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Godfather Actor James Caan Is Dead
James Caan's Death
Attributed to Heart Problems
updated

James Caan's Death Attributed to Heart Problems

Hollywood veteran was 82

(Newser) - Update: Los Angeles County health officials attributed James Caan's death earlier this month to a heart attack, listing a series of cardiac problems as contributing factors. A death certificate says the actor suffered from coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and congestive heart failure, TMZ reports. Caan was...

Elvis Actor Found Dead
Elvis Actor
Found Dead
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Elvis Actor Found Dead

Shonka Dukureh dies in Nashville at age 44

(Newser) - Shonka Dukureh, who played Big Mama Thornton in this year's movie about Elvis Presley , was found dead Thursday in a bedroom at her home in Nashville, police say. She was 44. Nashville police say there were no signs of foul play, per the AP . Autopsy results are pending from...

Renowned Creator of Funky Urban Sculptures Dies

Claes Oldenburg was 93

(Newser) - Pop artist Claes Oldenburg, who turned the mundane into the monumental through his outsized sculptures of a baseball bat, a clothespin, and other objects, has died at age 93. Oldenburg died Monday morning in Manhattan, according to his daughter, Maartje Oldenburg. He had been in poor health since falling and...

She Forged a Path for Psychedelics in Mental Health
Pioneer of Psychedelics
in Therapy Dies at 91
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Pioneer of Psychedelics in Therapy Dies at 91

Ann Shulgin, along with late husband Alexander, was psychotherapy pioneer

(Newser) - Ann Shulgin, who together with her late husband, Alexander Shulgin, pioneered the use of psychedelic drugs in psychotherapy and co-wrote two seminal books on the subject, has died at the age of 91. Shulgin had been in ill health due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, daughter Wendy Tucker said. She...

Former Cowboys Star Marion Barber Dead at 38
Extreme Heat Workout
Habit Killed Marion Barber
UPDATED

Extreme Heat Workout Habit Killed Marion Barber

Ex-NFLer died of heat stroke after apparent exercise in 'sauna-like conditions'

(Newser) - Update: Marion Barber III died of heat stroke after apparently exercising in "sauna-like conditions" in his apartment in Frisco, Texas. The Collin County medical examiner ruled the former NFL star's death an accident, police said Monday, per the AP . He hadn't been seen for three weeks before...

James Bond Theme Composer Dies at 94
You Know His Theme
Music, if Not His Name
OBITUARY

You Know His Theme Music, if Not His Name

Monty Norman, creator of the James Bond signature sound, dies at 94

(Newser) - Monty Norman, a British composer who wrote the theme tune for the James Bond films, has died at age 94. A statement posted Monday on Norman’s official website said: "It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short...

Scathing Obit: &#39;It Will Be Challenging to Miss Lawrence&#39;
Scathing Obit: 'It Will Be
Challenging to Miss Lawrence'
in case you missed it

Scathing Obit: 'It Will Be Challenging to Miss Lawrence'

Estranged son wrote obit for Lawrence H. Pfaff Sr.

(Newser) - Gannett owns the Florida Times-Union, and it put out an unusual statement about an unusual obituary: "We regrettably published an obituary that did not adhere to our guidelines and we are looking into the matter further. We regret any distress this may have caused." The obit , which ran...

He Was a Gangster in Real Life. Then He Played One

Tony Sirico, best known for his role as 'Paulie Walnuts' on 'The Sopranos,' dies at 79

(Newser) - With his winged coiffure and scathing one-liners, Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri was one of the most memorable characters on HBO's The Sopranos. Now, fellow cast members are saying arrivederci to the actor who played him: Tony Sirico has died in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the age of 79,...

Shinzo Abe Was a &#39;Complex, Polarizing&#39; Figure
Shinzo Abe Leaves
a Mixed Legacy
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Shinzo Abe Leaves a Mixed Legacy

Assassinated ex-PM was 'complex, polarizing' figure in Japan

(Newser) - Shinzo Abe was a political blueblood groomed for power. Japan's longest serving prime minister, he was also perhaps the most polarizing, complex politician in recent Japanese history, the AP reports. Abe, who was assassinated Friday , angered both liberals at home and World War II victims in Asia with his...

Iwo Jima Hero Received Medal of Honor From Truman
One Final Honor
for Iwo Jima Hero
updated

One Final Honor for Iwo Jima Hero

Woody Williams, 98, will lie in honor at the US Capitol

(Newser) - Update: At a memorial Sunday in Charleston, West Virginia, Sen. Joe Manchin said Hershel W. "Woody" Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, would lie in state at the US Capitol. But Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced he would actually lie in honor....

You Know His Poster, if Not His Name
You Know His Poster,
if Not His Name
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You Know His Poster, if Not His Name

Arnold Skolnick, who created the iconic Woodstock imagery, is dead

(Newser) - When freelance designer Arnold Skolnick was asked to quickly churn out a publicity poster for an upcoming concert in 1969, he ended up creating what the New York Times calls a "symbol of the era." The upcoming concert, of course, was Woodstock, and Skolnick came up with the...

Hells Angels Founder Wrote Books, Worked in TV, Films

Sonny Barger also worked security at infamous Altamont concert

(Newser) - Sonny Barger, the founder of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club who turned his experiences into books and work on TV and films, has died. He was 83 and died at home Wednesday night after developing liver cancer, NBC News reports. A note Barger had written was posted on his Facebook...

Investigators: Face Scratches a Clue to ER Actress's Death

Rep says Mary Mara may have had accidental fall before drowning

(Newser) - Update: Investigators believe actress Mary Mara may have suffered an accident before drowning in upstate New York on Sunday. That's according to rep Craig Dorfman, who tells TMZ that investigators found abrasions on Mara's face. Based on those abrasions, they think she may have fallen and hit her...

She Became a Dame for &#39;Talking About Poo&#39;
UK Podcaster
Deborah James
Dies at 40
OBITUARY

UK Podcaster Deborah James Dies at 40

Mom of 2 announced last month she was in hospice care for bowel cancer

(Newser) - Last month, podcaster Deborah James delivered some surprise news to fans, announcing her bowel cancer had returned after a bout of remission and that she was in hospice care at home. Now, a sad update out of the UK: James has died of her illness at the age of 40,...

Former Ravens Star &#39;Goose&#39; Dies at 55
'Stunning, Sad News'
for the Baltimore Ravens
OBITUARY

'Stunning, Sad News' for the Baltimore Ravens

Tony Siragusa, aka 'Goose,' dies at 55

(Newser) - Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who was part of one of the most celebrated defenses in NFL history with the Baltimore Ravens, died Wednesday. He was 55. Siragusa’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death, the AP reports. The cause of death was not immediately available. "This...

Baltimore Ravens&#39; Jaylon Ferguson Dead at 26
Baltimore Ravens'
Jaylon Ferguson
Dead at 26
OBITUARY

Baltimore Ravens' Jaylon Ferguson Dead at 26

He leaves behind 3 children under the age of 5

(Newser) - Another NFLer is gone too early . Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at the age of 26, the team announced Wednesday. "He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon's family and friends as we...

Józef Walaszczyk Saved Scores of Jews During WWII

Member of Polish resistance bribed German official to rescue factory employees

(Newser) - Józef Walaszczyk, a member of the Polish resistance who rescued dozens of Jews during the Nazi German occupation of Poland during World War II, has died. He was 102 and died Monday, according to the Institute of National Remembrance, a Polish state historical body. Walaszczyk fell in love during...

Colorado Gov. Pays Tribute to a 'Woman Ahead of Her Time'

Clela Rorex issued first same-sex marriage licenses in 1975

(Newser) - Clela Rorex, a former Colorado county clerk considered a pioneer in the gay rights movement for being the first public official to issue a same-sex marriage license in 1975, has died. She was 78. Rorex died Sunday of complications from recent surgery at a hospice care facility in Longmont, the...

Mark Shields Kept His TV Debates Civil
Mark Shields
Kept His TV
Debates Civil

obituary

Mark Shields Kept His TV Debates Civil

Commentator appeared on 'PBS NewsHour' for 33 years

(Newser) - Mark Shields, who affably debated fellow political pundits on TV for decades—slipping in cutting jabs along the way—has died. He was 85 and died at home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, of kidney failure, the New York Times reports. Shields, who labeled himself a New Deal liberal, was a...

Actor and Seinfeld &#39;Library Cop&#39; Philip Baker Hall Is Dead
Veteran Character Actor
Philip Baker Hall Is Dead
obituary

Veteran Character Actor Philip Baker Hall Is Dead

'Seinfeld' fans will remember him as the library cop

(Newser) - The name may not be familiar, but anyone who's watched TV in, say, the last few decades will likely recognize the face of Philip Baker Hall. The veteran actor died Sunday at the age of 90, tweeted neighbor and Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Farmer. TV Line reports that...

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