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DA Who Inspired a Law & Order Character Dies

Longtime Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau dies at age 99

(Newser) - He drew a guilty plea from "Preppy Killer" Robert Chambers, helped put John Lennon's killer behind bars, and even inspired Law & Order character Adam Schiff. Now, Robert Morgenthau, the Manhattan district attorney feared by white-collar criminals in New York City for 35 years, has died at the... More »

Architect Who 'Aspired for the Sky' Dies at 92

(Newser) - Architect César Pelli, renowned for designing some of the world's tallest buildings, has died, his firm said. He was 92. Pelli, an Argentine-American whose work ranged from skyscrapers in Malaysia and New York to an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Friday at his home in New Haven, Connecticut,... More »

Mitch Petrus, Lineman on Super Bowl Champs, Dies at 32

Heatstroke kills retired player in Arkansas

(Newser) - Mitch Petrus, an offensive lineman on the New York Giants when they won the Super Bowl in 2012, died Thursday in Arkansas of heatstroke. He became ill while working outdoors at his parents' shop, CNN reports. Petrus, 32, was drinking water while working, his mother said, but did not get... More »

Supreme Court's 'Liberal Lion' Dies at 99

John Paul Stevens was on the high court for 35 years

(Newser) - John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for the freedom and dignity of individuals, be they... More »

YouTube Star Dead at 35

Emily Hartridge was only 35

(Newser) - British YouTuber and TV presenter Emily Hartridge died Friday in London when her e-scooter crashed into a truck, CNN reports. The 35-year-old's death was announced on her Instagram page: "This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting... More »

His Parents Say He Was Killed. His Wife Says He Was 'Freed'

Vincent Lambert dies 9 days after feeding tube removed in France

(Newser) - A Frenchman at the center of a landmark right-to-die case has taken his last breath. Vincent Lambert, a quadriplegic with severe brain damage following a 2008 motorcycle accident, died Thursday, some nine days after his feeding tubes were removed at Reims' Sebastopol Hospital, per the BBC . He was 42. His... More »

Willy Wonka Star Dies at 62

Denise Nickerson, who played spoiled Violet Beauregarde in 1971 film, had had pneumonia

(Newser) - "She's gone." That was the short Facebook post by Denise Nickerson's family early Thursday, announcing the death of the actress most people remember as the gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The BBC and the Wrap report Nickerson was 62.... More »

RIP, Rip Torn

Texan's acting career spanned 7 decades

(Newser) - Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in theater, television, and movies and win an Emmy in his 60s for his comedy turn on TV's The Larry Sanders Show, has died. He was 88. Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home... More »

2-Time Presidential Candidate Ross Perot Is Dead

He once got an impressive 19% of the vote as an independent

(Newser) - H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president as a third-party candidate, has died at age 89. Perot, whose 19% of the vote in 1992 stands among the best showings by an independent candidate in the past... More »

Rising Film and TV Actor Is Dead at 20

Cameron Boyce made his movie debut at age 9

(Newser) - "Too young. Too sweet. Too funny." So wrote one celebrity after the surprising death Saturday of rising star Cameron Boyce, People reports. The 20-year-old actor, known for his Disney Channel roles and cheered for his philanthropy, apparently died in his sleep. "It is with a profoundly heavy... More »

Father of 'Bossa Nova' Has Left Us

Joao Gilberto died Saturday in Brazil

(Newser) - One of the fathers of bossa nova is gone. Brazilian guitarist and songwriter Joao Gilberto died Saturday at home in Rio de Janeiro after struggling with health problems, the BBC reports. He was 88. "His fight was noble, he tried to maintain dignity," his son Marcelo posted on... More »

Auschwitz Survivor Called for Forgiveness

Eva Kor endured medical experiments at Auschwitz

(Newser) - Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who championed forgiveness even for those who carried out the Holocaust atrocities, died Thursday, the AP reports. Kor was in Krakow, Poland, for an annual educational trip, according to the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which she founded in Indiana. She was 85. Kor was... More »

Arte Johnson, a Star in Laugh-In Ensemble, Dies

Comedic actor's catchphrase was 'Verrry interesting'

(Newser) - Actor Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy for comedy sketch work on the television show Laugh-In, has died in Los Angeles. He was 90, the AP reports. Family representative Harlan Boll says Johnson died early Wednesday of heart failure following a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer. No services... More »

Lee Iacocca Dies at 94

Auto industry giant turned around Chrysler in the '80s

(Newser) - From the Mustang to the Jeep Grand Cherokee—with the Pinto, K-cars, and the minivan in between—Lee Iacocca left a mark on the American auto industry like few others. The former Ford and Chrysler chief, who became the quintessential tough-talking celebrity CEO after engineering a remarkable turnaround at the... More »

Ex-Cop Who Testified With Jon Stewart on 9/11 Fund Dies

Former NYPD detective Luis Alvarez, 53, died of complications of colorectal cancer

(Newser) - When Jon Stewart lambasted lawmakers at a hearing earlier this month, Luis Alvarez was one of the first responders at his side, making his own impassioned plea to the House Judiciary subcommittee to stop dragging its feet on re-funding the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Now, sad news from Long... More »

He Was the TV Dad to an Alien. Now, Our Goodbyes

Tony-nominated Max Wright played Willie Tanner on 'ALF'

(Newser) - The actor best known as Willie Tanner, the TV dad who took in an extraterrestrial named ALF, has died. Max Wright passed away Wednesday at his Hermosa Beach, Calif., home at the age of 75, reports TMZ , which notes Wright had long battled cancer. Wright's son confirmed his death... More »

Dog the Bounty Hunter to Wife: 'See You on the Other Side'

Beth Chapman has died at age 51

(Newser) - Beth Chapman, wife of the TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, died at age 51 on Wednesday. The AP , which describes her as "brash, buxom, and blonde," confirmed her death at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. "It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the... More »

Judith Krantz Dies at 91

Steamy romance novelist didn't start writing until she was 50

(Newser) - Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as Scruples and Princess Daisy engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91. Krantz's son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, confirmed her death by natural causes on Sunday afternoon.... More »

She Was Already Famous. Then Came an Idea for Jeans

Gloria Vanderbilt's snug line made her a household name in the 1970s

(Newser) - Gloria Vanderbilt, an heiress who went on to have her own remarkable success in multiple fields, is dead at age 95 . One common denominator about the obituaries cataloging her life is that they need a lot of room, given that she had been making headlines since she was a child... More »

Egypt's Former President Dies in Court

Mohamed Morsi was 67

(Newser) - Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president of Egypt who took office after the country's first free elections in 2012 and was later sentenced to death , has died in court, according to Egypt's state TV. He was 67. Al Jazeera reports Morsi was in court Monday in connection with... More »

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