Celebrity deaths

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Skaggs died from a toxic mix of the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in an accidental overdose, a medical examiner in Texas ruled in a report released Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 31, 2019 - 4:39 am
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The family of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs says it was startled to learn that a club employee "may" be part of the investigation into the 27-year-old's death from an accidental drug overdose. A Texas coroner said in a report made public Friday that Skaggs died...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2008 file photo, Prince performs during his headlining set on the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Prince’s estate will take over management of the late rock star’s studio complex near Minneapolis. Graceland Holdings, which runs Elvis Presley’s tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee, had been operating Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen as a museum since October 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
August 30, 2019 - 3:27 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A half-brother of the late rock superstar Prince has died, leaving five Prince siblings to share in the musician's fortune. An attorney for Alfred Jackson, Asa Weston, said Friday that the 66-year-old Jackson died Wednesday night or Thursday morning in his home outside of Kansas...
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FILE - This Feb. 22, 2008 file photo shows Donnie Fritts speaking with the press before the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Awards in Montgomery, Ala. Fritts, a Muscle Shoals songwriter, artist and actor who wrote songs like “We Had It All,” recorded by numerous artists including Waylon Jennings and Ray Charles, and a frequent collaborator with Kris Kristofferson, died, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. He was 76. His death was confirmed by his label, Single Lock Records. (Amanda Sowards/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
August 28, 2019 - 1:59 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Donnie Fritts, a Muscle Shoals songwriter, artist and actor who was a frequent collaborator with Kris Kristofferson and wrote the song "We Had It All," recorded by numerous artists including Waylon Jennings and Ray Charles, has died. He was 76. His death on Tuesday was...
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FILE - This Aug. 25, 2010 file photo shows designer Isabel Toledo posing with her shoes and handbags designed for Payless ShoeSource in Miami Beach, Fla. Toledo, the Cuban-American fashion designer with an avant-garde flair who created former first lady Michelle Obama’s standout lemongrass-colored sheath dress and matching overcoat for her husband’s 2009 inauguration, has died. She was 59. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
August 26, 2019 - 3:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Toledo, the Cuban American fashion designer with an avant-garde flair who created former first lady Michelle Obama's standout lemon grass-colored sheath dress and matching overcoat for her husband's 2009 inauguration, has died. She was 59. Toledo died of breast cancer, her...
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Los Angeles Angels' Kole Calhoun, center, is congratulated in the dugout after making an over-the-shoulder catch on a Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus flyout to end to bottom of the fourth inning of baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
August 20, 2019 - 1:49 am
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Heaney struggled to describe his emotions with the Los Angeles Angels back in Texas for the first time since pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room before the start of a series against the Rangers last month. Standing next to the No. 45 jersey hanging...
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CORRECTS TO HIERS HIM GREETING PATRONS AT HIS RESTAURANT, NOT GRILLING OYSTERS - FILE - In this Friday June 23, 2006 file photo, Bubba Hiers, who is Paula Deen's brother, and chef and owner of Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, in Savannah, Ga. him greeting patrons at his restaurant. Hiers, who helped his celebrity sister Paula Deen expand her Savannah restaurant during her rise to fame, has died at age 65. Hiers died Thursday, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 from pancreatic cancer, Gamble Funeral Service owner Ed Gamble said. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton, File)
August 19, 2019 - 1:44 pm
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Hiers, who left behind landscaping to help his celebrity sister Paula Deen grow her Savannah restaurant business as she rose to fame, has died at age 65. "Bubba was the greatest brother who was loved by so many people," Deen said in an emailed statement Monday. "We will...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2004 file photo Texas running back Cedric Benson is shown in the bench area during the fourth quarter of his team's 56-35 victory over Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas. Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. He was 36. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, file)
August 18, 2019 - 7:40 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36. Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 file photo, Peter Fonda, poses atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Glendale, Calif. Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right both writing and starring in counterculture classics like “Easy Rider,” has died. His family says in a statement that Fonda died Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
August 16, 2019 - 10:23 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79. "I am very sad," Jane Fonda said in a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, pathologist Dr. Michael Baden speaks during a news conference to share preliminary results of a second autopsy done on Michael Brown in St. Louis County, Mo. Baden, who also testified for O.J. Simpson's defense in the "trial of the century" and helped investigate the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is now enmeshed in another high-stakes case. Baden is the private pathologist who observed Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy on his lawyers' behalf. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
August 12, 2019 - 7:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — He testified for O.J. Simpson's defense, helped investigate the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., hosted an HBO show and brought his pathology expertise to bear on celebrity deaths and police killings. Now Dr. Michael Baden is enmeshed in...
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FILE - In this April 5, 1994 file photo, Toni Morrison as she holds an orchid at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The Nobel Prize-winning author has died. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
August 06, 2019 - 2:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who transformed modern literature, has died. Highlights of reaction to her death: ___ "Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful_a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good...
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