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Joanna Barnes, The Parent Trap and Tarzan Actress, Dead at 87

Joanna Barnes, an actress known for her roles in The Parent Trap and Tarzan: The Ape Man, has died. She was 87.

The actress passed Friday at her Sea Ranch, Calif., home after enduring "multiple health problems," her close friend Sally Jackson told The Hollywood Reporter.

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John DiStaso, WMUR’s Ace Political Reporter, Has Died

John DiStaso, influential political reporter at WMUR Manchester (New Hampshire), died April 21 at age 68. He suffered from pancreatic cancer.

He joined WMUR, part of Hearst Television, in 2015 after working as news editor at the New Hampshire Journal. Before that, he was lead political reporter at the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he spent 30-plus years.

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Spinal Tap drummer Ric Parnell dead at age 70

Ric Parnell, the British musician best known for playing doomed drummer Mick Shrimpton in Rob Reiner’s cult-classic heavy metal mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, has died at age 70. The news was confirmed Sunday on social media by comic actor Harry Shearer, aka Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls, who said “no one ever rocked harder” than Parnell. No cause of death was revealed at press time.

Parnell did not just portray a drummer onscreen. The London-born grandson of music hall artist Russ Carr and son of jazz drummer/bandleader Jack Parnell, he got his start in the rock band Horse, who released one album in 1970, before joining prog band Atomic Rooster. Parnell played on two Atomic Rooster albums, 1972's Made in England and 1973's Nice 'n' Greasy, which yielded two U.K top 15 hits, “Tomorrow Night” (No. 11) and “Devil’s Answer” (No. 4).

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Jerry verDorn, Who Played Ross on Guiding Light, Dead at 72

Gerald “Jerry” M. verDorn, who is best known to daytime-TV audiences for his run as Guiding Light‘s Ross, died peacefully at home on Sunday after a months-long cancer illness. He was 72.

Born in Sioux Falls, S.D., verDorn after graduating from what is now Minnesota State University Moorhead had major roles in many seasons of summer theatre and also spent a year studying at an acting academy in London.

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Norm Mineta, who went from incarceration camp to two Cabinet agencies, dead at 90

Norman Mineta, the first Asian American secretary of Transportation and a longtime California lawmaker, died Tuesday, according to a statement released by his former chief of staff. He was 90.

Mineta, a one-time Democratic mayor of San Jose, Calif., served as Cabinet secretary for two presidential administrations, first serving as the secretary of Commerce for Bill Clinton from 2000 to 2001, then serving as secretary of Transportation for George W. Bush from 2001 through 2006.

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ap215 wrote: Wed May 04, 2022 8:20 am Norm Mineta, who went from incarceration camp to two Cabinet agencies, dead at 90

Norman Mineta, the first Asian American secretary of Transportation and a longtime California lawmaker, died Tuesday, according to a statement released by his former chief of staff. He was 90.

Mineta, a one-time Democratic mayor of San Jose, Calif., served as Cabinet secretary for two presidential administrations, first serving as the secretary of Commerce for Bill Clinton from 2000 to 2001, then serving as secretary of Transportation for George W. Bush from 2001 through 2006.

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I read this in the morning Chronicle and it truly sad. Secretary Mineta was interned as an Enemy Alien. He went on to become a Congressman and first Secretary of the TSA. He never forgot where his came from or how he was treated as a Japanese-American. The first Asian-American Mayor of San Jose Californnia (his hometown). Served in Congress. Always worked hard for the people who elected him and loved his country.

He will be missed.
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Mike Hagerty, Longtime Character Actor and Friends' Mr. Treeger, Dead at 67

Character actor Mike Hagerty, who most recently starred opposite Bridget Everett on the HBO comedy Somebody Somewhere, has died at the age of 67. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

“With great sadness, the family of Michael G. Hagerty announced his death yesterday in Los Angeles,” Everett shared on Instagram Friday. “A beloved character actor, his love of his hometown of Chicago and his family were the cornerstones of his life. Mike, a devoted husband, is survived by his wife Mary Kathryn, his sister Mary Ann Hagerty [and] her wife Kathleen O’Rourke, and their daughter Meg. He will be sorely missed.”

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Kevin Samuels, YouTuber with 1.4M subscribers, has died, his mother says

Kevin Samuels, a YouTuber who became known for his controversial relationship advice, has died, his mother confirmed to NBC News.

Rumors of his death first circulated on social media Thursday night.

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HOW JEWELL CAPLES BECAME THE FIRST LADY OF DEATH ROW RECORDS AS SINGER DIES AT 53

Singer Jewell Caples has sadly died at the age of 53 – but not before earning herself an impeccable reputation as ‘The First Lady of Death Row Records’.

The R&B songstress tragically died on May 6, just a few weeks short of her 54th birthday.

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Legendary comic book artist George Pérez dies after cancer battle

George Pérez, whose work for DC and Marvel made him one of the most iconic comic book artists of his generation, died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 67.

"George passed away yesterday, peacefully at home with his wife of 490 months and family by his side. He was not in pain and knew he was very, very loved. We are all very much grieving but, at the same time, we are so incredibly grateful for the joy he brought to our lives. To know George was to love him, and he loved back. Fiercely and with his whole heart. The world is a lot less vibrant today without him in it," read a statement posted Saturday on his Facebook page.

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Mickey Gilley, who helped inspire 'Urban Cowboy,' dies at 86

NEW YORK (AP) — Country star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy” and a nationwide wave of Western-themed nightspots, has died. He was 86.

Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre. He had been performing as recently as last month, but was in failing health over the past week.

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Dennis Waterman, Actor in ‘The Sweeney’ and ‘Minder’ Dies at 74

Dennis Waterman, a stage and screen actor best known for The Sweeney and Minder, has died. He was 74.

The actor’s manager Derek Webster told The Hollywood Reporter that Waterman’s wife Pam called with news of his death on Sunday, noting that Waterman died at a hospital in Spain. A cause was not given.

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Bill McGoun, former CT writer, remembered as gifted writer, mentor and friend

William "Bill" McGoun, a longtime Citizen Times editorial writer, mentor to journalists — and a guy who just couldn't seem to retire — has died at age 84.

McGoun, who spent two decades penning local editorials and columns, died May 4, "with his son and daughter-in-law by his side in Coral Springs, Florida," according to his obituary. Born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and raised in South Florida, McGoun resided in Bryson City in Swain County for two decades after retiring from a long career with several papers in Florida.

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Mickey Gilley age 86 first cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swigart. Both of about the same age.
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Musician Nick Cave’s Son Jethro Lazenby Dead at 31

Nick Cave is mourning the loss of his son Jethro Lazenby.

The musician confirmed in a statement to NBC that the 31-year-old died this week

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Former NBA player Adreian Payne shot, killed

ORLANDO, Fla. (WLNS/AP) — Former Michigan State basketball standout and NBA player Adreian Payne has died in a shooting. He was 31.

The sheriff’s office in Orange County, Florida said deputies responded to a shooting Monday morning when Payne was identified and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Midge Decter, Leading Neo-Conservative & St. Paul Native, Dead At 94

NEW YORK (AP) — Midge Decter, a leading neoconservative writer and commentator who in blunt and tenacious style helped lead the right’s attack in the culture wars as she opposed the rise of feminism, affirmative action and the gay rights movement, has died at age 94.

Decter, the wife of retired Commentary editor and fellow neoconservative Norman Podhoretz, died Monday at her home in Manhattan. Daughter Naomi Decter said her health had been failing, but did not cite a specific cause of death.

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Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh killed in Israeli raid: Live news

Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has been shot and killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.

The 51-year-old was covering an Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp when she was shot in the face by a single bullet, despite wearing a press vest.

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Bob Lanier, Hall of Famer and former Pistons, Bucks center, dies at 73

Hall of Famer and longtime Detroit Pistons center Bob Lanier died on Tuesday night, the NBA announced.

He was 73.

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ap215 wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 7:16 am Bob Lanier, Hall of Famer and former Pistons, Bucks center, dies at 73

Hall of Famer and longtime Detroit Pistons center Bob Lanier died on Tuesday night, the NBA announced.

He was 73.

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I loved watching him play. I recall how the press made a big deal about his shoe size which at that time was considered huge.
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CBS News Correspondent Richard Wagner Dead at 85: Report

Richard Wagner, a longtime correspondent for CBS News, has died. He was 85.

Wagner's wife Donna Lewis-Wagner confirmed the news of his death to Deadline, saying that her husband died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. A cause of death was not provided.

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Fred Ward, Star of ‘The Right Stuff,’ ‘Tremors,’ Dies at 79

Fred Ward, who starred in films including “Henry and June,” “Tremors,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Player,” died May 8, his publicist confirmed to Variety. He was 79.

Among his other prominent roles were parts in “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins,” “Miami Blues” and “Short Cuts.”

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Actor Fred Ward has died at age 79. He played Gus Grissom in The Right Stuff, Remo Williams in Remo WIlliams, The Adventure Begins, and Earl Bassett in the Tremors movies. I best remember in as Remo Williams and as Earl Bassett since those movies are among my favorites. His versatility as a character actor to play a variety of roles in dramas and comedies spanned a career from 1973 to 2018 with 89 acting credits in movies and TVs.
Fred Ward, a character actor and producer who starred in "The Right Stuff," "Tremors" and "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins," has died at 79.

Publicist Ron Hofmann confirmed to USA TODAY that Ward died Sunday. Ward had a steady presence on screen since the late 1970s, garnering his first major role alongside Clint Eastwood in 1979's "Escape from Alcatraz." Ward memorably played Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom in 1983's space epic "The Right Stuff" but also tackled giant monster worms side by side with Kevin Bacon in the 1990 cult horror comedy "Tremors."
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For me, he'll always be Earl Bassett.

RIP, Fred and thanks for them memories.
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Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi, has died at 73.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates’ long-ailing president, whose name adorns the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, died May 13. He was 73.

The UAE government announced his death in a brief statement without further details. Sheikh Khalifa, who became president in 2004, gave up running the country’s day-to-day affairs after a stroke in 2014 and was seldom seen in public in recent years.

As president, he held the most powerful position among the seven semiautonomous emirates stretching along the shores of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. His role as president derived from his standing as hereditary ruler of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s largest and richest emirate.
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Robert McFarlane, former national security adviser, dies at 84

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser Robert C. McFarlane, a top aide to President Ronald Reagan who pleaded guilty to charges for his role in an illegal arms-for-hostages deal known as the Iran-Contra affair, has died. He was 84.

McFarlane, who lived in Washington, died Thursday from complications of a previous illness at a hospital in Michigan, where he was visiting family, according to a family statement.

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