Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Maya Angelou

Renowned writer and actress Maya Angelou has died, according to CNN. She was 86.

Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., her publicist said.

Born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Angelou held several jobs, including as a manager for prostitutes, a restaurant cook and the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, before becoming a writer. Much of Angelou's later auto-biographies stemmed from tragedies she overcame as a child. At the age of seven she was raped by her mother's boyfriend who was then killed by a mob after she testified against him. At the age of 17, Angelou gave birth to her son, Clyde, and began waiting tables.

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Mannequin Director Michael Gottlieb Dead at 69

Michael Gottlieb

Michael Gottlieb, who wrote and directed Mannequin, died on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.

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All My Children Actor Matthew Cowles Dies at 69

Matthew Cowles, Christine Baranski

All My Children actor Matthew Cowles, who was married to Christine Baranksi for more than 30 years, has died. He was 69.

Cowles' manager announced his passing on Twitter:

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1950s Crooner Jerry Vale Dies at 83

Jerry Vale

1950s crooner Jerry Vale has died, according to the The Associated Press. He was 83.

Vale died in his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, his attorney Harold J. Levy told the AP in a statement. 

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Searching for Sugar Man Director Malik Bendjelloul Dies at 36

Malik Bendjelloul

Malik Bendjelloul, who directed the Oscar-winning documentary Searching forSugar Man, died on Tuesday in Stockholm, The Associated Press reports. He was 36.

According to the filmmaker's brother Johar, Bendjelloul committed suicide. Johar told Swedish daily Aftonbladet that the director had struggled with depression and that learning his brother had taken his own life was the worst thing he'd ever experienced.

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies at 95

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the star of The F.B.I. and 77 Sunset Strip, passed away at his ranch in Solvang, Calif., Deadline reports. He was 95.

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Bob Hoskins Dies at 71

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins, an Oscar nominee who starred in such films as Who Framed Roger RabbitThe Long Good Friday and Hook, died Tuesday of pneumonia, the BBC reports. He was 71.

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"It Takes Two" Beatmaster DJ E-Z Rock Passed Away at Age 46

DJ E-Z Rock

The man behind the decks of one of hip-hop's classic tracks has passed away...

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DJ Rashad Dies at 34

DJ Rashad

House music star Rashad Harden has been found dead, The Chicago Sun Times reports. He was 34.

Rashad was found unresponsive by a friend Saturday afternoon and pronounced dead shortly after. According to police, who suspect a drug overdose, Harden was found with drugs and drug paraphernalia nearby.

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Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Kevin Sharp

Country singer Kevin Sharp has died, according to a statement on his official website. He was 43.

"Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues," the statement read... read more

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