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Former TV Academy President Hank Rieger dies

Henry “Hank” Rieger, former president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, died Wednesday at age 95.

Rieger served as the Academy president from 1973 to 1975 and again from 1977 to 1980. He started his career as a bureau chief for United Press International and took a leave of absence in 1953 to serve as press attaché for the U.S. Consul General in Singapore. In 1965, Rieger began a 15-year run as West Coast director of press and publicity for the NBC Television Network promoting such popular TV programs as Bonanza, I Spy, Star Trek, Laugh In, Sanford and Son, and The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. He also traveled overseas with Bob Hope to entertain U.S. troops.

“Hank Rieger worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the television academy,” said Television Academy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Rosenblum. “He believed in The Academy’s ability to have a positive impact on the entire entertainment industry, and we are deeply grateful for all he contributed.”

Rieger served the Television Academy for 40 years — first as president of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, then as President of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was also the editor and publisher of Emmy Magazine, the publication he created for the organization.

Rieger’s wife of 65 years Deborah died last year and has no children.

'The Warriors' star Roger Hill dies

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Roger Hill, best known for the 1979 cult classic The Warriors, passed away last week at the age of 65 in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

Hill’s career was mostly spent in the theater, in multiple Off Broadway and touring productions. He also played Alec Lowndes on ABC’s One Life to Live from 1982-85.

The native New Yorker graduated from the City College of New York and later spent time working as a part-time librarian and writing poetry. He is survived by his only son, film editor Chris W. Hill.

Train strikes Allman biopic film crew, woman dead

Authorities in south Georgia say a woman working with a film crew has been struck and killed by a train while making a biopic about musician Gregg Allman.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Detective Joe Gardner tells WSAV-TV it happened after the crew had placed a mattress on a set of railroad tracks in Doctortown while filming the movie Midnight Rider.

Authorities have said several other crew members were injured and details on their injuries weren’t immediately available. Sheriff John Carter told WTOC-TV that two of the crew members sustained serious injuries.

Gardner says the crew was affiliated with a Savannah-based production company. Studio representatives were unavailable for comment Thursday.

Sheriff’s officials haven’t released the woman’s identity, and officials from CSX rail company say they’re working with authorities on the investigation.

'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Absolutely Fabulous' actor Christopher Malcolm dies at age 67

Actor Christopher Malcolm has died at the age of 67. In the early ’70s, the Scottish-born Malcolm originated the part of Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show and co-produced a West End revival of the cult musical in 1990. But the actor was probably best known for playing the character of Zev Senesca in Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and Saffy’s father Justin in the beloved British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. His other acting credits included 1980′s mercenary action movie The Dogs of War, Warren Beatty-directed Reds (1981), and Highlander and Labyrinth (both released in 1986).

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Julia Roberts' half-sister dead of apparent overdose

Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, has died of an apparent drug overdose, according to a statement released by her family. The 37-year-old was the youngest sister of Julia and actor Eric Roberts.

“It is with deep sadness that the family of Nancy Motes … confirms that she was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday of an apparent drug overdose,” the statement, obtained by People, says. “There is no official report from the Coroner’s office yet. The family is both shocked and devastated.”

'Rudolph' animator Arthur Rankin Jr. dies at 89

Arthur Rankin Jr., a director, producer, and animator best known for creating the classic stop-motion Christmas specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, died Thursday at home in Bermuda, THR reported Friday. He was 89.

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One of the last 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkins, Ruth Robinson Duccini, dies at 95

Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the last remaining actors who played a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, died on Thursday after a “brief illness” at a hospice in Las Vegas, according to the L.A. Times. She was 95.

With the loss of Duccini, the only surviving member of the 1939 film’s Lollipop Guild  is actor Jerry Maren, who is 93. 

British sitcom legend and 'Harry Potter' actor Roger Lloyd-Pack dies at age 69

British character actor Roger Lloyd-Pack has died at the age of 69, according to The Guardian. Lloyd-Pack was much loved in his homeland for playing the dim-witted Trigger in the hugely popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses and the equally slow Owen Newitt in the similarly successful, Richard Curtis-penned show The Vicar of Dibley. But he was an incredibly versatile performer whose big screen credits included Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Interview with the Vampire, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which he played Barty Crouch Sr. In addition to his TV and film roles, Lloyd-Pack was an accomplished theater actor and recently appeared alongside Mark Rylance in London productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night. According to his agent, Lloyd-Pack was suffering from pancreatic cancer and died at home surrounded by his family.

'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly died from multiple drug intoxication

Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for playing Eric Forman’s sister on That ’70s Show, died from multiple drug intoxication, the L.A. County coroner revealed Friday.

Specific drugs in Kelly’s system at the time of death were not noted, but the actress had a history with illegal substances. She was arrested at least four times over the past three years for DUI, spousal abuse, and assault.

Kelly’s agent spoke with People at the time of her death, saying Kelly had “addiction problems that have plagued her” for the past few years prior to her passing. TMZ was the first to report this story.

Paul Walker coroner's report reveals car was traveling over 100 mph

New light has been shed on the accident that claimed the lives of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, 40, and his friend Roger Rodas, 38, thanks to a newly released coroner’s report that says the car was traveling in excess of 100 mph when it struck a tree in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Nov. 30.

The report specifies that Walker, who was riding in the passenger seat of the Porsche Carrera GT, is said to have suffered “thermal burns with diffuse charring” and his death was caused by the combination of extensive thermal injuries and multiple traumatic injuries. Rodas, who was driving the vehicle, also died of traumatic injuries. Neither drugs nor alcohol were found in either Walker’s or Rodas’ systems, according to a toxicology report.

According to witness reports, Rodas lost control of the vehicle, causing it to spin around into a curb. The driver’s side is said to have then struck a tree, then a light post, and then the passenger side careened into another tree, which is when it first burst into flames.

TMZ first reported the news, and the full report is available here.

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