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Don Kirshner, Music Impresario and TV Producer, Dies at 76

Don Kirshner

Don Kirshner, who provided one of the early hip outlets for pop and rock music on television, has died. He was 76.

The music impresario and television producer died Monday of heart failure in Boca Raton, Fla., promoter Jack Wishna told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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He was the man behind and the host of the syndicated Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, which premiered in 1973 and ran until 1981. In many markets, it served as ... read more

Oscar-Nominated Actress Susannah York Dies

Susannah York

Academy Award-nominated British actress Susannah York has died of cancer, The Associated Press reports. She was 72.

York died Saturday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Her son, Orlando Wells, told the news agency she had entered the hospital Jan. 6 after experiencing shoulder pain.

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York's first big break came playing Albert Finney's love interest in... read more

British Singer Trish Keenan Dies at 42

Trish Keenan

Trish Keenan, the lead singer of the British electronic pop music group Broadcast, has died, according to her record label. She was 42.

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"It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9 a.m. this morning in hospital," Ward Records said in a statement Friday. "She died from complications with pneumonia after battling the illness for two weeks in intensive care."

Keenan and James Cargill formed ... read more

John Dye, Touched By an Angel Star, Dies at 47

John Dye

John Dye, best known as the angel of death Andrew on Touched By an Angel, has died. He was 47.

The actor died Monday from a heart attack in San Francisco, his brother, Jerre Dye, told The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.

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Born in Mississippi, Dye majored in theater at the University of Memphis. He made ...
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David Nelson, Last Surviving Member of Ozzie and Harriet Family, Dies at 74

David Nelson

David Nelson, who starred on his parents' long-running TV series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, has died. He was 74.

The actor died Tuesday after battling complications of colon cancer in his Los Angeles home, family spokesman Dale Olson told The Associated Press.

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Bullitt Director Peter Yates Dies at 82

Peter Yates

Peter Yates, who directed one of cinema's legendary car chase scenes in Bullitt, has died. He was 82.

Yates died Sunday in London after a long illness, his agent, Judy Daish, said.

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A native of Hampshire, England, Yates got his start as a dubbing assistant and later worked as an assistant director for Tony Richardson. He made his directorial debut in 1963 with Summer Holiday, but it was ...
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"Baker Street" Singer Gerry Rafferty Dies at 63

Gerry Rafferty

Singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, best known for such hits as "Stuck in the Middle with You" and "Baker Street," has died after a long battle with an unspecified illness, according to The Associated Press. He was 63.

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The Scottish musician battled alcoholism and was ... read more

Forbidden Planet, Honey West Star Anne Francis Dies at 80

Anne Francis

Anne Francis, the actress best known for her roles in the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet and the 1960s TV show Honey West, has died. She was 80.

Francis died Sunday at a Santa Barbara nursing home of complications of pancreatic cancer, her daughter, Jane Uemura, told the Los Angeles Times.

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Born as Ann Marvak in Ossining, N.Y., Francis, known for the prominent beauty mark near her mouth, rose to fame starring alongside such actors as Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman in the 1950s... read more

British Actor Pete Postlethwaite Dies at 64

Pete Postlethwaite

British actor Pete Postlethwaite, best known for his Oscar-nominated role in 1993 movie In the Name of the Father, has died after a long battle with cancer, reports The Associated Press. He was 64.

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Jazz Pianist Billy Taylor Dies at 89

Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor, the noted jazz pianist and educator who enjoyed tremendous success on television, has died. He was 89.

Taylor died Tuesday of heart failure in New York, his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson, told The New York Times.

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A longtime fixture on television unlike many of his contemporaries, Taylor served as cultural correspondent on CBS News' Sunday Morning and was the first African-American to lead a talk-show band when he was bandleader for The David Frost Show from 1969 to '72.

He first made his mark on TV in 1958 as the musical director of NBC's The Subject Is Jazz, the first TV series that ...
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