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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...

'Wizard of Odd' Is Dead at 76
No One Will
Ever Smash
Stuff Quite
Like He Did

No One Will Ever Smash Stuff Quite Like He Did

Comedian Gallagher, famous for destroying watermelons and other items onstage, is dead at 76

(Newser) - Leo Gallagher, legendary for smashing anything and everything he could with a giant sledgehammer during his comedy performances, has annihilated his last watermelon. Craig Marquardo, longtime manager for the 76-year-old comedian, confirms to TMZ and CNN that he died early Friday in hospice care in Palm Springs, Calif., "surrounded...

Rapper Takeoff to Get Big Send-Off
Rapper Takeoff
to Get Big Send-Off

Rapper Takeoff to Get Big Send-Off

Funeral will be held Friday at Atlanta's State Farm Arena

(Newser) - Takeoff will get quite the sendoff. A funeral for the rapper, who was shot dead at a Houston bowling alley a week ago, will be held Friday at Atlanta's State Farm Arena, home to the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, which can hold some 20,000 people, TMZ reports. Kirshnik...

Multimillionaire Manga Creator Secretly Died a 'Hero'

Kazuki Takahashi drowned in Japan in July while attempting to save a girl and her parents

(Newser) - When Kazuki Takahashi, creator of the popular manga Yu-Gi-Oh!, died in July, Japanese authorities gave few details on what had happened. They said the 60-year-old, whose body was found in snorkeling gear off the coast of Nago city in Okinawa, had died by drowning. But that wasn't the whole...

She Stunned Tinseltown With 'Take No Prisoners' Reporting
'She Told the Truth
About Hollywood'

'She Told the Truth About Hollywood'

Nikki Finke, founder of Deadline entertainment news site, has died at age 68

(Newser) - Deadline is reporting on a death that hits especially hard among its own: Nikki Finke, the fiery entertainment journalist who founded the Hollywood trade site, died Sunday at the age of 68 at her home in Boca Raton, Fla., after a long illness. Finke, who Variety notes was notorious...

'Love Goddess' Comedian Judy Tenuta Dead at 72
Always a
'Happy Time
to Be Around

Always a 'Happy Time to Be Around Her'

'Love Goddess' comedian Judy Tenuta dies at 72 of ovarian cancer

(Newser) - Judy Tenuta, a brash stand-up who cheekily styled herself as the "Love Goddess" and toured with George Carlin as she built her career in the 1980s golden age of comedy, died Thursday. She was 72. Tenuta died at home in Los Angeles, with her family around her, publicist Roger...

'True Legend' Loretta Lynn Takes Her Final Bow
'True Legend'
Loretta Lynn Takes
Her Final Bow

'True Legend' Loretta Lynn Takes Her Final Bow

Trailblazing country singer died at home in Tennessee on Tuesday at the age of 90

(Newser) - The "Coal Miner's Daughter" has sung her last tune. Country singer Loretta Lynn died "peacefully ... in her sleep" Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., family members tell the AP . The 90-year-old, who suffered a stroke in 2017, died from natural causes, a rep tells TMZ...

His 'Fight of the Century' Against Ali Made Him Famous

Popular Japanese wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki is dead at 79

(Newser) - Popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. Inoki brought Japanese pro wrestling to fame and pioneered mixed martial arts matches between top wrestlers and champions from other combat sports like...

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