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2 Tuskegee Airmen, Lifelong Friends, Die on Same Day

Clarence Huntley Jr., Joseph Shambrey were both 91 and living in LA

(Newser) - Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen—the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II—died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were both 91. Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey died on Jan. 5 in their Los Angeles homes, relatives said yesterday.... More »

Star of Fellini's La Dolce Vita Dies at 83

Anita Ekberg best known for iconic dip in Trevi Fountain

(Newser) - Anita Ekberg, the Swedish-born actress and sex-symbol of the 1950s and '60s who was immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in La Dolce Vita, has died. She was 83. Ekberg's lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi confirmed she died in Rome this morning following a series of illnesses. She had been... More »

Miss America Later Caught in Scandals Dead at 90

Bess Myerson was Jewish, popular, and political

(Newser) - Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America and a New York political force until a series of scandals dubbed the "Bess Mess" forced her into obscurity, has died. She was 90. Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif, officials say. The Bronx-born Myerson was hailed... More »

Edward Brooke, First Elected Black Senator, Dies at 95

Massachusetts Republican won Congressional Gold Medal in 2009

(Newser) - The first African American elected to the US Senate has died at age 95. Edward Brooke, a Massachusetts Republican, died of natural causes in Florida, the AP reports. He was elected in 1966 and served two terms as a highly popular politician. That came after he became the first African... More »

Mario Cuomo Dead at 82

Former New York governor is father of current New York governor

(Newser) - The elder Mario Cuomo—the former governor of New York who is father to the current Gov. Cuomo of New York—died today at age 82 at his Manhattan home. Some early snippets in his hometown press:
  • New York Times : "Mario Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who
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Detective Who Hunted Down 'Son of Sam' Dead at 99

Timothy Dowd also on NYPD team that broke apart 'French Connection' drug ring

(Newser) - Almost 40 years ago, "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz terrorized New York City—until he was brought down by the investigative work of the NYPD's "Operation Omega" team and a simple parking ticket. Timothy J. Dowd, the detective who led that task force, died Friday in... More »

Joe Cocker Dies at 70

Singer of 'You Are So Beautiful,' 'Up Where We Belong'

(Newser) - Joe Cocker, the iconic British singer-songwriter known for a string of hits covering half a century, has died at the age of 70; the Yorkshire Post reports that he suffered from lung cancer. The Brit rose to fame in the '60s, played two Woodstocks, turned "With a Little... More »

Pugsley From Addams Family Dead at 59

Ken Weatherwax played Gomez and Morticia's boy

(Newser) - The actor who played Pugsley on the Addams Family TV show is dead of an apparent heart attack at 59, reports the Los Angeles Times . Ken Weatherwax died Sunday at his California home. Weatherwax served in the Army after high school and tried to make a go of it in... More »

Son Who Looted Brooke Astor Fortune Dies

Anthony Marshall was jailed last year at 89

(Newser) - Anthony Marshall served with distinction in World War II, was a CIA operative and a US ambassador to several countries, produced a Tony Award-winning Broadway play, and wrote seven books—but he's going to be remembered for swindling his elderly mother out of millions while she was suffering from... More »

People Goofs, Runs Obit for Kirk Douglas

He 'died TK TK TK'

(Newser) - News of Kirk Douglas' death has been more than a little premature: People magazine appears to have accidentally posted the actor's obituary, reports the BBC , in the latest casualty of the pre-written obit. The post with the headline "DO NOT PUB Kirk Douglas Dies" was dated Sept. 29,... More »

Man Reveals He's Spider-Man in Poignant Obit

35-year-old Aaron Purmort says he fought 'a nefarious criminal named Cancer'

(Newser) - A Minneapolis art director died of brain cancer last week, but in an obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune , "mild-mannered" Aaron Purmort reveals himself to be Spider-Man, writing that he "died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years... More »

Literary 'Queen of Crime' PD James Dies at 94

Her sales have surpassed 10M in the US

(Newser) - PD James, a mystery writer whose books have flown off the shelves, has died at age 94, the New York Times reports. James, who earned the nickname "The Queen of Crime" for her novels, several of which were made into TV shows and movies, died peacefully at home in... More »

Marion Barry Dies at 78

Former DC mayor collapsed outside his home

(Newser) - Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the DC Council. Instead, Barry will be... More »

Scientist Who Found Cause of Lyme Disease Dead at 89

Willy Burgdorfer discovered tick-borne bacteria

(Newser) - A researcher who figured out how people were contracting a new ailment called Lyme disease in the early 1980s has died at age 89, reports NBC Montana . Swiss-born Willy Burgdorfer made the discovery while not even looking for it. He was dissecting deer ticks sent from Long Island that were... More »

Eccentric Duchess More 'Noble' Than Elizabeth Dead at 88

World's most titled person loved bull-fighting, flamenco dancing

(Newser) - Spain's Duchess of Alba, the world's most titled person, died today at her 14th century palace in Seville after battling pneumonia. Officially Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the eccentric duchess who loved bull-fighting, flamenco dancing, and fishnet tights, was as Reuters... More »

Graduate Director Mike Nichols Dead at 83

Entertainment icon had prolific, lengthy career in Hollywood, on Broadway

(Newser) - Mike Nichols, the iconic director of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Working Girl, Angels in America, Spamalot, and much more, died suddenly yesterday at the age of 83. "No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike," says the president of ABC News , which... More »

'Brokenhearted' Motown Legend Dead at 78

'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted' was Jimmy Ruffin's biggest hit

(Newser) - The Motown singer whose ballad "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" was a big hit in 1966 has died at the age of 78. Jimmy Ruffin died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital of undisclosed causes, family members confirm to the AP . Ruffin, originally from Mississippi, moved to Detroit in... More »

Harper Lee's Sister, Alice, Dead at 103

Alice Lee was long-practicing lawyer in their home state of Alabama

(Newser) - Alice Lee, the sister of the famous To Kill a Mockingbird author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, has died. Johnson Funeral Home in Monroeville, the south Alabama home of Alice and Harper Lee, has posted an online notice saying Lee died yesterday. No... More »

TV Icon Behind Magnum, PI, Knight Rider, Galactica Dies

Writer-producer Glen Larson was vastly prolific

(Newser) - Glen A. Larson, the writer and producer behind well-loved TV series such as the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., and Quincy, M.E., has died. He was 77. Larson died at the UCLA Medical Center on Friday night of complications from esophageal cancer, his son, James Larson,... More »

Chicago's Only Female Mayor Dead at 80

You can thank Jane Byrne for 'Blues Brothers'

(Newser) - Jane Byrne, Chicago's first and only female mayor, died today at the age of 80. Byrne capitalized on Chicago's slow reaction to a snowstorm to score one of the biggest election upsets in the city's history. She famously beat Mayor Michael Bilandic in 1979 after his administration... More »

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