Beloved Radio Personality Casey Kasem Dies at 82

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Beloved Radio Personality Casey Kasem Dies at 82
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According to CNN, the long-time radio DJ, voice actor, and show host, Casey Kasem, died early Sunday at the age of 82.

"Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," wrote Kasem's family in a statement recently released. "Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken ... The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."

Kasem was known for his long running career as the host of "American Top 40." He was also the voice of Scooby-Doo's goofy side-kick, Shaggy. He made a solid mark on the shaping of American pop culture and will be truly missed.



Accomplished Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

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Accomplished Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91
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Ruby Dee had a long career and was known for her desire to stick with performing into her later years when others might consider retirement. According to USA Today, Dee told The Associated Press in 2001, "I think you mustn't tell your body, you mustn't tell your soul, 'I'm going to retire.' You may be changing your life emphasis, but there's still things that you have in mind to do that now seems the right time to do. I really don't believe in retiring as long as you can breathe."

Her impactful career won her an Oscar at the age of 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film American Gangster. She also won an Emmy and had many other nominations. Her professional career along with her work in civil rights have been strongly appreciated and she will be truly missed.

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Wrestling Icon The Ultimate Warrior Dead at 54

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Wrestling Icon The Ultimate Warrior Dead at 54
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Throughout the 1980s and '90s "The Ultimate Warrior" was among the most popular and beloved heroes in the pro wrestling world. After the shocking news of his death, other wrestling greats took to twitter to express their grief.

His death came as a surprise since on Saturday Night he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame:
RIP Ultimate Warrior

Breaking News of the Day: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in His New York Apartment

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Breaking News of the Day: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in His New York Apartment
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The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York Apartment Sunday morning of an apparent overdose. The New York Times report:

The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46, was found in his West Village apartment around 11:30 a.m. by a friend who had become concerned at not being able to reach Mr. Hoffman.

Investigators found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be her0in, the official said.

"It's pretty apparent that it was an overdose," the official said. "The syringe was in his arm."

Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 with his portrayal of Truman Capote in the film "Capote."

He was most recently known for his role in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" He was slated to star in two more installments.

Sad, sad news. Rest in peace.

Farewell of the Day

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Farewell of the Day
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Marty, the inspiration behind Nyan Cat, passed away last night after being diagnosed with Feline infectious peritonitis only a week ago, according to Chris Torres. In remembering his passing, Torres shared the story of Marty's life via his Twitter account and the homepage of Nyan.cat has been swapped with Sad Nyan Cat. Rest in peace, Marty.

RIP: Moon River's Andy Williams, at 84

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RIP: Moon River's Andy Williams, at 84
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Andy Williams, one of America's top pop vocalists of the 1960s and best known for "Moon River," died Tuesday of bladder cancer. He was 84.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Williams said he never tired of singing "Moon River," whose melody he considered "beautiful" and whose lyrics he called "timeless."

"You wouldn't believe how 'Moon River' became a hit," he said in a 1989 interview with the Chicago Tribune. "I was having dinner with [songwriters] Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, who had just finished recording the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, with Audrey Hepburn singing 'Moon River' out on the balcony with a guitar.

"So Mancini and Mercer played this song for me, which I thought was great. But my record company was really into singles then, and they said: 'I don't think phrases like 'my Huckleberry friend' will make it with the kids — they won't know what it means.'"

But about four weeks before the 1962 Academy Awards program, he recalled, "I was invited to sing 'Moon River' on the Oscars show, and Columbia Records decided we ought to rush a 'Moon River' album into the stores, because that tune looked like a shoo-in for the 'best song' Oscar.

"So they quickly put out an album, had it in the stores on the day of the Oscars, and the next morning it sold 500,000 copies."

NASA Remembers Neil Armstrong of the Day

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Neil Armstrong was laid to rest at sea today. The pics are amazing, as is this video tribute by NASA.

RIP, Neil.

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