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Mia Farrow's Son Killed Himself: Officials

Thaddeus was adopted from India in 1994

(Newser) - Mia Farrow's 27-year-old son, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Connecticut Office of Chief Medical Examiner tells People . Police earlier said Thaddeus was found in his car suffering a life-threatening injury on Route 67 around 12:45pm Wednesday; the cause of death was previously... More »

Alexis Arquette Dead at 47

Cause of death not specified

(Newser) - Alexis Arquette, the actress and transgender activist who was born Robert Arquette and whose transition to female was documented in a 2007 film, died Sunday at age 47, CNN reports. Arquette was surrounded by members of her famous family; her siblings include actors Rosanna, David, and Patricia Arquette. David Arquette... More »

Why Wilder Didn't Want Anyone to Know He Had Alzheimer's

'He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world'

(Newser) - Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein clips are all over social media to honor Gene Wilder, who died of Alzheimer's complications Monday at the age of 83, as are the deeper reads and looks back on Wilder's life. Some notable picks:
  • The New York Times offers a
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Gene Wilder Dead at 83

'Young Frankenstein' star died of Alzheimer's complications

(Newser) - Gene Wilder, the iconic star of such comedy classics as Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is dead at age 83. The actor's nephew tells Variety Wilder died at his Stamford, Conn., home of Alzheimer's complications Monday. Jordan Walker-Pearlman says in a statement that Wilder'... More »

Famous TV Psychic Miss Cleo Dead at 53

She had been battling cancer

(Newser) - Famous TV psychic Miss Cleo died Tuesday at age 53, a rep tells TMZ . She had been fighting colon cancer that spread to her liver and lungs, and was discharged last week from a hospital to a hospice care center. Miss Cleo, real name Youree Harris, was well known for... More »

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 »

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