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Frances Bean Leads Tributes on Cobain's 50th

Daughter left Nirvana frontman a handwritten note on Instagram

(Newser) - It's hard to reconcile the image of grunge rocker with AARP membership eligibility, but what would've been Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday arrived Monday, and the internet proved it hadn't forgotten about the Nirvana frontman. The Washington state native—who once called his sleepy hometown of Aberdeen... More »

Ricki Lake's 'Beloved Soulmate' Dies After Mental Illness Battle

Former talk-show host remembers ex-husband Christian Evans in Instagram post

(Newser) - "The world didn't understand this man, but I did." That heartbreaking statement appeared on Ricki Lake's Instagram feed on Tuesday in which she announced the death of ex-husband Christian Evans, who Page Six reported died after struggling with mental illness. The 48-year-old former talk-show host, who... More »

Kids Share Photo of Parents Before Both Died of Cancer

Crowdfunding campaign underway to aid Mike and Julie Bennet's 3 children

(Newser) - Mike and Julie Bennet died of cancer five days apart, and an image of their final moments together is attracting attention. The British couple's three children have released a bittersweet photo of their parents holding hands from their hospital beds; it was taken shortly before Mike Bennet, 57, died... More »

The Dark Underworld of Competitive 'Shroom-Hunting

Often-obsessive hobby can result in fatalities from poisoning, falls—even murder

(Newser) - What drives someone to head deep into the woods and spend hours foraging for fungi? Writing for Eater , the appropriately-named Joshua Hunt examines the seemingly obsessive quest for some of the world's rarest mushrooms. There's C. geaster, or "kirinomitake," for instance, which just one living person... More »

Oldest Person in US Dies After 114 Years in New Jersey

She never jogged and ate what she liked, son says

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman born the same year as Charles Lindbergh has died after almost seven months as the oldest person in America . Adele Dunlap, who celebrated her 114th birthday in December, died on Sunday, making 113-year-old Delphine Gibson the oldest person in the US, NJ.com reports. According to... More »

He Fell During a Frat Party; 12 Hours Later, a Call for Help

Cops investigating death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - Timothy Piazza fell down a set of stairs at his Penn State fraternity around 11pm Thursday in the midst of a party. A call for help came 12 hours later. Paramedics found Piazza, 19, unresponsive when they arrived at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity Friday morning. He was pronounced dead... More »

Soothsayer Busted for Predicting President's Demise

Probably wasn't a good idea to say Maithripala Sirisena was going to die

(Newser) - An astrologer who made several predictions that Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena would die has been arrested and released on bail, police said Wednesday, per the AP . Most Sri Lankans follow astrologers' advice, and the suspect, Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni, is a former navy sailor convicted of attempting to assassinate India'... More »

Year After Mysterious Strychnine Death, an Identification

When a mystery man's body was found in UK, international investigation ensued

(Newser) - The man found lying on his back on a patch of grass on the outskirts of Manchester on Dec. 12, 2015, dead of strychnine poisoning, has finally been identified thanks to an international police investigation. Police believe that the man, identified as 67-year-old David Lytton, took his own life, reports... More »

2 Days After Death, Some Life Continues in Body

Active genes may be attempting to repair damage: study

(Newser) - Death is more like the slow shutdown of a computer than the flipping off of a light switch, says a scientist, explaining a new study that shows genes in the body remain alive for about two days after the heart stops. In the study of mice and zebrafish, University of... More »

Rare Aging Disease Kills 2nd-Oldest Patient

Canadian Devin Scullion died Sunday at age 20

(Newser) - Devin Scullion's mother didn't let herself think about her son's high school graduation until the day arrived. Nor did Jamie Madley envision Scullion reaching adulthood until his 18th birthday, when he fulfilled his dream of flying a plane. She was only trying to protect herself: At just... More »

Muslim Marine Trainee Killed Himself ... or Did He?

Mystery of Raheel Siddiqui's death gets closer look from 'Esquire'

(Newser) - The Marine Corps Recruit Depot at South Carolina's Parris Island hosts nearly 20,000 recruits each year for 12 weeks of basic training. Alex French looks into the journey of one recruit, Raheel Siddiqui, for Esquire's March issue, exploring the 20-year-old Muslim's likely first moments at the... More »

Dad Sues Energy Drink Maker Over Death of Son, 19

Dustin Hood quaffed more than 3 cans of 'Mega Monster Energy' in 24 hours: suit

(Newser) - The father of a 19-year-old who died in 2015 after drinking Monster Energy drink is now suing its manufacturer, TMZ reports. Dustin Hood suffered a cardiac arrhythmia on the basketball court and died at the hospital shortly after. He's believed to have imbibed three large, 24-ounce cans of the... More »

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, WWE Legend, Dead at 73

Hall of Famer who'd faced murder charges lost his battle with cancer

(Newser) - Less than two weeks after a judge dismissed murder charges against him in a 30-year-plus case, a WWE legend has died. Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka passed away at the age of 73, TMZ reports, with former WWE star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson confirming his death on... More »

Mom of Triplets Dies After Babies Go Home for Christmas

Poppie, Mollie, and Evelyn Park were born several weeks before their due date

(Newser) - A UK mother who made the news for having extremely premature triplet girls who all survived has herself died unexpectedly. Rachel Park, who died at age 39 just days after taking her 9-month-old babies home from the hospital for Christmas, became pregnant after six years of trying with her husband,... More »

Mom Dies, 2 Daughters Hurt in Chair Lift Fall

Accidents are 'super rare,' industry says

(Newser) - Tragedy in ski country: A mother died and her two daughters were injured in a fall from a chair lift at a ski resort in Colorado Thursday. Authorities say the 40-year-old woman from Texas and the girls, ages 9 and 12, fell around 20 feet from the lift onto snow... More »

Japanese CEO Quits After Overworked Employee's Suicide

Matsuri Takahashi isn't only victim of 'karoshi,' or 'death from overwork'

(Newser) - "It's 4am. My body's trembling. I'm going to die." That was reportedly one of Matsuri Takahashi's tweets not long before she killed herself last year by leaping from a dorm at Dentsu, the ad company where the 24-year-old worked, per the New York Times ... More »

Yoga Instructor Who Disappeared on Christmas Found Dead: Family

Cops say Tricia McCauley's body was found in her car in DC; suspect is in custody

(Newser) - The body of a DC yoga instructor who disappeared on Christmas has been found, according to her family and police. NBC Washington reports that Tricia McCauley's brother made the sad announcement on Facebook Tuesday morning, offering thanks to his 46-year-old sister's "DC family." "Tricia is... More »

Menstruating Teen Sent to Outdoor Hut. She Didn't Survive

Nepal tradition of 'chaupadi' banishes menstruating females from their homes

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl in Nepal who had been banished to a tiny, outdoor hut because she was having her period was found dead in the morning, and now police are investigating, reports the BBC . It was cold, and she'd lit a small fire, but "there wasn't any... More »

Smoke Just a Little Bit? It'll Still Kill You

Silver lining: The sooner you quit, the lower the risks

(Newser) - More bad news for smokers, this time for those who think that cutting back will help their health. It turns out that while people who smoke between one and 10 cigarettes a day have an 87% higher risk of earlier death compared to those who've never smoked, people who... More »

Lawyer Found Dead Days After Daughter's Suicide

Brian Loncar found in his car at law firm

(Newser) - A well-known attorney in Dallas has been found dead just two days after his daughter's funeral. Brian Loncar, 56—nicknamed the "Strong Arm" thanks to local commercials for law firm Loncar & Associates—was found early Sunday in his Rolls Royce, parked at his law firm, reports Fox... More »

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