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Ray Manzarek, a legendary musician who co-founded The Doors along with Jim Morrison, died today in Germany after a battle with bile duct cancer.
He was 74.
The group’s official Facebook page announced the sad news, confirming that Manzarek’s wife and two brothers were by his side at the RoMed Clinic when he passed.
“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek,” said Doors guitarist Robby Krieger today in a statement. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my lifeMore >
Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reported that legendary actress/singer Lena Horne died at the age of 92, citing an obituary in The New York Times.
The only problem? She died on May 9 … 2010.
It’s unclear how the Bee blew this, but Lena Horne began trending nationally and countless news outlets picked up the story (which they have since taken down).
On Twitter, thousands of users mourned, tweeting condolences as if it just happened.
“Just learned Lena Horne passed away. Saddened. A legend. A true star,” one wrote.
“Crying so hard. I didn’t know that her death would affect meMore >
Jeanne Cooper, a soap opera star best known for her long-running role on The Young and the Restless, passed away this morning from an undisclosed illness.
She was 84 years old.
Cooper had spent a lot of time in the hospital over the past few weeks and her oldest son, actor Corbin Bernsen, confirmed the sad news today on Twitter.
“She was in peace and without fear,” he wrote. “You all have been incredible in your love. In her name, share it today with others.”
Cooper starred on The Young and the Restless for four decades, portraying Katherine Chandler, a character who crossedMore >
Today, February 24, is Steve Jobs’ birthday. The visionary Apple co-founder, who died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011, would have turned 58 today.
The man responsible for technology innovations that shape our lives on a daily basis remains as beloved as any figure in the history of American business.Steve Jobs’ Best Clips: Keynotes & Interviews
Steve Jobs wasn’t merely a creative genius far ahead of his time, but was revered as a dear friend and an inspiring mentor by those who knew him.
He was also a showman who could give a keynote address like no other.
Whether he wasMore >
About six weeks after he suffered a cardiac arrest and needed his fiancee – Omarosa Manigault – to revive him and get him to the hospital, actor Michael Clarke Duncan has passed away. He was 54.
Best known for his role in The Green Mile and most recently a series regular on Fox’s The Finder, Duncan reportedly died unexpectedly, though he was hospitalized at the time.
TMZ sources say Omarosa’s mother was at Duncan’s side, while the former Apprentice star herself simply left the room for a short while and returned to the horrible news.
While details are sketchy at the moment, the actor’sMore >
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Robin Roberts today.
The Good Morning America co-anchor – who is taking an extended leave of absence in order to receive a bone marrow transplant from her sister in response to a rare blood disorder – is now faced with a new personal tragedy:
Her mother passed away last night.
Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts was 88 years old and the first African American to head Mississippi’s Board of Education.
Roberts flew to Mississippi yesterday to be by her ailing parent’s bedside and her GMA colleague George Stephanopoulos confirmed today that Robin did at least makeMore >
Chris Lighty, hip hop mogul and longtime manager of big names such as 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey, was found dead in NYC this morning.
Lighty apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot would to the head.
According to law enforcement sources, the 44-year-old Lighty’s body was found by police around 11:30 a.m. in the back yard of his Bronx apartment.
Chris Lighty was pronounced dead on the scene, where a semi-automatic firearm was recovered. The death is being investigated as a possible suicide.
TMZ reports that he had been in an argument with his ex-wife and shot himself;More >
Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82.
Modest and quiet, the self-described “nerdy engineer” became a global hero with “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on July 20, 1969.
That one small step was onto the moon, the first time such a thing had ever been done and marking the pinnacle of 20th Century space explorations.
His first words after setting foot on the surface will forever be etched in history books and in the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.
Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the lunar surface, collectingMore >
Comedian Phyllis Diller, a groundbreaking comedian who paved the way for female comics in the generations that followed, has died at the age of 95.
Diller recently hurt her wrist and hip in a fall, and her health had been on the decline ever since. She had been living in hospice care at her home.
The mother of three children, Diller passed away in Brentwood, Calif.
Diller deconstructed the role of homemaker, a role society expected to be immaculate following popular sitcoms of the times like Leave it to Beaver.
Her humor was self-deprecating. Her appearance –More >
David Rakoff, an award-winning author best known for his dark humor and cynical outlook on life, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He was 47.
Rakoff wrote for The New York Times and Newsweek, among other publications, and his essay collection “Half Empty” won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He also penned the bestselling books “Don’t Get Too Comfortable” and “Fraud.”
Rakoff’s death was confirmed by Doubleday and Anchor Books.
“The world is a little less kind and a little less beautiful today,” his longtime editor, Bill Thomas, said in a statement, adding:
Tragic news today out of the world of professional sports: Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.
Reid’s body was found by local police after a 911 call was placed at 7:20 a.m.
Police chief Edward Shupp says “no suspicious activities” have been reported.
The team gathered for practice this morning, without Andy Reid present, and said a prayer prior to assistant coaches leading the squad through a walk-through.
Garrett and younger brother Britt have each battled substanceMore >
Marilyn Monroe’s death occurred 50 years ago today.
The star died of a drug overdose under still-debated circumstances at the age of 36. To say her legend has grown in the last half century is an understatement.
Marilyn. Her name alone conjures up memories of an icon blessed with beauty, shrouded in mystery, befallen by tragedy and passing away far too soon.
Those who knew Marilyn Monroe considered her talented, versatile, vivacious, troubled and profoundly sexual. Today, future generations know her no differently.
Marilyn Monroe, age 23, in 1949.
The blond, curvy, breathy-voiced starMore >
Sherman Hemsley, the actor who created one of the most memorable characters in sitcom history, died today of at his home in El Paso. He was 74.
Hemsley starred first on All My Family and later on The Jeffersons as George Jefferson. He was also a professional singer who released a single in 1989 titled “Ain’t that A Kick in the Head.”
TMZ first reported Hemsley’s passing and has no news on the cause of his death. The actor does not leave behind any wife or children.
Follow this link: Sherman Hemsley, Star of The Jeffersons, Dead at 74
Sally Ride, the first woman to ever go into space, passed away today after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
Ride’s company, Sally Ride Science, made the announcement a couple hours ago and said Sally died in California.
Ride joined NASA in 1978 and rocketed into space six years later. She was also the youngest American to enter space – at age 32 – at the time.
In 1987, Ride left NASA to work at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Arms Control. We send our thoughts to her friends and family.
Ernest Borgnine, a veteran actor who took home the Academy Award for his portrayal of a butcher in the 1955 film Marty, passed away of renal failure today. He was 95.
According to the Associated Press, the star was surrounded by close family members Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the time of his death.
Borgnine starred on the big screen and in television for sixty years, with a memorable turn on McHale’s Navy from 1962-1966.
He was a real-life veteran who served for 10 years in the actual Navy, fighting in World War II and rising to the rank of Gunner’s Mate 1st Class.
Other famous rolesMore >