Tag: Obituaries

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine dies at 96

Actress Joan Fontaine, who won an Oscar for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion,” has died at age 96. According to her assistant, Fontaine died of natural causes in her home in Carmel, Calif. Fontaine was also nominated as best actress for Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” and Edmund Goulding’s “The Constant Nymph.” She was well-known for her…

[VIDEO] Peter O’Toole Dies At Age 81

Peter O’Toole, nominated for Oscars eight times and the star of David Lean’s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his agent has said. The acclaimed leading man who overcame stomach cancer in the 1970s passed away on Saturday at the Wellington hospital in London following a long illness, Steve Kenis said. O’Toole announced…

Actress Eleanor Parker Dies

Oscar-nominated actress Eleanor Parker died Monday from complications from pneumonia. She was 91. Parker was nominated three times for Best Actress Oscars, but she was perhaps best-known for her role in 1965’s The Sound of Music, in which she played Baroness Schrader. Her career began during World War II, debuting in the 1942 Humphrey Bogart…

Psychic, bestselling author Sylvia Browne dies at 77

Psychic Sylvia Browne died at age 77 in San Jose, Calif., according to her website. Browne regularly appeared on television and radio stations, including “Larry King Live” and “The Montel Williams Show.” While beloved by many in the psychic community, Browne also had detractors. They included those critical of her remarks, on a 2004 episode…

Ex-Falcons Player Thomas Howard Dies in Crash

Former NFL linebacker Thomas Howard was pronounced dead Monday after a car he was driving barreled into a semi-truck at between 100 and 110 mph. The accident, which took the life of another driver as well, comes just a week after Thomas was cut by the Atlanta Falcons. The collision, observed by multiple witnesses, sent…

Junie B. Jones Author Barbara Park Dies

Barbara Park, a former class clown who channeled her irreverence into the million-selling mishaps of grade schooler Junie B. Jones, has died. She was 66. The author died Friday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, according to a statement released Sunday by Random House Books for Young Readers. Park was a longtime resident of…

Nobel Author Doris Lessing Dies At 94

Nobel prize-winning author Doris Lessing has died at the age of 94, The Guardian reports. At 88 years old, she became the oldest author to win the Nobel prize in literature. Born in Iran, brought up in the African bush in Zimbabwe – where her 1950 first novel, The Grass Is Singing, was set –…

Sen. Jim Inhofe’s son dies in plane crash near Owasso

A source close to Sen. Jim Inhofe has confirmed that his son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, was on board a plane that crashed near Owasso, Okla. on Sunday. Perry Inhofe was killed in the crash. The NTSB is holding a news conference at 5 p.m. KOCO will air the news conference on KOCO News at 5…

(VIDEO) Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May. With the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music,…

“Simpsons” Star Marcia Wallace Dies At 70

Marcia Wallace, who voiced Bart Simpson’s teacher Edna Krabappel for all 24 years of The Simpsons, died at her home in Los Angeles while surrounded by her family, according to TMZ. She was 70. Wallace’s caregiver told TMZ that she had been sick for a few months, but did not go into specifics on what…

Character Actor Ed Lauter Dies At 74

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74. Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his…

Former Heavyweight Boxer Ken Norton Sr. Dies At 70

Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973 before losing in the rematch later that year, has died at 70, his friend and manager Patrick Tenore says. Norton had congestive heart failure and died in an Arizona hospital where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last…

Hitler’s Bodyguard Dies At 96

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s bodyguard, Rochus Misch, died Thursday at 96. Misch, who was the last remaining witness during Hitler’s final hours, accompanied Hitler everywhere he went and remained in the Berlin bunker where Hitler killed himself for days after his death before escaping the city. “He was no brute. He was no monster. He…

British Broadcaster David Frost Dies At 74

Veteran British broadcaster Sir David Frost has died at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack while on board a cruise ship. A family statement said he had been giving a speech on the Queen Elizabeth on Saturday night. Internationally, Frost is best known for his revealing interviews with former U.S. President Richard…

Ossie Schectman, Who Scored NBA’s First Points, Dies At 94

New York Times: Ossie Schectman, a Knicks guard and all-American at Long Island University, scored the league’s first basket on Nov. 1, 1946, at Maple Leaf Gardens. “I scored on a two-handed underhand layup,” Schectman told Charley Rosen, the author of “The First Tip-Off” (2008), a history of the N.B.A.’s first season. The shot came…

Body Of Former MLB Pitcher Frank Castillo Found In Arizona Lake

Authorities have recovered the body of former major league pitcher Frank Castillo after he apparently drowned at a lake northeast of Phoenix. Maricopa County sheriff’s officials say divers pulled the 44-year-old’s body out of Bartlett Lake on Monday afternoon. Family members and friends say Castillo wasn’t a good swimmer, but he jumped off a pontoon…

Actor Dennis Farina, star of ‘Law & Order,’ dies at 69

Dennis Farina, a former Chicago police officer who as an actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died at 69. Farina’s representative, says the actor died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. In addition to his role on “Law & Order,” Farina appeared in…

Canadian ‘Glee’ Actor Cory Monteith Dead At 31

‘Glee’ actor Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, police said late Saturday. Monteith checked into the room July 6 and was due to check out Saturday. When he missed his checkout time, staff went to the room and found his body, said Doug LePard, acting chief of Vancouver…

Masao Yoshida Dead: Former Chief Of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Dies At 58

Tokyo Electric Power Co. says the former chief of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant, Masao Yoshida, has died of cancer of the esophagus. He was 58. TEPCO officials said Yoshida’s illness was not related to radioactive exposure. Yoshida led efforts to stabilize the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant after it was hit by the March…

Video Game Personality Ryan Davis Dead At 34

Video game journalist and podcaster Ryan Davis, known for his devout fan following in the tight-knit community, died last week at the age of 34, Giant Bomb, the news gaming site he cofounded, said on Monday. Davis had a visible online presence in the video game community through the popular podcast “the Giant Bombcast” he…

Science Fiction Author Richard Matheson Dies At 87

Science fiction author Richard Matheson has died at 87 after a long illness, his daughter said on Facebook. Best known for “I Am Legend,” Matheson also wrote “What Dreams May Come,” “A Stir of Echoes,” and “The Shrinking Man,” all of which became Hollywood movies. He was also one of the original “Twilight Zone’s” screenwriters.…

The Doors’ Ray Manzarek Dies At 74

The Doors’ founding keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, died in Germany Monday after a long fight with cancer, his publicist said in a statement. He was 74. The artist had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. The Doors formed in 1965 after Manzarek happened to meet Jim Morrison on California’s Venice Beach. The legendary rock group went…

Argentina’s Former Military Dictator Videla Dies in Jail at 87

Videla was serving life imprisonment for human rights violations, including kidnap, torture and murder, during what the dictatorship called “the Dirty War” against opponents. As an army general, Videla led the March 1976 coup that toppled the government of Maria Estela Martinez de Peron. Under the regime, an estimated 30,000 people disappeared, presumed dead, and…

Retired NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dies Of Apparent Self-Inflicted Wound

Richard “Dick” Trickle — who parlayed a legendary reputation as a short-track driver into a full-time career on stock car racing’s biggest stages in the 1990s — died Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a North Carolina sheriff’s office said. He was 71. A Lincoln County dispatcher received a call — believed to have…

Jeff Hanneman Slayer Guitarist Dead At 49

Thrash metal, the uncompromising subgenre of heavy metal which focuses primarily on speed and aggression, was given huge publicity in the 1980s by the California foursome Slayer, whose guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died of liver failure aged 49. Alongside his bandmates, Tom Araya (vocals and bass), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums), Hanneman was…

Rapper Chris Kelly, Of Kris Kross, Dies

Chris Kelly, of 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, has died at age 34. Authorities said Kelly was pronounced dead in a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia at approximately 5 p.m. The cause of death has not yet been determined. The duo included Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy,” and Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac.” The group…

USA Today Founder Allen Neuharth Dead At 89

Allen H. Neuharth, who revolutionized American newspapering by founding USA Today with its colorful layouts and concise storytelling that influenced many media empires, died Friday in his home in Cocoa Beach, Florida, the newspaper said. He was 89. “The longtime newspaperman, media executive and columnist died after sustaining injuries in a fall at his home,”…