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Mary Kay Letourneau Dead at 58

Teacher who raped, then married, her former student died of cancer, lawyer says

(Newser) - Mary Kay Letourneau, who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted of raping him, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told multiple news outlets Letourneau died Tuesday of cancer, the AP reports. Letourneau was a married mother of four having difficulties with her marriage in... More »

The Longest-Surviving Conjoined Twins Have Died

Ronnie and Donnie Galyon were 68

(Newser) - The world's longest-surviving conjoined twins died July 4 at the age of 68, reports the AP . Ronnie and Donnie Galyon, of Beavercreek, Ohio, were born joined at the abdomen Oct. 28, 1951. In 2014, the brothers earned the distinction of being the world's oldest set of conjoined twins... More »

Country Music Star Charlie Daniels Is Dead

'Devil Went Down to Georgia' was his big hit

(Newser) - Sad news in the world of music: Charlie Daniels has died at age 83 of a stroke, reports the Tennessean . Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is best known for his smash hit of 1979, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." But well before... More »

Hugh Downs, a Fixture of American TV, Is Dead

Broadcaster was 99

(Newser) - He may be best known for hosting 20/20 for years with Barbara Walters, but Hugh Downs had a long career in TV broadcasting beyond that. The iconic figure has died at age 99 at his Arizona home, reports azfamily.com . A spokesperson for the family made a point to note... More »

Famed Powerball Winner Who Lost So Much Dead at 72

Jack Whittaker's wife left him, his granddaughter died after record win

(Newser) - Andrew "Jack" Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72. An official with the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton, West Virginia, said Tuesday that Whittaker died of natural... More »

Comedy Legend Carl Reiner Dead at 98

He died of natural causes at his Beverly Hills home

(Newser) - Comedic legend Carl Reiner has died at age 98, TMZ and Variety report. The latter site says he died of natural causes at his Beverly Hills home. Reiner was a longtime actor, director, and writer who first made it big with Sid Caesar's seminal comedy team of the 1950s.... More »

His Crayon Sketch Became One of the Most Famous Logos

Famed graphic artist Milton Glaser is dead at 91

(Newser) - Graphic artist Milton Glaser died this week on his 91st birthday, and if the name doesn't ring a bell, his work surely will. Glaser is best known for having created the famous "I Love New York" logo, with a heart replacing the word "Love." The best... More »

Teen TikTok Star Dies: 'You Will Always Be the Best Artist'

India's Siya Kakkar took her own life, manager says

(Newser) - A teen TikTok star with more than 2.1 million followers , known for her dancing, choreography, and comedic routines, has died. Arjun Sarin, the manager for Siya Kakkar, told ET Online that she took her own life Wednesday night at her home in New Delhi, India. Per India Today , police... More »

Film Producer Steve Bing Dies in Apparent Suicide

Bing, who was also the father of Liz Hurley's son, was 55

(Newser) - Film bankroller, writer, and philanthropist Steve Bing died Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, with law enforcement sources telling TMZ he took his own life by jumping from a 27-story apartment building in Century City. He was 55. Though not a definitive link to suicide, sources tell the website that Bing,... More »

'One of the Luckiest People That Ever Lived' Has Died

Director Joel Schumacher started out as a costume designer

(Newser) - Add Lost Boys director Joel Schumacher to the list of those we've lost in 2020. The 80-year-old, who started out as a costume designer on films like Woody Allen's Sleeper before going on to direct around two dozen movies, died in New York City Monday after a yearlong... More »

Goodbye, Bilbo Baggins

Ian Holm, famous for his role in 'LOTR' series, is dead at 88

(Newser) - British actor Ian Holm, best known for playing an android in Alien and Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film series, has died at the age of 88, per a statement from his agent, report CNN and the Guardian . "It is with great sadness that the actor... More »

A Legendary Voice From WWII Is Dead

British singer Vera Lynn, known for such wartime hits as 'We'll Meet Again,' dies at age 103

(Newser) - A legendary voice from World War II has been silenced. A statement from the family of Dame Vera Lynn says they are "deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain's best-loved entertainers" on Thursday morning in Ditchling, East Sussex, "surrounded by her close family."... More »

'The Quiet Kennedy' Is Dead

Jean Kennedy Smith helped bring peace to Northern Ireland

(Newser) - Jean Kennedy Smith, the former US ambassador to Ireland and last surviving sibling of John F. Kennedy, has died. The eighth of nine children, also known as "the quiet Kennedy," Kennedy Smith passed away of an unknown cause Wednesday at her Manhattan home, aged 92, reports the Washington ... More »

A 2nd Pointer Sister Has Died

Bonnie Pointer was 69

(Newser) - A second Pointer Sister has died. Bonnie Pointer passed away in her Los Angeles home Monday morning at age 69 of cardiac arrest. "It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of the Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning," sister... More »

Mel Gibson's Dad Denied 'Most' of the Holocaust

Hutton Gibson has died at 101

(Newser) - Mel Gibson's father—once known for his anti-Semitism and rather eccentric Catholic views—died May 11 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., the New York Times reports. His death went unreported at the time, even by family; only California records revealed his passing. But Hutton Gibson, who lived to 101, did... More »

Last Pension Tied to Civil War Has Been Paid Out

Irene Triplett, last child of Civil War veteran getting a pension, has died at 90

(Newser) - The word "mind-bending" features in the Wall Street Journal 's obituary on Irene Triplett and her place in history, with good reason. The 90-year-old died Sunday in a Wilkesboro, NC, nursing home, bringing an end to the final pension that had been paid out in connection with the... More »

Christo Is Dead at 84

The artist was known for his huge, ambitious projects

(Newser) - Christo, known for massive, ephemeral public arts projects died Sunday at his home in New York, the AP reports. He was 84. His death was announced on Twitter and the artist's web page . No cause of death was given. Along with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, the artists careers were... More »

'One of America's Most Valuable Troublemakers' Dies

AIDS activist, playwright Larry Kramer was 84

(Newser) - In the 1980s, playwright and fiercely confrontational AIDS activist Larry Kramer slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci as a murderer and an "incompetent idiot" for failing to move fast enough on research. But the two later became friends, with Fauci crediting Kramer, who died Wednesday morning, with playing a key role... More »

Seinfeld Alum Dead at 87

Veteran character actor Richard Herd, who played George Costanza's boss on 'Seinfeld,' dead at 87

(Newser) - Most TV watchers will recognize him as Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld, but character actor Richard Herd had a rich, decades-long career on the stage, big screen, and TV beyond his famous sitcom turn. The veteran thespian died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home of cancer-related complications, his wife of 40... More »

'King of Gambling' Is Dead at 98

Though Macau tycoon Stanley Ho didn't gamble himself

(Newser) - Casino tycoon Stanley Ho, who made the enclave of Macau into a gambling hub even bigger than Las Vegas, has died in Hong Kong at age 98. Considered the father of modern gambling in China, Ho's long and eventful life tracked the ebb and flow of southern China's... More »

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