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There's Bad Tax News for Prince's Heirs

Taxes could cut the value of his estate in half

(Newser) - Rumors of Prince's money troubles continue: Lawyers involved in the probate battle over the musician's estate say taxes due to the state and the IRS could slash the worth of his estate in half, NBC News reports. Experts have estimated the cash value of Prince's estate at... More »

Muhammad Ali Planned Funeral Details in 'The Book'

Services planned for Thursday, Friday

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali and his innermost circle started a document years ago that grew so thick they began calling it "The Book." In the pages, the boxing great planned in exacting detail how he wished to say goodbye, the AP reports. The 74-year-old three-time heavyweight champion wanted the memorial... More »

Muhammad Ali Dead at 74

'It's a sad day for life, man'

(Newser) - He was fast of fist and foot—lip, too—a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He was The Greatest. Muhammad Ali died... More »

Prince Died of Painkiller OD

Autopsy results are in

(Newser) - Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, autopsy results released Thursday show. The findings confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the death of the superstar musician, who was found dead April 21 at his... More »

Prince Lay Dead in Elevator for 6 Hours

He had also sought help for apparent opioid addiction

(Newser) - Prince was apparently battling opioid addiction when he died—and when he did die, he lay in an elevator for at least six hours before being found, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Sources close to the investigation say Prince had suffered an opioid overdose on April 15 and received treatment... More »

Farmer Plows Prince's Symbol Into His Field

He always liked the song 'Purple Rain'

(Newser) - A retiree in a tiny community in North Dakota has paid tribute to Prince in perhaps the most unique way a farmer can, the AP reports. Gene Hanson is a retired farmer in Edgeley who always liked the song "Purple Rain." On Friday, he hopped on his tractor... More »

Prince Had Money Problems

Sources say the singer wasn't worth as much as people think

(Newser) - There are reports estimating Prince's net worth was $300 million when he died, but sources tell TMZ it was actually less than half that amount. Anonymous advisers to the singer say he wouldn't sell his music catalog, and he rarely licensed his music for use in commercials and... More »

Prince's Autopsy Is Complete, but Mystery Remains

Sheriff doesn't release full findings

(Newser) - The autopsy on Prince's body is complete, but at a press conference Friday, the local sheriff didn't give much information on the preliminary findings. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson did say Prince was last seen alive on Wednesday night when an acquaintance dropped him off at his Minneapolis-area... More »

Chyna's Death Reported to Coroner as Possible OD

But cause of death could take weeks to determine

(Newser) - Chyna's sudden death at age 46 was reported to the Los Angeles County coroner's office as a possible overdose, a spokesperson for the department tells USA Today . No further details of the former WWE wrestler's cause of death were given, but an autopsy was being done this... More »

World Mourns, Celebrates Prince

Here's the most important coverage

(Newser) - As far as the Internet is concerned, Prince's death is basically the only important thing that happened today. A sampling of the coverage and tributes:
  • If it's tributes you're looking for, many celebrities have weighed in, and multiple news outlets are rounding up their words. Those outlets
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Sales of Prince's Music Soar

In wake of his death, albums and songs are surging on iTunes charts

(Newser) - Sales of Prince's music have soared since news broke of the pop star's death Thursday morning, the AP reports. Three of his songs—"Purple Rain," ''Little Red Corvette," and "When Doves Cry,"—surged to 7th, 9th, and 10th on iTunes'... More »

4 Awesome Quotes About Prince

'Mick Jagger should fold up his penis and go home'

(Newser) - Prince is dead at 57 , prompting a look back at the praise that's been heaped on the musician over the years:
  1. There are multiple reports that Eric Clapton was once asked what it was like to be the greatest guitar player alive, and he responded, "I don't
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Prince Dead at 57: Publicist

Singer died at his Minnesota estate

(Newser) - Prince has died at age 57, his publicist confirms to the AP . TMZ first reported the news, citing "multiple sources connected to the singer." Earlier, both TMZ and Minnesota station KSTP reported a medical call that turned into a death investigation at Paisley Park, Prince's Minnesota estate... More »

Everybody Loves Raymond Star Doris Roberts Dead at 90

Roberts won 5 Emmys in wide-ranging career

(Newser) - Doris Roberts, who played the much-loved mother on Everybody Loves Raymond and enjoyed a diverse career for more than 60 years, died Sunday in Los Angeles, TMZ reports. She was 90 years old. The winner of five Emmys (four on Raymond and one on St. Elsewhere), Roberts acted in an... More »

Liza Minnelli's Ex Found Dead in Hotel

David Gest's death not being treated as suspicious at this time

(Newser) - Entertainer David Gest, who was briefly married to Liza Minnelli in 2002 and 2003, was found dead in a London hotel Tuesday morning, the Independent reports. A friend of the 62-year-old confirms the news, and the Metropolitan Police say in a statement that they were called to the scene of... More »

Adult Actor Who Accused James Deen Dead at 31

Colleagues are mourning Amber Rayne

(Newser) - Amber Rayne, one of the adult actors who accused James Deen of assault , is dead at age 31, Adult Video News reports. A cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy, but sources says she died in her sleep, peacefully, at home over the weekend. Rayne, who worked in the... More »

Garry Shandling Dead at 66

Death appears to have been sudden

(Newser) - Comedian Garry Shandling died Thursday at age 66, the AP reports. The cause of death has not been revealed, but his death was reportedly sudden. A source tells TMZ Shandling was speaking to people and appeared healthy Thursday morning. He was transported to an LA-area hospital after a 911 call... More »

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 »

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