Actor Herb Jeffries, known for his acting and singing careers, died of heart failure Sunday. He was 100 years old.
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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
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 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 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.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the prolific actor who starred as a brilliant G-man in The FBI and Hollywood detective in 77 Sunset Strip, has died. He was 95.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., today at his Solvang ranch,” the actor’s daughter Stephanie Zimbalist and son Efrem Zimbalist III said in a statement released Friday. “He actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf, and visiting with close friends.”
Zimbalist Jr. first became a household name in the role of Stu Bailey, a private investigator solving crimes from the hip detective agency located at 77 Sunset Strip. The ABC series ended in 1964, when the actor went on to star in The FBI as by-the-books agent Lewis Erskine. That ABC series, which posted real photos from the FBI’s most-wanted list at the end of episodes, ran until 1974. For his contributions to boosting the FBI’s reputation, Zimbalist Jr. received a special badge from the agency and was named an honorary G-man in 2009. READ FULL STORY
German-Jewish writer Stefanie Zweig, best known for her autobiographical novel Nowhere in Africa has died. She was 81.
German news agency dpa on Sunday cited her nephew Walter Zweig as saying the author died Friday after a “short, serious illness.”
Zweig was born in 1932 in Leobschuetz, now part of Poland. In 1938, her family fled the Nazi persecution of Jews and moved to Kenya, where she attended a British school.
Zweig returned to Germany in 1947 and worked as a journalist for many years before she began writing novels. READ FULL STORY
Pioneering Chicago footwork and juke master DJ Rashad has died.
Detroit’s DJ Godfather first tweeted the news, with police confirming the 34-year-old’s death on Saturday. Cops suspect the Teklife founder died of a drug overdose, with narcotics and drug paraphernalia allegedly found near his body. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.
DJ Rashad’s label, Hyperdub, acknowledged his passing on its Facebook page, saying: “We’re absolutely devastated by the news that DJ Rashad has passed away. It’s heartbreaking to see such a talented and great guy stopped in his tracks like that. So many people do what they do because of him. Our Condolences go out to his friends and family, keep your heads up Teklife Crew x We will really miss you.”
A Hyperdub spokesman told EW that an official statement is coming early next week, after the coroner’s report is released.
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