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Canada Just Lost a National Treasure

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

(Newser) - After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer , the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie didn't wait for death to take him. He embarked on a sold-out concert tour , released a solo album, raised money for cancer research, and put a spotlight on issues affecting indigenous Canadians, leading to his... More »

Comedian Ralphie May Dead at 45

Popular stand-up comic suffered cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Comedian Ralphie May was found dead Friday morning at a private Las Vegas residence; the 45-year-old had a residency at Harrah's in the city and had performed there Thursday night. Prior to that performance, he had canceled several dates as he struggled with pneumonia for weeks, USA Today reports.... More »

Why Tom Petty's Death Hurts So Much

We've all sung his songs at karaoke and played them on the guitar

(Newser) - Tom Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 66 after suffering from cardiac arrest, and the tributes are now pouring in. Thanks to a mixup in the media that led to a premature announcement, the tributes actually began a little early, as he was showered... More »

Tom Petty Dead at 66

Rocker was found at home in full cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Iconic rocker Tom Petty is dead at age 66, a spokesperson confirms to the AP . The news comes after a day of confusing reports on Petty's condition. Per TMZ , he was found at his home Sunday night in full cardiac arrest and was placed on life support; his family... More »

Jake LaMotta Dead at 95

'Raging Bull' boxer died in nursing home, family tells TMZ

(Newser) - Iconic boxing champion Jake LaMotta died Tuesday at age 95. "I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced," LaMotta's wife tells TMZ . She says he died of pneumonia complications while... More »

Jerry Lewis Discussed Death in Tearful Interview

‘If you’re real to yourself, you recognize there’s not a lot of time left’

(Newser) - Jerry Lewis’ life and career can be categorized by soaring highs and incredible lows worthy of several Hollywood stars. But upon reflection, the influential comedian who died at age 91 of natural causes Sunday was still not ready to say goodbye. In a 2016 Inside Edition clip promoting Max Rose,... More »

Comedy Legend Jerry Lewis Dies at 91

'Defining figure' in American entertainment died Sunday in his Las Vegas home

(Newser) - Legendary character actor and physical comedian Jerry Lewis has died at 91 in his Las Vegas home, the Washington Post reports. Described as a "defining figure of American entertainment" by the New York Times , Lewis broke onto the scene at age 20 performing with Dean Martin in the hit... More »

Linkin Park Opens Up: Demons 'Were Always Part of the Deal'

Band posts letter to late frontman Chester Bennington

(Newser) - Linkin Park had been set to start its North American tour this week, per CNN . Instead, it found itself sharing its despair with the world. In a letter to Chester Bennington posted on Facebook and to the band's website , fellow band members write of where they find themselves in... More »

Guitar, Pill Bottles, Blood: Pics From Cornell's Hotel Room

Police report includes photos, details of what bodyguard and emergency workers found

(Newser) - A guitar lying on a chair. A plane ticket in pieces. A bathroom floor stained with blood. These are just some of the images contained in a Detroit Police Department report regarding the May death of Chris Cornell, obtained from an FOIA request by the Detroit Free Press . The Press... More »

True Blood Actor Died After Trying to Detox: Family

Father of Nelsan Ellis says his son's body simply gave out during alcohol withdrawal

(Newser) - The family of Nelsan Ellis has confirmed what his manager, Emily Gerson Saines, said immediately after his death : that the True Blood actor died of complications from heart failure. Now more details are emerging, with Ellis' father revealing to the Hollywood Reporter through Saines that Ellis' heart failure had come... More »

Man Behind 'Most Paralyzing Rap Lyric Ever' Dead at 42

Prodigy of Mobb Deep was hospitalized for complications from sickle cell anemia

(Newser) - Prodigy, one half of iconic rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was 42. Born Albert Johnson, the rapper was hospitalized after a weekend performance "for complications caused by sickle cell anemia," a disease he'd battled since birth, his publicist says in a statement.... More »

MTV Reality Star Found Dead

Danny Dias appeared on 'Road Rules' in 2004

(Newser) - A former star of MTV's Road Rules reality show has been found dead, the New York Daily News reports. Sources tell TMZ a friend was with Danny Dias at his Brooklyn apartment Saturday when he saw Dias take what he believes was LSD and mushrooms, start "freaking out,... More »

Chris Cornell's Wife Points to Prescription Drug

Says he took higher than usual dose of Ativan before 'suicide'

(Newser) - Despite a preliminary autopsy report claiming " suicide by hanging ," Chris Cornell's wife says the rocker's death may have been accidental. Vicky Cornell says the Soundgarden frontman had a prescription for anti-anxiety medication Ativan, and told her "he may have taken an extra Ativan or two"... More »

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 »

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