Gerren Taylor Dead At 30
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Model and "Baldwin Hills" reality star Gerren Taylor has died at 30.
No cause of death was given.
Taylor starred in the BET show from 2007 to 2009.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Ashley Gerren Taylor who has recently passed. BET family is forever," BET said in a statement.
She is survived by her daughter.
Joseph Siravo Dead At 66
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Joseph Siravo has died at 66 following a battle with colon cancer.
The star was best known as Johnny Soprano on "Sopranos", but also appeared in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story", "Dirty Sexy Money" and "The Report".
He is survived by his daughter, Allegra Okarmus, his grandchildren and siblings.
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James Hampton, best known for his roles in "Teen Wolf" and "F Troop", has died at 84 from Parkinson's disease complications.
Hampton worked as an actor, director, writer and producer for over 50 years before retiring in Texas.
He earned a Golden Globe nom for "The Longest Yard".
He is survived by his wife Mary, children James, Andrea and Frank and several grandchildren.
Walter Olkewicz Dies At Age 72
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"Twin Peaks" actor Walter Olkewicz has passed away at age 72.
The star's son, Zach, confirmed the sad news, saying his dad had struggled with health issues over the past 20 years.
The issues largely stemmed from a series of knee surgeries that caused infections and led to him becoming bedridden.
Olkewicz also starred in movies such as "Futureworld", "Making the Grace" and "Par 6", as well as TV shows including "Seinfeld", "Who's the Boss?" and "Night Court".
Paul Ritter Dies Of Brain Tumour At Age 54
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Paul Ritter, star of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Friday Night Dinner", has died of a brain tumour at age 54.
His agent said, "It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night... peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side.
"Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill.
"He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly."
Gloria Henry Dies At 98
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Gloria Henry, best known for her role as Alice Mitchell in "Dennis the Menace", passed away a day after her 98th birthday.
Henry's daughter Erin Ellwood confirmed the sad news on social media.
Ellwood wrote alongside a photo of her mom posing in front of angel wings, "She's flying now, free of her body. She left on a countdown 4 3 2 1 @ 3:40pm. She was such an incredible woman in so many ways. This last year with her has been beautiful and heartbreaking.
"Thank you all for following me and supporting me on this journey - this beautiful land mine," she added. "Goodbye Momma, I love your guts forever ❤️."
Iconic Children’s Author Beverly Clearly Dies At 104
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Beverly Cleary, the beloved author of Ramona And Beezus, has died. She was 104.
Cleary’s publisher HarperCollins announced Friday that the author died Thursday in Northern California, where she had lived since the 1960s. No cause of death was given.
Ramona And Beezus was turned into a major motion picture in 2010 starring Joey King and Selena Gomez.
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Actor and poet Craig "muMs" Grant, who was best known to audiences for his role in the HBO series "Oz" and his collaborations with Spike Lee, has passed away at the age of 52.
Along with his role as heroin addict, prisoner, and poet Arnold Jackson on "Oz", Grant also appeared in films "Side Effects" and "Birdman", as well as shows like "The Knick", "The Sopranos", and more.
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Jessica Walter has passed away at age 80.
The actress was best known to audiences for her more recent roles in the TV shows "Arrested Development" and "Archer", as well as films such as "Grand Prix" and Clint Eastwood's "Play Misty for Me".
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Actor Richard Gilliand, whose vast array of credits ranged from "Fantasy Island" to "Desperate Housewives" to "24", has passed away after a brief illness. He was 71.
Gilliand is survived by his wife, actress Jean Smart, whom he wed in 1987, and their children, Connor and Bonnie.
Gilliand and Smart met when he was guest starring on "Designing Women" as the love interest to Annie Potts' character. "I met him when he was kissing someone else," Smart once joked of how she met her husband of more than 30 years.
Jessica Walter Dead At 80
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"Arrested Development" fans are mourning Jessica Walter. The Emmy-winning actress passed in her sleep at her home in New York at age 80. Fans, friends and fellow Hollywood actors have been paying tribute to the star, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Viola Davis, Henry Winkler and Tony Hale.
George Segal Dies At Age 87
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George Segal, the Oscar-nominated actor best known for starring in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, “A Touch of Class” and most recently in “The Goldbergs”, has died at age 87.
The star's wife Sonia said in a statement: “The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery."
Tiffany Designer Elsa Peretti Dies
Tiffany jewelry designer Elsa Peretti has died. She was 80.
Peretti died in her sleep at home in a small village outside Barcelona, Spain, according to a statement from her family office in Zurich and the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation.
“Elsa was not only a designer but a way of life,” Tiffany said in a statement following her death. “Elsa explored nature with the acumen of a scientist and the vision of a sculptor.”
'Top Gear' Star Sabine Schmitz Dies
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Former racing driver and "Top Gear" presenter Sabine Schmitz has passed away. Schmitz, 51, was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. She is the only woman to win the Nurburgring 24 Hours, achieving the feat twice. It is renowned as one of the toughest tracks in the world.
Sunday's episode of "Top Gear" will be dedicated to Schmitz.
Yaphet Kotto Dies at 81
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On March 15, Yaphet Kotto's wife Tessie Sinahon revealed the sad news on Facebook that the great actor had passed away at the age of 81.
Kotto was best known for roles in "Homicide: Life on the Street", "Alien", "Blue Collar", and more. He also played the first major Black villain, Kananga, in a James Bond film in "Live and Let Die".
“You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you’re a real hero and to a lot of people also. A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent human being,” Sinahon wrote.
'Stargate SG-1' Actor Cliff Simon Dies At 58
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Actor Cliff Simon, best known for his villainous turn as Ba'al in "Stargate SG-1", died on March 9 at the age of 58 following a kiteboarding accident.
"There is a gaping hole where he once stood on this earth. He was loved by too many to mention and had a great impact on so many lives. He was an amazing and much loved brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend," Simon's wife Collette wrote in a Facebook post.
“Moonshiners” Star Lance Waldroup Dies At 30
Lance Waldroup of “Moonshiners” passed away unexpectedly at his home in North Carolina on Feb. 25.
Waldroup appeared on six seasons of the Discovery series alongside his veteran bootlegger dad, Jeff.
According to a GoFundMe page set up in his memory, Waldroup “was an addict for several years and then decided to turn his life around.”
The page explained, “He quit ‘Moonshiners’ to take care of his mother full time doing all the cooking and cleaning."
‘Coronation Street’ Star Johnny Briggs Dies At Age 85
Johnny Briggs, a British actor best known for his role as businessman Mike Baldwin in the long-running TV soap opera “Coronation Street”, has died. He was 85.
A family statement said Briggs died peacefully Sunday morning after a long illness.
Briggs was a fixture on “Coronation Street”, playing his role for 30 years.
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British actor Ronald Pickup has passed away at age 80. Pickup‘s agent told the BBC that he “passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family. He will be deeply missed.”
Best known for his role in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", and recently played the Archbishop of Canterbury in "The Crown".
Other film and TV credits include "Darkest Hour", "Downton Abbey" and "Parade's End".
Actress Martha Stewart Dies At 98
“In a Lonely Place” star Martha Stewart has sadly passed away aged 98.
The actress was known for her roles in classic 1940s and ’50s Hollywood movies.
Her daughter, Colleen Shelly, confirmed the sad news through Twitter on Feb. 18.
“The original Martha Stewart left us yesterday,” wrote Shelly. “She had a new part to play in a movie with all her heavenly friends. She went off peacefully surrounded by her family and cat.”
Prince Markie Dee
Prince Markie Dee, best known as one of the three rappers that made up hip-hop group The Fat Boys, has died at 52.
The rapper's longtime friend Louis Gregory confirmed the sad news via Twitter, writing, "Forever in my Heart. Prince Markie Dee was more than a rapper; he was one of my very best and closest friends. My heart breaks today because I lost a brother. I’ll always love you Mark and I’ll cherish everything you taught me. Tomorrow is your birthday, swing my way big bro."
A cause of death was not revealed.
NFL Star Vincent Jackson Dies At 38
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Vincent Jackson has sadly passed away at age 38.
The NFL star, who retired in 2018, was found dead in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida on Monday, Feb. 15, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. A cause of death has not yet been determined.
“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife [Lindsey VanDeweghe] and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister in a statement. “Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else.”
Larry Flynt, founder of Hustler magazine, has died at age 78.
The success of the unabashedly raunchy magazine during the 1970s allowed Flynt to diversify into strip clubs and casinos, ultimately building a porn empire that made him far wealthier than competitor Hugh Hefner.
Flynt had been confimed to a wheelchair since 1978, when he was paralyzed after being shot by white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin in a botched assassination attempt.
Flynt was portrayed by Woody Harrelson in the 1996 film "The People vs. Larry Flynt", which chronicled his legal battle with televangelist and Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell, who sued Flynt for defamation over a parody advertisement mocking him in an issue of Hustler. Flynt took the case all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in his favour.
Christopher Plummer has passed away at the age of 91.
The Canadian acting legend, known for his beloved role in "Sound Of Music", died at his home in Connecticut, with his wife of 53 years, Elaine Taylor, by his side.
Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager, confirmed the news in a statement, "He was a National Treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come.”
Celebrated stage and screen star Hal Holbrook has died at age 95.
The actor, who was best known for his decades-long role as Mark Twain in “Mark Twain Tonight!”, passed away on Jan. 23 at his home in Beverly Hills. No cause of death has yet been released.
Actor Dustin Diamond died on Feb. 1, just three weeks after receiving a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. The "Saved By The Bell" actor, 44, had been undergoing chemotherapy at an undisclosed hospital in Florida in January.
A rep for the actor confirmed his passing, noting cancer had "managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful."
Rapper Double K, best known as one half of the Los Angeles hip-hop duo People Under the Stairs, has died at age 43. No cause of death was revealed.
Double K, whose real name was Michael Turner, teamed up with Christopher “Thes One” Portugal for People Under the Stairs, releasing their first album in 1998, ultimately making 15 albums.
In addition to their own output, People Under the Stairs also worked with such artists as George Clinton, Jurassic 5 and Hieroglyphics.
Pop artist, producer and trans activist Sophie has passed away at age 34.
"Tragically our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident. True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and slipped and fell," read a statement posted on Twitter.
"Sophie was a pioneer of a new sound, one of the most influential artists in the last decade," said a publicist for Sophie, whose real name was Sophie Xeon. "Not only for ingenious production and creativity but also for the message and visibility that was achieved. An icon of liberation."
Among the artists to pay tribute was Sam Smith, who wrote on Twitter, "Heartbreaking news. The world has lost an angel. A true visionary and icon of our generation. Your light will continue to inspire so many for generations to come."
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South Korean actress and model Song Yoo-Jung has died at 26.
“Yoo-jung was a friend who always gave us happiness with a bright smile, and an awesome actress who acted with a passion bigger than anyone," her agency wrote on Instagram.
A cause of death was not given.
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Larry King died on Jan. 23 at 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster," a statement read.
A cause of death was not given.
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Screenwriter and director Walter Bernstein has passed away at age 101.
A victim of the infamous Hollywood blacklist as a young TV writer in the 1950s, Bernstein bounced back and became a sought-after movie screenwriter.
Among his most memorable films are "The Molly Maguires", "Semi-Tough", "Yanks" and the HBO movie "Miss Evers' Boys". He also wrote the screenplay for the Woody Allen-starring "The Front", based on his experience as a blacklisted writer forced to have another person front for him by pretending to be the author of his work. In addition, Bernstein directed the 1980 comedy "Little Miss Marker".
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"Sanford and Son" and "Barney Miller" actor Gregory Sierra has died at 83.
SIerra died on Jan. 4 after a battle with cancer his family told The Hollywood Reporter.
He had a number of other roles on television including "Miami Vice", "Magnum P.I.", "Texas Ranger" and "The X-Files".
Henry 'Hank' Aaron
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Baseball Hall of Famer Henry "Hank" Aaron passed away on Jan. 22 at the age of 86.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1934, the legendary athlete debuted in the Major Leagues in 1954 with the then-Milwaukee Braves, which eventually became the Atlanta Braves. He later moved back to Milwaukee to play for the Brewers until 1976.
A 25-time all-star, Aaron won the World Series with the Braves in 1957, when he was also named National League MVP. He held the career record for home runs for 33 years.
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Actor Peter Mark Richman has passed away at 93.
Known for his roles in such TV series as “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Dynasty”, he also had a recurring role on "Three's Company".
Big screen credits include “Friendly Persuasion”, “Black Orchid”, “Naked Gun 2” and “Friday the 13th Part 8”, he was also seen on TV series including “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”, “Murder She Wrote”, “Fantasy Island” and “Star Trek the Next Generation”.
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John Reilly has died at 84.
He was best known for his long running role on "General Hospital". He also starred on "Passions" and "Beverly Hills, 90210".
He is survived by his wife Liz, and three daughters.
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"Coal Miner's Daughter" director, Michael Apted has passed away at age 79.
The British filmmaker was best known for directing the long running "Up" documentary series and Oscar nominated features including "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Gorillas in the Mist".
Apted also directed three performers to Oscar nominations for Best Actress: Sissy Spacek in "Coal Miner's Daughter", Sigourney Weaver in "Gorillas in the Mist", and Jodie Foster in "Nell". Spacek won the award, for her portrayal of country singer Loretta Lynn.
His agency confirmed his death to EW, but no additional information was available.
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L.A. Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda has passed away at 93.
The Baseball Hall of Fame inductee led the Dodgers to World Series victories in 1981 and 1988 as manager of the team.
"In a franchise that has celebrated such great legends of the game, no one who wore the uniform embodied the Dodger spirit as much as Tommy Lasorda," Dodgers president Stan Kasten said.
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Rapper and "ER" actor Deezer D has passed away at age 55.
"My Big Brother! God is with you," the actor's brother wrote on Twitter. "I will miss you. 🙏🏾 #deezerd."
Deezer was found unresponsive in his L.A. home, and family told TMZ they believe he may have suffered a heart attack.
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Broadway and "Police Academy" star Marion Ramsey has died at 73.
"Marion carried with her a kindness and permeating light that instantly filled a room upon her arrival," her management team told THR.
A cause of death was not given.
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George Gerdes has died on Jan. 1 at 72 from a reported brain aneurysm.
The actor was best known for his role in "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Grey's Anatomy" and "Bosch".
Actress Barbara Shelley, known for her roles in Hammer Horror titles in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. She was 88-years-old.
According to her agent, Shelley died from underlying conditions after contracting COVID-19.
Shelley starred in “The Gorgon”, “Dracula: Prince Of Darkness”, “Rasputin: The Mad Monk” and “Quatermass And The Pit”.
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Singer Alexi Laiho, of the Finnish metal band Children of Bodom, has died at 41 due to "long-term health issues."
"More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother. The world lost a phenomenal song writer and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever. Our thoughts are with Alexi’s family during this difficult time," Children of Bodom said in a statement.
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Food Network star Kerry Vincent passed away On Jan. 3 at 75.
“It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Kerry Vincent earlier this evening. Being a very private person when it came to all things not cake, she did not want to put her illness out there to the public,” a post by the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show announced.
Vincent was a judge on "Food Network Challenge" and hosted "Save My Bakery".
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Gerry Marsden, leader of Gerry and the Pacemakers, has passed away at age 78.
One of the biggest acts to emerge from Liverpool's "Mersey Beat" scene that emerged in the wake of the success of The Beatles, Marsden sang such British Invasion hits as "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey".
According to Marsden's longtime friend, Liverpool DJ Paul Price, Marsden died "after a short illness which was an infection in his heart."