01:28 PM EDT 06/17/2013
Originally posted 06/14/2013 06:30PM
Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert, the mother of 11 children – including Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert – died on Wednesday. She was 92.
With an extended family of 82, the mother of The Colbert Report star was an accomplished artist, church leader, businesswoman and supporter of the arts, according to her obituary in South Carolina's Post and Courier.
Her husband and three of her children previously passed away – three of the four deceased family members died in a plane crash in 1974 – and she is survived by her remaining eight kids, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Originally posted 06/12/2013 09:25AM
Longtime soap opera actress Maxine Stuart has died at age 94. She had regular roles on The Young and the Restless and The Edge of Night.
Her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell, tells the Los Angeles Times that her mother died of natural causes on Thursday at her Beverly Hills home.
Maxine Stuart began her career in the New York theater. She had small movie roles but was best known for her TV work, which included guest appearances on shows such as Peyton Place, NYPD Blue and Judging Amy.
Originally posted 06/12/2013 06:45AM
Still the most notorious movie of all time – for its record-setting cost overruns, for the scandalous extramarital affair of its two stars, and for how its out-of-control production brought down the entire administration of 20th Century-Fox – Cleopatra, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, marks the 50th anniversary of its world premiere on June 12.
In tribute to the landmark, and Life magazine's lively coverage of the epic as the drama unfolded behind the scenes in Rome half a century ago, Life.com has assembled an eye-catching photo spread of several rare and even never-before-seen Cleopatra photographs by Paul Schutzer.
Titled Liz Taylor and Richard Burton on the Set of 'Cleopatra': Rare and Classic Photos, the layout shows the two stars at play not only with each other, but with their children during the making of what remains one of the great lavish spectacles the screen has ever seen.
Originally posted 06/06/2013 01:35PM
Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington has died in a Palm Springs car crash.
A Riverside County coroner's report says the 67-year-old Palm Springs resident wasn't wearing a seat belt when his car hit a retaining wall at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. He died at the scene.
The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports that police don't believe alcohol or drugs were involved.
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 06/01/2013 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 05/21/2013 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 04:30PM
Minnesota teen Zach Sobiech, who wrote the viral hit "Clouds" during his bone-cancer fight, died Monday morning. He was 18.
"With heavy hearts" the Children's Cancer Research Fund announced the news on its website, writing, "Zach was at home and at peace with those he loved most. Zach's life ended just as he lived, embraced by the love of his family, friends, grace and music."
Sobiech, who celebrated his 18th birthday on May 3, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 14, and was told by doctors last June that he had possibly less than a year to live. That December, he released "Clouds." The song about facing death got more than three million YouTube views. Just this month, Rainn Wilson led a group of celebrities lip-syncing in a moving tribute video.
Originally posted 05/17/2013 08:20AM
Dick Trickle, whose larger-than-life personality and penchant for fun won him legions of fans despite a lack of success beyond the nation's small tracks, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 71.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle, who said "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.
Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Johnson said foul play was not suspected.
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