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Ex-Con Former US Rep Dies After Tractor Accident

James Traficant was expelled from Congress in rare move

(Newser) - Former Ohio Congressman James Traficant, who served time in jail on a corruption conviction, has died at 73 after a tractor accident , according to reports. The vehicle flipped over onto him while he was trying to park it, the AP reports. He spent four days in the hospital and died... More »

Obituary: Man 'Despised' the Kardashians

'Big Al' Brownley also disliked shorts, enjoyed chili

(Newser) - Raymond Alan “Big Al” Brownley, who recently died at 82, did not like the Kardashians. In fact, he "despised" them so much that it was pointed out in his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . That obituary, which has gone viral, also lists a number of other things "... More »

Last Mitford Sister Dead at 94

She drank tea with Hitler, became a duchess, and met JFK

(Newser) - Deborah Cavendish, the last Mitford sister and the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, died yesterday at 94. But as the New York Times puts it, she led a "fairy-tale life." Born Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford in 1920, she was the youngest and perhaps the quietest of several controversial children. Adolf... More »

Ex-NFL Kicker Killed in Car Crash at Age 36

Rob Bironas crashed SUV last night a mile from home

(Newser) - Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died last night after a car accident near his home. Metro Nashville Police said Bironas, 36, lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11pm less than a mile from home. Police said in a statement that his... More »

Emmy Winner Polly Bergen Dead at 84

Appeared in Cape Fear , Desperate Housewives

(Newser) - Actress and singer Polly Bergen, known for roles in productions ranging from Cape Fear to Desperate Housewives, has died at 84 of natural causes, reports say. Bergen won an Emmy for her role as Helen Morgan in the series Playhouse 90 in the late 1950s, the AP reports. She also... More »

'Jaws' From James Bond Movies Dies

Richard Kiel was 74

(Newser) - Jaws has bitten his last: Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2-inch actor best known for playing the metal-mouthed villain in two Bond movies, has died at the age of 74. The Detroit-born actor, who appeared in dozens of other movies, including Happy Gilmore, was in a California hospital after breaking his leg... More »

Chick-fil-A Founder Dies

Truett Cathy, 93, invented boneless chicken sandwich

(Newser) - S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention to gay marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views , died early today, a company spokesman says. He was 93 and died at home... More »

RIP Joan Rivers: Truly, a 'Piece of Work'

Tributes salute her remarkable, no-holds-barred career

(Newser) - How to sum up a life like the one lived by Joan Rivers ? Here are some of the early attempts:
  • New York Times : "... the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five
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Hollywood Salutes Legend Lauren Bacall

Tributes are pouring in to honor her 'magical life'

(Newser) - The iconic, smoky-voiced Lauren Bacall died yesterday at age 89, but her memory will live on in Hollywood—and in the world—forever. Stephen Bogart, her son with the equally legendary Humphrey Bogart, says "her life speaks for itself—she lived a wonderful life, a magical life," reports... More »

Robin Williams: Not 'a Faster Brain on the Planet'

At least when it came to comedy; tributes rolling in

(Newser) - After Robin Williams' sudden death , the tributes are rolling in, with many recalling a comic genius grappling with private challenges. A sampling:
  • When it comes to comedy, "there wasn't a faster brain on the planet," writes Tony Hicks in the Contra Costa Times . We'll be hearing
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Martha Stewart's Sister Dead at 59

Laura Plimpton died of brain aneurysm

(Newser) - Martha Stewart's younger sister, Laura Plimpton, died suddenly yesterday at age 59. "She woke up Monday morning at 5:30am, did her one hour of elliptical and treadmill, then showered and felt ill enough to call her husband, Randy, for help," Stewart, 73, says in a statement... More »

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Star Dies at 65

Marilyn Burns' character was first to escape 'Leatherface'

(Newser) - Marilyn Burns, who portrayed horror-film hero Sally Hardesty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died at the age of 65. "It is with sad news that I can officially confirm that actress Marilyn Burns passed away earlier today," her rep said in a statement, as per the Hollywood ... More »

American Idol Alum Dead at 35

Aussie Michael Johns competed in 2008

(Newser) - Michael Johns, the Australian singer who appeared on the seventh season of American Idol, has died at the age of 35, reports the Hollywood Reporter . Johns was voted off the show in what the AP calls an "eighth-round stunner" in 2008, having never finished in the show's bottom... More »

Guy's Hilarious Obit: 'Don't Email Me, I'm Dead'

Adman Kevin McGroarty leaves his loved ones cackling

(Newser) - Kevin McGroarty worked in advertising for some 30 years. His final project: a hilarious "500-word mini masterpiece," AdWeek reports— his own obituary . McGroarty, who died last week at 53, kicks it off with a bang—"McGroarty Achieves Room Temperature!"—before explaining he died "after... More »

Last Surviving Member of Enola Gay Crew Is Dead

Navigator 'Dutch' Van Kirk helped drop atomic bomb on Hiroshima

(Newser) - The crew of the Enola Gay bomber that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima is now only in the history books. The last surviving member, navigator Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, has died in an Atlanta retirement home at age 93, reports WXIA . Van Kirk was 24 when he helped... More »

James Garner Dead at 86

Found dead of natural causes in his California home last night

(Newser) - James Garner, the actor best known for his laconic parts in Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died at age 86, reports the AP , citing Los Angeles police. He was found dead at his home in Brentwood last night around 8pm. "Mr Garner died of natural causes," say... More »

'Brassy' Broadway Star Elaine Stritch Dead at 89

TV viewers will know her best as Jack Donaghy's mother

(Newser) - The phrase "Broadway legend" is getting heavy use today with the death of 89-year-old Elaine Stritch. Modern TV viewers might know her best as Jack Donaghy's mom on 30 Rock, but Stritch made her name on the stage, reports Entertainment Tonight . As the New York Times puts it,... More »

'Child Prodigy' Conductor Dies at 84

Lorin Maazel's glittering career spanned 75 years

(Newser) - The controversial but undeniably brilliant conductor Lorin Maazel has died at the age of 84—some 75 years after he began conducting orchestras as a 9-year-old child prodigy. Maazel, who conducted an average of two orchestras a week during his long career and performed with more than 200 orchestras, died... More »

Last Original Ramone Is Dead

Drummer Tommy dies at 65

(Newser) - The last original member of the seminal punk band the Ramones is dead, reports Variety . That would be drummer Tommy Ramone, who was born in Hungary as Erdelyi Tamas but grew up in Queens as Tom Erdelyi. He played on the band's first three albums before leaving to be... More »

Harry Potter Villain Found Dead in Desert

Actor David Legeno played werewolf Fenrir Greyback

(Newser) - He was a 6-3, 250-pound former mixed-martial arts fighter who went on to play a villainous werewolf in the Harry Potter movies, but even David Legeno was no match for Death Valley. The 50-year-old actor was found dead in the place known to be the hottest on Earth last weekend,... More »

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