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The Captain and Tennille's 'Captain' Dead at 76

Daryl Dragon died of renal failure

(Newser) - Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing "Captain" of "The Captain and Tennille" who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy listening hits as "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Muskrat Love," died Wednesday at age 76, the AP reports. Dragon died of renal failure at a... More »

Bob Einstein of Curb, 'Super Dave' Fame Dead at 76

Two-time Emmy winner played Funkhouser on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

(Newser) - Bob Einstein, who as Marty Funkhouser acted as a foil for Larry David's character on Curb Your Enthusiasm, died Wednesday at 76 after a recent cancer diagnosis. Einstein, the older brother of Albert Brooks, started off as a writer in the 1960s, winning the first of two Emmys as... More »

Colleague on News Anchor's Death: 'There Are No Words'

Overdose suspected in death of Chris Burrous

(Newser) - A Los Angeles celebrity has died unexpectedly at 43. Chris Burrous, a fixture on KTLA's Morning News since 2011, died at a hospital Thursday in what police describe as a possible overdose. Firefighters responding to a report of an unconscious man at a Days Inn in the LA suburb... More »

Penny Marshall Dies at 75

Legendary actress, director died of diabetes complications

(Newser) - Penny Marshall, the legendary Laverne & Shirley actress turned iconic director, died Monday night at age 75. Her publicist confirms to the New York Daily News Marshall died "peacefully" at her Hollywood Hills home due to diabetes complications. Born in the Bronx to an industrial film director father and... More »

America's Next Top Model Star Dies at 34

Jael Strauss had breast cancer

(Newser) - A former America's Next Top Model star died Tuesday at age 34, just two months after revealing she had breast cancer. Jael Strauss, who competed on the show in 2007 , announced in October that she had been diagnosed with incurable stage 4 breast cancer on Oct. 2. On Thanksgiving,... More »

2nd Member of '90s Boy Band Dies of Cancer

Devin Lima of LFO is dead at 41; trio had the hit 'Summer Girls'

(Newser) - The band LFO might not be a household name, but anyone around in the early 1990s might recall the big hit "Summer Girls." (A memorable repeated line references Abercrombie & Fitch.) Now, the family of member of Devin Lima says he has died at age 41 after... More »

Opera's 'Best Soprano' Dead at 85

Spain's Montserrat Caballe dies in Barcelona

(Newser) - Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti, has died, the AP reports. She was 85. Hospital Sant Pau spokesman Abraham del Moral confirmed her death early Saturday. Del Moral says that Caballe's family... More »

Ariana Grande Shuts It Down

The singer was blamed on Instagram for Mac Miller's death

(Newser) - Ariana Grande has had enough. Blamed by some Instagram followers for ex-boyfriend Mac Miller's death on Friday, the 25-year-old disabled comments on her social media feed, reports People . Commenters hurled lowballs like "You lowkey evil," "Damn u killed the homie," and "I HOPE YOURE... More »

Burt Reynolds Dead at 82

Iconic star died at Florida medical center Thursday

(Newser) - Burt Reynolds, the iconic mustachioed star who received an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for his role in Boogie Nights, has died at 82. Reynolds, who also starred in such hits as Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and The Cannonball Run, died at a Florida medical center Thursday... More »

Coroner Rules on What Killed Cranberries Singer

Dolores O'Riordan died in an accidental drowning after a night of heavy drinking

(Newser) - The sudden death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan in January stunned the world, and a new development may prompt further shock waves. An inquest in the UK took place Thursday on what would have been the performer's 47th birthday, and the court heard that O'Riordan died of... More »

JFK Nephew Dies, Cousin Cites Hot Yoga

Christopher Lawford reportedly suffered heart attack at yoga studio

(Newser) - Christopher Kennedy Lawford, an actor, author, and nephew of John F. Kennedy, died of a heart attack Tuesday. The 63-year-old, who became an advocate for sobriety after his own substance abuse issues, was in Vancouver, Canada. He was there working to open a recovery center, his cousin, former US Rep.... More »

'Most Unlikely Star in the World' Dies at 76

Robin Leach of 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' passed away after a 2nd stroke

(Newser) - The man who gave the world an inside peek into the world of the wealthy has died. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Robin Leach, host of the syndicated TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died at age 76. "Sad to report the death of famed celeb... More »

Ex-WWE Star Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart Dies After Fall at Home

Neidhart, 63, may have suffered a seizure

(Newser) - Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, who joined with brother-in-law Bret Hart to form one of the top tag teams in the 1980s with the WWE, has died, the AP reports. He was 63. The Pasco Sheriff's Office said Neidhart fell at home, hit his head, and "succumbed to... More »

A Hollywood Heartthrob, Singer Is Dead at 86

Tab Hunter starred in 'Damn Yankees,' opposite Divine; also recorded 'Young Love'

(Newser) - He shared the screen with drag queen Divine, starred in Damn Yankees, and put out a No. 1 record. Now, "sad news" regarding Tab Hunter, who made hearts thump in general in the '50s: The actor and singer has died, just three days before he would have turned... More »

'The Old Man' of Pawn Stars Fame Dies at 77

Richard Harrison had been fighting Parkinson's disease

(Newser) - Richard Harrison—perhaps better known as "The Old Man" of Pawn Stars fame—died of Parkinson's disease Monday at age 77. "He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over," his son Rick... More »

A Heavy Metal Legend, Gone at 54

Pantera's Vinnie Paul has died

(Newser) - When Vincent Paul Abbott co-founded his heavy metal band in 1981, he likely didn't know that it would enjoy multi-decade success, earn four Grammy nominations, and have a near-constant place on the Billboard charts. But that's exactly the path Pantera took, which is why fans are devastated to... More »

XXXTentacion: Slain Rapper Loved Kurt Cobain, Violence

Musician, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was gunned down Monday in Florida

(Newser) - Police in Florida's Broward County continue to investigate Monday's fatal shooting of 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion, but they have no suspects at the moment, reports the AP . Two armed men approached the rapper, real name Jahseh Onfroy, in his vehicle as he left a motorcycle dealership, and at least... More »

America's Got Talent Winner Dead at 42

Neal Boyd had also dabbled in Missouri politics

(Newser) - Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's America's Got Talent and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died, the AP reports. Scott County Coroner Scott Amick says Boyd died around 6pm Sunday at his mother's house in Sikeston. He was 42. Amick says Boyd had a number... More »

Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Is Dead at 68

Danny Kirwan died Friday in London

(Newser) - Mick Fleetwood says former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died at age 68, the AP reports. Fleetwood says in a Facebook post that Kirwan died Friday in London. No cause of death was given. Kirwan was part of the iconic band from 1968-1972, playing on the albums "Then... More »

'We're So Extremely Busy': Suicide Hotlines Are Deluged

Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain deaths result in surge of calls

(Newser) - Calls to suicide hotlines have spiked dramatically since the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain—not an unusual phenomenon in the wake of celebrity suicides. The Wall Street Journal reports on a 25% uptick at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) since Spade's death, while USA Today attributed... More »

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