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Frances Bean Leads Tributes on Cobain's 50th

Daughter left Nirvana frontman a handwritten note on Instagram

(Newser) - It's hard to reconcile the image of grunge rocker with AARP membership eligibility, but what would've been Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday arrived Monday, and the internet proved it hadn't forgotten about the Nirvana frontman. The Washington state native—who once called his sleepy hometown of Aberdeen... More »

Mary Tyler Moore Praised as '2nd Great Woman of TV'

She 'was a once-in-a-generation talent'

(Newser) - Hollywood has been deeply saddened by the loss of one of television's greatest stars: Mary Tyler Moore, who died Wednesday at the age of 80 . Co-stars and fans describe the Dick Van Dyke Show and Mary Tyler Moore Show star as a uniquely gifted woman who blazed a trail... More »

Mary Tyler Moore Dead at 80

Iconic star had family, friends nearby

(Newser) - Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday at age 80, her publicist confirms to the AP . Sources previously told TMZ that family members were at the hospital saying goodbye, and Moore's publicist says she was surrounded by family and friends when she died. Moore, star of her own show as well... More »

NCIS: Los Angeles Star Miguel Ferrer Dead at 61

George Clooney mourns cousin

(Newser) - Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on the CBS hit NCIS: Los Angeles and, before that, to NBC crime drama Crossing Jordan, has died, the AP reports. CBS says Ferrer died Thursday of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. He had played Assistant... More »

Here's What Death Certificates Reveal for Fisher, Reynolds

Questions remain as to Fisher's cause of death

(Newser) - Carrie Fisher's death certificate has been obtained by TMZ , but it doesn't answer many questions. It lists "cardiac arrest/deferred" as her cause of death, which means more testing, including toxicology testing, needs to be done before the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office can figure out what... More »

MASH's 'Father Mulcahy' Has Died at 84: Rep

William Christopher's son says actor died of non-small cell lung cancer at his Calif. home

(Newser) - William Christopher, the actor best known for his role as the gentle "Father Mulcahy" in MASH, has died at the age of 84, his rep confirms to People . Christopher's son, John Christopher, tells KABC that his father died at his home in Pasadena, Calif., after a battle with... More »

No Answers in George Michael Autopsy Results

'Inconclusive,' police say

(Newser) - Initial autopsy results on George Michael are in, and it looks like … we'll have to wait a little longer for insight into the singer's death. "The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out," according to a statement from Thames... More »

Carrie Fisher's Books Are Selling at Lightspeed

Meanwhile, Steve Martin is taking flak

(Newser) - There's been a run on Carrie Fisher's books since the Star Wars actress and humorist died on Tuesday, reports the AP . Fisher's book, The Princess Diarist, was on top of Amazon's list of best-selling books on Wednesday. Wishful Drinking and Postcards From the Edge were also... More »

Guy Hopes to Save Betty White From Cursed 2016

Clever fundraiser will actually support theater company

(Newser) - Afraid another beloved celebrity will fall victim to the apparent curse that is 2016? Demetrios Hrysikos hopes you'll donate generously. Following Carrie Fisher's death on Tuesday, the South Carolina man started a GoFundMe page to raise funds to allow him to "fly to wherever Betty White is... More »

Here's What Killed Garry Shandling

Blood clot in his heart, officials reveal

(Newser) - Garry Shandling died from a blood clot in his heart, coroner's officials said Tuesday, more than seven months after the comedian's unexpected death. A report by Los Angeles' coroner's officials released Tuesday states the fatal clot occurred after the comedian developed blood clots in his legs, a... More »

Tales of George Michael's Secret Philanthropy Emerge

He donated millions to charity, funded couple's IVF treatment

(Newser) - A day after a contestant on the UK version of game show Deal or No Deal said his wife needed $28,500 for in-vitro fertilization treatment, the show's producers got a phone call. It was George Michael offering to pay the sum in full, says executive producer Richard Osman... More »

Actor, Comedian Ricky Harris Dead at 54

He died of a heart attack Monday: manager

(Newser) - Comedian and actor Ricky Harris passed away Monday of a heart attack, his manager tells the Hollywood Reporter . He was 54. Harris performed on HBO's Def Comedy Jam before making his acting debut in 1993's Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Partner Found George Michael 'Just Gone, Peacefully Lying in Bed'

'He was a beautiful person,' says Fadi Fawaz

(Newser) - It was a heartbreaking Christmas for George Michael's partner, Fadi Fawaz. The celebrity hairstylist, who has been romantically linked to the singer since around 2011, says he was the one who found the 53-year-old's body at his Oxfordshire home, People reports. It's an "xmas i will... More »

Hackers to Blame for Britney's 'Death'

Bob Dylan's 'Rest in peace @britneyspears' tweet was probably a hack job, too

(Newser) - As the world continued to mourn the death of pop singer George Michael , Britney Spears' fans also felt their hearts stop Monday morning due to a series of tweets sent out from Sony's Music Global account. "RIP @britneyspears," read the first tweet, per TMZ (which has screenshots... More »

'America's Favorite Dad' Remembered

Alan Thicke had a 'surprisingly eclectic career'

(Newser) - Alan Thicke was "the greatest man I ever met," says his son, Robin Thicke, following his father's death at age 69 on Tuesday. Thicke tells the Los Angeles Times that his father died while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter , and that one of the last... More »

Leonard Cohen's Cause of Death Revealed

Singer suffered a fall, then died in his sleep

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen's death at 82 was "sudden, unexpected" yet also "peaceful," according to his manager. In a statement to Cohencentric.com , Robert Kory says Cohen suffered a fall in the middle of the night and died in his sleep on Nov. 7— three days before the... More »

Man From U.N.CL.E.'s Napoleon Solo Dead at 83

Robert Vaughn dies after cancer battle

(Newser) - Robert Vaughn, the debonair, Oscar-nominated actor whose many film roles were eclipsed by his hugely popular turn in television's The Man From U.N.C.L.E., has died, the AP reports. He was 83. Vaughn died Friday morning after a brief battle with acute leukemia, according to his... More »

Chiropractor Visit Doomed Model Who Died at 34

Katie May died after a neck adjustment gone wrong

(Newser) - Playboy model and "Queen of Snapchat" Katie May died mysteriously at age 34 in February—and a coroner has now placed the blame on chiropractic treatment she got days before her death. According to a death certificate obtained by TMZ , a blunt force injury sustained during a "neck... More »

Mia Farrow's Son Killed Himself: Officials

Thaddeus was adopted from India in 1994

(Newser) - Mia Farrow's 27-year-old son, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Connecticut Office of Chief Medical Examiner tells People . Police earlier said Thaddeus was found in his car suffering a life-threatening injury on Route 67 around 12:45pm Wednesday; the cause of death was previously... More »

Alexis Arquette Dead at 47

Cause of death not specified

(Newser) - Alexis Arquette, the actress and transgender activist who was born Robert Arquette and whose transition to female was documented in a 2007 film, died Sunday at age 47, CNN reports. Arquette was surrounded by members of her famous family; her siblings include actors Rosanna, David, and Patricia Arquette. David Arquette... More »

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