Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as "The Odd Couple," ''Barefoot in the Park" and his "Brighton Beach" trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91.
Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, said Bill Evans, a longtime friend and spokesman for Shubert Organization theaters.
Sunday, Aug 26th 2018 (6:28pm)
Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul," has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76.
Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin's family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.
The "official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit," the family statement
Thursday, Aug 16th 2018 (7:36am)
Prolific and abrasive sci-fi author Harlan Ellison has passed away at age 84 in his sleep. Even if you don't know him by name, you probably know him by story - he's responsible for some of the genre's most iconic tales translated to TV and movies - he has over 1700 works credited to him. RIP.
Thursday, Jun 28th 2018 (5:35pm)
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US celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room, aged 61, of a suspected suicide, CNN reports.
Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on CNN.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the cable network said in a statement on Friday.
Bourdain was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author.
Friday, Jun 8th 2018 (5:06am)
Farewell to Tom Wolfe, the impeccably attired author and early practitioner of groundbreaking "New Journalism" of the 1960s, as he died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital.
Wolfe, widely regarded as one of the top American journalists of the 20th century, focused his keen eye and explosive writing style on subjects from the Merry Pranksters to the early days of the space race before turning to fiction.
His best-selling books included non-fiction like "The Right Stuff," his riveting account of America's first astronauts, and fiction like "The Bonfire of the Vanities" — his scathing satire of New York City in the '80s.
Tuesday, May 15th 2018 (10:23am)
Bob Dorough, the jazzman who created the clever and enduring Schoolhouse Rock toons that taught grammar, math, science, and citizenship to a generation of TV-watching kids, has died. He was 94. His family told the Associated Press that Dorough died Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, PA, but did not give a cause.
Tuesday, Apr 24th 2018 (9:22pm)
Verne Troyer, the diminutive actor who appeared as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, died Saturday at the age of 49.
The actor's family confirmed Troyer's death on Instagram. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the family wrote.
"Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude."
While no cause of death was revealed, the family wrote of "recent time of adversary" the actor faced. "Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles," they wrote. "Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much… Depression and suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another."
One of the world's shortest people – achondroplasia dwarfism caused Troyer to stop growing at 2'8" – Troyer initially entered show business as a stunt person; in 1993, he played the stunt double to the infant in Baby's Day Out.
Saturday, Apr 21st 2018 (2:31pm)
'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74.
R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia.
Sunday, Apr 15th 2018 (11:18pm)
And now the founder, Charles Lazarus, who founded Toys "R" Us 70 years ago, died Thursday, a week after the company announced it will be forced to shut down its U.S. operations.
Lazarus had no equity in the firm for many years but was responsible for expanding the retailer from a single store to a worldwide beast that later succumbed to a mountain of debt.
Friday, Mar 23rd 2018 (4:15am)
Tom Benson, the powerful and at times polarizing owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, who delighted fans in his early years with his Benson Boogie and at times frustrated them with his frequent demands and threats to relocate the team, died Thursday (March 15), the teams announced in a statement. He was 90.
Friday, Mar 16th 2018 (8:55am)
David Ogden Stiers, known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in the TV comedy series "M*A*S*H," died Saturday, the agency representing him said.
The actor was 75.
He died "peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon after a courageous battle with bladder cancer," the MKS Talent Agency tweeted.
"His talent was only surpassed by his heart," the agency added.
Sunday, Mar 4th 2018 (4:40am)
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Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer with the multi-platinum band the Cranberries, has died aged 46. The news was confirmed by her publicist in a statement, but no cause of death has yet been announced.
Monday, Jan 15th 2018 (10:16am)
Former Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke has died at the age of 67, it’s been announced.
The news was confirmed on Motorhead's Facebook page.
A statement reads: “We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight – Edward Allan Clarke, or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday.
Thursday, Jan 11th 2018 (9:48am)
Jerry Van Dyke, who after decades in show business finally emerged from the shadow of his older brother, Dick, with an Emmy-nominated role in the long-running ABC sitcom “Coach,” died on Friday at his ranch in Arkansas. He was 86.
Sunday, Jan 7th 2018 (12:49am)
Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster known as much for his excited calls of "Oh my!" as the big events he covered during a 60-year career, has died. He was 82.
Enberg's daughter, Nicole Enberg Vaz, confirmed the death to The Associated Press. She said the family became concerned when her father didn't arrive Thursday on his flight to Boston, and he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed.
Monday, Dec 25th 2017 (4:13pm)
Pat DiNizio, frontman, songwriter and guitarist with veteran alternative rockers The Smithereens, died Tuesday (Dec. 12) at the age of 62.
DiNizio had been recovering from unidentified "medical issues" sustained during a fall and, just days earlier, revealed in a Facebook message that he was looking forward to returning to the road.
Wednesday, Dec 13th 2017 (6:52am)
On a tight budget and with an armful of surfboards, Bruce Brown helped introduce America to surfing with a story of two friends trotting around the world, in chase of the perfect wave. A lifelong surfer and motorcycle rider, Brown died Sunday at his ranch north of Santa Barbara, his company website, Bruce Brown Films, announced. He was 80.
Wednesday, Dec 13th 2017 (12:02am)
The year is 2028. All disputes are now settled with drug-fueled combat animals. CHOOSE YOUR CHAMPION!
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
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