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'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.”

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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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.”

 

Bjork producer, LFO member Mark Bell dies

Mark Bell, a British musician who paved the way for electronic music, died last week. His record label confirmed the news: “It’s with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation,” Warp Records announced on its website. READ FULL STORY

Paul Revere, leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders, dies

Paul Revere, founder and keyboardist of rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died Saturday. He was 76.

Revere was known for his onstage theatrics, something a memorial on the band’s website points out. “Sitting in an audience at my first Paul Revere and The Raiders concert introduced me to a larger-than-life dynamo of high-energy slapstick, outrageous and spontaneous humor and a genuine child-like joy,” the website reads. On that same website, Revere isn’t credited as the keyboardist or vocalist—instead, he’s described simply as “Mad Man.” READ FULL STORY

Four Seasons songwriter Bob Crewe dies

Bob Crewe, a songwriter who penned Four Seasons hits including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Walk Like a Man,” died Thursday. He was 83.

Though Crewe wrote songs that would be sung by many musicians, including Rays and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, he came to fame with his work songwriting for the Four Seasons, who had trouble landing a hit until Crewe came along. Crewe ended up producing “Sherry,” a 1962 song that would turn out to be the Four Seasons’ first number 1 hit. He went on to write multiple hits for both the Four Seasons and for Valli as a solo artist. READ FULL STORY

Nicole Kidman's father, Antony Kidman, dies in accident

According to People, Nicole Kidman’s father, Dr. Antony Kidman, is dead.

Australian publications have confirmed that Antony Kidman died after a tragic fall. Antony, a clinical psychologist and director of health psychology in Sydney, was reportedly visiting Nicole’s sister, Antonia, in Singapore when the accident occurred. According to Reuters, Antony was in his 80s and died in a Singapore hospital.

Nicole was reportedly in the U.S. at the time of the incident.

'Chicago Fire' actress Molly Glynn dies at 46

Molly Glynn, a Chicago theater actress who appeared on Chicago Fire in a recurring role as an ER doctor, died on Saturday. She was 46.

According to the Associated Press, Glynn was on a bike ride with her husband, Joe Foust, when a storm rolled into the Chicago area on Friday. As a result of the storm, a tree struck Glynn during her ride through a forest park. Foust called 911 just before 4 p.m. to say his wife had been injured. Glynn was then taken to NorthShore Evanston Hospital, where she died on Saturday.

Glynn is survived by her husband and two sons.

'Cops' crew member Bryce Dion dies during filming (Updated)

UPDATED: Omaha Police Department’s Chief Todd Schmaderer led a news conference Wednesday where he said that 38-year-old Cops crew member Bryce Dion was killed by gunfire while he was documenting the Omaha Police Department’s response to an armed robbery at Wendy’s. Robbery suspect Cortez Washington, 32, was also killed by gunfire.

According to Schmaderer, witnesses said Washington shot at officers first, and the officers then returned fire. Schmaderer said Washington was able to flee to the parking lot, where he collapsed, and that Dion was injured by one gunshot and collapsed inside the Wendy’s doorway. Both Washington and Dion were transported to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead shortly after arriving. READ FULL STORY

'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.

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