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Selfie-Taking Woman Plunges to Her Death in Lake Superior

Tu Thanh Nguyen was hiking alone when she apparently stopped to take a cliff pic

(Newser) - What should have been a day of hiking with awe-inspiring views turned tragic in Michigan Wednesday when a woman fell to her death into Lake Superior. WLUC reports 32-year-old Tu Thanh Nguyen, from Sunnyvale, Calif., was traversing the trails along the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by herself when... More »

Body of Alaska Girl Missing for a Week Has Been Found

Ashley Johnson-Barr had disappeared from a park on Sept. 6

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl was found dead Friday, authorities say, more than a week after she was reported missing in a remote Inupiat Eskimo town on Alaska's northwestern coast. Per the AP , Ashley Johnson-Barr's remains were found east of Kotzebue, Alaska State Troopers said. Late Friday, FBI spokeswoman Staci... More »

Teen Falls Off Yosemite Cliff Attempting a Selfie

Israel's Tomer Frankfurter died after plummeting about 820 feet

(Newser) - A teen visiting from Israel fell to his death at Yosemite National Park Tuesday after it seems he tried to take a selfie near a famous waterfall, the Times of Israel reports. Tomer Frankfurter, 18, who BuzzFeed notes was on a two-month vacation before joining the Israeli military, is believed... 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 »

Mississippi Prisons Ask for FBI Help After 15 Inmate Deaths

The fatalities occurred in August alone

(Newser) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections reported 15 inmate deaths in the month of August alone and the staggering number has families of the deceased demanding answers and the state reaching out to the FBI to help get them. Per CNN , commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said in a statement Friday that... More »

Mystery Man Sought in Death of Pregnant Reality Star

He may have left hotel with Lyric McHenry on Aug. 14: NYPD

(Newser) - New York City police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in the death of a pregnant reality star and Stanford graduate. Lyric McHenry—who appeared alongside Magic Johnson's son, EJ Johnson, on E!'s EJNYC, per ABC News —was found... More »

High School Football Player Dies After Game

Dennis Mitchell was only 16

(Newser) - A Mississippi high school football player who collapsed on the sidelines of a game has died, the AP reports. Sophomore Dennis Mitchell, 16, collapsed on the field Friday night, news outlets reported. In a post on Byhalia High School's Facebook page Saturday, the school announced Mitchell's death and... More »

My 600-lb Life Star Dies at 50

Lisa Fleming is 'no longer in pain, stuck in that bed' daughter says

(Newser) - The daughter of a TLC reality star bears sad news about her mom. TMZ reports 50-year-old Lisa Fleming, who appeared on the network's My 600-lb Life in the winter, died on Thursday. Deadline reports Fleming died at her home in Texas, of unknown causes. Danielle Fleming posted about her... More »

Teen's Birthday Post Turns Into Foreshadowing of Death

Teen Armond Latimore posted online he was glad to make it to 17 just an hour before being killed

(Newser) - Chandra Payne had made a run to the store to get ice cream for her son's 17th birthday, while he'd headed out to pick up some Chinese food. Just a few minutes after they parted on Saturday afternoon, however, the St. Louis mom got a terrible phone call,... More »

Korn Frontman's Wife Dies the Day He Issues Court Order

Deven Davis was 39

(Newser) - The wife of Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis died Friday—the same day Davis issued a domestic violence restraining order against her, People reports. "The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis," says the family in a statement. "We ask that you respect... More »

Horrible Smell in Store's Entrance Column Was a Person

WinCo manager figured it was a sewage problem

(Newser) - A strong smell outside a California supermarket turned out to be someone who had decomposed in one of the store's entrance columns, ABC 7 reports. Police were called Saturday to the WinCo Foods in Lancaster after a plumber, told it was likely a septic problem, helped knock brick from... More »

'Tragic' Find After Woman Doesn't Return From Walk

North Carolina woman killed by two dogs, sheriff says

(Newser) - All she did was go for a walk—but she never came home. Unidentified by officials, a 66-year-old woman was killed Thursday by two pit bulls while taking her daily walk in rural North Carolina, WSOC reports. Her husband and neighbors scoured their area of western Montgomery County when she... More »

Fiat Chrysler Had No Idea CEO Had Been Ill So Long

Sergio Marchionne had been receiving treatment for 'serious illness' for more than a year

(Newser) - The illness and death of Fiat Chrysler's fast-charging, unconventional CEO may have seemed sudden and surprising to many, but Sergio Marchionne was apparently sick for longer than anyone—even his employer—knew. That news comes to the Wall Street Journal from University Hospital Zurich, which notes Marchionne had a... More »

'He Saved Our Company': Fiat Chrysler CEO Dies at 66

Sergio Marchionne passed away after complications following shoulder surgery

(Newser) - "Who the hell is this guy?" was an analyst's reaction to Sergio Marchionne when the latter joined the auto industry in 2003. Fifteen years later, Marchionne has earned a description from the Wall Street Journal as "one of the last larger-than-life car-maker CEOs," though that comes... More »

Selfie-Taking US Missionary Dies in Cliff Fall

Photos show Gavin Zimmerman close to rock edge

(Newser) - Gavin Zimmerman promised to take lots of photos from a whale-watching lookout in Australia so he could share them with friends back home in Utah. He won’t get the chance. Before finding a cellphone with photos of Zimmerman close to a cliff edge, authorities pulled the lifeless body of... More »

She Tried for a Pic of a Famous Steam Train. She Lost Her Life

Woman dies in Denver after getting too close to tracks where Locomotive 844 was rolling in

(Newser) - A woman who was taking photographs over the weekend of a steam locomotive was struck and killed after getting too close to the tracks in north suburban Denver. The Union Pacific locomotive—the AP says it was a 15-car train; the Denver Channel says it had 21 cars—was returning... 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 »

Woman on Oxygen Tank Dies After Utility Cuts Electricity

Great-grandmother Linda Daniels was in hospice care in New Jersey for congestive heart failure

(Newser) - At 10am on Thursday, Linda Daniels' oxygen tank stopped; by 4:30pm, she had drawn her last breath. The reason for the New Jersey great-grandmother's death, per her family: PSE&G turned off her electricity due to an unpaid bill. Per NJ.com , relatives of Daniels, who was in... More »

Amid Firework Booms, 'an Ungodly Sound'

Falling tree limb kills 2, injures 5 in Illinois

(Newser) - Two men out celebrating the Fourth of July in Rock Island, Ill., didn't get to see it dawn. Daniel Mendoza, 61, and Lawrence Anderson, 72, died of "multiple traumatic crushing injuries" late Tuesday after a massive tree limb fell on the pair during a fireworks show at the... More »

Calif. Woman Drowns While Trying to Rescue 3 Kids

Tragedy in Half Moon Bay

(Newser) - One minute a California woman was taking pictures of kids on the beach; the next she was rushing into the water to save three of them, but that rescue attempt ended in her death. Bay City News reports the unidentified 47-year-old woman was at Half Moon Bay's Cowell Ranch... More »

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