Celebrity deaths

Protestors walk on Broad Street to demonstrate for Mumia Abu-Jamal outside the offices of District Attorney Larry Krasner, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Philadelphia. A judge issued a split ruling Thursday that grants Abu-Jamal another chance to appeal his 1981 conviction in a Philadelphia police officer's death. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
December 28, 2018 - 6:57 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A court ruling this week puts the police murder case of former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal back in the spotlight years after it drew the attention of Amnesty International, Hollywood celebrities and death penalty opponents worldwide. Abu-Jamal, a one-time taxi driver and radio...
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December 28, 2018 - 7:57 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Frank Adonis, an actor best known for his roles in Martin Scorsese films including "Goodfellas," ''Raging Bull" and "Casino," has died. He was 83. His wife, Denise, told TMZ and Fox News that he died Wednesday in Las Vegas after several years of illness, mostly from kidney problems...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015 file photo, actress and director Penny Marshall attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special in New York. Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
December 19, 2018 - 3:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress-director Penny Marshall is being remembered for her wit and the ground she broke in the male-dominated film business. Marshall, who rose to fame as one of the stars of the television hit "Laverne & Shirley," died Monday night in her Los Angeles home at age 75. She...
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FILE - In this April 9, 1984 file photo, actress Penny Marshall arrives for the 56th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
December 18, 2018 - 5:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities offer their thanks, remembrances and condolences on the death of actress-director Penny Marshall, who died Monday at 75. ___ "I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very...
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2015, file photo, Bill Fralic watches a news conference in Pittsburgh. Former star Atlanta Falcons lineman Bill Fralic died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. He was 56. Fralic was a three-time All-American offensive lineman at Pittsburgh. The university said he had cancer and died at his home in suburban Atlanta. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
December 14, 2018 - 4:14 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bill Fralic, the burly, bruising and athletic offensive lineman who starred for the Atlanta Falcons and was a three-time All-American at Pittsburgh, has died. He was 56. He had cancer and died Thursday at his home in suburban Atlanta, the university said. Fralic was the first...
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December 13, 2018 - 11:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy-winning jazz and pop singer Nancy Wilson has died. Her manager Devra Hall Levy tells The Associated Press late Thursday night that Wilson died peacefully after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park. She was...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 1996 file photo, Sondra Locke leaves court in Burbank, Calif., after opening statements in a civil suit against Locke's former live-in boyfriend, Clint Eastwood. The Oscar-nominated actress Locke has died. A death certificate obtained by The Associated Press shows Locke died Nov. 3, 2018, at age 74 at her home in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer. (AP Photo/John Hayes, File)
December 13, 2018 - 10:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died. Locked died Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest stemming from...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena throws out Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier on a sacrifice bunt during the fifth inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a car crash in Venezuela. MLB tweeted late Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, the 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died. Both were playing for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan league. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
December 07, 2018 - 3:19 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday. The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2017, file photo, Kendrick Lamar performs during the Festival d'ete de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada. A list of nominees in the top categories at the 2019 Grammys, including Lamar, who is the leader with eight nominations, were announced Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, by the Recording Academy. Drake, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Childish Gambino, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, Maren Morris, SZA, Kacey Musgraves and Greta Van Fleet also scored multiple nominations. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
December 07, 2018 - 1:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The music of "Black Panther," with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heavily represented in the major four categories following a year where their presence was barely felt. The Recording Academy announced Friday that Lamar...
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Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event at Pier 36 on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
December 07, 2018 - 10:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande capped off a successful year as a pop star — but a trying one as a maturing young woman — at the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event, where she was named Woman of the Year. The 25-year-old singer was teary-eyed at times during her acceptance speech as she...
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