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Geraldine A. Ferraro, 1984 Vice Presidential Candidate, Dies at 75

Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine A. Ferraro, who was the first female vice presidential candidate on a national ticket, died on Saturday, according to CNN. She was 75.

Ferraro died at Massachusetts General Hospital of complications from... read more

Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the two-time Oscar winner and dedicated AIDS activist whose acting prowess, glitzy lifestyle and larger-than-life celebrity established her as Hollywood royalty, has died. She was 79.

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Taylor died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children, Taylor's rep said. Battling ill health and scoliosis in her later years, Taylor had been hospitalized for the past six weeks for congestive heart failure. She underwent a heart procedure to repair a leaky valve in October 2009.

"My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love," Taylor's son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement. "Though her loss is devastating to those of us ...
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Loleatta Holloway, Disco Singer in "Good Vibrations" Video, Dies at 64

Loleatta Holloway

Loleatta Holloway, the disco singer heard on Mark "Marky Mark" Wahlberg's "Good Vibrations," has died after battling a brief illness, her manager announced. She was 64.

"Another Legendary Angel ... Rest in Peace, Sweet Loleatta," Ron Robinson, her manager, tweeted after she died Monday.

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Pinetop Perkins, "Boogie-Woogie" Piano Man, Dies at 97

Pinetop Perkins

Pinetop Perkins, the boogie-woogie piano player, died Monday at his home in Austin, TX, according to his official website. He was 97.

The Mississippi native, who is said to have taught... read more

Michael Gough, Batman's Alfred, Dies at 94

Michael Gough

British actor Michael Gough, best known for playing Alfred in the Batman film franchise, has died, according to E! Online. He was 94.

Gough was born in Malaysia and made his film debut in the 1948 movie Blanche Fury. He went on to appear in many British television shows, including the long-running series Doctor Who. He married his costar from the series, Anneke Wills, in 1962. They later divorced in 1979.

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Rapper Nate Dogg Dies at 41

Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg, the voice behind many of hip-hop's most infectious hooks, has died. He was 41.

He died Tuesday, his family told the Press Telegram of his native Long Beach, Calif. A cause of death was not given, but he had suffered two strokes in 2007 and 2008.

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Rapper/collaborator Warren G tweeted Sunday that Nate was "in therapy" after his two strokes, adding: "Thanks again for your support,".

Born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, Nate began ...
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Owsley "Bear" Stanley, '60s Counterculture Icon and LSD Producer, Dies at 76

Owsley Stanley

Owsley "Bear" Stanley, a 1960s counterculture icon and prolific LSD producer who worked with The Grateful Dead, has died. He was 76.

Stanley died Saturday after a car he was driving swerved off a highway and hit trees down an embanked near Mareeba in Queensland, Australia, The Associated Press reports. His wife, Sheila, was treated for minor injuries from the crash.

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One of the pioneers of California's drug culture, Stanley produced ...
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Hugh Martin, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Songwriter, Dies at 96

Hugh Martin

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" songwriter Hugh Martin has died. He was 96.

Martin is best known for composing the score to the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland famously performs the song that became a seasonal classic. Martin and songwriting partner Ralph Blane received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for writing the film's "The Trolley Song." read more

Former Alice in Chains Bassist Mike Starr Dies at 44

Mike Starr

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr died Tuesday in Salt Lake City, Utah, TVGuide.com has confirmed. He was 44 years old.

According to a spokesman for the Salt Lake City police department, police received a call of a possible death at 1:42 p.m. local time. When police arrived at the location of the call, they confirmed Starr was deceased. His cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.

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Starr's father called his son's death "a... read more

Last Comic Standing Finalist Mike DeStefano Dies

Mike Destefano

Mike DeStefano, a comedian who became a finalist last year on Last Comic Standing, has died of a heart attack, Punchline Magazine reported.

DeStefano had just finished a run of shows titled Drugs, Disease and Death: A Comedy, which was largely based on being HIV positive, his past drug addiction and his wife's death.

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