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When Celebrities Died, He Was the Man Behind the Scenes

Ed Winter, former Los Angeles County coroner, has died at 73

(Newser) - When celebrities died in Los Angeles County, there was one man's name you could pretty much count on hearing: that of Ed Winter, the county's former deputy coroner, who handled investigations into the deaths of some of the most high-profile stars in Hollywood. Now, a goodbye to Winter...

Fiddler on the Roof 's Tevye Bows Out
Fiddler on the Roof's
Tevye Bows Out

Fiddler on the Roof's Tevye Bows Out

Israeli actor and icon Chaim Topol dies at 87

(Newser) - Chaim Topol, a leading Israeli actor who charmed generations of theatergoers and movie-watchers with his portrayal of Tevye, the long-suffering and charismatic milkman in Fiddler on the Roof, has died in Tel Aviv, Israeli leaders said Thursday, per the AP. He was 87. The cause wasn't immediately released. Israeli...

Tom Sizemore Dead at 61
Tom Sizemore
Dead at 61

Tom Sizemore Dead at 61

'Saving Private Ryan' actor never recovered from brain aneurysm he suffered last month

(Newser) - Tom Sizemore, the Saving Private Ryan actor whose bright 1990s star burned out under the weight of his domestic violence and drug convictions, died Friday at age 61. The actor had suffered a brain aneurysm on Feb. 18 at his home in Los Angeles. He died in his sleep Friday...

Kyle Jacobs, Songwriter Married to Kellie Pickler, Dies

Police investigate death as a suicide

(Newser) - Kyle Jacobs, a songwriter who was married to country singer Kellie Pickler, has died at their home in Nashville. Police called to the house Friday afternoon found Jacobs, 49, dead in an upstairs bedroom, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Pickler reported to police that she woke up that day...

Kid Actor on 7 Seasons of NYPD Blue Dead at 27

Austin Majors may have overdosed on fentanyl, source says

(Newser) - Austin Majors, the actor best known for playing the young son of the main character on NYPD Blue for seven seasons, is dead at 27. Majors, who played Theo Sipowicz, the son of Dennis Franz's character Det. Andy Sipowicz, died Saturday night while staying at a homeless housing facility...

One of the Founding Members of De La Soul Is Dead at 54

David Jude Jolicoeur, or Trugoy the Dove, had recently been suffering from heart issues

(Newser) - David Jude Jolicoeur, known widely as Trugoy the Dove and one of the founding members of the Long Island hip hop trio De La Soul, has died, the AP reports. He was 54. His representative Tony Ferguson confirmed the reports Sunday. No other information was immediately available. In recent years,...

Burt Bacharach Dies at 94
Burt Bacharach
Dies at 94

Burt Bacharach Dies at 94

Oscar-winning composer penned songs for movies, Broadway, and Dionne Warwick, among other stars

(Newser) - Burt Bacharach, the singularly gifted and popular composer and Oscar winner who delighted millions with the quirky arrangements and unforgettable melodies of "Walk On By," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," and dozens of other hits, has died at 94. Bacharach died Wednesday at...

24 Actor Annie Wersching Dead at 45
24 Actor
Annie Wersching
Dies at 45

24 Actor Annie Wersching Dies at 45

She had been privately battling cancer since 2020

(Newser) - Actor Annie Wersching, best known for playing FBI agent Renee Walker in the series 24 and providing the voice and motion capture performance for Tess in the video game “The Last of Us,” has died, the AP reports. She was 45. Wersching passed away Sunday morning in Los...

Music World Mourns 2 Seminal Musicians
2 Seminal Musicians
Are Gone From the World

2 Seminal Musicians Are Gone From the World

Tom Verlaine, Barrett Strong have passed away

(Newser) - The music world is mourning two influential musicians. Tom Verlaine, guitarist and co-founder of the proto-punk band Television who influenced many bands while playing at ultra-cool downtown New York music venue CBGB alongside the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Talking Heads, died Saturday at 73, the AP reports. And Barrett Strong,...

He Followed in His Famous Dad's Daredevil Footsteps

Robbie Knievel, son of Evel Knievel, has died at the age of 60

(Newser) - Robbie Knievel, son of stuntman Evil Knievel and a daredevil performer in his own right, has died at the age of 60. Robbie Knievel died Friday in hospice in Reno, Nevada, after fighting pancreatic cancer, his brother, Kelly Knievel, tells the AP . Robbie's three daughters were at his side...

In His Books' Pages, the Working Class Came Alive

'Cloudsplitter,' 'Affliction' author Russell Banks is dead at 82

(Newser) - Russell Banks, an award-winning fiction writer who rooted such novels as Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter in the wintry, rural communities of his native Northeast and imagined the dreams and downfalls of everyone from modern blue-collar workers to the radical abolitionist John Brown in Cloudsplitter, has died. He was 82....

Modest Mouse Drummer 'Laid Down to Rest,' Then 'Faded Out'

Pacific Northwest rock band had just announced Jeremiah Green's cancer diagnosis days ago

(Newser) - Jeremiah Green, the founding drummer for the rock band Modest Mouse, has died just days after the band announced he'd been diagnosed with cancer. He was 45. Green was barely in his teens when he joined the newly formed Modest Mouse, which featured singer-guitarist Isaac Brock and bassist Eric...

Bob Marley's Grandson, Reggae Artist Jo Mersa Marley, Dead at 31
Bob Marley's
Dead at 31

Bob Marley's Grandson Dead at 31

Jo Mersa Marley was a reggae artist in his own right

(Newser) - The grandson of Bob Marley, reggae artist Joseph "Jo" Mersa Marley, died Tuesday at age 31. Sources tell TMZ that "asthma-related conditions" caused his death, though the specifics are not yet clear. According to Jamaican journalist Abka Fitz-Henley , who first reported Marley's death, as well as WZPP...

Stephen 'tWitch' Boss Did Instagram Dance Days Before Suicide

Medical examiner's office finds no foul play in his death, closes case

(Newser) - On Sunday, just one day before checking in to the motel where he would take his own life , Stephen "tWitch" Boss was dancing in his California home. In the last Instagram post from his wife, Allison Holker, before Boss was found dead Tuesday, the apparently happy couple can be...

Report: Dancer, DJ 'tWitch' of Ellen Dies by Suicide
DJ 'tWitch' of Ellen
Is Dead at 40

DJ 'tWitch' of Ellen Is Dead at 40

'His positive impact will continue to be felt,' wife says of Stephen Boss, said to have died by suicide

(Newser) - Stephen "tWitch" Boss, a key part of the long-running Ellen DeGeneres Show, has died at age 40. The man known for his incredible dance moves was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Los Angeles-area hotel on Tuesday, TMZ reports. He was a contestant on MTV's...

Orange Is the New Black Star Dead at 56
Orange Is
the New Black

Star Dead at 56

Orange Is the New Black Star Dead at 56

Brad William Henke played prison guard Desi Piscatella

(Newser) - Brad William Henke, the actor who played gay prison guard Desi Piscatella on Orange Is the New Black, died Tuesday at age 56. No cause of death was released, but his family says he died in his sleep, Deadline reports. Henke, whose character is described by Variety as "the...

Country Singer, 37, Dies in His Sleep on Wedding Night

Oklahoma's Jake Flint looked happy and healthy hours earlier

(Newser) - Country music singer Jake Flint got married Saturday on what was arguably the greatest day of his life. It was also the last. The 37-year-old Oklahoma native simply didn't wake up Sunday. "I don't understand," his bride and widow Brenda Wilson wrote on Facebook, where she...

You Knew Him From Die Hard , Top Gun
You Knew
Him From
Die Hard,
Top Gun

You Knew Him From Die Hard, Top Gun

Actor, professor Clarence Gilyard dies at 66

(Newser) - Clarence Gilyard, an actor with roles in classic 1980s movies Die Hard and Top Gun, who went on to become a film and theater professor, has died at age 66. Best known as the computer hacker Theo, who helped terrorists break into Nakatomi Plaza's vault in 1989's Die ...

She Helped Put Sinatra on the Map, Then Fell Off It Herself
'All She Ever
Wanted to Do
Was Sing'

'All She Ever Wanted to Do Was Sing'

Louise Tobin, jazz vocalist who helped discover Sinatra and postponed own career, dies at 104

(Newser) - "All she ever wanted to do was sing." That's how the Denton Record-Chronicle recently described Texas' Mary Louise Tobin, a big-band jazz singer in the '30s and '40s who almost became a national superstar performing with Benny Goodman's band before shelving her career to...

A Fixture in the Power Rangers Franchise Dies at 49

Jason David Frank played Tommy Oliver

(Newser) - Jason David Frank, who played the Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver on the 1990s children's series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has died. He was 49. Justine Hunt, Frank's manager, said in a statement Sunday that Frank passed away, the AP reports. She did not name the cause of...

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