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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

DJ AM's Sister Lara Long Dies at 40

Lara Long and DJ AM

Lara Long, the older sister of the late DJ AM, has died. She was 40.

Long died May 9 after "a fierce four-month battle with an ...
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New York Rangers' Derek Boogaard Found Dead at 28

Derek Boogaard

New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard has been found dead. He was 28.

The Rangers did not release details of his death, but according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Boogaard was found Friday evening in his Minneapolis apartment by his family. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office in Minnesota said an autopsy was pending.

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"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather said in a statement. "He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew ...
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John Walker of The Walker Brothers Dies at 67

John Walker

Musician John Walker, the guitarist and vocalist for the seminal '60s and '70s British trio, The Walker Brothers, has died. He was 67.

Walker died Saturday in his Los Angeles home after battling liver cancer, his personal assistant told The Associated Press.

Walker was born John Maus in the United States. He joined Scott Engel and Gary Leeds to form The Walker Brothers, and they each adopted the surname Walker, though none of them were related. The band moved to England where it had instant success with the song "Love Her" in 1964. The groups other hits included "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "Make it Easy on Yourself" and "My Ship Is Comin' In."

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