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American Idol Alum Found Dead in Nashville

No word on cause of death for 47-year-old Grammy winner Mandisa Hundley, on show's Season 5

(Newser) - A singer who performed on the fifth season of American Idol nearly 20 years ago died Thursday in Tennessee's capital. "We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased," a rep for the singer says in a statement, per People . "At this time...

Louis Gossett Jr. Is Dead at 87
Louis Gossett Jr.
Is Dead at 87

Louis Gossett Jr. Is Dead at 87

He was the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar

(Newser) - Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar and an Emmy winner for his role in the seminal TV miniseries Roots, has died at age 87. Gossett's nephew told the AP that the actor died Thursday night in Santa Monica, California. No cause of...

Character Actor Brought an 'Unsettling Presence' to Film

M. Emmet Walsh, of 'Blade Runner' and 'Blood Simple' fame, is dead at age 88

(Newser) - M. Emmet Walsh, the character actor who brought his unmistakable face and unsettling presence to films including Blood Simple and Blade Runner, has died at age 88, his manager said Wednesday. Walsh died from cardiac arrest on Tuesday at a hospital in St. Albans, Vermont, said longtime manager Sandy Joseph,...

Matthew Perry's Stepdad Speaks: 'He Was Happy'
Matthew Perry's
Stepdad Speaks

Matthew Perry's Stepdad Speaks

Keith Morrison says Perry 'was happy,' but he 'didn't get to have his third act, and that's not fair'

(Newser) - Keith Morrison is a longtime NBC News correspondent. He's also the longtime stepdad of Matthew Perry, and he sat down with Hoda Kotb on her podcast to discuss the actor's death last October. Morrison married Perry's mother, Suzanne Perry Morrison, in 1981, and tells Kotb that "...

He Was a 'Big Tree' to Manga Artists Worldwide
He Was a 'Big Tree' to
Manga Artists Worldwide

He Was a 'Big Tree' to Manga Artists Worldwide

Akira Toriyama, creator of 'Dragon Ball' comic series, other popular manga and anime, dies at 68

(Newser) - Akira Toriyama, the creator of the bestselling Dragon Ball and other popular manga and anime that influenced Japanese comics, has died, his studio said Friday. He was 68. Toriyama died March 1 of a blood clot in his brain, Bird Studio said in a statement. "He was working enthusiastically...

Death of Beverly Hills, 90210 Actor Was Drug-Related

'It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way,' David Gail's mother says

(Newser) - The death of actor David Gail, best known for his roles in Beverly Hills, 90210 and General Hospital, was drug-related, his publicist confirmed Tuesday. Linda Brown told NBC News that the 58-year-old's January death was the result of a brain injury linked to use of drugs including cocaine, fentanyl,...

Star Trek , Captain Marvel Actor Dead at 49
Star Trek,
Captain Marvel
Actor Dies at 49


Star Trek, Captain Marvel Actor Dies at 49

Kenneth Mitchell had battled ALS since 2018

(Newser) - Actor Kenneth Mitchell, known for roles in Star Trek: Discovery and Captain Marvel, died Saturday at age 49 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) for more than five years. Mitchell is survived by his wife, actress Susan May Pratt, and their children, ages...

Actor in Britain's The Office Is Dead at 50
Actor in Britain's
The Office Is Dead at 50

Actor in Britain's The Office Is Dead at 50

Ewen MacIntosh played 'Big Keith'

(Newser) - Those who watched the original version of The Office out of Britain will know him as "Big Keith." Ewen MacIntosh, the actor who portrayed an accountant aspiring to be a DJ, has died at age 50, reports the BBC . No cause of death was given, but a statement...

CBS Host Charles Osgood Dies at 91
His Famous
Signoff: 'I'll See
You on the Radio'

His Famous Signoff: 'I'll See You on the Radio'

Emmy-winning TV/radio journalist Charles Osgood, former host of 'CBS Sunday Morning,' dies at 91

(Newser) - Charles Osgood, a five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who anchored CBS Sunday Morning for more than two decades, hosted the long-running radio program The Osgood File, and was referred to as CBS News' poet in residence, has died. He was 91, per the AP . CBS reports that Osgood died Tuesday at...

Filmmaker Demands Probe Into Parasite Actor's Death

Bong Joon-ho wants answers on what happened to Lee Sun-kyun, who died of an apparent suicide

(Newser) - South Korea is still reeling from the death last month of popular Parasite actor Lee Sun-kyun, whose body was found in a car in a Seoul park. Lee's family says he'd left behind what appeared to be a suicide note, and now the director of his hit 2019...

Sinead O'Connor's Cause of Death Revealed

Irish singing icon died of natural causes, coroner says

(Newser) - The statement from the coroner in Sinead O'Connor's death doesn't mince words: "This is to confirm that Ms O'Connor died of natural causes," the Southwark Coroner's Court in London said on Tuesday, adding that "the coroner has therefore ceased their involvement in...

One Half of Starsky & Hutch Has Left Us
He Was One
Half of an
Iconic '70s

He Was One Half of an Iconic '70s Pair

Actor David Soul, who played Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson on 'Starsky & Hutch,' has died at 80

(Newser) - Actor David Soul, who earned fame as the blond half of crime-fighting duo Starsky and Hutch in the eponymous popular 1970s television series, has died at the age of 80. His wife, Helen Snell, said Friday that "David Soul—beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother—died yesterday after a...

Paul Mitchell's Only Son Dead at 53
Paul Mitchell's
Only Son Dead at 53

Paul Mitchell's Only Son Dead at 53

Angus Mitchell, co-owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems, reportedly drowned in his pool

(Newser) - Angus Mitchell, the only child of the late hairstylist Paul Mitchell and co-owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems, has died. A hairstylist in his own right, Mitchell shared a video on Instagram on Tuesday night showing him hanging out with friends and enjoying music at his home in Honolulu, TMZ...

Brooklyn Bike Accident Kills Comic Kenny DeForest, 37

The comedian had just released his second comedy special

(Newser) - A comedian described as "universally beloved" is dead at age 37 after crashing while riding an e-bike in Brooklyn. Kenny DeForest was hospitalized after the December 8 accident and underwent neurological surgery, but died Wednesday, Deadline reports. "Kenny's final moments included some of his favorite songs, stories...

Homicide Star Andre Braugher Dead at 61
Actor Andre Braugher
Died of Lung Cancer

Actor Andre Braugher Died of Lung Cancer

Publicist of 'Homicide' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star reveals his illness

(Newser) - Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andre Braugher's unexpected death this week was from lung cancer, his publicist said Thursday. The 61-year-old actor had received the diagnosis only a few months ago, reports NBC News . No further details were provided. The New York Times reported in a 2014 profile that Braugher had...

Man Denies Killing Drew Carey's Ex-Fiancee
Man Who Killed
Therapist Is

Man Who Killed Celebrity Therapist Is Sentenced

Gareth Pursehouse had dated Dr. Amie Harwick a decade prior

(Newser) - Gareth Pursehouse was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering celebrity therapist Amie Harwick in 2020, NBC News reports. Harwick, who was once engaged to Drew Carey, was thrown over a third-floor balcony at her Hollywood Hills home. Pursehouse, 45, an ex-boyfriend of hers...

A 'Familiar Maternal Face on TV' Dead at 93

Frances Sternhagen acted on Broadway, as well as the big and small screens

(Newser) - Frances Sternhagen, the veteran character actor who won two Tony Awards and became a familiar maternal face to TV viewers later in life in such shows as Cheers, ER, Sex and the City, and The Closer, has died, the AP reports. She was 93. Sternhagen died peacefully of natural causes...

She Had a Day Job as a Baker. Then Came 'Mr. Big Stuff'

Jean Knight, singer behind 1971 smash hit, is dead at 80

(Newser) - The name Jean Knight might not qualify as being of the household variety, but you've surely heard her big song somewhere: "Mr. Big Stuff." Knight—whose defiant 1971 hit about a womanizer "remains a gloriously spiky gem of the early 70s soul and funk scene,"...

As They Got to the Seafloor, He 'Knew We Were Making History'

Explorer, retired Navy Capt. Don Walsh, part of first crew to reach deepest part of ocean, is dead at 92

(Newser) - Retired Navy Capt. Don Walsh, an explorer who in 1960 was part of a two-man crew that made the first voyage to the deepest part of the ocean—to the "snuff-colored ooze" at the bottom of the Pacific's Mariana Trench—has died. He was 92. Walsh died Nov....

Booker Prize-Winning Author AS Byatt Dies
Booker Prize-Winning
Author AS Byatt Dies

Booker Prize-Winning Author AS Byatt Dies

UK writer, 87, wrote 'Possession,' which was made into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow

(Newser) - Author AS Byatt, whose books include the Booker Prize-winning novel Possession, has died at the age of 87. Byatt's publisher, Chatto & Windus, said Friday that the author died "peacefully at home surrounded by close family." Byatt wrote two dozen books, starting with her first novel, The ...

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