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Hall of Fame Umpire Nicknamed 'God' Dies

'A generation of umpires learned as a result of Doug's example'

(Newser) - Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate. "I never did have any doubt in my mind," he once said.... More »

College Football Loses Its Voice

Famed sports broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

(Newser) - "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," ESPN quotes Disney CEO Bob Iger as saying. "When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game." Jackson, who retired from a 54-year broadcasting career in 2006, died Friday night in Los Angeles... More »

Klansman Convicted in Killing of Civil Rights Workers Dies

Edgar Ray Killen was 92

(Newser) - A KKK member responsible for the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi has died while serving a 60-year-sentence for manslaughter, the Clarion Ledger reports. The Mississippi Department of Corrections tells NPR that Edgar Ray Killen died Thursday night at the age of 92. He was suffering from... More »

Cop Who Led Unsuccessful Hunt for Zodiac Killer Has Died

Dave Toschi was 86

(Newser) - Dave Toschi, the San Francisco police detective who led the unsuccessful investigation into the Zodiac serial killer a half-century ago, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. He was 86. Toschi was put on the Zodiac case after a San Francisco taxi driver was shot to death in 1969. He was... More »

Moody Blues Member Dies Just Before Rock Hall Induction

Ray Thomas played iconic flute solo on 'Knights in White Satin'

(Newser) - Ray Thomas, a founding member of British rock group The Moody Blues, has died at 76, just months before the band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His music label, Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records, said Thomas died suddenly Thursday at his home in... More »

Coach Star Jerry Van Dyke Dies at 86

Comedian was known as Dick's younger brother and for turning down 'Gilligan's Island'

(Newser) - Jerry Van Dyke, Emmy-nominated actor for his work on Coach and brother of Dick Van Dyke, has died at the age of 86, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Van Dyke's wife tells TMZ he died Friday at their ranch in Arkansas. She says his health had been declining since... More »

15th Man to Succeed Joseph Smith Has Died

Thomas Monson was LDS leader for almost a decade

(Newser) - The 15th man to succeed Joseph Smith as chief of the Mormon church has died. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says 90-year-old church president Thomas Monson died at his Salt Lake City home Tuesday evening, the AP reports. Monson—who was ordained as a bishop at the... More »

Man Blames Cleveland Browns in Obituary

He 'passed just before the Browns were prepared to turn the corner'

(Newser) - An Ohio man's tongue-in-cheek obituary blames the winless Cleveland Browns for contributing to his demise, the AP reports. The obituary published in the Sandusky Register says Paul Stark died Wednesday at a hospice facility after a brief illness "exacerbated by the hopeless condition of the Cleveland Browns."... More »

Erica Garner Dies at Age 27

Daughter of Eric Garner passes away after being declared brain-dead earlier this week

(Newser) - A sad conclusion came Saturday morning to the most recent tragedy to hit the family of NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner , with sources confirming his daughter, Erica Garner, has died, per the New York Daily News and Eyewitness News . The 27-year-old Garner, who was placed in a medically induced coma... More »

Writer's Popular 'Alphabet' Mystery Series Ends at Y

Sue Grafton is dead at 77

(Newser) - Sue Grafton, author of the best-selling "alphabet series" of mystery novels, has died in Santa Barbara, the AP reports. She was 77. Grafton was surrounded by family, including husband Steven Humphrey, when she died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark, posted on the author'... More »

Rose Marie Dies After 91-Year Showbiz Career

She was best known for Dick Van Dyke Show role

(Newser) - Rose Marie, the wisecracking Sally Rogers of The Dick Van Dyke Show and a show business lifer who began as a bobbed-hair child star in vaudeville and worked for nearly a century in theater, radio, TV, and movies, died Thursday, the AP reports. She was 94. Marie had been resting... More »

Man Who Co-Created an MTV Staple Is Killed by Taxi

Jim Burns helped come up with 'MTV Unplugged,' which debuted in 1989

(Newser) - The co-creator of MTV Unplugged was struck by a taxi while crossing Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and later died. Jim Burns was struck Saturday, the AP reports. The taxi turned onto the avenue and accidentally struck the 65-year-old, who had been walking with his seeing-eye dog near his Upper East... More »

Katharine Graham's Son Commits Suicide, as His Dad Did

William Graham was 69

(Newser) - When Washington Post publisher Philip Graham killed himself in 1963, wife Katharine took the reins and began a tenure at the paper that would become legendary. Some 54 years after that death via gunshot, a tragic repeat for the Graham family: The Telegraph reports one of the couple's four... More »

Sound of Music Star Dies of Brain Cancer

Heather Menzies-Urich played Louisa von Trapp in the Oscar-winning film

(Newser) - Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa von Trapp in The Sound of Music, died Christmas Eve at the age of 68, TMZ reports. Her son, Ryan Urich, says she had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer a month earlier. "She was an actress, a ballerina, and loved living her life... More »

List of Those Who Died in 2017 Includes Less-Known Names

Does Michael Chamberlain ring a bell?

(Newser) - Being reminded that Mary Tyler Moore , Bill Paxton , Roger Ailes , Tom Petty , Chris Cornell , Hugh Hefner , and Charles Manson died in 2017 will likely come as no great shock. But the AP's roll call of some of the people who shuffled off this mortal coil in 2017 include figures... More »

Astronaut Who Made History With Spacewalk Dies at 80

Bruce McCandless 'encouraged all of us to reach new heights'

(Newser) - NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless, the first person to fly freely and untethered in space, has died, the AP reports. He was 80. McCandless was famously photographed in 1984 flying with a hefty spacewalker's jetpack, alone in the cosmic blackness above a blue Earth. He traveled more than 300 feet... More »

Sportscaster Dick Enberg Found Dead at Age 82

Family worried when he didn't show up on flight to Boston

(Newser) - Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster known for his excited calls of "Oh my!" during a 60-year career, died Thursday. He was 82. Enberg's daughter, Nicole Enberg Vaz, confirmed the death to the AP . She said the family became concerned when her father didn't arrive... More »

Cardinal Seen as Villain in Abuse Scandal Is Dead

Cardinal Bernard Law protected priests while in Boston

(Newser) - He was considered a voice for immigrants, youth, and the poor, but that was before a widespread child sex abuse scandal tarnished his reputation. Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned as archbishop of the Boston Archdiocese in 2002, died early Wednesday at age 86 from complications of diabetes, liver failure, and... More »

Longtime Voice of Scooby-Doo's Daphne Dies

Heather North was 71

(Newser) - The name Heather North might not be that well known, but her voice would be instantly recognized by viewers of the original Scooby-Doo series. The actress, who has died at the age of 71, provided the voice of wealthy, danger-prone teen Daphne Blake in different series from 1970 to 1985... More »

K-Pop Star Dies in Apparent Suicide Using Coal

South Korea's Jonghyun appears to have killed himself by burning coal

(Newser) - A K-pop superstar in South Korea whose bandmates said "loved music more than anyone" died Monday in what appears to be a suicide, the BBC reports. Police say Jonghyun (full name Kim Jong-hyun), said to be in his late 20s, was found unconscious in a Seoul residence hotel and... More »

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