Celebrity deaths

Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson embraces Brooklyn Nets guard Garrett Temple (17) following a moment of silence for retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash earlier in the day, before the start of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
January 26, 2020 - 10:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Every time Kobe Bryant came to Madison Square Garden, it was an event. From the 1998 All-Star Game, his first one, to the night of Feb. 2, 2009, when he broke the arena's scoring record, people just wanted to be in the building. Not Sunday. Kyrie Irving couldn't bring himself to...
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In this June 14, 2009, photo, Los Angles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant celebrates with his daughter Gianna, following the Lakers 99-86 defeat of the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
January 26, 2020 - 10:06 pm
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed Sunday when their helicopter plunged into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)
January 26, 2020 - 9:35 pm
Reaction from the basketball world and beyond on the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash on Sunday: “Words can't describe the pain I am feeling. I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will...
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Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
January 26, 2020 - 9:08 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (all times local): 6 p.m. The Dallas Mavericks are paying tribute to Kobe Bryant by permanently retiring his number 24. “Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 file photo, Terry Jones arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, has died at 77. Jones's agent says he died Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020. In a statement, his family said he died “after a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.” (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
January 22, 2020 - 1:00 pm
LONDON (AP) — Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by colleagues as “the complete Renaissance comedian" and “a man of endless enthusiasms,” has died at age 77 after suffering from dementia. Jones's family said he died Tuesday evening at his home in...
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January 20, 2020 - 1:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Heath, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist and composer who performed with such greats as Miles Davis and John Coltrane before forming the popular family group the Heath Brothers in middle age, has died. He was 93. Heath's grandson Fa Mtume told The New York Times that he died...
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In this undated photo provided by WWE, Inc., "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviews Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson. Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. He was 75. (WWE, Inc. via AP)
January 16, 2020 - 1:28 am
Rocky "Soulman" Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died. He was 75. WWE issued a statement on Johnson's death Wednesday night. Johnson and Tony Atlas became the first black world tag team champions in WWE history when...
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January 09, 2020 - 9:57 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Edd Byrnes, who played cool-kid Kookie on the hit TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and later appeared in the movie “Grease,” has died. He was 87. Byrnes died Wednesday at his home in Santa Monica, his son,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012, file photo, Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon attend the premiere party for "The Houstons On Our Own" at the Tribeca Grand hotel in New York. Gordon, ex-partner of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, has died. He was 30. Gordon's attorney Joe S. Habachy confirmed his client's death Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Brown was the daughter of Whitney Houston. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, File)
January 02, 2020 - 1:02 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The ex-partner of singer Whitney Houston's late daughter was found unresponsive in a central Florida hotel room and later died, authorities said Thursday. Paramedics were called to Nick Gordon's hotel room in Maitland, a suburb of Orlando, early Wednesday morning to check on an...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 1956, file photo, New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra leaps into the arms of pitcher Don Larsen after Larsen struck out the last Brooklyn Dodgers batter to complete his perfect game during Game 5 of the World Series in New York. Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory in 1956 for the Yankees when he threw a perfect game and only no-hitter in World Series history, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 90. (AP Photo/File)
January 02, 2020 - 10:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Don Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory when he threw a perfect game in 1956 with the New York Yankees for the only no-hitter in World Series history, died Wednesday night. He was 90. He died of esophageal cancer while in hospice in Hayden, Idaho...
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