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Inventor Called 'Bill Gates of Home Repair' Dies at 96

German creator Artur Fischer had more patents than Thomas Edison

(Newser) - Think "inventor," and Thomas Edison's name will likely come to mind. But German creator Artur Fischer had a handful more patents to his name (over 1,100) than the famous US inventor (1,093), earning him a lifetime achievement award from the European Patent Office. That prolific... More »

BMX Legend Dies in Apparent Suicide

Dave Mirra 'was nothing short of the most iconic BMX rider of all time'

(Newser) - The BMX world is shocked and mystified by the apparent suicide of Dave Mirra, one of the sport's biggest names. The 41-year-old, who was married with two children, was found in a truck in Greenville, NC, on Thursday afternoon, dead from what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,... More »

Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Dead at 74

The band sold 90 million albums worldwide

(Newser) - Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. A former session drummer, White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1960s. The group sold more than 90... More »

Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Dies

Paul Kantner was 74

(Newser) - Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit-makers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74. Kantner, who drew upon his passion for politics and science fiction... More »

Abe Vigoda Dead at 94

He was in 'Barney Miller,' the 'Godfather'

(Newser) - Beloved character actor Abe Vigoda is dead at 94. He died in his sleep in his New Jersey home, and his daughter chalks it up to old age. "This man was never sick," she tells AP . Vigoda might be best known for his role as detective Phil Fish... More »

Guy's Obit: 'In Lieu of Flowers, Don't Vote Trump'

Pittsburgh man was apparently not a fan

(Newser) - A Pittsburgh man's obituary is pretty standard stuff, until you get to the end. Jeffrey H. Cohen, 70, died Sunday morning, and his obit , published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, starts off by describing his life (as a teen, he worked at a ranch where he shoveled "more horse... More »

Goodbye, 'Grizzly Adams': Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

We'll never forget his adventures with Ben the bear

(Newser) - The bearded woodsman whose best friend was a bear named Ben has died. Dan Haggerty, the namesake star of the '70s TV show The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, passed away Friday morning at the age of 74 of cancer, sources who say they're close to the... More »

British Actor Alan Rickman Dead at 69

He died 'surrounded by family and friends' after battle with cancer

(Newser) - Britain has lost another legend this week : Actor Alan Rickman, perhaps best known as Hans Gruber and Severus Snape, died "surrounded by family and friends" in London after a battle with cancer, according to a family statement. He was 69. He was often picked to play the villain, but... More »

Why David Bowie Mattered

He was a lifelong innovator, and not just in music

(Newser) - The fascinating life of David Bowie is providing all kinds of remembrances. Some related reading upon his death from cancer at age 69 :
  • He'd just released an album, Blackstar. Was he saying goodbye? A critic at the Guardian assesses.
  • Bowie also was a "mesmerizing" actor, and the Washington
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'Magic for a Lifetime': Bowie Tributes Pour In

'Check ignition and may God's love be with you'

(Newser) - Things are far from hunky-dory for millions of David Bowie fans who woke Monday to learn the beloved star has died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. Tributes have poured in from across the world, with even the Vatican's culture minister paying his respects with... More »

David Bowie Dead at 69

Legendary star battled cancer for 18 months

(Newser) - David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died peacefully and was surrounded by family. The statement read: "While many of you will share in this... More »

Extreme Athlete Dies Setting Up Hot Air Balloon Stunt

Tancrede Melet, 32, was 'at arm's length' from the basket when he fell 100 feet

(Newser) - A French extreme sportsman described by the Inertia as an "inspiration to the working man" has died at the age of 32 after a hot air balloon stunt backfired, ABC News reports. Tancrede Melet, part of a daredevil group known as the Flying Frenchies , was setting up the stunt... More »

'Schneider' From One Day at a Time Is Dead

Pat Harrington was 86

(Newser) - RIP, Schneider. Pat Harrington, the actor who played the character on the sitcom One Day at a Time, has died at age 86. His daughter announced the news via Facebook . He had been suffering from Alzheimer's. Harrington played what the Washington Post aptly describes as a "farcically macho... More »

Natalie Cole Dead at 65

Daughter of Nat "King" Cole died after ongoing health issues

(Newser) - Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning daughter of Nat "King" Cole" who carried on her late father's musical legacy and, through technology, shared a duet with him on "Unforgettable," has died. She was 65. Cole died Thursday evening at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to compilations... More »

'Trapper John' From M*A*S*H Dead at 82

Actor Wayne Rogers was successful in business, too

(Newser) - Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis, and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on M.A.S.H, has died. The actor was surrounded by family when he died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia... More »

Motörhead Frontman Dies 2 Days After Diagnosis

Lemmy Kilmister was 70

(Newser) - The rock world is mourning Lemmy Kilmister, the hard-living Motörhead frontman who once seemed almost indestructible. Lemmy, as his legions of fans knew him, discovered he had cancer on Saturday—just two days after his 70th birthday—and died on Monday, the BBC reports. The British-born rocker, a former... More »

Basketball's 'Clown Prince' Dead at 83

Meadowlark Lemon played with the Harlem Globetrotters

(Newser) - Probably the most well-known of the Harlem Globetrotters has died at age 83. Meadowlark Lemon died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., his wife, Cynthia, confirmed, per the New York Times . Referred to as the "Clown Prince of Basketball," Lemon played for the famous exhibition team for more than 26... More »

Ellsworth Kelly Didn't Expect the World to Love His Art

Ellsworth Kelly started out painting WWII tanks

(Newser) - Ellsworth Kelly, widely seen as one of the greatest artists America has ever produced, has died at his home in upstate New York after 70 years of creating his own style of abstract art. He was 92. Kelly started out in an artistic US Army unit in France during World... More »

France's Madame to Rich, Famous Dies at 92

Madame Claude and her 'swans' were a Paris institution in the '60s and '70s

(Newser) - The most famous madame in France—who JFK reportedly once asked for a prostitute that looked like his wife "but hot"—died Saturday at the age of 92, the New York Times reports. Fernande Grudet—more commonly known as Madame Claude—ran a high-class call-girl ring catering to... More »

Underground Transgender Icon Holly Woodlawn Dies at 69

She was immortalized by Lou Reed, Andy Warhol

(Newser) - Holly Woodlawn, one of Andy Warhol's "drag queen superstars" who was also immortalized in Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," died Sunday at age 69 after battling cancer, the AP reports. Born in Puerto Rico, her mother moved Holly—who was, at that point,... More »

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