Jim Nabors, Gomer Pyle on ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ dead at 87

HAWAII – Jim Nabors, a singer and actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died, according to family friend and CNN affiliate KHNL-KGMB producer Phil Arnone. He was 87. Nabors died in Honolulu early Thursday, “after battling health issues for some time,” Arnone told KHNL-KGMB. Nabors’ husband, Stan Cadwallader, was by his side, KHNL-KGMB reports. Nabors’ career started in the early ’60s with various television work. His breakout role was on “The […]

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Jimmy Fallon holds back tears during emotional tribute to his mother

NEW YORK — Jimmy Fallon returned to “The Tonight Show” Monday night with a heavy heart following the death of his mother last week. “As some of you know, my mother, Gloria, passed away recently,” a very emotional Fallon said at the top of his broadcast on Monday. “She was the best audience. She was the one I was always trying to make laugh. She was such a fan of the show, and everything I did.” Fallon’s mother died at the […]

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Gord Downie of Tragically Hip dies at 53

Gord Downie, frontman of the Canadian rock band Tragically Hip, has died, his family said in a statement Wednesday. He was 53. The statement was released via the band’s official Twitter account and posted on its website. “Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by,” the statement read. “Gord knew this day was coming — his response was to spend this precious time as he always had — making music, making memories and expressing […]

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RIP Luca: Fort Worth PD says final farewell to award-winning K9 officer

  FORT WORTH — Saying goodbye isn’t easy, especially when it’s a fur friend who’s been by your side through the ruff times. Well that’s the story of Fort Worth Police Officer Brock and his K9 partner, Luca. Brock recently lost Luca to a spinal cord disease. In a heartfelt letter, Brock wrote “Luca’s life was less than ordinary and he did incredible things…” RIP Luca – 1st place in the Search/Rescue group @HeroDogAwards . A message to our community […]

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Remembering the life and career of Tom Petty, dead at 66

LOS ANGELES – Rocker Tom Petty died Monday after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, Petty’s manager Tony Dimitriades confirmed. He was 66. The singer was found unconscious in his Malibu home on Sunday night, authorities said. Petty was transported to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was reportedly placed on life support. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/FGCVI5yIaa — Tom Petty (@tompetty) October 3, 2017 With his nasally voice and chiming guitar, Petty and his longtime band, the Heartbreakers, churned out […]

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Rock legend Tom Petty dead at 66

MALIBU, Calif. – Tom Petty has died at 66, according to multiple sources. The rock legend was rushed to a hospital Sunday night after being found in full cardiac arrest, unconscious and not breathing at his home in Malibu, California, according to TMZ. The site reports paramedics were able to find a pulse for Petty after he was found unconscious in his home Sunday night. He was rushed to UCLA Santa Monical Hospital and put on life support, according to TMZ […]

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WWII hero Donald Malarkey, depicted in ‘Band of Brothers,’ dies at 96

Salem, Ore. – Donald Malarkey, a World War II paratrooper who was awarded the Bronze Star after parachuting behind enemy lines at Normandy to destroy German artillery on D-Day, has died. He was 96. Malarkey was one of several members of “Easy Company” portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He died Sept. 30 in Salem, Ore. of age-related causes, his son-in-law John Hill said Sunday. Malarkey was a University of Oregon freshman when he was drafted into the Army […]

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Hugh Hefner, legendary founder of ‘Playboy’ magazine, dead at 91

LOS ANGELES — Hugh Hefner, the iconic personality behind Playboy magazine, passed away on Wednesday at age 91, his media company confirmed. Playboy sent out a statement on Wednesday: “Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.  He was 91 years old.” Hugh Martson Hefner […]

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Infamous purveyor of fake news found dead

If 2016 was the year of fake news, then Paul Horner was one of its kings. Now, however, the Arizona resident who created a small empire focused on bogus online information has been found dead in his bed at age 38, reports the Arizona Republic. Police don’t suspect foul play. Horner had a history of drug abuse, and authorities say evidence at the scene points to that as the cause of death. Horner unapologetically made up fake stories that frequently went […]

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Troy Gentry of ‘Montgomery Gentry’ dies in helicopter crash

PHILADELPHIA — Troy Gentry, best known as part of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash Friday. The crash happened in Burlington County, New Jersey around noon, according to NBC Philadelphia. Two people died in the crash. The other half of Montgomery Gentry, Eddie Montgomery, was not on the helicopter, according to WLEX. Troy Gentry was 50 years old. A statement was released on Friday on behalf of Montgomery Gentry: “It is with great sadness […]

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