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Real-Life Rain Man Dead at 58

Kim Peek inspired Dustin Hoffman's character in movie

(Newser) - The man who inspired Dustin Hoffman's character in the movie Rain Man died Saturday of a heart attack at age 58. Kim Peek's life was thrust into the spotlight after meeting screenwriter Barry Morrow, who used Peek as the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-winning character. After the 1988 film became... More »

Clueless Co-Star Brittany Murphy Dead at 32

Troubled starlet suffered cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Brittany Murphy, who made a splash playing the makeover victim in Clueless and later battled substance abuse, died today in Los Angeles. She was 32. The LA Fire Department was called to a home owned by Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, where she was found in cardiac arrest and could not... More »

Oral Roberts Dead at 91

Evangelist reached millions during his heyday

(Newser) - Evangelist Oral Roberts, who rose from tent revivals to found a multimillion-dollar organization and an Oklahoma university bearing his name, died today at 91 of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, Calif. He had been hospitalized after a fall on Saturday. Roberts was a pioneer on two fronts—he helped... More »

Photographer Irving Penn Dead at 92

(Newser) - Irving Penn, a giant in photography whose images can be found in fashion magazines—he started at Vogue in 1943—as well as museums, is dead at 92. A roundup of obituaries of the man who photographed everyone from Picasso to Gisele Bündchen:
  • New York Times: He's "one
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DJ AM Found Dead at 36

Friends call NYC cops after not seeing Adam Goldstein for several days

(Newser) - DJ AM, who less than a year ago survived a plane crash, was found dead this afternoon in a New York apartment, TMZ reports; his real name was Adam Goldstein, and he was 36. Police, called by a friend who hadn’t seen Goldstein in several days, found drug paraphernalia... More »

Angela's Ashes Author McCourt Dead at 78

(Newser) - Frank McCourt, the former schoolteacher who gained literary stardom by recounting his unhappy childhood in Angela's Ashes, died today in New York of skin cancer, the New York Times reports. He was 78. The Brooklyn-born author grew up in Limerick and taught in New York public schools for 30 years... More »

Michael Jackson Dead at 50

(Newser) - Michael Jackson died today after suffering cardiac arrest at home and arriving at the hospital in a deep coma, report TMZ and the Los Angeles Times. The King of Pop, 50, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital this afternoon after collapsing. A police rep said he was not breathing... More »

Kung Fu Star Carradine Dead at 72

(Newser) - David Carradine, the star of campy '70s TV classic Kung Fu who enjoyed a career renaissance as the villain in the Kill Bill films, was found dead today in Bangkok, where he was shooting a movie, the AP reports. Carradine, part of a prominent Hollywood family that included father John,... More »

Spider-Man Actress Found Dead

(Newser) - Lucy Gordon, a British actress who played a small role in Spider-Man 3, was found dead in her Paris apartment yesterday, the Telegraph reports. The 28-year-old appears to have hanged herself. Elsewhere:
  • Hugh Hefner’s ex Kendra Wilkinson has no problem with his new girlfriends—in fact, they’re invited
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Hoops Star Wayman Tisdale Dead at 44

(Newser) - College basketball Hall of Famer Wayman Tisdale died today at 44, ESPN reports. Tisdale was diagnosed with bone cancer last year, and his right leg was amputated. The 6-foot-9 forward was an All-American all 3 years at Oklahoma, and went on to spend 12 years in the NBA. He was... More »

BoSox Star Dom DiMaggio Dead at 92

All-Star excelled in the shadow of brother Joe and Ted Williams

(Newser) - Dom DiMaggio, the talented younger brother of Joltin’ Joe, died today at the age of 92, the Boston Globe reports. The former Red Sox center fielder went to the All-Star Game seven times in his 11-year career, and earned accolades from his contemporaries. Ted Williams called DiMaggio “the best... More »

Actor Dom DeLuise Dead at 75

Appeared in Cannonball Run , Space Balls

(Newser) - Actor Dom DeLuise died in his sleep last night at a Los Angeles hospital, TMZ reports. He was 75. The Golden-Globe nominated actor was known for appearances in Mel Brooks films and often worked with Burt Reynolds. He starred in Cannonball Run and Blazing Saddles and voiced Pizza the Hutt... More »

Ex-Congressman, QB Jack Kemp Dead at 73

(Newser) - Jack Kemp, the former football star, congressman, one-time vice-presidential nominee, and self-described "bleeding-heart conservative" died today of cancer at age 73. Kemp, a former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, represented western New York for nine terms in Congress, leaving the House for an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988. Eight... More »

Vegas Star Gans Dead at 52

(Newser) - Master impressionist Danny Gans died this morning at age 52 at his Nevada home, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Though little known outside of Vegas, the musical chameleon was a Sin City superstar, performing before routinely sold-out crowds and appearing on the largest freestanding marquee in the world. “The... More »

Golden Girl Bea Arthur Dead at 86

TV legend made a career out of playing acerbic heroines

(Newser) - Beatrice Arthur, the tall, deep-voiced actress whose razor-sharp delivery of comedy lines made her a TV star in the hit shows Maude and The Golden Girls, died today at age of 86. Arthur, who had cancer, died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side. “... More »

'Cult' Writer JG Ballard Dead at 78

(Newser) - British author JG Ballard died this morning "with great sadness" after many years of poor health, his agent said today. The 78-year-old novelist and short story writer was most famous for his semi-autobiographical book Empire of the Sun, later made into a film by Steven Spielberg, and his controversial... More »

Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych Dead at 54

(Newser) - Former major league pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, who charmed America with his antics on the mound in the mid-1970s, died today at his home in Northborough, Mass., the Boston Globe reports. He was 54. Fidrych was found dead under a 10-wheel truck when a friend dropped by... More »

Phillies Announcer Kalas Dead at 73

(Newser) - Harry Kalas, who announced Philadelphia Phillies games since 1971, died today, the Inquirer reports. Kalas, 73, was found unconscious at Nationals Stadium in Washington and rushed to a hospital, where he died. Kalas, a Hall of Famer, underwent unspecified surgery earlier this year. “We lost Harry today,” the... More »

Dungeons & Dragons Co-Creator Dead at 61

(Newser) - Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Dave Arneson died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. His D&D collaborator, Gary Gygax, died in March 2008. Though the two engaged in much legal wrangling over their property, they resolved their dispute in the 1980s. Arneson, who enjoyed a second career as an... More »

Scholar Who Lived Black History Dead at 94

John Hope Franklin embodied black history

(Newser) - Influential historian John Hope Franklin died yesterday at 94. The author of a seminal book on race, Franklin was born and raised in an all-black community in Oklahoma, marched in Selma, and assisted on a Brown v. Board of Education brief. "He managed to embody this history and yet... More »

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