Man Who Inspired ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dies at Age 46
Anthony Senerchia Jr., who was an inspiration for the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, died on Saturday at the age of 46, ending a 14-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. “He worked tirelessly to raise awareness for ALS and was directly responsible for the world-renowned Ice bucket challenge,” his obituary said, calling him “a fireball who tried everything in life.
© Bang Showbiz John Hillerman (right) alongside Tom Selleck
John Hillerman , who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck’s freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series "Magnum, P.I." died Thursday, Nov. Image 93 of 93. Actor John Heard died from heart disease .
Tom Selleck's Emmy-winning "Magnum, P.I." co-star, John Hillerman , died from heart disease TMZ has learned. A spokesperson at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Texas tells us Hillerman had hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease which proved fatal.
John Hillerman reportedly died from heart disease.
The late actor, who portrayed Jonathan Higgins in the long-running TV series 'Magnum, P.I.', passed away last month at his home in Houston, Texas, and it has now been revealed by a spokesperson at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Texas that his cause of death was hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
The disease is caused by high blood pressure, which puts added force against the artery walls and can damage them, making them more vulnerable to plaque build up. This build up of plaque then causes atherosclerosis, and can lead to coronary artery disease if untreated.
Apple launches study to detect heart irregularities via Apple Watch
Might wearing an Apple Watch save you from a stroke or cardio problem? Apple is careful not to make that direct claim. Apple is careful not to make that direct claim. But the company, in collaboration with Stanford University School of Medicine, launched the Apple Heart Study app on Thursday that uses the heart rate sensor inside the Apple Watch to collect data on irregular heart rhythms. The study had been previously announced in September.
Tom Selleck's Magnum, P.I. co-star John Hillerman died as a result of heart disease . By Dailymail.com Reporter. Published: 01:19 GMT, 7 December 2017 | Updated: 01:24 GMT, 7 December 2017.
Slideshow: Stars we've lost in 2017 (GES)
Johnny Hallyday (June 15, 1943 – Dec. 6, 2017)
The French rock star died from lung cancer at the age of 74. He sold over 100 million records and also starred in a few films. Although Hallyday didn't make a mark in any English-speaking nation, he enjoyed huge popularity in his home country and earned the nickname "the biggest rock star you've never heard of."
Jim Nabors (June 12, 1930 – Nov. 30, 2017)
The American actor died at the age of 87 at his home in Hawaii, U.S. Nabors was popular for playing the character Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and later starred in his own TV show “Gomer Pyle, USMC.” He had also recorded over two dozen albums and several singles.
Elton John 'in shock' following mother's death
Elton John has been left "in shock" after his mum Sheila Farebrother died on Monday morning (04Dec17). The Rocket Man singer announced the news on Instagram on Monday by sharing a picture of the pair smiling for the camera. "So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock," he wrote in the caption. "Travel safe Mum. Thank-you for everything. I will miss you so much. Love, Elton." Elton had only been back on speaking terms with his mum for a couple of years before she died. They had become estranged in 2008, when the pair fell out after Elton told her to cut off contact with two of their oldest friends, former driver and personal assistant Bob Halley and manager and lover John Reid, but she refused. "I told him: 'I'm not about to do that and drop them. Bob is like a son to me. He has always been marvellous to me and he lives nearby and keeps an eye on me'," his mother told the Daily Mail in 2015. "Then to my utter amazement, he told me he hated me. And he then banged the phone down. Imagine! To me, his mother!" She revealed their feud in 2015 after she hired an Elton impersonator for her 90th birthday party, sparking speculation about an estrangement. However, Elton, 70, told the Sunday Mirror in early 2016 that they buried the hatchet shortly after her 90th. To mark Mother's Day in America earlier this year, he posted a throwback picture of them together and wrote in the caption, "Dear Mum, Happy Mother's Day! So happy we are back in touch. Love, Elton xo.
John Heard -- who played the dad in "Home Alone" -- died in a California hotel room after suffering a heart attack brought on by heart disease , officials tell TMZ. The 71-year-old was found in a hotel in Palo Alto, CA on July 21.
John Hillerman (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty). LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokeswoman for the family of actor John Hillerman says the co-star of TV's "Magnum, P.I." has died . Hillerman was 84.
Rance Howard (Nov. 17, 1928 – Nov. 25, 2017)
A veteran of over 60 years in the film industry, Howard had worked in over 100 films. He is known for his appearances in "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "Chinatown" (1974), "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) "Frost/Nixon" (2008) and "Nebraska" (2013). He is father to Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and grandfather to actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
Jon Hendricks (Sept. 16, 1921 – Nov. 22, 2017)
Dubbed as the James Joyce of Jive by Time magazine, Hendricks died in a New York City hospital, aged 96. He was best known for his work with the 1950s vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and is also credited for introducing the vocalese technique.
David Cassidy (April 12, 1950 – Nov. 21, 2017)
Best known as Keith Partridge from the hit '70s musical sitcom “The Partridge Family,” Cassidy was arguably one of the most popular teen idols and pop singers of the era. He died from organ failure in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., at age 67.
John Boyega wants Yoda origin story
John Boyega has admitted he would love to see a Yoda origin 'Star Wars' movie and said there are "cool" stuff in the universe.John Boyega wants to see a Yoda origin story.
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Jana Novotná (Oct. 2, 1968 – Nov. 19, 2017)
Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotná died at 49, after a long battle with cancer. Known for her impeccable serve and volley game, the Czech star won 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles in her 12-year career.
Malcolm Young (Jan. 6, 1953 – Nov. 18, 2017)
The co-founder and guitarist of hard rock band AC/DC died at 64 following a long battle with dementia. He performed with the band since its inception in 1973, when he formed it with his young brother Angus, till 2014, when he retired for health reasons. Young and the other AC/DC members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
John Hillerman (Dec. 20, 1932 – Nov. 9, 2017)
The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor died of natural causes at his home in Houston, Texas, U.S. Best known for playing the stuffy sidekick, Higgins, to Tom Selleck's character on "Magnum, P.I." (1980-88), Hillerman had retired from acting in 1999.
Karin Dor (Feb. 22, 1938 – Nov. 6, 2017)
The German actress was best known for playing the red-haired villain Helga Brandt in the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice" (1967). She was also seen in movies including "As Long as You Live" (1955), "The Terrible People" (1960), "The Face of Fu Manchu" (1965), "Topaz" (1969) and "Warhead" (1977). Dor died at a nursing home in Munich, Germany, aged 79.
Roy Halladay (May 14, 1977 – Nov. 7, 2017)
Popularly known as "Doc," the star MLB pitcher died at 40, after his amphibious plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. In a career spanning 15 years, Halladay played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1998-2009) and Philadelphia Phillies (2010-13). Featuring on the All-Star team eight times, he was one of six pitchers in history to win the Cy Young Awards in both American and National Leagues.
Celine Dion and Lenny Kravitz lead tributes to Johnny Hallyday
Celine Dion and Lenny Kravitz led tributes to Johnny Hallyday following the French rocker's death on Tuesday night (05Dec17). The veteran singer was 74 when he lost his battle with lung cancer at his home in Paris. Hallyday, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, was being treated in a private medical clinic in the French capital, but he was discharged and surrounded by his loved ones at home when he died. His wife Laeticia confirmed his passing in a statement to AFP, which read: "Johnny Hallyday has left us I write these words without believing them. But yet, it's true. My man is no longer with us He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity." Following the tragic news, stars from the music world took to social media to pay tribute to the singer, who was often referred to as the "French Elvis". In a French-language tweet, Dion wrote: "I'm very sad to hear the news that Johnny Hallyday passed away. He was a giant in show businessa true icon! My thoughts go out to his family, his loved ones, and to the millions of fans who adored him for many decades.He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.- Celine xx…" Kravitz shared two pictures of himself with Hallyday, and wrote: "Farewell Dear @JohnnySjh. Your friendship, sweetness and support are imprinted in my heart. It is an honour to have known you and to have spent time with you and your beautiful family. Your soul is pure Rock and Roll.
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Brad Bufanda (May 4, 1983 – Nov. 1, 2017)
The "Veronica Mars" star committed suicide by jumping off a building, with a note found at the scene, said the Los Angeles County coroner's office. A representative for the actor said that the family is asking for privacy. Bufanda had started off as a child actor with TV shows such as "Roseanne" (1995).
Fats Domino (Feb. 26, 1928 – Oct. 24, 2017)
Antoine "Fats" Domino, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer and pianist, was one of the biggest stars of the early rock ’n’ roll era in the 1950s and '60s. Among his many hits were “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t It a Shame” and “Walkin’ to New Orleans.” Domino received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Robert Guillaume (Nov. 30, 1927 – Oct. 24, 2017)
Guillaume, best known as the title character in the long-running TV sitcom “Benson,” has died of complications of prostate cancer. He played the dry-witted butler Benson Du Bois on the 1977 series “Soap,” before his character was spun off in 1979. Guillaume won Emmys for “Soap” (as supporting actor) and “Benson” (as lead actor), as well as a Grammy for a spoken word recording for the voice of Rafiki in “The Lion King."
Breakthrough drug trial in fight against Huntington’s disease
Currently incurable, Huntington’s affects an estimated 10,000 people in the UK. A further 25,000 are thought to be at risk. Patients usually die within 20 years after the onset of symptoms.The new drug, developed by Ionis Pharmaceuticals, contains an “antisense” molecule consisting of a single strand of chemically-modified DNA.The DNA strand stops the genetic instructions for making the Huntington’s protein getting through to manufacturing machinery in brain cells.Levels of the toxic HTT protein are reduced, thereby minimising damage to the brain.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Hillerman , who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck’s freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series “Magnum, P.I.” has died , his nephew said Thursday.
Gord Downie (Feb. 6, 1964 – Oct. 17, 2017)
Downie rose to fame as the lead singer for the Tragically Hip, one of Canada's most successful rock bands. The Tragically Hip has won 16 Juno awards, was inducted into Canada's Music Hall of Fame in 2005, was given a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2002 and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2017. Downie was known for his distinct stage presence and captured the hearts of Canadians when he went public with his brain cancer diagnosis in 2016. The band staged a coast-to-coast farewell tour that summer.
Roy Dotrice (May 26, 1923 – Oct. 16, 2017)
Known for his portrayal of Leopold Mozart in the 1984 biopic "Amadeus," the BAFTA and Tony Award-winning actor passed away at 94. In a career spanning 55 years, he made appearances in several notable films and TV shows such as "Clochemerle" (1972), "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (2008) and "Game of Thrones" (2012). Dotrice holds the Guinness World Record for most solo performances (1,782) in theater.
John Dunsworth (April 12, 1946 – Oct. 16, 2017)
Best known for his roles in the comedy series "Trailer Park Boys" (2001-) and supernatural drama "Haven" (2010-15), Dunsworth passed away at 71. His other notable works include "Pit Pony" (1999-2000), "The Shipping News" (2001) and "Sir John A. And the Curse of the Anti-Quenched" (2017).
Sean Hughes (Nov. 10, 1965 – Oct. 15, 2017)
Known for his rip-roaring antics on the British comedy game show, "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" (1996-2002), Hughes passed away at 51 from cirrhosis of the liver. Winner of the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award, he acted in several TV series such as "Rubbadubbers" (2003-05), "The Last Detective" (2003-07) and "Coronation Street" (2007).
Warrel Dane dead: Nevermore and Sanctuary heavy metal singer dies aged 56
Heavy metal singer Warrel Dane from the bands Nevermore and Sanctuary has died today (13 December) from a heart attack while in São Paulo, Brazil. The American musician was aged 56 and had a heart attack during the night and could not be revived. Johnny Moraes, who was a member of Dane's solo band, was with the singer at midnight when Warrel began to feel unwell. He told Brazil's UOL: "He died in the night. He was in the apartment where he stayed during the recording of the album when it happened. I gave him cardiac massage and we called the Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU), who came very fast, but when they arrived, he was already dead." While his Wikipedia page states he was 56, many wrongly believed Dane was 48. He has suffered a history of addictions and health issues, with Moraes adding: "His health was already very weak because of his diabetes and his problems with alcoholism. He was already facing a lot of health problems." Sanctuary guitarist Lenny Rutledge has also reacted to the news of Dane's passing, posting a Facebook message reading: "Today I wake up to the news that Warrel Dane has died. "I don't even know what to say. My friend, brother and musical companion for over 30 years has passed away. I'm in total shock right now. "I'm sorry for any close family or friends that had to hear the news on Facebook.
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Ralphie May (Feb. 17, 1972 – Oct. 6, 2017)
The "Last Comic Standing" comedian and actor died after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 45. He had cancelled a few show dates over the last month while he had been suffering from a pneumonia.
Tom Petty (Oct. 20, 1950 – Oct. 2, 2017)
The lead singer of the popular '80s rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died at 66 after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was found unconscious at his home and rushed to a hospital. His manager later confirmed the news, saying he "died peacefully...surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends." With timeless hits such as "Free Fallin'," "American Girl" and "I Won't Back Down," he sold over 80 million records worldwide.
Monty Hall (Aug. 25, 1921 – Sept. 30, 2017)
The Canadian-American game show host and producer died at the age of 96, following a heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. He was best known for his long stint as the host of "Let's Make a Deal" and the puzzle named after him, the Monty Hall problem.
Hugh Hefner (April 9, 1926 – Sept. 27, 2017)
Famous around the world as the publisher of the American men’s lifestyle magazine, Playboy, Hefner passed away at the age of 91, from natural causes. His son Cooper, who is also the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, said in a statement, “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.”
Liliane Bettencourt (Oct. 21, 1922 – Sept. 21, 2017)
The L'Oreal heiress, socialite and businesswoman, who was the world's richest woman, has died at the age of 94. Bettencourt, who had left L'Oreal's board in 2012, had been suffering from dementia. A statement by her family said she died "peacefully" at her home. According to Forbes, her net worth as of Sept. 20, 2017 was $39.5 billion.
Harry Dean Stanton (July 14, 1926 – Sept. 15, 2017)
Stanton became an "overnight" star at 58, Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas" and “Repo Man” in 1984, after decades of obscurity. The actor was also known for his roles in the movie “Pretty in Pink” and the TV shows “Twin Peaks” and “Big Love.” He recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime, and his most recent film, “Lucky,” is set to be released on Sept. 29. Stanton died of natural causes in Los Angeles.
Actor-director Neeraj Vora passes away
Actor-director Neeraj Vora passes awayConfirming the news of his demise, filmmaker Ashok Pandit told indianexpress.com, "Neeraj Vora died today at 3 am in Criti Care hospital in Juhu. He had been in coma and living at Firoz Nadiadwala's place. When his condition deteriorated in the night, he was taken to the hospital, where he breathed his last.
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Frank Vincent (Aug. 4, 1937 – Sept. 13, 2017)
Noted for his performance in the hit TV series, "The Sopranos" (2004-07), Vincent passed away at the age of 80, due to complications from heart surgery. In a career spanning over 40 years, he starred in dozens of acclaimed movies, including Martin Scorsese's, "Raging Bull" (1980), "Goodfellas" (1990), and "Casino"(1995).
Troy Gentry (April 5, 1967 – Sept. 8, 2017)
Country musician Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey, U.S. The tragic news was announced through a statement on Montgomery Gentry's Twitter account, which read: "It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey. The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old. Details of the crash are unknown. Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time."
Walter Becker (Feb. 20, 1950 – Sept. 3, 2017)
The noted guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter of the influential '70s jazz rock band Steely Dan died at 67. He is most remembered for the reformation of the band in 1993, bringing out the multiple Grammy-winning album "Two Against Nature."
Jay Thomas (July 12, 1948 – Aug. 24, 2017)
The actor, comedian and radio talk show host died at the age of 69, after battling cancer. He was best known for his work on television, most notably on the shows "Mork & Mindy" (1979-81), "Cheers" (1987-89) and "Love & War" (1992-95). For the show "Murphy Brown" (1989-98), he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990 and 1991.
Jerry Lewis (March 16, 1926 – Aug. 20, 2017)
Lewis, known for his slapstick humor, died at the age of 91 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. One of the most successful comedians and actors in Hollywood, he is also remembered for his decade-long partnership with singer Dean Martin. The duo went on to star in over 15 films, which were huge box-office hits. Some of his best known movies include "The Bellboy" (1960), "The Nutty Professor" (1963) and "The Patsy" (1964).
Bruce Forsyth ( Feb. 22, 1928 – Aug. 18, 2017)
The English TV presenter and entertainer died at the age of 89. Forsyth had been keeping unwell for some time and was even hospitalized with a severe chest infection in February this year. In a career spanning over 75 years, Forsyth hosted several game shows such as “The Generation Game,” “Play Your Cards Right” and “The Price Is Right.”
Glen Campbell (April 22, 1936 – Aug. 8, 2017)
The pop-country singer and entertainer, who was best known for such hits as “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman,” died at 81 after several years of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Campbell sold more than 50 million albums during his five decades in music. He also hosted his own TV variety show in the early 1970s and acted in several movies, including “True Grit” with John Wayne. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, honored at the Country Music Awards in 2011, and earned a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 2012.
Robert Hardy (Oct. 29, 1925 – Aug. 3, 2017)
The English actor, known for the TV show "All Creatures Great and Small" and for playing Cornelius Fudge in the "Harry Potter" films, died at the age of 91 in London, U.K. His portrayal of Winston Churchill in "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years" (1981) won him the BAFTA for Best Actor.
Sam Shepard (Nov. 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017)
The influential playwright and actor, who wrote more than 40 plays and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Buried Child" in 1979, died from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Shepard was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1983's "The Right Stuff."
John Heard (March 7, 1945 – July 22, 2017)
Best known for playing Peter McCallister — father to Macaulay Culkin's character in the "Home Alone" films — Heard was found dead at a hotel room in Palo Alto, California, U.S., aged 71. He was also known for his roles in TV shows including "Miami Vice," "Modern Family" and "The Sopranos," for which he earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Star.
Chester Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017)
The frontman for the American rock band Linkin Park found quick fame with the band's hugely successful debut album, "Hybrid Theory," in 2000. In addition to working with Linkin Park, he also fronted Stone Temple Pilots between 2013 and 2015 and the groups Dead by Sunrise and Kings of Chaos. Bennington died by suicide and leaves behind a wife and six children from two marriages.
George A. Romero (Feb. 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017)
The "Father of Modern Horror Films" and the creator of the 1968 cult classic "Night of the Living Dead" died at the age of 77 due to lung cancer. Romero passed away "peacefully in his sleep" while "listening to the score of 'The Quiet Man,' one his all-time favorite films," posted his manager Chris Roe on Facebook. Also called the "Godfather of the Dead," Romero's other notable movies include "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), "Day of the Dead" (1985), "Monkey Shines" (1988) and "The Dark Half" (1993).
Martin Landau (June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017)
The Oscar-winning character actor known for his work in the "North by Northwest" (1959), the "Mission: Impossible" TV series (1966-69) and "Ed Wood" (1994) died at the age of 89. He had been briefly hospitalized and died of "unexpected complications," his publicist told The Hollywood Reporter.
Liu Xiaobo (Dec. 28, 1955 – July 13, 2017)
The Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activist died at the age of 61 from multiple organ failure. The tireless dissident had been serving an 11-year prison sentence for calling for democracy in China, and had been released in June 2017 after being diagnosed with late stage liver cancer. His death makes him the first Nobel Peace laureate to die in custody since 1938.
Nelsan Ellis (Nov. 30, 1977 – July 8, 2017)
Popular for his portrayal of medium Lafayette Reynolds in the TV series, "True Blood" (2008-2014), Ellis died at the age of 39 after facing complications from heart failure. Apart from his work on TV shows such as "The Inside" (2005-2006) and "Elementary" (2016-2017), he also starred in films such as "Gods Behaving Badly" (2013) and "Get on Up" (2014).
Michael Nyqvist ( Nov. 8, 1960 – June 27, 2017)
The Swedish actor best known for his roles in the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy (2009) and for playing the villain in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (2011) died after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 56.
Stephen Furst (May 8, 1954 – June 16, 2017)
Popular for his portrayal of Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in the 1978-comedy, "Animal House," Furst passed away at the age of 63, suffering from complications related to diabetes. The actor-director also starred in several popular TV series such as "Babylon 5" (1994-1998) and "St. Elsewhere" (1983-1988).
Helmut Kohl (April 3, 1930 – June 16, 2017)
The former German Chancellor, the architect of Germany's 1990 reunification and mentor to Angela Merkel, died at age 87. Kohl was Germany's longest serving post-war chancellor, from 1982 to 1998, and convinced Germans to give up their cherished deutschemark in favor of the euro.
Adam West (Sept. 19, 1928 – June 10, 2017)
The actor who was best known for playing Batman in the 1960s hit TV series about the Caped Crusader died from leukemia in Los Angeles at the age of 88. After "Batman" ended in 1968, West struggled to find work for decades then found unexpected renewed fame as the voice of the mayor of Quahog (named Adam West) on Seth MacFarlane’s animated hit "Family Guy" (2000-2017).
Roy Barraclough (July 12, 1935 – June 1, 2017)
English comic actor, Barraclough, died at the age of 81 in England following an illness, his agent confirmed. Famous for his role as Rover's Return landlord Alec Gilroy in “Coronation Street,” he was loved for his performances as one-half of the double act “Cissie and Ada” with Les Dawson. He was awarded an MBE for services to drama and charity work in 2006.
Gregg Allman (Dec. 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017)
Singer, guitarist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Allman passed away at the age of 69 at his home in Savannah, Georgia, U.S. One of the pioneers of southern rock, he brought out several timeless classics such as "Midnight Rider," "Whippin' Post" and "All My Friends."
Roger Moore (14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017)
The veteran English actor, best known for his portrayal of the iconic spy James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985, passed away after a struggle with cancer. His six-decade career included dozens of movies and a notable role as gentleman thief Simon Templar in the long-running television series "The Saint." In his later years, he dedicated much of his time to humanitarian work, becoming a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup, and three children.
Roger Ailes (May 15, 1940 – May 18, 2017)
Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush who went on to found Fox News in 1996. The network, funded by Rupert Murdoch, covered news through a conservative lens, and became the most-watched cable news network by 2002. Ailes was forced out of Fox News in 2016 in a sexual predation scandal. His death was attributed to complications from a head injury.
Chris Cornell (July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017)
The Grammy-winning Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman committed suicide hours after performing a show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. His representative called the death "sudden and unexpected." As a solo artist, Cornell released five albums and was recently been seen on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" performing his new single "The Promise."
Powers Boothe (June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017)
The Emmy-winning actor died in his sleep of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Known for playing negative characters, he acted in "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" (1980), "Sudden Death" (1995), "Sin City" (2005) and "Deadwood" (2014-2016). Most recently he was seen in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (2015-2016).
Michael Mantenuto (May 13, 1981 – April 24, 2017)
The former Disney actor, who starred in the 2004 movie "Miracle," committed suicide at the age of 35 by shooting himself. He didn't pursue acting career post two other films, "Dirt bags" (2006) and "Surfer, Dude" (2008), and joined the U.S. military.
Jonathan Demme (Feb. 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017)
The Oscar-winning filmmaker died from complications from esophageal cancer in New York City at the age of 73. He was best known for directing "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. He followed up with the acclaimed film "Philadelphia" (1993).
Erin Moran (Oct. 18, 1960 – April 22, 2017)
The “Happy Days” (1974-1984) actress was found dead in Harrison County, Indiana, U.S. A regular on TV, she appeared on the show "Daktari" (1966) and also had roles in various feature films such as "How Sweet It Is" (1968) and "Watermelon Man" (1970).
Cuba Gooding, Sr. (April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017)
Lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient, he was found dead in his car on a street in Los Angeles, California, U.S. He is best known for the songs "Everybody Plays the Fool" and "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely." The singer is survived by his wife Shirley Sullivan and four children, including actors Cube Gooding, Jr. and Omar Gooding.
Toby Smith (Oct. 29, 1970 – April 11, 2017)
Keyboardist for British funk band Jamiroquai, Smith died at the age of 46. He was an original member of the band, even co-writing their songs from 1992 to 2001, after which he left the band due to family commitments. He then set up Angelic Recording Studio, becoming a record producer for The Hoosiers.
John Clarke (July 29, 1948 – April 9, 2017)
The political satirist and comedian, best known for his sketches with Bryan Dawe, died of natural causes at the age of 68 in the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia. Born in New Zealand, Clarke made a name for himself on Australian television by appearing in sketches on Channel Nine's "A Current Affair" and ABC's "The 7.30 Report." In 2008, he was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame after winning a Lifetime Achievement Award (pictured).
Don Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017)
The caustic comedian, best known for the insults he delivered to the famous and unknown alike, died of kidney failure at 90. Rickles was a small-time comedian in the 1950s when Frank Sinatra and his entourage happened into the Florida club where he was performing. He pummeled the singer with zingers, and instead of taking offense Sinatra became his biggest champion. Rickles performed for decades in Las Vegas and acted in many TV shows and movies. He continued to perform into his late 80s.
Chuck Barris (June 3, 1929 – March 21, 2017)
The veteran TV game show creator, producer and host passed away at the age of 87. Popular as the host of "The Gong Show" (1976), Barris is also credited with creating "The Dating Game" in 1965 and "The Newlywed Game" in 1966. He wrote the popular Freddy Cannon song "Palisades Park" and his autobiography "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," which was adapted into a movie directed by George Clooney. According to his publicist, Barris died from natural causes.
Martin McGuinness (May 23, 1950 – March 21, 2017)
The Sinn Féin politician and the former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland died at the age of 66. It's believed that he was suffering from a rare heart condition. The Irish republican had resigned from his position of deputy First Minister in a protest over the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal and had announced that he wouldn't be standing for re-election due to ill health.
David Rockefeller (June 12, 1915 – March 20, 2017)
The American banker was the former chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation and headed the JPMorgan Chase Bank. The only surviving child of John D. Rockefeller, his influence spanned from New York City, New York, U.S., to foreign capitals. The banker was also famous for his art collection, and had a repository of over 15,000 rare art pieces. According to spokesman Fraser P. Seitel, Rockefeller died in his sleep at his home in Pocantico Hills in New York. He was 101.
Chuck Berry (Oct. 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017)
One of the pioneers of rock and roll, singer-guitarist Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90. He was found unresponsive at his home in St. Charles County. In his career, which spanned almost seven decades, Berry released such timeless hits such as "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Rock and Roll Music," and "Johnny B. Goode." One of the earliest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 1984 Grammy Awards.
Joni Sledge (Sept. 13, 1956 – March 10, 2017)
Singer Joni Sledge, who with her sisters formed the group Sister Sledge in 1971, passed away at the age of 60. The siblings had their breakthrough hit "He’s The Greatest Dancer" in May 1979 before the, now, famous disco anthem "We Are Family" followed in June of the same year. According to her publicist, Sledge was found unresponsive at her home in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The cause of death has not been determined.
John Surtees (Feb. 11, 1934 – March 10, 2017)
The British motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver was the only person to win Formula One and motorcycle grand prix world titles. Surtees won the Formula One world championship in 1964 and the 500cc motorcycle world championships in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960. He passed away at the age of 83 due to a respiratory condition.
Robert Osborne (May 3, 1932 – March 6, 2017)
The American film historian who is best known as a Turner Classic Movies (TCM) host, Osborne, passed away at the age 84. The news was announced by TCM in a statement: “All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. Robert was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than 23 years."
Joseph Wapner (Nov. 15, 1919 – Feb. 26, 2017)
Former judge and iconic TV personality Wapner passed away at the age of 97. Popularly known as Judge Wapner, he became an unexpected celebrity as the first-ever judge of the hit TV reality show "The People's Court" (1981-1993). Before becoming a TV sensation, he served as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge for 20 years.
Bill Paxton (May 17, 1955 – Feb. 25, 2017)
The actor passed away due to complications following a heart surgery, according to a statement released by his family. Paxton had appeared in many successful movies including the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," "Aliens" (1986) and "Twister" (1996). He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in the 2012 TV miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys."
Alan Colmes (Sept. 24, 1950 – Feb. 23, 2017)
The Fox News commentator and frequent contributor died after a brief illness at the age of 66. He used to co-host the show "Hannity & Colmes" (1996-2009) and the nationally syndicated "Alan Colmes Show" (2003-2017) on Fox News Radio. His wife Jocelyn Crowley issued a statement asking for privacy and called Colmes "a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral."
Norma McCorvey (Sept. 22, 1947 – Feb. 18, 2017)
McCorvey, the anonymous "Jane Roe" in the landmark Roe vs. Wade case that legalized abortion, died of a heart failure at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas. As the plaintiff in the 1970s case, McCorvey remained anonymous to avoid involvement in the public debate, but later had a change of heart and became a pro-life activist.
Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – Feb. 12, 2017)
Jazz singer Al Jarreau was a seven-time Grammy winner known for his hits "We're in This Love Together" and "Breakin' Away" and the theme song to the TV show "Moonlighting." He died after being hospitalized for two weeks; he'd announced on Feb. 8 that he had to retire from touring.
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (Dec. 23, 1971 – Feb. 8, 2017)
British socialite, TV presenter, former model and "it girl," Palmer-Tomkinson was found dead in her flat in London, U.K. She was 45. In January last year, she was diagnosed with brain tumor. In 2002, she appeared on the popular TV reality game show, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" She also starred in the film, "An Ideal Husband" in 1999.
Richard Hatch (May 21, 1945 – Feb. 7, 2017)
Hatch, best known for his portrayal of Captain Apollo in the TV series "Battlestar Galactica" (1978-79), died at the age of 71. The Golden Globe-nominated actor was suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Brunhilde Pomsel (Jan. 11, 1911 – Jan. 27, 2017)
The personal secretary to Nazi Germany's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, Pomsel was one of the last surviving eyewitnesses to the inner workings of the Nazi party. She was 106. She worked at the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda from 1942 until the end of the war when she was captured by Soviet forces. Released in 1950, she spent the rest of her career working in German broadcasting and starred in a documentary on her life titled "A German Life" (2016).
Emmanuelle Riva (Feb. 24, 1927 – Jan. 27, 2017)
French film star, Riva, who was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award in 2013 for her role in “Amour,” passed away after a long illness. She was 89.
John Hurt (Jan. 22, 1940 – Jan. 25, 2017)
The legendary actor — best known for films "Alien" (1979), "The Elephant Man" (1980) and "Harry Potter" series — died at the age of 77. Sir Hurt, who had a career spanning over five decades, suffered from pancreatic cancer.
Mary Tyler Moore (Dec. 29, 1936 – Jan. 25, 2017)
The actress, whose eponymous TV show was one of the most popular and iconic of the 1970s, died in a Connecticut hospital at 80. The cause of death wasn't immediately released; she had lived with diabetes since her 30s and underwent brain surgery in 2011. Moore became widely known and beloved when she co-starred as Laura Petrie in the "Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-66). In her own show, she portrayed a single woman working as a TV news producer. She won six Emmy Awards over her career and was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 1980 for her work in the drama "Ordinary People."
Gorden Kaye (April 7, 1941 – Jan. 23, 2017)
Kaye, best known for his portrayal of René Artois in the British TV comedy series "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982-92), has died at the age of 75 at a care home. The comic actor had appeared in various sitcoms, including "Till Death Us Do Part" (1974), "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" (1977) and "Are You Being Served?" (1978-81), before landing the role of Artois. He was last seen in the TV series "Revolver" (2001-04).
Masaya Nakamura (Dec. 24, 1925 – Jan. 22, 2017)
Nakamura, founder of the Japanese video game company Bandai Namco, passed away at the age of 91. His company created the hit video game “Pac-Man” and he was also known as the "Father of Pac-Man."
Miguel Ferrer (Feb. 7, 1955 – Jan. 19, 2017)
Ferrer, best known for playing the role of Owen Granger in the TV series “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2012-17), died of throat cancer at his Los Angeles home in California, U.S. at the age of 61. The character and voice actor appeared in shows including “Twin Peaks” (1990-91) and “Crossing Jordan” (2001-07) and films such as “RoboCop” (1987) and “Iron Man 3” (2013). Ferrer was the son of 1950s singer Rosemary Clooney, making him a cousin to George Clooney.
Eugene Cernan (March 14, 1934 – Jan. 16, 2017)
The last man to walk on the moon, Cernan, died at the age of 82 in Houston, Texas, U.S. A navy officer and an electrical engineer, Cernan was the commander of the last mission to moon when he led the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. The astronaut traveled to space on three occasions and was a part of the backup crew for the Gemini 12, Apollo 7 and Apollo 14 space missions.
Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (March 7, 1930 – Jan. 13, 2017)
Lord Snowdon, died at the age of 86. One of Britain's most reputed photographers and documentary filmmakers, he was married to Princess Margaret — the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II — from 1960 to 1978. Best known for his portraits, his work included everything — from fashion photography to documentary photos of inner city life and mentally-challenged subjects. His work was published in various magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and The Daily Telegraph magazine.
William Peter Blatty (Jan. 7, 1928 – Jan. 12, 2017)
The American writer best known for his 1971 novel "The Exorcist" and for writing the Academy Award-winning screenplay of the adapted movie that released in 1973, died at the age of 89 of multiple myeloma - a form of blood cancer.
Graham Taylor (Sept. 15, 1944 – Jan. 12, 2017)
The former manager of prominent soccer clubs such as, Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and the England national football team, Taylor, passed away at the age of 72. Members of his family said in a statement, "With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack."
Clare Hollingworth (Oct. 10, 1911 – Jan. 10, 2017)
Hollingworth, the British journalist who is noted as the correspondent who first broke the news of World War II, has died aged 105. While working for The Daily Telegraph, she reported a massive accumulation of German troops, tanks and armored vehicles along the German-Polish border; and her eye-witness account became the first report that British Foreign Office report had regarding the invasion of Poland. Later in her career, she reported on conflicts in Palestine, Algeria, China, Aden and Vietnam. She lived the last four decades of her life in Hong Kong. (Pictured) Hollingworth (C) during her 105th birthday at the Foreign Correspondent's Club in Hong Kong in 2016.
The spokesperson told TMZ.com that John also had complications due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - which is a type of obstructive lung disease characterised by long-term breathing problems - as well as congestive heart failure, which refers to the build up of fluid around the heart.
John was best known for his 'Magnum P.I.' role of Higgins, a foil to Tom Selleck's titular character Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living in Hawaii.
In 1987, John was handed an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and also a Golden Globe gong in the same year for his portrayal of the snooty, but likeable, character.
He received a total of five Golden Globe nominations for his part in the series, which aired on US TV network CBS from 1980 to 1988.
John also starred in long-running CBS sitcom 'One Day at a Time', 'The Betty White Show', and appeared in episodes of 'Hawaii Five-O' in 1976 and 'Murder, She Wrote' in 1992, before retiring from acting in 1999.
The veteran actor made his big screen debut in Peter Bogdanovich's 'The Last Picture Show' in 1971, and went on to feature in several big films, including Clint Eastwood's 'High Plains Drifter' and Mel Brooks' 'Blazing Saddles'.
Actor-director Neeraj Vora passes away .
Actor-director Neeraj Vora passes awayConfirming the news of his demise, filmmaker Ashok Pandit told indianexpress.com, "Neeraj Vora died today at 3 am in Criti Care hospital in Juhu. He had been in coma and living at Firoz Nadiadwala's place. When his condition deteriorated in the night, he was taken to the hospital, where he breathed his last.