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Whitney Houston Dies at 48

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston, the Grammy-winning pop diva and actress whose career was marred in recent years by drug abuse, has died. She was 48.

Houston's rep confirmed her death to TVGuide.com Saturday, but did not offer further details.
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Ben Gazzara Dead At 81

Ben Gazzara

Emmy-winning actor  Ben Gazzara, whose TV credits included Run for Your Life and Arrest and Trial, has died from pancreatic cancer. read more

Police: Leslie Carter's Death Linked to Overdose, Drug Use

Leslie Carter and Aaron Carter

Leslie Carter, the sister of singers Nick and Aaron Carter, overdosed and was under the influence of several drugs before her untimely death Tuesday, according to police reports obtained by ABC News.
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Soul Train Creator Don Cornelius Dead of Apparent Suicide

Diana Ross, Don Cornelius

Soul Train creator and longtime host Don Cornelius was found dead at his home Wednesday morning in Sherman Oaks, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported. read more

Leslie Carter, Sister of Nick and Aaron Carter, Dies at 25

Carter family

Leslie Carter — the sister of pop singers Nick and Aaron Carter — has died, Access Hollywood reports.

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Ian Abercrombie, Elaine's Boss on Seinfeld, Dies at 77

Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie, the British stage actor best known as Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld, has died. He was 77.

Abercrombie died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications of kidney failure, according to the Los Angeles Times. He had recently been diagnosed with lymphoma.

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Born in England, Abercrombie started out as a stage dancer and made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of Stalag 17 with Jason Robards. After serving in the Army as part of Special Services in Germany, he returned to acting, appearing in numerous plays, TV shows and films before a seven-episode arc on Seinfeld changed his life.

"Incredibly so," he told CNN in 1998. "I mean, I have been ...
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Welcome Back, Kotter's Robert Hegyes, Who Played Epstein, Dies

Robert Hegyes, Welcome Back Kotter

Robert Hegyes, best known for playing Juan Epstein on Welcome Back, Kotter, died Thursday from an apparent heart attack, The Star-Ledger reports. He was 60.

A New Jersey native, Hegyes studied speech and theater at Rowan University (where he taught later in his career) before finding stage work in New York both on and off Broadway.  In 1975, Hegyes was cast on... read more

James Farentino Dies at 73

James Farentino

James Farentino, best known for his roles in The Final Countdown, Dynasty, and for playing George Clooney's estranged father, Ray Ross, on ER, has died of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, The Associated Press reports. He was 73.

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Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies

Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno, college football's all-time winningest coach who was fired by Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal, died after battling lung cancer, his family announced Sunday. He was 85.

Over his 46-year career as head coach, Penn State's Nittany Lions won two national championships and went undefeated for five different seasons. Paterno — known as "JoePa" to his players and football fans — won the National Coach of the Year Award five times and became the winningest coach in 2011 with 409 wins. A Brown University graduate who was born in Brooklyn, he served as an assistant coach at Penn State for 15 years before becoming head coach in 1966.

Paterno was fired in November shortly after former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with more than 50 counts involving... read more

Etta James Dies at 73

Etta James

Etta James, the ebullient soul singer of the hits "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and "At Last," has died, according to CNN. She was 73.

James died Friday at a Riverside, Calif., hospital after a battle with leukemia, her manager confirmed.

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