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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 »

'80s Can't Buy Me Love Star Dies at 43

Amanda Peterson found dead in Colorado of unknown causes

(Newser) - Amanda Peterson, who starred as cheerleader Cindy Mancini in the 1987 rom-com Can't Buy Me Love, has been found dead in her apartment in Greeley, Colo. She was 43. While the official cause of death isn't known, Peterson's dad tells TMZ "she had some illness and... More »

Guy Who Created Modern Cheerleading Is Dead

Lawrence Herkimer even patented pompoms

(Newser) - One of the day's most interesting obituaries is that of 89-year-old Lawrence Herkimer , who pretty much created modern cheerleading as we know it, reports the New York Times . Herkimer, known as the "grandfather of cheerleading" and "Mr. Cheerleader," actually patented pompoms—he thought they'd look... More »

Fargo Man Sums It All Up in 2-Word Obit

Doug is dead, and he wanted that expressed succinctly

(Newser) - We'll keep this short—that's how Douglas Legler would want it. The Fargo, North Dakota, man's obituary in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead was just two words: "Doug Died." Its brevity is offset by a 364-word piece in the paper that basically doubles as an obituary,... More »

True WWII Hero Has Died at 106

Nicholas Winton almost single-handedly saved 669 Jewish children

(Newser) - Nicholas Winton, a humanitarian who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label "Britain's Schindler," died today at the age of 106. Born in London in 1909 to parents of German-Jewish descent, Winton himself was raised as a Christian. He... More »

Nun Who Succeeded Mother Teresa Dies

Sister Nirmala Joshi died of unspecified ailment at 81

(Newser) - The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died early today, the organization says. Sister Nirmala Joshi was 81. Her health had been declining in recent days, the charity says, without specifying the cause of her death. She was selected to lead the Roman... More »

Eight Is Enough Dad Dead at 86

Dick Van Patten also starred on the 'Love Boat'

(Newser) - Dick Van Patten, who starred as the patriarch of the Bradford family in the late 1970s show Eight is Enough, is dead at 86 from diabetes complications, reports ABC News . Van Patten also was a regular on the Love Boat for six years and "was a familiar face on... More »

The Man We Have to Thank for This Is Dead

Pink plastic lawn flamingo creator Donald Featherstone died yesterday

(Newser) - The creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. Donald Featherstone was 79. Featherstone's wife, Nancy, today told the AP that her husband died yesterday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg, Mass., after a long battle with Lewy body dementia.... More »

'Unpretentious' Vegas Mogul Kirk Kerkorian Dead at 98

Billionaire bought, sold MGM 3 times

(Newser) - Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas' biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler, and bought and sold MGM at a profit three times, died last night at age 98. The reserved, unpretentious Kerkorian spent much of his life trying to stay out of the spotlight and... More »

Christopher Lee Dead at 93

Iconic film villain hospitalized for respiratory, heart troubles

(Newser) - RIP, Saruman. Sir Christopher Lee, the English actor who played the Lord of the Rings villain as well as other iconic roles, died Sunday at age 93. Lee had been hospitalized in London for respiratory problems and heart failure, and his wife of more than 50 years waited a few... More »

Family Brutally Honest About Dead Son's Overdose

Clay Shephard's family doesn't shy away from his drug overdose in obituary

(Newser) - Clay Shephard died on May 17, and the obituary for the 23-year-old from Apex, NC, clearly shows the love his family had for him, listing his "intelligence, confidence, athletic ability, height, beautiful blue eyes, broad smile, fantastic wit, and the ability to engage and forge a relationship with anyone.... More »

'You Sexy Thing' Singer Errol Brown Dead at 71

He fronted the band Hot Chocolate

(Newser) - Errol Brown, the singer for the group Hot Chocolate whose hits included "You Sexy Thing" and "It Started With a Kiss," has died at age 71 at his home in the Bahamas. The BBC reports that he'd had liver cancer. Brown was a "great singer,... More »

Sheryl Sandberg's Entrepreneur Husband Dead at 47

Dave Goldberg died unexpectedly

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley entrepreneur who also happened to be the husband of Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg is dead unexpectedly at age 47, reports CNNMoney . The cause of Dave Goldberg's death is unclear, but it occurred while he was on vacation abroad with Sandberg, according to a post by Mark... More »

'Stand by Me' Singer Dead at 76

Ben E. King achieved fame with The Drifters, then solo

(Newser) - Some tears are being shed: Ben E. King, singer of such classics as "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby," and "Spanish Harlem," died yesterday at age 76, publicist Phil Brown tells the AP. As a member of the Drifters, King co-wrote and... More »

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