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Hacker Who Told Feds About Chelsea Manning Dead at 37

Adrian Lamo was found dead in Wichita on Wednesday

(Newser) - Julian Assange didn't shy away from speaking ill of the dead on Friday. The BBC reports he called hacker Adrian Lamo, who has died at age 37, a "petty conman and betrayer of basic human decency." The bad blood traces back to Lamo's central role in... More »

Congresswoman Who Served 16 Terms Dead at 88

New York's 'tough as nails' Louise Slaughter was planning on going for her 17th term

(Newser) - An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year-old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died. Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, per the AP . She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led... More »

How Stephen Hawking Pushed the Limits in Life

NASA says he 'unlocked a universe of possibilities'

(Newser) - The world is paying tribute to Stephen Hawking, the beloved cosmologist and theoretical physicist who amazed the world both with his brilliant mind and his survival for more than 50 years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge says Hawking, who died... More »

World Mourns One of Its Greatest Scientific Minds

Stephen Hawking is dead at 76

(Newser) - One of the world's greatest scientific minds has now left this dimension. British cosmologist and physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, some 55 years after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21 and given two years to live. Family members say Hawking died... More »

After JFK Died, Jackie Asked Givenchy for a Black Dress

Hubert de Givenchy, who has died at 91, also famously dressed Audrey Hepburn

(Newser) - French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's, has died at the age of 91. "He revolutionized international fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for... More »

Using Ink and Urine, He Secretly Recorded the Nazis' Horrors

Anthony Acevedo was a medic captured at the Battle of the Bulge, kept in Berga

(Newser) - After the Pearl Harbor attack, Anthony Acevedo was determined to defend his homeland—which meant returning to it. Acevedo was born in 1924 in California to Mexican parents who were deported 13 years later; he and his siblings went to Mexico, too, and he re-entered the US at age 17... More »

Branding Misfires on Women's Day 2018

McDonald's, Mattel come under criticism, and Spain's women go on strike

(Newser) - Thursday is International Women's Day, an annual event getting more attention than usual in 2018 because it's the first in the wake of the #MeToo movement. As expected, brands ( including McDonald's ) are looking to capitalize, though critics are calling out examples of perceived misfires. Here'... More »

M*A*S*H Star Dies at 75

David Ogden Stiers, known for character Winchester, battled bladder cancer

(Newser) - David Ogden Stiers, better known in M*A*S*H circles as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, has died "peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon after a courageous battle with bladder cancer," per a tweet from the MKS Talent Agency, which adds, "His talent was only surpassed by his... More »

17 Years After Acid Attack, Dr. Phil's Sister-in-Law Dies

Cindi Broaddus was hit by acid thrown from overpass

(Newser) - The sister-in-law of Dr. Phil McGraw has died, 17 years after the act of a malignant stranger changed her life forever. Cindi Broaddus was a sleeping passenger in a car being driven from Oklahoma to San Diego in 2001 when she was hit by a bottle of sulfuric acid somebody... More »

Bill Cosby Loses a 2nd Child

Daughter Ensa is dead at 44

(Newser) - The report is thin, but TMZ says Bill Cosby's 44-year-old daughter Ensa died Friday in Massachusetts; a rep for Cosby confirms this to the AP and says she died from renal disease. TMZ had reported she was in poor health, with kidney issues that potentially had her on the... More »

Billy Graham Is Dead at 99

Evangelist counseled several presidents

(Newser) - The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died at age 99. Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia, and other ailments, died at his... More »

Man Who Won a Pulitzer With This Photo Dies at 104

Max Desfor joined the AP as a messenger in 1933

(Newser) - Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 helped win him a Pulitzer Prize, died Monday. He was 104. Desfor died at his apartment in Silver Spring, Md., where he'd been living in his retirement, said... More »

Woman Who Gave Birth to US' 1st Septuplets Dies at 63

'Her children are her life'

(Newser) - Patricia Frustaci, described by her son Joseph as "a normal woman thrust into notoriety," died Feb. 10 in California at the age of 63, the AP reports. Frustaci became the focus of the national news media in 1985 when she gave birth to septuplets—the first known in... More »

'One of a Kind' House of Cards Star Dies at 59

Reg E. Cathey had suffered from lung cancer

(Newser) - As Freddy Hayes, he served up barbecue to Frank Underwood on House of Cards, while on The Wire he served as right-hand man to Mayor Tommy Carcetti. Now, sad news out of New York: Actor Reg E. Cathey died there at age 59 after fighting lung cancer, TMZ reports. The... More »

Actor Who Played Dad on Frasier Is Dead at 77

RIP, John Mahoney

(Newser) - John Mahoney, the actor most famous for playing the curmudgeonly father of Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce on Frasier, has died at age 77, reports TMZ . The cause of the death isn't clear, but Mahoney died while in hospice care in Chicago, according to the website. Mahoney had... More »

Spirited Obituary Includes Best-Ever Reference to Hummus

Terry Ward's obituary is one of the greats

(Newser) - "He lived to make other people laugh," says an Indiana woman of her father, who died last Tuesday after suffering a stroke. Terry Ward is now generating plenty of chuckles thanks to the obituary daughter Jean Lahn wrote for the Army veteran. Fox59 reports she's a little... More »

One of Last Known Sobibor Survivors Has Died

Arkady Waispapir was 96

(Newser) - Almost everyone who entered Sobibor perished inside. Now, one of the last known survivors of the camp in Poland has died. Arkady Waispapir was 96. The BBC reports an estimated 250,000 Jews were thought to have been killed at the concentration camp, which was the site of a famous... More »

IKEA Founder Dies at 91

Despite having created a global furniture empire, Ingvar Kamprad was notoriously frugal

(Newser) - Ingvar Kamprad , the IKEA founder who turned a small-scale mail order business into a global furniture empire, has died at 91, reports the AP . IKEA said that Kamprad died Saturday at his home in Smaland, Sweden. "He will be much missed and warmly remembered by his family and... More »

A Television 'Storm Chaser' Is Dead at 38

Joel Taylor starred in the Discovery series

(Newser) - One of the stars of the popular Discovery reality show Storm Chasers has died at age 38. Friends broke the news about Joel Taylor on social media Tuesday, reports People . Details on how Taylor died haven't been released, other than it was "sudden" and not believed to be... More »

She Blended Science Fiction With Feminism

Novelist Ursula K. Le Guin Dead at 88

(Newser) - Author Ursula K. Le Guin, known best for her "Earthsea" series of fantasy novels, has died at age 88. Le Guin died Monday, her agent confirmed to NPR . Le Guin "brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy," the New York Times... More »

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