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  • Joseph Brooks, 'You Light Up My Life' Songwriter, Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

    Posted May 22nd 2011 at 04:08 PM by PopEater Staff

    Joseph Brooks, the Oscar-winning songwriter awaiting trial on sex crime charges, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide in his New York City apartment, police say. The 'You Light Up My Life' songwriter, 73, pleaded not guilty to rape, sexual abuse and other charges in 2009. A police spokesman told reporters that at around 12:30 p.m., a friend found Brooks at his home with a plastic...

  • Hulk Hogan Mourns the Loss of 'Macho Man' Randy Savage

    Posted May 20th 2011 at 02:35 PM by Kiki Von Glinow

    After news broke that 'Macho Man,' Randy Savage, was killed in a tragic car accident early this morning, his friends, colleagues and fans have taken to Twitter to mourn the loss of the great athlete. Wrestler and reality show star, Hulk Hogan, was hit especially hard with the news of Savage's passing -- a friend he was just beginning to reconnect with after years of professional and personal...

  • Wrestling Icon 'Macho Man' Randy Savage Dies in Florida Car Accident

    Posted May 20th 2011 at 12:49 PM by Marc Schneider

    Wrestling legend, snack pitchman and actor "Macho Man" Randy Savage died Friday in Seminole, Florida after losing control of his car while suffering a heart attack, his brother tells TMZ. Lanny Poffo says his brother was behind the wheel around 10 AM when the accident occurred. He was 58. The Florida Highway Patrol later told the website that Savage and his wife, Lynn, were driving their...

  • Cali Swag District Member Killed Over Jealousy?

    Posted May 17th 2011 at 02:17 PM by Elizabeth Yun

    Cali Swag District member Mante Talbert's murder may have been the result of a jealous vendetta. Although a statement from the rap group's rep following his death claimed he "was the victim of a random act of violence," a woman who claims to be his girlfriend says that a jealous neighbor could have been the perpetrator. According to TMZ, the unnamed woman lived with Talbert, who also went by...

  • Joseph Wershba, TV News Pioneer, Dies at Age 90

    Posted May 17th 2011 at 08:26 AM by AOL TV Editors

    TV news pioneer Joseph Wershba, an Emmy-winning CBS News producer and reporter, whose work helped to bring the McCarthy witch hunts to an end, has died at the age of 90. The Associated Press reports that Wershba, who was one of the original '60 Minutes' producers, died at his home at Long Island, New York of complications from pneumonia. In a statement, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said,...

  • DJ AM's Sister Dies of Colon Cancer

    Posted May 16th 2011 at 03:50 PM by Kiki Von Glinow

    DJ AM's sister, Lara Long, lost a long battle with colon cancer last week, according to TMZ. DJ AM, Adam Goldstein, passed away in August of 2009 due to a drug overdose and older sister, Long, 40, was responsible for setting up the 'DJ AM Memorial Fund.' "It is with unbearable sadness that I can confirm that Lara Long, the sister to DJ AM passed away late Monday night, May 9th after a fierce...

  • 'Wild One' Actress Mary Murphy Dies at 80

    Posted May 16th 2011 at 01:50 PM by Kiki Von Glinow

    Discovered in a coffee shop by a Paramount Pictures agent, Mary Murphy of 'Wild One' fame died of heart disease on May 4 in her Beverly Hills home, according to TMZ. Before her caffeine discovery, Murphy had been working as a package wrapper at Beverly Hills' Saks Fifth Avenue. She was immediately thrust onto the silver screen, appearing opposite Marlon Brando in 'The Wild One' before sharing...

  • 'Teach Me How to Dougie' Singer Montae Talbert Dead

    Posted May 16th 2011 at 11:30 AM by Kiki Von Glinow

    Montae 'M Bone' Talbert of the 'Teach Me Hot to Dougie' famed group, Cali Swag District, has reportedly died, according to Radar Online. Although authorities have yet to confirm the victim's name, it is believed that the young man fatally shot Sunday evening outside of an LA liquor store was, in fact, Talbert. A gun fight between to vehicles reportedly broke out before Talbert, 22, who was in...

  • 'Road Trip' Actress Mia Amber Davis Dies at 36

    Posted May 11th 2011 at 01:40 PM by Kiki Von Glinow

    Mia Amber Davis, known for her role in 'Road Trip,' in which she plays a voluptuous woman who seduces the geeky main character, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to a TMZ report. She was 36. Plus Model Magazine, where Davis worked as an editor, took to their blog to comment on her death. "Mia was a super model and industry leader because it was her love for the women she represented...

  • 'West Side Story' Playwright Arthur Laurents Dies

    Posted May 6th 2011 at 06:25 AM by Kelly Fisher

    It's a sad day on Broadway. Arthur Laurents, the playwright behind the iconic musicals 'West Side Story' and 'Gyspy,' has passed away. According to the New York Times, Laurent died Thursday from pneumonia complications at his Manhattan home. He was 93. Though his work can be found across many genres, Laurents spent the majority of his career -- 65 years -- writing and directing plays, and...

  • Actor-Director Jackie Cooper Dies at 88

    Posted May 4th 2011 at 10:00 PM by Tracey Harrington McCoy

    Jackie Cooper, most known for his role as The Daily Planet editor in the Christopher Reeves' 'Superman' movies, died Tuesday at a nursing facility in Santa Monica, the Associated Press reports. The cause of death was old age. He was 88. Cooper made history in 1931 when was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film 'Skippy' at age 9. He still is the youngest person...

  • Actress Yvette Vickers' Mummified Body Found in Her Home

    Posted May 3rd 2011 at 03:20 AM by Christo Varghese

    Actress and former Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers' mummified body was found in her Beverly Hills home last week, nearly a year after her death. Vickers was best known for her bit roles in B-movies of the 1950's like 'Attack of the 50-Foot Woman' and was the Playboy Playmate in July 1959. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Vickers, 82, was not seen for a long time and one of her...

  • Punk Icon Poly Styrene Dies From Breast Cancer

    Posted Apr 27th 2011 at 12:05 AM by Spinner Editors

    Sadly, the punk world lost one of its great pioneers this week as X-Ray Spex's iconic leader Poly Styrene (aka Marian Joan Elliott-Said) succumbed to breast cancer. She was 53 years old. The British-born singer was an inimitable voice in the first-generation London punk scene and the defining face of a heroic band that consistently broke from convention. On Tuesday, rumors of her death became...

  • 'Poetry Man' Singer Phoebe Snow Dies at 60

    Posted Apr 26th 2011 at 12:40 PM by Kiki Von Glinow

    Bluesy pop singer and songwriter, Phoebe Snow, died Tuesday morning due to complications from a brain hemorrhage, according to the AP. Snow found fame with her 1970s smooth hit, 'Poetry Man' and released her first eponymous record in 1974, for which received a 1975 Grammy nomination for best new artist. But the soulful singer and guitarist fell out of the spotlight soon after to take care of...

  • 'Restrepo' Director Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya

    Posted Apr 21st 2011 at 06:20 AM by Kelly Fisher

    Oscar-nominated director Tim Hetherington died Wednesday in the midst of heavy fighting in Libya, The Washington Post reports. Hetherington, 40, was in the war-torn country with Pulitzer Prize-nominated American photojournalist Chris Hondros, 41, and were killed when fighting broke out between Moammar Gaddafi's forces and rebels in the city of Misrata. Two other photojournalists were also hurt...


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