Celebrity Deaths

Edith Fellows, Child Actress of 1930s, Dies at 88

By Associated Press on June 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES – Edith Fellows, a child actress who was the subject of a famous 1936 custody case, has died. She was 88.

Her daughter, Kathy Fields Lander, tells the Los Angeles Times that Fellows died of natural causes Sunday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Los Angeles.

Fellows' mother abandoned her as an infant, and she was raised by her grandmother, who brought her to Hollywood. She made about 50 movies in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, including the 1936 film "Pennies from Heaven." She later turned to the stage and TV.

Fashion Mogul's Death Still Mystery After Autopsy

By John Rogers on June 1, 2011

LOS ANGELES – An autopsy on the 33-year-old co-founder of a popular hip hop-oriented Southern California clothing company has failed to determine a cause of death, and authorities will now wait for results from toxicological and other tests, authorities said Wednesday.

Jeff Conaway, 'Taxi' and 'Grease,' Star Dead at 60

By Lynn Elber on May 27, 2011

Jeff Conaway, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2011LOS ANGELES – LOS ANGELES — Jeff Conaway, who starred in the sitcom "Taxi," played swaggering Kenickie in the movie musical "Grease" and publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction on "Celebrity Rehab," died Friday. He was 60.

The actor was taken off life support Thursday and died Friday morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center, according to one of his managers, Kathryn Boole.

Actress Barbara Stuart Dies in Utah at 81

By Associated Press on May 23, 2011

ST. GEORGE, Utah – Actress Barbara Stuart, who appeared in dozens of television series and movies, including "Bachelor Party," "Airplane!" and the legal drama "L.A. Law," has died. She was 81.

Stuart's son-in-law, Rand Gautier, says his mother died May 15 at a nursing home in St. George, Utah. Gautier says she was a "wonderful, charitable, loving" woman and talented actress.

Joseph Brooks, 'You Light Up My Life' Songwriter, Dies in Apparent Suicide

By Colleen Long on May 22, 2011

Joseph Brooks, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2011NEW YORK – Joseph Brooks, the Academy Award-winning songwriter of "You Light Up My Life" who was awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan apartment, police said.

'Macho Man' Randy Savage, Famous Wrestler, Dies in Florida Car Accident

By Harry R. Weber on May 20, 2011

Randy Macho Man Savage, Randy Savage, Macho Man, Randy Mario Poffo, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2011PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Randy "Macho Man" Savage, the professional wrestler known for his raspy voice, the sunglasses and bandanas he wore in the ring and the young woman named Miss Elizabeth who often accompanied him, died in a car crash Friday in Florida.

M-Bone, Cali Swag District Rapper, Killed in Drive-By Shooting

By Associated Press on May 16, 2011

M-Bone, Cali Swag District, killed, shooting, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2011INGLEWOOD, Calif. – INGLEWOOD, Calif. — M-Bone of the rap group Cali Swag District, which scored a hit last year with the song "Teach Me How to Dougie," was killed in a weekend drive-by shooting as he sat in a car outside a liquor store, police said Monday.

The motive for Sunday night's shooting was under investigation, Lt. James Madia said.

The 22-year-old Inglewood man, whose real name is Mante Ray Talbert, was sitting alone in his car shortly after 10:30 p.m.

Medical Examiner: NYC Jazz Musician Stanley Wright Was Stabbed

By Associated Press on May 11, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York City medical examiner's office says a jazz musician was stabbed to death before his body was stuffed into a storage chest in his home.

Stanley Wright had wounds in his torso and neck, and his death was ruled a homicide Wednesday. He was reported missing by his family a day earlier. Police checked his Brooklyn home and found his body.

Relatives say the 62-year-old Wright once taught music at a Brooklyn middle school and played at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Wright played the bass, piano and drums and gave lessons.

Longtime TV Producer Jeff Gralnick Dies at 72

By Associated Press on May 11, 2011

WESTON, Conn. – Jeff Gralnick, a longtime television producer who helped shape CBS' "60 Minutes" and make "NBC Nightly News" the top-rated show, has died. He was 72.

NBC said Gralnick died Monday night at his Connecticut home in Weston. He had been battling cancer for several years.

Steve Capus, president of NBC News, called Gralnick a pioneer who changed the way news was produced, reported and presented during his 52-year career at three broadcast networks.