Author Philip Roth Dies at 85
The New York Times reports that American author Philip Roth, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his novel American Pastoral has died at age 85. Other well-known novels include "Portnoy's Complaint" and "The Human Stain".
Star of stage, screen and television, actor Joseph Campanella has died of natural causes at age 93. With a career spanning six decades, Campanella's face was a familiar one to TV viewers of the 1970s and 1980s as a frequent guest star on numerous series, ranging from "The Golden Girls" to "Vega$". Known for recurring roles on "One Day At At Time", "Quincy" and "The Colbys", Campanella was a series regular on "Mannix" (for which he won an Emmy nomination), and was also nominated for a 1962 Tony Award for his performance alongside Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland in "A Gift of Time". Campanella is survived by his wife, Jill, their seven sons and eight grandchildren.
Author Tom Wolfe Dead At 87
Author and journalist Tom Wolfe has passed away at 87-years-old.
The famed writer of "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" died in a Manhattan hospital while battling an infection, his agency confirmed.
Wolfe is also known for his novels "The Bonfire of the Vanities", "The Kingdom of Speech" and "Back to Blood".
‘Superman’ Star Margot Kidder Dead At 69
Margot Kidder, best known for her role as Lois Lane in “Superman”, has died at 69-years-old according to TMZ.
The Canadian-born actress starred in four “Superman” films alongside the late Christopher Reeve.
Kidder is survived by her daughter Maggie McGuane, 41.
Canadian Filmmaker and columnist Kevin Tierney passed away on Saturday, May 12 following a three-year battle with cancer.
Mark Harmon’s Sister Kristin Dies At 72
Mark Harmon’s sister Kristin, of “The Adventures of Ozzie”, has passed away at 72-years-old.
According to People magazine, the actress passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of cardiac arrest.
Kristin married rockstar Ricky Nelson in 1963. They shared four children.
Actress Pamela Gidley ‘Dies Peacefully’
Actress Pamela Gidley died aged 52 at her home in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Gidley played Teresa Banks in "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" in 1992. Her last big screen appearance was in "Cake Boy", an indie film from 2005.
The always cheery saxophonist of the Neville Brothers, Charles Neville passes away at 79-years-old following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Avicii (Tim Bergling)
Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, has died at age 28. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday, April 20. The cause has not yet been revealed.
World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino has sadly passed away at the age of 82. The cause has not yet been revealed.
R. Lee Ermey
Golden Globe-nominated "Full Metal Jacket" actor R. Lee Ermey passed away on the morning of Sunday, April 15 from complications of pneumonia. He was 74-years-old.
Oscar-winning director Milos Forman has passed away at 86. Winner of Best Director Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", Forman's other films include "The People vs. Larry Flynt", "Valmont" and "Man on the Moon".
Alex Beckett, who played Barney Lumsden from Perfect Curve in the BBC comedy "W1A", passed away suddenly at 36 years of age. The cause has not yet been reported.
Soul singer Yvonne Staples has passed away at 80. Staples was a member of the renowned Staples Singers, in which she performed throughout the world alongside sisters Mavis and Cleotha and their father, guitarist Pops Staples. Staples distinctive baritone can be heard on such Staples Singers hits as “Respect Yourself" and “I’ll Take You There".
"Luscious" Johnny Valiant
WWE Hall of Famer “Luscious” Johnny Valiant died Wednesday morning (April 4) at hospital after being struck crossing a street in a Pittsburgh. He was 71 years old.
Screenwriter Steven Bochco, who breathed life into such shows as "Hill Street Blues", "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue", died Sunday morning after a long battle with leukemia. He was 74-years-old.
A fixture on the Canadian comedy scene for more than 30 years, standup comic Mike MacDonald passed away at age 63. MacDonald appeared on such TV series as “Late Night with David Letterman” and "The Arsenio Hall Show”, and held the distinction of being the only comedian to appear at every single edition of Montreal's “Just For Laughs” festival.
Rapper Craig Mack has passed away aged 46, it has been reported.
The musician, who rose to fame in 1994 with the hit single "Flava In Ya Ear", is said to have died of heart failure in hospital near his home in South Carolina, according to the New York Daily News.
DJ Scratch broke the tragic news on Instagram, posting: "I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone.
"He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life.
"Craig was my roadie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night... Rest In Peace Lil Bro."
Mack was also the first artist to release an album on P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records.
"M*A*S*H" star David Ogden (pictured right) passed away following a battle with bladder cancer at 75-years-old.
Canadian Country Star Ronnie Prophet Dies At 80
Canadian country music star Ronnie Prophet has died at at the age of 80. Prophet passed away on Friday morning, according to a Facebook update posted by his family's spokesperson.
"The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member was probably the most gifted Canadian country music entertainer to every hit any stage. Chet Atkins once said Ronnie put on the greatest one-man show he had ever seen. My sincere and deepest condolences to Glory-Anne Prophet, the rest of his family, friends and fans," the statement read.
Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi passes away at the young age of 54 after reportedly going into cardiac arrest.
Fellow star Priyanka Chopra paid tribute to the icon on Twitter, writing, "I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi. A dark day. RIP."
'Notting Hill' Actress Emma Chambers Dead At 53
Emma Chambers, who played Honey in the classic romantic comedy "Notting Hill", died on Feb 21 at 53.
"Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed," said her agent John Grant in a statement.
Chambers died of "natural causes."
Singer for the all-girl group The Crystals, Barbara Alston has passed away at the age of 74. Her daughter, Donielle Prophete told BBC News that Alston had passed on Feb. 16 “due to complications from the flu.” Prophete also mentioned how much her mother loved being in ‘60s girl group “The Crystals and the work they created together.”
Prince Henrik Of Denmark
Prince Henrik of Denmark has passed away at the age of 83 at the Fredensborg Palace. The royal was diagnosed with dementia last September then suffered a lung infection in January before discovering a benign tumour in his lung. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family.
Comedian Marty Allen has passed away at 95 in Las Vegas due to complications from pneumonia. Marty was a part of the Allen & Rossi comedy team that had appeared 44 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show". Allen was known for his catchphrase “Hello dere”.
Country singer Daryle Singletary passed away at the age of 46 on Sunday, Feb. 11. The cause of death is currently unknown. Singletary was best known for hits "Too Much Fun" and "I Let Her Lie", from his self-titled 1995 debut album.
The legendary Vic Damone has passed away at the age of 89 on Sunday, Feb. 11,. Damone was described as having the "best pipes in the business" by Frank Sinatra. He had many great hits such as "On the Street Where You Live" and "War and Peace" in his five-decade-long music career.
Reg E. Cathey
"House of Cards" and "The Wire" star Reg E. Cathey passed away at 59-years-old. No cause of death was immediately revealed for the three-time Emmy-winner.
Pat Torpey, drummer for rock band Mr. Big, has passed away after a battle with Parkinson's. He was 58. In addition to drumming for Mr. Big, Torpey also played with such acts as John Parr, Belinda Carlisle, Robert Plant, Montrose, Richie Kotzen and The Knack. "With breaking hearts we tell you that our brother, friend, drummer and founding member, Pat, passed away Wednesday, February 7 from complications of Parkinson’s disease," wrote the band on its official Twitter account. "Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending."
Actor Mickey Jones died on Feb. 7 at age 76, following a lengthy illness.
The veteran character actor is best remembered for his role as a mechanic in "National Lampoon's Vacation", "Sling Blade" and most recently, as pot dealer Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham on the TV series "Justified".
The talented Jones got his start in music, playing drums on '60s songs like Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" and as part of the eclectic Kenny Rogers and The First Edition.
Actor John Mahoney passed away in hospice care at age 77. Familiar for his work in theatre — particularly in Chicago — and such films as "Tin Men", "Say Anything" and "Moonstruck", Mahoney will be best remembered for playing Martin Crane, curmudgeonly father to Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) on "Frasier", which ran for 11 successful seasons.
Dennis Edwards Of The Temptations Dies At 74
Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards has died at the age of 74.
Edwards’ family confirmed the news to CBS News and said he died in Chicago. They did not disclose a cause of death.
The Temptations were best known for the tracks "I Can't Get Next to You", "Ball of Confusion" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone".
Mark Salling Dies Of Apparent Suicide
Former “Glee” star Mark Calling has passed away from a suspected suicide.
This news comes after the actor entered a guilty plea to possession of child pornography in December. He was scheduled to be sentenced on March 7.
Salling was best-known for playing bad-boy Noah (Puck) Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy "Glee".
Legendary Canadian Jazz icon Tommy Banks has passed away at the age of 81.
His family has written a statement announcing his passing: “It is with tremendous sorrow that the family of Tommy Banks announces his passing. Mr. Banks died peacefully on Jan. 25, 2018 surrounded by his loving family and the gracious staff of the Grey Nuns palliative care unit.”
Mark E. Smith Of The Fall Dies At 60
Punk rocker Mark E. Smith, 60, of The Fall, has passed away.
The band’s manager broke the news on The Fall’s website, "It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith,” she wrote.
"He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time."
Discovery Channel's “Storm Chasers” star Joel Taylor has died at the age of 38. As of yet the death of Taylor is unknown.
African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela Dies At 78
African Jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78.
A statement from his family confirms Masekela passed away after a decade-long battle with cancer.
Samuel L. Jackson took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the “Father of South African jazz,” RIP Hugh Masekela, you & Gabriel can grab Satchmo & light da place up!” he wrote. “#MusicOfMyYouth.”
British rock musician Jim Rodford has passed away at age 76 after falling down a flight of stairs. Rodford was known for playing bass in numerous bands, including The Zombies, Argent and The Kinks. "I'm too broken up to put words together, it's such a shock, I always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion - strange - great friend, great musician, great man - he was an integral part of the Kinks' later years. RIP," wrote Kinks frontman Ray Davies on Twitter.
Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has reportedly died at age 27. While the cause of death has not yet been made public, Santana was hospitalized in October after suffering kidney and liver failure. Santana is best known for his 2013 debut album "Trappin Ain’t Dead" and for his cameo appearance in the video for Drake’s track "Hold On, We’re Going Home".
John Barton, director and co-founder of London's Royal Shakespeare Company, passed away at age 89. Sir Patrick Stewart, who has appeared in numerous RSC productions throughout the years, took to Twitter to pay tribute to Barton. "It is with great sadness I have heard today of John B's death," wrote the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star. "But the sadness is overwhelmed by the gratitude, respect and love I had/have for him. No one in my career had the impact that John had and the names William Shakespeare and John Barton will be for me forever united."
Australian "Home and Away" actress Jessica Falkholt succumbed to injuries suffered from a fatal car accident in New South Wales on Dec. 26.
Falkholt, 29, had her life support switched off last week and passed away on Wednesday. Her mom and dad died instantly in the same crash and the actress' sister also passed away.
Dolores O’Riordan Of Irish Band The Cranberries Dead At 46
The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has passed away suddenly at 46-years-old.
“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session," her publicist said in a statement. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
No further details are available as of yet.
Motörhead guitarist Eddie Clarke has passed away due to pneumonia at the age of 67. Known as “Fast” Eddie Clarke, the musician was the last remaining member of the original lineup, which included Lemmy and drummer Phil Taylor, both of whom died in 2015.
A founding member of trailblazing rock band The Moody Blues, flautist/vocalist Ray Thomas has passed away at age 76. "We are deeply shocked by his passing and will miss his warmth, humour and kindness," wrote the band's label in a state,emt. "It was a privilege to have known and worked with him and our thoughts are with his family and his wife Lee at this sad time." The Moody Blues are scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2018.