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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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Freestyle Ski Champ Sarah Burke Dies

Sarah Burke

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Thursday after she crashed on a training run last week, People reports. She was 29.

Burke had been in a coma since her Jan. 11 accident on the superpipe in Park City, Utah -- the same superpipe on which former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered a serious traumatic brain injury that ended his competitive career. Burke underwent successful surgery the following day to repair a... read more

Cheetah, Tarzan's Sidekick Chimp, Dies at 80

Tarzan, The Ape Man

Cheetah, one of several chimpanzees who starred in the Tarzan films of the 1930s, died of kidney failure Saturday, according to People. He was reportedly 80 years old.

One of the original chimps who starred alongside Johnny Weissmuller in the classic Tarzan films, Cheetah, sometimes credited as Cheetah-Mike, was acquired by the Weissmuller estate before the chimp retired at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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Former SNL Writer Joe Bodolai Dead of Apparent Suicide

Joe Bodolai

Former Saturday Night Live writer Joe Bodolai has died from an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 63.

Bodolai's body was found Monday afternoon in a Los Angeles hotel room with a bottle of ...
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Dan Frazer, Kojak's Capt. McNeil, Dies at 90

Dan Frazer

Actor Dan Frazer, who was best known for his role as Capt. Frank McNeil on the '70s crime drama Kojak, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 90.

Frazer died on Friday of cardiac arrest in his Manhattan home, according to his daughter, Susanna Frazer, who described her father as a "very truthful, naturalistic actor".

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Controversial Vanity Fair Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

Christopher Hitchens

Controversial writer Christopher Hitchens, whose works slammed religion as well as such public figures as Mother Teresa and Henry Kissinger, has died, according to the Vanity Fair. He was 62.

Hitchens, who was a contributing editor to the magazine for nearly two decades, died of pneumonia at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

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Harry Morgan of M*A*S*H Dies at 96

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan, best known for his role as Col. Potter in M*A*S*H, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, The New York Times reports. read more

Laugh-In's Alan Sues Dies at 85

Alan Sues

Laugh-In regular Alan Sues has died. He was 85.

Sues died Thursday night while watching television at his home in West Hollywood, his longtime friend Michael Gregg Michaud told the Los Angeles Times.

"He had been in failing health the last couple of years, but it was nothing you could put your ...
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