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F1 Legend Niki Lauda Dies

He won 2 titles after surviving horrific crash

(Newser) - Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. The Austria Press Agency quoted Lauda's family as saying... More »

A Former Wrestling Star Is Dead at 39

Ashley Massaro said she'd suffering from depression, other injuries from WWE

(Newser) - She was a model who appeared on the cover of Playboy, as a contestant on Survivor, and as a contender in the ring for WWE . Ashley Massaro had done much in her 39 years, but the chance to do more was cut short early Thursday, when she was pronounced dead... More »

Grumpy Cat Meme Has Never Been More Appropriate

Say farewell to Tardar Sauce, dead at age 7

(Newser) - The Internet has reason to feel grumpy: It's mourning the death of one of its biggest stars—the Grumpy Cat. Actually named Tardar Sauce, the cat with feline dwarfism whose disgruntled face earned her 12.5 million fans across social platforms died Tuesday at age 7. "Grumpy encountered... More »

Man Who Represents the 'Best of America' Has Died

Nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipient dead at 98

(Newser) - World War II veteran Bob Maxwell, the nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipient, died Saturday in Bend, Oregon, more than seven decades after grabbing a blanket and throwing himself on a German hand grenade in France to save his squad mates. He was 98. The death was confirmed Monday... More »

Tim Conway Dead at 85

Beloved comic actor became a star on Carol Burnett's show

(Newser) - On Monday, Doris Day . On Tuesday, Tim Conway. The beloved comic actor who became a star through The Carol Burnett Show has died at age 85, reports People . Conway won four Emmys for his work on the show, and another two for guest appearances on Coach and 30 Rock, per... More »

Iconic Actress Doris Day Dead at 97

Hollywood star had been in 'excellent physical health for her age' until bout of pneumonia

(Newser) - Doris Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in '60s films, has died, her foundation says. She was 97, reports the AP . The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif. The foundation says in a statement... More »

Star of Mod Squad, Twin Peaks Dies at 72

Peggy Lipton was mom to Rashida Jones, married to Quincy Jones

(Newser) - Peggy Lipton, the star of Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, has died of cancer at the age of 72, reports CNN . Lipton was nominated for four Emmys and won a Golden Globe for her role on Mod Squad, but was also part of another piece of entertainment royalty: She was... More »

Famous Zoologist Dies —Not by the Anaconda

'Wild Kingdom' host hoped to teach nature preservation

(Newser) - In his 89 years, Jim Fowler was knocked out by a chimpanzee, swarmed by sharks, and had his arm swallowed by a 22-foot-long anaconda. It was all in a day's work for the 6'6" legendary zoologist, who was suffering a heart ailment when he died Wednesday at his... More »

Richard Lugar Dead at 87

He was Indiana's longest-serving senator

(Newser) - Former senator Richard Lugar, a Republican who worked to alert Americans about the threat of terrorism years before 9/11, died Sunday at age 87 at a hospital in Virginia. He was being treated for a rare neurological disorder called chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy, the AP reports. Indiana's longest-serving senator... More »

Celtics Legend John Havlicek Dies

1965 play immortalized him forever

(Newser) - John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game. One play immortalized him forever. "Havlicek stole the ball!" Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed, a moment that remains... More »

H&R Block Co-Founder Dies

Henry Bloch was 96

(Newser) - Henry Bloch, who helped found tax preparation giant H&R Block, died Tuesday at age 96, the company announced. Bloch died of natural causes at St. Luke's Hospice in Kansas City. He founded H&R Block in 1955 in the city with his brother, Richard, to take advantage of... More »

Trainspotting 2 Actor Is Shot Dead

Bradley Welsh shot in Edinburgh, where he owned a boxing gym

(Newser) - Those who watched Trainspotting 2 will know him as gangland figure Doyle. (See a clip here .) Actor Bradley Welsh, 48, who starred in the sequel to the popular original, was shot to death in his hometown of Edinburgh, reports the BBC . Welsh was found in a public stairwell, and... More »

'Small-Voiced' Mary Tyler Moore Veteran Dead at 70

Georgia Engel played Georgette, had long string of television credits

(Newser) - Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70, reports the AP . Engel died Friday in Princeton, NJ, said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of death... More »

He Was a Ratings Sensation. Then It All Fell Apart

Charles Van Doren is dead at 93

(Newser) - Charles Van Doren, the dashing young academic whose meteoric rise and fall as a corrupt game show contestant in the 1950s inspired the movie Quiz Show and served as a cautionary tale about the staged competitions of early television, died of natural causes Tuesday in Connecticut. He was 93. The... More »

Last WWII Doolittle Raider Dies

Doolittle co-pilot Dick Cole was 103

(Newser) - Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring US attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103. Cole's daughter, Cindy Chal, said he was having some heart... More »

Favorite of Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Dead at 84

Seymour Cassel was a character actor who worked with the greats

(Newser) - Character actors aren't often called larger-than-life, but Seymour Cassel was just that. The live-wire pillar of independent film known for his frequent collaborations with John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson has died at 84, the AP reports. His daughter, Dilyn Cassel Murphy, said Monday that her father passed away Sunday... More »

Larger-Than-Life Senator Is Dead at 97

Ernest F. 'Fritz' Hollings was a moderate in explosive times

(Newser) - Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the US Senate, has died, the AP reports. He was 97. A spokesman said Hollings died at his home on the Isle of Palms early... More »

Artist Who Created Paint-by-Numbers Pictures Dies

Dan Robbins was inspired by da Vinci

(Newser) - The artist who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures and helped turn the kits into an American sensation during the 1950s has died. Dan Robbins, whose works were dismissed by some critics but later celebrated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, died Monday in Sylvania, Ohio, says... More »

Experimental Pop Icon Scott Walker Dead at 76

Walker started off with the Walker Brothers in the 1960s

(Newser) - Influential singer, songwriter and, producer Scott Walker, whose hits with the Walker Brothers in the 1960s included "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," has died. He was 76. The record company 4AD said he died Friday afternoon in London, the AP reports. The Walker Brothers enjoyed a... More »

King of Surf Guitar Dies at 81

Dick Dale pioneered sound in the '50s

(Newser) - Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou " and "Let's Go Trippin' " earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81. His former bassist Sam Bolle says Dale passed away Saturday night. No other details were... More »

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