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Sidney Lumet Dies at 86

Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet, the Oscar-nominated director of such modern classics as Network, 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and The Verdict, has died. He was 86.

Lumet died Saturday morning of lymphoma at his Manhattan home, his stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, told The New York Times.

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Farley Granger, Rope and Strangers on a Train Star, Dies at 85

Farley Granger

Farley Granger, the actor best known for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers Rope and Strangers on a Train, has died. He was 85.

Granger died Sunday of natural causes in his Manhattan home, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office told The Associated Press.

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A San Jose, Calif., native, Granger and his family moved to Los Angeles after the stock market crash in hopes of finding work for his father. Granger joined a theater group in his teens and in 1943 landed a role in The North Star after his handsome ...
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106 & Park's DJ Megatron Shot and Killed

DJ Megatron

DJ Megatron, a regular on BET's 106 & Park, was shot and killed Sunday, the New York Daily News reports. He was 32 years old.

DJ Megatron was slain down the street from his home on Staten Island about 2 a.m., according to police. He was hit once in the torso and was found dead on... read more

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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