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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 »

Misty Upham's Dad: She Died Fleeing Police

Cops had taunted Native American actress, dad says

(Newser) - The father of a Native American actress found dead in the woods this week says his daughter died while running away from the cops, Fox News reports. Misty Upham, 32, who acted in August: Osage County and Django Unchained, "did not commit suicide," Charles Upham writes on Facebook... More »

Why Joan Rivers Will Get No Autopsy

Her grief-stricken daughter Melissa won't order one

(Newser) - Did Joan Rivers die from lack of oxygen to the brain? We may never know. New York City's chief medical examiner pinned it on oxygen deprivation, but Joan's grief-stricken daughter Melissa wants no autopsy performed—and New York law is OK with that as long as there's... More »

Missing Actress Found Dead in Ravine

Uncle finds Misty Upham's body after she disappeared Oct. 6

(Newser) - Native American actress Misty Upham has been found dead in the woods of Auburn, Wash., after family reported her missing on Oct. 6. A three-man search party led by Upham's uncle discovered her body at the bottom of a 150-foot embankment; her purse and identification were also found at... More »

Modern Family Actress Elizabeth Peña Dead at 55

She also had roles in 'La Bamba,' 'Lone Star,' 'Matador'

(Newser) - Elizabeth Peña, known for her roles in La Bamba and Lone Star, as well as for playing the mother of Sofia Vergara's character on Modern Family, died yesterday in LA. The 55-year-old's death followed a brief illness, her manager said without elaboration. At the Washington Post , Soraya... More »

Jack White's Keyboardist Found Dead in Hotel Room

Isaiah "Ikey" Owens apparently died of heart attack

(Newser) - A publicist for Jack White says the rocker is canceling his remaining tour dates in Mexico after the death of his band's keyboard player, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. The statement said Owens, 38, died this morning in Mexico; TMZ reported that he was found dead in his hotel room.... More »

Actress, 40, Dies in Her Sleep, Computer in Her Lap

Sarah Goldberg best known for her role on '7th Heaven'

(Newser) - Sarah Goldberg, an actress best known for her role as Matt Camden's wife Sarah Glass Camden on 7th Heaven, died of natural causes last month at age 40. "She went to sleep and didn’t wake up," her mother tells the Chicago Sun-Times . She was celebrating the... More »

Joan Rivers' Doc Not Authorized to Work at Clinic

According to TMZ, which identifies the doctor

(Newser) - Citing multiple sources, TMZ has identified Joan Rivers' personal doctor—the one accused of doing an unplanned biopsy and taking a selfie during Rivers' procedure—as Dr. Gwen Korovin, who boasts other celebrity patients, including Celine Dion and Lady Gaga. According to the gossip site, Korovin was the one working... More »

Ex-WWE Wrestler Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

43-year-old Sean O'Haire was known for his mysterious 'Devil's Advocate' character

(Newser) - Just months after losing the Ultimate Warrior , WWE has lost another of its own. Sean O'Haire, a 43-year-old former professional wrestler best known for his dark "Devil's Advocate" character, died Monday of an apparent suicide in South Carolina, E! Online reports. According to police reports seen by... More »

Howard Stern Gave Joan Rivers a Filthy Eulogy

But it was 'so Joan. So great,' Margaret Cho writes

(Newser) - Joan Rivers' funeral was a heartbreaking affair—in a blog post , fellow comedian Margaret Cho describes a throng of "girl comics" weeping "like professional mourners." And then Howard Stern began his eulogy. "Joan Rivers had a dry pussy," he said, according to Cho. After a... More »

Here's How Joan Rivers Wanted Her Funeral to Go

Legendary comedian spoke a lot about death

(Newser) - In life, Joan Rivers was perfectly comfortable talking about death , so the beloved comedian had already made known her wishes for her funeral, the Huffington Post reports. In Rivers' 2012 book, she wrote:
  • "When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything's in
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Lauren Bacall Leaves $10K for Her Dog

Sophie will be well taken care of

(Newser) - Papillion Sophie has lived a pampered life, but that doesn't have to end now that her famous owner—Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall—has died. According to estate papers filed last week, Bacall left $10,000 to her son Sam Robards for Sophie's care and upkeep, Page Six reports.... More »

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