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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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Sherwood Schwartz, Gilligan's Island and Brady Bunch Creator, Dies at 94

Sherwood Schwartz

Sherwood Schwartz, the Emmy-winning creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, has died. He was 94.

Schwartz died Tuesday of natural causes in his sleep, surrounded by his family, TMZ reports.

A New Jersey native, Schwartz got his start writing for Bob Hope's radio program in 1939 before ...
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Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies at 93

Betty Ford

Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford and founder of the drug and alcohol center in her name, has died, CNN.com reports. She was 93.

Ford, who served as the First Lady from 1974 to 1977, died Friday evening surrounded by family.

Ford wed... read more

Nicki Minaj Mourns Cousin's Murder

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is mourning the death of her cousin, who was gunned down early Monday in Brooklyn.

"My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY," Minaj tweeted. "Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite."

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Police told New York's Daily News that Nicholas Telemaque, 27, was shot ...
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Australian Idol Judge Found Dead at 36

Jay Dee Springbett

Former Australian Idol judge and Sony Music executive Jay Dee Springbett was found dead Thursday in his Sydney apartment. He was 36.

His death is not suspicious, police tell the Sydney Morning Herald. Springbett's friends had been unable to contact ...
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Katie Couric's Father Dies at 90

Katie Couric and father John Couric

John M. Couric, father of news anchor Katie Couric, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 90.

A private service will be held for Couric, who died Wednesday at a Virginia Hospital in Arlington of... read more

CNN Sportscaster Nick Charles Dies at 64

Nick Charles

CNN sports anchor and boxing announcer Nick Charles died Saturday after a two year battle with bladder cancer, CNN reports. He was 64.

Charles, who died peacefully in Santa Fe, N.M., started working with... read more

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

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