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Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmaker and ‘godfather of gore,' dies at 87

Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the “godfather of gore,” has died. He was 87.  The director of such films as “Blood Feast” and “Two Thousand Maniacs” died in his sleep early Monday, spokesman James Saito said.  Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the “splatter...

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  • Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

    Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

    Accordionist, bandleader and New Orleans music icon Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. of Buckwheat Zydeco has died. He was 68. His death was confirmed by the band’s manager and frequent collaborator, Ted Fox, who wrote on the Buckwheat Zydeco’s Facebook page that Dural had died early Saturday morning....

  • John D. Loudermilk, 'Tobacco Road' songwriter, dies at 82

    John D. Loudermilk, 'Tobacco Road' songwriter, dies at 82

    John D. Loudermilk, a singer and songwriter who wrote pop and country songs such as "Tobacco Road" and "Indian Reservation," has died. He was 82. His son, Mike Loudermilk, said that his father died on Wednesday in Christiana, Tenn. Loudermilk, originally from North Carolina, began his career as...

  • Ed Temple, legendary Tennessee State and Olympic track coach, dies at 89

    Ed Temple, legendary Tennessee State and Olympic track coach, dies at 89

    Ed Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach whose Tigerbelles won 13 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial and gender barriers in the sport, died Thursday night. He was 89.  Temple's daughter, Edwina, told university officials that her father died after an illness. “Words...

  • Edward Lofgren, physicist who built early particle accelerator, dies at 102

    Edward Lofgren, physicist who built early particle accelerator, dies at 102

    A pioneering physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who helped build a key tool for studying the universe and played a role in the project that created the first atomic bomb has died, a lab official said Thursday.  Edward Joseph Lofgren led the development, construction and operation...

  • Mia Farrow's son Thaddeus dies after being found injured in car

    Mia Farrow's son Thaddeus dies after being found injured in car

    Mia Farrow's 27-year-old son, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, has died after being found seriously injured in his vehicle in Connecticut.  State police say Thaddeus Farrow was found Wednesday afternoon in Roxbury with a life-threatening injury and was pronounced dead at a hospital.  Officials say there appeared...

  • 'Don't call me Ms. ... it means misery': Phyllis Schlafly, anti-feminist and conservative activist, dies at 92

    'Don't call me Ms. ... it means misery': Phyllis Schlafly, anti-feminist and conservative activist, dies at 92

    In the 10-year battle over the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, there was no more formidable opponent than Phyllis Schlafly.  Feminist leader Betty Friedan famously hissed at her during a debate, “I'd like to burn you at the stake.” Chicago columnist Mike Royko dubbed her “a national nag.”...

  • Hugh O'Brian, actor who played Wyatt Earp, dies at 91

    Hugh O'Brian, actor who played Wyatt Earp, dies at 91

    Hugh O'Brian, who helped tame the Wild West as the star of TV's “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” and was the founder of a long-running youth leadership development organization, has died. He was 91. O'Brian, who had several health issues, died Monday morning with his wife nearby at their Beverly...

  • Fred Hellerman, founder of folk group the Weavers, dead at 89

    Fred Hellerman, a founding member of the influential folk music quartet the Weavers, has died. He was 89. Hellerman died Thursday at his home in Weston, Conn., after a lengthy illness, his son, Caleb Hellerman, said Friday. The Weavers were formed in the late 1940s by Hellerman along with Pete...

  • Jerry Heller, controversial early manager of N.W.A, dies at 75

    Jerry Heller, controversial early manager of N.W.A, dies at 75

    Jerry Heller, the combative music manager whose fraught relationship with the seminal hip-hop group N.W.A was searingly portrayed in last year’s box office hit “Straight Outta Compton,” died Friday of a heart attack at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks. He was 75.  Heller’s cousin, Gary Ballen,...

  • Margrit Biever Mondavi, 'great lady' of Napa wine world, dies at 91

    Margrit Biever Mondavi, the widow of California wine pioneer Robert G. Mondavi who served as the company's cultural affairs director for decades, has died. She was 91. Mondavi died Friday afternoon of cancer at her Napa home, said Keith Roberts, her son-in-law. "She was the great lady of Napa Valley...

  • Veteran actor Jon Polito dies at 65; starred in 'The Big Lebowski,' 'Miller's Crossing'

    Veteran actor Jon Polito dies at 65; starred in 'The Big Lebowski,' 'Miller's Crossing'

    TV and film actor Jon Polito, the bumbling private snoop in “The Big Lebowski” who left his mark in several Coen Brothers films, has died. He was 65. Polito’s Coen filmography included “Barton Fink,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” and “Miller’s Crossing,” which placed him among the gaggle of actors...

  • Vera Caslavska, Czech gymnastics great who fought Soviet invasion, dies at 74

    Vera Caslavska, a seven-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, has died. She was 74. The Czech Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Caslavska died in Prague late Tuesday. Caslavska had cancer of the pancreas and underwent surgery...

  • Joy Browne, TV and radio psychologist, dead at 71

    Dr. Joy Browne, the syndicated radio and television psychologist whose upbeat and approachable style made her a favorite for nearly four decades, has died. Browne died Saturday in Manhattan, according to her daughter, Patience Browne, who did not give a cause of death. Dr. Browne was 71. Born in...

  • Roger Tsien, who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry, dies at 64

    Roger Tsien, the exuberant and resourceful UC San Diego researcher who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for helping to find a more effective way to peer inside cells and organisms, has died. He was 64. Tsien passed away Aug. 24 apparently on a bike trail in Eugene, Ore., said UC San Diego...

  • Joe Hicks dies at 75; prominent black conservative

    Joe Hicks dies at 75; prominent black conservative

    Joe Hicks, a Los Angeles-based community activist whose views as a black conservative were solicited often by the media, died Sunday at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica following complications after a routine hernia operation. He was 75. In recent years Hicks — with his bald head and...

  • Juan Gabriel, superstar Mexican singer and songwriter, dies at 66

    Juan Gabriel, superstar Mexican singer and songwriter, dies at 66

    Juan Gabriel, the beloved top-selling Mexican singer who wooed crowds on both sides of the border with ballads of love and heartbreak for more than four decades, died Sunday at his home in Santa Monica. Juan Gabriel, who had suffered from health problems in recent years, died of natural causes,...

  • Max Ritvo, L.A. poet who chronicled his cancer battle, dies at 25

     Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25. Ritvo died Tuesday morning at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, said Friday. Ritvo was diagnosed at 16 with Ewing's sarcoma,...

  • Designer Sonia Rykiel, known for a relaxed style, dies at 86

    Designer Sonia Rykiel, known for a relaxed style, dies at 86

    Sonia Rykiel, a French designer dubbed the “queen of knitwear” whose relaxed sweaters in berry-colored stripes and eye-popping motifs helped liberate women from stuffy suits, has died at 86.  President Francois Hollande's office announced her death in a statement Thursday, praising her as “a pioneer”...

  • Jazz harmonica master Toots Thielemans dies at 94

    Jazz harmonica master Toots Thielemans dies at 94

    Toots Thielemans, a jazz harmonica player, guitarist and whistler whose 1961 composition “Bluesette” became a jazz standard, has died, the Associated Press reported Monday. He was 94.  Belgian broadcaster RTL reported that his manager, Veerle Van de Poel, said that "there were no complications....

  • Prize-winning author Joyce Carol Thomas dead at 78

    Joyce Carol Thomas, a prize-winning children's author and champion of multiculturalism, has died. She was 78. Thomas died Aug. 13 at Stanford University Medical Center of cirrhosis of the liver stemming from a bad blood transfusion decades ago, according to her sister, Flora Krasnovsky. Thomas...

  • Founding guitarist of 3 Doors Down Matt Roberts dies

    Guitarist Matt Roberts, a founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down, has died in Wisconsin.  The 38-year-old was in West Bend to perform at a benefit. The West Bend Police Department says someone called authorities around 7 a.m. Saturday to report an unconscious man in a hotel hallway. Police...

  • Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

    Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

    Lou Pearlman, the disgraced music impresario who launched the Backstreet Boys, NSync and other boy bands in the 1990s before being convicted in a Ponzi scheme, has died at 62, according to the prison where Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence.  The former producer and manager died Friday at...

  • Veteran actor Jack Riley, a regular on 'The Bob Newhart Show,' dies at 80

    Veteran actor Jack Riley, a regular on 'The Bob Newhart Show,' dies at 80

    Jack Riley, who played a counseling client on "The Bob Newhart Show" in the 1970s and also voiced a character on Nickelodeon's animated "Rugrats," died Friday. The 80-year-old actor died in Los Angeles, according to his representative, Paul Doherty. Besides portraying grumpy, self-absorbed Elliot...

  • James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the industrial rock band from 1991 to 1994, died Sunday, his ex-wife Kate Van Buren, announced in a Facebook post. No cause of death was given. Woolley, 49, was part of the band in 1991 when the group recorded its album “The Downward...

  • John McLaughlin, center of influential TV pundit chat show 'The McLaughlin Group,' dies at 89

    John McLaughlin, center of influential TV pundit chat show 'The McLaughlin Group,' dies at 89

    If you recently tuned into a cable news program centered around politics, and the discourse drifted into something more akin to a combative holiday dinner than buttoned-up Beltway chatter, you have John McLaughlin to thank. He was a tireless conservative voice whose long-running weekly public television...

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