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Leah Adler Dies: Steven Spielberg’s Mother Was 97

Steven Spielberg's mother, Leah Adler, passed away on February 21, according to a spokesperson for Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Partners. She was 97. Known as Lee Lee to her family and friends, Adler was born in Cincinnati,...Show More Summary

Arte Povera's Jannis Kounellis dies aged 80

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

Greek-Italian artist Jannis Kounellis, a major figure of the Arte Povera movement, has died in Rome aged 80, Italy's culture ministry said Friday. Born in Piraeus in 1936, he moved to Rome at the age of 20 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, and made his name with a 1969 exhibition where he put on show 12 live horses in the city's Attic Gallery. Show More Summary

Mom Watched in Horror as Baby Born Before Abortion Limit Was Left to Die “Struggling to Breathe”

A Scottish mom is urging the United Kingdom to change its rules regarding babies’ viability after she said she was forced to watch her premature baby die when doctors refused to save his life. Ashley Glass said she gave birth to her son, Dylan, on March 2, 2014, but because he was born before the […]

RIP J.S.G. Boggs (1955-2017) - an artist who drew his own money

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Artist J.S.G. Boggs died on January 22. He drew money and convinced people to accept it in exchange for products. He sold the receipts as his works of art. He didn't sell the bills themselves. James Stephen George Boggs (born 1955) is an American artist, best known for his hand-drawn, one-sided depictions of U.S. Show More Summary

Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian Writer Whose Books Revealed The Lives Of Women Like Her, Has Died At 72

Emecheta always knew what she wanted to do: "One day she was beaten in front of her class when she announced that she wanted to be a writer. It was a cherished dream, born when she visited the family’s ancestral village, Ibuza, and listened to a blind aunt telling stories about their people, the Ibo."

Danish jazz violonist Svend Asmussen dies aged 100

last weekArts : Artdaily

Danish jazz violinist Svend Asmussen, whose long career included collaborations with Stephane Grappelli, Josephine Baker and Duke Ellington, died on Tuesday at the age of 100, his family said. Born in 1916 in Copenhagen to German parents, he started working professionally at the age of 17 and enjoyed a career which spanned eight decades. Show More Summary

Berlin composer, 58, dies during opera rehearsals

In the midst of Deutsche Oper rehearsals of his opera DIDO, a companion piece to Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the composer Michael Hirsch has died. He was 58. Born in Munich, Hirsch moved to Berlin in 1981, writing several operas for the German circuit. He was also a stage performer, a member of  the Freyer-Ensemble. DIDO […]

Rashida Abedi obituary

My friend, Rashida Abedi, who has died of cancer aged 65, handled her profound deafness with courage and her story, recorded in her autobiography From Sound to Silence (1988), inspired many others. Rashida was born and grew up in Quetta, Pakistan, to where her father had retired after working for the Indian railways. Show More Summary

'60s Folksinger Phil Ochs as Relevant Today as Ever

"Anybody know who Phil Ochs is?" Lady Gaga called out to her audience at a free concert last summer during the Democratic National Convention. It isn't often that Ochs, who died four decades ago and is mostly unknown to those born since the 1970s, gets even a brief moment of mainstream recognition. Show More Summary

Amazingly Embalmed and Preserved Bodies

Rosalia Lombardo, born in 1918 in Palermo, Italy only made it to the age of two, died of pneumonia in an era without antibiotics and tragic losses such as this were common. Her father, in his immense grief, approached an embalmer for help in preserving his little girl forever. Show More Summary

Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80; Watch Some of Her Memorable Moments

Beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at 80, according to her agent. Born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn, Moore received her start in television commercials before making a name for herself as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Show More Summary

An Obituary for America (1776-2017)

last monthHumor / odd : Happy Place

Born feisty and independent, she dies in the tiny hands of a power-hungry fraud funded by a foreign despot. She will be remembered as complicated and ambitious, overcoming her tough adolescence to be a force of good in middle age. She...Show More Summary

Miguel Ferrer, NCIS: Los Angeles and Twin Peaks Actor, Dead at 61

Veteran character actor Miguel Ferrer has died of cancer at the age of 61, Variety reports. Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, California, to a showbiz family: His mother was musician Rosemary Clooney, and his father was Spanish guitarist and composer José Ferrer. After starting in the industry as a studio musician, Ferrer ... More »

Paul Rudd And Jeffrey Dean Morgan Purchase Rhinebeck Candy Store To Stop It From Closing After Owner Dies

Paul Rudd, born Paul Stephen Rudd in April, 1969 in New Jersey, is a celebrity with a very sweet tooth. The popular actor recently declared on BBC’s Newsbeat that, when trying to choose between sex and chocolate, he found it tough to choose. Show More Summary

60-year-old gorilla, the first to be born in a zoo, dies in Ohio

The world's first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo who became the oldest known living gorilla in the U.S., has died at age 60, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Tuesday. Colo died in her sleep overnight, less than a month after her birthday, the zoo announced. She surpassed the usual...

Dick Gautier, 'Get Smart' actor, dies at 85

Dick Gautier, who is best known to baby-boomers as Hymie the Robot in "Get Smart," died Friday in Los Angeles of pneumonia, according to his daughter, Denise. He was 85. Born in Culver City, Calif., Gautier quickly helped Hymie make an impression in the 1960s spy spoof. Show More Summary

R.I.P. Tony Rosato (1954-2017)

Tony Rosato, one of only three comedians to perform on TV as a cast member of both SCTV and Saturday Night Live, has died of an apparent heart attack. Rosato was 62. Born in Naples, Italy, on Dec. 26, 1954, Rosato immigrated to Canada with his parents when he was 4. He could have become […]

Time For Heads to Roll at the CIA

(John Hinderaker) Between the time I went to bed last night and when I got home from work today, the fake news story about the purported Russian dossier on Donald Trump was born, flowered and died. At this juncture, I think only one point is worth making. Show More Summary

Woman gives birth to baby with two heads

Conjoined twins who were born last week in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, have tragically died. Relatives posted a video of the baby boys to YouTube on Jan. 6. The short video shows the newborns, who shared one body, with tubes leading to their noses. Show More Summary

‘As she is born, part of me is dying’ – how becoming a mother changes you

Books speak of pregnancy as a pastel-hued dream. But the idea that suddenly you have so much more to lose can be frightening For many years, having a child was the thing I desired most of all. Unlike other desires, I couldn’t articulate why. Show More Summary

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