Debi Austin

After losing her larynx to cancer, Debi Austin became a powerful advocate in the public-awareness campaign against smoking. In a memorable ad, the Canoga Park woman puffed on a cigarette through a surgical hole in her throat. Debi Austin looked into the camera, swallowed — the hole in her throat as big as a half-dollar […]

Stephane Hessel

Hessel died overnight, his wife Christiane Hessel-Chabry told France’s AFP news agency in Paris. A German by birth, he was imprisoned in Nazi camps during World War II for his activities in France. In Time for Outrage, he called for a new form of “resistance” to the injustices of the modern world. Widgets

Diane Lampert

Diane Charlotte Lampert, an accomplished songwriter of the 1950s and 1960s who wrote lyrics to title songs for more than 20 movies, has died. Lampert’s husband, Fred Stuart, said she died of heart failure Friday at a Manhattan hospital. She was 88. Widgets

Rex Scouten

“Where do I live?” the newly elected president, Jimmy Carter, asked when he strolled up the White House driveway in January 1977. The man who greeted him and showed the Carter family their new residence was a discreet, efficient and politically savvy federal employee with a name evoking a square-jawed hero from a Saturday-afternoon movie […]

Josh Level

Tragedy struck North Carolina on Tuesday night when Josh Level, one of the state’s most promising young basketball players, collapsed during a game and died shortly thereafter from unknown circumstances. As reported by The Greensboro News & Record and Greensville Fox affiliate WGHP, Level, a 17-year-old star for Greensboro (N.C.) New Garden Friends School, collapsed […]

Lou Myers

Actor Lou Myers, best known for his role as ornery restaurant owner Mr. Gaines on the television series “A Different World,” has died. Tonia McDonald of Myers’ nonprofit, Global Business Incubation Inc., said Myers died Tuesday night at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. She said he was 76. McDonald said Wednesday that Myers […]

Richard Briers

British actor Richard Briers, an avuncular comic presence on TV and movie screens for decades, has died at the age of 79. Briers’ agent, Christopher Farrar, said Monday that the actor died at his London home on Sunday. A former heavy smoker, he had suffered from emphysema. Widgets

Tony Sheridan

Sheridan was the front man on the Fab Four’s first studio recordings, made in Germany in 1961. ‘My Bonnie’ hit the U.S. charts in 1964, followed by ‘Ain’t She Sweet’ a few months later. The first song the broader world heard from the Beatles wasn’t one of the pop-music gems that seemed to flow so […]

Jerry Buss

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who presided over a team that won 10 NBA titles and showcased some of the biggest names in professional basketball, died Monday. He was 80. Buss had been suffering from an undisclosed form of cancer. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he had been in […]

Mindy McCready

Troubled country singer Mindy McCready, age 37, has died of an apparent suicide, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot.  McCready shot herself and her dog. Her body was reportedly found at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, after neighbors heard gunshots and called the police. McCready leaves behind two children, 6-year-old Zander and 9-month-old Zayne. […]