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Columbo Star Peter Falk Dies at 83

Peter Falk

Columbo star Peter Falk, who won four Emmys for playing the absent-minded detective, has died. He was 83.

Falk died at his Beverly Hills home Thursday evening, his family said in a statement. Falk had suffered from dementia, a result of a series of dental operations in 2007.

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A New York City native, Falk was 3 when he underwent an operation to remove a malignant tumor in his right eye that left him with a glass eye. Rejected from the armed forces because of his glass eye, he joined the United States Merchant Marines before becoming ...
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Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Dies in Car Accident

Ryan Dunn

Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a car accident, NBC's Philadelphia affiliate reports.

Dunn and an unidentified person both died early Monday when their Porsche crashed in West Goshen Township — which happens to be the home of QVC — outside Philadelphia, according to local police. The car flew over the guardrail, slammed into a tree and burst into flames.

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Clarence Clemons, Sax Player for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dies at 69

Clarence Clemons

Clarence Clemons, the longtime saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has died. He was 69.

Clemons — also known as the "Big Man" — died Saturday from complications of a stroke he suffered a week earlier at his home in Singer Island, Fla. He had been in serious but stable condition and underwent two surgeries.

"Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage," Springsteen said in a statement posted on his website. "His loss is... read more

Leonard Stern, Honeymooners and Get Smart Writer, Dies at 88

Leonard Stern

Leonard Stern, a producer, writer and director who helped create The Honeymooners and Mad Libs, died Tuesday of heart failure, Variety reports. He was 88 years old.

A New York native, Stern got his start in Hollywood in the '50s writing film screenplays, including Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, The Jazz Singer and the Jack Lemmon film Three for the Show. His career shifted to TV, and he began writing for The Jackie Gleason Show.

Stern went on to... read more

Andrew Gold, Songwriter Behind Golden Girls Theme, Dies at 59

Andrew Gold

Andrew Gold the singer-songwriter behind The Golden Girls theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend," has died. He was 59.

Gold died in his sleep Friday from an heart attack, his sister, Melani Gold Friedman, told the Los Angeles Times. She said he had been responding well to... read more

Gunsmoke’s James Arness Dead at 88

James Arness

James Arness, best known for playing Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, died today, according to the Los Angeles Times.  

According to a family spokesperson, Arness died of natural causes at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was 88...

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The Cosby Show's Clarice Taylor Dies at 93

Clarice Taylor

Clarice Taylor, best known for playing Cliff Huxtable's mom on The Cosby Show, has died, People reports. She was 93.

Taylor was surrounded by her family when passed away Monday from heart failure.

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Grease Actor Jeff Conaway Dies at 60

Jeff Conaway

Jeff Conaway, who had been in a coma at a Los Angeles-area hospital, has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 60.

Report: Jeff Conaway to be taken off life support

The former Grease star died Friday, a day after... read more

Veteran CNBC Anchor Mark Haines Dies at 65

Mark Haines

Longtime CNBC anchor Mark Haines has died, the financial network reported Wednesday. He was 65.

He died unexpectedly at his home Tuesday night, according to CNBC, which did not offer a cause of death.

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CNBC President Mark Hoffman called Haines a "building block" of the network. "With his searing wit, profound insight and piercing interview style, he was a constant and trusted presence in business news for more than 20 years," Hoffman said in a statement to CNBC employees. "From the dotcom bubble to the tragic events of 9/11 to the depths of the financial crisis, Mark was always the unflappable pro. Mark loved CNBC and we loved him back. He will be deeply missed."

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"You Light Up My Life" Songwriter Joseph Brooks Dead of Apparent Suicide at 73

Joseph Brooks

Joseph Brooks, the Academy Award-winning songwriter of the '70s hit "You Light Up My Life," apparently committed suicide, CNN reports.

His death comes two years after Brooks was charged in the sexual assault of about a dozen women, and five months after his son, Christopher Brooks, was charged in the death of... read more

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