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.
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.
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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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 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...