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Gene Wilder Dies at 83; Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’

Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in …

Kenny Baker, actor behind R2-D2, dies

The 3ft 8in actor, who starred in six Star Wars films as well as Time Bandits and Flash Gordon, was 81<p>The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 81 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot …

Movies

Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Killed at 27 in Freak Car Accident

brightcove.createExperiences(); Actor Anton Yelchin, who appeared in the <i>Star Trek</i> films and <i>Terminator Salvation</i>, died early Sunday morning in a …

Star Trek

Paul Daniels dead: Magician dies weeks after brain tumour diagnosis aged 77

The magician Paul Daniels has died today aged 77, his publicist has said, just a few weeks after it was announced he had been diagnosed with a brain …

Pete Burns, Dead or Alive Singer, Dead at 57

Pete Burns, lead singer of the Eighties goth new wave band Dead or Alive and their smash “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” died Sunday after …

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs has died, aged 86

Sachs passed away on 23 November after a secret four-year battle with dementia.<p>British comedy icon Andrew Sachs has died, aged 86.<p>The actor, who was …

Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90

Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died on Friday. …

Cuba

Coronation Street star Jean Alexander dies aged 90

<b>Jean Alexander, who played Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden and Auntie Wainwright in Last of the Summer Wine, has died aged 90.</b><p>Alexander portrayed Hilda Ogden, a sharp-tongued, put-upon housewife who was one of Coronation Street's best known characters, from 1964 to 1987.<p>She appeared as shopkeeper …

Coronation Street

Shimon Peres obituary

Last surviving member of Israel’s founding generation of politicians, he served as president, prime minister and foreign minister<p>Ever since the state of Israel was created in 1948, Shimon Peres, who has died aged 93, was at or near the centre of action. A protege of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first …

Leonard Cohen dies aged 82: tributes pour in to legendary singer-songwriter

• <b>Sony Music Canada confirm death of music great</b>• <b><br>From Leonard Cohen to Victoria Wood: culture stars who died in 2016</b>• <b><br>Tributes pour in on social media</b>• <b><br>'We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries'</b><p>Leonard Cohen, the baritone-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter who seamlessly blended …

Music

Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62 after short cancer battle

7:00PM<p>Summary at 7pm: World of entertainment pays tribute to Victoria Wood<p>The older brother of comedian Victoria Wood has said her death "has robbed us of one of the brightest talents of our generation".<p>The actress died at home with her family at the age of 62 after a short battle with cancer.<p>Chris …

Brave Caroline Aherne was alone when she died after losing her battle against lung cancer

Tragic Caroline Aherne died alone at home – her family unaware she had taken a sudden turn for the worse.<p>The 52-year-old comedy star told loved ones …

England

Ronnie Corbett, 'true great' of British TV comedy, dies aged 85

TV star known for his work in The Two Ronnies, particularly his rambling monologues, died surrounded by his family<p>Ronnie Corbett, one of Britain’s most popular entertainers, who was a regular television fixture for more than 50 years, has died aged 85. Corbett first came to fame on The Frost Report …

Alan Rickman dies: Actor was unaware of severity of cancer until just weeks ago

No indication British film and theatre actor - famous for roles in Harry Potter and Die Hard - was seriously ill before Christmas, friends say

Terry Wogan's Wife ‘Relieved' His Cancer Battle Is Over, As It Emerges He Told Friends He ‘Had A Bad Back'

The wife of Sir Terry Wogan is said to be ‘relieved’ that her husband is no longer suffering, following his death from cancer over the weekend at the …

Notable Lives Lost in 2016: Pictures

Republican Party

Carrie Fisher, Child of Hollywood and ‘Star Wars’ Royalty, Dies at 60

Carrie Fisher, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movie franchise, died on Tuesday morning. She was 60.<p>A family spokesman, Simon Halls, said Ms. Fisher died at 8:55 a.m. …

Obituary: Debbie Reynolds, a wholesome Hollywood icon

<b>At the age of 19 Debbie Reynolds sealed her status as a Hollywood legend with her spirited performance as aspiring actress Kathy Selden in the 1952 musical classic Singin' in the Rain.</b><p>Her daughter Carrie Fisher was also just 19 when she auditioned for the role that would define her career as the …

Entertainment

George Michael obituary

Wham! singer who went on to a solo career and became Britain’s biggest pop star<p>George Michael, who has died aged 53 of heart failure, was Britain’s biggest pop star of the 1980s, first with the pop duo Wham! and then as a solo artist. After Wham! made their initial chart breakthrough with the …

Britain could stay in EU if public opinion shifts, says Tony Blair

Former PM says remain supporters should continue to warn voters about consequences of Brexit<p>Tony Blair has claimed Britain could remain in the European Union, despite the referendum result in favour of Brexit, if public opinion shifts in the next few years.<p>The former prime minister told a French …

Nicola Sturgeon launches new independence drive with warning UK has 'fundamentally changed'

Nicola Sturgeon will today launch the SNP’s renewed drive for Scottish independence after being accused of betraying her promise to examine other options in the wake of the Brexit vote.<p>The First Minister will use an SNP away-day attended by all the party’s MPs, MSPs and MEPs to argue that Scots …

Unofficial Hey Siri site provides a mega-list of Siri commands

Siri now has so many capabilities that it’s hard to keep track of all the things it can do. You can ask Siri itself, of course, and it will show you a bunch of examples – but those are just a sampling. A new website is aiming to provide a comprehensive list of all the questions and commands Siri …

Self-driving robots to start delivering packages in the UK, Germany and Switzerland

Citizens of London in the UK, Düsseldorf in Germany, and Bern in Switzerland will soon be able to order packages, groceries and food and have it …

Latest claimed CAD renders may provide a more detailed look at the iPhone 7

Last night, a set of claimed CAD renders of the iPhone 7, consistent with earlier reports began circulating around the Web. They show the same less obtrusive antenna lines, missing headphone jack, enlarged camera hole on the smaller model and dual-camera housing for the larger one.<p>They don’t reveal …

Mobile Technology

EU referendum: Pre-Brexit UK 'no longer exists' - Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has spoken to Andrew Marr about the next steps following the EU Referendum.<p>She said: "The UK that Scotland voted to remain within in 2014 does not exist anymore".

Great Britain

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland could refuse Brexit consent

Scotland could try to block a British exit from the European Union, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland programme.<p>When asked about the potential reaction of Leave voters, she said: "It's perhaps similar to the fury of many people in Scotland right now as we …

Javid plans 'no panic' business meeting

<b>Business Secretary Sajid Javid says he will hold a meeting this week with business leaders following the UK's vote to leave the European Union.</b><p>Mr Javid told the BBC his message to businesses was "there's no need to be panicking".<p>The UK's economic fundamentals are strong enough to weather any …

Great Britain