Obituaries

Venus Ramey, war bond-selling, gun-toting Miss America of 1944, dies at 92

Venus Ramey, war bond-selling, gun-toting Miss America of 1944, dies at 92

Published 19/06/2017

Venus Ramey, who used her victory as Miss America in 1944 to sell war bonds and make appearances on the vaudeville stage, has died at the age of 92, a funeral home in her native Kentucky said on Sunday.

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John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of `Rocky,` dead at 81

John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of `Rocky,` dead at 81

Published 17/06/2017

John Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director who made Hollywood's quintessential underdog story in 1976 boxing saga "Rocky" with a then-unknown Sylvester Stallone, and crafted another inspiring tale in "The Karate Kid," died on Friday at age 81, his family said.

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Southern rock music pioneer Gregg Allman dead at 69

Southern rock music pioneer Gregg Allman dead at 69

Published 27/05/2017

The Zac Brown Band performs ''Georgia on My Mind'' with Greg Allman (R) at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Gregg Allman, whose soulful vocals made the Allman Brothers Band one of rock's top acts in the 1970s with songs such as "Whipping Post," in a career also marred by tragedy and drug abuse, died on Saturday at the age of 69, his official website said.

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`Silence of the Lambs` director Jonathan Demme dies of cancer

`Silence of the Lambs` director Jonathan Demme dies of cancer

Published 26/04/2017

FILE PHOTO: U.S. director Jonathan Demme poses for photographers during a photocall at the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, September 3, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

Jonathan Demme, the eclectic movie director whose work ranged from thrillers like "The Silence of the Lambs" to documentaries on leading musicians, died early on Wednesday of complications from esophageal cancer, his publicist said.

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German cinematographer Ballhaus, Hollywood veteran, dead at 81

German cinematographer Ballhaus, Hollywood veteran, dead at 81

Published 12/04/2017

FILE PHOTO: German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus holds an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement at the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who counted "Goodfellas", "Gangs of New York" and "The Departed" among the blockbuster movies he filmed, died overnight at his home in Berlin, his publisher said on Wednesday. He was 81.

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Musician J. Geils, dies at Massachusetts home: police

Musician J. Geils, dies at Massachusetts home: police

Published 12/04/2017

J. Geils, leader of The J. Geils Band whose hard-driving hits of the late 1970s and early 1980s included "Centerfold," "Freeze Frame" and "Love Stinks," died on Tuesday at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, police said. He was 71.

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Pop art pioneer James Rosenquist dies at 83

Pop art pioneer James Rosenquist dies at 83

Published 01/04/2017

FILE PHOTO - Visitors view U.S. artist James Rosenquist's ''Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Eleanor Roosevelt'' (1998) on display by the Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York at the Art 37 in Basel, June 13,... REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo

Artist James Rosenquist, a leading figure of the 1960s pop art movement known for his room-sized works, has died at the age of 83, his studio said.

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Chuck Barris, `The Gong Show` host, dies at 87

Chuck Barris, `The Gong Show` host, dies at 87

Published 22/03/2017

Chuck Barris is shown in this December, 2002 file photograph during the premiere of ''Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'' in Los Angeles.

Chuck Barris, who tapped into Americans’ hunger to be on television by creating game shows such as “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and his showcase for the acutely untalented, “The Gong Show,” died on Tuesday, media outlets reported.

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Rock `n` roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90

Rock `n` roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90

Published 19/03/2017

FILE PHOTO - Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry poses for photographers during a concert in Burgos, northern Spain, November 25, 2007 REUTERS/Felix Ordonez/File Photo

Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock 'n' roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that defined the genre's sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday at his Missouri home. He was 90.

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Factbox: Six facts about rock `n` roll trailblazer Chuck Berry

Factbox: Six facts about rock `n` roll trailblazer Chuck Berry

Published 19/03/2017

Chuck Berry gestures to the audience at the 2012 Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence awarded to both he and Leonard Cohen at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Rock 'n' roll would sound very different without Chuck Berry's immense contribution. Here are six facts about Berry, who died on Saturday at the age of 90:

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