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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 »

'Me and Mrs. Jones' Singer Dies

Philadelphia soul legend Billy Paul was 80

(Newser) - Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and "Philadelphia Soul" classic "Me and Mrs. Jones," died Sunday. Paul, whose career spanned more than 60 years, died at his home in New Jersey, his co-manager, Beverly Gay, tells the AP... More »

WWE Star Chyna Dies at 45

She was one of the best-known female wrestlers in history

(Newser) - Chyna, the WWE star who became one of the best-known and most popular female professional wrestlers in history, has died at age 45. Police in Southern California say they were responding to a 911 call from a friend of the former wrestler when they found her dead in her Redondo... More »

Mom Who Found Daughter Dead Writes Devastatingly Honest Obituary

Kelsey Endicott, 23, died of accidental overdose

(Newser) - Kathleen Errico is the latest devastated family member to take part in a heartbreaking trend: being brutally honest about a person's untimely death. Errico found her 23-year-old daughter dead in her bed, TV still on, at 3:45am on April 2. Kelsey Endicott, who leaves behind a 2-year-old son,... More »

Iconic Voice of Lucky Charms Leprechaun Has Died

"Frosted Lucky Charms, they're magically delicious"

(Newser) - The longtime voice of the Lucky Charms mascot has died. Arthur Anderson, who voiced the cereal's animated leprechaun for almost 30 years, died Saturday at the age of 93, Time reports. Anderson, who got his start with Orson Welles' radio company, also performed alongside Welles in a Broadway production... More »

Liza Minnelli's Ex Found Dead in Hotel

David Gest's death not being treated as suspicious at this time

(Newser) - Entertainer David Gest, who was briefly married to Liza Minnelli in 2002 and 2003, was found dead in a London hotel Tuesday morning, the Independent reports. A friend of the 62-year-old confirms the news, and the Metropolitan Police say in a statement that they were called to the scene of... More »

Merle Haggard Dies on His 79th Birthday

A country music legend

(Newser) - The music world has lost an icon: Merle Haggard died Wednesday on his 79th birthday, reports TMZ . He'd been fighting double pneumonia since last year. Haggard was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and as ABC23 notes, he "won just about every music award"... More »

Influential 'Queen of Curves' Architect Is Dead

Zaha Hadid dead from sudden heart attack at the age of 65

(Newser) - Zaha Hadid, the literally and metaphorically groundbreaking architect who reshaped the design landscape with what the New York Times describes as "buildings of extravagant sculptural invention, spectacles of curving, swooping, unprecedented forms," died at the age of 65 in Miami on Thursday. Hadid had been taken to a... More »

Patty Duke Dead at 69

She won an Oscar at 16

(Newser) - Actress Patty Duke is dead at age 69, reports TMZ . Though she won an Oscar at 16 for her portrayal of Helen Keller in the Miracle Worker, Duke might be better known for her starring role in the 1960s sitcom, the Patty Duke Show, in which she played identical cousins.... More »

Legends of the Fall Writer Jim Harrison Dead at 78

Scriptwriter, poet, outdoorsman, he lived as large as his books

(Newser) - Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman, and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country's landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success with his historical saga Legends of the Fall, has died at 78. A rep for Harrison's publisher told the AP that Harrison died... More »

Garry Shandling Dead at 66

Death appears to have been sudden

(Newser) - Comedian Garry Shandling died Thursday at age 66, the AP reports. The cause of death has not been revealed, but his death was reportedly sudden. A source tells TMZ Shandling was speaking to people and appeared healthy Thursday morning. He was transported to an LA-area hospital after a 911 call... More »

Ballplayer-Turned-Broadcaster Joe Garagiola Dies at 90

8 Years as a professional baseball player were prelude to 57 in Broadcasting

(Newser) - Former big league catcher and popular broadcaster Joe Garagiola has died at the age of 90, the AP reports. The Arizona Diamondbacks say Garagiola died Wednesday after recent years years spent in ill health. Garagiola thrived in his post-retirement career as a glib baseball broadcaster and fixture on the Today... More »

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