi camps

(Newser) - The Czech-born filmmaker who directed films such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus—both of which won him Oscars for directing—has died at 86. Milos Forman died in the US after a short illness, reports the Guardian . Forman also earned an Oscar nomination for The ... More »

'One of the Most Influential Figures in Stand-Up' Has Died

Mitzi Shore, Comedy Store owner, was 87

(Newser) - Mitzi Shore, owner of the Los Angeles club the Comedy Store and one of the most influential figures in stand-up for more than four decades, has died. Spokeswoman Jodi Gottlieb released a statement from the club announcing Shore's death on Wednesday. She was 87. No cause was given, but... More »

A Familiar Voice From Commercials Is Dead

Chuck McCann voiced Sonny saying, 'I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!'

(Newser) - Chuck McCann, the zany comic who hosted a children's television show in the 1960s before branching out as a character actor in films and TV, died Sunday in Los Angeles at age 83. The way most people will probably know him: He voiced Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, who cried... More »

Anime Legend Isao Takahata Dies

Producer co-founded Studio Ghibli

(Newser) - Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli, which stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died. He was 82. Takahata, who directed Grave of the Fireflies, a tragic tale about wartime childhood, died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo... More »

Wrestling Legend 'Luscious' Johnny Valiant Is Dead

71-year-old was hit by a pickup truck in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A big name in wrestling is gone. "Luscious" Johnny Valiant, aka Thomas Sullivan, was struck and killed by a pickup truck while crossing a busy road Wednesday morning in Pennsylvania's Ross Township, reports WPXI . The 71-year-old first gained fame as a wrestler back in the 1970s, winning the... More »

Winnie Mandela Is Dead at 81

She was an anti-apartheid campaigner with husband Nelson

(Newser) - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of South Africa's Nelson Mandela and an anti-apartheid activist in her own right, has died at age 81, reports the BBC . The two were married nearly 40 years, though Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for about 30 of those years. They divorced in 1996, and... More »

He Soured on Film. He Became a Legend for TV

'Hill Street Blues' creator Steven Bochco dies at 74

(Newser) - Steven Bochco, a writer and producer known for creating the groundbreaking police drama Hill Street Blues, died Sunday. He was 74. A family spokesman says Bochco died in his sleep after a battle with cancer. Bochco, who won 10 primetime Emmys, created several hit television shows, including LA Law, NYPD ... More »

Beloved Baseball Icon Dies on Opening Day

Rusty Staub starred on the field, raised money for families of 9/11 first responders

(Newser) - Rusty Staub, the orange-haired outfielder who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons, died Thursday at age 73. He died after an illness in a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., hours before the start of the... More »

Linda Brown Dies 64 Years After Case That Made History

Decision led to school desegregation

(Newser) - Linda Brown lived to be 75 years old, but she had secured her place in history by the time she was 9. Brown, who died in her hometown of Topeka, Kan., this week, was at the center of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case that caused school segregation... More »

Toys R Us Announced Shutdown, Then Its Founder Died

Charles Lazarus was 94

(Newser) - Charles Lazarus, the WWII veteran who founded Toy R Us, has died at age 94, a week after the iconic chain he started six decades ago announced it will shut down its stores across the US. The AP reports Toy R Us confirmed Lazarus' death in a statement Thursday. "... More »

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