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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

Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies at 56

Rik Mayall, a British comedian famous for his work in the 1980s BBC2 cult comedy The Young Ones, was pronounced dead at his home London this morning.

Mayall made a name for himself by playing loud-mouthed characters, from Rick, the poetry-writing anarchist in The Young Ones, to the lecherous Lord Flashheart in Blackadder. He starred in The Young Ones with his longtime friend Adrian Edmondson. The two went on to star in their own sitcom, Bottom. He also played the title character in the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred.

In 1998, Mayall survived a near-fatal quad bike accident that left him a coma for three days. He was married and had three children. The London police have stated that the cause of his death is not believed to be suspicious.

GWAR frontman died of accidental heroin overdose

Dave Brockie, frontman of the theatrical metal band GWAR, died of an accidental heroin overdose, the Virginia coroner’s office said Tuesday.

According to The Associated Press, an administrator at the chief medical examiner’s office announced that Brockie’s cause of death was acute heroin toxicity. Known by the stage name Oderus Urungus, Brockie was found dead in his Richmond home on March 23. He was 50. READ FULL STORY

Oscar-nominated actress Joan Lorring dies at 88

Joan Lorring, who received an Oscar nomination for her role in The Corn is Green opposite Bette Davis, died Friday in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow, The Associated Press reports. She was 88.

Lorring was born in Hong Kong and moved to San Francisco in 1939 to escape the Japanese invasion. She started her career in radio and soon moved on to the stage and screen. Her first film was MGM’s 1944 production Song of Russia.

In 1946 she was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for the role of Bessie Watty in The Corn is Green. That year she also appeared alongside Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in Three Strangers and The Verdict.

On Broadway, she won the Donaldson Award in 1950 for her work in Come Back, Little Sheba. READ FULL STORY

'Mannequin' director and video game producer Michael Gottlieb dies in motorcycle accident


Director and producer Michael Gottlieb, best known for comedies like Mannequin and for producing several big name video games in the late ’90s, died in a motorcycle accident Friday. He was 69.

Gottlieb was driving southbound in a 2012 Ducati motorcycle riding behind a 2003 Toyota. “(The motorcycle) crossed into opposing traffic in an attempt to pass (the Toyota),” California Highway Officer Monique Mischeaux said in an official statement. The two vehicles collided when the Toyota simultaneously went to make a left turn. According to officials, Gottlieb, who was wearing a helmet at the time, was immediately thrown from the bike. “As a result of the collision, (Gottlieb) received severe head trauma and a broken neck, and succumbed to his injuries,” Mischeaux said. Gottlieb was pronounced dead by paramedics 45 minutes after the crash.


Singing cowboy Herb Jeffries dies at 100

Actor Herb Jeffries, known for his acting and singing careers, died of heart failure Sunday. He was 100 years old.


G.I. Joe creator Donald Levine dies

Donald Levine, the Hasbro executive credited for creating G.I. Joe — the world’s first action figure — has died. He was 86.

Levine died of cancer Thursday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, reports The Associated Press. He and he wife, Nan, were preparing to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Levine, an Army veteran who served in Korea, got the idea for a moveable figure as a way to honor soldiers. As the head of research and development at Hasbro, he and his team developed the 11 1/2-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts.

G.I. Joe arrived in stores in time for the 1964 Christmas season, selling for $4 apiece. READ FULL STORY

Suspect in Santa Barbara-area killings identified as son of 'Hunger Games' assistant director

The man suspected of killing six people in the Santa Barbara area on Friday night has been identified as Elliot Rodger, the son of an assistant director on The Hunger Games.

“The Rodger family offers our deepest compassion and sympathies to the families involved in this terrible tragedy,” the family said in a statement obtained by People. “We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain and our hearts go out to everyone involved.” Peter Rodger served as a second-unit director on the first installment of the popular film franchise.

According to authorities, the 22-year-old went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three men in his apartment before driving a BMW in a series of shootings. He fatally shot two female university students in front of a sorority and a third male student inside a deli. Thirteen people were injured, including two bicyclists hit by Rodger’s car, while others were hit by gunfire before the car crashed. Rodger — a high-functioning patient with Asperger syndrome, family lawyers tell ABC — was found dead with a gunshot to the head. Authorities believe the wound was was self-inflicted. READ FULL STORY

Richard III to be reburied in Leicester

Richard III only reigned as King of England for two short years, from 1483 to 1485 — the same amount of time it has taken the Royal Courts of Justice to decide that the former monarch’s remains should stay in Leicester, where they were first discovered in 2012.

Richard III, the subject of William Shakespeare’s eponymous play, died in 1485’s Battle of Bosworth Field in Leicester. The Plantagenet Alliance, a group made up of distant relatives of Richard III, fought for his remains to be reburied in York (Richard III was the last monarch from the House of York) — but they lost out to the Royal Courts of Justice, who ruled Friday that Richard III will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral.

The city of Leicester is planning to rebury Richard III in spring 2015. For more details, head over to CNN.

Family confirms 'Searching for Sugar Man' director Malik Bendjelloul's cause of death

Family has confirmed the cause of death of Swedish film director Malik Bendjelloul, who was found dead Tuesday. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker committed suicide.

Malik’s brother Johar Bendjelloul confirmed the cause of death to Reuters via text message.

Malik won an Oscar in 2013 for directing the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, a film about how one would-be rock star never found success in America but became hugely popular in South Africa.

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