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All My Children Alum Mary Fickett Dies at 83

Mary Fickett

All My Children star Mary Fickett died Thursday, according to The Associated Press. She was 83.

Fickett, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of nurse Ruth Martin, was... read more

Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Dies of Lymphoma at 39

Andy Whitfield

Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield has died. He was 39.

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Whitfield died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney on Sunday, his manager, Sam Maydew, told The Associated Press. In a statement, Whitfield's wife, Vashti, called her husband a "beautiful young warrior" who died in the "arms of his loving wife," according to the AP.

Whitfield, a Welsh actor who lived in Australia, was virtually unknown to American audiences when he was cast in the lead of the graphically violent and sexual Starz series.... read more

Oscar-Winning Actor Cliff Robertson Dies at 88

Cliff Robertson

Cliff Robertson, who won an Oscar for playing mentally disabled man in the 1968 film Charly and later played Ben Parker in the Spider-Man films, has died. He was 88.

Robertson died of natural causes on Saturday in Long Island, one day after his 88th birthday, Evelyn Christel, Robertson's secretary for 53 years, told The Associated Press.

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Besides his Oscar-winning role in Charly — which was adapted from Daniel Keyes' short novel, Flowers for Algernon, and told the story of a mentally disabled man who becomes a genius after medical treatment — Robertson is also remembered for playing President John F. Kennedy in 1963's PT-109. The film... read more

Treme Actor Found Dead in Mississippi River

Michael Showers

Michael Showers, an actor who recurred on HBO's Treme, was found dead on Wednesday. He was 45.

Showers was pulled from the Mississippi River in New Orleans after a steamboat captain spotted his body, a police spokesman told The Times-Picayune. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, but Showers had been in the water about two days, a coroner determined.

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Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank Dies at 77

Frank Potenza and Jimmy Kimmel

Frank Potenza, who often appeared on his nephew's show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, died Tuesday morning, ABC announced. He was 77. A cause of death was not specified.

"His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched," the show said in a statement Tuesday. "He was beloved by his co-workers and considered an Uncle to all." Kimmel also confirmed Potenza's passing on Twitter.

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Motown Songwriter Nick Ashford Dies at 70

Nick Ashford

Nick Ashford, the Motown hitmaker who penned such classics as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You're All I Need to Get By" with wife Valerie Simpson, has died. He was 70.

Ashford, who had battled throat cancer, died Monday at a New York hospital with his family by his side, his rep told Reuters.

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A South Carolina native, Ashford met Simpson in a Harlem church in 1963 and the two decided to write songs together. Three years later, they scored ...
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"Jailhouse Rock" Lyricist Jerry Leiber of Leiber and Stoller Songwriting Team Dies at 78

Jerry Leiber

Jerry Leiber, one half of the songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 78.

Leiber, whose music with partner Mike Stoller was used as one of the themes on American Idol this past season, died Monday from... read more

Russell Armstrong, Husband of Real Housewives' Taylor, Commits Suicide

Russell Armstrong and Taylor Armstrong

Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Taylor Armstrong, has committed suicide, police tell TVGuide.com.

Armstrong, who was 47, was found Monday night at his home in Los Angeles, Officer Bruce Borihan said. According to TMZ, which first reported ...
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Report: Jani Lane, Lead Singer of Warrant, Dead at 47

Jani Lane

Jani Lane, the former lead singer of Warrant, was found dead on Thursday, according to TMZ. He was 47.

Lane's body was found at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Woodland Hills, Calif. No cause of death has been determined.

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Bubba Smith, Football Star and Police Academy Actor, Dies at 66

Bubba Smith

Bubba Smith, a superstar defensive lineman who went on an acting career with memorable performances in the Police Academy movies, has died. He was 66.

Smith's cause of death has not been determined, according to the Los Angeles Coroner's office. "There is no indication of anything other than natural death," the coroner's office told The New York Times.

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