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Hair Club for Men Founder, and 'Also a Client,' Dead at 78

Sy Sperling is well-known for his earnest appearance in commercial

(Newser) - Sy Sperling, the founder of Hair Club for Men who touted himself as "not only the president, but also a client" in commercials, died Wednesday in Boca Raton, Florida, at 78. Sperling had suffered a lengthy illness, according to the South Florida Reporter . As a Mental Floss article explained... More »

Guy Who Invented Computer Task You Use a Lot Is Dead

Larry Tesler invented the copy-paste function for personal computers

(Newser) - You don't know the name, but you surely know one of his most famous innovations: Larry Tesler, the man who created the copy-paste function in personal computers, is dead at 74, reports the BBC . Tesler also is credited with creating the "find and replace" and "cut" functions.... More »

Golf Greats Called Her the Best — 'Man or Woman'

Mickey Wright helped make the LPGA a success

(Newser) - Mickey Wright, the golf great with a magnificent swing who won 13 majors among her 82 victories and gave the fledgling LPGA a crucial lift, died Monday in Florida of a heart attack. She was 85, the AP reports. The Hall of Famer's 82 wins place her second on... More »

5-Time All-Star Shortstop Dead at 57

Tony Fernandez had kidney disease

(Newser) - Former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernandez has died in Florida at age 57. "Enshrined forever in Blue Jays history on the Level of Excellence, Tony left an equally indelible mark in the hearts of a generation of Blue Jays fans during his 12 unforgettable seasons with the team,... More »

Sex and the City Actress Dead at 86

Lynn Cohen played Magda

(Newser) - Lynn Cohen, an actress best known for playing the plainspoken housekeeper and nanny Magda in Sex and the City, has died. She was 86. Cohen died Friday in New York City, said her manager, Josh Pultz. Additional details were not immediately available. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Cohen had... More »

Child Actor Raphael Coleman Is Dead at 25

He starred in 'Nanny McPhee,' but left acting for science and wildlife activism

(Newser) - A child actor who shifted his focus to wildlife conservation and activism has died at age 25. Raphael Coleman is best known as one of the young stars of the 2005 movie Nanny McPhee with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth, reports People . The cause of death is unclear, but Coleman... More »

Tough-Guy Star Robert Conrad Is Dead at 84

He starred in the TV series 'The Wild Wild West'

(Newser) - Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series Hawaiian Eye and The Wild Wild West, died Saturday, the AP reports. He was 84. The actor died of heart failure in Malibu, Calif., family spokesperson Jeff Ballard said. A small private service is planned... More »

Kirk Douglas Has Left Us

The Hollywood star died Wednesday at 103

(Newser) - A man who might have been the biggest male movie star since World War II died on Wednesday. His name was Kirk Douglas. "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103," his son Michael... More »

Man Who Brought 'Hawkeye Pierce' to TV Dies at 96

Gene Reynolds, TV producer and co-creator of 'MASH,' has died of heart failure

(Newser) - Gene Reynolds, the Emmy Award-winning producer who helped create the TV series MASH and Lou Grant, served twice as the president of the Directors Guild of America, and produced or directed dozens of other shows, has died. Reynolds' niece confirms to CNN that her uncle died of heart failure Monday... More »

A Month After Prison Release, Ex-WorldCom CEO Is Dead

Bernard Ebbers, the 'telephone equivalent to Bill Gates,' had been jailed for securities fraud

(Newser) - The former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in US history, died just over a month after his early release from prison. Bernard Ebbers was 78, the AP reports. The Canadian-born former telecommunications executive died Sunday in Brookhaven, Miss., surrounded by his family, per... More »

Mary Higgins Clark Sold Millions of Page-Turners

Suspense novelist, 92, wanted readers to not be able to put her books down

(Newser) - Mary Higgins Clark, the tireless and long-reigning "Queen of Suspense" whose tales of women beating the odds made her one of the world's most popular writers, died Friday at age 92. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, announced that she died of natural causes in Naples, Florida, the AP... More »

A Titan of Journalism Is Dead at 85

Jim Lehrer hosted PBS' NewsHour for decades

(Newser) - Jim Lehrer, who co-founded PBS' NewsHour and anchored the show for decades until his retirement in 2011, died Thursday at age 85, the public broadcasting station announced . Lehrer, who started his journalism career in Dallas in the 1960s, was the founding co-anchor, along with Robert MacNeil, of a single-topic PBS... More »

Monty Python Star Mourned as 'Complete Renaissance Comedian'

Comedy troupe founder Terry Jones dead at 77

(Newser) - The comedy world is mourning a genius . Terry Jones of the Monty Python comedy troupe died Tuesday at age 77 after what family described as "a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia." The Welshman, who died at his home in... More »

Shortest Mobile Man in the World Dies at 27

Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal was just 2 feet, 2.41 inches tall

(Newser) - Khagendra Thapa Magar reigned as the world's shortest man who could walk, according to Guinness World Records , but he never thought of himself as small. "I'm a big man," he said after a 2010 ceremony recognizing his diminutive stature. Which is why the Nepal man's... More »

The Rock's Famous Dad Is Dead at 75

Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne Johnson, reportedly died at home after illness

(Newser) - WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has died at age 75. Sports journalist Dave Meltzer broke the news, later confirmed by the WWE , in a Wednesday tweet , per People . Born Wayde Douglas Bowles, the Canadian competed in the National Wrestling Alliance before joining... More »

He Gave It His All in the Ring. It Killed Him

Mask-wearing Mexican pro wrestler 'La Parka' dies at age 54 after October in-ring injury

(Newser) - A horrific in-ring accident in October reportedly left a Mexican pro wrestler paralyzed—and now he has succumbed to his injuries. Per the New York Daily News , "La Parka" (real name Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza), known for donning elaborate costumes and masks, most notably ones depicting skeletons, died Saturday... More »

A Drumming Legend Dead at 67

Rush's Neil Peart was diagnosed with brain cancer more than 3 years ago

(Newser) - A drumming rock legend has died. Rush's Neil Peart, who the CBC notes was "revered by fans and fellow musicians as one of the greatest drummers of all time," passed away Tuesday at age 67 in Santa Monica, Calif., per a statement issued by a family spokesperson,... More »

Early SNL Fixture Buck Henry Dead at 89

He also co-wrote 'The Graduate'

(Newser) - Buck Henry, the versatile writer, director, and character actor who co-wrote and appeared in The Graduate, has died at age 89 after a heart attack, per the AP . Short and deceptively mild, wearing black-rimmed glasses, Henry was an established film and television writer who became widely recognizable during the early... More »

Prozac Nation Author Elizabeth Wurtzel Dead at 52

She had breast cancer

(Newser) - The author of Prozac Nation , a groundbreaking 1994 memoir about drug use and depression, has died at age 52. Elizabeth Wurtzel had breast cancer, and she died from related complications, reports the Washington Post. Coverage:
  • The full title of Wurtzel's book was Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America,
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Weeds Creator Jenji Kohan's Son Dies on Family Ski Trip

Charlie Noxon, 20, was with his dad and 2 siblings in Park City, Utah

(Newser) - A New Year's Eve ski run ended tragically for the son of Jenji Kohan, the creator of Weeds and Orange Is the New Black. TMZ reports that, per law enforcement officials, 20-year-old Charlie Noxon fell while skiing Tuesday in Park City, Utah, and was pronounced dead after being taken... More »

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