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Family Pens Blunt Obit for Woman Killed by Heroin OD

Molly Alice Parks 'made a lot of bad decisions,' including drugs

(Newser) - Molly Alice Parks died last week at 24, and when you read her obituary, you won't have to wonder about the tragedy that took her life at such a young age. The New Hampshire resident "passed away in Manchester on April 16, 2015, as the result of a... More »

Guy's Obit: Don't Vote for Hillary

Larry Upright's views receive a little unexpected attention

(Newser) - Larry Upright may be dead, but he's still Republican and he still doesn't want you voting for Hillary Clinton—at least according to his obituary. "The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016," reads his obit in the Independent Tribune... More »

'Gilbert Blythe' Dead at 48

Actor Jonathan Crombie suffered a brain hemorrhage

(Newser) - Jonathan Crombie, the Canadian actor who as Gilbert Blythe tugged Anne Shirley's braids—and the hearts of many who watched Anne of Green Gables—died on Wednesday, reports CBC News . He was 48. The movie ran on CBC TV in 1984, with two sequels following, and Crombie beat out... More »

'When a Man Loves a Woman' Singer Dead at 73

Percy Sledge went from hospital orderly to Rock Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," has died. He was 73. The coroner in Louisiana's East Baton Rouge Parish confirmed that Sledge died early today. Sledge's first recording took him from hospital orderly to a long touring... More »

Nobel-Winning Author Guenter Grass Dies at 87

German writer known for The Tin Drum faced controversy in recent years

(Newser) - Guenter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward Israel, has died. He was 87. Grass was lauded by Germans for... More »

Doc Who Pioneered Botox Dead of Apparent Suicide

Dr. Fredric Brandt was reportedly 'devastated' by recent parody

(Newser) - Dr. Fredric Brandt "was a huge pioneer" when it came to Botox and other anti-aging techniques, a fellow dermatologist says. In fact, he was once called the "Baron of Botox," and he boasted such celebrity clients as Madonna and Kelly Ripa. But on Sunday the 65-year-old died... More »

Lynyrd Skynyrd's First Drummer Dead at 64

Bob Burns killed in a crash in Georgia

(Newser) - Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer has died in a car crash in Georgia. Bob Burns, 64, was killed when his vehicle went off a curve in a road near Cartersville just before midnight and struck a tree. No other vehicles were involved, and the crash is under investigation. Burns was... More »

Gun-Control Advocate Sarah Brady Dead at 73

She was the widow of James Brady

(Newser) - Sarah Brady, who became a leading figure in the push for gun control after her husband was wounded in a presidential assassination attempt, is dead at age 73 after a battle with pneumonia, reports NBC News . James Brady, who was President Reagan's press secretary when he got shot in... More »

Woman's Spirited Obituary: 'Too Late for Questions, Sorry'

Florida's Emily Phillips touches readers with humorous self-penned death notice

(Newser) - A couple of weeks before she died of pancreatic cancer, Emily Phillips gathered her family around to read them something special: the obituary she had written for herself. "It was one of the most special moments of my life to hear my mother tell her life story in her... More »

Creator of Pillsbury Doughboy Dead at 89

But Poppin' Fresh lives on and on

(Newser) - First the creator of the pet rock dies , and now the creator or another American fixture often accompanied by the word "iconic:" The former Chicago ad man who invented the Pillsbury Doughboy in 1965 has died at age 89, reports the Chicago Tribune . Rudolph Perz was working for... More »

Crystal Cathedral Megachurch Founder Dead at 88

Robert Schuller's influence had faded in recent years

(Newser) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early today at a care facility... More »

Cynthia Lennon, John's Ex, Has Died

A statement from her rep says she had a 'short but brave' battle with cancer

(Newser) - Cynthia Lennon, who was Cynthia Powell before she married John Lennon in 1962, has died. She was 75. Fox News reports that Cynthia's son Julian Lennon confirmed the news, and Billboard has this statement from her rep: "Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain... More »

Inventor of Pet Rocks Dies

Gary Dahl made millions off 1970s craze

(Newser) - Pet Rocks of America, say goodbye to your creator. Gary Ross Dahl, the man who made millions of dollars selling the novelty "pets" in the 1970s—and caused millions of people to say, "I could have thought of that"—has died at the age of 78. According... More »

Beloved Fantasy Author Terry Pratchett Dies

'Discworld' creator had rare form of Alzheimer's

(Newser) - Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical Discworld series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the right... More »

Hero in Gabby Giffords Shooting Dead at 78

Bill Badger tackled Jared Loughner on Jan. 8, 2011

(Newser) - How one shooting survivor describes Bill Badger's heroics on Jan. 8, 2011, to Arizona Public Media : "Bill was in his 70s at the time and Jared Loughner was a strong 22-year-old who had a gun and was attempting to reload. Had he been able to reload, he had... More »

27-Year-Old's Obituary Confronts His Addiction

Ryan Bossie's family decided not to shy away from his struggle

(Newser) - What may have been easier: to somewhat vaguely just state that Ryan Bossie died on Jan. 30. Maybe toss in the word "suddenly" or "unexpectedly." But what the family of the man from Caribou, Maine, chose to do instead was much bolder, and more difficult. They opened... More »

Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83

Star Trek's 'Spock' died of lung disease

(Newser) - He lived long and prospered: Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock of Star Trek fame, died this morning at the age of 83. Nimoy died at home of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife tells the New York Times . Nimoy discussed his struggle with the disease last year , blaming... More »

Scientist Behind 'Feats of Espionage' Dead at 90

Navy's John Craven 'turned submarines into spy machines'

(Newser) - The name might not be of the household variety, but John Craven made his mark in Cold War espionage for the US military. In his obituary, the New York Times explains that the Navy scientist "turned submarines into spy machines" and was responsible for "some of the nation'... More »

'It's My Party' Singer Lesley Gore Dies

Her hit 'You Don't Own Me' became feminist anthem

(Newser) - Lesley Gore, the singer-songwriter who scored a huge hit as a 16-year-old with "It's My Party" in 1963, has died at the age of 68. Gore, who grew up in New Jersey and was discovered by Quincy Jones, followed up the Grammy-nominated chart-topper with hits including "She'... More »

Woman Who Fought Ban on Gay Marriage Dies of Cancer

Niki Quasney helped dump Indiana ban, is survived by her wife

(Newser) - A woman whose terminal ovarian cancer led her to push Indiana to recognize her same-sex marriage, eventually overturning the state's gay marriage ban, has died at the age of 38. Niki Quasney died Thursday, gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal said yesterday. Two years after Quasney's 2009 diagnosis,... More »

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