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Celebrity Deaths

Country Singer Dies At Age 90

AP | By STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 03.08.2013 | Celebrity

NEW ORLEANS -- Country singer-songwriter Claude King, an original member of the Louisiana Hayride who was best known for the 1962 hit "Wolverton Mount...

'Tales of Wells Fargo' Star Dies At Age 89

AP | KEN MILLER | Posted 04.29.2013 | Celebrity

OKLAHOMA CITY — Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre's heyday, died Tuesday. H...

Former Temptations Singer Dies At Age 70

AP | Posted 04.29.2013 | Celebrity

LAS VEGAS — Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70. Street's wife, Cindy, says he...

Magic Slim Dies At 75

AP | MARK SCOLFORO | Posted 04.24.2013 | Celebrity

Magic Slim, a younger contemporary of blues greats Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf who helped shape the sound of Chicago's electric blues, died Thursday...

Dave Clark Five Bassist Dies At Age 72

AP | Posted 04.15.2013 | Celebrity

LONDON — Bass player Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of the Dave Clark Five, has died. He was 72. Clark announced Huxley's death Tuesd...

'South Pacific' Actor Dies At Age 81

AP | Posted 04.14.2013 | Celebrity

PASADENA, Calif. — John Kerr, the stage and film actor whose credits include the movie "South Pacific," the thriller "The Pit and the Pendulum" ...

Donald Byrd Dies At Age 80

AP | RANDALL CHASE and KATIE ZEZIMA | Posted 04.14.2013 | Celebrity

DOVER, Del. — Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his ...

Legendary Jazz Musician Dies At Age 80

Posted 02.12.2013 | Celebrity

Legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd died earlier this week at the age of 80, but news of his death was only just confirmed. Amoeba reports that B...

'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Actor Dies At Age 61

Posted 02.05.2013 | Celebrity

Robin Sachs has died at the age of 61, reports BBC News. The British actor died last Friday, but news of his death was announced on his official w...

Hugh Hefner's Longtime Secretary Dies

Posted 01.29.2013 | Celebrity

Mary O'Connor, Hugh Hefner's longtime secretary who appeared on the reality series "Girls Next Door" died this weekend, according to the Playboy found...

'The Wire' Actor Dies Of Heart Failure At Age 52

Posted 01.21.2013 | Celebrity

Actor Robert F. Chew has died at the age of 52, reports The Baltimore Sun. The actor, best known for his role as drug kingpin Proposition Joe on t...

'The Jeffersons' Star Dead At 89

Posted 01.09.2013 | Celebrity

Ned Wertimer, who appeared on 11 seasons of "The Jeffersons" as Ralph The Doorman, is dead at age 89. The actor's manager Brad Lemack confirmed to The...

Famed Poet-Performer Dies At 78

AP | Posted 03.07.2013 | Celebrity

NEW YORK -- Jayne Cortez, a forceful poet, activist and performance artist who blended oral and written traditions into numerous books and musical rec...

PHOTOS: In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2012

Posted 12.31.2012 | Black Voices

2012 was a tough year. Not only was it a tumultuous year politically, but we also lost celebrities who had an integral effect on music, film and pop c...

12 Notable Post 50s We'll Miss In 2013 (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.27.2012 | Fifty

In 2012, we lost some of the best and brightest among us. A few notable figures passed away young. Last February, the world was stunned by the death o...

Fontella Bass Dies At 72

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 02.26.2013 | Celebrity

ST. LOUIS — Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died. She was 72. Bass ...

In Memoriam: Celebrities We Lost In 2012

Posted 12.26.2012 | Celebrity

In 2012 we said goodbye to many of the brightest, most talented, and beloved individuals. This past year we lost many great contributors to the ar...

Beloved Character Actor Charles Durning Dies At 89

AP | BOB THOMAS | Posted 02.24.2013 | Celebrity

LOS ANGELES — Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner a...

Actor Jack Klugman Dies At 90

Posted 12.26.2012 | Celebrity

Jack Klugman, star of the much-beloved sitcom 'The Odd Couple', has died, his attorney told KTRK. He was 90. Klugman's son Adam confirmed the re...

'Our Gang' Actor Dies At 96

AP | MARTIN GRIFFITH | Posted 12.17.2012 | Celebrity

RENO, Nev. -- Jack Hanlon, who had roles in the 1926 silent classic "The General" and in two 1927 "Our Gang" comedies, died Thursday in Las Vegas, fam...

Nashville Drummer Dies At 73

AP | Posted 12.16.2012 | Celebrity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville drummer Willie Ackerman, who played with artists such as Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and Louis Armstrong, has died. He w...

'Take A Letter, Maria' Singer Dies At 68

AP | Posted 12.05.2012 | Celebrity

LOS ANGELES — R. B. Greaves, a pop singer whose "Take a Letter, Maria" was a 1969 hit, has died in Los Angeles. He was 68. Ronald Bertram Greav...

'Babylon 5' Star Dies

Posted 09.30.2012 | TV

Michael O'Hare, star of "Babylon 5," has died at the age of 60. According to The Hollywood Reporter, O'Hare died Friday after suffering a heart attack...

McGuire Sisters Singer Dies At 84

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 09.09.2012 | Celebrity

PHOENIX -- Dorothy McGuire Williamson, who teamed with sisters Christine and Phyllis for a string of hits in the 50s and 60s as the popular McGuire Si...

Iowa Doctor Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For 2010 Death Of Slipknot Founder Paul Gray And 7 Others

AP | Posted 09.05.2012 | Crime

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines doctor has been charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly prescribing large amounts o...