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Singer's Decision to Catch COVID on Purpose Kills Her

Hana Horka died Sunday at the age of 57

(Newser) - A 57-year-old singer in the Czech Republic has died of COVID, and the story is getting international press thanks to one detail: the admission that Hana Horka contracted COVID intentionally. The BBC reports Horka was unvaccinated. Her husband and son were fully vaccinated but both tested positive for COVID over...

Store Employee Had 'Bad Vibe' About Her Alleged Killer

Shawn Laval Smith allegedly stabbed 24-year-old woman to death at random

(Newser) - A $250,000 reward is up for grabs for anyone with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect accused of fatally stabbing a Los Angeles store employee in a brazen, apparently random attack. Brianna Kupfer, 24, was alone at the Croft House furniture store in Hancock Park...

He's Helped 'Save Many Lives.' He's Also a Rat
Retired 'HeroRAT'
Dies at Age 8

Retired 'HeroRAT' Dies at Age 8

Magawa sniffed out land mines in Cambodia until punching his last time card last year

(Newser) - Update: "A hero is laid to rest." So read the announcement Tuesday on the death of Magawa, the rat that became a legend in Cambodia for his award-winning work in sniffing out land mines. Belgian charity Apopo notes in its release that Magawa, 8, had seemed in generally...

Family Points Finger at Cops After Man Dies in Snowstorm

Family of Jacob Whaley, 34, says Louisa County Sheriff's Office in Va. could've done more to find him

(Newser) - The body of a Virginia dad whose vehicle got stuck in a snowstorm has been found, and his family is now demanding answers from local law enforcement as to why he wasn't rescued in time. As motorists in the state were stranded in severe winter weather last week on...

He Poured Hand Sanitizer on Himself. Then a Cop Tased Him

NY AG investigating incident in Catskill, NY, after Jason Jones burst into flames; he died last month

(Newser) - Graphic video made public Friday shows a man who doused himself in hand sanitizer bursting into flames when a police officer used a stun gun on him at a New York police station in October. Security footage released by the state attorney general's office shows Jason Jones, 29, rolling...

Her Daughter Died in '63 Bombing at Alabama Church

Maxine McNair, 93, was last surviving parent of 4 Black girls killed in Birmingham blast

(Newser) - Maxine McNair, the last living parent of any of the four Black girls killed in a 1963 Alabama church bombing, died Sunday. She was 93. McNair's family announced her death in a press release, per the AP . A cause of death wasn't given. McNair's daughter, 11-year-old Denise...

Promising Teenage QB Dies After Surgery
Dad: Teen QB Didn't Die
of Surgery Complications

Dad: Teen QB Didn't Die of Surgery Complications

It's still not clear, though, what killed Georgia's Robbie Roper, 18

(Newser) - Update: The funeral for Georgia high schooler Robbie Roper, a promising young football star who died earlier this month, was held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, with a surprising update from his dad. Per USA Today , via Fox News , James Roper told those gathered to pay tribute to...

Before Mickey Mouse Club's Britney and Justin, There Was Tiffini

Tiffini Hale, who performed in late '80s reboot of variety show and in Disney's The Party, dead at 46

(Newser) - When The All New Mickey Mouse Club, a reboot of sorts of the popular '50s variety show, debuted in 1989 on the startup Disney Channel, Tiffini Hale was one of the original cast members, preceding the likes of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Ryan Gosling. She went...

14 Years After Michael Vick Scandal, a Sad Goodbye

Frodo, last survivor of Vick's dogfighting ring, has died

(Newser) - An animal welfare group is out with a coda to a 14-year-old scandal: The last surviving dog from Michael Vick's dogfighting ring has died, reports People . The group BAD RAP posted a photo of Frodo, estimated to be 15 years old, and said he had spent the last 14...

One-Time North Korean Heir Apparent Has Died

Kim Jong Un offers 'deep condolences' on death of centenarian Kim Yong Ju

(Newser) - Kim Yong Ju, the younger brother of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung and the man who was once regarded as the country's No. 2 official before his nephew was anointed as the next ruler, has died, state media reported Wednesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the grandson...

At Least 40 Killed, Dozens Injured in Gas Truck Explosion

The explosion took place late Monday in the Haitian city of Cap-Haitien

(Newser) - A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti, killing more than 40 people and injuring dozens of others, officials and news reports said Tuesday. The blast occurred late Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that he was devastated. Henry said his administration was deploying...

Wrestler Jimmy Rave Dies After 3 Amputations
Wrestler Jimmy Rave
Dies After 3 Amputations

Wrestler Jimmy Rave Dies After 3 Amputations

Agent Bill Behrens said health issues were related to his drug addiction

(Newser) - Former professional wrestler Jimmy Rave has died at the young age of 39. Wrestling agent Bill Behrens announced the death in a Twitter statement , saying Rave had passed away after "struggling with drug addiction for many years." He added "his struggles resulted in the amputation of his...

Cops: Gang Member Fatally Stabbed Columbia Student

Davide Giri, 30, died after attack in same park where Tessa Majors was killed; suspect in custody

(Newser) - A graduate student at Columbia University was stabbed to death Thursday night in New York City's Morningside Park, the same park where Barnard College student Tessa Majors was fatally stabbed almost two years ago to the day. The New York Times reports that Davide Giri, 30, was about two...

'The Big Ragoo' Has Died at 69

'The Big Ragoo'
Has Died at 69

'The Big Ragoo' Has Died at 69

Actor Eddie Mekka played Carmine Ragusa on '70s sitcom 'Laverne & Shirley'

(Newser) - For those who sat in front of the boob tube in the late '70s and early '80s, the Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley likely made its way into their TV-watching schedules. Sad news for that demographic, as loved ones announce the death of actor Eddie Mekka, who...

Alternative COVID Treatments Fail Daystar Founder

Marcus Lamb dies of coronavirus infection at age 64

(Newser) - Marcus Lamb, founder of one of the world's largest Christian television networks and a vocal vaccine opponent, has died of COVID-19 at age 64. Lamb's widow, Joni, confirmed during a broadcast on the evangelical TV network that "the love of my life went to be with Jesus"...

Before Her Plunge, a Text: 'Something Just Happened'
'Something Just Happened'
Was Final Text. Then She Fell
in case you missed it

'Something Just Happened' Was Final Text. Then She Fell

Mom of Penn State sophomore Justine Gross has questions on her fatal plunge down trash chute

(Newser) - A Penn State sophomore from New Jersey died last week after police say she accidentally fell down an 11-story garbage chute, but her mom isn't so sure it was an accident. Per , the body of Justine Gross, 19, was found on Nov. 11 by a trash hauler...

Night Vision Plane That Was a First Goes Down in Colorado

Air tanker fighting wildfire crashes near Estes Park, killing pilot in what was meant to be a historic flight

(Newser) - A single-engine, one-seat air tanker that was thought to be the first fixed-wing plane to fight a fire at night using night vision crashed near Estes Park, Colo., on Tuesday night, killing the pilot, reports 9News . According to a release from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, the accident was...

Bones Actor Dies at 41
Bones Actor Dies at 41

Bones Actor Dies at 41

Heath Freeman, who played serial killer Howard Epps, remembered as a 'soulful spirit'

(Newser) - Actor Heath Freeman, best known for his two-year run as a serial killer on Bones, has died at the age of 41. His manager, Joe S. Montifiore, confirmed his death to NBC News on Tuesday without giving the circumstances. He called Freeman "a brilliant human being with an intense...

He Died Chasing Men Who Stole His Laptop. Now, a Verdict

2 convicted on murder, manslaughter charges after 2019 Starbucks robbery led to death of Shuo Zeng

(Newser) - Update: Two men have been convicted in a 2019 laptop robbery at a Bay Area Starbucks that left a research engineer dead. The Mercury News reports a jury on Wednesday found 24-year-old Byron Reed guilty of second-degree murder, and 20-year-old Kejuan Wiggins guilty of voluntary manslaughter, in the Dec. 31,...

'Tragic Accident' Near Russian Embassy in Berlin Raises Eyebrows

Body of 35-year-old was found last month. Was he a diplomat or a spy?

(Newser) - Last month, a man's body was discovered on the pavement outside the Russian Embassy in Berlin. Now, more news on who the man was, though details are still murky. Der Spiegel reports that the deceased was a Russian diplomat, and that he'd apparently fallen from an upper floor....

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