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Physicist Who Co-Founded Subway Dies
Nuclear Physicist Who
Co-Founded Subway Has Died

Nuclear Physicist Who Co-Founded Subway Has Died

Billionaire Peter Buck has died at age 90

(Newser) - Peter Buck, whose $1,000 investment in a family friend's Connecticut sandwich shop in 1965 provided the genesis for what is now the world's largest restaurant chain—Subway—has died. He was 90. Buck, a nuclear physicist who was born in Portland, Maine, in 1930, died at a...

Poet and Author Who Sparked 1990s Men's Movement Dies

Robert Bly, best known for Iron John , was 94

(Newser) - Robert Bly, one of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic Iron John, has died. He was 95. His daughter, Mary Bly, said her father died Sunday at his home in Minneapolis after suffering from dementia for 14...

Bones Actor Dies at 41
Bones Actor Dies at 41

Bones Actor Dies at 41

Heath Freeman, who played serial killer Howard Epps, remembered as a 'soulful spirit'

(Newser) - Actor Heath Freeman, best known for his two-year run as a serial killer on Bones, has died at the age of 41. His manager, Joe S. Montifiore, confirmed his death to NBC News on Tuesday without giving the circumstances. He called Freeman "a brilliant human being with an intense...

South Africa's Last White President Dies
White Leader Who Freed
Nelson Mandela Dies

White Leader Who Freed Nelson Mandela Dies

FW de Klerk shared Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela in 1993

(Newser) - "When I talk about the end of apartheid, I prefer not to claim the honor that I have ended it," former South African President FW de Klerk said in 2011. But de Klerk, who has died at age 85, certainly played a major role in the end of...

Quantum Leap Star Dean Stockwell Dies at 85
Quantum Leap Star
Dies at 85

Quantum Leap Star Dies at 85

Dean Stockwell had a career that spanned 8 decades

(Newser) - He kicked off his acting career on Broadway at the age of 7. More than seven decades later, Dean Stockwell had racked up hundreds of stage, screen, and TV credits, Oscar and Emmy nominations, and the reputation of a "cult indie character actor who refused to fit in,"...

Terence 'Astro' Wilson of UB40 64, Dies After Short Illness
UB40's Astro Dead at 64

UB40's Astro Dead at 64

The British performer helped bring reggae to the mainstream

(Newser) - Terence Wilson, one of the earliest members of the British reggae pop band UB40, has died after a short illness. He was known to friends and fans as Astro—a nickname he picked up wearing Doc Martens Astronaut boots. Astro joined UB40 in 1979, before they started cranking out number...

'Father of Tiramisu' Dies
'Father of Tiramisu' Dies

'Father of Tiramisu' Dies

Dish first appeared at Ado Campeol's restaurant in 1972

(Newser) - The governor of Treviso province in northern Italy says the region has lost one of its "gastronomical stars"—restaurateur Ado Campeol, widely known as the "father of tiramisu." While the 93-year-old and his family never copyrighted the recipe, historians believe the dessert was invented at Campeol'...

A Beloved 'Bosom Buddy' Has Died
A Beloved
'Bosom Buddy'
Has Died

A Beloved 'Bosom Buddy' Has Died

Peter Scolari, co-star in '80s sitcom with Tom Hanks, had been living with cancer for 2 years

(Newser) - Actor Peter Scolari, who starred in the '80s sitcom Bosom Buddies opposite Tom Hanks, has died at the age of 66, reports USA Today . His representative, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, says he died Friday after living two years with cancer. Scolari was also well known for his star turn as...

One of the Trapp Family Daughters Dies at 90

Eleanor, or 'Lorli,' was in the family made famous by 'Sound of Music'

(Newser) - The second daughter of Maria von Trapp, whose Austrian family was famous for being depicted in the musical and beloved movie The Sound of Music, has died at age 90. Eleonore “Lorli” von Trapp Campbell died Sunday in Northfield, Vermont, per the AP . Campbell was born in Salzburg, Austria,...

Colin Powell Dies of COVID at 84: Family

He was the first Black secretary of state

(Newser) - The family of Colin Powell says he has died of complications from COVID at age 84, reports the Washington Post . (He was battling cancer that left him vulnerable to the virus.) "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," said their...

Elvis Presley's Drummer Dies at 83
He Backed 'The King' For Years

He Backed 'The King' For Years

Drummer Ronnie Tutt was 83

(Newser) - From 1969 until Elvis Presley's death in 1977, Ronnie Tutt played drums for "The King." Now Tutt, 83, is dead, TMZ reports. His wife says he had a longtime heart condition and there was no longer anything that could be done to treat it; "he couldn'...

Hatchet Author Gary Paulsen Dead at 82
He Taught a
Generation About
Life in the Wild

He Taught a Generation About Life in the Wild

'Hatchet' author Gary Paulsen dies at 82

(Newser) - Gary Paulsen, the beloved author of more than 200 books about adventure and survival in the wilderness, died Wednesday, according to Publishers Weekly . He was 82. It's sad news not only for those who knew the three-time Newbery Honor author—including his wife, the artist and author Ruth Wright...

Hasbro CEO Dies 2 Days After Going on Medical Leave

Brian Goldner helped toy company move into the entertainment business

(Newser) - Longtime Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner has died just two days after announcing that he was taking a medical leave of absence. The company confirmed Tuesday that the 58-year-old, who disclosed last August that he had been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer since 2014, had passed away, CNBC reports. Goldner, who...

Scientist Made Nuclear Power of Pakistan— and Others

US confronted president with evidence of Abdul Qadeer Khan's double-dealing

(Newser) - Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist most responsible for making Pakistan a nuclear power who became a rogue dealer of nuclear technology and equipment, has died. He was 85. Doctors said Khan had COVID-19 and died of breathing difficulties, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pakistan held a state funeral for him...

Rare American Language Loses One of Its Last Speakers

Marie Wilcox spent 20 years creating a Wukchumni dictionary

(Newser) - Marie Wilcox, a Native American woman in California who saved her tribe’s dying language, has died. She was 87. Wilcox was once the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni but she worked for more than 20 years to produce a dictionary of the language spoken by her tribe in California’...

He Became President, Then Was Betrayed by Ayatollah

Abolhassan Banisadr, first Iranian president after 1979 revolution, dies at 88

(Newser) - Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first president after the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution who fled Tehran after being impeached for challenging the growing power of clerics as the nation became a theocracy, died Saturday, reports the AP . He was 88. Banisadr's family said in a statement online Saturday that...

MMA Fighter Dies Weeks After Knockout
MMA Fighter
Justin Thornton
Dead at 38

MMA Fighter Justin Thornton Dead at 38

He was knocked out in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship in August

(Newser) - A veteran MMA fighter has died more than six weeks after he was knocked out in his final fight. Justin Thornton, 38, was knocked out by Dillon Cleckler 18 seconds into a Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event on Aug. 20 in Mississippi, People reports. BKFC president Dave Feldman confirmed the...

Alan Kalter Introduced Letterman, and More
'Always Had
the Best


Letterman 'Always Had the Best Announcer'

Alan Kalter introduced the host and fake-stomped offstage for nearly 20 years

(Newser) - David Letterman had several taped auditions to listen to when he was looking for a new announcer for his nightly CBS show. But he stopped after the first. "We knew he would be our choice," Letterman said in a statement. His pick was Alan Kalter, who would go...

GOP Congressman Who Made 'Legitimate Rape' Remark Dies

Mo.'s Todd Akin, who made inflammatory comment about abortion and women's bodies, has died at 74

(Newser) - Former US Rep. Todd Akin, a conservative Missouri Republican whose comment that women's bodies have a way of avoiding pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape" sunk his bid for the US Senate, and who became a cautionary tale for other GOP candidates, died late Sunday. He was 74....

Melvin Van Peebles Launched Film Genre
Melvin Van Peebles
Launched Film Genre

Melvin Van Peebles Launched Film Genre

Younger filmmakers pay tribute to director, playwright, and options trader

(Newser) - Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright, and musician whose work ushered in the "blaxploitation" wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. Van Peeples, sometimes called the "godfather of modern Black cinema," was 89. "Dad knew that Black images matter," his...

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