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Tag: In Memoriam (11-20 of 711)

Maya Angelou memorial service will be live-streamed

Author, activist, and icon Dr. Maya Angelou, who died last week at age 86, will be remembered at a private memorial service Saturday at Wake Forest University. The service, reserved for invited guests only, will be held in Wait Chapel and available to view by the public via a live stream starting at 10 a.m.

Angelou served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982 after receiving an honorary degree in 1977. Though still very active around her Winston-Salem community giving lectures and speeches, Angelou taught her last class at the university in the summer of 2011. She was planning to teach a course in the fall titled “Race, Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and Beyond.” Angelou’s family has requested that in lieu of any flowers or public memorials on campus, donations be made to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Additional celebrations of the late poet’s life in more cities throughout the country will be announced at a later date by her son Guy B. Johnson.

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.


Cinematographer Gordon Willis, known for 'Godfather' and Woody Allen films, dies at 82

Gordon Willis, the cinematographer and director of photography best known for his shadowy work in the Godfather series and a slew of Woody Allen’s best-known films — including Annie Hall and Manhattan — has died. He was 82.

“This is a momentous loss,” American Society of Cinematographers president Richard Crudo told Deadline late Sunday night, confirming Willis’s passing. “He was one of the giants who absolutely changed the way movies looked. Up until the time of The Godfather 1 and 2, nothing previously shot looked that way. He changed the way films looked and the way people looked at films.”

We’ll be posting a full obituary later in the day. In the meantime, watch Willis discussing his unique style in this video interview from 2013:


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.

'Alien' artist H.R. Giger dies at 74

Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic Alien, has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall, his museum said Tuesday.

Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland, told The Associated Press that Giger died in a hospital on Monday.

Giger’s works, often showing macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for “biomechanical” tattoos. READ FULL STORY

'Videodrome' star Leslie Carlson dies at age 81

Veteran character actor Leslie Carlson has died at the age of 81. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carlson passed away at his home in Toronto on May 3.


Lee Marshall, voice of Tony the Tiger, dies at 64

Lee Marshall, one of the actors who supplied the booming voice of Tony the Tiger in commercials, has died. He was 64.

His son, Jason VanBorssum, tells the Los Angeles Times Marshall died of esophageal cancer on April 26 at a Santa Monica hospital.

Marshall began voicing the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes mascot in 1999, filling in for the original actor, Thurl Ravenscroft.

Marshall got his first full-time radio job at the age of 14 in Phoenix. He had a prematurely deep voice and lied about his age. His career included radio newsman, rock `n’ roll disc jockey, sports broadcaster and wrestling ring interviewer.

Peaches Geldof reportedly died of heroin overdose

An inquest into the sudden death of 25-year-old Peaches Geldof — daughter of musician Bob Geldof — has revealed that the TV presenter died of a heroin overdose, according to The Times of London.

Geldof was found dead at her country home in Kent April 7; she was caring for her 11-month-old son, Phaedra, at the time. Police found no drug paraphernalia in the house and initially treated the death as “non-suspicious.”

Her untimely passing came 14 years after Geldof’s mother, British TV presenter Paula Yates, died of an accidental heroin overdose while home alone with Geldof’s half-sister,  Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof. The last photo Peaches tweeted and posted to Instagram pictured Geldof as a child in her mother’s arms.

'Mad Magazine' editor Al Feldstein dies at 88

Before The Daily Show, The Simpsons or even Saturday Night Live, Al Feldstein helped show America how to laugh at authority and giggle at popular culture.

Millions of young baby boomers looked forward to that day when the new issue of Mad magazine, which Feldstein ran for 28 years, arrived in the mail or on newsstands. Alone in their room, or huddled with friends, they looked for the latest of send-up of the president or of a television commercial. They savored the mystery of the fold-in, where a topical cartoon appeared with a question on top that was answered by collapsing the page and creating a new, and often, hilarious image.

Thanks in part to Feldstein, who died Tuesday at his home in Montana at age 88, comics were more than escapes into alternate worlds of superheroes and clean-cut children. They were a funhouse tour of current events and the latest crazes. Mad was breakthrough satire for the post-World War II era — the kind of magazine Holden Caulfield of The Catcher In the Rye might have read, or better, might have founded. READ FULL STORY

Bob Hoskins dies at 71

British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from Mona Lisa to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has died aged 71.

A family statement released Wednesday by agent Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia.

His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack, said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.”

A versatile character actor capable of menace, poignancy and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including gangster classic The Long Good Friday.

In 2012 Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from acting.

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