Tag: Obituaries

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres Dies [VIDEO]

Shimon Peres, who served as prime minister of Israel twice and as the country’s ninth president, died late Tuesday at the age of 93, two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was on a respirator in the hospital and his condition deteriorated. Peres was one of the architects of the Oslo peace accords that led…

‘King’ Of Golf Arnold Palmer Dead at 87 [VIDEO]

Golf Legend Arnold Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87. Alastair Johnson, chief executive of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed the businessman, philanthropist, and trailblazing golfer died during the afternoon following complications from heart problems, several days after being admitted to the hospital for a cardiovascular procedure. “We are deeply saddened by the…

Conservative Political Activist Phyllis Schlafly Dead at 92

Conservative Activist Phyllis Schlafly has died at the age of 92, her organization Eagle Forum confirmed Monday evening. The controversial activist came to fame in the mid-20th century with her public crusade against against feminism and the Equal Rights Amendment. A self-described “housewife,” Schlafly said she believed the ERA, which sought to prohibit any gender-based…

Comic Icon ‘Willy Wonka’ Gene Wilder Is Dead At 83 [VIDEO]

Actor and comedian Gene Wilder died Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s, his family announced. He was 83. Wilder was best known for playing Willy Wonka in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, as well as his roles in the Mel Brooks comedies The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. Brooks called Wilder…

Marni Nixon, the Voice Behind My Fair Lady, Dies at 86

Marni Nixon, the American cinema’s most unsung singer, died on Sunday in New York. She was 86. The cause was breast cancer, said Randy Banner, a student and friend. Classically trained, Ms. Nixon was throughout the 1950s and ’60s the unseen — and usually uncredited — singing voice of the stars in a spate of…

Garry Marshall, ‘Happy Days’ Creator, Dead at 81 [VIDEO]

Garry Marshall, the creator of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and director of countless films, died Tuesday. He was 81. A New York City native, Marshall had directed, produced, and starred in films and TV shows since the late 1950s—his biggest hits including the popular sitcoms about the 1950s, its spinoff Mork & Mindy, as…

Scotty Moore, Elvis’s Iconic Guitarist, Dies at 84

Scotty Moore, the rock pioneer who was Elvis Presley’s first guitarist, died in his Nashville home Tuesday at the age of 84. Moore, who backed the King on “That’s Alright Mama,” “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Jailhouse Rock,” among many others, was widely considered a rock groundbreaker, and many credit him with…

Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Dies In Car Crash [VIDEO]

Anton Yelchin, a young actor known for his role as Chekov in the new Star Trek franchise was killed in a fatal car crash on Sunday morning, according to his publicist. He was only 27 years old. Yelchin was an only child, born in Russia to figure-skating parents.

Guy Clark, Country Music Legend, Dead at 74

Songwriter and country musician Guy Clark died Tuesday in Nashville after battling several illnesses, including cancer. He was 74 years old. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer and Texan authored 13 studio albums. Clark wrote for Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Buffett. Robert K. Oermann wrote in 1995: “The patron…

Prince Overdosed 6 Days Ago [VIDEO]

Doctors gave Prince a “save shot”—generally used in opiate overdoses—six days before his death, TMZ reported, citing multiple sources. The music legend’s jet was forced to land last week in Illinois, just 48 minutes from his Minnesota home, and he was rushed to the hospital. His representatives at the time told TMZ he was suffering…

Prince Dead at 57

TMZ reports that rock and R&B legend Prince is dead at 57. A death was being investigated at Prince’s “Paisley Park” home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minn., multiple outlets reported Thursday afternoon. According to Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud, police responded to a medical call at 9:43 a.m. local time and discovered a…

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Dead After Battle With Cancer

Rob Ford, the Toronto city councillor who became the world’s most famous mayor during a wild, scandal-filled term, is dead at age 46. The married father of two young children died after 18 months of treatment for a rare and aggressive cancer first diagnosed in the midst of his 2014 bid to be re-elected mayor.…

Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies at 72 [VIDEO]

Frank Sinatra, Jr., the son of the legendary singer who followed his father into the music business, died while on tour. He was 72. The singer died unexpectedly Wednesday of cardiac arrest in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Sinatra family said in a statement. No other details were provided. Sinatra Jr. was famously kidnapped at 19…

Beatles Producer George Martin Dies [VIDEO]

Iconic Beatles producer Sir George Martin has died, a Universal Music Group spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 90. Ringo Starr first shared the news on Twitter. Martin, who was dubbed “the Fifth Beatle,” gave the band their first recording contract and worked with them on almost of their music. He also worked…

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dead At 94 [VIDEO]

Nancy Reagan, the widow of President Ronald Reagan and passionately devoted keeper of his flame, died Sunday morning of congestive heart failure at 94, according to her spokesperson. Reagan died at her home in Los Angeles. She’s set to be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband.…

‘Cool Hand Luke’ Star George Kennedy Dies At 91 [VIDEO]

George Kennedy, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his role alongside Paul Newman in the beloved film Cool Hand Luke, and was also a fixture of 1970s disaster movies including the Airport franchise and Earthquake, died Sunday in Boise, Idaho. He was 91. His grandson Cory Schenkel reported the death on his Facebook page.

BMX Star Dave Mirra Dead at 41 [VIDEO]

Professional BMX biker Dave Mirra was found dead Thursday of an apparent suicide, at the age of 41. Greenville, North Carolina, police found the legendary X Games athlete in a parked truck, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mirra’s long career in extreme sports included several videogames bearing his name and, at…

Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Dies at 67 [VIDEO]

Glenn Frey, founding member and guitarist for the rock band the Eagles, as well as a solo star in his own right, died Monday at 67. The cause was “a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.” Frey co-wrote the Eagles hits “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with Don Henley, as well…

Alan Rickman Dead at 69 [VIDEO]

Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most recognizable British actors of his generation, died Thursday after a battle with cancer, his family announced. Rickman, who was 69 years old, first attracted widespread attention in 1985 playing the Vicomte de Valmont in Christopher Hampton’s stageplay of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Rickman went on to play many…

Music Legend Allen Toussaint Dead at 77 [VIDEO]

New Orleans songwriter, pianist, and performer Allen Toussaint has passed away at the age of 77, multiple reports confirmed Tuesday morning. He reportedly died of a heart attack following a performance in Madrid. Rescue workers were able to revive Toussaint at his hotel room, but he stopped breathing in the ambulance and was pronounced dead…

Former MLB Pitcher Tommy Hanson Dies [VIDEO]

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died in Atlanta on Monday after falling into a coma, a person close to Hanson said. The 29-year-old reportedly suffered “catastrophic organ failure” and had been hospitalized since Sunday, WSB-TV reports. Hanson pitched for the San Francisco Giants minor-league system during the 2015 season and spent four of his…

Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Dies at 90 [VIDEO]

New York Yankees catcher and baseball icon Yogi Berra died Tuesday at age 90. Despite his open demeanor and belitted physical appearance, Berra was a prolific winner “whose intellect was a target of humor if not outright derision,” The New York Times writes. Berra’s “Yogisms” are indelible, such as “When you come to a fork…

NBA Legend Moses Malone Dead At 60 [VIDEO]

Moses Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer, passed away at the age of 60 Sunday. Nicknamed the “Chairman of the Boards,” Malone was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. He led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1983 championship. Malone was the first player to go pro straight out…

‘The Love Bug’ Actor Dean Jones Dies [VIDEO]

Actor Dean Jones, known for his roles on the popular Disney films The Love Bug and That Darn Cat, died Wednesday after battling Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Jones also appeared in Under the Yum-Yum Tree, Snowball Express, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, and Beethoven. He also appeared in five Broadway shows and on multiple…

NBA star Darryl Dawkins dies at 58 [VIDEO]

Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins has died at age 58, local media reported Thursday. Dawkins, who was 6’11”, earned the nickname “Chocolate Thunder” for his powerful dunks that famously broke two backboards in 1979. He appeared in three NBA finals with the Philadelphia 76ers