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Goodbye to the Filmmaker Who Brought Us Romeo and Juliet

Franco Zeffirelli was 96

(Newser) - Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and often extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic Romeo and Juliet, has died in Rome at 96. Zeffirelli's son Luciano said his father died at home on Saturday, per the AP . "He... More »

John Singleton Dead at 51

Director's family takes him off life support

(Newser) - John Singleton's family made the "agonizing decision" to take him off life support, per a statement, and the Oscar-nominated writer and director of Boyz N the Hood died Monday at age 51. He "passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends," the family says in... More »

What Kim Porter's Death Taught Diddy

Family now comes first, rapper tells 'Essence'

(Newser) - Diddy's first reaction upon learning of Kim Porter's death was "screaming and crying." "I was crying out to God—and to her,” the 49-year-old tells Essence of his former partner and mother of three of his children, who People reports died of lobar pneumonia... 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 »

Nipsey Hussle's Longtime Love: 'I'm Completely Lost'

Lauren London refers to rapper as 'my protector, my soul'

(Newser) - Days after the murder of longtime boyfriend Nipsey Hussle, Lauren London is "completely lost." "I've lost my best friend, my sanctuary, my protector, my soul," the actress and model posted to Instagram on Wednesday in her first comment since the rapper's death Sunday , per... More »

Why Nipsey Hussle's Death Feels 'Particularly Cruel'

'He was more than a rapper'

(Newser) - Nipsey Hussle's murder has rocked the hip-hop community as well as the rapper's own community of South LA, where a banner for his Grammy-nominated label debut, Victory Lap , has been stretched across the exterior of a mall for most of the year. The 33-year-old was shot dead Sunday,... 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 »

Report: Luke Perry's Ashes Scattered on His Farm

TMZ says actor was cremated, and remains spread over his beloved Tennessee property

(Newser) - The initial confusion around Luke Perry's apparent burial appears to have been cleared up with a report he wasn't buried at all. Perry, who died March 4 after suffering a massive stroke, was cremated and his ashes spread over his Tennessee farm—"the place he most cherished,... More »

Luke Perry Was to Wed August 17

The news comes as Perry's death certificate reveals he's been buried in Tennessee

(Newser) - Luke Perry has been laid to rest in Tennessee, where the actor had owned a farm since 1995. His death certificate, obtained by USA Today and other outlets, says his body was transported from California to Tennessee and lists a funeral home near Nashville as having handled his burial, though,... More »

Andre Previn Dead at 89

Oscar-winning composer reached high levels of jazz, classical worlds

(Newser) - Andre Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz, and classical music, always rejecting suggestions that his bop 'n' blues moonlighting lessened his stature, died Thursday. He was 89. His manager Linda Petrikova said Previn passed away in his Manhattan home,... More »

He Never Wanted to Be a Music Icon. He Became One Anyway

Talk Talk's Mark Hollis dead at age 64: reports

(Newser) - The frontman and creative mind behind the UK's Talk Talk has reportedly died at the age of 64. Per the Guardian , Anthony Costello, believed to be a relative of Mark Hollis', tweeted Monday, "RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the... More »

Hangover Actor Brody Stevens Dead at 48

Comedian is believed to have taken his own life

(Newser) - The comedy world is in mourning for one of its own with the death of actor and comedian Brody Stevens at the age of 48, People reports. He apparently took his own life, with law enforcement sources telling TMZ Stevens was found hanging in his Los Angeles home early Friday... More »

Soap Opera Star Kristoff St. John Found Dead at Home

'Young and the Restless' actor was 52

(Newser) - Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless since 1991, died Sunday at age 52, the AP reports. Police were called to his home in California's San Fernando Valley after one of his friends found the actor's body; St. John was pronounced dead... More »

Here's the Poignant Essay Top Chef Alum Wrote Before Death

Fatima Ali pledged to live life to the fullest in whatever time she had left

(Newser) - Top Chef alum Fatima Ali died of cancer last week at age 29, little more than three months after she revealed in a poignant essay that she had just one year to live. Now, Bon Appetit is running another essay she wrote shortly before her death, in which Ali recalled... More »

Kim Porter's Cause of Death Revealed

Diddy's ex died of pneumonia

(Newser) - Kim Porter, the model and actress who was in a relationship with Sean "Diddy" Combs for more than a decade, died of pneumonia, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office revealed Friday, per CNN . Porter, 47, who had twin daughters and a son with the rapper before their split... More »

Top Chef Alum Is Dead at 29

Fatima Ali had a rare form of bone cancer

(Newser) - A fan favorite from Top Chef has died at age 29 of a rare form of bone cancer. Fatima Ali told the world in October in a poignant essay that she had less than a year to live because her Ewing's Sarcoma had returned. It was particularly devastating because... More »

The Captain and Tennille's 'Captain' Dead at 76

Daryl Dragon died of renal failure

(Newser) - Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing "Captain" of "The Captain and Tennille" who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy listening hits as "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Muskrat Love," died Wednesday at age 76, the AP reports. Dragon died of renal failure at a... More »

Bob Einstein of Curb, 'Super Dave' Fame Dead at 76

Two-time Emmy winner played Funkhouser on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

(Newser) - Bob Einstein, who as Marty Funkhouser acted as a foil for Larry David's character on Curb Your Enthusiasm, died Wednesday at 76 after a recent cancer diagnosis. Einstein, the older brother of Albert Brooks, started off as a writer in the 1960s, winning the first of two Emmys as... More »

Colleague on News Anchor's Death: 'There Are No Words'

Overdose suspected in death of Chris Burrous

(Newser) - A Los Angeles celebrity has died unexpectedly at 43. Chris Burrous, a fixture on KTLA's Morning News since 2011, died at a hospital Thursday in what police describe as a possible overdose. Firefighters responding to a report of an unconscious man at a Days Inn in the LA suburb... More »

Penny Marshall Dies at 75

Legendary actress, director died of diabetes complications

(Newser) - Penny Marshall, the legendary Laverne & Shirley actress turned iconic director, died Monday night at age 75. Her publicist confirms to the New York Daily News Marshall died "peacefully" at her Hollywood Hills home due to diabetes complications. Born in the Bronx to an industrial film director father and... More »

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