April 16, 2021

Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter actress Helen McCrory has died at 52 after a battle with cancer, her husband, actor Damian Lewis, has announced.

Lewis on Friday said that McCrory, whom he married in 2007, died "peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family," following a "heroic" cancer battle.

McCrory was known best for her roles as Polly Gray on Peaky Blinders and as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. She also starred in films like The Queen, Skyfall, and Hugo. According to Variety, McCrory's career began in theater, and her stage work included Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice. McCrory and Lewis had two children together, according to Entertainment Tonight.

"She died as she lived," Lewis said. "Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you." Brendan Morrow

April 12, 2021

Joseph Siravo, the actor who starred as Tony Soprano's father on The Sopranos, has died at 64.

Siravo died following a battle with cancer, his co-star Garry Pastore confirmed on social media, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

"RIP my dear friend, who fought an incredible fight," Pastore wrote on Instagram. "I will miss you. See you on the other side."

In addition to Johnny Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos, Siravo's other roles included Ron Goldman's father Fred Goldman on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and he starred in films like Carlito's Way, which served as his screen debut. Outside of film and television, Siravo had a successful theater career starring in shows like Jersey Boys, Oslo, and The Light in the Piazza. He was also "highly regarded" as an acting teacher in New York, Variety writes.

"Joe was an excellent actor and a wonderful guy and he will be missed dearly," The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli wrote on Instagram. "His performance of Johnny Boy Soprano was spot on and he also made a perfect John Gotti in Nick Sandow's The Wannabe. In my opinion he was the best of all the actors who've played the Teflon Don. Farewell Joe. Until the next life my friend." Brendan Morrow

April 9, 2021

Rapper DMX has died at 50, his family has confirmed.

"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days," his family said Friday, per Pitchfork.

The Grammy-nominated rapper last week had been "rushed to the hospital after collapsing" at his home in White Plains, New York, his representative previously confirmed. TMZ reported that he suffered a drug overdose, which triggered a heart attack.

DMX's lawyer has not confirmed the reports of a drug overdose, but the White Plains hospital where he died said he suffered "catastrophic cardiac arrest," according The Associated Press. The rapper's work included the albums It's Dark and Hell is Hot and ...And Then There Was X, and his first five albums all debuted at No. 1 on Billboard charts, CNN noted. He also starred in films like Romeo Must Die and Cradle 2 the Grave.

"Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end," his family said. "He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever." Brendan Morrow

April 9, 2021

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at 99.

Buckingham Palace announced the Duke of Edinburgh's death on Friday, which came after he was hospitalized for a month beginning in February.

"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," Buckingham Palace said. "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

Further information about the prince's death was not disclosed. In February, Buckingham Palace said the Duke of Edinburgh had been hospitalized as a "precautionary measure" after "feeling unwell." He was treated for an infection and underwent a "procedure for a pre-existing heart condition," officials said, and he was released on March 16.

Philip married Elizabeth in 1947 and was "Britain's longest serving consort," according to The Associated Press. In 2017, he retired from his public role with the royal family, per NBC News.

"Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remained an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. Brendan Morrow

March 26, 2021

Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry has died at 84.

The author's death was confirmed on Friday to The New York Times by a spokesperson for his family, although a cause of death was not specified.

McMurtry was a prolific author who wrote Lonesome Dove, the 1985 novel that won him the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and spawned a television miniseries, as well as novels such as The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment, both of which spawned movie adaptations. McMurtry wrote over 30 screenplays as well, winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain in 2006 with his co-writer Diana Ossana. Former President Barack Obama awarded him a National Humanities Medal in 2015.

"He wrote about the Texas he knew from his own life, and then the old West as he heard it through the stories of his grandfather's — on his grandfather's porch," Obama said at the time. "And in Lonesome Dove, the story of two ex-Texas Rangers in the 19th century, readers found out something essential about their own souls, even if they'd never been out West or been on a ranch."

Through his work, McMurty "demythologized the American West with his unromantic depictions of life on the 19th-century frontier and in contemporary small-town Texas," the Times also wrote.

Stephen King on Friday remembered McMurtry as a "great storyteller," adding that he both "learned from" and "was entertained by" him, while Terms of Endearment director James L. Brooks praised him as "among the best writers ever." Brendan Morrow

March 25, 2021

Jessica Walter, the Emmy-winning actress best known for her work as Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development, has died at 80.

Walter died at her New York City home on Wednesday, her daughter Brooke Bowman confirmed in a statement to Deadline.

"A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off," Bowman said. "While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre."

Walter starred as the matriarch of the Bluth family on Arrested Development, earning Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and she also voiced Malory Archer on the animated series Archer. Her wide variety of other work included Clint Eastwood's 1971 film Play Misty for Me, and she won an Emmy in 1975 for Amy Prentiss. Walter also performed on stage, such as in a Broadway revival of Anything Goes.

Tributes immediately poured in for Walter on Thursday, with her Arrested Development co-star star Tony Hale writing, "She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched. Rest In Peace Mama Bluth." Brendan Morrow

March 2, 2021

Vernon Jordan, the civil rights leader who served as an adviser to former President Bill Clinton, has died at 85.

Jordan died on Monday night "surrounded by loved ones" with "his wife and daughter by his side," his daughter confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. Information about his cause of death wasn't disclosed.

Jordan worked as a field director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as Southern Regional Council Voter Education Project director, United Negro College Fund executive director, and National Urban League president. CNN notes that he worked with presidents including Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama, but his "closest political friendship" was with the Clintons, acting as an adviser to the 42nd president.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson honored Jordan as an "influential figure in the fight for civil rights" on Tuesday.

"An icon to the world and a lifelong friend to the NAACP, his contribution to moving our society toward justice is unparalleled," Johnson said. "In 2001, Jordan received the NAACP's Spingarn Medal for a lifetime of social justice activism. His exemplary life will shine as a guiding light for all that seek truth and justice for all people."

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was among those who also honored Jordan on Tuesday, writing, "He battled the demons of voter suppression and racial degradation, winning more than he lost. He brought others w/him. And left a map so more could find their way."

Rev. Al Sharpton also remembered Jordan as a "true civil rights giant," while Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison said, "From civil rights to business, Mr. Jordan demonstrated the highest quality of leadership and created a path forward for African-Americans where there were none. He will be missed." Brendan Morrow

February 17, 2021

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has died at 70 following a battle with lung cancer.

Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, announced on the radio he died Wednesday morning due to lung cancer complications. He revealed his advanced lung cancer diagnosis in February 2020.

"As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life," Limbaugh's wife said. "Rush will forever be the greatest of all time. Rush was an extraordinary man, a gentle giant, brilliant, quick-witted, genuinely kind, extremely generous, passionate, courageous, and the hardest working person I know."

Limbaugh hosted his talk radio show for more than 30 years, and his commentary was highly influential among conservatives, as well as often controversial. After he announced his cancer diagnosis last year, author Brian Rosenwald described Limbaugh as "probably the most influential voice on the right" other than then-President Donald Trump.

While battling cancer, Limbaugh continued to host his radio show, telling viewers last year that "my intention is to come here every day I can, and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally."

During his 2020 State of the Union address, Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom "in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity." Brendan Morrow

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