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The 'Beautiful Dream' Is Over for Danny Aiello

Star of 'Moonstruck,' 'Do the Right Thing' dead at 86 after a brief illness

(Newser) - He got his big break in 1973 in a supporting role opposite Robert DeNiro in Bang the Drum Slowly. One 50-year career later, Danny Aiello had starred in four Woody Allen movies and a steady slew of dozens of others , including The Godfather Part II, Moonstruck (co-starring Cher and Nicolas... More »

Comedian Chris Cotton Dies at 32

His wife is expecting a baby in 2 months

(Newser) - A tragedy in the world of comedy: Chris Cotton, a Philadelphia comic best known for hosting Comedy Central's " Every Damn Day " online talk show, has died at the age of 32. No cause of death has been disclosed, People reports. The comedian and his wife of eight... More »

Former Child Actor Phil McKeon Dies at 55

He played Tommy on Alice

(Newser) - Philip McKeon, who as a child actor was featured as the son of Linda Lavin's Alice Hyatt in the 1980s CBS sitcom Alice, has died in Texas at age 55, a family spokesman said. Spokesman Jeff Ballard said McKeon died Tuesday after a long illness. He said further details... More »

'It Must Have Been Love' Singer Dead at 61

Marie Fredriksson had battled brain tumor since 2002

(Newser) - One half of the Swedish duo that brought us the hit songs " Listen To Your Heart ," " Joyride ," and " It Must Have Been Love " has died. Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson passed away Monday at age 61 after what management described as "a 17-year-long battle... More »

Ex-Fed Chief Paul Volcker Dead at 92

Chair who pushed back on inflation by raising interest rates died of prostate cancer complications

(Newser) - Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman who in the early 1980s raised interest rates to historic highs and triggered a recession as the price of quashing double-digit inflation, has died. He was 92, per the AP . The New York Times and Washington Post report his death was confirmed by... More »

'I Am All of Those Characters, and I Love That'

René Auberjonois died Sunday at 79

(Newser) - René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his part in the 1970 film M.A.S.H. playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles... More »

Sesame Street Puppeteer Dead at 85

Caroll Spinney was the force behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

(Newser) - Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on Sesame Street, died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. The Sesame Workshop said in a statement that the legendary puppeteer lived... More »

Billboard's 'Top New Artist' Is Dead After Medical Emergency

Juice WRLD was just 21 years old

(Newser) - Chicago-area rapper Juice WRLD, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, was pronounced dead Sunday after a "medical emergency'' at Midway International Airport, the AP reports. Police and fire officials confirmed a 21-year-old male was transported from Midway to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Chicago... More »

Norma Rae, Friends Actor Ron Leibman Dead at 82

Award-winning actor starred opposite Sally Field in 'Norma Rae,' played Roy Cohn in Kushner play

(Newser) - Actor Ron Leibman, who appeared in movies, theater, and TV in a career that spanned six decades and won a Tony award for Tony Kushner's iconic play Angels in America, has died after an illness, the AP reports. He was 82. Leibman's agent, Robert Attermann, said the actor... More »

Writer of 'Day-O' and a National Anthem Dies

Irving Burgie's songs, many recorded by Harry Belafonte, sold more than 100 million copies

(Newser) - Irving Burgie, who wrote the words for Harry Belafonte's hit "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," as well as the Barbados national anthem, has died. He was 95 and died Friday in Brooklyn, where he was born, CNN reports. Recordings of his songs have sold more than 100... More »

Will & Grace Stars React to Death of 'Rosario'

Actress Shelley Morrison is dead at 83

(Newser) - Her character was supposed to appear in one show and be gone. But actress Shelley Morrison made such an impact on viewers with her portrayal of Rosario Salazar on Will & Grace that she ended up appearing in 68 episodes. Morrison, who played the maid of Megan Mullally's character... More »

Winningest Football Coach in History Is Dead

John McCissick was 93

(Newser) - Sports fans, quick: Name the winningest football coach in US history. Chances are you didn't come up with the name John McKissick. But as the AP reports, the longtime coach at Summerville High in Summerville, South Carolina, racked up 621 victories in his lifetime—making him the most successful... More »

Man Who Defied Nixon During Watergate Dead at 87

Doyle Ruckelshaus famously quit his job in the US Justice Department

(Newser) - William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the US Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The lifelong... More »

All the Men Who Carved Mount Rushmore Now Dead

Last living worker, Donald Clifford, died Saturday at age 98

(Newser) - The last living worker who "worked on the carving" of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota’s Black Hills has died, reports the Rapid City Journal . Donald "Nick" Clifford of Keystone, South Dakota, was 98. His wife, Carolyn Clifford, says he died Saturday at a hospice... More »

Celebrity Restaurateur Harry Morton Dies at 38

Lohan ex founded Pink Taco chain

(Newser) - The Pink Taco chain is mourning founder Harry Morton. The restaurateur has died at age 38, the chain confirmed Sunday. Sources tell People that Morton was found dead at his Beverly Hills home Saturday. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that an autopsy is pending, but authorities do not suspect foul... More »

His Stats Were Hard-Core. The Football He Invented Was Soft

Ex-Vikings kicker Fred Cox, inventor of Nerf football, dies at age 80

(Newser) - "The weight was right. When you threw it, it flew like a football." That's what former Minnesota Viking Fred Cox told a few years back about the invention he came up with that became just as well-known as his stellar football career. In 1972, the... More »

Ex-German President's Son Stabbed to Death During Speech

Richard von Weizsaecker's son Fritz, 59, was killed at hospital where he was a head physician

(Newser) - The son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker, one of the country's most popular leaders, was stabbed to death while giving a lecture at a Berlin hospital where he worked as a head physician, police said Wednesday. A 57-year-old German man is in custody after he leaped from... More »

Pour One Out for the Inventor of the 'Sourtoe'

Capt. Dick Stevenson, who created popular cocktail with a toe floating in it, dies at 89

(Newser) - "I'm pretty sure I'm the only daughter in history that has to, following my dad's will, make sure that his toes are removed and dried." Dixie Stevenson explains why to the CBC : Her late father, Capt. Dick Stevenson, would like his digits used in the... More »

Survivor Fan Favorite Dead at 91

Rudy Boesch died from Alzheimer's complications

(Newser) - Rudy Boesch, the ex-Navy SEAL who became a fan favorite on Survivor's first season, died Friday after a battle with Alzheimer's. He was 91. Boesch "was surrounded by his family and passed away peacefully" in Virginia, a SEAL veterans official tells the Hollywood Reporter . "He proudly... More »

'Life Won't Be as Funny Without Him'

'Friday' actor-comedian John Witherspoon dead at 77

(Newser) - Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the Friday films, has died. He was 77. Witherspoon's manager Alex Goodman confirmed late Tuesday that Witherspoon died in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released. The actor had a prolific career, co-starring in three Friday films,... More »

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