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Bill Cosby's upcoming 'Late Show' appearance cancelled

Amidst a resurgent uproar over a number of rape allegations, Bill Cosby’s scheduled Wednesday night appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman has been cancelled.

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TV legend Glen A. Larson, creator of 'Magnum, P.I.', dies at 77

Glen A. Larson, the successful writer-producer behind classic TV series like Magnum, P.I., Battlestar Galactica, and Knight Rider, has died. He was 77.

According to a statement his son James made to The Hollywood Reporter, Larson died of esophageal cancer while at the UCLA medical center in Santa Monica on Friday night.

Larson’s career was a long and storied one—initially a singer in 50s pop quartet The Four Preps (watch a clip here), he broke into the industry on hit shows like The Fugitive and It Takes a Thief. He would become a prolific creator in the ’70s and ’80s; in addition to the aforementioned dramas, he brought to the tube such series as Alias Smith and Jones, The Six Million Dollar Man (which was based on the novel Cyborg), Switch, Quincy, M.E., The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, B.J. and the Bear, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (based on the late-’20s character), Battlestar spinoff Galactica 1980, The Fall Guy, and Manimal.

Larson is survived by his wife, Jeannie, his brother, Kenneth, and nine children.

R.A. Montgomery, 'Choose Your Own Adventure' author, dies at 78

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R.A. Montgomery, author and publisher of the beloved Choose Your Own Adventure children’s book, died on Sunday at age 78 at his home in Warren, Vt.
The cause of death was not disclosed in an announcement published on the Choose Your Own Adventure website. READ FULL STORY

'The Challenge' veteran Diem Brown dies at 34

Diem Brown, who starred on seven seasons of MTV’s The Challenge, has died at the age of 32, People confirmed.

Brown joined The Challenge: Fresh Meat after her first bout with ovarian cancer, explicitly stating her intention to use the reality competition as a platform to raise awareness for people living with cancer. She was a prominent, outspoken advocate who blogged about her struggles through remission and recurrence on People.com. She was also involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and spoke in Congress on behalf of the Affordable Care Act.

Before creating the online registry MedGift, Brown appeared on MTV’s Made and learned salsa so she could perform at a charity gala. Fellow Challenge competitor Chris “C.T.” Tamburello, her boyfriend at the time, appeared on Made and remained friends with Brown throughout their on-and-off relationship. She credited Tamburello for inspiring her during her first recovery, and their exchanges about her battle with cancer made for some of the series’ most touching moments. Though the couple broke up, Tamburello visited Brown during her final hospital stay, posting his support for her and MedGift on Instagram. READ FULL STORY

'James Bond' stuntman Jerry Alan dies at 75

Jerry Alan, a stuntman for three James Bond films and a number of other productions, has died at the age of 75.

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Judge summons Justin Bieber to Argentina for questioning

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Justin Bieber may have just paid his dues in the egging of his former neighbor’s home, but his troubles aren’t entirely behind him. READ FULL STORY

Warren Clarke, 'A Clockwork Orange' actor, dies at 67

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British actor Warren Clarke, most widely known for his role as the droog Dim in A Clockwork Orange, died on Wednesday at age 67.

In a statement to The Guardian, Clarke’s rep wrote: “The actor Warren Clarke died peacefully in his sleep on 12 November 2014, after a short illness. He will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones. At this time we ask that you respect their privacy in their time of grief.”

In addition to movie roles including Anthony and Cleopatra, Top Secret! and Ishtar, Clarke also had a number of memorable television roles in his native U.K., including that of detective Andy Dalziel in the long-running BBC crime drama Dalziel and Pascoe. He also appeared on a BBC adaptation of Bleak House as well as Call the Midwife and Down to Earth.

'Big Bang Theory's' Carol Ann Susi dies at 62

Veteran character actor Carol Ann Susi, who most recently lent her voice to The Big Bang Theory as the Mrs. Wolowitz, has died after a brief battle with cancer, her rep confirmed on Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

The Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank dies

Big Bank Hank, one-third of rap group The Sugarhill Gang, has died, according to Fox News. He was 57.

Born Henry Jackson, Big Bank Hank founded The Sugarhill Gang in the ’70s with Wonder Mike and Master Gee. In 1979, they released “Rapper’s Delight,” a track that made history by helping to popularize rap. READ FULL STORY

Glenn Beck opens up about rare neurological illness that 'made me look crazy'

Glenn Beck revealed on Monday evening that there’s a medical reason he came across so “crazy” during his time at Fox News.

In a tearful address on TheBlaze, Beck said that for the past five years, he’s been battling a rare neurological illness that caused him nearly intolerable pain and that, until only recently, no doctors were able to diagnose. READ FULL STORY

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