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Another K-Pop Star Is Found Dead

Cha In Ha found dead at home at age 27

(Newser) - South Korea has been rocked by the third sudden death of a K-pop star in two months. Cha In Ha, a member of the boy band Surprise U who'd also appeared in a short film and TV drama, was found dead at his home on Tuesday at age 27,... More »

He Was Filming a Reality Show. Then: 'I Can't Carry On'

Godfrey Gao dies after collapsing during 'Chase Me' competition in China

(Newser) - An actor's death in China during filming of a reality show that pushes contestants to their physical limits has been met with uproar. Godfrey Gao, a 35-year-old actor and the first Asian male model signed by Louis Vuitton, collapsed from an apparent heart problem Wednesday in Ningbo while filming... More »

Man Who Shared 'Secret Sex Lives of the Stars' Has Died

Scotty Bowers was a self-described Hollywood 'fixer'

(Newser) - Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday of natural causes at his home... More »

He Struggled in Acting for Decades. Then Came Tarantino

Character actor Robert Forster died of brain cancer after a brief illness at the age of 78

(Newser) - Robert Forster, the handsome character actor who appeared in the Twin Peaks reboot, earned an Oscar nod for his turn in Jackie Brown, and who most recently appeared in the Breaking Bad sequel El Camino, has died at the age of 78, the AP reports. His publicist confirms Forster died... More »

Widow on Ocasek: In 'Cloud of Awfulness,' a 'Silver Lining'

Cars singer's widow talks to 'Rolling Stone' about her late husband

(Newser) - It's been nearly a month since the passing of Ric Ocasek , and his widow, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, from whom he was separated, talks about the late Cars frontman in a poignant interview with Rolling Stone . Despite their separation, the two remained close, and Porizkova reveals what drew her to... More »

'Crying Comedian' Dies At 84

Rip Taylor was known for his zany mannerisms and throwing confetti

(Newser) - When he first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the early '60s, Rip Taylor made a name for himself as the "Crying Comedian," pretending to sob as he pleaded with the audience to laugh at his jokes. The world never really had a problem laughing at... More »

Her Career, Romances Were Legendary. Goodbye to a 'Pioneer'

Oscar-nominated Diahann Carroll was first black woman to star in non-servant role on TV

(Newser) - Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role on TV—in the series Julia—has died at 84. Carroll's daughter, Suzanne Kay, told the AP her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer. During... More »

A 'Punk Legend' Is Dead at 56

Kim Shattuck was the frontwoman for the Muffs, appeared in other bands including the Pixies

(Newser) - Kim Shattuck, the guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known as the frontwoman for the Muffs, died Wednesday at age 56, NPR reports. Shattuck, whom Jezebel calls a "Los Angeles punk legend," had suffered from ALS for two years, though she never announced the diagnosis publicly. She formed the... More »

Famed Songwriter, Producer Dead at 43

Busbee was nominated for a Grammy for his work with Maren Morris

(Newser) - Warner Records says Grammy-nominated songwriter-producer busbee, who co-wrote Maren Morris' breakout hit "My Church" and also crafted songs for Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Pink, Shakira, and Florida Georgia Line, has died. He was 43. The record label confirmed his death in a statement released Sunday, but offered no details... More »

Hotel Magnate Barron Hilton Dead at 91

Paris Hilton on grandather's death: 'He was a legend'

(Newser) - Barron Hilton started out parking cars at his father's hotels and ended up running the whole chain, as well as owning an NFL team. "He was a Legend, a visionary, brilliant, handsome, kind and lived a life full of accomplishment and adventure," granddaughter Paris Hilton posted online... More »

House Hunters Host Suzanne Whang Dead at 56

The multi-hyphenate success succumbs to breast cancer

(Newser) - Sad news for House Hunters fans: Suzanne Whang, who hosted the show for nearly 10 years, died Tuesday after a long fight with breast cancer. The 56-year-old's partner, Jeff Vezain, was with her in Los Angeles when she passed, TMZ reports. "For thirteen years she confronted cancer with... More »

Adult Film Star Jessica Jaymes Dead at 40

Former teacher also appeared in Weeds

(Newser) - Jessica Jaymes, a former schoolteacher who starred in more than 200 adult films, has died. The 40-year-old, who also had cameo appearances playing herself in Weeds, was pronounced dead Tuesday after a friend who hadn't seen her in a few days visited her San Fernando Valley, California, home and... More »

Here's What Killed Ric Ocasek

Heart disease worsened by emphysema, medical examiner says

(Newser) - The New York City medical examiner says Ric Ocasek, the 75-year-old frontman for The Cars who was found dead at his Manhattan apartment Sunday , died of heart disease, worsened by emphysema, the AP reports. Ocasek's wife, model and actress Paulina Porizkova, posted a statement on Instagram Monday, saying that... More »

Singer Revered by Kurt Cobain Dead at 58

Daniel Johnston cranked out dozens of albums

(Newser) - His iconic "Jeremiah the Innocent" frog graces the corner of Guadalupe and 21st streets in Austin, his struggles with mental illness were well-documented, and his songs have been covered and revered by everyone from the Flaming Lips and Kurt Cobain to Tom Waits. Now, Texas and the entire musical... More »

Singer Dies in Onstage Fireworks Explosion

Joana Sainz Garcia was only 30 years old

(Newser) - A Spanish singer lost her life Sunday when an exploding firework struck her onstage and left the audience in stunned silence, the BBC reports. Joana Sainz Garcia was performing near Madrid with a 15-member group of musicians, singers, and dancers when the cartridge knocked her unconscious at about 2am local... More »

Jane Fonda on Peter Fonda's Death: 'He Went Out Laughing'

'Easy Rider' star died of respiratory failure from cancer at age of 79

(Newser) - Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," has died. His family said in a statement that Fonda died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles,... More »

Fireman Who Left to Star on Walking Dead Dies

Dango Nguyen, who played a guard to diabolical Governor on hit AMC show, is dead of cancer at 48

(Newser) - A longtime Georgia firefighter who pursued his acting dreams and landed a recurring role on The Walking Dead has died. The Athens-Clarke County fire department posted on Facebook that Dango Nguyen died Saturday morning "after a hard-fought battle with cancer." MSN reports he was 48. Nguyen, who CNN... More »

YouTube's 'King of Random' Dead at 38

Jonathan Grant Thompson, known for wacky science experiments, dies in paragliding accident

(Newser) - Known for his "mad science" experiments on a YouTube channel with more than 11 million subscribers, Jonathan Grant Thompson was a sort of online "combination of Bear Grylls and MacGyver," per the Washington Post . Fans are now mourning the YouTube star known as "the King of... More »

Man Who Famously Played Murderous Android Dies at 75

Rutger Hauer of 'Blade Runner' fame died at his Netherlands home

(Newser) - Dutch film actor Rutger Hauer, who specialized in menacing roles, including a memorable turn as a murderous android in Blade Runner opposite Harrison Ford, has died. He was 75. Hauer's agent, Steve Kenis, says the actor died July 19 at his home in the Netherlands, the AP reports. Hauer'... More »

Willy Wonka Star Dies at 62

Denise Nickerson, who played spoiled Violet Beauregarde in 1971 film, had had pneumonia

(Newser) - "She's gone." That was the short Facebook post by Denise Nickerson's family early Thursday, announcing the death of the actress most people remember as the gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The BBC and the Wrap report Nickerson was 62.... More »

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