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Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car in Los Angeles
April 21, 2017
LOS ANGELES — Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool," has died.
Authorities say the 72-year-old singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead in a car Thursday in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.
Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter...
Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter and producer, dies at age 78
April 20, 2017
DETROIT — Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy, the storied recording studio's first female producer who penned or collaborated on several hits, including Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" and Marvin Gaye's "It Takes Two," has died in suburban Detroit. She was 78.
Moy died Saturday at a hospital in...
Campbell Soup heiress, philanthropist Dorrance Hamilton dies
April 18, 2017
PHILADELPHIA — The granddaughter of the Campbell Soup Co. founder and a philanthropist who gave away millions of dollars to Philadelphia educational and cultural institutions has died.
Dorrance Hill Hamilton was 88. Nancy Brent Wingo, executive director of the Hamilton Family Foundation, says...
Clifton James, sheriff in 2 James Bond films, dies at 96
April 15, 2017
Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96.
His daughter, Lynn James, said he died Saturday at another daughter's home in Gladstone, Oregon, due to complications from...
Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84
April 13, 2017
Dan Rooney, the powerful and popular Pittsburgh Steelers chairman whose name is attached to the NFL's landmark initiative in minority hiring, died Thursday. He was 84.
The team announced his death but details were not immediately available.
Rooney took over operation of the team in the 1960s...
Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie, dies at 57
April 12, 2017
NEW YORK — Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up and performer in his own right, has died.
Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57.
He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on "Chappelle's...
David Letterman's mom, who became unlikely star, dies at 95
April 12, 2017
NEW YORK — David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's late-night show, has died. She was 95.
Letterman's publicist Tom Keaney confirmed Mengering's death Tuesday...
J. Geils, 'Centerfold' musician, dies at age 71
April 12, 2017
GROTON, Mass. — Musician J. Geils, founder of The J. Geils Band, known for such peppy early '80s pop hits as "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold," has died in his Massachusetts home. He was 71.
Groton police said officers responded to Geils' home around 4 p.m. Tuesday for a well-being check and...
7-foot-7 Game of Thrones actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36
February 27, 2017
LONDON — Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty in "Game of Thrones" has died at 36.
The Tall Persons Club says Fingleton, who was Britain's tallest man, died Saturday. British media reported the cause as heart failure.
Fingleton was recognized by Guinness...
'Apollo 13' and 'Titanic' actor Bill Paxton dies at 61
February 26, 2017
LOS ANGELES — Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as "Apollo 13" and "Titanic" while also cherishing his work in "One False Move" and other low-budget movies and in the HBO series "Big Love," has died from complications due to surgery. He...