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Hollywood legend Betty White died at age 99 on Dec. 31.
The actress was known for her Emmy-winning role on “The Golden Girls” but had a prolific career in film and television.
White also won two Emmys for her role as Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and famously hosted “Saturday Night Live” after a social media fan campaign.
“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” White’s agent and close friend Jeff Witjas said in a statement. “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”
The actress was about to celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 17.
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Star of stage and screen Sally Ann Howes, who played Truly Scrumptious in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and replaced Julie Andrews on Broadway's "My Fair Lady", has passed away at age 91.
The Times published an obituary but no further details were shared.
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Mexican singing legend Vincente Fernández, the famed mariachi performer nicknamed the "King of Rancheros," has died at 81.
The singer's death comes four months after he suffered a serious fall at his ranch in Guadalajara in August, having been hospitalized since then.
"It was an honour and a great pride to share with everyone his great musical career. He gave everything to his audience," read a post, translated to English, on Instagram.
Monkees Singer & Guitarist Michael Nesmith Dead At 78
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Michael Nesmith, the musician who came to prominence as singer and guitarist for The Monkees, has passed away at 78.
“With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” his family said in a statement. “We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light that all of you have shown him and us.”
After the Monkees split, Nesmith went on to lead the First National Band.
Famed Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1977 for her 1975 flick "Seven Beauties", has passed away at age 93.
The Italian press reports the movie maker died at home in Rome, where she was born.
Wertmüller was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2019.
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Heavy metal rocker Jay Jay Phillips, who entertained viewers on two different seasons of "America's Got Talent", has died at age 30 due to COVID-19.
According to TMZ, Phillips' family urged him to go to a hospital after he fell ill, but he insisted he just needed some sleep. His mother and girlfriend checked on him on American Thanksgiving Day, and found him dead. He was reportedly unvaccinated.
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"Laverne & Shirley" star Eddie Mekka has died at age 69.
Mekka was most famous for playing Carmine Ragusa on the hit sitcom, which ran from 1976 to 1983.
The actor's brother Warren Mekjian confirmed Mekka was found dead at his home in Newhall, California, TMZ reports.
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Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has died of cancer at age 41. Two years ago, the groundbreaking designer known for his fusions of streetwear and high couture was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer where the tumour occurs in the heart.
Abloh was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s menswear and his death was announced on Nov. 28 by the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy).
“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH, said in a statement.
Another statement from Abloh's family read: “He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture."
David Gulpilil, the beloved indigenous Australian actor, has passed away at age 68.
Gulpilil, who starred in movies such as "Crocodile Dundee" and "Charlie's Country", was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that I share with the people of South Australia the passing of an iconic, once-in-a-generation artist who shaped the history of Australian film and Aboriginal representation on screen – David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu (AM)."
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Lisa Brown, a mainstay on daytime soaps "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns", has died at age 67 after a brief illness.
During the 1980s and '90s, Brown went back and forth between the two shows, playing fame-hungry Nola Reardon on "Guiding Light" and ex-porn star Iva Snyder on "As the World Turns".
Brown got her start on Broadway, appearing in productions of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", in addition to revivals of "Hello, Dolly!", "Pal Joey" and "42nd Street".
In addition to acting, Brown was also a director, helming episodes of "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live".
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Actor Joey Morgan, best known for his roles in "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" and "Compadres" has passed away at 28.
“Joey Morgan passed away early Sunday morning," a rep for the actor said. "It was a shock and devastated all of us who loved him. He will be dearly missed. We hope everyone understands how painful this is for his loved ones and can respect boundaries and allow them to grieve in private."
On Twitter, "Scouts" director Christopher Landon said, “Joey Morgan came into my life nearly 9 years ago when I made 'Scouts'. He was quiet, funny, intelligent and thoughtful. And when the cameras rolled he was magnetic. He passed today and the news is heartbreaking. I am honored to have known him.”
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Legendary '70s photographer Mick Rock has died at the age of 72.
A statement was posted to Rock's official social media accounts: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side.” No cause of death was given.
Rock was known for his iconic portraits of rock stars including David Bowie, Lou Reed and Debbie Harry, and even photographed some of today's biggest stars including Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.
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Bergen Williams, best known for her 13-year stint as Quartermaine family housekeeper Big Alice Gunderson on "General Hospital", has died at 62.
"Bergen Williams succumbed to the ravages of Wilson's Disease surrounded by loving family," said Williams' sister in a statement of the rare condition that causes copper to accumulate in vital organs.
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Heath Freeman, who was best known for his role as Howard Epps on "Bones", has died.
The 41-year-old actor's manager released a statement to People: "We are truly devastated at the loss of our beloved Heath Freeman. A brilliant human being with an intense and soulful spirit, he leaves us with an indelible imprint in our hearts. His life was filled with deep loyalty, affection, and generosity towards his family and friends, and an extraordinary zest for life.
"He was extremely proud of his recent film work and was very excited for the next chapter of his career. His remarkable legacy as a son, brother, uncle, friend, extraordinarily gifted actor and producer, consummate cook, and man with the most infectious and spectacular laugh, will live on forever. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him."
There are no details about the "NCIS" actor's death; however his friend, Shanna Moakler, wrote in an Instagram comment that Freeman "passed in his sleep [Saturday] in his home in Austin."
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Graeme Edge, the drummer from the classic rock band the Moody Blues, has passed away at the age of 80.
Edge co-founded the band in 1964, going onto appear on 16 studio albums with them until their final release in 2003.
In 2018, the Moody Blues was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where former frontman Justin Hayward said, “When Graeme told me he was retiring I knew that without him it couldn’t be the Moody Blues anymore. And that’s what happened. It’s true to say that he kept the group together throughout all the years, because he loved it.”
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William Lucking, known for his role in "Sons Of Anarchy", died on Oct. 18 at 80.
“Although William often played toughs and strongmen, in his actual life he was an elegant man with a brilliant intellect who loved to argue about politics and current affairs, discuss philosophy and physics and assert fine-pointed opinions about art and poetry,” his wife, Sigrid, wrote in his obituary.
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Captain Mark Howard of "Below Deck Mediterranean" has died at 65.
No official cause of death was given, but a friend told TMZ it was "sudden."
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Stand-up comedian and satirist Mort Sahl has died at age 94.
Born in Montreal, Sahl grew up in Los Angeles, and gravitated to comedy in the early 1950s after a stint in the Air Force.
Sahl gained a reputation for his take-no-prisoners political humour, skewering the politicians of his day, which led to such gigs as hosting the first Grammy Awards in 1959, and co-hosting the Academy Awards that same year, in addition to guest hosting "The Tonight Show" numerous times throughout the 1960s.
In addition to his comedy (his "Mort Sahl at Sunset" is considered to be the first comedy album), Sahl also branched out into acting, appearing in several movies and TV series, and was a regular guest on talk shows throughout the 1960s and '70s.
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Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has died at age 42 after an accident on the New Mexico set of "Rust", which tragically killed her after star Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun.
Among the Ukraine-born Hutchins' credits are the films "Archenenemy" and "Blindfire", both released in 2020, the 2021 horror movie "The Mad Hatter", and the TV series "A Luv Tale: The Series".
Peter Scolari died at age 66 after a two-year battle with cancer. Scolari first came to fame while starring alongside Tom Hanks in the TV sitcom "Bosom Buddies", which ran from 1980 to 1982. From there, he joined the cast of "Newhart" as yuppie TV producer Michael Harris, a role that earned him three Emmy nominations.
Other television credits included three seasons starring in the TV version of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," playing corrupt police commissioner Gillian B. Loeb in "Gotham" and Hannah Horvath's father in HBO's "Girls", for which he won a 2016 Emmy.
Scolari was also a prolific theatre actors, appearing in Broadway productions of "Wicked", "Sly Fox", "Hairspray" and "Lucky Guy", reuniting with "Bosom Buddies" co-star Hanks in the latter.
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Actor Ravil Isyanov, known to fans of "NCIS: Los Angeles" for his recurring role as Anatoli Kirkin, has died at age 59.
Other roles for the Russian-born actor include guest spots on such TV series as "The Last Ship", "The Americans" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
"Ravil was one of a kind. He was a true gentleman, extremely generous and incredibly talented," said the late actor's manager, Frederick Levy, who revealed he'd been battling cancer.
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Granville Adams, best known to TV viewers for playing Zahir Arif in the HBO series "Oz", has passed away at age 58 after a battle with cancer.
"Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest," wrote "Oz" producer Tom Fontana in an Instagram post announcing the tragic news.
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Alan Kater has left the stage. The familiar voice from "Late Show With David Letterman" served as its announcer. Kalter died Monday, Oct. 4 at Stamford Hospital but no cause of death was announced, per the Associated Press.
“Whatever else, we always had the best announcer in television,” Letterman said in a statement. “Wonderful voice and eagerness to play a goofy character of himself. Did I mention he could sing? Yes he could. He enthusiastically did it all. A very sad day, but many great memories.”
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Cynthia Harris, who portrayed Paul Reiser's mother on "Mad About You", has passed away, her family announced via the New York Times. Harris, 87, died on Sunday; however, no other details are immediately available.
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Actor Michael Tylo, known for his roles in numerous daytime soaps, has died at age 73.
Tylo was a soap staple during the 1980s, appearing in "All My Children", "General Hospital", "The Young and the Restless", "The Bold and the Beautiful" and, in his best-known role, archaeologist Quinton Chamberlainn on "Guiding Light,".
“Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special,” said Nancy Uscher, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where Tylo was a film professor. “He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”
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Tommy Kirk, the child star from "Old Yeller" and "The Shaggy Dog", has passed away at age 79. His fellow child star and close friend Paul Petersen announced Kirk's passing on Facebook.
“My friend of many decades, Tommy Kirk, was found dead last night,” wrote Petersen, via Deadline. “Tommy was intensely private. He lived alone in Las Vegas, close to his friend… and 'Ol Yeller' co-star, Bev Washburn… and it was she who called me this morning. Tommy was gay and estranged from what remains of his blood family. We in A Minor Consideration are Tommy’s family. Without apology. We will take care of this.”
Petersen works as an advocate for child actors through his organization, A Minor Consideration.
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Director Roger Mitchell, best known for helming the romantic comedy "Notting Hill", has passed away at the age of 65.
The British filmmaker was also behind such films as "Venus", "My Cousin Rachel" and the upcoming "The Duke", starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent.
Along with film, Mitchell also worked on the the British stage, directing plays such as Harold Pinter's The Homecoming and Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood.
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"Hawaii Five-0" actor Al Harrington (pictured here with his wife, Rosa) has died at 85.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser confirmed the Samoan-American actor died on Sept. 21 from a stoke the previous week.
He was best known as Detective Ben Kokua, first taking on the character in 1972, then joining the 2010 reboot.
He also appeared in "Scrubs" and "Magnum. P.I.".
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Iconic filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles has died at age 89.
The director, actor, composer and author was behind the 1970s films “Watermelon Man” and “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”.
"Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music,” said a statement announcing his death.
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Richard Buckley has passed on. Buckley, 72, is a renowned fashion editor and husband of iconic fashion designer Tom Ford. He died on Sunday, Sept. 19 at the couple's Los Angeles home.
“It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,” Ford's fashion brand tells Vogue. “Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles last night with Tom and their son Jack by his side. He died of natural causes after a prolonged illness.”
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"Lady Marmalade" singer Sarah Dash died on Monday, Sept. 20 at the age of 76. A co-founding member of LaBelle, Dash performed with her friend Patti LaBelle two days before her death.
“We were just on stage together on Saturday, [Sept. 18] and it was such a powerful and special moment,” LaBelle said in a statement to Billboard. “Sarah Dash was an awesomely talented, beautiful and loving soul who blessed my life and the lives of so many others in more ways than I can say. I could always count on her to have my back. That's who Sarah was ... a loyal friend and a voice for those who didn't have one. She was a true giver, always serving and sharing her talent and time. I am heartbroken, as I know all of her loved ones and fans are. But I know that Sarah's spirit and all that she has given to the world live on. And I pray that her precious memory brings us peace and comfort. Rest in power, my dear sister. I love you always!”
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Actor Anthony Johnson, best known for his roles in the comedies "House Party" and "Friday", has passed away at the age of 55.
“With great sadness, it is confirmed," his rep said.
Johnson appeared in nearly 50 films and TV shoes, including "Martin", "Moksha" and "I Got the Hook Up".
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Jane Powell has died at 92.
The Old Hollywood star was known for her role opposite Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding", in "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" and as Alan Thicke's mom in "Growing Pains".
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The iconic French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo has passed away at the age of 88.
Best-known for his work with the French New Wave directors of the '60s, Belmondo left his biggest mark on cinema in the role of anti-hero Michel in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless".
Belmondo went on to star in numerous acclaimed films, including "Léon Morin, Priest", "Pierrot le Fou", "Mississippi Mermaid", "That Man from Rio" and more.
In 2011, Belmondo received an honorary Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his lifetime achievement in film.
David Patten, a football pro who played for the New England Patriots, has died. He was 47.
According to the Boston Globe, Patten died in a motorcycle crash in South Carolina.
Patten played for New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Washington and New Orleans Saints, before joining New England. He retired as a Patriot in 2010 and won three Super Bowls in the process.
Former WCW star Daffney Unger, born Shannon Spruill, has died at 46.
She was found dead at her Georgia home on Sept. 2. A cause of death as not been given.
Daffney wrestled for World Championship Wrestling between 1999 and 2001 and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling between 2008 and 2011.
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Jamaican reggae musician, singer and producer Lee "Scratch" Perry has died at age 85 at a hospital in Lucea, Jamaica.
One of music's most innovative producers, he redefined the sound of reggae and dub music, working with artists including Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Beastie Boys, The Clash and others.
“My deep condolences to the family, friends, and fans of legendary record producer and singer, Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as Lee 'Scratch’ Perry,” wrote Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Twitter. “Perry was a pioneer in the 1970s’ development of dub music with his early adoption of studio effects to create new instrumentals of existing reggae tracks... Undoubtedly, Lee Scratch Perry will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music fraternity. May his soul Rest In Peace.”
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Actor Michael Nader has sadly passed away after being diagnosed with an untreatable form of cancer.
Nader was best known for playing Dex Dexter on the original “Dynasty”, as well as Dimitri Marick on “All My Children”.
According to TV Line, Nader died at his Northern California home on Monday. The 76-year-old's wife and rescue dog were both by his side.
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Charlie Watts, the legendary drummer for the Rolling Stones, has died. He was 80.
Watts’ publicist confirmed the sad news in a statement to ET Canada, writing: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”
It added: “We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
Watts is survived by his wife Shirley Ann Shepherd and daughter Seraphina, 53.
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Don Everly of the rock 'n' roll group Everly Brothers has died at 84.
His older brother and bandmate, Phil, died in 2014 at 74.
“Don lived by what he felt in his heart,” a statement from the family said. “Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams ... living in love with his soul mate and wife Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother. Don always expressed how grateful he was for his fans.”
UB40 saxophone player and founding member Brian Travers has died at age 62 after a battle with cancer.
The band shared: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian David Travers.
"Brian passed away yesterday evening with his family by his side, after a long and heroic battle with cancer."
"Our thoughts are with Brian's wife Lesley, his daughter Lisa and son Jamie," the statement added. "We are all devastated by this news and ask that you respect the family's need for privacy at this time."
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Country Music Hall of Fame artist Tom T. Hall has died at 85. No cause of death was given.
Hall was known for his songs, "I Like Beer", "That's How I Got To Memphis" and "Harper Valley PTA".
Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters with 12 No. 1 hit songs and another 26 that reached the Top 10.
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Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba, born Sadaho Maeda, died on Thursday of COVID complications at age 82. His agent and manager confirmed the passing to Variety, also telling Japan’s Oricon News that he passed in hospital, after being admitted Aug. 8, following a battle with pneumonia caused by COVID.
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Sean Lock, a beloved British comedian, has died. He was 58.
Tributes from fellow comedians like Jimmy Carr and Ricky Gervias came after reports out of the UK claiming he died of cancer.
“Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock," Gervais wrote to Twitter. "One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man.”
Lock was known for his work on “8 Out Of 10 Cats”, “15 Storeys High" and more.
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Nanci Griffith has died at 68 on Aug. 13.
The Grammy winning folk singer asked that " no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing."
She was known for her songs "Love At The Five And Dime", "From A Distance" and her award winning album Other Voices, Other Rooms.
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Actress Patricia Hitchcock O’Connell, the only child of legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, died at age 93. Hitchcock passed away in her sleep of natural causes on Monday, Aug. 9. Her daughter, Tere Carrubba, confirmed the news on Wednesday, Aug. 11.
“She was always really good at protecting the legacy of my grandparents and making sure they were always remembered,” said Carrubba, one of Patricia Hitchcock’s three daughters. “It’s sort of an end of an era now that they’re all gone.”
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Alex Cord, the actor known for his role in the military drama “Airwolf”, has died. He was 88.
His publicist Linda McAlister confirmed the news, revealing Cord died surrounded by friends at his home.
Besides “Airwolf”, Cord also appeared in ”Walker, Texas Ranger“, ”Mission: Impossible“ and ”Fantasy Island“.
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Former child star Jane Withers has sadly passed away at age 95.
The actress starred as Shirley Temple’s nemesis in the 1934 classic, “Bright Eyes”.
Withers was also known as “Josephine the Plumber” from TV commercials in the 1960s and ’70s.
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Trevor Moore, actor and co-founder of the sketch comedy group "The Whitest Kids U Know", has died at 41 from an accident on Aug. 6.
A statement on behalf of his wife Aimee Carlson and the family read: “We are devastated by the loss of my husband, best friend and the father of our son. He was known as a writer and comedian to millions, and yet to us he was simply the center of our whole world. We don’t know how we’ll go on without him, but we’re thankful for the memories we do have that will stay with us forever. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of grieving.”
He is survived by Aimee and son August.
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Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, co-founder of Kool & the Gang, has died at 70 on Aug. 7. No cause of death was given.
“An original member of Kool & the Gang, Dennis was known as the quintessential cool cat in the group, loved for his hip clothes and hats, and his laid-back demeanor,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “A huge personality while also an extremely private person, Dennis was the alto saxophone player, flutist, percussionist as well as master of ceremonies at the band’s shows.”
TikTok star Anthony Barajas has died at 19 after a movie theatre shooting.
On July 26, Barajas and Rylee Goodrich, 18, were on a date at the theatre in Corona, California when both were shot. She died at the scene.
His friend Malik Earnest confirmed Barajas died on July 30, saying, “I want to thank everyone who lifted Anthony in prayer. The injuries to his brain were irreparable. July 30th at 11 p.m., Anthony was wheeled down an ‘honor walk’ where he would ultimately donate his organs so others may live.”
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Saginaw Grant, a prolific Indigenous character actor, has died. He was 85.
The actor, and hereditary chief of the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma, is known for his work in “The Lone Ranger”, “The World’s Fastest Indian” and “Breaking Bad".
Lani Carmichael, Grant’s publicist and longtime friend, confirmed the news in a statement, “He loved both Oklahoma and L.A. He made his home here as an actor, but he never forgot his roots in Oklahoma. He remained a fan of the Sooner Nation.”
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Dusty Hill, the legendary ZZ Top bassist has died. He was 72.
Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard confirmed the news via Instagram, writing, “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’"
Adding, “You will be missed greatly, amigo.”
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Legendary comedian Jackie Mason has died at age 93.
Mason began as a rabbi before turning to comedy, becoming a fixture of the Catskills comedy club scene, going on to appear on talk shows, Broadway and more.
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Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has passed away. The musician's son Sebastian LaBar confirmed Jeff's passing on Wednesday, July 14, at 58 years of age.
"My father, my hero, my idol, passed away today," Sebastian wrote on Instagram. "I’m currently at a loss for words. I love you pop! If you could, please share pictures or video of all the fun times we all had with my dad. It would be greatly appreciated."
LaBar's bandmates also released a statement on his passing.
“Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff. The bond between us over decades of creating music and touring the world is something that we as a band uniquely shared. Those memories with Jeff will be forever alive in our hearts. It’s unimaginable that one of our band brothers has left us. We’re sending his wife Debinique, his son Sebastian, family, and friends our deepest condolences. Jeff’s memory and music will be with us forever. We all... band, family and management appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love. Rest In Peace Jeff.”
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Actor Charlie Robinson has passed away at age 75.
Robinson was best known for his role in the NBC sitcom "Night Court".
He died on Sunday, July 11 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre from cardiac arrest with multi-system organ failures due to septic shock and metastatic adenocarcinoma, according to People.
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Paul Orndorff, a.k.a. Mr. Wonderful, has died. He was 71.
The wrestling legend's son Travis shared the sad news on Instagram, detailing his father’s recent health struggles.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr,” Travis wrote. “He is better known as 'Mr. #1derful' Paul Orndorff.”
He continued, “Most of you will remember him for his physique. Many will remember his intensity. But if I could only get you to understand and see his heart."
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William Smith has died at 88 on July 5.
The actor was best known for his role opposite Clint Eastwood in 1980's "Any Which Way You Can".
His other memorable roles included "Rich Man, Poor Man", "Laredo" and cameos in the "Batman" television series and "I Dream of Jeannie".
A cause of death was not given.
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Andy Williams of Casting Crowns has died at 49 less than two weeks after being in a motorcycle accident.
"“Early this morning, around 1:00 a.m., Andy Williams went to be with Jesus. He fought a great fight, but the injuries that he suffered took a toll on his physical body," his wife Kelly shared on Facebook.
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Veteran character actor Chick Vennera has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 74.
Among Vennera's many onscreen roles: playing Danny, best friend of Richard Gere's character in 1979's "Yanks"; Marv in disco-inspired comedy "Thank God It's Friday"; and the recurring role of Enrique Mas on "The Golden Girls".
Other screen credits include appearances on such TV series as "Diff'rent Strokes", "Night Court", and "T.J. Hooker", in addition to voice work in "Animaniacs", "The Real Adventures of Darkwing Duck" and "Pinky and the Brain".
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Dilip Kumar, a legend of Bollywood cinema, has passed away at the age of 98.
Kumar was beloved by generations of Indian cinema fans, starring in films like "Devdas" and "Naya Daur".
"Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. "He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers."
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Rising star Daniel Mickelson has died at 23 on July 4.
“My heart is shattered & to write this feels so wrong and i don’t even know what to say. Yesterday i lost my brother, best friend & the other half of my heart,” his sister Meredith announced via Instagram.
No cause of death was given.
He was best known for his work in "The Killer Clown Meets the Candy Man".
A number of celebs including Kaia Gerber and Amelia Gray paid tribute.
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Former WWE star Del Wilkes, the masked wrestler known as The Patriot, has died at age 59.
Wilkes transitioned to pro wrestling from college football in the 1980s, and debuted with the WWE as The Patriot in the 1990s; he was released from his contract in 1998 due to an injury.
Wilkes reportedly died of a heart attack.
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Actor Stuart Damon, who played Dr. Alan Quartermaine on daytime drama "General Hospital" for more than 30 years, has died at age 84. Damon appeared on the beloved soap from 1977 until 2013, and also played Quartermaine in the spin-off "Port Charles".
"On behalf of everyone at #GH, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Stuart Damon's family and all who loved him. Stuart was an absolute legend of our industry and he'll be sorely missed," tweeted "General Hospital" executive producer Frank Valentini.
Prior to "GH", Damon was best known for playing the prince in the 1965 big-screen musical "Cinderella", while his TV credits included "Space 1999", "Diagnosis Murder", "Hotel", "The New Mike Hammer" and "Strong Medicine".
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Johnny Solinger, lead singer of rock band Skid Row from 1999 until 2015, has died at 55 following his announcement last month that he was suffering with liver failure.
"We are saddened to hear the news of our brother Johnny Solinger. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans. Godspeed Singo," the band said in a statement.
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Timothy J. Parker, better known as Gift of Gab of Blackalicious, has died at 50.
His collective Ouannum Projects confirmed he passed away on June 18.
His rap partner, Xavier "Chief Xcel" Mosley, said, "Our brother was an MC's MC who dedicated his life to his craft. One of the greatest to ever do it. He's the most prolific person I've ever known."
Actor John Paragon, who delighted children in the late 1980s with his catchphrase "Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho!” as Jambi the Genie on "Pee-wee's Playhouse" has died at 66.
Paragon was a longtime member of Los Angeles-based improv troupe The Groundlings, which was where he met Pee-wee Herman alter-ego Paul Reubens.
Paragon is also remembered as Cedric, half of the "Seinfeld" couple Bob and Cedric who once stole the armoire that Kramer was guarding for Elaine. Other screen credits include the films "Eating Raoul", "Echo Park", "UHF" and "Honey, I Blew Up The Kid", in addition to guest spots on such TV series as "Cheers", "Sledge Hammer!" and "Night Stand". Paragon was also a writer and director, and wrote the screenplay for "Elvira: Mistress of the Dark".
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TV actor and director Frank Bonner has passed away at the age of 79.
Bonner is best known to audiences as radio station sales manager Herb Tarlek on the classic sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati", which aired from 1978 to 1982, and its '90s spin-off.
He also appeared in the "Growing Pains" spin-off "Just the Ten of Us".
Along with acting, Bonner also directed episodes of "WKRP", Saved by the Bell: The New Class", "City Guys" and more.
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Lisa Banes, the actress known for her role in "Gone Girl", has died. She was 65.
Banes’ rep confirmed the news to ET, sharing, “We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing.”
Banes died after a hit-and-run incident in New York City.
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Oscar-nominated actor Ned Beatty, a fixture of movies and television, passed away on June 13 at the age of 83.
The Kentucky native became a mainstay of '70s American cinema, appearing in films such as "Deliverance", "Nashville", "All The President's Men" and "Superman: The Movie".
Beatty also appeared in the acclaimed TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street" in the '90s.
More recently he had appeared in films like "The Walker", "Charlie Wilson's War" and voiced the villain Lotso in "Toy Story 3".
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Clarence Williams III has died at age 81. According to a statement from his rep, he was suffering from colon cancer.
Best known as undercover detective Lincoln Hayes on TV's "The Mod Squad", Williams also acted extensively on stage, earning a Tony nomination in 1965.
In addition to roles in "Tales From the Hood", "52 Pickup" and "Reindeer Games", his film credits include playing the father of Prince's character in "Purple Rain" and portraying legendary jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton in "The Legend of 1900".
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Actor Robert Hogan has passed away due to complications with pneumonia. He was 87.
A veteran of stage and screen, Hogan appeared in more than 100 TV series, dating back to such series as "Peyton Place" in the 1960s.
Other TV credits include “Hogan’s Heroes”, “The Twilight Zone”, “I Dream of Jeannie”, “Laverne & Shirley”, “One Day at a Time”, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Wire".
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Henry "Nacho" Laun, friend of Mark Wahlberg known for his appearances on the A&E reality show "Wahlburgers" is dead at 54.
Two weeks prior to his death, Laun was found unconscious and unresponsive in his car, parked at a gas station. Laun was hospitalized and place on life support; his condition had reportedly been improving before taking a turn for the worse.
Actress Arlene Golonka has died at 85.
Among the sitcom veteran's many TV roles was Millie Swanson on "The Andy Griffith Show" spin-off “Mayberry R.F.D.”. Other screen credits over the course of her 45-year acting career include “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “M*A*S*H” and “The King of Queens”. On the big screen, she appeared in “Airport 77”, Clint Eastwood's “Hang ‘Em High” and “The In-Laws".
Lil Loaded has passed away at age 20.
Attorney Ashkan Mehryari told NBC News the rapper died by suicide.
The Dallas County medical examiner's office said the cause and manner of death had not yet been determined.
Lil Loaded, whose real name was Dashawn Robertson, went viral with his 2019 track "6locc 6a6y". He also had huge success with "Gang Unit".
Robertson was facing a manslaughter charge after the fatal shooting of his best friend Khalil Walker on Oct. 25.
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Actress Romy Walthall has sadly passed away after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest in Los Angeles on May 19. She was 57.
Her son, actor and director Morgan Krantz, confirmed her death to Variety.
Walthall played the secretary of John Travolta’s Sean Archer in 1997’s “Face/Off".
She also starred in such films as “The House of Usher" and “Howling IV: The Original Nightmare”.
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TV acting veteran Gavin MacLeod passed away at his home in Palm Desert, Cal. on May 29 at the age of 90.
The actor was best known for his roles as new writer Murray Slaughter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the cheerful Captain Stubing on "The Love Boat".
In more recent decades, MacLeod also appeared on shows like "Touched by an Angel", "JAG" and "The King of Queens".
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Singer B.J. Thomas, best known to music lovers for his hits "Hooked on a Feeling" and "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", passed away on May 29 at age 78, after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
The Oklahoma native first broke through in 1966 with his gospel-style cover of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry".
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Singer John Davis has passed away after a battle with COVID-19. Davis was one of the real singers behind the infamous duo Milli Vanilli.
“Unfortunately my dad passed away this evening through the coronavirus,” Davis’s daughter Jasmin posted on Facebook. “He made a lot of people happy with his laughter and smile, his happy spirit, love and especially through his music. He gave so much to the world! Please give him the last round of applause. We will miss him dearly.”
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Samuel E. Wright, best known for providing the voice of Sebastian the crab in Disney's "The Little Mermaid", has died at age 74.
A veteran of Broadway, Wright was part of the original 1971 cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar”, with other stage roles including “The Tap Dance Kid” and Mufasa in Broadway's “The Lion King,” both of which earned him Tony Award nominations.
Wright was also a frequent presence on television during the 1970s and '80s, appearing in such series as “All My Children” and “The Cosby Show”.
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Actress Lois De Banzie has passed away at age 90.
Nominated for a Tony Award for portraying Eleanor Roosevelt in the Broadway production of "Annie", De Banzie also appeared in Broadway in "Morning's at Seven", for which she received a Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination. Other stage work included "Da", "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" and "The Octette Bridge Club".
Her film credits include "Tootsie", "Sudden Impact", "Arachnophobia",
"Sister Act" amd "Addams Family Values", while her TV roles included such series as "Family Ties", "Who's the Boss" and
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Comedian Paul Mooney, best known for his work on "The Richard Pryor Show" has died. He was 79.
TMZ was the first to report the news, revealing the star died of a heart attack.
Mooney is also known for his roles in "The Buddy Holly Story", Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" and his multiple appearances on "Chappelle's Show".
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Pervis Staples, of gospel group The Staple Singers, has died. He was 85.
News of his passing was announced by Adam Ayers, a member of his sister Mavis Staples’ management team. The cause of death is currently unknown.
“Pervis was one of a kind — comical and downright fly,” Mavis said in a statement. “He would want to be remembered as an upright man, always willing to help and encourage others. He was one of the good guys and will live on as a true Chicago legend.”
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Legendary actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd has passed away at age 106.
A star of stage and screen, Lloyd's career spanned from the 1930s until the 2010s, with recent roles including a 2010 appearance on "Modern Family" and a role in Amy Schumer's 2015 comedy "Trainwreck".
Lloyd was best known for his role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1942 thriller "Saboteur", and, four decades later, for playing Dr. Daniel Auschlander on 1980s medical drama "St. Elsewhere".
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Actress and model Tawny Kitaen, who appeared in several music videos for heavy-metal band Whitesnake in the 1980s, has died at age 59. A cause of death has not been revealed.
Kitaen first began her career as a rock music muse when she appeared on the covers of two RATT albums before appearing in the videos for Whitesnake hits "Here I Go Again" and “Still of the Night”. She was briefly married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale, from 1989 until 1991.
Her screen credits include playing Tom Hanks’ girlfriend in the 1984 comedy “Bachelor Party", along with roles in the films “Witchboard”, “White Hot” and “Dead Tides”. On television, she was a series regular on "The New WKRP in Cincinnati" and appeared in an episode of "Seinfeld".
More recently, Kitaen was seen on such reality shows as “The Surreal Life”, “Botched” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew", the latter addressing issues with substance abuse during the 2000s that included a 2006 arrest for cocaine possession.
Character actor Frank McRae has died at the age of 80 after suffering a heart attack. A former professional football player who played one season with the Chicago Bears in 1967, McRae is best remembered for his roles in the James Bond film "License To Kill", "Rocky II", "48 Hours", "The Wizard", and "Batteries Not Included".
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Ray Reyes, formally of the Puerto Rican band Menudo, has died at 51 of a heart attack.
The band was one of Latin music's biggest boy bands and included members Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa.
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Johnny Crawford, known for his role in “The Rifleman”, has passed away at age 75.
The news was shared on the Johnny Crawford Legacy website.
A message read, “It is with great sadness and heaviness of heart that the Johnny Crawford Legacy team announce the passing of Johnny Crawford.
“He passed away peacefully this evening, April 29, 2021, with Charlotte, his wife, by his side.”
Crawford was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2019 before he contracted COVID-19 and then pneumonia.
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Fashion designer Alber Elbaz has passed away at age 59 after contracting COVID-19.
Elbaz was credited with rejuvenating the Lanvin brand as creative director from 2001 until 2015. He recently launched his own label, AZ Factory.
Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown has died aged 65, his family has confirmed.
The news was announced on McKeown's Twitter profile, with a message reading: "It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown. Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
"We are currently making arrangements for his funeral and ask for privacy after the shock of our profound loss."
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Former Vice President Walter Mondale died on April 19 at 93.
Mondale served during Jimmy Carter's single term.
“Today I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country’s history,” Carter said in a statement. “During our administration, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that had never been seen before and still exists today.”
He is survived by his two sons Ted and William.
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Former “Survivor” contestant Sunday Burquest has sadly passed away at age 50 following a battle with esophageal and ovarian cancer.
The reality TV star competed on the 33rd season of the show, dubbed “Millennials vs. Gen X”, which aired in 2016. Burquest previously fought breast cancer in 2012, but came out on the other side following treatment.
She is survived by her husband and four children.
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Felix Silla, best known as Cousin Itt on "The Addams Family", has died at 84 of pancreatic cancer.
Before his roles as a Ewok in "Star Wars: Episode VI", "Indiana Jones" and "Buck Rogers", Silla got his start with the Ringling Bros as a trapeze artist and tumbler.
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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."
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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 ❤️."
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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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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.
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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.
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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 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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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."
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".
“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.”
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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.
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".
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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."