RIP: Yoda, at 15

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RIP: Yoda, at 15
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Yoda, winner of the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog contest, passed away Saturday at the age of 15.

Proud owner Terry Schumacher initially mistook the Chinese crested-Chihuahua mix for a rat when she found her abandoned behind an apartment building. 

"I will miss her funny little ways," Schumacher said in an email to the Hanford Sentinel. "Her memories will live on forever."

Yoda took home the coveted World’s Ugliest Dog title at the 23rd iteration of the world-famous event, hosted annually at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.

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RIP: Jean "Moebius" Giraud, at 73

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RIP: Jean "Moebius" Giraud, at 73
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RIP: Jean Giraud, better known as the influential French comic artist Moebius, passed away yesterday at the age of 73. He had been battling cancer for some time.

Giraud leaves behind a legacy spanning multiple generations: From his Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Western comic series Blueberry, through his acclaimed Silver Surfer miniseries, Parable, to the genre-defining conceptual artwork he contributed to such modern sci-fi and fantasy classics as Alien, Tron, The Fifth Element, The Abyss, and Willow.

Both Blade Runner and The Empire Strikes Back (as well as other Star Wars episodes) were also heavily influenced by Giraud's unique style, the latter even featuring the artist's design for the Imperial Probe Droid.

"We've lost two great artists," said the French cultural minister, referring to Giraud and his alter ego Moebius. "Through his influence and his dazzling images, he made comic books the 9th art form that has stayed with me throughout my life."

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RIP: Robert Sherman, at 86

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RIP: Robert Sherman, at 86
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RIP: Legendary Disney songwriter Robert Sherman, best-known for his work on such classic films as Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Jungle Book, passed away Monday in London. He was 86.

Together with his brother Richard, Sherman co-wrote many enduring Disney a

RIP: Ralph McQuarrie, at 82

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RIP: Ralph McQuarrie, at 82
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RIP: Ralph McQuarrie, a conceptual artist best known for designing several key Star Wars characters including Darth Vader and Chewbacca, passed away today in Los Angeles. He was 82.

In addition to his influential work on the original Star Wars trilogy -- indeed,

RIP: Andrew Breitbart, at 43

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RIP: Andrew Breitbart, at 43
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RIP: Andrew Breitbart, well-known author, pundit, and political activist, passed away shortly after midnight in Los Angeles. He was 43.

His website, Big Journalism, which first reportedly the news, says Breitbart died of natural causes.

"We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior,

From The Archives

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From The Archives: In memory of the late Davy Jones, Criterion Collection has uploaded this winsome scene from his Monkees audition tape.

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RIP: Davy Jones, at 66

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RIP: Davy Jones, founding member of the popular 60's rock group The Monkees, passed away this morning of a heart attack in a hospital near his Florida home. He was 66.

Jones, the only musician signed to a studio deal before auditioning for Bob Rafelson's and Bert Schneider's made-for-TV music group The Monkees, was the lead vo