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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.

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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."
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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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U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed late Tuesday -- September 11 -- along with three other embassy staff after armed militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in retaliation for a California businessman's low-budget anti-Muslim film, Innocence of Muslims, that attacks Islam's prophet Muhammad.

President Obama condemned the attacks, which also occurred at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, and said that they will "not break the bonds" between the U.S. and Libya:

We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

There was no threat of military action or economic sanctions -- the U.S. considers Libya a friendly state.

Mitt Romney called Obama's response to the attacks "disgraceful," while Republican Party Chair Reince Preibus dragged some disgusting politics into the tragedy: "Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic."

Stevens, who was 52, served as envoy to the Libyan rebels in 2011 when NATO aircraft helped rebels overthrow the 40-year-old regime and eventually capture and kill Gaddafi.

In a video introduction released by the State Department shortly after he was appointed ambassador in May, Stevens said he "was thrilled to watch the Libyan people stand up and demand their rights."

[telegraph]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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]

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

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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.

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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.

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Nora Ephron, acclaimed writer and director behind romantic comedies like You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, has died due to complications of illness. She was 71.

A force of wit and wisdom, Ephron's novels, essays and films surpassed generations and genders alike. She began as a journalist and a playwright, then took on the Hollywood boys' club, observing that, to studio executives, "a movie about a woman's cure for cancer is less interesting than a movie about a man with a hangnail."

After writing the script for When Harry Met Sally, and writing/directing You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, it was her turn to call the shots.

For the last six years Ephron struggled with myelodysplasia, a blood disorder, of which recently made her extremely ill. She passed away Tuesday in a New York hospital.

[washingtonpost]

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Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by four police officers eventually sparked violent riots in Los Angeles two decades ago, was found dead this morning at age 47. King's fiance, Cynthia Kelly, called 911 at 5:25 am after discovering his body.

King was thrust into the national spotlight in March 1991 after a videotaped assaulted at the hands of LAPD officers Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Sgt. Stacey Koon made headlines. The four officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force. Their acquittal on April 29, 1992 led to intense riots in Los Angeles, resulting in 53 deaths.

King fought a life-long battle with alcoholism, and had periodic run-ins with the law since the 1991 incident. He appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House, in an attempt to get clean. An interview with The Associated Press earlier this year painted a picture of a changed man:

America's been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all. This part of my life is the easy part now.

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Internet users the world over are mourning the death today of Russian baritone Eduard Khil, whose 1976 performance of the song "I Am So Happy to Finally Be Back Home" went viral on YouTube in 2009 and secured his place in Internet history. 

Legend has it that the song's lyrics were censored in Russia for raciness, so Khil swapped the lyrics for random sounds, including the  "trololo" yodel for which he became famous.

Khil had suffered a stroke last month that caused irreversible brain damage. He was 77.

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Bee Gees lead singer Robin Gibb lost his years-long battle with colon and liver cancer Sunday. He was 62.

Here's what Rolling Stone had to say about the trio's hit "To Love Somebody": "You know you've written a standard when both Gram Parsons and Clay Aiken have recorded it. Robin transforms into a mighty blue-eyed soul crooner over a heaping helping of strings and horns, and, of course, his brothers' sweet harmonies."

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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]