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We 'Owe Him a Debt Greater Than ... We Shall Ever Know'

A look at the long life of Prince Philip

(Newser) - Mourners have appeared outside London's Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to Prince Philip, the longest-serving consort in British history. But his spouse, Queen Elizabeth II, won't be able to see them, at least not in the physical, as she's staying at Windsor Castle, where Philip died early...

Rapper DMX Is Dead at 50
Rapper DMX
Is Dead at 50
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Rapper DMX Is Dead at 50

He had been in a vegetative state for days

(Newser) - Rapper DMX has died at age 50, reports the AP . The entertainer had been in what was described as a vegetative state after suffering a cardiac arrest about a week ago. "We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed...

With 'Deep Sorrow,' Queen Announces Prince Philip's Death

He was the longest-serving consort in British history

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace officials say Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died. He was 99. "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the palace said. "...

SNL Pioneer Created Square Pegs
SNL Pioneer
Created
Square Pegs
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SNL Pioneer Created Square Pegs

Anne Beatts used her experience as an outsider in high school

(Newser) - Anne Beatts, a groundbreaking comedy writer who was on the original staff of Saturday Night Live and later created the cult sitcom Square Pegs, has died. She was 74, the AP reports. Beatts died Wednesday at her home in West Hollywood, California, said her friend Rona Kennedy, who did not...

Longtime Congressman Alcee Hastings Is Dead
Longtime Congressman
Alcee Hastings Is Dead
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Longtime Congressman Alcee Hastings Is Dead

Florida Democrat was elected after being impeached as a federal judge

(Newser) - Longtime Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida has died at age 84 after a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer. The Palm Beach County Democrat died Tuesday, according to chief of staff Lale M. Morrison. Hastings had been a reliably liberal voice on Capitol Hill since he first won his seat in...

Obama Mourns His &#39;Mama Sarah&#39;
Obama Mourns
His 'Mama Sarah'
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Obama Mourns His 'Mama Sarah'

Former president's stepgrandmother dies in Kenya

(Newser) - Sarah Obama, the matriarch of former President Obama's Kenyan family, has died, per the AP . She was at least 99 years old. Mama Sarah, as the stepgrandmother of the former president was fondly called, promoted education for girls and orphans in her rural Kogelo village. She died at the...

She Began as a Librarian. Then She Gave the World 'Ramona'

Children's author Beverly Cleary dies at 104

(Newser) - Beverly Cleary, the celebrated children's author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins, has died. She was 104. Cleary's publisher HarperCollins announced Friday that the author died Thursday in Carmel Valley, Calif., where she'...

Writer Who Captured the 'American Experience' Dead at 84

Larry McMurtry won Pulitzer for 'Lonesome Dove,' Oscar for 'Brokeback Mountain' screenplay

(Newser) - He was a novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction author, known for several books that ended up adapted for the big screen. Larry McMurtry, described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most acclaimed writers of the American experience," died at the age of 84 on Thursday at...

Arrested Development Actress Dead at 80
Actress Jessica Walter
Is Dead at 80
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Actress Jessica Walter Is Dead at 80

She starred in 'Arrested Development,' much more over her celebrated career

(Newser) - Actress Jessica Walter, who might be best known these days for her role as Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development , has died at age 80, reports Deadline Hollywood . Walter also voiced the role of Malory Archer on the FX series Archer, notes TV Line . No cause of death was immediately released,...

Plager Brother Remembered as an Original
Plager Brother
Remembered
as an Original
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Plager Brother Remembered as an Original

Defenseman was on the Blues from Day 1, and sought a Stanley Cup for a half-century

(Newser) - Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Bob Plager was killed Wednesday in a car crash in St. Louis. He was 78. Plager was an original Blue, moving from the New York Rangers on draft day when the NHL expanded in 1967. He played 11 seasons for St. Louis—teaming with brothers...

Child Star of Talladega Nights Dead at 28
Child Star of 
Talladega Nights
Dead at 28
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Child Star of Talladega Nights Dead at 28

Houston Tumlin died by suicide, coroner says

(Newser) - Houston Tumlin, who was a big hit as a child actor in Talledega Nights but never appeared in another movie, has died by suicide at age 28. Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans tells TMZ that Tumlin shot himself in the head inside his Pelham, Als., home Tuesday. Evans says Tumlin,...

He Started Off on the Banjo. Then Hollywood Beckoned

George Segal, star of 'The Goldbergs' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,' dies at 87

(Newser) - George Segal, the banjo player turned actor who was nominated for an Oscar for 1966's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and worked into his late 80s on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, died Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Calif., his wife said. "The family is devastated to announce...

Man Who Revolutionized the Game of Blackjack Has Died

Roger Baldwin devised strategy to beat the odds in Vegas

(Newser) - Anyone who has had success at the blackjack table might have Roger Baldwin to thank. In an obituary for the Long Island 91-year-old, the New York Times explains that Baldwin became intrigued with the game in 1953 as a private in the Army. A fellow soldier mentioned that Vegas dealers...

He Ran Marathons, While Pushing His Son
He Ran Dozens of Marathons,
While Pushing His Son
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He Ran Dozens of Marathons, While Pushing His Son

Dick Hoyt and son Rick gained renown at Boston races for decades

(Newser) - Dick Hoyt, who inspired thousands of runners, fathers, and disabled athletes by pushing his son in a wheelchair in dozens of Boston Marathons, has died at age 80, per the AP . Hoyt died in his sleep at his Holland, Massachusetts, home on Wednesday, says his family. He had been struggling...

Maestro Whose Career Ended After Allegations Dead at 77

James Levine ruled over the Met Opera for decades

(Newser) - Conductor James Levine, who ruled over the Metropolitan Opera for more than four decades before being eased aside when his health declined and then fired for sexual improprieties, has died. He was 77. Levine died March 9 in Palm Springs, Calif., of natural causes, his physician of 17 years, Dr....

Yaphet Kotto, First Black Bond Villain, Dies at 81
He Turned Down
Playing Lando
to Avoid
Typecasting
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He Turned Down Playing Lando to Avoid Typecasting

Yaphet Kotto of 'Alien' and the first Black villain in James Bond franchise has died at 81

(Newser) - He was killed by an alien on screen and served as the first Black villain for the James Bond movie franchise. Now, Yaphet Kotto, a New York City native who started acting as a teen, has died at the age of 81, his agent confirms to Variety . The New York ...

Man Responsible for the 'Amityville Horror' Has Died

Ronald DeFeo killed his parents and 4 siblings in 1974

(Newser) - There's Amityville Horror the movie, and then there's the real "Amityville Horror"—and the man behind the latter is now dead. A rep for the New York Department of Corrections has confirmed that Ronald DeFeo died Monday at age 69, more than 45 years after he...

He Invented the Cassette Tape. There Were &#39;Mixed Emotions&#39;
Guy Who Invented
the Cassette
Tape Had One
Big Regret
in case you missed it

Guy Who Invented the Cassette Tape Had One Big Regret

Philips engineer Lou Ottens, dead at 94, said he wished Philips, not Sony, created Walkman

(Newser) - Sad news today for anyone who ever recorded a mixtape off the radio (complete with DJ interruptions and cut-off songs) or knows what this picture means. Lou Ottens, a Dutch engineer who invented the cassette tape, has died at the age of 94, per NPR . Local media reports Ottens died...

Boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler Dead at 66
One of The Greatest Boxing
Champs Ever Has Died
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One of The Greatest Boxing Champs Ever Has Died

Marvelous Marvin Hagler was 66

(Newser) - One of the great middleweights in boxing history, Marvelous Marvin Hagler died Saturday at the age of 66, per the AP . His wife, Kay, announced his death on the Facebook page for Hagler's fans. Hagler fought on boxing’s biggest stages against its biggest names, as he, Leonard,...

Engineer Who Tried to Stop Challenger Launch Dies

Allan McDonald warned that O-rings could fail

(Newser) - Allan McDonald, the engineer who refused to approve the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, has gone to his grave with a clean conscience. McDonald. the engineer in charge of the booster-rocket program at NASA contractor Morton Thiokol, risked his career by resisting pressure from NASA and his bosses to...

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