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Triple Emmy Award-winning actor James Gandolfini died

James GandolfiniActor, producer and philanthropist James Gandolfini diedthis Wednesday suddenly. He passed away at the age of 51.

Gandolfini suffered a suspected heart attack while he was in Italy. His assistant said the actor suffered a heart attack while in the bathroom during a trip to Italy with his 13-year old son, Michael.

In Italy, the actor was on his way toward to Sicily where he had been scheduled to participate in an onstage conversation with Italian director Gabriele Muccino at the Taormina Film Fest on June 22.
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Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings died

Michael HastingsThe award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings died in a car accident in Los Angeles. He passed away this Tuesday at the age of 33.

The fearless journalist won a Polk award for magazine reporting for his Rolling Stone cover report The Runaway General. This story was credited with ending General Stanley McChrystal’s career after it revealed the military leader’s candid criticism of the Obama administration. Continue reading

World’s oldest living person died

Oldest manJiroemon Kimura, a Japanese man, recognised as the world’s oldest living person, has died at the age of 116. He passed away of natural causes on Wednesday in a hospital.

Mr. Kimura was born on 19 April 1897. He had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

In December 2012, Guinness World Records recorded Mr. Kimura as the oldest man ever verified to have lived. He became the world’s oldest living person on December 28 of 2012 at the age of 115 years and 253 days. The oldest woman in history was Jeanne Calment from France. She died in 1997 at the age of 122. Continue reading

Scottish author Iain Banks died this Sunday

Iain BanksThe Scottish author, Iain Banks has died of cancer aged 59. He passed away last Sunday.

Banks had announced that he was suffering with terminal gall bladder cancer on April 3 of this year.

The Scottish author wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and he wrote science fiction under the name M. Banks, including the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies.

The writer was noted as an author of darkly humorous literary and science fiction. He was best known for his 1984 debut “The WaspFactory” and 1992s “The Crow Road”.   Continue reading

Swimming champion and movie star Esther Williams died at the age of 91

Esther WilliamsThe swimming champion turned actress, Esther Williams, has died at the age of 91. Williams starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 40s and 50s. The “Million Dollar Mermaid” passed away this Thursday. She died in her sleep.

Williams was a teenage swim star with Olympic aspirations, but they were thwarted by World War II. She was famous for making aquatic-themed movies.

Williams was remember for her Hollywood fame but also for influence of fashion and on synchronized swimming.   Continue reading

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