In a week already rife with loss, Brian Bedford—theater great and voice of Robin Hood (i.e. the first cartoon animal you ever looked at and thought “I would definitely hit that”)—has passed away at the age of 80.
Fernande Grudet, the controversial figure—better known by the name “Madame Claude”—who operated high-end call girl rings for powerful clientele throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has passed away in Nice, France, at the age of 92. “Two things in life sell: food and sex,” Claude once said. “And I was not…
Olene S. Walker, who was sworn in as Utah’s first and (so far) only woman governor in 2003, has died at the age of 85.
Adele Mailer was an artist and actor. Fairly or not, she is most often mentioned in connection with her ex-husband, writer Norman Mailer, who infamously stabbed her during a party at their own apartment in 1960. She died of pneumonia on Sunday in Manhattan at the age of 90.
San Francisco celebrity and legendary stripper Carol Doda has died from complications of kidney failure at the age of 78. Doda was one of the first dancers in San Francisco to dance topless, sparking a trend that would ultimately change the city.
Clothing designer Arnold Scaasi, who dressed Barbra Streisand and Barbara Bush, Mary Tyler Moore and Joan Crawford, has died at 85. “I am definitely not a minimalist!” he explained of his approach. “Clothes with some adornment are more interesting to look at and more fun to wear.”
Shruggie Guy, also known distastefully as the smugshrug or kaomoji, died on Wednesday after being beaten to death by a generation of overeager Internet users and their parents.
On Sunday evening, Bobbi Kristina Brown died at the age of 22 surrounded by family and friends. Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, had been in the hospital in a medically-induced coma for the past six months after she was found unconscious in her bathtub on January 31. She was moved into hospice…
Christian Audigier, the man who in the mid-2000s dressed an astonishing number of people in fake tattoo-and-rhinestone t-shirts, died this week in Los Angeles at the age of 57, reports LATF. In January, he had been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, also referred to as “bone marrow failure disorder.” He leaves a…
Amanda Peterson, the actress best known for her role as Cindy Mancini in 1987’s Can’t Buy Me Love, has passed away at the age of 43 in her Colorado home. The cause of death is still unknown.
Lawrence Herkimer, a.k.a Mr. Cheerleader, the founder of the National Cheerleaders Association and the “grandfather of modern cheerleading,” died last Wednesday at the age of 89.
Burt Shavitz, the founder of natural skin care company Burt’s Bees, died on July 5 in Bangor, Maine surrounded by family. The 80-year-old reportedly suffered from respiratory complications.
Christopher Lee has died. Everyone, please, a standing ovation for perhaps the greatest, most delightfully nefarious character actor of all time.
Ah, midcentury America, where everyone lived by traditional family values in an I Love Lucy haze and nobody did anything scandalous until those goddamn hippies and their Woodstock. If you ignore stories like that of Nelson and Happy Rockefeller, of course.
Lauren Hill, the college basketball player who fulfilled her dreams of playing on Mount St. Joseph University’s team while suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, passed away today at the age of 19.
I was a kid the first time I watched The Wrath of Khan. I was a dedicated TNG fan and I'd seen the one with the whales, but when I bucked my bedtime and settled down to catch a late-night showing, I had no idea Spock dies at the end. As the credits rolled, I fucking sobbed.
Here's how one Australian paper began its obit for a beloved author: "Colleen McCullough, Australia's bestselling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: 'I've never been into clothes or figure and the interesting…
Author Colleen McCullough has died at 77. Her multi-part "Masters of Rome" saga has been much praised, but it's The Thorn Birds she'll be remembered for.
The year was 1999 and American middle school girls were faced with a politically fraught choice: Backstreet Boys or *N Sync? Lines were drawn and friendships destroyed as 11-14 year-olds scrambled to choose sides. But then there were those of us who refused to believe that this was it, who refused to conform to this…
Amanda Palmer wrote a poem for Jonathan Chait.