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Katie Cassidy Reveals Her Dad's Last Words

'So much wasted time'

(Newser) - David Cassidy's last words offered his family a bittersweet lesson. "Words cant express the solace our family’s received from all the love & support during this trying time," tweeted the singer's daughter, 30-year-old Arrow actress Katie Cassidy, on Friday. "My father’s last words... More »

Della Reese Dead at 86

'Touched by an Angel' star died in her LA home Sunday

(Newser) - Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama Touched by an Angel, has died at age 86, the AP reports. Reese's co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that... More »

Lil Peep, 'Emo' Rapper With Cult Following, Dead at 21

Sources say up and coming star may have overdosed

(Newser) - Rapper Lil Peep has died at age 21, the AP reports. A representative for the performer confirmed reports of his death Thursday. Lil Peep, whose real name was Gustav Ahr and whose stage name came from a childhood nickname his mother gave him, didn't take the stage during his... More »

'Grande Dame of Dish' Dies

Gossip columnist Liz Smith was 94

(Newser) - Liz Smith, the legendary gossip columnist who started dishing up inside info on celebrities when the grandparents of some of today's stars were babies, has died. She was 94. The New York Post , one of nine New York newspapers Smith wrote for in her long career, reports that her... More »

Veronica Mars Actor Commits Suicide at 34

Brad Bufanda jumped from a building in LA

(Newser) - Brad Bufanda, the actor best known for playing biker gang member Felix Toombs on Veronica Mars, apparently leaped to his death early Wednesday, officials say. Bufanda, 34, jumped from a building in Los Angeles and died of blunt-trauma injuries suffered in the fall, USA Today reports. His body was found... More »

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 »

Hugh Hefner Dead at 91

'Playboy' founder led quite a life

(Newser) - Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolized by bow-tied women in bunny costumes, has died at age 91, the AP reports. Hefner died of natural causes at his... 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 »

Actor, Comedian Jay Thomas Dead at 69

He was known for roles in 'Cheers,' 'Murphy Brown'

(Newser) - A publicist for Jay Thomas says the actor and radio host has died. Thomas was 69. In a statement Thursday, publicist Tom Estey said his longtime friend and client will be dearly missed by many, the AP reports. Thomas' longtime agent tells the New York Daily News the comedian died... 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 »

YouTube Star Dead at 33

Authorities rule death a suicide

(Newser) - Stevie Ryan, an actress and comedian who gained fame with impersonations of celebrities on YouTube, has died, the AP reports. She was 33. Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter says Ryan died Saturday at her home in Los Angeles. He says her death has been ruled a suicide... 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 »

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