RIP: Donna Summer, at 63

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Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, died this morning after a battle with cancer. She was 63.

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the '70s with iconic hits like "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," and "Bad Girls." Her reign continued into the '80s, with "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real."

From TMZ:

We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago ... who says she didn't seem too bad. In fact, we're told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on.

Summer is survived by her husband, Bruce Sudano, their two children -- Brooklyn and Amanda -- and her daughter, Mimi, from a previous marriage.

[tmz]

RIP: Amarillo Slim, at 83

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Amarillo Slim, who won the World Series of Poker in 1972 and went on to become an international living legend in poker circles, died Sunday of colon cancer.

Considered poker's first celebrity after his world title win, Slim made the rounds of the late shows to promote the game -- and himself. He was infinitely quotable: "Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker." Slim authored several books, including "Amarillo Slim's Play Poker to Win" and "Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever Lived." Slim was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992.

"He brought poker out of the back alleys," said Larry Grossman, a longtime gaming analyst and poker historian. "He was just a guy with an outsized personality, and he was the perfect person for the time to represent poker. It was really Slim that became the face of poker for middle America."

[lat]

RIP: Dick Clark, at 82

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Dick Clark, the longtime New Year's Eve fixture, music industry maverick, TV host, and producer of American Bandstand, died today of a heart attack at 82. Clark suffered a major stroke in 2004 but returned to the airwaves to host seven more New Year's Rockin' Eves.

According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Dick Clark Productions has turned out more than 7,500 hours of television programming, including more than 30 series and 250 specials, as well as more than 20 movies for theater and TV. His success landed him Emmys, Grammys, induction in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Clark had long been known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick Clark... so long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance that earned him the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager."

"If you want to stay young looking," he once said, "pick your parents very carefully."

Clark is survived by his third wife, Keri Wigton, and three children.

[abc]

R.I.P. Mike Wallace

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Mike Wallace, longtime 60 Minutes reporter and writer, passed away this morning at the age of 93. Wallace was one of the show's most recognizable personalities, next to Andy Rooney, who died last late last year.

[nytimes]

RIP: Jim Marshall, at 88

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Jim Marshall, whose pioneering Marshall amplifiers were behind some of the biggest names in rock and roll -- Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Eric Clapton -- and who is considered "the founder of loud" and responsible for the sound of rock, has died.

From Marshall Amplification: "Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on."

[ap / musicradar]

RIP: Edd Gould, at 23

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Edd Gould, creator of the popular flash animation web series Eddsworld, passed away Sunday following a six-year bout with Leukemia. He was 23.

His friends and co-writers Tom Ridgewell and Matt Hargreaves made the sad announcement a short while ago on the Eddsworld YouTube channel.

[eddsworld.]

Hate Crime Investigation of the Day

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Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five who emigrated from Iraq with her husband 17 years ago, was found severely beaten inside her El Cajon, California home next to a note that allegedly read "go back to your own country. You're a terrorist."

Alawadi was rushed to the hospital, but passed away a short while later.

One of her three daughters, Fatima Al Himidi, told KUSI she found Alawadi unconscious in the dining room. The attacker had apparently broken in through the sliding glass door and assaulted Alawadi repeatedly with a tire iron. Al Himidi said the attacker was gone by the time she came downstairs.

According to Lt. Mark Coit of the El Cajon police, the family had received a note similar to the one left near Alawadi earlier this month, but thought it was a prank, so did not bother reporting it to authorities.

"Given the fact of these notes left, we’re obviously concerned about the possibility of a hate crime," said the executive director of CAIR's San Diego branch, Hanif Mohebi. "I don’t think anyone would disagree this is a coldblooded murder."

Investigators say they believe this was "an isolated incident," and a hate crime is just "one of the possibilities" they are exploring.

[utsandiego / cnn.]