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'So sad he's gone' - fans react to death of Jonathan Demme
April 26, 2017
Some reaction to the death of filmmaker Jonathan Demme.
"Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men." — actor Tom Hanks in a statement.
"Jonathan Demme was a great artist, humanitarian,...
Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, dead at 73
April 26, 2017
NEW YORK — Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense," has died. He was 73.
'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author dead
April 24, 2017
NEW YORK — Robert M. Pirsig, whose philosophical novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" became a million-selling classic and cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down, died Monday at age 88.
Pirsig's publishing house, William Morrow, announced that he died at...
Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in "Happy Days," dies at 56
April 22, 2017
NEW YORK — Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died. She was 56.
Moran was found dead Saturday by emergency responders after a dispatcher for the Harrison County, Indiana, sheriff's department received a 911...
Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car in Los Angeles
April 21, 2017
LOS ANGELES — Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool," has died.
Authorities say the 72-year-old singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead in a car Thursday in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.
Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter...
Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter and producer, dies at age 78
April 20, 2017
DETROIT — Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy, the storied recording studio's first female producer who penned or collaborated on several hits, including Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" and Marvin Gaye's "It Takes Two," has died in suburban Detroit. She was 78.
Moy died Saturday at a hospital in...
Campbell Soup heiress, philanthropist Dorrance Hamilton dies
April 18, 2017
PHILADELPHIA — The granddaughter of the Campbell Soup Co. founder and a philanthropist who gave away millions of dollars to Philadelphia educational and cultural institutions has died.
Dorrance Hill Hamilton was 88. Nancy Brent Wingo, executive director of the Hamilton Family Foundation, says...
Clifton James, sheriff in 2 James Bond films, dies at 96
April 15, 2017
Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96.
His daughter, Lynn James, said he died Saturday at another daughter's home in Gladstone, Oregon, due to complications from...
Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84
April 13, 2017
Dan Rooney, the powerful and popular Pittsburgh Steelers chairman whose name is attached to the NFL's landmark initiative in minority hiring, died Thursday. He was 84.
The team announced his death but details were not immediately available.
Rooney took over operation of the team in the 1960s...
7-foot-7 Game of Thrones actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36
February 27, 2017
LONDON — Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty in "Game of Thrones" has died at 36.
The Tall Persons Club says Fingleton, who was Britain's tallest man, died Saturday. British media reported the cause as heart failure.
Fingleton was recognized by Guinness...