Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for playing Gilbert Blythe in the "Anne of Green Gables" movies, died Wednesday of a brain hemorrhage, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reports. He was 48.
"He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing," said Crombie's sister, Carrie Crombie. "As a little kid, he just loved Broadway shows and all of that kind of stuff and would sing and dance in the living room."
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Izola Ware Curry, the so-called "demented" Harlem woman who tried to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958, has died.
She was 98.
According to the Smoking Gun, Ware died at Hillside Manor nursing home in Queens, New York, where she spent most of her life.
On Sept. 20, 1958, King was in Harlem signing copies of his book “Stride Toward Freedom” at Blumstein’s Department Store.
Curry walked up to King and asked, “Are you Dr. King?”
King replied, “Yes.”
Curry then plunged a seven-inch steel letter opener into his chest. Curry also had a loaded gun with her.
After her arrest, Curry was taken to Bellevue Hospital and eventually found not competent to stand trial. She would be diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and described by psychiatrists as having “low average intelligence,” and suffering from a “severe state of insanity.”
She was committed to Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
For his part, King forgave his assailant. Ten days after the stabbing, he said he “felt no ill will toward Mrs. Izola Curry.”
“[I] know that thoughtful people will do all in their power to see that she gets the help she apparently needs if she is to become a free and constructive member of society,” King said.
Like King, Curry was a Georgian, born in 1916 in Adrian, about 100 miles from Savannah. She initially moved to New York in 1937, working on and off as a housekeeper, short-order cook or factory worker.
Initial reports about her after the stabbing suggest that she stabbed King because she had come to believe that black leaders were plotting against her. When questioned by police, she accused civil rights leaders of “boycotting” and “torturing” her, preventing her from getting jobs and forcing her to change her religion.
While Curry failed in her attempt to kill King, on the day before he was assassinated, he referenced her and the stabbing in his final speech, “I Have Been To The Mountaintop.”
In the speech, King recounted that the tip of Curry’s blade rested on the edge of his aorta and that if he had merely sneezed, he would have died.
R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell died Saturday, according to Danish media reports. She was 46.
The cause and place of death have not been confirmed.
"Bad things happened to the most innocent people," her brother, Brandon, wrote on Twitter. "My sister died in the most terrible way, and I'm in so much pain right now."
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Maxwell, a member of the Grammy-nominated group Brownstone, became famous in the '90s. She later pursued a solo career, Billboard reports.
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You could see the sorrow on Scott Pelley's face Wednesday as he informed viewers of "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon's death.
"Our colleague, Bob Simon, of '60 Minutes,' was 73 years old," said Scott Pelley on CBS.
Simon, a multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist, was killed in a car crash in New York City Wednesday.
Major media outlets across the country shared thoughts and condolences for Simon and his family.
"We have breaking news tonight here in New York City — very sad news. CBS News tonight has announced the death of long time correspondent Bob Simon, whose career spanned five decades," said Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC.
"A major loss in the world of television journalism," said Antonio Mora on Al Jazeera.
"Bob Simon was the best of the best. A reporter's reporter. ... Generous, kind, sharp as a tack and obviously someone who would never hesitate to ask hard questions, but he would ask them kindly," said Randall Pinkston on Al Jazeera.
Others reminisced about the journalist's five-decade career — one in which he reported on the Vietnam War, conflicts in the Middle East and was even held captive in Iraqi prisons for some 40 days.
"He covered virtually every major overseas conflict in the 1960s, most notably in the Middle East," recounted Anderson Cooper on CNN.
"He was a '60 Minutes' correspondent for 19 seasons. This was his 19th season. He just had a report on this Sunday about Selma," said Brian Stelter on CNN.
Simon is survived by his wife and one daughter, who is a producer for "60 Minutes."
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Public officials, police officers, friends and family filled a Queens church Saturday to remember Rafael Ramos, one of two NYPD officers killed last week.
Both Vice President Joe Biden and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the ceremony.
“I’m sure I speak for the whole nation when I say to you that our hearts ache for you,” said Biden.
“Our hearts are aching today. We feel it physically. We feel it deeply. New York City has lost a hero,” said de Blasio.
About 730 police officers from across the nation who were flown in by JetBlue also were in attendance.
The funeral came a day after an equally packed wake that lasted eight hours. Because of the crowds, the event had to be projected on a screen to onlookers outside.
“My father was a man of character, a selfless man. Dad, I'm forever grateful for the sacrifices you made to provide for me and Jayden,” said Justin Ramos.
Rafael Ramos and his partner were shot to death Dec. 20 while sitting in their patrol car.
Police say the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who later killed himself, also shot and injured his ex-girlfriend earlier that day.
Ramos was studying to become a pastor, and those who knew the officer said he viewed his work in the police force as “a ministry.”
Ramos leaves behind a wife and two children. Funeral plans for Ramos’s partner, officer Wenjian Liu have not yet been announced.
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Musician Joe Cocker died Monday morning in his Colorado home after battling lung cancer. He was 70 years old.
Born in 1944, Cocker grew up in Sheffield, England, and began pursuing a music career in his 20s. He shot to fame in 1968 when his cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" rose to No. 1. Cocker's version of the hit song would later be used as the theme song for the ABC television show "The Wonder Years." (Video via Regal Zonophone / Joe Cocker, ABC / "The Wonder Years")
In 1983, Cocker won a Grammy for "Up Where We Belong." The duet with Jennifer Warnes was featured in the film "An Officer and a Gentleman."
Queen Elizabeth awarded Cocker an Order of the British Empire in 2007 for his services to music, and in 2010, Cocker was included in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. The outlet called his voice "an irresistible force that combines a love of American soul music with an undeniable depth of feeling."
Cocker released his 23rd and final album in 2012. It hit No. 1 on Germany's charts.
After learning of Cocker's death, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr wrote on Twitter: "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends. peace and love."
And Sony Music's chief executive, Edgar Berger, released a statement saying, "Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I've ever met."
Cocker leaves behind his wife, stepdaughter and two grandchildren.
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Norman Bridwell, best known as the creator of the children's book series "Clifford the Big Red Dog," has died. He was 86.
According to his publisher, Scholastic, Bridwell died Friday at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The cause of death was not released.
Scholastic first published Bridwell's extensive "Clifford" series more than 50 years ago. Since then, it's reportedly sold more than 129 million copies in 13 different languages.
Scholastic's CEO released a statement saying, "Norman Bridwell's books about Clifford, childhood's most loveable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor."
Bridwell also was quite tenacious to get the book originally published. "Clifford" was rejected by nine publishers before Scholastic finally gave it the green light.
The gigantic friendly canine even wound up in a PBS cartoon using the same name.
"Clifford" also made his debut on the big screen in 2004, and there's another movie in the works that's due out in 2016.
Bridwell completed two more "Clifford" books before he died: "Clifford Goes to Kindergarten" and "Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah." Both are due out next year.
Norman Bridwell said, "I feel very fortunate in this part in teaching children to read. Something I didn't plan but it's worked out that way."
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Police in Columbus, Ohio, say they have found the body of missing Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge.
Police Sgt. Rich Weiner told reporters, "We received a call from somebody stating they found a body in the dumpster at this location. ... We are able to confirm ... that it is the body of Kosta Karageorge."
According to the police, the former OSU lineman's body was found in a dumpster one block from his apartment. The investigation is still ongoing, but Karageorge appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Karageorge had been missing since Wednesday, when he left his apartment after telling friends he needed to take a walk to clear his head. His disappearance sparked a city-wide manhunt for the missing student.
A police report says his mother told investigators Karageorge suffered concussions and spells of confusion, and Karageorge sent his mother a text complaining about his concussions half an hour before disappearing.
Ohio State issued a statement saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time."
Karageorge spent three years wrestling for OSU before walking onto the football team this year. He was 22 years old.
The Associated Press is reporting that director Mike Nichols, husband of Diane Sawyer, has died at age 83.
Nichols was known for his work on films, television and stage shows such as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot."
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A small plane crashed Sunday in the Bahamas, killing all nine people on board, according to The Associated Press.
The Ministry of Transport and Aviation said the plane, a Lear 36 Executive Jet, had taken off from Nassau and crashed while attempting to land about 5 p.m. in Freeport.
Among the victims was the Rev. Myles Munroe, leader of Bahamas Faith Ministries, the Bahamas Tribune reported.
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