Peter Halsten Thorkelson, better known as Peter Tork, was an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees. He played the goofball on the TV series but was one of the band's serious musicians. He was 77 and died of unspecified conditions.
Thursday, Feb 21st 2019 (9:16pm)
Intended to only function for 90 days, NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has finally given up the ghost after nearly 15 years, losing contact with Earth after a fierce dust storm.
You done good, little fella. Time to rest.
Thursday, Feb 14th 2019 (5:38am)
Frank Robinson was an American outfielder and manager in Major League Baseball who played for five teams from 1956 to 1976, and became the only player to be named the Most Valuable Player of both the National League and American League
Friday, Feb 8th 2019 (6:27am)
Eddie, rescued as a pup from the California coast in 1998, lived at the zoo from 2000 until he was euthanized Thursday morning. "At nearly 21," a press release from the Oregon Zoo read, "Eddie was considered one of the oldest - and most talented - sea otters on the planet." His skills at the hoop made him an internet sensation. But, as visitors to the zoo might remember, Eddie had other interesting skills. He could sometimes be observed creatively pleasuring himself, proving the animal kingdom is full of unique learning experiences.
Saturday, Dec 22nd 2018 (12:02am) | Thanks: bash
Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen has died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Vulcan Inc. said Monday on behalf of his family. Allen passed away Monday afternoon in Seattle at 65 years old, Vulcan said. His sister, Jody, said he was "a remarkable individual on every level."
Monday, Oct 15th 2018 (3:30pm)
Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as "The Odd Couple," ''Barefoot in the Park" and his "Brighton Beach" trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91.
Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, said Bill Evans, a longtime friend and spokesman for Shubert Organization theaters.
Sunday, Aug 26th 2018 (6:28pm)
Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul," has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76.
Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin's family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.
The "official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit," the family statement
Thursday, Aug 16th 2018 (7:36am)
Prolific and abrasive sci-fi author Harlan Ellison has passed away at age 84 in his sleep. Even if you don't know him by name, you probably know him by story - he's responsible for some of the genre's most iconic tales translated to TV and movies - he has over 1700 works credited to him. RIP.
Thursday, Jun 28th 2018 (5:35pm)
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US celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room, aged 61, of a suspected suicide, CNN reports.
Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on CNN.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the cable network said in a statement on Friday.
Bourdain was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author.
Friday, Jun 8th 2018 (5:06am)
Farewell to Tom Wolfe, the impeccably attired author and early practitioner of groundbreaking "New Journalism" of the 1960s, as he died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital.
Wolfe, widely regarded as one of the top American journalists of the 20th century, focused his keen eye and explosive writing style on subjects from the Merry Pranksters to the early days of the space race before turning to fiction.
His best-selling books included non-fiction like "The Right Stuff," his riveting account of America's first astronauts, and fiction like "The Bonfire of the Vanities" — his scathing satire of New York City in the '80s.
Tuesday, May 15th 2018 (10:23am)
Bob Dorough, the jazzman who created the clever and enduring Schoolhouse Rock toons that taught grammar, math, science, and citizenship to a generation of TV-watching kids, has died. He was 94. His family told the Associated Press that Dorough died Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, PA, but did not give a cause.
Tuesday, Apr 24th 2018 (9:22pm)
Verne Troyer, the diminutive actor who appeared as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, died Saturday at the age of 49.
The actor's family confirmed Troyer's death on Instagram. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the family wrote.
"Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude."
While no cause of death was revealed, the family wrote of "recent time of adversary" the actor faced. "Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles," they wrote. "Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much… Depression and suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another."
One of the world's shortest people – achondroplasia dwarfism caused Troyer to stop growing at 2'8" – Troyer initially entered show business as a stunt person; in 1993, he played the stunt double to the infant in Baby's Day Out.
Saturday, Apr 21st 2018 (2:31pm)
'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74.
R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia.
Sunday, Apr 15th 2018 (11:18pm)
Cannonball Run, The (1981)
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