James Gandolfini, the actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking cable TV series “The Sopranos” died yesterday vacationing in Italy at age 51.
Singer Andy Williams died at his home in Branson, Mo., on Tuesday after a year-long battle with bladder cancer, according to his publicist Paul Shefrin. He was 84.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer and voice of Sesame Street’s Count von Count, has died aged 78.
US President Barack Obama has led tributes to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, who died on Saturday at the age of 82. Mr Obama said on his Twitter feed: “Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time.” Hundreds of millions watched Armstrong land on the Moon on 20 July 1969 and describe it as: “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The line became one of the most famous quotes of the 20th Century. Armstrong’s family confirmed his death in a statement on Saturday, saying he had died from complications after surgery to relieve four blocked coronary arteries. The family statement praised him as a “reluctant American hero” and urged his fans to honour his example of “service, accomplishment and modesty”. “The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink,” the family said. Mr Obama thanked Armstrong for showing the world “the power of …
LA’s Daily Breeze is reporting (and now confirmed by other outlets) that director Tony Scott jumped to his death on Sunday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island.
Mel Stuart, the director of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has died aged 83.
His family said he died at his Beverly Hills home after suffering from cancer.
The novelist, essayist, wit and contrarian Gore Vidal, one of the towering figures of American cultural and political life for more than six decades, has died of complications from pneumonia, aged 86.