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He Won the Iditarod as a Rookie. Now, 'Yukon Fox' Gone at 79

Sled dog race legend Emmitt Peters Sr. dies in Alaska

(Newser) - Emmitt Peters Sr., an Alaska Native who won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as a rookie in 1975, has died at age 79 in his home village of Ruby. Peters died Thursday of natural causes, Alaska State Troopers said. Peters, an Athabascan, was nicknamed the "Yukon Fox” after... More »

He Gave Us a Virus 'Anthem.' Now He's Gone

Soul singer Bill Withers of 'Lean on Me' fame was 81

(Newser) - Legendary soul singer Bill Withers died of heart complications this week at age 81, reports the AP . The three-time Grammy winner, known for 1970s classics like " Lean On Me ," " Ain't No Sunshine ," " Lovely Day ," and " Just the Two of Us ," was... More »

Coronavirus Leads to Death of New Orleans Jazz Legend

Ellis Marsalis Jr. had pneumonia caused by COVID-19

(Newser) - Ellis Marsalis Jr., jazz pianist, teacher, and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan that includes famed performer sons Wynton and Branford, has died after battling pneumonia brought by the coronavirus, one of his sons said late Wednesday. He was 85. Ellis Marsalis III confirmed in an interview with the... More »

Musician Blended Styles Into Bright Pop

Adam Schlesinger formed Fountains of Wayne with a college friend

(Newser) - Adam Schlesinger, the Emmy- and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter known for his work with his band Fountains of Wayne, died Wednesday after contracting the coronavirus. Schlesinger died at a hospital in upstate New York, his longtime lawyer said. It is not clear where or how Schelsinger, a 51-year-old father of... More »

'Toy Cannon' Launched Rockets for the Astros

Jimmy Wynn was known for hitting long, long home runs

(Newser) - Jimmy Wynn, the diminutive Houston slugger whose monster shots in the 1960s and '70s earned him the popular nickname “The Toy Cannon," has died. He was 78. The Astros said the three-time All-Star outfielder died Thursday in Houston, per the AP , but did not provide further details.... More »

At Age 4, He Knew He'd Write. His Creation: a Famous Witch

'Strega Nona' author Tomie dePaola dies at age 85 after complications, surgery following a bad fall

(Newser) - Tomie dePaola, the prolific children's author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday at age 85 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, according to his literary agent. He was badly injured in a fall... More »

'I Love Rock 'N' Roll' Writer Dies From Coronavirus

Alan Merrill was 69

(Newser) - Alan Merrill—who wrote the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett—died Sunday in New York of complications from the coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 69. Laura Merrill said on her Facebook account that he died in... More »

Coronavirus Complications Kill Country Singer

Joe Diffie was only 61

(Newser) - Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like "Home" and "Pickup Man," has died after testing positive for COVID-19, the AP reports. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming... More »

His Music Made This Scene Terrifying

Krzysztof Penderecki has died at 86

(Newser) - Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works have featured in Hollywood films like The Shining and Shutter Island died Sunday. He was 86. In a statement emailed to the AP, the Ludwig van Beethoven Association said Penderecki had... More »

Longtime Soap Star John Callahan Dies at 66

'All My Children' actor reportedly suffered a stroke

(Newser) - John Callahan, who lit up the small screen on All My Children for years, died Saturday at the age of 66. Variety reports that the cause of death was a stroke. Callahan's ex-wife, Eva LaRue, a fellow AMC alum and mother to their 18-year-old daughter, Kaya, announced his death... More »

Ex-Senator Liked to Beat 'My Head Against a Wall'

Former US Sen. Tom Coburn has died at 72

(Newser) - Former US Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma family doctor who earned a reputation as a conservative political maverick as he railed against federal earmarks and subsidies for the rich, has died, the AP reports. He was 72. Coburn, who also delivered more than 4,000 babies while an obstetrician in... More »

A Civil Rights Icon, Dead at 98

Joseph Lowery was an aide to MLK Jr. and considered the 'dean' of civil rights movement

(Newser) - A civil rights icon who was an aide to Martin Luther King Jr., conducted the benediction prayer at Barack Obama's 2009 presidential inauguration, and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades has died. Relatives of the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery say the 98-year-old died at home in... More »

Everybody Wanted to Dribble Like Curly Neal

Star brought smiles for 22 years for the Harlem Globetrotters

(Newser) - Curly Neal, the Harlem Globetrotters star known for his basketball-spinning and dribbling skills—as well as his ever-present smile—died Thursday at his home near Houston at 77. The team announced the death on Twitter of the "icon known worldwide for his trademark shaved head and charismatic smile."... More »

Children's Television Loses a Beloved Voice

William Dufris has died of cancer at age 62

(Newser) - "Can we build it?" "Yes we can!" Anyone familiar with the beloved Bob the Builder catchphrase will care about this. Voice actor William Dufris, who handled the show's title character and four others, has died of cancer at age 62, Entertainment Weekly reports. "We are... More »

Coronavirus Takes Another Big Name

Floyd Cardoz, 59, was a Top Chef Masters winner and a legend in New York City

(Newser) - The coronavirus has claimed another prominent name. Renowned chef Floyd Cardoz, 59, has died of complications from the virus in a New Jersey hospital, reports People . Two notable claims to fame: Cardoz won Top Chef Masters in 2011, and he opened what Eater NY calls "one of New York’... More »

'The Gambler' Dead at 81

Kenny Rogers dead Friday night of natural causes while under hospice care

(Newser) - Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country, and pop with hits like "Lucille," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream" and embraced his persona as "The Gambler" died Friday night. He was 81. He died at home in Sandy Springs, Ga.... More »

Man Who Circled the Moon Alone in 1971 Has Died

Al Worden was on Apollo 15

(Newser) - Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, died Wednesday at age 88. Worden died in his sleep at a rehab center in Houston following treatment for an infection, says friend and colleague Tom Kallman. "Al... More »

Carol Burnett Wanted an Announcer Who Was More

Lyle Waggoner worked his way up to full cast member

(Newser) - Lyle Waggoner, who used his good looks to comic effect on the Carol Burnett Show, partnered with a superhero on Wonder Woman and was the first centerfold for Playgirl magazine, died Tuesday. He was 84. Waggoner, who was battling cancer, died Tuesday at his Los Angeles-area home with his wife... More »

One of Youngest Camdens on 7th Heaven Has Died

21-year-old Lorenzo Brino, who alternated in roles of twins Sam and David Camden, dies in car crash

(Newser) - A child actor who helped play the Camden twins on 7th Heaven has died in a California car crash. TMZ first reported the news of the death of 21-year-old Lorenzo Brino, who was killed March 9 in Yucaipa, just outside San Bernardino, while driving alone in the early morning hours... More »

Iconic Actor With 'Deep Sense of Nordic Angst' Dead at 90

Max von Sydow was best known for his roles in 'The Seventh Seal,' 'The Exorcist'

(Newser) - He played a chess game against Death in The Seventh Seal, took on the role of an ill-fated priest in The Exorcist, and, most recently, appeared in Game of Thrones as the Three-Eyed Raven. Now, his 65-year career has come to a close: Reps for Max von Sydow confirm the... More »

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