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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82, ABC News is reporting.

The Dominican-born designer died on Monday at his home in Kent, Conn., his wife, Annette de la Renta, has confirmed to multiple outlets. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

Known for his timeless and feminine designs, he became the go-to designer for First Ladiesincluding Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bushand actresses alike. His gowns were a mainstay on Hollywood red carpets, with Audrey Hepburn, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Chastain, Emma Watson, and Blake Lively just a few of the names who have worn his designs. Most recently, he designed Amal Alamuddin‘s wedding dress for her marriage to George Clooney.

Born in Santo Domingo, De la Renta started his fashion career young after moving to Madrid at the age of 18 to study painting. He got his first fashion job at Lanvin-Castillo in Paris in 1961, then moved to New York two years later to work at Elizabeth Arden. In 1965, at the age of 33, he started his own ready-to-wear label.

He is survived by his wife and adopted son, Moises.

'Fraggle Rock', 'Boondock Saints' actor Gerard Parkes dies at 90

Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian character actor best known for playing two very different “Docs” in The Boondock Saints and Jim Henson’s show Fraggle Rock, died Sunday in a Toronto retirement home just days after his birthday, his agent confirmed to EW. He was 90.

The Dublin-born Parkes relocated to Canada in the ’50s to pursue a career in entertainment, where he would transition in and out of television, film, theater and radio across his 50-plus-year career. He appeared in a number of Canadian productions including The Forest Rangers and The Littlest Hobo, but for kids of a certain generation, Parkes will always be Doc, the lovable bespectacled inventor and sidekick to Sprocket in the North American version of Jim Henson’s muppet series Fraggle Rock, which ran from 1983 to 1987. He’d go on to reprise that role in ABC’s 1987 special A Muppet Family Christmas.

Parkes’ gentle gruffness was on display in a variety of roles throughout the next few decades, which found him playing priests fairly often (Short Circuit 2, Mother Night, It Takes Two, and Trapped in Paradise, to name just a few). He also famously played the Tourette-afflicted bar owner in The Boondock Saints and its sequel.

Though the span of his work was more than just Doc the inventor, his longtime agent Gerry Jordon told CBC News that Parkes would “love” being remembered for his Fraggle Rock role. “He had a thrill doing that show,” he said. “He was a magical man and a terrific performer.”

'American Idol' alum Joanne Borgella dead at 32

Joanne Borgella, a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol, died Saturday following a battle with cancer. She was 32. READ FULL STORY

Former 'Buffy' actor Nicholas Brendon arrested

Actor Nicholas Brendon, best known for his role as Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, on Friday night. READ FULL STORY

Manhattan Transfer's Tim Hauser dies at 72

Tim Hauser, founder and singer of The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, according to the Associated Press.

The news came from band representative JoAnn Geffen on Friday. Hauser was 72 years old.

Founded in 1969, The Manhattan Transfer is known for hits such as “Operator” and “The Boy From New York City.” The group won a number of Grammys, and received an impressive 12 nominations for its 1985 album, Vocalese.

Hauser was born in Troy, New York. The musician is survived by wife Barb Sennet Hauser, son Basie, and daughter Lily.

The Manhattan Transfer will move forward with their upcoming tour. Their next show in Manchester, New Hampshire on Oct. 23.

 

Misty Upham's family says actress fell to her death after hiding from police

A day after actress Misty Upham’s body was found in an embankment near the White River in Auburn, Wash., her family has issued a statement saying they do not believe her death was a suicide, but rather that she slipped and fell off the embankment as she was hiding from the police.

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16 killed, others injured, in collapse during South Korean K-pop concert

The collapse of a ventilation grill at a South Korean concert venue Friday led to the deaths of 16 concertgoers, while at least nine others were reported seriously injured, according to news outlets local to the area.

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Body found in Washington believed to be Misty Upham

UPDATE (10/17): ‘August: Osage County’ actress Misty Upham dead at 32

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Eight days after actress Misty Upham was reported missing, there has been a development in the case after a body was found in Auburn, Wash., on Thursday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m. police found a body near the White River. They have yet to identify the body, but the body was found with a purse containing identification of the August: Osage County actress.

Police spokesman Steve Stocker told The Seattle Times that there’s a “good chance” that the body is of Upham.

Upham was reported missing on Oct. 6. The day before she was reported missing, her family called police to report that Upham was at their home in south Auburn and was suicidal, according to The Times.

The official statement from the Auburn Police Department reads:

At approximately 1pm this afternoon, the Auburn Police Department received a call that a body had been found in a wooded area near Forest Ridge Dr. in Auburn. The body was found at the bottom of a 150 embankment near the White River.

The body was recovered by a family member of Misty Upham’s family who was in the area searching for her.

A purse containing identification of Misty Upham was at the scene, however, at this time the medical examiner has not made a positive identification nor a determination of cause of death.

Auburn Police and Valley Regional Fire Authority are on scene attempting to recover the body.”

Her family has not yet commented on the development. In a statement on Oct. 12 on the actress’ Facebook page, her father, Charles, wrote that while his daughter “has suffered mental illness most of her life”including bipolar anxiety disorder, bouts of depression and panic attacks“she is not a nut case.”

“I would like to clarify circumstances regarding Misty’s disappearance,” he wrote. “In my opinion the media has spun an inaccurate perspective. So far articles read: Actress stressed over money and career, Father fears suicide. Police reports suggest the Misty packed her bags and left to on her own. The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great. As her father I do not fear she committed suicide. I feel that she has been hurt by accident or someone has put her in harms way.”

This story is developing.

Joan Rivers' cause of death revealed: report

The New York City medical examiner’s office has confirmed Joan Rivers’ cause of death to be complications due to surgery.

As we know, Rivers died on Sept. 4 after entering Yorkville Endoscopy for an outpatient procedure with her gastroenterologist, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, who has since stepped down. Rivers was then rushed to Mount Sinai hospital.

And according to the Hollywood Reporter, Rivers’ cause of death was a lack of oxygen to her brain.

“OCME [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The manner of death is therapeutic complication,” spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said in a statement to THR. “The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.”

 

Actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

Elizabeth Peña, a film and television actress who most recently appeared in Matador, died on Tuesday at age 55.

Her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles broke the news in an obituary on Latino Review, saying the actress died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles . The cause of death is not yet known.

Peña had a career spanning almost 40 years, including roles in film and television, in Spanish and English. The daughter of actor, writer, and director Mario Peña, the she the Cuban-American actress started her career young, graduating from High School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan. Her first role, in 1979’s Spanish-language El Super, was the first of many rebellious and often feisty characters. Her big break came in 1986’s Down and Out in Beverly Hills, where she starred alongside Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss and Nick Nolte as live-in maid Carmen. Shortly after, she broke into sitcoms with I Married Dora as the titular character Dora Calderon.

In addition to her role as Maritza Sandoval, the mother of the title character, on El Rey Network’s Matador, Peña had also guest-starred on Modern Family, playing the mother of Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) mother, Pilar. She also lended her voice to The Incredibles as Mirage. Additional credits include Rush Hour, Jacob’s Ladder, Resurrection Blvd., and more.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Peña,” El Rey Network wrote in a statement to EW. “She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth’s family and friends during this difficult time. She ‎will be deeply missed.”

She is survived by her husband, Hans; her two teenage children, Fiona and Kaelan; her mother, Estela; and her sister, Tania.

 

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