RIP: Michael Clarke Duncan, At 54

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RIP: Michael Clarke Duncan, At 54
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Michael Clarke Duncan, Academy Award-nominated actor for The Green Mile, died this morning due to complications of a prior heart attack. He was 54.

[washingtonpost]

RIP: Neil Armstrong, at 82 [UPDATED]

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RIP: Neil Armstrong, at 82 [UPDATED]
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Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died. He was 82.

Considered a hero to many the world over, Armstrong was granted honors from 17 countries, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Born in Ohio in 1930, Armstrong served as a naval pilot at 19 -- the beginning of a long, impressive aerospace career that changed history as we know it. Upon his moon landing, he stated, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

A statement from Armstrong's family suggests his death was caused by complications of recent heart surgery. The family also left the world with this advice:

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.

[breakingnews / cbs]

RIP: Phyllis Diller, at 95

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RIP: Phyllis Diller, at 95
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Legendary comic Phyllis Diller -- who Joan Rivers says "broke the way for every woman comedian" -- died today in her sleep. She was 95 and had been in a hospice care since a recent fall.

Diller rose to fame in the 1960s with guest spots on Laugh In and TV specials featuring Bob Hope. She later starred in her own shows, The Phyllis Diller Show and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show.

Watch her bring down the house on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969.

[tmz]

RIP: Tony Scott, at 68

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RIP: Tony Scott, at 68
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ABC News is reporting that famed Top Gun director Tony Scott, who "shocked Hollywood and fans of his movies" on Sunday when he jumped to his death "without any hesitation" from a bridge in San Pedro, CA, was suffering from inoperable brain cancer.

Scott, brother of director Ridley Scott, reportedly left a note, though its contents have not been made public. An autopsy of Scott's body is planned, and his death is being investigated as a suicide.

Regardless of the way Scott died, British actor Simon Pegg tweeted what many are thinking: "So sad to hear about Tony Scott. A master of grand action, nail biting pace and atmosphere. A real loss to film making."

Scott also directed True Romance and Days of Thunder, and most recently produced Prometheus and The Good Wife.

[abc]

RIP: Sherman Hemsley, at 74

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RIP: Sherman Hemsley, at 74
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Sherman Hemsley, star of The Jeffersons, has died. He was 74.

[kfoxtv]

RIP: Jon Lord of Deep Purple, at 71

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RIP: Jon Lord of Deep Purple, at 71
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Jon Lord, former keyboardist for Deep Purple, passed away today after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

Lord is best known among classic rock fans for co-founding Deep Purple in 1968 and co-writing such hits as "Smoke on the Water." He also recorded with The Kinks and joined other bands, including Whitesnake, after Deep Purple broke up in 1976.

Besides writing your dad's favorite radio-ready riffs, Lord also enjoyed a thriving career in classical music. Originally trained as a classical pianist, Lord began composing and recording classical works during his time with Deep Purple and continued for the duration of his life. Check out the performance of his first composition, Concerto for Group and Orchestra, with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969.

[bbc]

RIP: Andy Griffith, at 86

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RIP: Andy Griffith, at 86
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Television icon Andy Griffith, best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and country lawyer Ben Matlock on Matlock, died early this morning. He was 86.

Here are Griffith's reflections on aging:

You know when you're young you think you will always be. As you become more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past. Hymns can carry you into the future.

[witn]