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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.


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

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

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