Actor and singer Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle, dies at 87

Actor and singer Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors, a comic actor who found fame in the role of the amiable bumpkin Gomer Pyle in two hit television shows of the 1960s while pursuing a second career as a popular singer with a booming baritone voice, died on Thursday at his home in Honolulu. He was 87. His husband, Stan Cadwallader, confirmed…

US rock star musician Tom Petty dies aged 66

US rock star musician Tom Petty dies aged 66

Tom Petty, the rock musician whose hits included American Girl and I Won’t Back Down, has died in California aged 66 after suffering cardiac arrest. Petty was reportedly rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica hospital after being found unconscious in his Malibu home, but could not be revived. “We are devastated to announce the untimely…

US comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies aged 84

US comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies aged 84

US comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has died at the age of 84, his family has announced. Gregory died at hospital in Washington DC after being admitted with an undisclosed illness. The family shared the news of their “enormous sadness” in a post on social media on Saturday. From the 1960s Gregory mocked…

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dead at 91

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dead at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, has died. He was 91. Lewis later went on to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons. Publicist Candi Cazau says Lewis…

Country singer Glen Campbell dies at 81-years-old

Glen Campbell died at 81

Country singer Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81. His family has paid tribute to the singer of the Rhinestone Cowboy who had been battling with Alzheimer’s for several years. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of out beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist,…

George A Romero, Night of the Living Dead director, dies aged 77

George A Romero dies

George A Romero, director of horror classic Night of the Living Dead, has died. He was 77. In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Romero’s producing partner Peter Grunwald said the director died in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer”. George A Romero: a life in pictures View gallery…

Nobel laureate and political prisoner, Liu Xiaobo, dies at 61 in Chinese custody

Liu Xiaobo dies

Peace prize winner and democracy activist dies of liver cancer, after spending almost a quarter of his life behind bars in China. China is facing a barrage of international criticism for its treatment of the Nobel laureate and democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo, who died at the age of 61 on Thursday. Liu, who championed non-violent…

Samuel D. Cook, Educator Who Pierced Campus Color Barriers, Dies at 88

Samuel D. Cook, Educator Who Pierced Campus Color Barriers, Dies at 88

Samuel DuBois Cook, a lifelong educator who was widely saluted as the first tenure-track black professor appointed by a predominantly white university in the South since Reconstruction, died on May 29 at his home in Atlanta. A boyhood friend of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he was 88. His death was announced by…

TV Batman actor Adam West dies at 88

TV Batman actor Adam West dies at 88

Adam West, the US actor best known as the star of the 1960s hit TV series Batman, has died aged 88. West died peacefully in Los Angeles after a brief battle with leukaemia, a family spokesperson said. His tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Batman and the superhero’s alter ego Bruce Wayne won a cult following. However, West…

Gregg Allman Dies at 69

A Conversation with Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman, the organist and singer for the Allman Brothers Band, which helped spawn the genre of southern rock, has died. He was 69. Allman’s death was announced in a statement posted to his website on Saturday. Allman “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia”, the statement said, having “struggled with many health…