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Retired CBS newsman Bruce Dunning dies at 73

CBS News says longtime foreign correspondent Bruce Dunning has died.

CBS said in a release that the retired newsman died Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City from injuries suffered in a fall. He was 73.

In 1975, Dunning captured part of the chaotic end to the Vietnam War. He reported on the last evacuation flight out of Da Nang and the scramble to get aboard as the city fell to North Vietnamese troops.

Dunning spent most of his 35-year career at CBS News reporting from Asia, opening the network’s Beijing bureau in 1981 and serving as the Tokyo-based Asia bureau chief. He later covered Latin America and the Caribbean for CBS.

CBS says the New Jersey native’s survivors include his partner, artist Tetsunori Kawana, and a brother.

Former 'Today' news anchor Lew Wood dies

Lew Wood, a veteran broadcast journalist who covered the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy for CBS and later anchored the news report for NBC’s Today show, has died at age 84.

Wood’s daughter, Brigitte Wood, says her father died Wednesday at a hospice in Riverside County.

Wood began his career in radio in 1952 at WDZ-AM in Decatur, Ill.

He transitioned to TV the following year, working as a reporter-cameraman, and anchoring the evening news, for a fledgling TV station in South Bend, Ind.

As a correspondent for CBS in the 1960s, Wood covered the Civil Rights movement and was part of the news team in Dallas to report on Kennedy’s visit when the president was killed.

He became Today‘s news anchor in 1975.

Transgender YouTube star Domonique Newburn killed at 31

Authorities in San Bernardino County are investigating the slaying of a transgender woman and YouTube reality star who was found dead in her Fontana apartment.

Coroner’s officials said Wednesday that 31-year-old Domonique Newburn, whose birth name was Daymond Watford, had sustained trauma.

Newburn was found dead Tuesday after residents called police reporting a disturbance.

Police said witnesses reported seeing a man leaving Newburn’s apartment and taking off in a black Mercedes sedan, which may have belonged to Newburn. The car was found abandoned Wednesday at a San Bernardino park.

Newburn appeared under her stage name “Domonique Duffy” in the premiere episode of YouTube’s Hollywood Houseboys, a reality show about a group of young, black gay men trying to make it in the entertainment industry.

Jazz legend Marian McPartland dead at age 95

Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show Piano Jazz, has died, NPR said Wednesday. She was 95.

McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her Port Washington home on Long Island, said Anna Christopher Bross, an NPR spokeswoman.

Over a career that spanned more than six decades, McPartland became a fixture in the jazz world as a talented musician and well-loved radio personality.

In an interview with The Associated Press in 2007, the 89-year-old said she saw no reason to retire.

“Retire? Why retire? I’ve got a job, I’m making money, and I like what I do. Why retire?” she asked. “I think I’ll jump out of a cake, or something.”

Born Margaret Marian Turner in England, she began playing classical piano at the age of 3. At 17, she was accepted to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music. She left in her third year to play piano with a touring vaudeville act — to the chagrin of her parents, who she said were “horrified,” and a professor who called popular music “rubbish.”
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Lee Thompson Young, former Disney Channel star, found dead

Lee Thompson Young was found dead in his Los Angeles home Monday, according to People.

The 29-year-old actor, who played the title character in Disney Channel’s The Famous Jett Jackson, had been appearing as Detective Barry Frost in the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles since 2010.

“Everyone at Rizzoli & Isles is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young,” read a statement from TNT, Warner Bros., and executive producer Janet Tamaro. “We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and offscreen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.”

Officials believe Young died from a possible suicide, as he was found in his Los Angeles home with apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to TMZ.

Young also starred in the Disney Channel’s The Famous Jett Jackson from 1998 to 2001.

“Nothing any of us can say will adequately express our sadness over Lee’s untimely passing — our thoughts are with his loved ones and the many fans of his work,” said a spokesperson for the Disney Channel.

'Free Willy' actor August Schellenberg dead at 77

Canadian actor August Schellenberg, who starred in the Free Willy films, died at his Dallas home after a fight with lung cancer. He was 77.

The actor’s agent, Jamie Levitt, says Schellenberg died Thursday surrounded by his family.

Schellenberg appeared in numerous television roles and was in all three Free Willy movies. In 2007, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as Chief Sitting Bull in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

Levitt says one of Schellenberg’s last notable works was in 2012, playing the lead in Shakespeare’s King Lear in an all-Canadian cast in at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

She described Schellenberg as a loving family man and an iconic Canadian actor.

'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly's autopsy completed

The autopsy for That ’70s Show actress Lisa Robin Kelly was completed Saturday, but we might not know her cause of death for two months, a Los Angeles Coroner’s Office spokeswoman told CNN.

Last week, the actress voluntarily admitted herself to a treatment facility, where she died late Wednesday night. Toxicology results could take eight to 10 weeks to return from the lab.

“I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her,” Kelly’s agent, Craig Wyckoff, said in an email to EW last week. “Last night she lost the battle.”

'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies

Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for playing Eric’s older sister Laurie on the first five seasons of That ’70s Show, has died, EW has confirmed.

Kelly passed away last night at a rehab facility, her agent, Craig Wyckoff, tells EW. The 43-year-old had voluntarily checked into treatment, “where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years.” (Most recently, she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving this past June.)

“I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her,” Wyckoff said in an email. “Last night she lost the battle.”

James Bond stuntman killed in skydiving accident

The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wingsuit.

Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV said Thursday that Mark Sutton was killed during a gathering it had organized involving 20 wingsuit pilots who were filmed as they jumped from helicopters. The firm said Sutton’s death was “a tragic loss for the global wingsuit community.”

Wingsuits — aerodynamic jumpsuits that make wearers look like winged superheroes — allow flyers to jump from planes or helicopters and soar long distances before opening parachutes to land.

Swiss police confirmed that Sutton died Wednesday when he crashed into a rocky ridge near Trient in the Valais region. They gave his age as 42. READ FULL STORY

Tompall Glaser, an original Nashville outlaw, dies

Tompall Glaser, a country music singer, publisher, and studio owner best known for his association with the outlaw movement against record labels, died Tuesday. He was 79.

Louis Glaser, Tompall Glaser’s nephew, said the singer died in Nashville, Tenn., after a long illness.

Thomas Paul Glaser, a Spalding, Neb., native, began performing with his brothers, Jim and Chuck, as The Glaser Brothers in the 1950s and eventually moved to Nashville after meeting Marty Robbins, who tapped them to sing backup.

Glaser and his brothers immediately chafed under the label system in place in the 1960s and ’70s — just like contemporaries Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

Though he would never achieve the success of those friends, he was nonetheless a key player in the rebellion they started against Music Row in the early 1970s that would come to be known as the outlaw movement. He circumvented the label system by opening with his brothers their own music publishing company and recording studio — soon known as “Hillbilly Central.”
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