Celebrity deaths

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT DAY AND DATE OF DEATH - FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, Peter Mayhew arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Los Angeles. Mayhew, who played the rugged, beloved and furry Wookiee Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died. Mayhew died at his home in north Texas on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 according to a family statement. He was 74. No cause was given. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
May 03, 2019 - 12:32 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Mayhew, the towering actor who donned a huge, furry costume to give life to the rugged-and-beloved character of Chewbacca in the original "Star Wars" trilogy and two other films, has died, his family said Thursday. Mayhew died at his home in north Texas on Tuesday,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 1978 file photo, actors featured in the "Star Wars" movie, from left, Harrison Ford who played Han Solo, Anthony Daniels who played the robot C3P0, Carrie Fisher who played the princess, and Peter Mayhew who played the Wookie, Chewbacca, are shown during a break from the filming of a television special presentation in Los Angeles. Mayhew, who played the rugged, beloved and furry Wookiee Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died. Mayhew’s family said in a statement that he died at his home in Texas on Friday, April, 26, 2019. He was 74. No cause was given. (AP Photo, File)
May 02, 2019 - 9:26 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the death of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in five "Star Wars" films and was beloved by the franchise's fans. ___ "Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2008 file photo, director John Singleton arrives at the 80th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton has died at 51, according to statement from his family, Monday, April 29, 2019. He died Monday after suffering a stroke almost two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
April 29, 2019 - 9:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Notable reaction to the death of "Boyz N the Hood" filmmaker John Singleton: "Thank you John for being my friend, brother and mentor for 30 years. For believing in me when I was unsure of myself. Your passion for telling our stories from our point of view was more than an obsession...
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FILE - This Feb. 11, 1979 file photo shows actress-comedian Lucille Ball at a restaurant in New York. On Friday, April 26, 2019, the National Comedy Center in the late actress’s hometown announced plans to digitize the archives of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. (AP Photo)
April 27, 2019 - 9:07 am
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Handwritten notes and family photographs belonging to Lucille Ball will be digitally preserved as part of a new project being undertaken by the National Comedy Center in the late actress's hometown. The center in western New York announced plans Friday to digitize the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 1970 file photo, Boston Celtics' John Havlicek (17) protects the ball with his body from Atlanta Hawks' Walt Hazzard (42) during an NBA basketball game in Boston. The Boston Celtics say Hall of Famer John Havlicek, whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference finals against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of the most famous plays in NBA history, has died. The team says Havlicek died Thursday, April 25, 2019 at age 79. (AP Photo/File)
April 25, 2019 - 10:54 pm
BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game. One play immortalized him forever. "Havlicek stole the ball! "Havlicek stole the ball!" Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed...
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FILE - In this May 26, 2006, file photo, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., right, and his mother Brenda Jackson, front left, arrive for the premiere of the Disney/Pixar animated film "Cars" at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Jackson, a longtime employee at JR Motorsports, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 65. The team announced her death Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
April 22, 2019 - 6:16 pm
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a longtime employee at JR Motorsports alongside her daughter Kelley Earnhardt Miller, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 65. The team announced her death Monday. Jackson was the daughter of NASCAR fabricator...
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This undated photo provided by Bobby Goldstein Productions shows Clark James Gable III, host of the reality TV show "Cheaters" and grandson of late Academy Award-winning actor Clark Gable. A medical examiner says the grandson of actor Clark Gable died of an accidental drug overdose. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office says an autopsy found Clark James Gable III was killed by a combination of fentanyl, oxycodone and alprazolam. Gable died in Dallas in February. (Courtesy of Bobby Goldstein Productions via AP)
April 18, 2019 - 4:22 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A medical examiner says the grandson of actor Clark Gable died of an accidental drug overdose. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office says an autopsy found Clark James Gable III was killed by a combination of the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone, and the sedative alprazolam. It...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 1992, file photo, Mary Tyler Moore, right, is joined by former "Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star Georgia Engel, left, who played Georgette, at New York's Russian Tea Room, as the two reunited during an Emmy Awards screening party Moore hosted at the famous New York restaurant. Engel died Friday, April 12, 2019, in Princeton, N.J., at age 70. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke, File)
April 16, 2019 - 3:02 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70. Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey, said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of...
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FILE- In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Franklin is still getting R.E.S.P.E.C.T. after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, April 15, 2019, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
April 15, 2019 - 3:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. The Pulitzer board said the award...
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FILE - In this May 25, 1978 file photo, Swedish actress Bibi Andersson meets George Peppard at a party for the announcement of start of new U.S. film "Cabo Blanco". Sweden’s Film Institute says Bibi Andersson, the Swedish actress who played in films by fellow countryman filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, died on Sunday April 14, 2019. She was 83. (AP Photo/Jean-Jacques Levy, File)
April 15, 2019 - 7:42 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Bibi Andersson, the Swedish actress who starred in classic films by compatriot Ingmar Bergman, including "The Seventh Seal" and "Persona,"has died. She was 83. Andersson died on Sunday, said Martin Frostberg, spokesman for the Swedish Film Institute said. The state-funded...
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