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Jake LaMotta: Legendary Raging Bull boxer dies at 95

Jake LaMotta, the uncompromising fighter portrayed by Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull”, has died aged 95. The former world middleweight boxing champion died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia, his wife told US news site TMZ. Based on LaMotta’s 1970 memoir, Raging Bull depicts an emotional fighter struggling with life outside the ring. The 1980 film, directed by Martin Scorsese, earned De Niro a Best Actor award at the Oscars. “I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with…

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Actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

Actor Harry Dean Stanton, known for his roles in films like The Godfather II, Alien and Cool Hand Luke, has died at the age of 91. The Kentucky-born star had a career which spanned more than six decades, appearing in dozens of films, including 1984’s Paris, Texas. More recently, he appeared in the hit HBO show Big Love, and this year’s revival of the cult classic Twin Peaks. He died at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Friday, his agent said. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Entertainment…

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British man dies in Sri Lanka crocodile attack

A British man has died in Sri Lanka after being attacked by a crocodile, his employer has confirmed. Paul McClean, 24, from Thames Ditton in Surrey, was dragged into a river near Arugam Bay, witnesses said. Fawas Lafeer, who owns the nearby Safa Surf School, told BBC 5 live the Financial Times journalist was attacked while washing his hands in the river . Local police said Mr McClean’s body was found in a lagoon by a Sri Lankan Navy search team. Financial Times (FT) editor Lionel Barber said on Twitter:…

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Husker Du co-founder Grant Hart dies after cancer battle

Grant Hart, the lead singer and drummer of the influential indie rock band Husker Du, has died after being diagnosed with liver cancer. The death of the 56-year-old Minnesota rocker was confirmed by his former band mate, Bob Mould, on Facebook on Thursday. Husker Du – Danish for “Do you remember” – rose to fame in the 1980s with their melodic take on punk rock. Mould recalled meeting Hart while studying at university in 1978. BBC Music: Husker Du The two men met at a local record shop in St…

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Sir Peter Hall: Theatre giant dies aged 86

Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and former National Theatre director Sir Peter Hall has died at the age of 86. He died on Monday at University College hospital in London, surrounded by his family, the National Theatre said. During his career he staged the English language premiere of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and the world premiere of Harold Pinter’s Homecoming. Sir Peter had been diagnosed with dementia in 2011. There will be a private family funeral, with details of a memorial service to be announced at a later…

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Holby City star's daughter dies at Bestival

A woman who was found dead at Bestival was the daughter of Holby City and former Coronation Street actor John Michie, his agent has confirmed. The body of Louella Michie, 25, from London, was discovered in a wooded area at the Dorset festival site. Police said they were called at about 01:00 BST amid concern for welfare of the woman. A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being questioned by police. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Home

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US country music singer Don Williams dies

US country music singer Don Williams – who enjoyed great success with his easy-going singing style – has died aged 78. The Texan native passed away after a short illness, his publicist said. Williams began his solo career in 1971, amassing 17 number one country hits. His songs, such as Gypsy Woman and Tulsa Time, were covered by many other singers – including Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend. Williams was known as the gentle giant of country music. Other hits included You’re My Best Friend, I Believe in You and…

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