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'One of a Kind' House of Cards Star Dies at 59

Reg E. Cathey had suffered from lung cancer

(Newser) - As Freddy Hayes, he served up barbecue to Frank Underwood on House of Cards, while on The Wire he served as right-hand man to Mayor Tommy Carcetti. Now, sad news out of New York: Actor Reg E. Cathey died there at age 59 after fighting lung cancer, TMZ reports. The... More »

Cause of Death Released in Ex-Glee Star's Death

Mark Salling died of asphyxiation due to hanging—a suicide

(Newser) - What was already speculated on has now been confirmed: Former Glee star Mark Salling took his own life. Per TMZ , the Los Angeles County Coroner determined the 35-year-old actor, who was found hanging from a riverside tree near his home in Sunland, Calif., died from asphyxia due to hanging, and... More »

A Television 'Storm Chaser' Is Dead at 38

Joel Taylor starred in the Discovery series

(Newser) - One of the stars of the popular Discovery reality show Storm Chasers has died at age 38. Friends broke the news about Joel Taylor on social media Tuesday, reports People . Details on how Taylor died haven't been released, other than it was "sudden" and not believed to be... More »

'Negligence' Caused Glenn Frey's Death, Widow Says

Cindy Frey has filed wrongful death suit against Mount Sinai Hospital, gastroenterologist

(Newser) - The world was shocked to lose Glenn Frey at the relatively young age of 67 two years ago, and his widow is now saying his passing never should have happened. Rolling Stone reports Cindy Frey has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against NYC's Mount Sinai Hospital and Dr. Steven... More »

Cranberries Singer Mourned as 'Voice of a Generation'

She was 'full of life' in voicemail hours before death

(Newser) - Fans, family members, and fellow musicians are mourning Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, who died suddenly in London Monday . Dan Waite, manager of rock label Eleven Seven International, says he is stunned by the death of his longtime friend, who left him a voicemail just hours before... More »

Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Is Dead

She died suddenly in London at age 46

(Newser) - Sad news in the music world Monday: Ireland's Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, is dead at age 46. The cause of death has not been revealed, with her publicist saying only that O'Riordan died suddenly in London, reports TMZ . She and the Limerick band were... More »

Maroon 5 Manager Jordan Feldstein Dead at 40

Brother of Jonah Hill died from a heart attack Friday

(Newser) - Friends and family of Jordan Feldstein are shaken by the sudden loss of the longtime music manager. People.com reports that Feldstein, 40, passed away Friday from a heart attack. His family released a statement asking for privacy. “Unfortunately, last night Jordan called 911 for shortness of breath, when... More »

K-Pop Star Dies in Apparent Suicide Using Coal

South Korea's Jonghyun appears to have killed himself by burning coal

(Newser) - A K-pop superstar in South Korea whose bandmates said "loved music more than anyone" died Monday in what appears to be a suicide, the BBC reports. Police say Jonghyun (full name Kim Jong-hyun), said to be in his late 20s, was found unconscious in a Seoul residence hotel and... More »

Katie Cassidy Reveals Her Dad's Last Words

'So much wasted time'

(Newser) - David Cassidy's last words offered his family a bittersweet lesson. "Words cant express the solace our family’s received from all the love & support during this trying time," tweeted the singer's daughter, 30-year-old Arrow actress Katie Cassidy, on Friday. "My father’s last words... More »

Della Reese Dead at 86

'Touched by an Angel' star died in her LA home Sunday

(Newser) - Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama Touched by an Angel, has died at age 86, the AP reports. Reese's co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that... More »

Lil Peep, 'Emo' Rapper With Cult Following, Dead at 21

Sources say up and coming star may have overdosed

(Newser) - Rapper Lil Peep has died at age 21, the AP reports. A representative for the performer confirmed reports of his death Thursday. Lil Peep, whose real name was Gustav Ahr and whose stage name came from a childhood nickname his mother gave him, didn't take the stage during his... More »

'Grande Dame of Dish' Dies

Gossip columnist Liz Smith was 94

(Newser) - Liz Smith, the legendary gossip columnist who started dishing up inside info on celebrities when the grandparents of some of today's stars were babies, has died. She was 94. The New York Post , one of nine New York newspapers Smith wrote for in her long career, reports that her... More »

Veronica Mars Actor Commits Suicide at 34

Brad Bufanda jumped from a building in LA

(Newser) - Brad Bufanda, the actor best known for playing biker gang member Felix Toombs on Veronica Mars, apparently leaped to his death early Wednesday, officials say. Bufanda, 34, jumped from a building in Los Angeles and died of blunt-trauma injuries suffered in the fall, USA Today reports. His body was found... More »

Canada Just Lost a National Treasure

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

(Newser) - After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer , the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie didn't wait for death to take him. He embarked on a sold-out concert tour , released a solo album, raised money for cancer research, and put a spotlight on issues affecting indigenous Canadians, leading to his... More »

Comedian Ralphie May Dead at 45

Popular stand-up comic suffered cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Comedian Ralphie May was found dead Friday morning at a private Las Vegas residence; the 45-year-old had a residency at Harrah's in the city and had performed there Thursday night. Prior to that performance, he had canceled several dates as he struggled with pneumonia for weeks, USA Today reports.... More »

Why Tom Petty's Death Hurts So Much

We've all sung his songs at karaoke and played them on the guitar

(Newser) - Tom Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 66 after suffering from cardiac arrest, and the tributes are now pouring in. Thanks to a mixup in the media that led to a premature announcement, the tributes actually began a little early, as he was showered... More »

Tom Petty Dead at 66

Rocker was found at home in full cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Iconic rocker Tom Petty is dead at age 66, a spokesperson confirms to the AP . The news comes after a day of confusing reports on Petty's condition. Per TMZ , he was found at his home Sunday night in full cardiac arrest and was placed on life support; his family... More »

Hugh Hefner Dead at 91

'Playboy' founder led quite a life

(Newser) - Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolized by bow-tied women in bunny costumes, has died at age 91, the AP reports. Hefner died of natural causes at his... More »

Jake LaMotta Dead at 95

'Raging Bull' boxer died in nursing home, family tells TMZ

(Newser) - Iconic boxing champion Jake LaMotta died Tuesday at age 95. "I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced," LaMotta's wife tells TMZ . She says he died of pneumonia complications while... More »

Actor, Comedian Jay Thomas Dead at 69

He was known for roles in 'Cheers,' 'Murphy Brown'

(Newser) - A publicist for Jay Thomas says the actor and radio host has died. Thomas was 69. In a statement Thursday, publicist Tom Estey said his longtime friend and client will be dearly missed by many, the AP reports. Thomas' longtime agent tells the New York Daily News the comedian died... More »

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