Deaths

Carole King's Prolific Songwriting Partner Gerry Goffin Dies At 75

June 20th, 2014 8:14am EDT
Gerry Goffin
Songwriter Gerry Goffin, best known for his collaborations with ex-wife Carole King, passed away on Thursday morning at his Los Angeles home. He was 75.

Before King's solo career took off in the early 70s, the pair had written a number of classics, including Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Whitney Houston's "Savin' All My Love For You," The Drifters' "Some Kind of Wonderful" and the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

"Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for gene...
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Iconic Radio Host Casey Kasem Passes Away At 82

June 15th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Casey Kasem
Much loved radio DJ Casey Kasem passed away this morning at age 82.

This morning, Casey's daughter Kerri wrote to the Casey Kasem Facebook page "Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."

Casey was born in Detroit as Kemal Amin Kasem in 1932 and was drafted to serve in Korea during his late teens. Duri...
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Ruby Dee Dies At 91, Stars Pay Respect Online

June 12th, 2014 3:47pm EDT
Ruby Dee
Legendary actress Ruby Dee died Wednesday at the age of 91 in New Rochelle, New York.

In a career that spanned 8 decades, Ruby earned a Grammy, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as an Oscar nomination.

Dee is probably best known for the film version of A Raisin in the Sun in 1961, but she attracted new audiences when she starred in Do the Right Thing in 1989, Jungle Fever in 1991, and American Gangster in 2007.

Dee became involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s with her husband Ossie Davis. Dee and Davis were at the"“I...
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British Comedian, 'The Young Ones' Star Rik Mayall Dies At 56

June 10th, 2014 10:50pm EDT
Rik Mayall
British comedian and star of the iconic and short lived "The Young Ones," which aired in America on MTV in the early 1980s, Rik Mayall died on Monday at the age of 56.

The funnyman was known for cult sitcoms in Britain including "Bottom," The New Statesman" and "Blackadder," along with the film "Drop Dead Fred."

Mayall suddenly died at his London home in the early afternoon, and police called to the scene do not suspect foul play.

The actor has received numerous tributes via Twitter from the likes of Chris O'Dowd, Russell Brand, Simon Pegg and Monty Python star Eric Idle.

Perhaps the be...
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12 Dead Celebrities People Love To Believe Faked Their Deaths

June 4th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
12 Dead Celebrities People Love To Believe Faked Their Deaths
Sometimes we just don’t want to believe a loved one is gone. The same is true for some celebrities, especially after they die under odd circumstances. There will always be a slice of the population that believes these celebrities faked their death for one reason or another.

Kurt Cobain

Despite evidence Cobain committed suicide, the rock legend continues to be the target of conspiracy theorists. In one of the most bizarre theories, it's believed Cobain faked his death and continued to live as Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of Weezer. Why? Cuomo appeared in the music scene soon after Cobain's de...
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11 Things You Didn't Know About Ann B. Davis, The Brady Bunch's 'Alice'

June 2nd, 2014 6:00pm EDT
11 Things You Didn't Know About Ann B. Davis, The Brady Bunch's
Although an accredited actress for many years, it wasn't until taking on the role as the voice of reason in the Brady household did Ann B. Davis become a household name. For over 40 years, she was known as Alice, the maid, third parent and voice of reason on the iconic 1970's series, "The Brady Bunch." While much was known about her character, little was revealed about this talented woman's personal life, as she wished it to remain private. Upon her death on June 1, 2014 of a subdural hematoma, Davis was thrust back into the spotlight once again, this time as a woman who raised a generation...
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Actor Michael Jace Charged With Homicide After Shooting Wife During Domestic Dispute

May 20th, 2014 3:01pm EDT
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Actor Michael Jace has been charged with murder after shooting his wife April, 40, on Monday night at his family's Hyde Park, California, home.

Jace, 51, called 911 to report the shooting and admitted to pulling the trigger. "I shot my wife," he told police, according to TMZ.com.

The former The Shield remained on the phone with the 911 operator until police arrived, after which he was taken into custody for questioning and later charged with homicide. He is currently being held on $1 million bond.

TMZ also reports that Jace shot his wife shortly after she arrived home with their two youn...
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Swiss Artist, Set Designer And Creator Of The Monster In The 'Alien' Films Dies at 74

May 14th, 2014 12:28am EDT
H.R. Giger
Swiss artist H.R. Giger, the man responsible for designing the iconic Xenomorph creatures, along with ships and landscapes, from the Alien film franchise, died on Monday.

Giger's death was caused by injuries he sustained from a fall at his Zurich home. He was 74.

The artist was known for his nightmarish, futuristic creations, having created the artwork for numerous films, including "Alien" prequel "Prometheus, "Species, "Dune," and "Batman Forever."

Giger often meshed humans with machinery in his work, much of which could be classified as futuristic alien erotica, such as the microphone ...
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British Tennis Star Elena Baltacha, 30, Dies From Liver Cancer

May 5th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Elena Baltacha
British tennis star Elena Baltacha died over the weekend after battling liver cancer. Baltacha, 30, passed away at her English home on Sunday morning.

Her husband and former coach Nino Severino said in a statement: "We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally. She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness."

The couple wed in December, and Baltacha was diagnosed with cancer in January. She had battled a chronic liver condition, primary sclerosing cholangitis, since she was ...
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Mick Jagger Performs At L'Wren Scott's Memorial Service In NYC

May 3rd, 2014 5:00pm EDT
Mick Jagger Performs At L'Wren Scott's Memorial Service In NYC
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger sang at his late girlfriend L'Wren Scott's memorial service in New York City on Friday. The fashion designer committed suicide in March, and a private funeral was held in Los Angeles later that month.

The memorial service at St. Bartholomew's Church was full of close friends and family. Jagger sang Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" to honor his girlfriend of 13 years. R&B singer Lisa Fischer, a Rolling Stones back-up singer, performed "Amazing Grace."

Jagger and Scott's brother Randy Bambrough spoke a few words about the designer, and Jagger's son James and...
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