celebrity deaths

Etch A Sketch Inventor Dies at Age 86
Andre Cassagnes, the man responsible for inventing the venerable Etch A Sketch, a toy that inspired countless children ever since it was introduced in 1960, has died at age 86 in France. According to the Ohio Art Co., the toy’s manufacturer, Cassagnes died in a Paris suburb on Jan. 16 due to …
Remembering Huell Howser, California TV Legend
For those outside the state of California, Huell Howser, who passed away late Sunday night, might be something of a mystery. There’s a chance you saw him on ‘Tracy Takes On … Hollywood,’ or heard his voice on an episode of ‘The Simpsons.’ Southern California…
LP Pioneer Howard H. Scott Dead at 92
He may not have been a household name, but Howard H. Scott had a lot to do with the way several generations of music fans experienced the work of their favorite artists — and he helped revolutionize the record industry along the way. Scott, who succumbed to cancer on Sept. 22 at the age of [&…
Guitarist ‘Big Jim’ Sullivan Dead at 71
British session guitarist Jim Sullivan has passed away after a long period of poor health. He was 71 years old. He played on over 1,000 chart hits — including 55 No. 1 singles — during his vibrant career, in addition to working with a who’s who of classic rock royalty. While Sul…
Legendary Screenwriter Nora Ephron Dead at 71
Filmmaker and author Nora Ephron, who penned such iconic comedies as ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Sleepless in Seattle,’ died Tuesday night at New York Presbyterian after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71-years-old. Ephron is known for creating smart, funny …
Former Jimi Hendrix Collaborator Jimmy Norman Dies
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jimmy Norman — who worked with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley early in their careers and was a battle over songwriting credit for ‘Time Is on My Side,’ which the Rolling Stones turned into a Top 10 hit in 1964 — died earlier this month in New York at …
‘Family Circus’ Cartoonist Bil Keane Dies at 89
Bil Keane, who drew the one-panel cartoon ‘Family Circus’ for more than 50 years, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at the age of 89. ‘Family Circus,’ which runs in 1,500 American newspapers, uses humor and traditional family values to chronicle the life and times …
‘Willy Wonka’ Actor Leonard Stone Dies at Age 87
Leonard Stone, who played the fast-talking father of Violet Beauregarde in 1971′s ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,’ died of cancer on Wednesday just shy of his 88th birthday. In Gene Wilder’s classic film, Stone watches in disbelief as his perpetually gum-chewing d…