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After Tiananmen, This Chinese Leader Defied Predictions

Former President Jiang Zemin, who led his nation out of isolation, is dead at age 96

(Newser) - Former President Jiang Zemin, who led China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, died Wednesday. He was 96. Jiang died of leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai, where he...

Extradition Process Underway After NC Woman Dies in Mexico

Shanquella Robinson died as a result of 'direct attack' involving friend, prosecutors say

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Mexico are working to extradite a female friend of a North Carolina woman who was found dead in a vacation rental property in Cabo San Lucas. Authorities say 25-year-old Shanquelle Robinson died as the result of a "direct attack" involving one of her friends last month and...

'We Will Never Forgive': Strike Kills 2-Day-Old Ukrainian

Overnight rocket attack destroys hospital maternity ward in southern Ukraine

(Newser) - A maternity unit in Ukraine's southern Zaporizhzhia region held a single mother and newborn when it was struck by a Russian missile overnight, reports the BBC . The baby, a 2-day-old boy named Kyrylo Kamyanskyi, didn't survive the attack; his mother Maria and a doctor who suffered some burns...

Amid Rush Hour in Jerusalem, 2 Giant Blasts

Teen killed, 18 hurt after bomb attacks at 2 Israeli bus stations

(Newser) - Two blasts went off near bus stops in Jerusalem at the height of morning rush hour on Wednesday, killing a Canadian-Israeli teenager and injuring at least 18, in what police said were suspected attacks by Palestinians. The first explosion occurred near a typically crowded bus stop on the edge of...

Authorities Rule on Debbie Collier's Cause of Death

'Self-inflicted,' cops say of 59-year-old Georgia woman found dead in September

(Newser) - After a two-month mystery in Georgia that earned headlines around the country, authorities say they now know how Debbie Collier died. "A detailed examination of all gathered information has enabled investigators to determine, based on factual evidence and data, that Mrs. Collier's death was self-inflicted," the Habersham...

Caterpillar to Blame for Worker's Fall Into Molten Iron

OSHA proposes $145K fine over Steve Dierkes' death in June

(Newser) - A worker had been on the job a little over a week when he fell into a pot of molten iron that ABC News reports was "twice as hot as lava." Steve Dierkes, a melting specialist at a Caterpillar foundry in Mapleton, Illinois, was "immediately incinerated" by...

'Wizard of Odd' Is Dead at 76
No One Will
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Stuff Quite
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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...

A New Option After Death: Human Composting
A New Option After Death:
Human Composting
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A New Option After Death: Human Composting

It's more technically known as natural organic reduction, or NOR

(Newser) - "It would be such a wonderful thing for me—to be able to just walk through [my garden] and be like, 'Oh, hi, Mom,'" Rachel Gerberding told her dying mother. She wasn't talking about somehow burying her there. She was thinking of composting her mom—...

Takeoff of Rap Trio Migos Shot Dead at Houston Party

Migos member Takeoff, 28, was reportedly gunned down Tuesday at a Houston bowling alley

(Newser) - Initial reports of a man fatally gunned down at a Texas party early Tuesday didn't offer many details, including the identity of the deceased, whom they simply described as a Black man in his 20s. Now, TMZ (reader discretion advised: link contains graphic photos) confirms with law enforcement...

Biker Who Fought to Overturn Helmet Law Dies Ironically

Ron Smith, Brenda Volpe weren't wearing helmets when they died of head trauma in crash

(Newser) - A Florida lawyer who aggressively fought to overturn a state law requiring bikers to wear helmets died in a crash with his girlfriend. Neither were wearing helmets. Ron Smith, 66, and Brenda Jeanan Volpe, 62, were on their first ride with the American Legion Post 173 in Holiday on Aug....

Schitt's Creek Executive Producer Dead at 47
Schitt's Creek Executive
Producer Dead at 47
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Schitt's Creek Executive Producer Dead at 47

Ben Feigin, who helped launch the hit CBC/Netflix series, has died of pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - One of the driving forces behind the award-winning CBC television series Schitt's Creek is gone. Variety reports that executive producer Ben Feigin died of pancreatic cancer, with confirmation on his death from United Talent Agency, his former employer. Feigin was 47. The Maryland native kicked off his career at...

Encounter With Giraffe at Game Preserve Turns Deadly

Toddler dies, mother in critical condition following incident in South Africa

(Newser) - A toddler has died and her mother is fighting for her life after the pair were reportedly trampled by a giraffe on a South African game preserve. The incident happened around 4pm local time on Wednesday at the luxury Kuleni Game Park in KwaZulu-Natal province on the country's east...

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

WWE Wrestler Sara Lee Dead at 30
WWE Wrestler
Sara Lee Dead at 30
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WWE Wrestler Sara Lee Dead at 30

'Tough Enough' contestant, mother of 3 dies unexpectedly of unknown cause

(Newser) - Sara Lee, a professional wrestler who nabbed a WWE contract as season 6 winner of the Tough Enough reality TV competition, has died. Lee's mother confirmed the 30-year-old mother of three, who was married to fellow wrester Westin Blake, died unexpectedly. "We are all in shock and arrangements...

'Love Goddess' Comedian Judy Tenuta Dead at 72
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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...

Track Dad Who Helped Son Finish Memorable Race Has Died

Jim and Derek Redmond participated in 'one of the most inspirational moments in Olympic history'

(Newser) - Jim Redmond wasn't supposed to be on the track at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. He wasn't even an athlete, yet he played a key role in what the Olympic Committee calls "one of the most inspirational moments in Olympic history." Per NPR, Jim Redmond died...

2 Weeks After Academy Apology, Littlefeather Dies at 75

Native American actor received 50-year-old mea culpa after she turned down Brando Oscar in '73

(Newser) - Last month, Sacheen Littlefeather received a mea culpa 50 years in the making from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which apologized for how she was treated when she rebuffed a 1973 Oscar for Marlon Brando. Now, just over two weeks later, the Native American activist and actress...

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...

For a Minute-Plus, He Was Tased by Cop. 4 Days Later, He Died

Conn. police conducting internal probe after Ryan Marzi's death following trooper encounter

(Newser) - An obituary for Ryan Marzi notes that he "passed away unexpectedly in his sleep" in August, but an encounter he had with Connecticut state troopers just four days before his death is now under investigation. Per the Hartford Courant , two troopers, Desmond Stimson and Jessie Rainville, had responded to...

8th-Highest Peak Claims Pioneering US Mountaineer

Body of Hilaree Nelson recovered from Nepal's Mount Manaslu, from which she fell on Monday

(Newser) - Update: The death of US ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson has been confirmed with the recovery of her body from the world's eighth-highest peak. The 49-year-old fell down the southern side of Nepal's 26,781-foot Mount Manaslu after leaving the summit on Monday. Her partner, Jim Morrison, who was...

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