Celebrity deaths

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 file photo, Actor Wilford Brimley attends the premiere of 'Did You Hear About The Morgans' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from stunt performer to star of film such as “Cocoon” and “The Natural,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning, Aug. 1, 2020 in a Utah hospital. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
August 02, 2020 - 7:33 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The Firm,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the...
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Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto speaks during an interview in Tokyo, in May, 2017. Yamamoto, known for his avant-garde and colorful work that included flamboyant costumes of the late rock icon David Bowie has died of leukemia, his company said on Monday, July 27, 2020. He was 76.(Kyodo News via AP)
July 27, 2020 - 5:33 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, known for his avant-garde and colorful work that included flamboyant costumes of the late rock icon David Bowie, has died of leukemia, his company said Monday. He was 76. Yamamoto developed leukemia in February and was determined to recover...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, Regis Philbin appears on his farewell episode of "Live! with Regis and Kelly", in New York. Philbin, the genial host who shared his life with television viewers over morning coffee for decades and helped himself and some fans strike it rich with the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” has died on Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
July 25, 2020 - 6:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Regis Philbin, the genial host who shared his life with television viewers over morning coffee for decades and helped himself and some fans strike it rich with the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” has died at 88. Philbin died of natural causes Friday night, just over a...
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The casket containing the remains Rev. C.T. Vivian are carried from Providence Missionary Baptist Church after a funeral service Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
July 23, 2020 - 3:50 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation paid its final respects Thursday to the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement who helped end segregation across the South and left an abiding imprint on U.S. history. Vivian, a close ally of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was mourned by civil rights...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 1963, file photo, British jazz singer Annie Ross, right, and actor Sean Lynch are covered with confetti after their marriage in London. Ross, who rose to fame as a jazz singer in the 1950s, struggled with personal problems in the '60s, faded from the spotlight in the '70s, re-emerged as a successful character actress in the '80s and finished her career as a cabaret mainstay, died Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at her home in New York. She was 89. Her death was confirmed by her former manager, Jim Coleman. (AP Photo/Dear, File)
July 22, 2020 - 8:19 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Annie Ross, a popular jazz singer in the 1950s before crossing over into a successful film career, has died. She was 89. Ross’ manager, Jim Coleman, told the Washington Post that the entertainer died Tuesday at her home in New York, four days before her 90th birthday. She had...
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers already have just about guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a delicate balancing act when the NBA returns to action. They must try to shake off the rust after a 4 ½-month hiatus while also staying as healthy as possible for the postseason. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
July 20, 2020 - 2:48 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James keeps hearing the same questions. How’s it going? How’s the bubble? He now has a one-size-fits-all answer. “I just say it’s 2020,” James said. “Nothing is normal in 2020.” That’s not entirely true. The NBA is a few weeks from playoff mode, and James --...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, Actress Phyllis Somerville attends the premiere of "Stoker" at Walter Reade Theatre in New York. Phyllis Somerville, an actor with a variety of credits in films, television shows and Broadway productions over her lengthy career, has died. She was 76. Somerville’s manager Paul Hilepo says the actor died Thursday, July 16, 2020 in New York City of natural causes. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
July 17, 2020 - 6:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Phyllis Somerville, an actor with a lengthy career of roles in film, television and Broadway productions, has died. She was 76. Somerville’s manager Paul Hilepo says the actor died Thursday in New York City of natural causes. A native of Iowa, Somerville moved to New York in the...
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FILE - Naya Rivera, a cast member in the television series "Glee," poses at a screening and Q&A for the show, at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles on May 1, 2012. Authorities say a body has been found at a Southern California lake during the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says in a tweet that the body was found Monday morning, July 13, 2020, in the search of Lake Piru for Rivera, five days after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a boat the two had rented. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
July 14, 2020 - 5:51 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy confirmed Tuesday that “Glee'' star Naya Rivera died from accidental drowning, officials said, while her family released a statement honoring her ”everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit." The examination, performed the day after the 33-year-old's body was found in a...
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July 14, 2020 - 1:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grant Imahara, the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters,” died from a brain aneurysm, the network said Tuesday. Imahara died Monday at the age of 49. “We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant,” the network said in a statement. “He was an important part of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Naya Rivera participates in the "Step Up: High Water" panel during the YouTube Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. The search to find “Glee" TV show star Rivera in a Southern California lake ended Saturday, July 11, 2020, without any results, authorities said. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet Saturday night that the search of Lake Piru will resume Sunday morning. Authorities said Thursday they believe Rivera drowned in the lake. Her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
July 13, 2020 - 7:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Naya Rivera, a singer and actor who played a gay cheerleader on the hit TV musical comedy “Glee,” was found dead Monday in a Southern California lake. She was 33. Rivera's body was discovered five days after she disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son, Josey, was found July 8 alone...
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