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Opera's 'Best Soprano' Dead at 85

Spain's Montserrat Caballe dies in Barcelona

(Newser) - Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti, has died, the AP reports. She was 85. Hospital Sant Pau spokesman Abraham del Moral confirmed her death early Saturday. Del Moral says that Caballe's family... More »

Ariana Grande Shuts It Down

The singer was blamed on Instagram for Mac Miller's death

(Newser) - Ariana Grande has had enough. Blamed by some Instagram followers for ex-boyfriend Mac Miller's death on Friday, the 25-year-old disabled comments on her social media feed, reports People . Commenters hurled lowballs like "You lowkey evil," "Damn u killed the homie," and "I HOPE YOURE... More »

Burt Reynolds Dead at 82

Iconic star died at Florida medical center Thursday

(Newser) - Burt Reynolds, the iconic mustachioed star who received an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for his role in Boogie Nights, has died at 82. Reynolds, who also starred in such hits as Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and The Cannonball Run, died at a Florida medical center Thursday... More »

Coroner Rules on What Killed Cranberries Singer

Dolores O'Riordan died in an accidental drowning after a night of heavy drinking

(Newser) - The sudden death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan in January stunned the world, and a new development may prompt further shock waves. An inquest in the UK took place Thursday on what would have been the performer's 47th birthday, and the court heard that O'Riordan died of... More »

JFK Nephew Dies, Cousin Cites Hot Yoga

Christopher Lawford reportedly suffered heart attack at yoga studio

(Newser) - Christopher Kennedy Lawford, an actor, author, and nephew of John F. Kennedy, died of a heart attack Tuesday. The 63-year-old, who became an advocate for sobriety after his own substance abuse issues, was in Vancouver, Canada. He was there working to open a recovery center, his cousin, former US Rep.... More »

'Most Unlikely Star in the World' Dies at 76

Robin Leach of 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' passed away after a 2nd stroke

(Newser) - The man who gave the world an inside peek into the world of the wealthy has died. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Robin Leach, host of the syndicated TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died at age 76. "Sad to report the death of famed celeb... More »

Ex-WWE Star Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart Dies After Fall at Home

Neidhart, 63, may have suffered a seizure

(Newser) - Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, who joined with brother-in-law Bret Hart to form one of the top tag teams in the 1980s with the WWE, has died, the AP reports. He was 63. The Pasco Sheriff's Office said Neidhart fell at home, hit his head, and "succumbed to... More »

A Hollywood Heartthrob, Singer Is Dead at 86

Tab Hunter starred in 'Damn Yankees,' opposite Divine; also recorded 'Young Love'

(Newser) - He shared the screen with drag queen Divine, starred in Damn Yankees, and put out a No. 1 record. Now, "sad news" regarding Tab Hunter, who made hearts thump in general in the '50s: The actor and singer has died, just three days before he would have turned... More »

'The Old Man' of Pawn Stars Fame Dies at 77

Richard Harrison had been fighting Parkinson's disease

(Newser) - Richard Harrison—perhaps better known as "The Old Man" of Pawn Stars fame—died of Parkinson's disease Monday at age 77. "He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over," his son Rick... More »

A Heavy Metal Legend, Gone at 54

Pantera's Vinnie Paul has died

(Newser) - When Vincent Paul Abbott co-founded his heavy metal band in 1981, he likely didn't know that it would enjoy multi-decade success, earn four Grammy nominations, and have a near-constant place on the Billboard charts. But that's exactly the path Pantera took, which is why fans are devastated to... More »

XXXTentacion: Slain Rapper Loved Kurt Cobain, Violence

Musician, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was gunned down Monday in Florida

(Newser) - Police in Florida's Broward County continue to investigate Monday's fatal shooting of 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion, but they have no suspects at the moment, reports the AP . Two armed men approached the rapper, real name Jahseh Onfroy, in his vehicle as he left a motorcycle dealership, and at least... More »

America's Got Talent Winner Dead at 42

Neal Boyd had also dabbled in Missouri politics

(Newser) - Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's America's Got Talent and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died, the AP reports. Scott County Coroner Scott Amick says Boyd died around 6pm Sunday at his mother's house in Sikeston. He was 42. Amick says Boyd had a number... More »

Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Is Dead at 68

Danny Kirwan died Friday in London

(Newser) - Mick Fleetwood says former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died at age 68, the AP reports. Fleetwood says in a Facebook post that Kirwan died Friday in London. No cause of death was given. Kirwan was part of the iconic band from 1968-1972, playing on the albums "Then... More »

'We're So Extremely Busy': Suicide Hotlines Are Deluged

Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain deaths result in surge of calls

(Newser) - Calls to suicide hotlines have spiked dramatically since the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain—not an unusual phenomenon in the wake of celebrity suicides. The Wall Street Journal reports on a 25% uptick at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) since Spade's death, while USA Today attributed... More »

Sons of Anarchy Star Alan O'Neill Dead at 47

Irish actor was found unconscious in LA apartment

(Newser) - Sons of Anarchy stars are mourning fellow cast member Alan O'Neill, who died after being found unconscious by his girlfriend in their Los Angeles apartment Wednesday night, Variety reports. He was 47. The Irish actor starred as former "True IRA" member Hugh in the sixth and seventh seasons... More »

Author Tom Wolfe Dead at 88

He wrote 'Bonfire of the Vanities,' 'The Right Stuff,' was pioneer of New Journalism

(Newser) - Tom Wolfe, author of works including The Right Stuff, the Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full has died in Manhattan at age 88, reports the New York Times . The cause of death was unclear, but Wolfe had been recently hospitalized for an infection. In addition to his... More »

Margot Kidder Dead at 69

Cause of death for 'Superman' actress not yet known

(Newser) - Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in 1978's Superman and its three sequels, died at her Montana home Sunday, TMZ reports. She was 69. Her cause of death is not yet known. Kidder, who became a mental health advocate after struggling with bipolar disorder and briefly... More »

Belgian Singer Promises 'Rebirth,' Dies Next Day

Maurane's death at her home not considered suspicious

(Newser) - "I really believed for almost a year that I would never sing again," Belgian singer Maurane, real name Claudine Luypaerts, said in a Sunday interview, describing a "rebirth," per the BBC . Over the weekend, the singer participated in a concert in Brussels, which was to mark... More »

Among Cranberries Singer's Last Words: 'F---ing Awesome!'

Dolores O'Riordan left chipper voicemail for old friend right before she died, and TMZ has it

(Newser) - Shortly after the sudden death in January of Dolores O'Riordan, People reported on an old friend and label executive who said the 46-year-old Cranberries singer left a final voicemail for him the day she died in which she sounded "full of life" and "was joking." Now... More »

'Keyboard Cat' Has Tickled His Last Ivory

Internet sensation Bento has died at age 8

(Newser) - An online memento to Bento is how many fans found out some sad news late last week about one of the internet's most famous cats. People reports that a six-minute tribute to the renowned "Keyboard Cat" was posted Friday, announcing the musically inclined feline's death on March... More »

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