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Heralded Journalist Cokie Roberts Dies At Age 75

NPR reports: Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died. She was 75. Roberts died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer, according to a family statement. A bestselling author and Emmy Award winner, …

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Ric Ocasek, Frontman For The Cars, Dies At Age 75

The Associated Press reports: Ric Ocasek, The Cars frontman whose deadpan vocal delivery and lanky, sunglassed look defined a rock era with chart-topping hits like “Just What I Needed,” was discovered dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment. The New York Police Department said that officers found the 75-year-old Ocasek at about 4 p.m. after responding to a 911 call. …

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80s Rocker Eddie Money Dies At Age 70 [VIDEO]

The Wrap reports: Musician Eddie Money died Friday following a battle with Stage 4 esophageal cancer, TheWrap has learned. He was 70. His family said in a statement: “The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine …

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Fashion Designer Chris March Dies At Age 56

Heavy.com reports: Former Project Runway star and fashion designer Chris March died of a heart attack Friday. He was 56. March was a fan favorite contestant for his larger-than-life personality and wildly outstanding wig creations. He appeared on Project Runway All Stars, before getting his on series on Bravo, Mad Fashion. He’s designed outfits for Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and …

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Billionaire Right Winger David Koch Dead At Age 79

ABC News reports: David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, has died. He was 79. He and his brother, Charles, co-owned Koch Industries, a Nebraska-based energy and chemical company, since 1983. David stepped down from running the Koch organization last year due to declining health. The Koch brothers helped to build a massive conservative network of donors for organizations that …

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Oscar-Nominated Actor Peter Fonda Dead At 79

People Magazine reports: Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 79. Peter’s family confirmed the sad news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the actor died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer. “It is with deep sorrow that we share …

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Nobel And Pulitzer Winner Toni Morrison Dead At 88

Vulture reports: The celebrated novelist Toni Morrison died Monday night, according to a source at her publisher, Knopf. She was 88 years old. The cause of death is not yet known. Born Chloe Ardella Wofford, Morrison was best known for her critically acclaimed and best-selling novel Beloved, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among her other memorable and …

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Broadway Legend Hal Prince Dies At Age 91 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Hal Prince, the Broadway royal who was its most prolific Tony winner, the producer or director, or both, of many of the theater’s most enduring musicals, including “Damn Yankees,” “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret,” and “Phantom of the Opera,” the longest-running show in Broadway history, died on Wednesday. He was 91. Mr. …

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Former SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens Dies At 99

USA Today reports: John Paul Stevens, the second oldest and third longest-serving Supreme Court justice in history and a Republican president’s nominee who went on to lead the court’s liberal wing, died Tuesday at the age of 99. Stevens died in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., of complications from a stroke he suffered on Monday, according to a press release. For 35 …

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Anti-Gay Former GOP Rep. William Dannemeyer Dies At 89, Called For Firing And Quarantining People With HIV

The Washington Post reports: William E. Dannemeyer, a seven-term congressman from California who exemplified the archconservative politics of Orange County, calling for a balanced federal budget while making national headlines for his attacks on “militant homosexuality” in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, died July 9 at his wife’s home in Thousand Palms, Calif. He was 89. He had …

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Willy Wonka Star Denise Nickerson Dies At Age 62

Variety reports: Denise Nickerson, best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 version of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” died Wednesday night after being taken off life support. She was 62. Her family made the announcement on Facebook. “She’s gone,” the message read. Nickerson suffered a severe stroke in June 2018 after which she entered the …

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Billionaire Trump Donor Dies In Helicopter Crash

The New York Times reports: Chris Cline, a billionaire entrepreneur, philanthropist and political donor once called the “King of Coal,” died Thursday in what local authorities said was a helicopter crash in the Bahamas that killed seven people. Mr. Cline was a major supporter of President Trump and many other Republicans. He donated $1 million to the president’s 2017 inauguration …

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Auto Industry Icon Lee Iacocca Dead At 94 [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: Lido Anthony Iacocca, the automobile industry legend best known as “Lee,” died at the age of 94 on Tuesday morning, his family confirmed. A child of Italian immigrants who grow up in humble conditions, Iacocca became one of the most powerful — and best known — executives in Detroit. Iacocca rose to become president of Ford Motor in …

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Fashion Icon Gloria Vanderbilt Dies At Age 95 [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter: Gloria Vanderbilt, who was thrust into the spotlight as a child heiress before going on to establish herself as an actress, artist, author, fashion icon and socialite, has died. She was 95. Vanderbilt, whose life included a nasty battle for her custody when she was 10, a string of high-profile relationships that began when she was …

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Hillary Clinton’s Brother Tony Rodham Dies At Age 65

CNN reports: Hillary Clinton’s youngest brother Tony Rodham died Friday night, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate announced Saturday on Twitter. Rodham, 64, is survived by wife Megan Madden and his three children: Zachary, Simon and Fiona. He was previously married to former Sen. Barbara Boxer’s daughter, Nicole Boxer. Rodham worked for the Democratic National Committee during the 1992 presidential election …

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Former GOP Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran Dies At 81

Roll Call reports: Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the mannerly former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee where he was a dependable provider for his home state during more than four decades in Congress, has died at the age of 81. Cochran, who retired from the Senate on April 1, 2018, after dealing with health issues, died Thursday morning in Oxford, …

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Legendary Architect I.M. Pei Dies At Age 102

The New York Times reports: I. M. Pei, the China-born American architect who began his long career working for a New York real-estate developer and ended it as one of the most revered architects in the world, has died. He was 102. His son Li Chung Pei said on Thursday that his father had died overnight. Mr. Pei was probably …

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Comedian Tim Conway Dies At Age 85 [VIDEO]

People Magazine reports: Tim Conway has died at the age of 85. He passed away at 8:45 a.m. in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, his rep Howard Bragman confirms to PEOPLE. The beloved actor is best known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, winning viewers over with characters like the Oldest Man and Mr. Tudball, whose accent …

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Hollywood Legend Doris Day Dies At Age 97 [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and ’60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. The …

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Actress/Singer Peggy Lipton Dies At Age 72 [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Peggy Lipton, actress and singer known for her roles in “The Mod Squad” and “Twin Peaks,” and the mother of Rashida Jones, has died at 72 of cancer. Her daughters Rashida and Kidada Jones announced her death in a statement. She had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004. Lipton won a Golden Globe and was Emmy-nominated …

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