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'Saturday Night Live' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live, is dead. He was 96.

According to The New York Times, Pardo, the longtime announcer of SNL, died in Tucson on Monday. Although most would recognize his voice from Saturday Night Live, Pardo began his career in radio before becoming the announcer for both The Price Is Right and Jeopardy!. Pardo then moved to SNL in 1975, where he announced the show’s first episode in October. Since then, he’d stayed with the show for 38 seasons, having only missed season seven. His final introduction came in May, when he announced the finale, hosted by Andy Samberg.

Pardo is survived by his three daughters, Paula, Dona, and Katherine, and his two sons, David and Michael, in addition to five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

'Peyton Place' star Ed Nelson dies at 85

Ed Nelson, who made his name as a star in ’60s soap opera Peyton Place, died on Saturday. He was 85.

Nelson co-starred with Mia Farrow and Dorothy Malone in Peyton Place, which premiered in 1964 and ran until 1969. He later starred in TV movie spinoffs of the series, Murder in Peyton Place and Peyton Place: The Next Generation.

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Martha Stewart's sister Laura Plimpton dies from brain aneurysm

Laura Plimpton, Martha Stewart’s sister, died from a brain aneurysm on Wednesday. She was 59.

Stewart posted a note on her website Wednesday addressing her sister’s death, writing that Plimpton worked for her and her company “for more than 25 years.” According to Stewart’s post, Plimpton woke up Monday morning and was rushed to the hospital later that day after suddenly feeling sick. She was diagnosed with a massive brain aneurysm at the hospital and was put on life support until Wednesday.

“Laura deserves the very best,” Stewart wrote about her sister, who had three children. “She was an extraordinary mother, wife, and sister.”

Cinema verite filmmaker Robert Drew dies at 90

Robert Drew, a filmmaker and pioneer in the cinéma vérité style of documentaries, has died. He was 90.

Drew got his start in the 1950s and broke ground in 1960 with Primary, a documentary that followed the a primary election between Hubert Humphrey and John F. Kennedy that eventually made its way into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1990.

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Drew Barrymore's half sister found dead

Drew Barrymore’s half sister, Jessica Barrymore, is dead.

According to KGTV ABC10 San Diego, Jessica was found dead in a car in National City, California early Tuesday. Her body was discovered when another woman tried to leave for work only to realize she was blocked in her driveway. She then found Jessica unresponsive in the car, reportedly surrounded by a number of white pills.

Drew and Jessica shared a father, John Drew Barrymore. Drew Barrymore gave a statement to People: “Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible, and I’m so incredibly sorry for their loss.”

An autopsy is not yet scheduled.

'The Patriot' actress dies at 21

Skye McCole Bartusiak, an actress best known for her role as Mel Gibson’s daughter in 2000’s The Patriot, died Saturday. She was 21.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but Bartusiak’s mother told CNN that epileptic seizures her daughter had endured for most of her life had returned in the past week.

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Conductor Lorin Maazel dead at 84

Lorin Maazel, an internationally known conductor and musician, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at his Virginia home, where he was preparing for the annual Castleton Festival. He was 84.

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Boyfriend of 'Glee' star Becca Tobin found dead in hotel room

Matt Bendik, boyfriend of Glee‘s Becca Tobin, has died.

People reports that Bendik’s body was found Thursday afternoon in his Philadelphia hotel room. The 35-year-old worked in nightlife as a managing partner of AV and Voyeur/DBA nightclubs in Los Angeles. He was also the director of nightlife for Addiction night club at The Modern Honolulu.

According to TMZ, Bendik was on a business trip with Tobin at the time of his death.

Louis Zamperini, subject of Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken,' dies at 97

World War II hero and former Olympic long-distance runner Louis Zamperini died Wednesday from pneumonia at the age of 97, his family announced in a statement. Zamperini, also a prisoner of war in World War II and recipient of a Purple Heart medal for his service with the U.S. Army Air Forces, was the subject of the upcoming film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie and based on Laura Hillenbrand’s novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.

“After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives,” the Zamperini family said in a statement. “His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days.”

In a statement, Jolie said, “It is a loss impossible to describe. We are all so grateful for how enriched our lives are for having known him. We will miss him terribly.”

Universal Pictures also released a statement:

We are so profoundly sad at this moment and all of our thoughts and prayers are with the Zamperini family.  Louis was truly one of a kind. He lived the most remarkable life, not because of the many unbelievable incidents that marked his near century’s worth of years, but because of the spirit with which he faced every one of them.  Confronting challenges that would cause most of us to surrender, Louie always persevered and always prevailed, and he spent the better part of his lifetime sharing the message that you could do the same. His example of grace, dignity and resilience inspired all of us lucky enough to know him and the millions who got to know him from the pages of Laura’s book.

The studio added that they are moving forward to the December 25, 2014 release of Unbroken “with a renewed sense of responsibility in bringing Louie’s abundant life and indomitable spirit to the screen. Now more than ever, we join Angelina in honoring the lessons and legacy of this extraordinary man who has meant so much to many.”

Jimmy Scott, jazz musician who appeared on 'Twin Peaks,' dies

Jimmy Scott, a Grammy-nominated jazzman who appeared on Twin Peaks, has died after battling health problems stemming from a genetic hormone deficiency, The Associated Press reports. He was 88.

Known for his high voice and depth of emotion, Scott found success late in life with his 1992 comeback album All the Way. The Grammy-nominated release earned him wide popularity in Europe and Asia, where he often sold out shows.

He recorded vocals for the Lionel Hampton Band’s “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” in 1949, but a dispute with his label, Savoy Records, prevented him from releasing material for 20 years. He was rediscovered at the age of 67 singing at a friend’s funeral. READ FULL STORY

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