Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs, dies at 73

Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs, dies at 73

Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker whose career ranged from the David Byrne documentary “Stop Making Sense” to the Oscar-winning “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” died this morning in New York. He was 73. READ MORE: Watch: Jonathan Demme and the Close-Up Shot: A Video Essay The cause was esophageal cancer and complications from heart…

Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter and producer, dies at 78

Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter and producer, dies at 78

Sylvia Moy, a songwriter and the first female producer for the Motown recording studio, who collaborated on several hits, including Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” and Marvin Gaye’s “It Takes Two,” died April 15 at a hospital in Dearborn, Mich. She was 78. The cause was complications from pneumonia, her brother, Melvin Moy, told the…

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Police said an emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead. The cause is not yet known. Moran also starred in the show’s spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, which began in 1982. She played Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of lead character Richie. Richie was played by Ron…

Eugene Lang, Investor Who Made College Dreams a Reality, Dies at 98

Eugene Lang, Investor Who Made College Dreams a Reality, Dies at 98

Eugene Michael “Gene” Lang (March 16, 1919 – April 8, 2017) was an American philanthropist who founded REFAC Technology Development Corporation in 1951. REFAC held patents relating to LCDs, ATMs, credit card verification systems, bar code scanners, VCRs, cassette players, camcorders, electronic keyboards, and spreadsheets, and filed thousands of lawsuits against other corporations to secure…

J. Geils dies at the age of 71 in Groton home

J. Geils Band leader dead at 71

Musician John Warren Geils Jr., guitarist and founder of the J. Geils Band known for such hits as Love Stinks, Freeze Frame and Centerfold, has died in his Massachusetts home at 71. Groton, Mass., police said officers responded to Geils’s home around 4 p.m. Tuesday for a well-being check and found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at…

Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90. Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8. Though he appeared in films…

Ahmed Kathrada: anti-apartheid titan jailed with Mandela dies at 87

Ahmed Kathrada

The South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule and a fellow Robben Island prisoner, has died aged 87. Kathrada, who was affectionately known by his nickname Kathy, was among those jailed alongside Mandela after the Rivonia trial in 1964. The case drew worldwide attention…

Chuck Berry – Beloved Husband Father, grandfather and great-grandfathe died at age 90

Chuck Berry – Beloved Husband Father, grandfather and great-grandfathe

Chuck Berry was one of the most popular and influential performers of rhythm-and-blues and rock ‘n’ roll music during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. He’s known for songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “My Ding-a-Ling.” Synopsis Born on October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Berry had early exposure to music at school and…

Neil Fingleton, Game of Thrones star and UK’s tallest man, dies aged 36

Neil Fingleton Game of Thrones star

Game of Thrones star Neil Fingleton has died at the age of 36, it has been reported. Once named as Britain’s tallest man, the 7ft 7in star played Mag the Mighty in the fantasy series and also took on roles in X-Men: First Class and Jupiter Ascending. According to reports, he passed away following heart…

Joseph Wapner, Judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ Dies at 97

Joseph Wapner, Judge

Joseph Wapner, the real-life retired judge who presided over the syndicated court show The People’s Court for more than a decade, died Sunday. He was 97. Wapner’s son David told the Associated Press that his father was suffering from breathing problems and admitted to a hospital last week. He returned home Friday with hospice care.…

Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Bill Paxton Dead at 61

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said in a statement. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four…

Owner of the Detroit Tigers Mike Ilitch Dies At Age 87

Owner of the Detroit Tigers Mike Ilitch Dies At Age 87

DETROIT (WWJ) — Owner of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, Mike Ilitch, died on Friday afternoon at the age of 87. Olympia Entertainment confirmed Ilitch’s passing at around 6:30 p.m. Friday evening. Ilitch was born in Detroit in 1929 to Macedonian immigrants Sotir Ilitch and Sultana Tasseff Ilitch who came to the United…