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David Cassidy Dies: ‘Partridge Family’ Star & Pop Singer Was 67

David Cassidy, the former teen heartbreaker who starred on the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family and had a handful of pop hits, has died, days after reports surfaced that he was suffering organ failure. He was 67 and suffered from dementia, complicated by liver and kidney shut-downs. Cassidy had been hospitalized in Florida. His family issued a statement tonight: “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father… Read

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Buzz Belmondo Dies: ‘Out Of This World’ Actor & Comic Was 70

Buzz Belmondo, a comedian, actor and writer who was a regular on the syndicated sitcom Out of This World and recurred on Baywatch, died Tuesday of blood cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 70, His friend and longtime comedy partner Brad Slaight confirmed the news. Born Lorenzo Matawaran on February 20, 1947, in San Francisco, Belmondo began his decades-long career in the San Francisco comedy scene. He was a regular at the famed Holy City Zoo comedy club that launched… Read

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Della Reese Dies: Music Legend & ‘Touched By An Angel Star’ Was 86

UPDATED with CBS statement: Della Reese, the iconic jazz, gospel and pop singer who later moved into television and film, and starred as Tess on Touched By An Angel, has died. She was 86. Her former Touched By An Angel co-star Roma Downey released a statement on her passing. “On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening… Read

International

Camera Operator Mark Milsome Dies Filming Stunt On BBC/Netflix Drama; Production Shut Down – Update

UPDATED, 9:36 AM: The BBC has halted production on the drama The Forgiving Earth in the wake of cameraman Mark Milsome’s on-set death. “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news,” the UK pubcaster said in a statement. “Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.” PREVIOUSLY, 7:35 AM: Veteran film and TV camera operator Mark Milsome has died while… Read

Film

Charles Manson: Finally, Death Gets One Right

Charles Manson Dead

Charles Manson, the sick mind behind a Los Angeles killing spree in 1969 that ended in seven murders including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, has died tonight in a Bakersfield, CA, hospital. He was 83. Manson hung around the fringes of show business in the ’60s then created his reign of terror, and has spent the past 46 years in prison. Relatives of Tate were informed tonight by officials from the California State Prison system that Manson had died. Manson “died of natural… Read

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Earle Hyman Dies: Veteran Broadway Actor, Cosby TV Dad Was 91

Earle Hyman, a classically trained actor of steady grace, imposing presence and consummate skill, died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ. He was 91. Hyman’s career on and off-Broadway spanned more than six decades and a multiplicity of Shakespearean roles at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. But it was as Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s sympatico dad Russell on NBC’s The Cosby Show that Hyman reached his widest audience, earning him an Emmy… Read

Business

Mel Tillis Dies: The Country Music Hall Of Famer And Actor Was 85

Country music singer-songwriter Mel Tillis died today at 85. In addition to being a Country Music Hall of Famer, Tillis appeared in many movies alongside Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood and co-hosted the ABC variety series  Mel and Susan Together with model Susan Anton. Tillis died in Ocala, Fla. after a battle with diverticulitis. His official cause of death has yet to be announced. Tillis was born on August 8, 1932, in Tampa, Fla. Although he developed a stutter during… Read

Film

Ann Wedgeworth Dies: ‘Three’s Company’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ Actress Was 83

Ann Wedgeworth, a Tony Award-winning actress most widely known for roles on sitcoms Evening Shade and Three’s Company, died Thursday following a lengthy illness at a New York area nursing home, her family has announced. She was 83. Wedgeworth, who won a National Society of Film Critics Award for her tough but poignant performance in 1985’s Sweet Dreams – she played the mother of Jessica Lange’s Patsy Cline – won the 1978 Tony Award for best featured actress in a play for N… Read

Business

Malcolm Young Dies: AC/DC Guitarist Rocked Charts & TV-Film Soundtracks

The rock world mourned today as Malcolm Young, co-founder and guitarist for AC/DC and writer on a miles-long list of soundtracks for TV and film, died at age 64. He had been suffering from dementia and was no longer touring with the Australian hard rock band. The band announced his death on its web site. “Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” the statement read. “He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live… Read

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Wendy Pepper Dies: Contestant On First Season Of ‘Project Runway’ Was 53

Wendy Pepper, who was a contestant on the first season of Project Runwaydied on Nov. 12. She was 53 and the cause of death was not specified. Pepper’s real name was Anne Eustis Pepper Stewart. She made it to the finals at Fashion Week in the first season of Project Runway in 2004, ultimately placing third. She won several challenges on the show, including having one of her designs sold at Banana Republic and designing then Access Hollywood host Nancy O’Dell’s dress… Read

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At The Broadway B.O., Sales Rocket As Audience Lags In Sellers’ Market; So Long, Liz Smith

Ticket sales for Broadway productions soared last week as more shows entered the fall fray and star-powered vehicles gave even some of the big musicals a run for the money, or glory, or something. The box office gained almost 20 percent over the week before. More significant – especially for elite producers, theater owners and profit participants – the season-to-date total represented an 18 percent leap over last year, a $115 million improvement to just shy of… Read

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Liz Smith Dies: Famed Gossip Columnist Was 94

Liz Smith, the premiere gossip columnist of her generation, died in New York today. She was 94. Her death was first reported by the Associated Press, with confirmation from literary agent Joni Evans, who claimed she died of natural causes. Smith’s self-titled column began in 1976 in the New York Daily News, and was soon syndicated to scores of newspapers, reaching as many as 50 million readers daily. She later wrote for New York Newsday, then finished her career at the… Read