01:28 PM EDT 06/17/2013
Originally posted 06/04/2013 12:55PM
Bollywood actress Jiah Khan was found dead in her Mumbai apartment late Monday. She was 25.
A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, is quoted in the U.K. Guardian as saying that the actress's mother, Razia Khan, found her daughter's body hanging in the residence.
The Times of India reports that Khan may have killed herself over a failed relationship with an actor.
Originally posted 06/04/2013 10:20AM
David "Deacon" Jones, the Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, has died at 74.
The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night.
"Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant," said Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, whose father, George, coached Jones with the Los Angeles Rams.
"His passion and spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him. He was a cherished member of the Allen family and I will always consider him my big brother."
Because sacks didn't become an official statistic until 1982, Jones' total is uncertain. His impact as a premier pass rusher and team leader is not.
Originally posted 06/03/2013 09:15AM
The deadly tornado that swept through Oklahoma Friday night – the second such disaster to strike the state in two weeks – claimed among its 13 victims three veteran storm chasers: Storm Chasers star Tim Samaras, 54, his son Paul Samaras, 24, and their colleague, Carl Young, 45.
The elder Samaras was found inside his car, and he was still wearing his seatbelt. His son and colleague had been pulled from a car by the winds – which carried one of them for a half a mile.
Samaras's recent research was often funded by the National Geographic Society, which on Sunday released a statement, saying: "We are shocked and deeply saddened ... [Samaras] was a courageous and brilliant scientist who fearlessly pursued tornadoes and lightning ... in an effort to better understand these phenomena."
Only last month, the elder Samaras spoke to the society's namesake publication about his work, telling National Geographic that his interest in twisters began as a child, while watching the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, with its dramatic storm sequence.
Originally posted 06/02/2013 01:30PM
While following a tornado in El Reno, Okla., on Friday, Storm Chasers star Tim Samaras, his son Paul and colleague Carl Young lost their lives.
They were among the nine people killed by storms that night, CNN reports.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their colleague Carl Young. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families," the Discovery Channel said in a statement.
Originally posted 06/02/2013 10:00AM
The mother of Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars died of a brain aneurysm Saturday in Hawaii, a rep at the singer's label confirms to PEOPLE.
Hernandez was 55 years old. She passed in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center; no other information was given, according to the Associated Press.
Originally posted 06/01/2013 05:00PM
Jean Stapleton, the versatile actress who will forever be remembered for her long-running role as the dim-witted but deep-hearted Edith Bunker on the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom All in the Family, died Friday at her home in New York City, her family confirms.
Stapleton, who was 90, succumbed to natural causes.
Having already established a career during the 1950s and early '60s for playing nosy neighbor roles in such Broadway smashes as Damn Yankees, Funny Girl and Bells Are Ringing, in which she played the owner of the titular answering service, Stapleton entered the TV pantheon with her high-pitched comic voice (which was a gross exaggeration of her own), perfect timing (especially when Edith would be slow to catch on to something) and unrelenting love for her husband Archie Bunker (even while overlooking his bigotry, which she never shared).
Originally posted 05/30/2013 09:25AM
Olivia Newton-John's beloved older sister, Rona Newton-John, has died after a battle with brain cancer.
"My beautiful sister Rona sadly passed on May 24th in Los Angeles. It was May 25th in Australia – which was our mother Irene's birthday," Olivia, 64, wrote on Facebook.
She adds: "Rona died of a very aggressive brain tumor and mercifully suffered no pain. She was surrounded by the love of her four children – Fiona, Brett, Tottie and Emerson, and her wonderful friends. I will miss her forever – my beautiful, smart, talented, funny, brave sister Rona."
Originally posted 05/26/2013 06:10PM
Angelina Jolie's aunt, Debbie Martin, has lost her battle with breast cancer Sunday. She was 61.
The devastating news comes nearly two weeks after Jolie revealed she had a preventative double mastectomy after learning she had tested positive for the "faulty" BRCA gene.
Martin was hospitalized on Wednesday, her husband Ronald Martin, tells PEOPLE. She passed away early Sunday morning.
While Jolie was not able to be with her aunt, she had seen Martin many times since her diagnosis, and both Jolie and her brother James Haven had been in contact throughout this past week to lend their support.
Originally posted 05/21/2013 12:15PM
He was given months to live last June, but that didn't stop Zach Sobiech from becoming a rock star – and an inspiration to millions.
Sobiech passed away Monday, 17 days after his 18th birthday. First diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 14, Sobiech's music became his way of expressing himself. His song "Clouds" not only went viral last December, but also resulted in a star-studded celebrity tribute video earlier this month.
"My closure is being able to get my feelings into these songs. So [friends and family] could have something to remember me by, or lean on when I was gone," he says in a 22-minute film about his story, My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech, featured on SoulPancake.
Originally posted 05/20/2013 05:45PM
Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died Monday in Rosenheim, Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer, his rep confirms to PEOPLE. He was 74.
Manzarek is best known as a founding member of the classic rock band The Doors, along with John Densmore, Robby Krieger and the group's charismatic (and controversial) frontman Jim Morrison.
"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," Krieger said in a statement. "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."
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