Archive for the 'Tragedy' Category

Gwar founder and singer Dave Brockie dies at 50

Dave Brockie, who as “Oderus Urungus” fronted the alien-costumed heavy metal band GWAR during graphic and fake-blood-soaked stage shows for more than three decades, has died. He was 50. Officers were called to Brockie’s home Sunday evening and found the singer dead inside the home – Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said Monday. Detectives don’t […]

WWE star Mae Young dead at 90

Hall of Fame professional wrestler Mae Young has died, WWE confirmed Tuesday. She was 90. Young was reportedly hospitalized on December 31, then moved to hospice care. Her death had been erroneously reported in the days after, and WWE did not give a cause of death. Born Johnnie Mae Young in Oklahoma in 1923, Young […]

Actor Ed Lauter dies at 74

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter’s long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows. His career stretched across five decades. He was 74. Lauter’s publicist (Edward Lozzi) says the actor died Wednesday of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure.

Boxer Ken Norton dies at 70

Ken Norton, who fought three memorable fights with Muhammad Ali, breaking his jaw in winning their first bout, then losing twice, and who went on to become the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, died Wednesday in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nev. He was 70. His death was confirmed by his son Ken Jr., […]

Boxer Tommy Morrison dead at 44

Tommy Morrison, the hard-punching heavyweight with boy-band good looks who once beat George Foreman and starred in the Rocky franchise before falling ill in recent years (all the while denying he was HIV positive) died on Sunday at a hospital in Nebraska. Morrison (who was nicknamed “The Duke”) was 44. Morrison’s death was confirmed by […]

Actor Lee Thompson Young found dead

“The Famous Jett Jackson” actor, who appeared on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” committed suicide. Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young was found dead from a suicide. The actor, who headlined “The Famous Jett Jackson” (1998-2001) and most recently appeared as Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles”, was found dead at his home in […]

Actress Lisa Robin Kelly dead at 43

Lisa Robin Kelly (an actress best known for her long-running role as Laurie Forman on “That ’70s Show”) died at age 43 on Wednesday. Kelly had been staying at a rehab facility in California when she passed away in her sleep, according to TMZ. Kelly’s agent told the gossip site that the actress had voluntarily […]

Jazz legend George Duke dead at 67

George Duke, who began his career as a jazz pianist in the 1960′s but made his name by crossing musical boundaries, died on Monday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67. He had suffered heart complications after being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia – said his manager, Darryl Porter, who confirmed the death. The name […]

Journalist Helen Thomas dead at 92

Famed White House journalist Helen Thomas has died at the age of 92. The Gridiron Club and Foundation, a journalistic organization in Washington, D.C., confirmed Thomas’ passing to NBC News on Saturday. Thomas died on Saturday morning at her Washington apartment after a long illness – the club said in a statement. A former president […]

“Glee” star Cory Monteith dies in 31

Glee star Cory Monteith, 31, died Saturday at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in downtown Vancouver. “We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss” – his publicist, Melissa Kates, confirmed to USA TODAY. Word began to spread […]