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The World's Richest Woman Is Dead at 94

Liliane Bettencourt was worth an estimated $39.5B

(Newser) - Liliane Bettencourt, the L'Oreal cosmetics heiress and the world's richest woman, has died at her home in a chic Parisian suburb. She was 94. Bettencourt's daughter, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, said in a written statement Thursday that her mother "left peacefully" overnight in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Liliane Bettencourt was... More »

Legendary WWE Commentator Dead at 73

Iconic manager, commentator had battled cancer

(Newser) - Legendary World Wrestling Entertainment manager and commentator Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died Sunday at age 73, reports ESPN , which calls Heenan "one of the most renowned managers and commentators in the history of professional wrestling." A cause of death hasn't been confirmed, but Heenan had been... More »

This Man May Have Saved World From Nuclear War

Former Soviet officer Stanislav Petrov credited with averting global catastrophe

(Newser) - A former Soviet officer by the name of Stanislav Petrov has died, and the key point surfacing in obituaries about him is a pretty remarkable one: His poise under pressure may have saved the world from a nuclear war. As USA Today and the New York Times report, Petrov was... More »

'Aunt V,' World's Oldest Person, Dies at 117

Jamaica resident Violet Brown credited her long life to hard work, Christian faith

(Newser) - The world's oldest person has died in Jamaica. Violet Brown was 117 years and 189 days old, the AP reports. The woman known as "Aunt V" died Friday at a local hospital, where she had been treated for heart arrhythmia and dehydration. Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed his... More »

Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies After 6-Decade Career

He was 91

(Newser) - Harry Dean Stanton died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 91, TMZ reports. The longtime character actor was memorable in roles in Pretty in Pink, Alien, Escape from New York, Godfather II, The Green Mile, Big Love, Repo Man, Cool Hand Luke, Twin Peaks, Wild ... More »

TV, Movie Mobster Frank Vincent Dies

He was best known for 'Sopranos,' 'Goodfellas' roles

(Newser) - Hollywood is mourning veteran TV and movie mobster Frank Vincent, best known for his roles as Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos and Billy Batts in Goodfellas. The 78-year-old character actor died at a New Jersey hospital Wednesday,a week after he had open-heart surgery following a heart attack, TMZ reports.... More »

Edith Windsor, Who Paved Way for Gay Marriage, Dies

She ended Defense of Marriage Act with 2013 Supreme Court case

(Newser) - Edith Windsor, the woman behind the legal case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and paved the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage, died Tuesday at 88, the New York Daily News reports. The longtime New Yorker and gay-rights activist was the plaintiff in United States v.... More »

NBC Executive Behind 'Must See TV' Is Dead

Don Ohlmeyer was 72

(Newser) - Don Ohlmeyer, the Monday Night Football producer who came up with the phrase "Must See TV" in leading NBC to the No. 1 prime-time spot, died Sunday at age 72. Longtime friend Al Michaels announced Ohlmeyer's death while broadcasting NBC's Sunday Night Football game between the Dallas... More »

Cousin Who Saw Emmett Till Taken Before He Was Lynched Dies

Simeon Wright was 74

(Newser) - "They had come for Bobo," the Clarion-Ledger quotes Simeon Wright as writing in his memoir. "No begging, pleading, or payment was going to stop them." Wright, cousin of Emmett Till, died Monday in Illinois at the age of 74 following a battle with cancer, the Chicago ... More »

Six Million Dollar Man Actor Richard Anderson Dies

Lee Majors mourns veteran actor who played his boss

(Newser) - Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, has died at age 91. Anderson died of natural causes on Thursday, family spokesman Jonathan Taylor tells the AP . The Six Million Dollar Man... More »

Atomic Bomb Survivor Dies After Life Fighting to Ban Nukes

Sumiteru Taniguchi was 88

(Newser) - Sumiteru Taniguchi, who devoted his life to seeking to abolish nuclear weapons after he was burned severely in the 1945 atomic bomb attack on his hometown of Nagasaki, died Wednesday of cancer, the AP reports. He was 88. Taniguchi died at a hospital in Nagasaki of cancer of the duodenal... More »

Philadelphia Eagles Fan Gets Last Laugh With Obituary

Asks for 8 members of team to carry casket to 'let him down one last time'

(Newser) - A New Jersey man took a parting shot at the Philadelphia Eagles in his obituary, the AP reports. Jeffrey Riegel, 56, died last Friday. Before his death, the Port Republic man promised friends a funny message in his obituary. The longtime Eagles fan's obituary asked for Riegel "to... More »

Comedian, Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies

'I just hope God is ready for some outrageously funny times,' says icon's publicist

(Newser) - Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers and used humor to promote social justice and nutritional health, has died at 84. Gregory died late Saturday of a severe bacterial infection in Washington, DC, son Christian Gregory told the AP . Whoopi Goldberg tweeted, "Condolences to his... More »

Natalie Cole's Son Found Dead at 39

Robert Yancy is believed to have died of natural causes

(Newser) - "I cannot wait until that day that I see you again," said Natalie Cole's only child at her funeral fewer than two years ago . The day was not a long time coming: TMZ was the first to report the singer's 39-year-old son, Robert Yancy, was found... More »

World's Oldest Man Dies at 113

Candymaker Yisrael Kristal was only member of his immediate family to survive Auschwitz

(Newser) - He survived Auschwitz, ran a confectionery business, and recently took over as the world's oldest man, per Guinness World Records. On Friday, Yisrael Kristal died in Haifa, Israel, at age 113, just one month shy of his 114th birthday, the BBC reports. Kristal, who was born in Poland, lost... More »

Broadway Star Barbara Cook Gone at Age 89

'I don't remember when I didn't sing. I just always sang': Barbara Cook

(Newser) - Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died, the AP reports. She was 89. Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends,... More »

Infamous Holocaust Denier Is Dead

Ernst Zundel was deported to Germany after living in the US and Canada

(Newser) - Ernst Zundel, a far-right activist who rose to notoriety over decades of public neo-Nazi activity in Canada and the US before being deported back to his native Germany on Holocaust denial charges, has died at age 78. Media in Canada quoted a statement from his wife, Ingrid Zundel, saying that... More »

She Discovered Anne Frank Diary in Pile of Rejected Books

Judith Jones was a consummate literary editor

(Newser) - You may not know her name, but you know plenty of names because of her. Judith Jones, a consummate literary editor who helped revolutionize American cuisine by publishing Julia Child, has died at age 93. Jones, who spent more than 50 years at Alfred A. Knopf before retiring in 2011,... More »

Legendary 'Femme Fatale' Actress Is Dead at 89

Jeanne Moreau was one of France's most acclaimed actors

(Newser) - French actress Jeanne Moreau, a smoky-voiced femme fatale who starred in Francois Truffaut's love triangle film Jules and Jim and whose award-winning, seven-decade career included work with some of the world's most acclaimed directors, has died at age 89, per the AP . No cause of death was revealed.... More »

Playwright, Actor Sam Shepard Dead

He was 73, suffered from ALS

(Newser) - Acclaimed actor and playwright Sam Shepard is dead at age 73, reports BroadwayWorld . Shepard, who died at home in Kentucky, had been suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. He leaves behind an impressive legacy in the arts as the author of more than 40 plays, including Buried Child, for which... More »

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