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BASE Jumper Killed in Alps Leap

Johnny Strange, 23, achieved fame for climbing 7 tallest peaks by 17

(Newser) - It's been a deadly year for those who jump from extreme heights in nothing more than a wingsuit , a grim trend that continued last week with the death of Johnny Strange, an American adventurer who plunged to his death while BASE jumping in the Swiss Alps. As the Los ... More »

Yogi Berra Dead at 90

Yankees legend coined 'It ain't over 'til it's over'

(Newser) - Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, has died. He was 90. Berra died of natural causes yesterday at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of... More »

5 Great Quotes From the Late Jackie Collins

Author of racy novels is dead at 77

(Newser) - The family of Jackie Collins announced last night that the author of steamy novels had died at 77 of breast cancer, reports People . Collins followed actor sister Joan to Hollywood from the UK and became a star in own right, selling more than 500 million copies of her books. Maybe... More »

NBA Great Moses Malone Dead at 60

76ers center predicted "fo, fo, fo" championships

(Newser) - Three-time NBA MVP and Philadelphia 76ers legend Moses Malone, who with Julius Erving in 1983 brought the City of Brotherly Love its first championship since 1967, has died at the age of 60, reports the Inquirer . "It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns... More »

Self-Help Guru to the Stars Wayne Dyer Dies at 75

Dyer wrote dozens of books, appeared on talk shows

(Newser) - Wayne Dyer, who wrote dozens of self-help books and was a guru of sorts for celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, has died at age 75. "Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night," his family wrote on Facebook yesterday. "He always said he... More »

Oliver Sacks, Explorer of Human Brain, Spirit, Dies at 82

Brilliant neuroscientist unflinchingly confronted his own death

(Newser) - Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed neurologist who scientifically parsed the mysteries of the human brain while simultaneously embracing the intricacies of the human spirit, has died today at the age of 82, reports the New York Times . Sacks had suffered terminal cancer, and unflinchingly and poignantly confronted his own death in... More »

WWII Nurse Who Saved Hundreds of US Soldiers Dies

Augusta Chiwy: 'I would have done it for anyone'

(Newser) - Augusta Chiwy was an American heroine, though she hailed from abroad. Chiwy, a wartime nurse who saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers injured in the bloodiest battle of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge, died Sunday near Brussels at age 94. Born in what is now... More »

TV's Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dead at 78

She also appeared alongside Elvis Presley in 1960s films

(Newser) - Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit Batman, has died. She was 78. Craig died Monday at her Los Angeles home from complications from breast cancer, her family says. She began her career as a ballet dancer, the youngest member of The Ballet Russe... More »

Real-Life 'Batman' Killed by His Batmobile

Lenny B. Robinson was a hero to the sick kids he visited

(Newser) - The world is down one hero: Lenny B. Robinson, the real-life Batman who made headlines after he was pulled over by police wearing a Batman costume and driving a black Lamborghini, has died in an accident involving his "batmobile." Robinson, of Maryland, had car trouble last night while... More »

Civil Rights 'Visionary' Julian Bond Dead at 75

Longtime NAACP chairman had suffered brief illness

(Newser) - Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died last night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after a brief illness, the SPLC said in a statement released this morning. The Nashville, Tenn. native... More »

Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford Dead at 84

'We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live,' family says

(Newser) - From the football field to the broadcast booth, Frank Gifford was a star—and a winner. An NFL championship in 1956 with the New York Giants. An Emmy award in 1976-77 as television's "outstanding sports personality." Induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in '77.... More »

Amelia Earhart Search Crew Loses Its Final Member

Last of USS Lexington crew dies at 99

(Newser) - The last living crew member of the aircraft carrier that led the original hunt for Amelia Earhart died last month in California at the age of 99, only a few days shy of the 78th anniversary of the doomed search. The USS Lexington, on which Walter Kastner did administrative and... More »

'Rose Garden' Singer Lynn Anderson Dead at 67

Reba: 'She did so much for the females in country music'

(Newser) - Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died in Nashville at age 67 of cardiac arrest. Before that early '70s smash, Anderson rose to national prominence as a regular on the Lawrence Welk Show in the late 1960s, reports... More »

Son's Obit Salutes His Potty-Mouthed Mom, 94

Mary 'Pat' Stocks had 'a knack for telling it like it is'

(Newser) - An obituary in the Toronto Star went like this: "If you're looking for 2 extremely large TV's from the 90s, a large ceramic stork (we think), umbrella/cane stand, a toaster oven (slightly used), or even a 2001 Oldsmobile with a spoiler… You should wait the appropriate amount... More »

Author EL Doctorow Dead at 84

Wrote 'Ragtime,' 'Billy Bathgate'

(Newser) - Acclaimed author EL Doctorow is dead at age 84 from complications of lung cancer. He might be best known for Ragtime, a novel set at the turn of the 20th century that was published in 1975 and later turned into a film with James Cagney as well as a musical,... More »

Godfather Actor Who Played Moe Greene Dead at 79

Alex Rocco won an Emmy for short-lived sitcom 'The Famous Teddy Z'

(Newser) - The Emmy-winning character actor best known for playing the bespectacled Las Vegas mobster Moe Greene in "The Godfather" has died. Alex Rocco was 79. Rocco's daughter, Jennifer, announced his death yesterday. Details of his death were not immediately available. Rocco's career spanned five decades and he remained... More »

Scientist Who Studied 9/11 Dust Dies at 68

Paul Lioy helped identify health risks including 'World Trade Center' cough

(Newser) - Paul Lioy, one of the first scientists to gather dust samples from Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, has died at 68. He collapsed at Newark Liberty International Airport last week. His cause of death is unknown, reports the New York Times . A professor of environmental and... More »

'God's Tenor' Dead at 88

Jon Vickers had voice of 'a hundred colors and inflections'

(Newser) - Canada-born opera singer Jon Vickers, nicknamed "God's tenor" for his inimitable voice and strong Christian beliefs, has died. He was 88. The Royal Opera House opera, citing a statement from Vickers' family, said he died Friday in Ontario after a struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Prince... More »

Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia Actor, Dead at 83

Legendary actor from Egypt also made his mark in 'Doctor Zhivago,' 'Funny Girl'

(Newser) - Omar Sharif, the dashing Egyptian actor who rose to fame in America in 1962's Lawrence of Arabia and 1965's Doctor Zhivago—both directed by David Lean—has died at the age of 83, the AP reports. His longtime agent tells the news agency that Sharif died of a... More »

NFL Great Kenny Stabler Dead

Oakland QB was 69

(Newser) - It seemed for a while that this one might turn out to be of those false Internet obituaries—but, no, the Oakland Raiders have confirmed that quarterbacking great Kenny "the Snake" Stabler is dead at age 69. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer in February, reports the Oakland ... More »

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