Edith Windsor, an activist whose landmark Supreme Court case is largely responsible for dismantling 1996's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and making gay marriage legal in America, died on Tuesday at the age of 88.
Adam West, forever known to many as Batman and whose name is synonymous with taking your most famous role and parodying it, has passed away. He was 88.
Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, the thoracic surgeon best known for developing and popularizing his lifesaving antichoking technique, the Heimlich maneuver, died at Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital on Saturday after suffering a heart attack in his home on Monday. Heimlich was 96.
Ron Glass, known for playing Shepherd Book on the acclaimed Joss Whedon show Firefly and its follow-up film Serenity, has passed away at the age of 71. No other details have been released at this time.
Gene Wilder, the legendary comedic actor who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein and so many others, has passed away at the age of 83.
Architect Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, the field’s highest honor, died Thursday in Miami. She was 65.
David Bowie, who just died of cancer aged 69, had an incalculable impact on pop culture throughout his shape-shifting career. But perhaps more than any other musician, he also had a tremendous impact on science fiction. He changed the way we thought about the alien, the uncanny, and the familiar.
Natalie Cole, the singer whose career spanned four decades and who was the daughter of Nat King Cole, died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital from congestive heart failure, TMZ reports. She was 65.
Ingrid Sischy, the longtime art and culture critic who served as editor-in-chief of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine during its very best days, died Friday at the age of 63. She had been battling breast cancer.
Patrick Macnee, who just died, embodied the ultimate gentleman adventurer for millions of people. As John Steed in The Avengers, he proved that an old-school gent could be ready for anything—whether it be robot killing machines, or a tough, self-assured lady in a catsuit.
Randy Howard was an early ‘80s country star who toured with the likes of Willie Nelson and released novelty numbers like “All American Redneck” (“He’s got a pick-up truck/he loves to fuck”) and “My Nose Don’t Work No More” which is, obviously, about snorting too much cocaine. Unfortunately, like all the best country…
Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford, that big red dog who was as lovable as he was implausibe, has passed away at the age of 86. His books, which grace the shelves of any kindergarten and elementary school classroom will live on in his memory.
Cathy Horyn writes a moving tribute about her friend and recently deceased designer L'Wren Scott, which includes the tidbit that she was planning on closing her label soon, with an announcement this week.
Elmore Leonard passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 87 of a stroke, "at home surrounded by his loving family." If you're not familiar with this man with a particularly notable name, he was an author who wrote best-selling books about, as the AP put it in one particularly artful tweet, "schemers, clever conmen and…
Mary Thom, a founder and editor of Ms. magazine, an author several times over, and one of the most articulate feminist voices in the latter half of the 20th century, was killed Friday when she crashed her motorcycle on a highway in Yonkers, New York. She was 68.
Yvonne Brill, a rocket scientist who in the 70s invented a propulsion system to help keep satellites from straying out of their orbits like distracted puppies, died on Wednesday at the age of 88. Brill's system became the industry standard for satellites, and her contribution to the rocket science racket proved so…
Celeste Holm, best known for her role in the original 1943 production of Roger and Hammertein's Oklahoma!, as well as an Oscar-winning turn in Gentleman's Agreement, died on Sunday from a heart attack brought on by severe dehydration at the age of 95. Holm's acting career spanned more than 70 years, and though she…
Adrienne Rich, one of the feminist movement's most powerful, influential, and accomplished writers, has passed away at the age of 82. The New York Times has a long obituary which is worth reading in full, but they summarized her impact nicely:
After 94 years of life, Josie Anello was probably looking forward to ascending to Heaven and spending eternity far away from her bickering children. So she must have been quite disappointed to pass the Pearly Gates and pick up the newspaper (yes, they have newspapers in Heaven) and find this gem of an obituary, which…
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Outside a mournful Apollo Theatre in Manhattan on February 11, 2012. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)