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His Name May Not Be Familiar, but His Famous Test Endures

Walter Mischel created the marshmallow test to gauge kids' self-gratification; he's dead at 88

(Newser) - A psychologist by the name of Walter Mischel died this month at age 88, and if the name doesn't ring a bell, a test he concocted in the 1960s just might. It's the "marshmallow test," and the premise is simple: Mischel presented young children with a... More »

Official: Vietnam's President Succumbs to Toxic Virus

Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2, was 61

(Newser) - Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party's leader, died Friday after a serious illness, the government said. He was 61 and had been in the role since April 2016. Quang passed away despite "utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese... More »

Hoaxer Who Got NYT to Publish His Fake Obituary Is Really Dead

Alan Abel is dead at 94

(Newser) - An infamous professional prankster who once went to great lengths to get his own fake obituary published in the New York Times is now actually dead, the Times reports, noting in its headline that it has the news "on good authority." Alan Abel, who has been called "... More »

Rapper Mac Miller Dead

Cause of death at age 26 is believed to be a drug overdose

(Newser) - Rapper Mac Miller died Friday at age 26 of a suspected drug overdose in his Los Angeles home, reports USA Today . The LA Times says Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, "was a rare figure in contemporary hip-hop, equally comfortable accompanying major pop acts and hard-edged hip-hop peers while crafting... More »

Billionaire Amway Founder Richard DeVos Dead at 92

Orlando Magic owner was also father-in-law to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

(Newser) - Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic, and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his western Michigan home due to complications from an infection, the AP reports. DeVos was born in... More »

Burt Reynolds Dead at 82

Iconic star died at Florida medical center Thursday

(Newser) - Burt Reynolds, the iconic mustachioed star who received an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for his role in Boogie Nights, has died at 82. Reynolds, who also starred in such hits as Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and The Cannonball Run, died at a Florida medical center Thursday... More »

JFK Nephew Dies, Cousin Cites Hot Yoga

Christopher Lawford reportedly suffered heart attack at yoga studio

(Newser) - Christopher Kennedy Lawford, an actor, author, and nephew of John F. Kennedy, died of a heart attack Tuesday. The 63-year-old, who became an advocate for sobriety after his own substance abuse issues, was in Vancouver, Canada. He was there working to open a recovery center, his cousin, former US Rep.... More »

What McCain Wanted on His Tombstone

'He served his country'

(Newser) - John McCain is making his final journey. The hearse carrying the late senator's body left his Arizona ranch Saturday, making the journey to Phoenix in a police-escorted motorcade along a route that saw many of his constituents line up to pay their respects, reports the Arizona Republic . Services are... More »

Neil Simon, King of Broadway Comedy, Is Dead at 91

The writer died of complications from pneumonia

(Newser) - 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, the AP reports. Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia surrounded by family at New York... More »

'Most Unlikely Star in the World' Dies at 76

Robin Leach of 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' passed away after a 2nd stroke

(Newser) - The man who gave the world an inside peek into the world of the wealthy has died. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Robin Leach, host of the syndicated TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died at age 76. "Sad to report the death of famed celeb... More »

One of the World's Most Celebrated Diplomats Is Dead

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was 80

(Newser) - Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. His foundation announced his death in Switzerland on Saturday in a tweet , saying he died... More »

Rocker Was Vocal About Her Mental Illness, Dies by Suicide

Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus was 43

(Newser) - The California heavy metal band Huntress shared the news with "crushed hearts": Frontwoman Jill Janus died Tuesday at age 43. "A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon," the band wrote on Facebook . It added that "Janus spoke publicly... More »

The 'Queen of Soul' Is Dead at 76

Aretha Franklin had been ill for a while

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer," and her signature song, " Respect ," and who stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76... More »

Set on Fire by Dad in 1983, He's Dead at Age 42

David Rothenberg, aka Dave Dave, led a 'rich' life

(Newser) - Dave Dave, a respected Las Vegas artist who was badly scarred as a boy when his father tried to burn him to death in Southern California, has died. He was 42. Dave, born David Rothenberg, died on July 15 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg... More »

Nobel-Winning Author Who Tackled Colonialism Dead at 85

VS Naipaul divided readers with his stories of Caribbean and African peoples

(Newser) - The family of Trinidad-born British author VS Naipaul says the Nobel Literature laureate has died at the age of 85, the AP reports. The family said in a statement late Saturday that the novelist had died at his London home. The writer's wife, Nadira Naipaul, said he "died... More »

One of the World's Top Chefs Is Dead

Joël Robuchon was 73

(Newser) - It's tough to know which accolade to list first: that Joël Robuchon was dubbed "chef of the century" in 1989 or that he won a record-setting 32 Michelin stars in 2016. The French chef, regarded as one of the world's best, has died of cancer at... More »

Facts of Life Star Charlotte Rae Dies

'Mrs Garrett' was 92.

(Newser) - Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom The Facts of Life during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92. Rae died at her Los Angeles... More »

A Woman's Final Note to All Doctors in Her Obituary

Ellen Maud Bennett says she endured 'fat shaming' from the medical profession

(Newser) - When a terminal cancer diagnosis finally came, Ellen Maud Bennett was given only days to live. The 64-year-old of Victoria, BC, spent them eating lobster and shrimp-wonton soup and boasting, "I look so good for someone almost dead!" Her much-lauded obituary published this month, however, called out something... More »

'Zombie Boy' Found Dead

Lady Gaga devastated by apparent suicide

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is mourning her friend and muse Rick Genest—better known as "Zombie Boy." The 32-year-old Canadian model, who went from the Quebec punk scene to catwalks around the world after his head-to-toe tattoos of bones, insects, and exposed brains made him famous, was found dead at... More »

2 Deaths Slam WWE World, Including Son of 'the King'

Brian Lawler reportedly hanged himself; Josip Peruzovic, aka 'Nikolai Volkoff,' dies at 70

(Newser) - The professional wrestling world lost two of its own over the weekend, including the son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler. Per Yahoo Sports and the Commercial Appeal , Brian Christopher Lawler, 46, was found hanging in his jail cell in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday evening and died the next day. "Corrections... More »

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