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'Lizzie McGuire' actor Daniel Escobar dies at 49

Daniel Escobar — best known for playing drama/chorus teacher Mr. Escobar on Lizzie McGuire — died Friday of complications from diabetes, according to CNN. He was 49.

The actor appeared opposite Hilary Duff on her breakthrough Disney Channel series from 2001-2002, as well as in the 2003 Lizzie McGuire movie. Additionally, Escobar had a recurring role on Dharma & Greg from 1999-2002 and made appearances in several TV series, including How I Met Your Mother, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Two and a Half Me, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, and Charmed. His last TV appearance was in an episode of Whitney. Escobar also did theater; he won a Helen Hayes Award in 2008 for his role in She Stoops to Comedy, a play by David Greenspan.

Country singer Ray Price dead at 87

Ray Price, one of country music’s most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday. He was 87.

Price died Monday afternoon at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas, said Billy Mack Jr., who was acting as a family spokesman. Billie Perryman, the wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed his death.

Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and it had recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, according East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He stopped aggressive treatments and left the hospital last Thursday to receive hospice care at home.

At the time, his wife, Janie Price, relayed what she called her husband’s “final message” to his fans: “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years, and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”
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'Billy Jack' star Tom Laughlin dies at 82

Actor-writer-director Tom Laughlin, whose production and marketing of Billy Jack set a standard for breaking the rules on and off screen, has died.

Laughlin’s daughter told The Associated Press that he died Thursday at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Laughlin was 82 and Teresa Laughlin, who acted in the Billy Jack movies, said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia.

Billy Jack was released in 1971 after a long struggle by Laughlin to gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for guerrilla filmmaking.

He wrote, directed and produced Billy Jack and starred as the ex-Green Beret who defends a progressive school against the racists of a conservative Western community. The film became a counterculture favorite and the theme song, “One Tin Soldier,” was a hit single for the rock group Coven.
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Paul Walker laid to rest after Los Angeles funeral

Paul Walker was laid to rest on Saturday after a private funeral service in Los Angeles.

According to E! online, the Fast & Furious star was cremated, and his ashes were interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery during a non-denominational service. His father, mother, two brothers, and other family members and friends were in attendance. Another private gathering will be held for family and friends at an as-yet undisclosed location.

On Dec. 8, thousands of fans visited  the site where the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. Mourners left flowers and candies and revved their engines to pay tribute to the actor.

'Rubicon' actor Christopher Evan Welch dies at 48

Christopher Evan Welch, the actor whose roles on New York stages led to a series of film and television parts, including a regular spot on AMC’s Rubicon, has died in Southern California.

His family said in a statement Wednesday that Welch died Dec. 2 in Santa Monica. He was 48 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

The Dallas-born actor won an Obie Award in 2000 for his performance in A Streetcar Named Desire at the New York Theatre Workshop.
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'The Sound of Music' actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in The Sound of Music, has died at 91.

Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs,” Gale added.

Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951, and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965’s The Sound of Music, in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.

“Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known,” Plummer said in a statement. “Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever.”
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Actress Kate Williamson dead at 82

Character actress Kate Williamson, who appeared in such films as Disclosure, Dahmer, Dream Lover, and Racing With the Moon, has died at age 82 after a lengthy illness, said her manager, Judy Fox.

Williamson died Friday at her suburban Encino home, less than a month after the passing of her husband of nearly 60 years, veteran character actor Al Ruscio. “They were the epitome of true and forever sweethearts,” Fox said.

Williamson also appeared in dozens of TV shows going back to the 1970s, including 7th Heaven, JAG, NYPD Blue, Home Improvement, and Ellen.

Williamson is survived by four children and five grandchildren.

'America's Next Top Model' director killed in home invasion

Los Angeles police are investigating the fatal home invasion shooting of a director who worked on the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model.

The Los Angeles Times reports 42-year-old James Howe died and his wife was seriously wounded in the Nov. 27 attack at their rented home.

Police say Howe and his wife answered the door of the Glassell Park home for what they thought was a lone salesman, but instead, two men and a woman forced their way inside.

A fight ensued at the doorway, and one of the men pulled a gun and opened fire.

The couple’s 6-year-old son wasn’t harmed.

Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Jose Perez says the shooting appeared random and there’s no obvious motive.

No arrests have been made.

Autopsy: Paul Walker died from impact, fire in crash

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed by impact and fire in a crash that occurred while he was a passenger in a Porsche driven by his friend, according to an autopsy released Wednesday

Walker died Saturday when the high-performance car smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames.

The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was driven by Roger Rodas, who was killed by the impact alone, according to the autopsy released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Results of toxicology testing will take another six to eight weeks.
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'Curb Appeal' co-host Bill Beckwith dies in motorcycle accident

A co-host of the HGTV show Curb Appeal has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.

The San Francisco medical examiner identified 38-year-old Bill Beckwith as the victim of a crash near the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Monday night. He was riding a motorcycle that was struck by a car.

Beckwith was one of the three hosts of Curb Appeal, which features home renovations. He was a carpenter and general contractor who grew up on a farm in Maine and owned his own Bay Area construction business.

HGTV says in a statement that his creativity, adventurous spirit and general love of life will be missed.

Police say Beckwith suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The 30-year-old driver of the car that struck him is cooperating with the investigation.

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