‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies after crash-landing homemade rocket

“Mad” Mike Hughes, 64, wanted to launch himself into space to prove that the Earth was flat.
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Young Bucs fan, whose wish was granted, dies

Kacey Reynolds, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan whose wish was granted last year when he got to announce the Bucs’ 2019 first-round draft pick, has died.
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BBC broadcaster Simon Warr dies from cancer days after being admitted to hospice

BBC broadcaster Simon Warr has died from cancer two days after he was admitted to a hospice in a serious condition.
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Frances Cuka: Friday Night Dinner star dies aged 83

The veteran actress of screen and stage played the much-loved Nelly Buller in the Channel 4 comedy.
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Copy and paste inventor Larry Tesler dies aged 74

Larry Tesler, the inventor of the computer keyboard commands cut, copy and paste, has died aged 74.
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Heather Couper: Broadcaster and astronomer dies at 70

She appeared on TV shows ranging from Blue Peter to The Sky At Night, as well as documentaries.
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Larry Tesler: Computer scientist behind cut, copy and paste dies aged 74

Larry Tesler was responsible for many of the innovations that made personal computing accessible.
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Notting Hill and Gladiator actor John Shrapnel dies

Notting Hill and Gladiator actor John Shrapnel has died at the age of 77, the National Theatre says.
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A ‘darling to many’: Disney actress, 15, dies from brain tumour

A 15-year-old Disney star has died from a brain tumour, her secondary school has said.
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Indian Designer Wendell Rodricks Dies at 59

NEW DELHI — Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s best-known designers, died Wednesday at his home in Colvale village in Goa, India. He was 59.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Known for his focus on minimalist design, Rodricks was outspoken and experimental with design. Undeterred by social norms, he also was a gay rights activist, and married Jerome Marrel in a civil ceremony in Paris in 2002. He wrote several books, including his autobiography, “The Green Room,” published in 2012.
“The fashion fraternity lost a legend today,” the Fashion Design Council of India noted in a tweet Wednesday evening, regretting “the sudden and untimely demise of one of the country’s iconic designer, Wendell Rodricks.”
Having won recognition for his creations, Rodricks was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in 2014, and the Chevalier de I’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the order of arts and letters) in 2015.
The designer showed that minimalism could work in India, a market where bling and heavy embroidery predominates. “I must say it was an uphill battle,” he once told WWD. “After I showed my third season I said that if it doesn’t work I will go back

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Nanny McPhee star who joined Extinction Rebellion dies aged 25

Tributes have been paid to Nanny McPhee star Raphael Coleman following his death at the age of 25.
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Shelli Segal, Contemporary Sportswear Designer, Dies at 65

Shelli Segal, the Los Angeles contemporary sportswear designer who was behind such labels as Laundry by Shelli Segal and Bailey 44, died Feb. 3 at her Los Angeles home. She was 65.
The cause of death was uterine cancer, which she had been fighting for 10 years, said her husband Moshé Elimelech.
Segal was born in Dallas in 1964 and was the daughter of Jerry, a comedy writer, producer and author, and Ann, a comedic actress. Her family eventually relocated to New York City, where Segal graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art and won an art scholarship to the State University of New York at Purchase. She also attended the Mayer School of Fashion Design.
Segal pursued a career as a painter before entering fashion, but moved into fashion when she severed her left index finger in an art project accident involving a circular saw. After that accident, she dropped out of SUNY Purchase.
“I suddenly felt a sense of immediacy about things, and since I was interested in fashion, I figured that if I wanted to do it, I should go for it,” Segal told WWD in 1998.
Her mother, Ann Benson Segal, said Segal started drawing when she was a

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Ex-Maple Leafs defenseman Glennie dies at 73

Former longtime Maple Leafs defenseman Brian Glennie has died. He was 73. There was no immediate word on the cause of death, although he had been in ill health.
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Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend, dies at 103

The Spartacus actor, one of the great stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, has died aged 103.
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Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend, dies at 103

The Spartacus actor, one of the great stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, has died aged 103.
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Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas dies aged 103

Spartacus actor Kirk Douglas has died aged 103, his son has said.
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Ex-Packer, Hall of Famer Willie Wood dies at 83

Willie Wood, a Hall of Fame safety whose key interception in Super Bowl I helped carry the Green Bay Packers to a 35-10 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs, died Monday in Washington, D.C. He was 83.
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Gang Of Four guitarist Andy Gill dies, aged 64

The founding member of the British post-punk band had only recently come off tour.
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Neil Peart: Rush drummer dies aged 67

The musician, considered one of rock’s greatest ever drummers, had brain cancer.
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Ed Filipowski, KCD Co-Chairman and Chief Strategist, Dies at 58

Ed Filipowski, one of fashion’s most important and influential media relations personalities of the past 30 years, has died. He was co-chairman and chief strategist at KCD.
Filipowski, 58, died at his New York home Friday morning from complications stemming from a recent surgery, according to KCD.
“As co-chairman and chief strategist of KCD, Ed led the global agency for over 30 years and leaves a legacy as a champion of the fashion industry with his unbridled optimism and spirit,” according to a statement released by KCD Friday afternoon.
Filipowski ran the fashion public relations and production agency, an industry leader, alongside long-time co-chairman Julie Mannion. He flourished in a high-pressured and difficult business, filled with many different personalities. Collaborative in nature, Filipowski brought brands together with his forward-thinking, hands-on approach.
Filipowski was responsible for public relations, while Mannion handled events and production services. The company’s growth mirrored the globalization of fashion, with offices in New York, Paris, London and Los Angeles.
KCD’s portfolio of clients over the years reads like a ‘who’s who’ in the fashion industry, including names such as as Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano at Maison Margiela, Versace, Givenchy, Tory Burch, Helmut Lang,  Anna Sui, Victoria Beckham, Balmain, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph

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American Horror Story star Harry Hains dies aged 27

Harry Hains, who starred in American Horror Story and OA, has died aged 27.
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Actor Harry Hains Dies At 27

The "American Horror Story," "Sneaky Pete" & "The OA" actor has passed away, according to his mother, actress Jane Badler.
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Rush drummer Neil Peart dies after brain cancer battle

Neil Peart – the drummer for Canadian prog-rock group Rush – has died at the age of 67, according to a statement from the band.
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The Graduate screenwriter Buck Henry dies aged 89

US screenwriter Buck Henry, known for his work on The Graduate and Get Smart, has died of a heart attack aged 89.
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Elizabeth Wurtzel: Prozac Nation author dies aged 52

Elizabeth Wurtzel’s best-selling memoir documented her struggles with depression and addiction.
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Prozac Nation author Elizabeth Wurtzel dies aged 52

Author Elizabeth Wurtzel, known for her 1994 memoirs about living with depression, has died aged 52, it has been reported.
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Derek Acorah, TV medium, dies aged 69

Acorah was best known for Most Haunted and appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.
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TV medium Derek Acorah dies aged 69

TV medium Derek Acorah has died at the age of 69 after a “very brief illness”, his wife has confirmed.
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Former NBA commissioner Stern dies at 77

David Stern, the NBA commissioner who oversaw the sport’s biggest stage for three decades, has died, the league announced in a statement on Wednesday. He was 77.
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Bobbi Kristina Brown’s ex-partner Nick Gordon dies at 30

Nick Gordon, ex-partner of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, has died at the age of 30, his lawyer says.
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Georgia Tech recruit dies after being hit by train

Incoming Georgia Tech freshman receiver Bryce Gowdy, who was set to enroll in school next week, has died after being struck by a train.
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Neil Innes: Monty Python songwriter dies aged 75

Sir Michael Palin and John Cleese lead the tributes to “The Seventh Python” and Rutles star.
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Scots author Alasdair Gray dies at the age of 85

The writer was known for novels such as Lanark and the award-winning Poor Things which are both set in Glasgow.
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Alasdair Gray: ‘Genius’ author and artist dies

Alasdair Gray, who has died after a short illness, has been described as a “unique talent” and “one of the true greats of Scottish art and literature”.
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Allee Willis: Friends theme songwriter dies at 72

Willis also co-wrote hits for Earth, Wind & Fire and is a Songwriters Hall of Fame member.
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David Foster, Producer of ‘The Getaway’ and ‘The Thing,’ Dies at 90

Prolific movie producer David Foster, who collaborated with Steve McQueen on “The Getaway” and shepherded Robert Altman’s “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 90. Foster started in the business as a publicist representing McQueen along with Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Shirley MacLaine, Andy Williams and Sonny and Cher. He left […]

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ESPN Reporter Ed Aschoff Dies at 34

ESPN reporter Ed Aschoff, who covered SEC college sports for the network, has died after a battle of pneumonia. He was 34. “We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN said in a statement. “He died earlier today, his 34th […]

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Allee Willis, ‘September’ and ‘Friends’ Theme Songwriter, Dies at 72

Songwriter Allee Willis, famous for her work with Earth, Wind & Fire as well as the “Friends” theme and the “The Color Purple” Broadway song score, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 72. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. Prudence Fenton, the animator and producer who is described by a family friend as […]

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Emanuel Ungaro, a Designer of ‘Fantasy,’ Dies at 86

Emanuel Ungaro died in Paris on Saturday at the age of 86.
Known for feminine designs, embellished with frills and polka dots, and a penchant for the color fuchsia, Ungaro founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004.
The house of Ungaro wrote in a statement: “Even if he left his house in 2004, he continued to inspire the label as well as the international fashion world. His work will remain in all memories as synonymous [with] seduction and flamboyance; colorful draping; mix of prints, and his passion for women and their sensuality.”
Valentino Garavani on Sunday called Ungaro “a great and generous friend. Always with a smile and with a kindness very rare in this fashion world. His colors, his draping and the fantasy he put in every dress, deserve a very important place in the history of fashion.”
“It is a very sad thing,” said Diane von Furstenberg. “Ungaro reminds me of my youth…of happy, sexy printed dresses.”
“This is really sad news,” said Ferruccio Ferragamo, chairman of the Salvatore Ferragamo Group, which at one time owned the fashion house. “A beautiful part of fashion history is gone with him. He had such good taste and knew how

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Aschoff, ESPN college football reporter, dies at 34

Edward Aschoff, who started covering college football for ESPN as an SEC reporter in 2011 and began a more expanded national role in 2017, died Tuesday at age 34.
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Tony Britton dies aged 95, daughter Fern Britton confirms

His daughter, presenter Fern Britton, confirms that the Don’t Wait Up star died early on Sunday.
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Claudine Auger: French actress known for James Bond role dies aged 78

She is best known to international audiences for starring as Domino alongside Sean Connery.
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Trailblazing model and campaigner Mama Cax dies, aged 30

Pioneering model and disability rights champion Mama Cax has died at the age of 30, her family have announced.
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Claudine Auger: Thunderball Bond Girl dies

Claudine Auger, who played Bond Girl Domino in the 1965 movie Thunderball, has died aged 78.
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Model Mama Cax Dies at 30

The model & advocate known for her work to make the fashion industry more inclusive has suddenly passed away at age 30. See powerful tributes by Rihanna, Tess Holiday and more.
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Van Dykes’ Donald Ross Dies at 91

Donald H. Ross, founder of Van Dykes Menswear, a men’s wear institution in Detroit for more than 70 years, died on Dec. 17 of natural causes. He was 91.
David Ross, his son and the third generation to operate the men’s store, said there are no services planned. “He didn’t want any,” David Ross said.

The oldest son of Alex and Lillian Ruzumna, Donald Ross attended Central High School and later what would become the College for Creative Studies. It was there that he met his wife, Marilyn Ruth Burnett. They married in 1948 and had four children. She died in 2004.

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David Ross said his father had initially worked with his father, Alan, who had a cleaning and tailoring store in Detroit that he opened after immigrating to the U.S. from Russia. “My father worked for him before and after the Korean War,” he said. Donald Ross served in the U.S. Navy during the war and was stationed in Hawaii.
In 1944, Ross opened Van Dykes, which was a reworked version of the tailoring shop and sold work clothes. Over the years, the business had expanded to more than eight stores around the Detroit area including several

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Up On The Roof singer and Carry On star Kenny Lynch dies

Singer and actor Kenny Lynch, who was known for his 1960s hit Up On The Roof, has died aged 81.
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Former Fendi, Versace CEO Giancarlo Di Risio Dies in Rome

MILAN — Former fashion executive Giancarlo Di Risio has died in Rome. He was in a coma after he suffered a heart and respiratory collapse in 2012.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday in Isernia, in the Italian Molise region. Di Risio was born nearby in the small town of Pettoranello del Molise in 1955.
He spent 15 years working under Tonino Perna at IT Holding, which owned manufacturing arm Ittierre, and was once one of Italy’s fastest-growing fashion groups.
As chief executive officer of Isernia-based Ittierre, Di Risio was instrumental in developing the younger lines’ business for designer brands such as Versace, Trussardi, Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana in the Nineties. Ittierre pioneered the idea of designer jeans and diffusion line licenses.
Di Risio forged a strong relationship with Versace, convincing the fashion house in the late Eighties to launch the Versus collection. A few years later, he launched Dolce & Gabbana’s younger line, D&G, at the request of the design duo.
“Our strategy is to attack the market,” Di Risio said in 1997. “The days when you could sit back and wait for the market to come to you are over.”
When the licensing trend abated for luxury brands, Di Risio

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Iowa great, Hall of Fame coach Fry dies at 90

Hayden Fry, the College Football Hall of Fame coach who led Iowa for 20 seasons and produced one of the sport’s most important coaching trees, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 90.
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Fuller House Dog Cosmo Dies After Complications From Surgery

Candace Cameron Bure, Elias Harger, Fuller House, DogJust as fans weren’t ready to say goodbye to Fuller House for good, they also weren’t ready to unexpectedly say goodbye to the furry friend who made the show 100x better, Cosmo….

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Downton Abbey and EastEnders actor dies at 74

Actor Nicky Henson, who appeared in EastEnders, Downton Abbey and Fawlty Towers, has died following a “long disagreement” with cancer, his family have said.
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Icon of 1960s French cinema Anna Karina dies aged 79

Actress Anna Karina, once the muse of new wave director Jean-Luc Godard, has died aged 79.
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Emmerdale actress Sheila Mercier dies aged 100

The star, who played Annie Sugden, was part of the soap from its launch as Emmerdale Farm in 1972.
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Danny Aiello, Do The Right Thing actor, dies at 86

The veteran actor, best known as Sal in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, dies after a short illness.
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Actress who appeared in first Emmerdale episode dies aged 100

Former Emmerdale star Sheila Mercier – who appeared in the soap’s first ever show – has died at the age of 100.
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Ex-Saints LB great Vaughan Johnson dies at 57

Vaughan Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Saints’ legendary “Dome Patrol” linebacking corps, died Thursday night at age 57. Johnson had been battling kidney disease and, most recently, lung failure.
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Naturalist and presenter David Bellamy dies at 86

Tributes are paid to the “larger-than-life” TV broadcaster, scientist and conservationist.
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Naturalist and broadcaster David Bellamy dies

Naturalist and broadcaster David Bellamy has died aged 86.
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Lead singer of Roxette dies aged 61

Roxette lead singer Marie Fredriksson, a musician who “painted songs in the most beautiful colours”, has died 17 years after first being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
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Caroll Spinney: Sesame Street’s Big Bird puppeteer dies

US puppeteer Caroll Spinney has died after a long career as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
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Juice Wrld: US rapper dies aged 21 ‘after seizure at airport’

The rapper best known for viral hit Lucid Dreams reportedly suffered a seizure at a Chicago airport.
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‘Insanely talented’ rapper dies ‘after suffering seizure at airport’

US rapper Juice Wrld has died after reportedly suffering a seizure at an airport in Chicago.
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‘Artistic genius’: Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies

Puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who portrayed the beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, including providing their voices, has died aged 85.
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Friends star who played Rachel Green’s father dies

Award-winning actor Ron Leibman, a star of stage and screen perhaps best known for playing the father of Rachel Green in Friends, has died aged 82.
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Internet Sensation Lil Bub Dies at Age 8

Rest in peace, Bub. The feline with the little tongue that stole the hearts of the internet has unexpectedly passed away in her sleep. See her owner's heartfelt message.
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Shelley Morrison, ‘Will & Grace’ Actress, Dies at 83

Shelley Morrison, who played Karen Walker’s sharp-tongued yet endearing maid Rosario Salazar on “Will & Grace” from 1999-2006, has died. She was 83. Morrison died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure after a brief illness, Morrison’s publicist, Lori DeWaal, told The Associated Press. Rosario, who hailed from El Salvador, was originally […]

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Will & Grace Actress Shelley Morrison Dies at 83

Shelley MorrisonHollywood has lost a star.
Actress Shelley Morrison has passed away at the age of 83, E! News can confirm.
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Composer who co-wrote calypso hit Day-O dies

Irving Burgie, who co-wrote the Harry Belafonte hit Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) and helped to popularise Caribbean music in the 1950s, has died aged 95.
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Will & Grace Actress Shelley Morrison Dies at 83

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Actress Shelley Morrison has passed away at the age of 83, E! News can confirm.
Morrison’s husband, Walter Dominguez, shared a statement about his…

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Godfrey Gao Dies Filming a Reality TV Show

The 35-year-old model & "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" actor collapsed on-set of the Chinese game show "Chase Me." Details here.
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Beloved TV host Clive James dies aged 80

Beloved critic and broadcaster Clive James has died at the age of 80, just one month after laying his pen down for the last time.
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Taiwanese-Canadian Actor Godfrey Gao Dies After Collapsing on Set of Reality Show

Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao died Wednesday of sudden cardiac arrest after he collapsed while shooting a Chinese sports reality show in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, the show’s official social media account said. He was 35. Gao was in the middle of a late-night shoot for Zhejiang TV’s reality show “Chase Me,” which puts contestants head-to-head […]

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Tazeen Ahmad: Award-winning journalist and presenter dies at 48

Tributes are paid to Tazeen Ahmad, “one of the most gifted journalists of her generation”.
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Broadway Actress Laurel Griggs Dies at Age 13

Laurel Griggs, Saturday Night LiveBroadway has lost a rising star.
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McCartney’s tribute as photographer behind classic Beatles albums dies

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have paid tribute to the photographer behind some of The Beatles most famous album covers, who has died aged 82.
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Patrick-Louis Vuitton, Great-Great-Grandson of Louis Vuitton, Dies in Paris

PARIS — Patrick-Louis Vuitton, great-great-grandson of Louis Vuitton, has died in Paris age 68.
He was part of the fifth generation of heirs to the founder of luxury leather goods brand Louis Vuitton and served as head of the Special Orders department within the house’s atelier in Asnières.
Patrick-Louis Vuitton joined the family business in 1973, at age 22. Starting as a carpenter craftsman within the company, he became production manager of the Louis Vuitton atelier in Asnières in 1975, before being named general manager of the workshop.
He went on to open the second ever Louis Vuitton workshop in 1977, in the village of Saint-Donat in the Southeast of France, over 100 years after the opening of the house’s inaugural atelier in Asnières.
Patrick-Louis Vuitton’s area of expertise was special orders. He joined the technical department of the Asnières atelier in 1986, where he was in charge of the hard-sided luggage collection as well as special orders.
One year after joining the creative department in 1989, he became head of the Special Orders section within the atelier. Some of his famous projects included a bespoke trunk for tattoo artist Scott Campbell, enabling to store needles, machines and ink, as well as the Kabuki trunk for

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Veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne dies aged 85

Gay Byrne, the veteran Irish broadcaster who presented the Late Late Show on RTE, has died aged 85, his family says.
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Jay Rosenthal, Veteran Music Industry Attorney, Dies 

Jay Rosenthal, a veteran music attorney, has died, it was announced on Sunday, November 2. Rosenthal was a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP and based in Washington D.C. His age and cause of death are unknown. Rosenthal also served as General Counsel for the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), whose president and CEO […]

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Longtime NHL executive Gregory dies at age 83

Hockey Hall of Famer and popular longtime NHL executive Jim Gregory, best known for being one of the first to start bringing European players to North America, has died at the age of 83.
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Robert Evans, Chinatown producer, dies at 89

The former actor turned Paramount head was key to the making of The Godfather and its first sequel.
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Former Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell dies aged 55

Former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell has died aged 55, three years after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, her manager has said.
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Day, 27, dies of brain injuries from Sat. knockout

Patrick Day, who underwent emergency brain surgery after his junior middleweight bout against Charles Conwell on Saturday night, has died, promoter Lou DiBella said. Day was 27.
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‘His legacy lives on’: Neighbours creator Reg Watson dies at 93

Reg Watson, the creator of popular Australian soap Neighbours, has died.
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Robert Forster: Jackie Brown actor dies aged 78

Robert Forster has died aged 78.
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Billy Neville, Founder of Rogue and Good Company, Dies at 79

Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, in Jackson, Miss., for William (Billy) Neville III, founder of The Rogue men’s wear store, who died at his home Monday at the age of 79. According to published reports, the former retailer was found by his brother when he did not respond to phone calls. The cause of death is not known.
Neville opened The Rogue and Good Company in 1967 in Fondren, Miss., in the old Capri Theater, and it moved to its current location at 4450 Interstate 55 North in Jackson in 1970. Its logo of three men in tuxedos and top hats soon became recognizable in both the community and the industry and Neville’s store soon became one of the finest men’s stores in the South.
He sold The Rogue to Keith Kinkade and Luke Abney in 2005, and it is still in operation. However, Neville continued to be active in the apparel business, consulting with Will Leather Goods and continuing to be a fixture at the men’s trade shows in New York City through his Neville & Associates practice.
Neville was born in New Orleans on Aug. 17, 1940, and graduated from McComb High School before attending Tulane University. He

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Cream drummer and co-founder Ginger Baker dies aged 80

Ginger Baker, the drummer and co-founder of rock band Cream, has died at the age of 80.
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Diahann Carroll: Pioneering actress dies aged 84

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Jeffrey Epstein Dies in Apparent Suicide

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell on Saturday.
The convicted sex offender reportedly hung himself at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, according to NBC News. Epstein was transported to a nearby hospital where he reportedly went into cardiac arrest.
On July 6, Epstein was charged for one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors between 2002 and 2005. He was being held in the Manhattan prison awaiting his court date and was denied bail. If convicted, Epstein would have faced a maximum of 45 years in prison.
His death comes days after L Brands’ chairman, Leslie Wexner, claimed that the two had a falling out because Epstein misappropriated over $ 46 million from him and his family. The two were closely linked until the late aughts, with Epstein later taking ownership of Wexner’s Manhattan home on East 71st Street, the same residence that prosecutors demanded Epstein forfeit.
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Osborn descended from pioneers and ranchers who settled in Mexico. After serving in the U.S. Army, Osborn started his retail career working at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1964. In the decade he was employed there, he worked his way up from a salesman to a buyer. Osborn briefly ran a men’s clothing and antiques boutique in Beverly Hills before joining Neiman Marcus, where he worked as a buyer for six years before being named vice president of men’s tailored clothing. He retired in 2002.
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Derrill Osborn, Former Men’s Fashion Director for Neiman’s, Dies in Dallas

Derrill Radcliff Osborn, the flamboyant former men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus, died in his Dallas home Monday night. He was 76.
The cause is not known at this time, but his death was confirmed by Nelson Bell, a pastor at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Bell said Osborn, who had been ill for some time, had planned his own service and a date for the memorial will be set shortly.
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Lawrence S. Phillips, former chairman and chief executive officer of Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. died Friday afternoon after a long illness at his home in Florida.
Phillips, whose great-grandfather founded the company in 1881, retired from the company’s board in 1995
Born in 1927, Phillips graduated from Princeton University. He sat on the boards of Petsmart in Phoenix and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He also served as the chairman of American Jewish World Service, the New York international relief organization, which he founded.
Phillips turned over the reins of the company to Bruce J. Klatsky, former chairman and ceo. The company today is run by Emanuel Chirico, chairman and ceo.
Phillips is survived by his children, Laura and David, several grandchildren and sister Carol Green.
Over the company’s history, PVH has evolved from a primarily North American menswear business into a diversified global company with over $ 8 billion in 2014 revenues through a combination of strategic acquisitions and growing their diversified brands across wholesale, retail, e-commerce and licensing channels.

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Wayne Dyer, Motivational Guru And Bestselling Author, Dies At 75

Wayne Dyer, the motivational guru and bestselling author of dozens of self-help books, died Saturday night at the age of 75.

His family shared the news with Dyer’s 2.4 million Facebook fans on Sunday. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

Dyer, who was known to fans as the “father of motivation,” first gained worldwide fame in 1976 after the publication of his first book “Your Erroneous Zones.” Although he was said to have sold copies “out of the back of his station wagon,” the tome became an international bestseller with an estimated 35 million copies sold.

Dyer would later write more than 40 books, almost half of which made The New York Times bestseller list, and appeared on many TV shows, including several PBS specials. 

Last year, Mind Body Spirit magazine ranked Dyer as the eighth most spiritually influential person in the world. 

Born in Detroit in 1940, Dyer spent part of his childhood in orphanages and foster homes before going on to serve in the U.S. Navy in the late 1950s. He earned a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University and taught at St. John’s University in New York until he found success as an author. 

Dyer, who counted celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey as some of his fans, espoused the power of positive thinking in his teachings.

“Take the last five minutes of your day,” Dyer told CBS Sunday Morning in 2014, “and put your attention on everything that you would like to attract into your life: ‘I am well. I am healed. I am in perfect health. I am abundant. I am happy.’ Say those things to yourself. Then you’ll marinate for eight hours, and you’ll awaken and you’ll begin to attract the things that are in your subconscious mind.”

Dyer was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, NBC News reported, and claimed to have treated the disease with “positive thinking, daily exercise and ‘psychic surgery’” performed by a Brazilian medium.

Dyer was also a proponent of the idea that death is but an “illusion.” In 2012, he told Winfrey: “Who we are is the part of us that is infinite, the part of us that never stops.”

Dyer’s career was not free from controversy.

PBS ombudsman Michael Getlar wrote in 2006 that viewers had complained about Dyer’s “overtly religious” teachings. Several years later, Getlar said that “it is my sense that … Dyer’s presentations violate PBS’s Editorial Standards and Policies.”

In 2010, author Stephen Mitchell filed suit, alleging Dyer had plagiarized chunks of two of his books. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed.

Many fans and friends of Dyer’s, including Degeneres, Winfrey and the motivational speaker Tony Robbins, mourned the self-help author’s death on social media.

Dyer, who lived in Maui, was separated from his third wife and had eight children. 

 

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LONDON — Annette Worsley-Taylor, a former creative director of London Fashion Week who helped reignite global interest in British fashion, died this week at the age of 71. The cause of her death was lung cancer, a British Fashion Council spokesman said.
Worsley-Taylor was a driving force in establishing London Fashion Week. After launching the New Wave exhibition at London’s Ritz Hotel in 1974, in order to introduce young British designers to the international market, she went on to found London Designer Collections in 1975. After establishing the collections, the executive went on to win funding from the British government’s Department of Trade and Industry, to support a newly formed British Fashion Council. After that, Worsley-Taylor established the London Designer Show in 1990, which the BFC called a “prototype” for London Fashion Week in its current form.
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Sibling’s Joe Bates Dies at 47

LONDON — Joe Bates, one of the three designers behind London’s Sibling label, has died, a spokesman for the label confirmed Tuesday.
The spokesman confirmed a report that appeared on Love Magazine’s Web site Tuesday, which said that Bates, who was 47, had died over the past weekend, “after a long and brave battle with cancer.” The spokesman noted that “the team at Sibling would like to thank everyone for their support through this difficult time.”
Bates launched Sibling in 2008 with fellow designers Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery. The label is known for its vibrant knitwear with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility. While the label started with men’s designs, the collective added a women’s label, Sister by Sibling, for the spring 2012 season.
Sibling’s latest women’s collection, for spring 2015, took Eighties Madonna as its muse, while the men’s spring 2016 collection was inspired by American football, and showcased suits by Edward Sexton alongside the label’s signature knits. The label’s spokesman confirmed that Sibling will continue following Bates’ death, and that Cozette and Bryan will showcase their spring 2016 collection at London Fashion Week in September.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.

Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided.

The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.”

“The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long,” the statement said.

The couple performed as Stiller & Meara on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other programs in the 1960s and won awards for the radio and TV commercials they made together. Meara also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including a longtime role on “All My Children” and recurring appearances on “Rhoda,” ”Alf,” ”Sex and the City” and “The King of Queens.” She shared the screen with her son in 2006’s “Night at the Museum.”

Meara was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for her supporting role on “Archie Bunker’s Place,” along with three other Emmy nods, most recently in 1997 for her guest-starring role on “Homicide.” She won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV movie “The Other Woman.”

Besides her husband and son, Meara is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren.

The family statement said: “Anne’s memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne.”

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Tim Hauser, Manhattan Transfer Founder And Singer, Dies At 72

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NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hauser, the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72.

Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and launched hits such as “Operator” and “The Boy from New York City.” They went on to win multiple pop and jazz Grammy Awards. Their critically acclaimed album, 1985’s “Vocalese,” earned a whopping 12 Grammy nominations.

Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne — who joined in 1978 and replaced Laurel Masse — rounded out the foursome.

“Tim was the visionary behind The Manhattan Transfer,” they said in a statement. “It’s incomprehensible to think of this world without him.”

Hauser first formed Manhattan Transfer in 1969 with Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Gene Pistilli and Pat Rosali. They disbanded and Hauser met some of the band’s new members as a taxi driver in New York City. He met a conga player while driving who introduced him to Siegel and he also met Masse while driving.

Hauser was born in Troy, New York. He is survived by his wife Barb Sennet Hauser, his son Basie and his daughter Lily.

Manhattan Transfer will continue their upcoming tour despite Hauser’s death. Their next show is Oct. 23 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Italian Tenor And WWII POW Carlo Bergonzi Dies At 90

MILAN (AP) — Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi’s operas, has died at the age of 90.

The Italian Auxologic Institute in Milan on Monday confirmed Bergonzi’s death on Friday. No cause was given. Born in the province of Parma not far from Verdi’s hometown, Bergonzi started his studies at age 16 as a baritone, only to discover later that his musical gifts lay in the tenor range. Bergonzi served in World War II in an anti-aircraft artillery unit, and was interned in a German forced labor camp for three years.

Bergonzi’s international career took off after his 1956 debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he sang the role of Radames in Verdi’s Aida. His Met career spanned 32 years and 22 roles.

The Met recalled in a tribute that Bergonzi “was particularly praised for the beauty and warmth of his singing and for his elegant attention to style and phrasing.”

He also sang nine seasons at La Scala in Milan and 21 seasons at the Arena open-air summer theater in Verona.

Bergonzi ended his artistic career in 1995, devoting himself to teaching singing. For his 90th birthday on July 12, the town of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth dedicated a concert by the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra to Bergonzi.

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Bobby Womack, Legendary R&B Singer, Dies At 70

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.

Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details. With an incomparable voice few could match, Womack was a stirring singer and guitarist in his own right and a powerful songwriter whose hits like “Across 110th Street,” ”If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much” captured the imagination of future stars in rock ‘n’ roll and R&B.

“He had a style that nobody else could ever capture,” longtime friend, gospel singer Candi Staton, said in a statement. “I loved him and I will miss him so, so very much.”

Womack’s death comes as something of a surprise. Though he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and overcame addiction and multiple health issues, including prostate and colon cancer, recently, he seemed in good health and spirits when he performed earlier this month at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

He told the BBC in 2013 the Alzheimer’s diagnosis came after he began having difficulty remembering his songs and the names of people he had worked with.

And there have been many. The soul singer cut a wide path through the music business as a performer and songwriter in a career that spanned seven decades. Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, long after he’d lost his fortune and his career to addiction.

He spoke of kicking his substance abuse problems in a 2012 interview with The Associated Press and all the friends he’d lost to drugs over the years.

“I think the biggest move for me was to get away from the drug scene,” Womack said. “It wasn’t easy. It was hard because everybody I knew did drugs. … They didn’t know when to turn it off. So for me looking at Wilson Pickett, close friends of mine, Sly Stone, Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and I can go on and on and on, and I say all of them died because of drugs.”

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and sang gospel music at a young age, performing with his brothers in The Womack Brothers. Under the influence of gospel and R&B legend Sam Cooke, who signed the group to his personal label, Womack moved into secular music. In the early 1960s his group recorded “It’s All Over Now,” which was covered and by the Stones and became the band’s first number-one hit.

His songs have been recorded by multiple artists, and he played as a session musician in Memphis in the 1960s.

Albarn and XL Recordings president Richard Russell helped Womack regain his career with 2012 comeback album “The Bravest Man in the Universe.” The album was a departure for Womack, full of electronic music and beats. But it was lauded by critics for a simple reason: That distinctive voice of his still brought chills.

“I don’t think he ever really thought that he would do anything again,” Albarn said of Womack in March. “Watching his rehabilitation and watching his ability to confront new material and new challenges was nothing short of miraculous at the time, and he still today continues to battle his demons and his illness. But he’s a beautiful person and when he opens his mouth and that voice comes out, it is something that is somehow touched by God.”

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Mary Rodgers, ‘Freaky Friday’ Author And Broadway Composer, Dies At 83

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers who found her own fame as composer of the 1959 musical “Once Upon a Mattress” and as the author of the body-shifting book “Freaky Friday,” has died. She was 83.

Rodgers died Thursday at her home in Manhattan after a long illness, her son Alec Guettel said. Rodgers’ hit “Once Upon a Mattress,” a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fable “The Princess and the Pea,” made a star of Carol Burnett. A Broadway revival in 1996 starred Sarah Jessica Parker. Her other shows include “From A to Z,” a revue featuring her songs, and two other short-lived shows: “Hot Spot” and “The Madwoman of Central Park West,” a one-person musical starring Phyllis Newman.

She was also a children’s book author who scored big with “Freaky Friday,” in which a mother and daughter trade bodies. The book was twice adapted into a Disney movie, most recently in 2003 starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. Her other books include “A Billion for Boris,” ”Summer Switch” and “The Rotten Book.”

The daughter of “South Pacific” and “Flower Drum Song” composer Richard Rodgers and Dorothy Rodgers, Mary Rodgers was also the mother of a musical theater composer, Adam Guettel, a Tony Award winner for “The Light in the Piazza.”

She had been married to Henry Guettel, former executive director of the Theatre Development Fund, who died last year. She is survived by her sister, Linda Rodgers Emory, and five children.
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Eli Wallach Dead: ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ Actor Dies At 98

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – Eli Wallach, an early practitioner of method acting who made a lasting impression as the scuzzy bandit Tuco in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, died on Tuesday at the age of 98, the New York Times reported.

Wallach appeared on the big screen well into his 90s in Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” and Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel and other films.

“It’s what I wanted to do all my life,” Wallach said of his work in an interview in 2010.

Having grown up the son of Polish Jewish immigrants in an Italian-dominated neighborhood in New York, Wallach might have seemed an unlikely cowboy, but some of his best work was in Westerns.

Many critics thought his definitive role was Calvera, the flamboyant, sinister bandit chief in “The Magnificent Seven”. Others preferred him in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” as Tuco, who was “the ugly”, opposite Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti Western.

Years later, Wallach said strangers would recognize him and start whistling the distinctive theme from the film.

Wallach graduated from the University of Texas, where he picked up the horseback-riding skills that would serve him well in later cowboy roles, and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse Actors Studio before World War Two broke out.

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“Wallach is the quintessential chameleon, effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gave him an honorary Oscar in 2010, wrote in a profile on its website.

After serving as an Army hospital administrator during the war, he found work on the New York stage and took classes at the Actor’s Studio, which used Method acting in which actors draw on personal memories and emotions to flesh out a role.

He appeared in “This Property Is Condemned” and ended up marrying the show’s leading lady, Anne Jackson – a marriage that also led to several stage and screen collaborations.

Wallach made a name on Broadway with roles in two Tennessee Williams’ works, “Camino Real” and “The Rose Tattoo,” for which he won a Tony in 1951, as well as a two-year run in “Mr. Roberts.”

His first movie was another Williams work, “Baby Doll” in 1956. Other major films included “How the West Was Won”, “Mystic River”, “The Holiday”, “Lord Jim” and “The Misfits” – in which he starred with Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe with John Huston directing an Arthur Miller script – and “The Godfather Part 3.”

Despite the notable movies, Wallach said it was his portrayal of the villain Mr. Freeze on the “Batman” television show of the 1960s that generated the most fan mail.

Wallach titled his autobiography “The Good, the Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage”. He and his wife lived in New York and had three children.

The New York Times said his death had been confirmed by his daughter. (Reporting by Bill Trott in Washington; Additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Andrew Heavens)

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Horace Silver Dead: Pioneering Jazz Pianist Dies At 85

Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and band leader with a tireless inventiveness who influenced generations of jazzmen with his distinctive hard bop sound, has died. He was 85.

The Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Silver died Wednesday in New Rochelle, New York, but had no other information. “Horace Silver was one of the hardest swinging piano players in jazz, both as a section player and a soloist,” said Ramsey Lewis, a pianist influenced by Silver. “Moreover, he was one of the finest human beings that walked the earth.”

And one of the most influential, carving a sizeable wake through the jazz world in a career that seemed special from the start.

The pianist was something of a prodigy and moved to New York at the insistence of Stan Getz in the early 1950s after the famed saxophone player hired a rhythm section that included Silver for a one-off in Hartford, Connecticut. Silver was just 21.

He played with Getz for a while — Getz would record some of his early compositions — and other towering pioneers like Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins. He soon began a series of collaborations and recordings that remain highly influential in jazz a half-century later — starting with his partnership with drummer Art Blakey that led to the seminal hard bop album “Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers” in 1955.

Though he eventually left the Messengers, Silver continued a string of milestone albums for Blue Note, a label he recorded for until 1980, which are still referenced often, including “Six Pieces of Silver” in 1956 and “Blowin’ The Blues Away” in 1959.

Silver’s father was born in Cape Verde and the folk music of that island nation was always part of his influences. An innately funky player with a keen sense of style, he also incorporated the blues and gospel into his compositions, modernizing jazz at the same time those sounds were transforming other genres like rock ‘n’ roll and R&B.

“It’s like making a stew,” Silver said in a 2003 All About Jazz interview. “You put all these various ingredients in it. You season it with this. You put that in it. You put the other in it. You mix it all up and it comes out something neat, something that you created.”

Songs like “The Preacher,” ”Song for My Father” and the evocatively titled “Filthy McNasty” showed the possibilities of jazz when leavened with other sounds, and his experimentation would not end there. He eventually began to include lyrics with his works and explored social and political themes in his music in the 1960s and ’70s, even dabbling in what he described as cosmic philosophy.

“Horace Silver’s music has always represented what jazz musicians preach but don’t necessarily practice, and that’s simplicity,” bassist Christian McBride told NPR in 2008. “It sticks to the memory. It’s very singable. It gets in your blood easily. You can comprehend it easily. It’s very rooted, very soulful.”

Silver, born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva in 1928 in Norwalk, Connecticut, moved to Los Angeles later in his career. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995 for his album “Hard Bop Grandpop” and in 2005 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave him its president’s merit award.

His most widely heard composition, however, was not one he recorded himself. The rock group Steely Dan borrowed a riff from “Song for My Father” for their 1974 hit “Rikki, Don’t Lose That Number,” a song that remains in heavy rotation on classic rock and oldies stations.

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AP writer Charles J. Gans in New York contributed to this report.
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Herb Jeffries Dead: Jazz Singer And Actor Known As ‘The Bronze Buckaroo’ Dies At 100 (VIDEO)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Herb Jeffries, the jazz singer and actor who performed with Duke Ellington and was known as the “Bronze Buckaroo” in a series of all-black 1930s Westerns, died of heart failure Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.

His death was confirmed by Raymond Strait, who worked with Jeffries on his not-yet-published autobiography titled “Color of Love.” With a mellow voice and handsome face, Jeffries became familiar to jazz fans, but segregation in the film industry limited his movie career. He scored a big hit with Ellington as the vocalist on “Flamingo,” recorded in 1940 and later covered by a white singer, the popular vocalist Tony Martin.

Among the other songs he did with Ellington were “There Shall Be No Night” and “You, You Darlin’.”

“The camaraderie in his band was like a bunch of guys in college,” Jeffries recalled in the book “Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music.” ”Ellington had a knack for developing talent and stars. … He was more like a father to me than a boss.”

Jeffries has been described as the only black singing cowboy star in Hollywood history and, more recently, after the deaths of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and others, as the “last of the singing cowboys.”

Sometimes billed as Herbert Jeffrey, he starred in four Westerns aimed at black audiences from 1937 to 1939: “Harlem on the Prairie,” ”Two-Gun Man From Harlem,” ”The Bronze Buckaroo” and “Harlem Rides the Range.”

As The New York Times noted, the low-budget films (produced by a white man, Richard C. Kahn) are “notable less for what’s in them than that they exist at all.”

Jeffries starred as Bob Blake. The films featured his horse Stardusk, the vocal group the Four Tones, and comic relief from prolific character actor Mantan Moreland. Among the songs: “I’m a Happy Cowboy,” ”Get Along Mule” and “(Got the) Payday Blues.”

“The Bronze Buckaroo” was recently revived on a DVD release called “Treasures of Black Cinema.”

Jeffries “did something outrageous, and then rode off into the sunset,” actor-director Mario Van Peebles told People magazine in 2005. “He did us proud.”

Jeffries remained active as a singer into his 80s and 90s, touring and putting out the 1995 CD “The Bronze Buckaroo (Rides Again)” and following it up in 2000, with “The Duke and I.” Among the honors that came his way late in life was a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dedicated in 2004.

“I don’t believe in age,” Jeffries told The New York Times in 1995, when he was appearing at a local club. “I believe this magnificent thing we have on our shoulders can help you evolve,” he said. “In jazz, we keep going. There’s no such thing as retiring, or being retired, so you never feel unwanted or useless. And that keeps your body vital.”

He was born in Detroit to a racially mixed couple, referring to himself in a 2004 interview with The Oklahoman as “an Italian-looking mongrel with a percentage of Ethiopian blood, which enabled me to get work with black orchestras.”

He lamented the days touring in the South when he was with Earl Hines in the 1930s. Black audiences were made to stand separately off in a corner and not allowed to dance.

“I don’t think anybody was thrilled about the conditions, but if you wanted to advance and develop you couldn’t show anger,” he said.

He made light of the covering of “Flamingo,” too, recalling he joked with Martin that he knew Martin had copied him because “you made the same mistake in the lyrics that I did.”

Jeffries told American Visions, a publication on African-American culture, in 1997 that he was inspired to seek backing for the cowboy movies after seeing a black boy crying because other children with him “wouldn’t let him play cowboy. But in the real West, one of every four cowboys was black.”

But he had no plans to star in them himself, he said, until the search for a suitable actor-singer-rider came up short and he embarked on a crash course on lasso handling and other Western skills.

Strait said Jeffries recently had several surgeries that “just wore him out.” He added that Jeffries “believed in one world and one people and was one of the most generous people I’ve ever met. He was always funding something or doing something for kids.”

Jeffries is survived by his fifth wife, Savannah; three daughters; and two sons.

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Biographical material in this story was written by former AP staffer Polly Anderson.
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Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dead: Star Of ‘The FBI’ Dies At 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the son of famous musical parents who established his own lasting celebrity in two of television’s most popular series, “77 Sunset Strip” and “The F.B.I.,” died Friday at age 95.

Zimbalist died at his Solvang home in California’s bucolic horse country, said family friend Judith Moose, who released a statement from his children Stephanie Zimbalist and Efrem Zimbalist III.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., today at his Solvang ranch,” the statement read. “He actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf and visiting with close friends.”

Zimbalist’s stunning good looks and cool, deductive manner made him the ideal star as the hip private detective ferreting out Hollywood miscreants in “77 Sunset Strip,” which aired from 1958 to 1964. As soon as that show ended he segued seamlessly into “The F.B.I.” which aired from 1965 to 1974.

At the end of each episode of the latter show, after Zimbalist and his fellow G-men had captured that week’s mobsters, subversives, bank robbers or spies, the series would post photos from the FBI’s real-life most-wanted list. Some of those pictures led to arrests, which helped give the show the complete seal of approval of the agency’s real-life director, J. Edgar Hoover.

The son of violin virtuoso Efrem Zimbalist and acclaimed opera singer Alma Gluck, young Efrem initially appeared headed for a musical career. He studied violin for seven years under the tutelage of Jascha Heifetz’s father, but eventually developed more interest in theater.

He became an actor and “77 Sunset Strip” made him a star.

His daughter Stephanie also took up acting — and small-screen detective work, in the hit 1980s TV series “Remington Steele.” Her father had a recurring role in that show as a con man.

After serving in World War II, Zimbalist made his stage debut in “The Rugged Path,” starring Spencer Tracy, and appeared in other plays and a soap opera before being called to Hollywood. Warner Bros. signed him to a contract and cast him in minor film roles.

He also had a recurring role in the hit 1950s Western series “Maverick,” playing con man Dandy Jim Buckley.

Then in 1958 “77 Sunset Strip” debuted, starring Zimbalist as a cultured former O.S.S. officer and language expert whose partner was Roger Smith, an Ivy League Ph.D.

The pair operated out of an office in the center of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip where, aided by their sometime helper, Kookie, a jive-talking beatnik type who doubled as a parking lot attendant, they tracked down miscreants.

Kookie’s character, played by Edd Byrnes, helped draw young viewers to the show, and his constant hair combing created the national catchphrase, “Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb.”

The program brought Zimbalist an Emmy nomination in 1959, but after a few seasons he tired of the long hours and what he believed were the bad scripts.

“A job like this should pay off in one of two ways: satisfaction or money. The money is not great, and there is no satisfaction,” he said.

When the show faltered in 1963, Jack Webb of “Dragnet” fame was hired for an overhaul. He fired the cast except for Zimbalist, whom he made a world-traveling investigator. The repair work failed, and the series ended the following year.

Zimbalist had better luck with “The F.B.I.,” which endured for a decade as one of TV’s most popular shows.

Perceiving that the series could provide the real FBI with an important P.R. boost, Hoover opened the bureau’s files to the show’s producers and even allowed background shots to be filmed in real FBI offices.

“He never came on the set, but I knew him,” Zimbalist said. “A charming man, extremely Virginia formal and an extraordinary command of the language.”

In 2009 the FBI honored Zimbalist with his own special agent’s badge, making him an honorary G-man in recognition of the contributions his show and his character, Inspector Lewis Erskine, made to the agency’s reputation.

“We could not have asked for a better character, or a better man, to play his role,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said at the time.

During summer breaks between the two series, Warner Bros. cast Zimbalist in several feature films, including “Too Much Too Soon,” ”Home Before Dark,” ”The Crowded Sky,” ”The Chapman Report” and “Wait Until Dark.” In the latter, he played the husband of Audrey Hepburn, a blind woman terrorized by thugs in a truly frightening film.

Zimbalist also appeared in “By Love Possessed,” ”Airport 1975,” ”Terror Out of the Sky” and “Hot Shots.”

But he would always be best known as a TV star, ironic for an actor who told The Associated Press in 1993 that when Warner Bros. hired him he had no interest in doing television.

“They showed me in my contract where it said I had to,” he recalled.

“I ended up with my life slanted toward television and I just accept that,” he said. “I think you play the hand the way it’s dealt, that’s all.”

In the 1990s, Zimbalist recorded the voice of Alfred the butler in the cartoon version of the “Batman” TV series. That role, he said, “has made me an idol in my little grandchildren’s eyes.”

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was born in New York City on Nov. 30, 1918.

His mother, reasoning that living amid the musical elite was not the best upbringing for a boy, sent him to boarding schools where he could be toughened by others his age. But young Efrem was bashful and withdrawn in school. His only outlet was acting in campus plays.

“I walked onstage in a play at prep school, and with childish naiveté, told myself, ‘Wow, I’m an actor!'” he once recalled.

He was kicked out of Yale after two years over dismal grades, which he blamed on a playboy attitude.

Afraid to go home, he stayed with a friend in New York City for three months, working as a page at NBC headquarters, where he was dazzled by the famous radio stars. Unable to break into radio as an actor, he studied at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse.

During World War II he served in the infantry, receiving a Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound in his leg.

In 1945, Zimbalist married Emily McNair and they had a daughter, Nancy, and son, Efrem III.

After his wife died in 1950 he gave up acting for a time to teach at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where his father was an artist in residence. He returned to Hollywood five years later, marrying Loranda Stephanie Spalding in 1956, and she gave birth to their daughter Stephanie.

Zimbalist was preceded in death by his second wife and by his daughter Nancy.

In addition to his son and other daughter, Stephanie, he is survived by four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

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Biographical material in this story was written by The Associated Press’ late Hollywood correspondent, Bob Thomas.

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