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Depeche Mode Co-Founder Andy Fletcher Dies At 60

The Guardian reports: Andrew Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of British electronic band Depeche Mode, has died aged 60.  Formed in Basildon in the late 1970s, the band has had 14 top ten studio albums in the UK, and international chart success with songs including Enjoy The Silence, Personal Jesus and Just Can’t Get Enough. In the late 1970s he …

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Emmy Winning Actor Ray Liotta Dies At Age 67

Deadline Hollywood reports: Ray Liotta, the terrific actor whose career breakout came in the 1990 Martin Scorsese crime classic Goodfellas after co-starring in Field of Dreams, has died. He was 67. Deadline hears he died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the film Dangerous Waters. Liotta leaves behind a daughter, Karsen. He was engaged to be …

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Oscar-Winning Composer Vangelis Dies At Age 79

CBS News reports: Vangelis, the Greek electronic composer who wrote the unforgettable Academy Award-winning score for the film “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of other movies, documentaries and TV series, has died at 79. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other government officials expressed their condolences Thursday. Greek media reported that Vangelis — born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou — …

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Country Star Naomi Judd Dies By Suicide At Age 76

Nashville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Naomi Judd, Grammy-winning member of The Judds, has died after taking her own life. She was 76. The daughters announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement said. “We are shattered. …

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Former Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch Dies At Age 88

Salt Lake City’s NBC News affiliate reports: Retired Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history and the longest-serving from Utah, died Saturday at age 88. Hatch was first elected in 1976 and served 42 years in the Senate until retiring after his seventh term in 2019. Prior to his election to the Senate in 1976, Hatch, a …

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Actor/Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Dies At Age 67

NBC News reports: Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at age 67, according to his family. “We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” his family wrote in a statement shared to his Twitter account. The family described him as “the most iconic voice in comedy” as well as a “wonderful husband, brother, …

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Veteran Liberal Journalist Eric Boehlert Dies In Accident

NorthJersey.com reports: A Montclair bicyclist who was killed by a New Jersey Transit train near the town’s Watchung Avenue station Monday night was writer Eric Boehlert, founder and editor of Press Run, a blog about the media, according to his wife, Tracy Breslin. Boehlert, 57, was a veteran writer and media analyst and a frequent television and radio guest discussing …

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Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dies At Age 50

Rolling Stone reports: Taylor Hawkins, the jovial, ferocious drummer for Foo Fighters for more than two decades, has died at the age of 50, according to a statement from the band. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” read the message, which was posted to social media. Foo Fighters are …

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Former Sec. Of State Madeleine Albright Dies At 84

CNN reports: Madeleine Albright, the first woman US secretary of state, who helped steer Western foreign policy in the aftermath of the Cold War, has died. She was 84 years old. Her death was confirmed in an email to staff of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm founded by Albright. From the State Department: Albright is the first …

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Gay Rights Activist Among Those Killed In Ukraine

The Guardian reports: A gay rights activist from Kharkiv, Elya Shchemur was killed during the Russian bombardment of the city centre, her colleagues at Kharkiv Pride said on Thursday. She was killed at the local territorial defence office where she volunteered, they said. “Elya was an activist and a patriot: she participated in all possible actions and democratic events of …

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Oscar-Winning Actor William Hurt Dies At Age 71

Variety reports: William Hurt, an acclaimed actor best known for his Oscar-winning performance in 1985’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and his work in “The Big Chill” and “Body Heat,” died Sunday of natural causes. He was 71 years old. Hurt was nominated for four Oscars over the course of his long career, scoring two best actor nominations for “Broadcast …

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Former Fox News Host Bob Beckel Dies At Age 73

Fox News reports: Bob Beckel, a Democratic strategist and former co-host of “The Five,” has died at age 73. Beckel first joined Fox News in 2000 as a contributor providing political analysis and rejoined the network in 2011 as one of the original hosts of “The Five.” Beckel had spoken publicly about his years-long battle with substance abuse, which he …

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Cultist GOP House Rep Under Ethics Probe Dies At 59

St. Paul’s ABC News affiliate reports: U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn. 1st District, has died. Hagedorn’s wife and former GOP chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan confirmed the news with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Friday morning. He was 59. Hagedorn was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in 2019 and began receiving care at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He announced he had a kidney …

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Pioneering HIV Researcher Luc Montagnier Dies At 89

France 24 reports: French researcher Luc Montagnier, who has died at 89, shared the Nobel medicine prize for his vital early discoveries on AIDS, but was later dismissed by the scientific community for his increasingly outlandish theories, notably on Covid-19. Montagnier and Francoise Barre-Sinoussi shared the Nobel in 2008 for their work at the Pasteur Institute in Paris in isolating …

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Family: Bob Saget Died Of Accidental Injury To Head

CBS News reports: Actor and comedian Bob Saget died from head trauma, his family said Wednesday. Saget was 65 when he died last month. In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, the “Full House” star’s family said he “accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep.” Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved. …

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North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem Dies At Age 68

The Bismarck Tribune reports: North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who spent more than 40 years in elected office, died unexpectedly Friday, just a month after announcing plans to retire at the end of the year. His spokeswoman, Liz Brocker, confirmed his death Friday night. Stenehjem had been taken to the hospital Friday morning after being found unresponsive in his …

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French Fashion Designer Thierry Mugler Dies At Age 73

People reports: Manfred Thierry Mugler, the celebrity-favorite fashion designer behind his eponymous line, has died. He was 73. The French designer’s team announced Mugler’s passing Sunday, sharing a black square to his personal Instagram profile with the tragic news, which was written in both English and French. “We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on …

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Rocker And Actor Meat Loaf Dies At Age 74 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life rocker whose 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” was one of the best-selling albums of all time, died on Thursday. He was 74. His death was confirmed by his manager, Michael Greene. A statement on the musician’s Facebook page said his wife was by his side and his friends had been …

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Fashion Critic Andre Leon Talley Dies At Age 73

USA Today reports: André Leon Talley, the visionary former creative director of Vogue magazine, died Tuesday. He was 73. Talley’s Instagram account also issued confirmation early Wednesday, noting that over five decades the “international icon was a close confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso and he had a penchant for discovering, nurturing and celebrating young designers.” Talley …

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60s Girl Group Icon Ronnie Spector Dies At 78 [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: Ronnie Spector, the leader of the girl group the Ronettes and the voice behind immortal classics like “Be My Baby” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78. Spector sang with the Ronettes from their formation in 1959 through their dissolution in 1967, though there were several reunions over …

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