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Nancy Pelosi Loses a Brother

Thomas D'Alesandro III passed away in Baltimore

(Newser) - Thomas D'Alesandro III, a former Baltimore mayor and the brother of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has died. He was 90. A spokesman for Pelosi said D'Alesandro died Sunday morning at his north Baltimore home after complications from a stroke, the AP reports. Pelosi says in a statement that... More »

Husband of 'Maude' Nearly Lived to 100

Actor Bill Macy dead at 97

(Newser) - He had a long resume of TV and movie credits, but the world knows him best as the husband of Maude in the 1970s sitcom of that name. Bill Macy, the actor who played Walter Findlay and opposite Bea Arthur in the show, has died at age 97, reports the... More »

Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies

Democrat chaired powerful House committee

(Newser) - Rep. Elijah Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office says. He was 68. A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a House committee that investigated President Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for... More »

Man Who Shared 'Secret Sex Lives of the Stars' Has Died

Scotty Bowers was a self-described Hollywood 'fixer'

(Newser) - Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday of natural causes at his home... More »

Anxiety of Influence Author Dies at 89

Eminent critic Harold Bloom was still teaching days ago

(Newser) - Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal The Anxiety of Influence and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he had been in... More »

He Struggled in Acting for Decades. Then Came Tarantino

Character actor Robert Forster died of brain cancer after a brief illness at the age of 78

(Newser) - Robert Forster, the handsome character actor who appeared in the Twin Peaks reboot, earned an Oscar nod for his turn in Jackie Brown, and who most recently appeared in the Breaking Bad sequel El Camino, has died at the age of 78, the AP reports. His publicist confirms Forster died... More »

First Human to Walk in Space Is Dead

Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov was 85

(Newser) - The first-ever spacewalk had an unexpected snag when Alexei Leonov was unable to get back in his space capsule. As the AP reports, Leonov's suit had ballooned in the vacuum of space so much that he needed to vent oxygen through a valve in his suit in order to... More »

'Surgeon to the Stars' Dies at 98

Bjorn Thorbjarnarson was sued after gallbladder operation on Andy Warhol

(Newser) - Some called him a "surgeon to the stars" ; most knew him as the doctor at the center of the controversy over Andy Warhol's death. Now, Bjorn Thorbjarnarson is once more in headlines, this time for his own passing at the age of 98. The New York surgeon's... More »

'Crying Comedian' Dies At 84

Rip Taylor was known for his zany mannerisms and throwing confetti

(Newser) - When he first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the early '60s, Rip Taylor made a name for himself as the "Crying Comedian," pretending to sob as he pleaded with the audience to laugh at his jokes. The world never really had a problem laughing at... More »

Iconic '60s Supergroup Drummer Dead

Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile drummer, dies at age 80

(Newser) - Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician best known for his time with the power trio Cream, died Sunday at age 80, reports the AP . Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and become one of the world's most admired and... More »

Her Career, Romances Were Legendary. Goodbye to a 'Pioneer'

Oscar-nominated Diahann Carroll was first black woman to star in non-servant role on TV

(Newser) - Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role on TV—in the series Julia—has died at 84. Carroll's daughter, Suzanne Kay, told the AP her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer. During... More »

A 'Punk Legend' Is Dead at 56

Kim Shattuck was the frontwoman for the Muffs, appeared in other bands including the Pixies

(Newser) - Kim Shattuck, the guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known as the frontwoman for the Muffs, died Wednesday at age 56, NPR reports. Shattuck, whom Jezebel calls a "Los Angeles punk legend," had suffered from ALS for two years, though she never announced the diagnosis publicly. She formed the... More »

Jessye Norman Dead at 74

The black opera pioneer attained worldwide stardom

(Newser) - Jessye Norman, the renowned international opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honor, has died, according to a family spokesperson. She was 74, the AP reports. A family statement says Norman died from septic shock and multi-organ... More »

Joe Wilson, Ambassador and Skeptic on Iraq War, Dies

CIA identity of his wife, Valerie Plame, was revealed after his criticism

(Newser) - Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador who set off a political firestorm by disputing US intelligence used to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion, died Friday, his ex-wife said. He was 69. Wilson's died of organ failure in Santa Fe, said his former wife, Valerie Plame, whose identity as a CIA... More »

French President Who Stood Up to US Dead at 86

Former French leader Jacques Chirac died 'peacefully, among his loved ones'

(Newser) - Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, has died at age 86. Son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux tells the AP that Chirac died Thursday "peacefully, among his loved ones.... More »

He Conquered Peaks Worldwide, Met an 'Unreal' Fate

Davo Karnicar, first to fully ski down Mount Everest nonstop, is killed in tree-cutting mishap

(Newser) - In 1995, Davo Karnicar became the first person to successfully ski down Nepal's Annapurna from the top, the lead-in to a more high-profile descent he'd complete five years later: He became the first person to ski nonstop from the summit of Mount Everest to base camp. He went... More »

Hotel Magnate Barron Hilton Dead at 91

Paris Hilton on grandather's death: 'He was a legend'

(Newser) - Barron Hilton started out parking cars at his father's hotels and ended up running the whole chain, as well as owning an NFL team. "He was a Legend, a visionary, brilliant, handsome, kind and lived a life full of accomplishment and adventure," granddaughter Paris Hilton posted online... More »

House Hunters Host Suzanne Whang Dead at 56

The multi-hyphenate success succumbs to breast cancer

(Newser) - Sad news for House Hunters fans: Suzanne Whang, who hosted the show for nearly 10 years, died Tuesday after a long fight with breast cancer. The 56-year-old's partner, Jeff Vezain, was with her in Los Angeles when she passed, TMZ reports. "For thirteen years she confronted cancer with... More »

Civil Rights Activist and Majority Whip's Wife Dead at 80

The Clyburns raised millions for scholarships

(Newser) - Emily Clyburn, the wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina who helped raise millions of dollars to help students attend the alma mater they shared, died Thursday in Columbia, according to the congressman's office. She was 80 years old. Rep. Clyburn and the woman known affectionately... More »

Why the Name 'Cokie'? Blame Her Brother

Acclaimed journalist and author Cokie Roberts is dead at 75

(Newser) - Acclaimed journalist and author Cokie Roberts has died at age 75 of complications from breast cancer, reports ABC News . Roberts had been diagnosed back in 2002, and in August she sought to reassure worried fans after she appeared on the news program This Week. "Over the summer, I have... More »

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