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Playboy Model Dead of Stroke at 34

Katie May was also big on social media

(Newser) - A Playboy model and social media sensation known as the "Queen of Snapchat" has died at age 34, TMZ reports. Katie May, who also modeled for dozens of other websites and magazines including Sports Illustrated and who had nearly 2 million followers on Instagram , had recently sought treatment for... More »

Eagles Co-Founder Glenn Frey Dead at 67

Sources tell TMZ the rocker has passed away

(Newser) - Glenn Frey, a founding member of the Eagles, has died at age 67, the AP reports. Sources tell TMZ Frey had been struggling with intestinal problems for months and went under surgery in November; he reportedly relapsed, causing the Eagles to cancel a scheduled Kennedy Center Honors appearance in December.... More »

British Actor Alan Rickman Dead at 69

He died 'surrounded by family and friends' after battle with cancer

(Newser) - Britain has lost another legend this week : Actor Alan Rickman, perhaps best known as Hans Gruber and Severus Snape, died "surrounded by family and friends" in London after a battle with cancer, according to a family statement. He was 69. He was often picked to play the villain, but... More »

Here's How Natalie Cole Died

Rare lung disease played a big role

(Newser) - Natalie Cole's family says the singer's cause of death was heart failure brought on by a rare lung disease. After Cole received a kidney transplant in 2009, she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a disease that causes shortness of breath, dizziness, and sometimes chest pain, her family... More »

Natalie Cole Dead at 65

Daughter of Nat "King" Cole died after ongoing health issues

(Newser) - Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning daughter of Nat "King" Cole" who carried on her late father's musical legacy and, through technology, shared a duet with him on "Unforgettable," has died. She was 65. Cole died Thursday evening at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to compilations... More »

Basketball's 'Clown Prince' Dead at 83

Meadowlark Lemon played with the Harlem Globetrotters

(Newser) - Probably the most well-known of the Harlem Globetrotters has died at age 83. Meadowlark Lemon died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., his wife, Cynthia, confirmed, per the New York Times . Referred to as the "Clown Prince of Basketball," Lemon played for the famous exhibition team for more than 26... More »

Scott Weiland's Ex: He Died Long Before Dec. 3

Singer's former wife pens brutally blunt letter for 'Rolling Stone'

(Newser) - While the rest of the world mourned Scott Weiland's death on Dec. 3, his former wife and kids simply continued the mourning they'd been doing for years, she notes in a heartbreaking letter in Rolling Stone . "December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died,"... More »

Underground Transgender Icon Holly Woodlawn Dies at 69

She was immortalized by Lou Reed, Andy Warhol

(Newser) - Holly Woodlawn, one of Andy Warhol's "drag queen superstars" who was also immortalized in Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," died Sunday at age 69 after battling cancer, the AP reports. Born in Puerto Rico, her mother moved Holly—who was, at that point,... More »

Soap Star Nathaniel Marston Dead at 40

Ex-'One Life to Live' actor succumbed to injuries from Oct. 30 car crash

(Newser) - One Life to Live fans are waking up to devastating news Thursday morning: Nathaniel Marston, the star who played Michael McBain on the long-running ABC soap opera, has died at the age of 40, People reports. Mom Elizabeth Jackson posted a heartfelt tribute to her son on Facebook Wednesday evening,... More »

Legendary Songwriter Allen Toussaint Dies on Tour

He was 77

(Newser) - Allen Toussaint, the legendary New Orleans musician responsible for such classics as "Lady Marmalade" and "Working in a Coal Mine," had just given a concert in Spain Monday night when rescue workers were called to his hotel early Tuesday. He suffered a heart attack, and though they... More »

Cause of Death Revealed for '80s Can't Buy Me Love Star

Amanda Peterson died from accidental overdose, autopsy finds

(Newser) - The July death of Amanda Peterson , best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy Can't Buy Me Love, was the result of an accidental morphine overdose. The autopsy and toxicology report released yesterday by the Weld County Coroner's Office concluded that Peterson, 43, ingested a friend'... More »

Eight Is Enough Dad Dead at 86

Dick Van Patten also starred on the 'Love Boat'

(Newser) - Dick Van Patten, who starred as the patriarch of the Bradford family in the late 1970s show Eight is Enough, is dead at 86 from diabetes complications, reports ABC News . Van Patten also was a regular on the Love Boat for six years and "was a familiar face on... More »

Christopher Lee Dead at 93

Iconic film villain hospitalized for respiratory, heart troubles

(Newser) - RIP, Saruman. Sir Christopher Lee, the English actor who played the Lord of the Rings villain as well as other iconic roles, died Sunday at age 93. Lee had been hospitalized in London for respiratory problems and heart failure, and his wife of more than 50 years waited a few... More »

Ben Stiller on Mom's Death

Actor tweets about Anne Meara's passing for first time

(Newser) - Ben Stiller spoke out for the first time today on the death of his mother, Anne Meara , reports USA Today . "Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne," her son tweeted . "All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her... More »

Anne Meara Dead at 85

Renowned actress thrived in film, TV for 60 years

(Newser) - Comedian and actress Anne Meara, whose career took off with husband Jerry Stiller and thrived in its own right for decades, died yesterday at age 85, the AP reports. The family gave no further details. Meara and her husband made waves appearing as Stiller & Meara on programs including the... More »

Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83

Star Trek's 'Spock' died of lung disease

(Newser) - He lived long and prospered: Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock of Star Trek fame, died this morning at the age of 83. Nimoy died at home of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife tells the New York Times . Nimoy discussed his struggle with the disease last year , blaming... More »

Casey Kasem Finally Buried ... a Continent Away

He was laid to rest last week in Norway

(Newser) - On Aug. 15, exactly two months after he died , we reported that Casey Kasem would finally be laid to rest , though in a head-scratcher of a location—Norway. It seems "finally" took a little longer than expected. TMZ reports Kasem was buried last Tuesday in Vestre Gravlund, which ranks... More »

Real World Star Dead at 29

Ryan Knight was reportedly partying with friends Thanksgiving eve, took 'some pills'

(Newser) - A hard night of partying the night before Thanksgiving may have led to the death of a 29-year-old Real World star. Ryan Knight, who appeared on the New Orleans version of the hit MTV show and its spinoff The Challenge, was found by friends yesterday morning, the Hollywood Reporter notes.... More »

House of Cards Actress Dead at 61

Elizabeth Norment died earlier this month, her agent reveals

(Newser) - Elizabeth Norment, who played the executive secretary to Kevin Spacey's character on House of Cards, died earlier this month at age 61, her agent told NBC News yesterday. Norment, who also appeared on TV shows including Law & Order, ER, St. Elsewhere, and LA Law, died at New York'... More »

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Star Dies

Marcia Strassman battled breast cancer for 7 years

(Newser) - An actress known to one generation as Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie, on Welcome Back, Kotter and to another as the mom in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has died after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Marcia Strassman died Saturday at home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.; she was 66,... More »

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