Sue Lyon, best known for playing the title role in Stanley Kubrick's controversial 1962 dark comedy "Lolita", has passed away at 73. Lyon was just 14 when she beat out 800 other actresses for the role of the teenager who becomes the object of lustful obsession for her middle-aged stepfather (James Mason), with Kubrick describing her as "a one-in-million find." Other film roles included 1964's "The Night of the Iguana" opposite Richard Burton and director John Ford’s 1966 drama "7 Women". Even though "Lolita" remained her most identifiable role, later in life she seemed regretful.
When the film was remade in 1997, she issued a rare public statement to Reuters: “I am appalled they should revive the film that caused my destruction as a person.”
Kushaal Punjabi Dead At 42
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Bollywood actor Kushaal Punjabi, 42, died by suicide. He was found dead in his apartment by his parents on Friday morning, according to multiple outlets. A suicide note was recovered.
French actress and model Claudine Auger has passed away at age 78. Best known as one of the first Bond girls for her role as Domino in 1965 007 film "Thunderball", she beat out such actresses as Raquel Welch, Julie Christie and Faye Dunaway for the role.
Chuy Bravo has died at 63.
Bravo was best known as Chelsea Handler's sidekick on "Chelsea Lately".
He died suddenly on Dec. 14. No other details are known at this time.
Danny Aiello Dead At 86
Oscar-nominated "Do the Right Thing" actor Danny Aiello has died at the age of 86.
Aiello came to prominence in the 1973 film "Bang the Drum Slowly", and went on to star in films such as "Moonstruck", "The Godfather Part II" and more.
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Tony-winning Broadway actor Richard Easton has died. Easton, a Canadian, has appeared two-dozen times on Broadway and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2008. He died on Dec. 2 at age 86.
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Iconic '80s voice Marie Fredriksson, of Swedish pop duo Roxette, has passed away at 61 after a 17-year battle with cancer.
"You were a truly unique musician, a singer on a level we will hardly ever experience again. You painted my black and white songs with the most beautiful colours," Fredriksson's music partner Per Gessle said in a statement.
Former child actor Phillip McKeon died at the age of 61 on Dec. 10, following a long illness. The brother of actress Nancy McKeon, he was best known for his role as Tommy Hyatt in the 1980s sitcom "Alice". McKeon stopped acting in 1994, but served as producer on films including "Murder In The First" and "The Jacket" before turning to radio. He spent several years hosting his own radio show in Wimblerly, Texas before his death.
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Robert Walker Jr., known for his role in "Star Trek", has died at the age of 79.
Walker Jr.'s family confirmed the news to StarTrek.com.
He also starred in "Bonanza", "Route 66", "Charlie’s Angels", "Colombo" and "Murder, She Wrote".
Legendary "Star Trek" writer D.C. Fontana has passed away at 80. A member of the writing staff on the original 1960s TV series, Fontana was responsible for some of the show's most memorable episodes and creating key elements of the "Trek" canon. Her association with "Star Trek" continued long after the show's cancellation, writing books and becoming involved in numerous "Trek"-related projects over the years. In addition, Fontana also wrote episodes of of such television series as "The Waltons", "Bonanza", "Babylon 5" and "The Six Million Dollar Man".
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Cha In-ha, a Korean actor known for his roles in "The Banker" and "Clean With Passion for Now", has reportedly died at the age of 27.
In-ha was found dead in his home: "We feel devastated to deliver such heartbreaking and unfortunate news. On Dec. 3, actor Cha In-ha left our sides," a statement from In-ha's management agency, Fantagio, reads. "We are truly heartbroken to deliver sad news to everyone who has sent lots of love and support to Cha In Ha until now. We are filled with grief at this news that is still hard to believe."
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Andrew "Greedy" Smith of the band Mental As Anything has passed away at age 63. Smith suffered a heart attack while behind the wheel of his car. The incident came as a surprise to band manager Grant Bartlett, who described Smith as "one of the healthiest guys I've seen," per the Sydney Morning Herald.
Songwriter Irving Burgie has passed away at 95. A native of Brooklyn, Burgie is best remember for writing Harry Belafonte's 1956 hit "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)", kicking off the Calypso music boom of the mid-1950s. According to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Burgie’s songs have sold over 100 million records worldwide.
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Godfrey Gao, best known for his role in "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones", has died at the age of 35.
The actor's agency, JetStar Entertainment, confirmed the news, revealing Gao was filming a sports reality show, “Chase Me", in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo on Nov. 27 when he died on set.
Jonathan Miller, the famed director, filmmaker and comedian behind "Beyond the Fringe" has passed away on Nov. 27. He was 85.
Miller’s family confirmed the news in a statement, revealing he “died this morning peacefully at home with his family around him following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.”
Adding, “His death is a great loss to our family and to his friends and will leave a huge hole in our lives."
South Korean K-pop star Goo Hara was found dead in her Seoul home. She was 28. Hara first came to game in 2008 as a member of the girl group Kara, popular in South Korea, Japan and other Asian countries. She later struck out on her own as a solo artist, and became a fixture on South Korean television.
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Michael J. Pollard has died at 80. The "Bonnie and Clyde" and "House of 1000 Corpses" actor was an Oscar-nominee. "House of 1000 Corpses" director Rob Zombie broke the news on Facebook. "I have always loved his work and his truly unique on-screen presence," Zombie wrote. Pollard is survived by his child Holly Howland.
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Jane Galloway Heitz, who portrayed Lillian Adler on “Glee”, has died. She was 78.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress died of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Highland Park, Illinois.
Galloway Heitz also had guest appearances on "Big Bang Theory" and "Shameless".
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Walter Mercado, who is better known as his stage name Shanti Ananda, has been laid to rest after passing away at age 87.
The beloved astrologer and TV personality suffered cardiac problems in 2012 and reportedly died of renal failure at the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Mercado was known for the show "Mucho Mucho Amor".
Actor Brian Tarantina has passed away at age 60. A veteran character actor with a vast array of credits, Tarantina's extensive film and television work spanned from the 1980s to the present, highlighted by recurring roles in "Gilmore Girls" and, more recently, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel". A representative for the NYPD has confirmed that the cause of death appears to be an accidental drug overdose.
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Actor John Witherspoon has passed away at the age of 77.
The comedy great had a long career in stand-up as well as on-screen on TV, as well as in films like 1980's "The Jazz Singer", the 1995 classic "Friday" and the animated series "The Boondocks".
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Robert Evans, the former chief of Paramount and producer of "Chinatown" and "Urban Cowboy" has died at age 89.
Evans began his career as an actor in the 1950s before transitioning to producing. Other films he oversaw included "Rosemary's Baby", "Love Story" and "The Godfather" among many others.
Guitarist Paul Barrere has passed away at 71 due to complications with liver disease. Barrere is best known as the lead guitarist for Little Feat, a role he assumed after the death of original frontman/guitarist Lowell George in 1979. Barrere also performed with numerous other artists over the years, including Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Palmer and Carly Simon. "Paul, sail on to the next place in your journey with our abiding love for a life always dedicated to the muse and the music,” reads a statement shared on social media by the surviving members of Little Feat. “We are grateful for the time we have shared.”
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John Clarke has passed away at age 88 from complications stemming from pneumonia.
Clarke is best known for playing Mickey Horton on "Days of Our Lives" -- a role for which he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Actor in 1979.
The actor is survived by his wife Patty, children Joshua and Melinda, and grandchildren Catherine Grace, Natasha, and Jacob.
On Oct. 6 comedian Rip Taylor died at 84 in Beverly Hills.
The "King of Confetti" had over 2,000 TV appearances throughout his career and was known for his over-the-top gags.
He is survived by longtime partner Robert Fortney.
Ginger Baker has passed away at age 80. Revered as one of rock's great drummers, Baker is best remembered for being part of iconic British power trio Cream alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. After the breakup of Cream, Baker once again teamed with Clapton for the short-lived band Blind Faith, along with Steve Winwood, before he formed Ginger Baker's Air Force. In his later years, Baker demonstrated his eclectic musical tastes by performing with an array of groups, ranging from prog-rockers Hawkwind to John Lydon's Public Image Ltd.
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Singer and actress Diahann Carroll, 84, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Carroll is known for her historic roles in her own TV show "Julia" and "Dynasty". She received an Oscar nomination for her role in "Claudine", and was the first African-American female to win a Tony for best actress in a lead role for the musical "No Strings".
Character actor Linda Porter has passed away at age 86 after a battle with cancer. A veteran of numerous films and TV series, Porter was last seen in her recurring role as store greeter Myrtle in NBC comedy "Superstore". “Linda wasn’t just hilarious, she was incredibly sweet, energetic and enthusiastic — working with her brightened everyone’s day,” Superstore executive producers/co-showrunners Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green said on behalf of the show’s cast and crew. “We’re lucky to have been a small part of her long career. The 'Superstore' family won’t be the same without her.”
"Cobra Kai" and "Karate Kid" actor Rob Garrison has passed away. Best known for playing Tommy, the beloved actor died on Friday, Sept. 27. Garrison had been dealing with a number of health complications. He was only 59.
Actor Aron Eisenberg, known for his portrayal of Nog on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", has passed away at age 50. “It is with extreme regret and sadness to announce that my love and best friend, Aron Eisenberg, passed away earlier today,” wrote the late actor's wife, Malissa Longo, on Facebook. “He was an intelligent, humble, funny, emphatic soul. He sought to live his life with integrity and truth.”
Cokie Roberts, beloved political journalist, has died at the age of 75.
Roberts, who worked for ABC News and NPR over several decades, died after complications from breast cancer.
ABC broke into network programming to announce her death and pay tribute on Tuesday. Celebrities, including Barack Obama and other high profile politicians, are paying tribute to Roberts.
The Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek died on Sept. 15 at the age of 75.
He was found unresponsive in his bed at his New York townhouse and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Eddie Money has passed away at 70 after a battle with stage 4 esophageal cancer. Money was known for the '80s hits "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Two Tickets To Paradise".
His family said in a statement: “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”
“Project Runway”’s Chris March has passed away at the age of 56, according to TMZ.
The outlet reports that the designer, who dressed stars like Beyoncé and Meryl Streep, died after suffering a heart attack.
March also had his own Bravo show “Mad Fashion”, appeared on “Real Housewives Of New York” as well as season 4 of "Project Runway" and "Project Runway All Stars”.
Guitarist Dan Warner has passed away of an apparent heart attack. A fixture ied late Wednesday of an apparent heart attack.
According to sources, Warner died doing what he loved: playing the guitar. He had finished a session in Miami, where he lived, and headed to his favorite bar, Shenanigans, in Hollywood, Fla. -- just north of Miami. He played a set with the band and collapsed after he walked offstage.
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"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" actress Valerie Harper has sadly passed away. The three-time Emmy-winning actress was 80-year-old at the time of her death on Friday, August 30. The ever-persistent star was only given three months to live in 2013 following a 2009 lung cancer diagnosis. She defied the odds and lived another six years.
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Peter Fonda died on Aug. 16 from respiratory failure due to lung cancer at the age of 79.
The "Easy Rider"'s family issued a statement calling his death "one of the saddest moment of our lives."
They added, "While we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom."
David Berman Dies
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Singer-songwriter David Berman, best known for his work with Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, died at age 52. Berman’s longtime record label Drag City confirmed his death on August 7.
“We couldn’t be more sorry to tell you this. David Berman passed away earlier today," Drag City tweeted. "A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we’ve ever known is gone. Rest easy, David.” A cause of death has not yet been announced. Berman was also a poet and cartoonist.
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Actor Barry Coe has passed away at the age of 84 after a battle with bone marrow disease, myelodysplastic syndrome.
The Golden Globe winner starred in the 1957 classic film "Peyton Place".
Coe went on to appear in a number of films and TV shows, including "Follow the Sun" and "Bonanza".
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88. Her publisher Alfred A. Knopf confirmed the news on Twitter:
"We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight. 'We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.' February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019"
Morrison's family announced that she passed away after a brief illness. She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse, has died at the age of 75.
Taylor played the part of Minnie for over 30 years in everything from television shows, theme park experiences and more.
Taylor was married to Micky Mouse voice actor Wayne Allwine who died in 2009.
"We’re so grateful for Russi’s talent as well as the tremendous spirit and great joy she brought to everything she did," a statement from Disney CEO Bob Iger said.
Gabe Khouth, best known for his role on “Once Upon A Time”, has died at the age of 46.
According to his friend, actor Peter Kelamis, Khouth died on July 23 after appearing to suffer cardiac arrest while riding his motorcycle.
“Gabe ALWAYS put a smile on everyone’s face,” Kelamis tweeted. “My deepest condolences to his family and friends RIP — You kind, kind soul.”
Actor Rutger Hauer has passed away at the age of 75.
Hauer died at his home in the Netherlands on July 19 after a short illness.
The actor is best known for his performance as the replicant Roy Batty in the 1982 film "Blade Runner".
Hauer also starred in such films as "Ladyhawke", "The Hitcher" and "Batman Begins".
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Musician Art Neville of the Neville Brothers and the Meters has passed away at the age of 81.
Neville announced his retirement from music in December 2018.
The singer-songwriter first rose to prominence with the Hawketts, and sang lead on the 1954 classic "Mardi Gras Mambo".
‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea’ Actor David Hedison Dead At 92
David Hedison, star of “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea”, has died at age 92.
Hedison’s daughters, Alexandra and Serena, announced their father “passed away peacefully” on July 18 in Los Angeles.
Crawford Hawkins Dead At 85
Canadian director, producer and editor Crawford Hawkins has passed away at 85-years-old. He headed the Directors Guild of Canada in Vancouver before his death on June 25. "What Crawford gave our community is stunning in its breadth as in its depth and matched by the memories of the countless individuals and lives he touched along the way," said Tim Southam, national president of the Directors Guild of Canada. "He will be remembered and he will be missed."
Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker
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Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has died at 55-years-old.
The boxing champ was hit by a pickup truck in Virginia Beach on Sunday night and he died at the scene.
According to the Virginia-Pilot, police said the driver remained there with the officers. No one has been charged and it does not appear alcohol, drugs or speed were a factor in the crash.
Whitaker won an Olympic gold medal in 1984.
Stephanie Niznik has passed away at the young age of 52. The actress is best known for her role as Nina on the drama series "Everwood" and her part on "Star Trek: Insurrection". Niznik died unexpectedly in Encino, California on June 23.
Producer, editor and director Richard Shaw passed away at age 65 from complications from an unexpected heart condition. Among his numerous projects was 2010's "The Wordz Project", featuring Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and other rappers discussing how their religious and spiritual beliefs are expressed through their music. Other credits included writing and directing an episode of sci-fi series "Watchers" and producing several other episodes. Shaw also directed and hosted the 2015 documentary "Torah Codes to End Darkness".
Actress Denise Nickerson has died at 62 years old.
Audiences will likely best remember her as Violet Beauregarde, the girl who got turned into a blueberry, in the "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" film. She also starred as an orphan in the '60s supernatural series "Dark Shadows".
The actress passed away at a hospital in Colorado on Wednesday, July 10, after her family removed her from life support. Nickerson's health had been deteriorating since she suffered a stroke last year.
Following a career that spanned over 60 years, Rip Torn, “passed away peacefully” at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut.
The actor, who is known most recently for his work in "MIB" and "30 Rock" is survived by his wife and two children, as well as two other daughters from previous marriages.
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Character actor Eddie Jones passed away at the age of 84 on July 6. Jones is perhaps best known for his role as Pa Kent on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman". He also had notable roles in "A League of Their Own" and "Seabiscuit".
Jones is survived by his wife, Anita, two sisters and several nephews and nieces.
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Brazilian singer, guitarist and composerJoao Gilberto, considered one of the fathers of the Bossa Nova genre, has died at 88. Gilberto's 1966 hit "Bim-Bom" helped launch Bossa Nova into the mainstream, following the success of his seminal albums “Chega de Saudade,” ″Love, A Smile and A Flower,” and “Joao Gilberto”. His 1964 album "Getz/Gilberto", a collaboration with U.S. saxophonist Stan Getz, sold more than 2 million copies.
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Cameron Boyce, best known for his roles in Disney Channel hits "Jessie" and "Descendants", passed away in his sleep at age 20. According to a spokesperson for the actor's family, the cause of death was "due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated."
Actor Billy Drago, known for playing villainous roles in films ranging from "The Untouchables" to Clint Eastwood's "Pale Riders", has passed away at 73. Starting his career as a stuntman in his home state of Kansas, Drago went on to appear in more than 100 films and numerous TV series throughout a career spanning five decades.
Best known for playing Willie Tanner on beloved sitcom "ALF", Max Wright has passed away at age 75 after a battle with cancer. An in-demand character actor during the 1980s and 1990s, Wright appeared in numerous TV series and several movies, including Oscar winners "Reds" and "All That Jazz". He also worked extensively onstage, earning a 1998 Tony nomination for his role in Anton Chekov's "Ivanov".
British Wrestler Adrian McCallum, a.k.a. Lionheart has died at the age of 36.
ICW released a statement on June 19, announcing the heavyweight champion’s tragic passing: “It's with a very heavy heart that we have to pass on the news that ICW World Heavyweight Champion and overall fantastic British Wrestler Adrian McCallum, known as ‘Lionheart’ has passed away today. We'll have more news on this as soon as possible.”
"Seeking Sister Wife" star Bernie McGee has died at the age of 41 from heat stroke and a heart attack.
His wife, Paige McGee, blames her brother, Patrick Marble, for the stress caused on the couple when he accused them of harassing him.
In a Facebook post, Paige said "the stress of going to court this coming Wednesday with fear of 1 year in jail wore on Bernie" and that Patrick's "constant lies and attacks" killed her husband.
Gloria Vanderbilt, former model, fashion designer, and mother of Anderson Cooper, has passed away at the age of 95.
The CNN anchor shared the devastating news on air during Monday's broadcast. Cooper revealed that he took his mother to the hospital several weeks before she passed, only to find out that she had severe stomach cancer.
"I never knew we had the exact same giggle," he said of one of his visits with his mother before she passed. "I recorded it and it makes me giggle every time I watch it."
Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96 in Rome. A director and producer of operas, films and television, Zeffirelli was also a former senator (1994-2001) for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia party. Moviegoers will remember his film adaptations of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet" (starring Mel Gibson) and "The Taming of the Shrew", the latter starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. As a director, he also won acclaim from such films as "Endless Love", "Tea With Mussolini", "La traviata" and "The Champ".
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Mexican telenovela star Edith Gonzalez has passed away at 54.
The actress was beloved by telenovela fans for her decades of work on TV, most recently appearing in 2016's "Eva La Trailera".
Gonzalez was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2016.
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Geto Boys rapper Bushwick Bill has died at the age of 52. The former hip-hop group member passed away at a hospital in Colorado, surrounded by his family. Bill's business manager Pete Marrero broke the news that the "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" rapper was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in February.
Former WWE Diva and "Survivor" castaway Ashley Massaro has passed away at age 39. Massaro came to the WWE after winning its "2005 Raw Diva Search," which included a one-year
$250,000 contract, and she later became the valet for tag-team champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Massaro also competed in "Survivor: China" in 2007, but was voted off in that season's second episode. The cause of death has not yet been revealed, but reports say that it's "non-criminal" in nature.
Tim Conway has died at age 85.
The comedian passed away in a Los Angeles care facility after a long battle with illness.
Conway’s wife, Charlene Fusco, and daughter, Jackie, were at his side.
Conway’s daughter Kelly said in a statement: “The love he gave us, and the laughter he gave the world will never be replaced, but will be remembered forever. He is at peace now but I will miss him every second of every day until we meet again in heaven.”
Legendary actress and singer Doris Day has sadly passed away at the age of 97.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed in a statement that the "Pillow Talk" actress had died early Monday morning in her California home while surrounded by a number of her closest friends.
“Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” the foundation said in their statement.
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"Real Housewives Of Miami" star Elsa Patton has died at the age of 84.
A statement from the family read, "In lieu of tears the family asks you to raise a glass of good champagne in honor of Elsa’s memory. Our beloved Elsa Patton (AKA Mama Elsa) passed away over Mother’s Day weekend after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family and close friends. Elsa was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Donald Patton who passed away last February of 2018. She is survived by her two children, Marysol Patton and Thomas Anthony Jones, her daughter in law Svetlana, and her grandson Hunter."
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Former WCW wrestler Ramses aka Silver King, died in London on May 11.
The Mexican wrestler, 51, suffered a medical issue in the ring during a show and passed away.
The cause of his death is still unknown.
Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron also starred opposite Jack Black in his 2006 film "Nacho Libre".
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Best known for his role as the Red Ranger on "Power Rangers Ninja Storm", New Zealand-born actor Pua Magasiva has died at age 38. Magasiva was found unresponsive when police were called to his home in Wellington, New Zealand, with a police spokesman saying there were “no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.”
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"Wild Kingdom" host Jim Fowler passed away at age 89. The television personality, who was also a regular on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", died in his Connecticut home on Wednesday, May 8. He is survived by his wife, Betsey Fowler, and his two children, Mark and Carrie.
Troy Shafer, the star of DIY Network's "Nashville Flipped", died on April 28 at the age of 38.
No cause of death has been reported yet, but TMZ reports that his brother has said Shafer died in his sleep.
Designer Max Azria Dead At 70
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Max Azria, the famed founder of BCBGMAXAZRIA, has died at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.
The brand confirmed the news on Tuesday tweeting a statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Max Azria. Max was a true visionary, who defined the Contemporary Fashion category. BCBG stands for Bon Chic, Bon Genre or 'good style, good attitude,' which reflects the legacy of the man himself, one we are committed to preserving in his honour. Our deepest condolences to the Azria family.”
Actor Peter Mayhew died on April 30 at his home in North Texas.
The actor was best known for playing Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films.
"The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home," his family wrote on Twitter announcing his death.
Phil McCormack Of Molly Hatchet, Dead At 58
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Phil McCormack, frontman of the Southern rock group Molly Hatchet has died at the age of 58.
McCormack’s bandmates confirmed the news on social media, writing, "It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of our friend and band member, Phil McCormack. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. Phil's contributions to Molly Hatchet were heard around the world. He will be missed but never forgotten."
Details surrounding his death have yet to be confirmed.
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Larry "Flash" Jenkins died on April 25 at 63-years-old.
The "Fletch" actor suffered a heart attack his agency confirmed.
He also appeared in "Low Town", "Home Improvement", and a cameo in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" as one of the guys to take Cameron's dad's car for a joyride.
Jenkins is survived by his son, Jeffery.
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" actress Georgia Engel has passed away at 70-years-old. Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey. The cause of death is undetermined.
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Known for such 1980s hits as “Holding Her and Loving You,” and “Once In A Blue Moon”, country singer Earl Thomas Conley has passed away at 77. Blake Shelton, who co-wrote a song with Conley in 2002, paid tribute in a heartfelt social media post. “My heart is absolutely destroyed today," he wrote. “Earl was my all time favourite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest…”
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Oscar nominated actor Seymour Cassel has died at the age of 84 on April 7.
He was a staple in Wes Anderson films including "Rushmore", "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" and
Serbian actress Nadja Regin, best known for roles in the James Bond films “From Russia With Love” and “Goldfinger”, has died at age 87. The official James Bond Twitter account announced news of her passing on April 8.
Regin left acting to pursue publishing in the 1980s and wrote a historical romance novel in 2016.
Bill Isles, one of the founding members of R&B group The O'Jays, has passed away at 78. Before leaving the group in 1965, Isles (pictured at far right) was featured on such early O'Jays hits as "Lipstick Traces" and "Lonely Drifters". According to Isles' son, his father served as The O’Jays’ tour manager between 1971 and 1974, a period when the group released its biggest hits, “Love Train” and “Back Stabbers".
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"Goldfinger" actress Tania Mallet has died at the age of 77.
She was best known for her role as Bond Girl Tilly Masterson opposite Sean Connery in the 1964 film. She is cousins with Dame Helen Mirren.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead outside his store in Los Angeles on March 31. He was only 33.
He leaves behind his girlfriend and their two children.
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Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading of British indie band Her's passed away in a tragic traffic accident when their tour van was struck head-on by a pickup truck. Band manager Trevor Engelbrektson was also killed in the crash. “Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label. As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious,” said a statement from the band's label. "Musically, Her’s were astonishing. An aptitude for melody, fun, and entertainment combined with a complexity that was as sophisticated as it was stylish.”
Belgian-born director Agnes Varda, a pioneer of the French New Wave, has died at age 90.
The influential filmmaker died at home among friends and family after a short battle with cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In 2017, Varda became the first female director to receive an Academy Honorary Award for her contributions to cinema. She was also the oldest person to receive an Oscar nomination, for her documentary 'Faces Places'.
"Charlie's Angels" and "Love Boat" alum Denise DuBarry has passed away at 63-years-old. The actress died in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 23 after fighting an infection stemming from a rare fungus. She is survived by her husband, William Hay, and daughter, Samantha Lockwood.
Singer-songwriter Scott Walker, best known for tracks such as "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", has died at age 76.
Walker's record label 4AD said in a statement: "Scott Walker has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it."
Country singer Justin Carter has died at 35 after a prop gun accidentally went off in his apartment.
Carter had recently signed a deal with Triple Threat Management and was considered to be "the next Garth Brooks."
His music is still expected to be released.
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Guitarist Dick Dale died on March 16 at the age on 81.
Dubbed as the pioneer of surf rock, Dale's instrumental rock was influenced by his Middle Eastern heritage. He is credited with the first success of surf rock that took over the early 60s.
Some of his top hits include "Misirlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'".
Veteran character actor Richard Erdman has passed away at 93. In addition to credits in such Hollywood classics as "Stalag 17", Erdman also appeared in numerous TV series over the years, ranging from "Perry Mason" to "The Bionic Woman". More recently, Erdman was best known for playing geriatric college student Leonard Rodriguez in NBC sitcom "Community".
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Actor Jed Allan, known for his roles in "Days of Our Lives", "General Hospital" and "Santa Barbara", has passed away at age 84. Perhaps best known for playing Steve Sanders' father on "Beverly Hills, 90210", Allan's other TV roles include such series as "Lassie", "Columbo", "The Mod Squad", "Love, American Style" and "Adam-12", "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "CSI: Miami" to name just a few.
80s heartthrob Jan Michael Vincent -- best known for his role on TV’s “Airwolf” -- has died, suffering cardiac arrest on February 10. Vincent was 74 years old.
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WWE legend King Kong Bundy has died at age 61. The "walking condominium" was billed at 6-foot-4 and weighing 458-pounds. He famously wrestled Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship inside a steel cage at Wrestlemania 2.
“Beverly Hills, 90120” alum Luke Perry died on Monday, March 4 at age 52. The actor suffered a “massive” stroke on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and never recovered. He passed away in hospital with his two children, Jack and Sophie, his fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp and family members by his side.
At the time of his death, Perry was starring as Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews, on “Riverdale.
Keith Flint, the lead vocalist for the UK electronic band The Prodigy, was found dead in his home in Essex, England on March 4 after police arrived to make a welfare check on the singer. Flint’s bandmate and the band’s founder Liam Howlett says the singer died by suicide.
The band found fame and controversy in the 1990s with their hits “Firestarter”, “Breathe” and “Smack My B*tch Up”.
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Nathaniel Taylor, best known as Rollo Lawson on "Sanford And Son" died on Feb. 27 in hospital after having a heart attack. Taylor was 80.
At the time of the show, Taylor was one of the few black men on television. He went onto open a performing arts studio for youth.
Taylor is survived by his wife, Loretta, and seven children.
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Known for her TV roles on hit sitcoms "Who's the Boss?" and "Soap", actress Katherine Helmond has passed away from complications of Alzheimer's. She was 89. In addition to those memorable roles, the seven-time Emmy nominee was also nominated for a Tony in 1973 for her role in the Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's “The Great God Brown”.
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Four-time Oscar-winner Andre Previn has died at the age of 89.
His manager confirmed the news to The New York Times Thursday, revealing the composer died in his New York City home.
Previn was the mind behind the Academy Award-winning scores of “Gigi” (1958), “Porgy & Bess” (1959), “Irma la Douce” (1963) and “My Fair Lady” (1964).
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"Invasion" actress Lisa Sheridan died on Feb. 25 at her home in New Orleans.
Sheridan who also was part of "Catch Fire" died at 44 with unknown causes at the current moment.
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Today is a sad day for fans of the 1980s band Talk Talk, as their lead singer Mark Hollis has died after a short illness from which he was unable to recover.
Band member Keith Aspden confirmed the sad news, telling the BBC he’s “still trying to accept” the fact that his friend has died. “I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music,” he said. “I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”
The band were thrust into mainstream success with hits like “It’s My Life” and “Such A Shame” with Hollis releasing a solo album in 1998, before leaving music and removing himself from public view, citing that he wasn’t able to “go on tour and be a good dad at the same time.”
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Best known for her role as Marilyn on iconic 1960s sitcom "The Munsters", Beverley Owen has passed away at 81. Owen only played the niece of Herman Munster for one season, leaving the show after 13 episodes. Another actress, Pat Priest, played the role for the rest of the series' run.
Veteran character actor Morgan Woodward has passed away at age 93. A Texas native who served in the Second World War and the Korean War, Woodward appeared in more than 250 films and TV series during a career spanning five decades. Among his many credits are "Cool Hand Luke", "Star Trek", "Logan's Run" and a record 19 guest-starring appearances on "Gunsmoke", more than any other actor. Woodward was best known for playing oil man Marvin “Punk” Anderson on "Dallas", appearing on 55 episodes of the long-running primetime soap.
The Monkees guitarist Peter Tork has died at the age of 77.
Tork’s sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed the news to The Washington Post but did not specify the guitarist’s cause of death. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer over a decade ago.
“It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,” read a statement on Tork’s official Facebook page.
Chanel’s iconic artistic director Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85.
The fashion designer was spotted looking increasing frail in his most recent outings, and was reportedly ill for the last few weeks. Reports claim that the icon passed away in Paris on February 19. Many stars are paying tribute to Lagerfeld, including Diane Kruger, Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung, and Lily Allen.
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Bruno Ganz best-known for his role as Hitler in "Downfall" died at the age of 77 at his Swiss home on Feb. 15.
He was a staple in German cinemas, but also had many English roles like "The Reader" and "The Manchurian Candidate."
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Ex-princess and younger sister of Jackie Kennedy, Lee Radziwill has died at the age of 85 on Feb. 15.
She was married three times, once to Polish Prince Stanislas Radziwill, whose name she kept.
Radziwill was a fashion icon and friend of Andy Warhol and Truman Capote.
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"Stargate" actor Carmen Argenziano has dies at the age of 75. The circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.
Rising-star British rapper Cadet has passed away after a late-night car crash in central England while on his way to a gig. Cadet (real name: Blaine Cameron Johnson) was just 28.
Albert Finney, British actor from Manchester, England, has passed away at the age of 82. The Oscar-nominated actor is best known for his roles in “Murder on the Orient Express”, “The Dresser”, and “Tom Jones”. His passing comes after a short battle with an illness.
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Comedian, actor, and writer Steve Levy has died at the age of 58. His passing comes after a lengthy battle with nose cancer, for which we released a personal essay titled “My Year Without a Nose”. With decades of experience under his belt, Levy appeared in many shows such as “Days of our Lives”, “Veronica Mars”, and “3rd Rock From The Sun”. Levy is survived by his wife, Caroline Carrigan, his son, and parents.
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According to an email from his lawyer , “Young And The Restless” star Kristoff St. John has died. The actor was 52. He starred on the Global soap opera as Neil Winters since 1991, spanning over 1600 episodes. Other notable TV series in which he appeared include “Diagnosis Murder" and "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper".
Julie Adams, best known for her role in “Creature From the Black Lagoon” has died. The 92 year-old actress died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles after six decades of acting.
Canada’s beloved Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce has died at the age of 88.
While the cause of death was not immediately clear, Joyce died at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ont.
He had donated $7.5 million to the hospital’s namesake foundation.
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Best known for his role on "Keeping Up Appearances", Clive Swift died at the age of 82 on Feb. 1. His other work included "Excalibur" and "Doctor Who".
Veteran actor Dick Miller has passed away. The "Gremlins" and "Terminator" actor has hundreds of acting credits to his name spanning more than 60 years. He is survived by his wife Lainie, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Autumn..
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"Top Chef" contestant Fatima Ali has passed away following a battle with cancer. Ali was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks bone and soft tissue, shortly after production wrapped on 2017's "Top Chef". Ali's death was announced on Friday, Jan. 25. She was only 29-years-old.
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Actress Louisa Moritz, who starred in films like "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Death Race 2000", as well as a number TV series in the '60s and '70s, has died at 72.
In 2014, Moritz was one of dozens of women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.
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"Grey's Anatomy" star Debbie Allen shared the sad news Tuesday on Twitter that her close friend, singer-songwriter James Ingram has died at age 66.
Ingram began his career in the early '70s and made it to the Billboard Top 40 eight times in the '80s and '90s, including "Somewhere Out There" from the film "An American Tail" and "The Day I Fall in Love" from "Beethoven's 2nd".
"Saturday Night Fever" dance consultant JoJo Smith passes away at age 80. The "Choreographer to the Stars" worked with the likes of Barbara Walters and Barbra Streisand. He died from stroke complications.
Prolific acting teacher William Esper has passed away. Esper's notable students included John Malkovich, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Rockwell, William Hurt, and Tracee Ellis Ross. He died on Jan. 26 of complications from Lewy body disease.
A rising star on the comedy seen has died too soon. Kevin Barnett was gaining plenty of momentum as a comedian before his untimely death in Mexico at the age of 32. Barnett recently executive produced and co-created Fox TV series “Rel”. He was on vacation at the time of his death.
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Legendary Broadway star Carol Channing has died at the age of 97. She played notable roles in Broadway’s “Hello, Dolly!” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. Her longtime publicist shared news of her death: “It is with extreme heartache that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon - Miss Carol Channing. I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped ... or fell rather ... into my life.”
Rising Puerto Rican Latin trap star Kevin Fret has died at the age of 24. The openly gay rapper and outspoken LGBTQ advocate was shot eight times in an early morning shooting on Jan. 10 amid a wave of escalating violence in the country’s capital of San Juan. In addition to his music, Fret was known for breaking down gender norms and the stigma around being gay and gender nonconformity.
Prolific Hollywood sound mixer Gregg Rudloff died in Los Angeles on January 6 at the age of 63. With more than 200 credits to his name, Rudloff was a frequent collaborator on Clint Eastwood’s directorial efforts, earning two of his seven Oscar nominations for the films “American Sniper” and “Flags Of Our Fathers”. Rudloff was a three-time Academy Award winner, taking home the top prize for his work on the films “Glory”, “The Matrix” and “Mad Max: Fury Road”. He most recently worked on Netflix’s experimental Orson Welles film “The Other Side Of The Wind”.
Singer Daryl Dragon of Captain and Tennille (pictured with Toni Tennille) has passed away. "On behalf of the family and my client, Ms. Toni Tenille — who was with him as he took his last breath — I have just notified the media that Daryl Dragon... has passed away," B Harlan Boll wrote on Facebook.
"He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly," Tennille said according to Boll. "I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him."
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"Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Super Dave Osborne" creator Bob Einstein has died at the age of 76.
The actor, brother of Albert Brooks, had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Brooks remembered him on Twitter as, "A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever."
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WWE Hall of Fame announcer Eugene Arthur Okerlund, best known as “Mean” Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76. “Mean” Gene made his name interviewing WWE icons like Andre the Giant and Ricky Steamboat. He was celebrated for his work in 2006, being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Hulk Hogan. It is unclear how he died but the legendary personality had health problems for years, which led to two kidney transplants.