Obituaries

Actor Jim Nabors, TV’s ‘Gomer Pyle’ of 1960s, dies at 87

Actor Jim Nabors, TV’s ‘Gomer Pyle’ of 1960s, dies at 87

Published 30/11/2017

Actor Jim Nabors, whose portrayal of the grinning country bumpkin Gomer Pyle on the 1960s television hit "The Andy Griffith Show" belied a classic baritone singing voice, died on Thursday at the age of 87, his website said. [more…]

Factbox: Six facts about ‘Gomer Pyle’ actor Jim Nabors

Factbox: Six facts about ‘Gomer Pyle’ actor Jim Nabors

Published 30/11/2017

(Reuters) - As Gomer Pyle, the earnest, simple-minded gas station attendant who became a U.S. Marine, Jim Nabors, who died at 87 on Thursday in [more…]

David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of ‘The Partridge Family,’ dies at 67

David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of ‘The Partridge Family,’ dies at 67

Published 22/11/2017

David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the "The Partridge Family" television show, died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said. [more…]

Longtime New York gossip columnist Liz Smith dead at 94

Longtime New York gossip columnist Liz Smith dead at 94

Published 13/11/2017

New York gossip columnist Liz Smith, who covered the breakup of U.S. President Donald Trump's first marriage and helped lead the media's charge into celebrity news, died on Sunday at her Manhattan home, the New York Times and other media reported. She was 94. [more…]

Fats Domino, rock `n` roll pioneer, dead at 89

Fats Domino, rock `n` roll pioneer, dead at 89

Published 25/10/2017

Fats Domino, who brought rolling New Orleans boogie-woogie piano to early rock 'n' roll in chart-topping hits such as "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame," has died at the age of 89, officials said on Wednesday. [more…]

Robert Guillaume, star of TV`s `Benson,` dies at age 89

Robert Guillaume, star of TV`s `Benson,` dies at age 89

Published 24/10/2017

Two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume, who became one of the most prominent black actors on U.S. television playing the cantankerous title character in the hit 1980s series "Benson," died of complications from prostate cancer on Tuesday, his wife said. He was 89. [more…]

Obituary: Jim Saft, Reuters columnist, a man of humor and insight

Obituary: Jim Saft, Reuters columnist, a man of humor and insight

Published 17/10/2017

No one is paid to front run the apocalypse. [more…]

Tom Petty, `distinctively American` rocker, dies aged 66

Tom Petty, `distinctively American` rocker, dies aged 66

Published 03/10/2017

Roy [more…]

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at age 91

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at age 91

Published 28/09/2017

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his groundbreaking men's magazine and built a business empire around his libertine lifestyle, died on Wednesday at the age of 91, Playboy Enterprises said. [more…]

Nancy Hatch Dupree `Grandmother of Afghanistan` dies in Kabul

Nancy Hatch Dupree `Grandmother of Afghanistan` dies in Kabul

Published 10/09/2017

Nancy Hatch Dupree, a historian from the United States who helped set up the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University, has died in the country whose culture she worked for more than five decades to preserve, the university said on Sunday. She was 89. [more…]