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'Fraggle Rock' & 'Boondock Saints' Star Gerard Parkes Dies At 90

October 21st, 2014 11:02am EDT
'Fraggle Rock' & 'Boondock Saints' Star Gerard Parkes Dies At 90
Gerard Parkes, known for playing Doc in Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock," died Sunday in a retirement home in Toronto, Canada, just days after celebrating his 90th birthday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Parkes was born on Oct. 16, 1924, in Dublin, Ireland. He began acting in the 1940s, getting his start in theater. He moved to Canada in 1956 and was the first person to win Best Actor in what is now called the Canadian Screen Awards for the 1968 film "Isabel." He also lent his talent to radio programs and won the Andrew Allan Award in 1983 for Best Radio Actor.

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Fashion Legend Oscar De La Renta Dies At 82

October 20th, 2014 11:42pm EDT
Oscar de la Renta
Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who most recently designed the wedding dress of George Clooney's wife Amal, has died.

A family member confirmed to ABC News that the clothing mogul died at his Kent, Connecticut home on Monday.

De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but the cause of his death has yet to be released and there's no word whether or not it contributed to his passing.

The Dominican designer had an impressive career -- spanning over four decades -- and clothed some of the most famous people on the planet during that time, including First Ladies Jackie Kenne...
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Former 'American Idol' Contestant Joanne Borgella Dead At Age 32

October 19th, 2014 8:15am EDT
Former 'Idol' Contestant  Joanne Borgella Dead At Age 32
Former 'American Idol' contestant Joanne Borgella passed away early Saturday morning of Endometrial cancer.

The 32 year old singer and model competed on American Idol in 2008 and was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer in October of 2013. Borgella didn't hide her fight with the disease and regularly shared her battle and faith with fans on social media. Her family made a final statement via her Facebook page to announce her passing.

"To God be the glory! read the statement, "With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne. On Saturday, October 18...
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Misty Upham's Family Believes Death Was An Accident, Not Suicide

October 18th, 2014 2:36pm EDT
Misty Upham's Family Believes Death Was An Accident, Not Suicide
The family of actress Misty Upham believe the star's death was accidental and that she did not commit suicide.

In a Facebook post titled "Official Upham Family Press Release," her father Charles and explains: "We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop off. We searched near that area that evening she disappeared and missed seeing her purse by 25 fee...
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Joan Rivers' Death Caused By Lack Of Oxygen To The Brain

October 17th, 2014 10:18am EDT
Joan Rivers' Death Caused By Lack Of Oxygen To The Brain
Joan Rivers died of hypoxic arrest after surgery, according to a New York City medical examiner. The comedienne died in September after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a medical clinic. She was rushed to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital and died a week later.

Medical officials now say the "Fashion Police" host died when oxygen to her brain was cut off during the procedure, resulting in brain damage.

A spokesperson said in a statement: "OCME (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner) has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers' death is an...
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Body Of Missing Actress Misty Upham Found In Washington Woods [Updated]

October 16th, 2014 11:38pm EDT
Body Of Missing Actress Misty Upham Found In Washington Woods [U
UPDATE: Family spokesperson Tracy Rector, who was also a member of the search party that went out to find the missing actress, confirmed on Thursday evening that the body found is Misty. She was found by her uncle and her father has confirmed that it's her. According to The Hollywood Reporter, neither of the two men believe she took her own life.

"We waited at the site where the team found the body," Rector said. "It took about five-and-a-half hours to confirm [that it was Misty].

"Then we gathered around her body to say prayers and now we're all gathered at the church."

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Michael Jackson Tops Forbes List Of Highest-Earning Dead Celebs

October 16th, 2014 2:06pm EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson tops the Forbes list of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities for the second year in a row.

The late King Of Pop continues to rake in big bucks posthumously, bringing in $140 million in earnings according to the magazine.

His CD "Xscape" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and his holographic image appeared on the Billboard Music Awards in a move to continue his relativity in the industry.

Jackson's song, "Love Never Felt So Good" a duet with Justin Timberlake, hit the Billboard Top 100 upon its release in May of 2014.

Rounding out the list of the top deceased earners ar...
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Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies At 55

October 15th, 2014 10:18pm EDT
Elizabeth Pena
Prolific character actress Elizabeth Pena, who played Sofia Vergara's mother Pilar in a recurring role on hit comedy "Modern Family" has died.

Pena, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, died on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The cause has not yet been revealed. She was 55.

Her death was confirmed by her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles in a heartfelt obituary he penned for website Latino Review.

The actress got her first big break in 1986's "Down & Out In Beverly Hills" as housekeeper Carmen, and followed that with roles in "La Bamba" (1987), "*batteries not included" (...
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Mark Bell, Producer Of Seven Of Bjork's Albums And Member Of British Group LFO, Dies

October 13th, 2014 10:56pm EDT
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Music producer and former LFO (the British LFO, not the horrible American pop trio) co-founder Mark Bell has passed away.

The musician, who was half of the electronic music duo with Gez Varley from the late 80s to the mid-90s, died from complications following surgery some time last week. His death was confirmed by his record label, Warp, on Monday.

"It's with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation," a spokesperson for the company said in a statement. "Mark's family and friends request privacy at thi...
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Former 'Saturday Night Live' Star Jan Hooks Dies At 57

October 9th, 2014 11:37pm EDT
Jan Hooks
Former "Saturday Night Live" star Jan Hooks passed away on Thursday following a serious illness.

The actress's rep, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed the news to CNN, but wouldn't give any details other than that the star died in New York City. She was 57.

Hooks was a cast member on SNL from 1986-1991 and appeared in several memorable skits, including over-the-top lounge act The Sweeney Sisters, playing opposite Nora Dunn.

Hooks starred alongside the likes of Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman and Mike Myers and gave memorable impressions of Sinead O'Connor and Donald Trump's...
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