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Della Reese, of TV’s “Touched by an Angel,” has died at 86

Before “Touched by an Angel” debuted in 1994, Reese was mainly known as a singer, although she had costarred on “Chico and the Man,” “Charlie and Company” and “The Royal …


Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world when she sobbed on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a heartbreaking loss in the …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Charles Manson, cult leader and serial killer who terrified nation, dies at 83

Cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers killed actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died. He was 83.


Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies at age 85

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country music star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens …


Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies

Mel Tillis, the longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has …


Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dead at 87

Cosa Nostra’s “boss of bosses,” who was serving 26 life sentences as the convicted mastermind of dozens of murders of rivals for power on his Sicilian turf as well as …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5:24 p.m.

Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94

Liz Smith, the syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 11 a.m.

Moscow City Councilman John Weber dies

Moscow City Councilman John Weber was a “Moscow guy through and through,” as Mayor Bill Lambert puts it.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

‘Tonight Show’ tapings canceled after Fallon’s mother dies

Tapings for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” have been canceled all this week following the death of the talk show host’s mother.


Mountain climber Fred Beckey, an ‘American icon,’ dies at 94

Legendary mountain climber Fred Beckey, who wrote dozens of books and is credited with notching more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, has died. He was 94.


Judy Martz, first female governor of Montana, dies at 74

Montana’s only female governor and lieutenant governor, whose fiscal success running the state was overshadowed by scandal and gaffes, has died.


Legendary mountain climber Fred Becky dies at 94

Legendary mountain climber Fred Beckey, who wrote dozens of books and is credited with notching more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, has died. He was 94.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 1:16 p.m.

Robert Guillaume, Emmy-winning for ‘Soap’ actor, dies at 89

Among Guillaume’s achievements was playing Nathan Detroit in the first all-black version of “Guys and Dolls,” earning a Tony nomination in 1977. He became the first African-American to sing the …


Millions in Canada mourn death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie

A visibly shaken Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “We are less as a country without Gord Downie in it. We all knew it was coming but we hoped it wasn’t. …


Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb dies at 28 in ATV crash

Daniel Webb, a former relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, has died in an ATV accident. He was 28.


Hall of Fame QB Y.A. Tittle dead at 90

Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL Most Valuable Player, has died. He was 90.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 4:14 p.m.

Stand-up comedian Ralphie May dies at 45

May died Friday in a private residence in Las Vegas after going into cardiac arrest, his representative confirmed to the New York Daily News.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Taco Bell designer and ex-president Robert McKay dies at 86

Robert L. McKay, who designed the first Taco Bell restaurant and with founder Glen Bell turned it from a quirky food stand into a fast-food empire, has died.


Tom Petty, down-to-Earth rock superstar, dies at 66

Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as “Free …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Rock superstar Tom Petty dead at age 66 after cardiac arrest

The rock icon had been found unresponsive at his home earlier on Monday.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Hockey broadcaster Dave Strader dies of cancer at 62

Dave Strader, the hockey broadcaster known affectionately as “The Voice,” has died after battling bile duct cancer for more than a year. He was 62.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolized by …


Pete Domenici, Republican senator from New Mexico, dies at 85

Pete V. Domenici, a Republican lawmaker from New Mexico who became a leading voice on budget and energy policy during six terms in the Senate, and who a colleague once …


Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote dies at 85

Hall of Fame defenseman Pierre Pilote, a three-time Norris Trophy winner who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961, has died. He was 85.


John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90

John Ashbery, an enigmatic giant of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90.


Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67

A rock and roll fan with a penchant for harmony and obtuse references, Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Cecil Andrus, Idaho icon who championed wildnerness and kindergarten, dies at 85

Cecil Andrus, Idaho’s longest-serving governor, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Democrat and champion of wilderness and the Idaho outdoors, died late Thursday after a battle with cancer, the night …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

Jerry Lewis, comedy king and master of slapstick, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, who died Aug. 20 at 91, was a comic actor whose rubber-limbed pratfalls, squeaky voice and pipsqueak buffoonery made him one of the most uncontainable screen clowns of …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 12:21 p.m.

Neuroscientist who studied Einstein’s brain dies at 90

Marian Cleeves Diamond, a neuroscientist who studied Albert Einstein’s brain and was one of the first to show that the brain can improve with enrichment, has died.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

Longtime NHL coach, GM Bryan Murray dies at 74 of cancer

Bryan Murray, a longtime NHL coach and general manager who helped turn around the Washington Capitals and took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final, has died at 74.