On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Ursula K. Le Guin—author of dozens of books including The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea series, and a literary hero in her own right—died at her home in Portland, Oregon at the age of 88. Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin confirmed her passing, noting that her health…
Mathilde Krim, who was the founding chairwoman of the the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), died at her home in Kings Point, New York on Monday at the age of 91
The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that teen heartthrob of the ’70s and former Partridge Family star David Cassidy died of liver failure at the age of 67, according to his publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen.
Liz Smith, gossip column queen, frequently referred to as “The Grand Dame of Dish” or “The Doyenne of Dish,” passed away from natural causes in New York on Sunday at the age of 94.
Anita Pallenberg, the actress, model and one-time girlfriend of both Keith Richards and Brian Jones has died, the Guardian reports. She was 73.
Greg Allman, who helped found the legendary Allman Brothers Band with his late brother Duane, died at his home in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday at the age of 69.
The Associated Press reported on Sunday that Erin Moran, famous for playing Joanie Cunningham on the TV shows Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, died on Saturday. She was 56 years old.
Beloved Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton died at 61 on Sunday due to complications from surgery, People reports.
Vocalist Al Jarreau, who won seven Grammys for his R&B, jazz, and pop music, died in a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday morning at the age of 76.
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.
Vanessa Gould’s documentary Obit, about the men and women who work at the obituary desk at the New York Times and the stories they tell, has been picked up for a theatrical release. The film will open in New York in April; here’s our interview with Gould and Times reporter Margalit Fox from when it premiered at the…
Despite our fascination with the lives of people who have been deemed societally “important” because of accomplishments, fame and riches, the nitty-gritty of how and why we know what we know about them often gets swept under the rug. Vanessa Gould’s documentary Obit, which just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival,…
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.
Donald Featherstone, a man with the perfect name for the legacy he left on this earth, has died at the age of 79. Featherstone designed the plastic lawn flamingo, one of earth’s most useless, beloved and beautiful tchotchkes.
Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first and only female Prime Minister — as well as the first leader to win three General Elections in a row — has died of a stroke at the age 0f 87.
Mike Wallace, the CBS newsman who interviewed celebrities, politicians, athletes, and just about any other public figure that somehow became newsworthy, died Saturday night in a Connecticut care facility at the age of 93. His hard-hitting sit-downs helped make 60 Minutes the most successful prime-time news show ever.…
Elizabeth Taylor has died at age 79. Throughout her extraordinary life — from child stardom and being celebrated as the most beautiful woman in the world to collecting Oscars, enormous jewels, and seven husbands in eight marriages — she rarely apologized, and kept on surviving.
This week, a concerned citizen wrote in to Obit's resident sage, Judy, with a question of doctrinal import. Judy took care of rational advice, so we thought we'd ask a bunch of dead people!