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Jonathan Demme Dead at 73

'Silence of the Lambs' director reportedly died of cancer, heart disease complications

(Newser) - Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, died Wednesday morning at age 73. Demme, who passed away in New York, died of esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease, sources tell IndieWire . NPR and the AP are confirming the news. The filmmaker, who also made Philadelphia, Rachel ... More »

Cuba Gooding Sr. Found Dead in Car

Foul play not suspected in soul singer's death

(Newser) - Tragedy for Cuba Gooding Jr.: The Oscar-winning actor's father, soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., was found dead in his car on a Los Angeles street Thursday afternooon, NBC News reports. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that emergency workers were unable to resuscitate the 72-year-old after he was found slumped... More »

Legendary Insult Comedian Don Rickles Is Dead

He passed away from kidney failure at 90

(Newser) - Legendary comedian Don Rickles is dead at age 90, his rep confirms to ABC News . Rickles, who was still doing nightclub shows into his late 80s, died at his Los Angeles home Thursday morning of kidney failure, Variety reports. He was also known as an honorary member of the Rat... More »

'Best Acting Mamma' Dead at Age 69

Darlene Cates played Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp's mother in 'Gilbert Grape'

(Newser) - An actress described on IMDB as "lovable, impressionable, and immeasurably talented" has died at the age of 69, though most people recognize her through her character rather than her real name. Family members say Darlene Cates, who played Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's obese mom in What's ... More »

Mystery of George Michael's Death Is Brought to a Close

Coroner says it was natural causes, brought on by heart disease and a fatty liver

(Newser) - What was once deemed "inconclusive" has now arrived at a conclusion, though that conclusion may be cold comfort to fans, friends, and family. Early autopsy results on George Michael couldn't peg what caused his Christmas Day death , but on Tuesday, a UK coroner announced the 53-year-old singer had... More »

What Led to the Stroke That Apparently Killed Bill Paxton

TMZ: death certificate notes complications after valve replacement surgery for aneurysm

(Newser) - It's been just over a week since the world found out about the sudden death of actor Bill Paxton at the age of 61, and now there's reportedly more info on what happened. Per an apparent copy of Paxton's death certificate now in the hands of TMZ... More »

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 »

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