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…

Roger Ailes, Former Fox News CEO, Dies At 77

Roger Ailes Former Fox News CEO Dies

Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, the network says, citing a statement from the late executive’s family. Ailes resigned from his post leading Fox News last July, amid allegations of sexual harassment. He was 77. Ailes helped found Fox News in 1996. On Thursday, the network initially announced his death by…

American rock star Chris Cornell Died

American rock star Chris Cornell Died

American rock star Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at the age of 52 after he was found hanged. The death of the Black Hole Sun singer was confirmed by a representative last night and cops are treating it as a suspected suicide. Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman has died aged…

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…