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Actor Shannen Doherty Dies at 53
Actor Shannen Doherty
Dies at 53

Actor Shannen Doherty Dies at 53

90210 star had battled cancer for years

(Newser) - Actor Shannen Doherty, of Beverly Hills 90210 fame, has died at age 53 after nearly a decade-long fight with cancer, reports People . "It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of actress Shannen Doherty," Doherty's publicist Leslie Sloane said in a statement. Calling her...

Richard Simmons Cheerfully Preached Exercise
Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons Cheerfully Preached Exercise

Celebrity fitness coach's career began after huge weight loss

(Newser) - Richard Simmons, the high-energy fitness coach who achieved fame as an enthusiastic evangelist for home exercise—while selling millions of Sweatin' to the Oldies videos—died Saturday. He died at home in Los Angeles, Variety reports, a day after turning 76. "Thank you. ... I never got so many messages...

Sex Therapist 'Dr. Ruth' Dies at 96
'Dr. Ruth' Taught the US
How to Talk About Sex

'Dr. Ruth' Taught the US How to Talk About Sex

Westheimer has died at age 96

(Newser) - Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star, and best-selling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, has died at age 96. Westheimer never advocated risky sexual behavior, per the AP . Instead, she encouraged an open dialogue on previously closeted issues that...

Shining Actor Shelley Duvall Is Dead
Shining Actor
Shelley Duvall Is Dead

Shining Actor Shelley Duvall Is Dead

She was 75

(Newser) - Shelley Duvall, best known for her role opposite Jack Nicholson in The Shining , has died at age 75, reports The Hollywood Reporter . "My dear, sweet, wonderful life partner and friend left us," Dan Gilroy, her partner since 1989, told the outlet. "Too much suffering lately, now she'...

Child Star From ALF Is Dead at 46
Child Star From ALF
Is Dead at 46

Child Star From ALF Is Dead at 46

Benji Gregory was found in his car in Arizona, with his service dog

(Newser) - A child TV star from the 1980s has died. Benji Gregory, who starred in the 1980s hit ALF, was 46, reports People . Gregory was found dead in his car in a bank parking lot in Peoria, Arizona, and his sister writes on Facebook that she believes he died of heat...

One of the Oak Ridge Boys Has Died
One of the Oak Ridge Boys
Has Died

One of the Oak Ridge Boys Has Died

Tenor Joe Bonsall was 76

(Newser) - Joe Bonsall, Grammy award winner and celebrated tenor of the country and gospel group the Oak Ridge Boys, died Tuesday at age 76. Bonsall died from complications of the neuromuscular disorder Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, according to a statement from his family, per the AP .
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Former Sen. Inhofe, Known for Snowball Stunt, Dies at 89

Oklahoma lawmaker brought the snowball to Senate floor to mock environmental worries

(Newser) - Former Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, a conservative firebrand known for his strong support of defense spending and his denial that human activity is responsible for the bulk of climate change, has died at age 89. Inhofe, a powerful fixture in Oklahoma politics for over six decades, died Tuesday morning after...

Actor Mike Heslin Dead at Age 30 With 'No Explanation'

Heslin was hospitalized for a week before his death, husband says

(Newser) - Mike Heslin , a young actor who had roles in the TV series Lioness and the Lifetime Christmas movie The Holiday Proposal Plan, died last week after an unexplained illness. Heslin's husband, the recording artist Scotty Dynamo, mourned the 30-year-old on Instagram . Dynamo explained that after a weeklong hospitalization,...

He Produced Three of the Biggest Films of All Time

Jon Landau teamed with James Cameron on Titanic and Avatar films

(Newser) - Jon Landau, an Oscar-winning producer who worked closely with director James Cameron on three of the biggest blockbusters of all time—Titanic and two Avatar films—has died at age 63, per the AP . Landau's family announced his death Saturday. No cause of death was given, but Deadline notes...

Judy Belushi-Pisano Guarded Star's Legacy
John Belushi's Widow
Guarded His Legacy

John Belushi's Widow Guarded His Legacy

Judy Belushi-Pisano met her husband when they were in high school

(Newser) - Judy Belushi-Pisano, a former actress and producer who for decades strived to preserve the legacy of her husband, comedian John Belushi, has died. She was 73 and had long battled cancer, Variety reports. She met Belushi in high school in Illinois and was married to the Saturday Night Live and...

'Rare Auteur Among Screenwriters' Dead at 89

Robert Towne won an Oscar for 'Chinatown'

(Newser) - Robert Towne, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer of Shampoo, The Last Detail, Greystroke, and other acclaimed films whose work on Chinatown became a model of the art form and helped define the jaded allure of his native Los Angeles, has died. He was 89. Towne died Monday surrounded by family at...

Orlando Cepeda Was One of the First Puerto Rican Stars
Hall of Famer Broke
Ground as a DH

Hall of Famer Broke Ground as a DH

Orlando Cepeda was in the Giants lineup with Willie Mays

(Newser) - Orlando Cepeda, the slugging first baseman nicknamed "Baby Bull" who became a Hall of Famer after being among the early Puerto Rican stars in the major leagues, has died. He was 86. The San Francisco Giants and his family announced the death Friday night, and a moment of silence...

Martin Mull Dies at 80 After 'Valiant Fight'
Martin Mull
Dies at 80 After
'Valiant Fight'

Martin Mull Dies at 80 After 'Valiant Fight'

Roseanne , Arrested Development actor was nominated for an Emmy for guest turn on Veep

(Newser) - Martin Mull, whose droll, esoteric comedy and acting made him a hip sensation in the 1970s and later a beloved guest star on sitcoms including Roseanne and Arrested Development, has died at the age of 80, his daughter said Friday. Mull's daughter, TV writer and comic artist Maggie Mull,...

Kinky Friedman Was 'the Last Free Person on Earth'

Cross-genre satirist took a few runs at politics in Texas

(Newser) - Singer, songwriter, satirist, and novelist Kinky Friedman, who led the alt-country band Texas Jewboys, toured with Bob Dylan, sang with Willie Nelson, and dabbled in politics with campaigns for Texas governor and other statewide offices, has died. Friedman, 79, died Thursday at his family's Texas ranch near San Antonio,...

A 'Memorable Everyman,' Dead at 90
A 'Memorable
Dead at 90

A 'Memorable Everyman,' Dead at 90

Veteran film, TV character actor Bill Cobbs was in The Bodyguard , Night at the Museum , much more

(Newser) - Bill Cobbs, the veteran character actor who became a ubiquitous and sage screen presence as an older man, has died at the age of 90. Cobbs died Tuesday at his home in the Inland Empire, California, surrounded by family and friends, his publicist said, adding that natural causes was the...

His Band Created 'One of the Anthems of the 2000s'
His Band Created 'One
of the Anthems of the 2000s'

His Band Created 'One of the Anthems of the 2000s'

Shifty Shellshock, 49, rapped on 'Butterfly' with his group Crazy Town

(Newser) - The lead singer of the band behind the song "Butterfly" —described by Deadline as "one of the anthems of the 2000s"—has died at age 49. The singer known as Shifty Shellshock (real name Seth Binzer) co-founded the rap-rock group Crazy Town in the mid-1990s with...

Actor Donald Sutherland Is Dead at 88
Actor Donald Sutherland
Is Dead at 88

Actor Donald Sutherland Is Dead at 88

Son Kiefer announces the Hollywood icon's death

(Newser) - Donald Sutherland, the prolific film and television actor whose long career stretched from M.A.S.H. to the Hunger Games, has died at age 88, per the AP . Kiefer Sutherland, the actor's son, confirmed his father's death Thursday on social media . No further details were immediately available....

'Say Hey Kid' Willie Mays Is Dead at 93

He was a baseball legend

(Newser) - Willie Mays, the electrifying "Say Hey Kid" whose singular combination of talent, drive and exuberance made him one of baseball's greatest and most beloved players, has died at age 93. Mays' family and the San Francisco Giants jointly announced Tuesday night he had "passed away peacefully" Tuesday...

Vietnam Vet's Obit Reveal: 'I Was Gay All My Life'
Vietnam Vet's Obit Reveal:
'I Must Tell You One More Thing'
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Vietnam Vet's Obit Reveal: 'I Must Tell You One More Thing'

Edward Ryan tells the world he was gay, had longtime partner, was afraid of being ostracized

(Newser) - By all accounts, Edward Thomas Ryan could claim a life well-lived. As noted in his obituary published earlier this month in the Albany Times Union, the 85-year-old Vietnam vet and retired firefighter from Rensselaer, New York, was a beloved brother and uncle to many nieces and nephews, with various "...

Oldest Man in US Dies at 110. His Brain Will Go to Science

'Super-ager' Morrie Markoff remained extremely lucid for his advanced years

(Newser) - There are fewer than 160 supercentenarians —people 110 and older—on Earth, and that elite group just lost one of its own. Judith Markoff Hansen confirms to the New York Times that her father, 110-year-old Morrie Markoff, the oldest man in America, died June 3 at his home in...

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