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Addams Family actor Ken Weatherwax dies aged 59

The Addams Family featured a family of macabre oddballs, including Pugsley (left)<p><b>Ken Weatherwax, who played Pugsley in the original Addams Family, has died at the age of 59.</b><p>The actor suffered a heart attack and was found at his home in California on Sunday.<p>Pugsley was the oldest child of Gomez and …

Big Bang Theory pays tribute to Carol Ann Susi

<b>US sitcom The Big Bang Theory has paid tribute to cast member Carol Ann Susi, who died earlier this week from cancer.</b><p>The actress provided the voice of Howard Wolowitz's unseen overbearing mother on the show.<p>The episode ended with a message honouring Susi, saying: "Every time you spoke, we laughed. …

Casualty star Rebekah Gibbs dies, aged 41

<b>Former Casualty actress Rebekah Gibbs has died from cancer.</b><p>The 41-year-old played paramedic Nina Farr for more than 100 episodes of the BBC medical drama between 2004 and 2006.<p>Her agent Belfield and Ward tweeted the news: "Darling Rebekah Gibbs, a true inspiration and dazzling light, never to be …

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd murder plot charge dropped

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1122000/1122000_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532760469_de91817878c68575d173c69664b0894d<p><b>The Australian drummer of hard rock group AC/DC, Phil Rudd, has had a charge of attempting to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand.</b><p>He will still …

Welcome Back Kotter actress Marcia Strassman dies

<b>US actress Marcia Strassman, best known for her roles in 1970s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter and 1989 film Honey I Shrunk the Kids, has died aged 66.</b><p>Strassman, who played Julie, the wife of Gabe Kaplan's character in Welcome Back Kotter, had been battling breast cancer for seven years.<p>Her sister Julie …

Entertainment

West Belfast shooting: Man dies in hospital

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_ni/1118000/1118813_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532760526_2bb1568c27280220bacc2c3be625b285<p><b>A 28-year-old man who was shot in west Belfast has died in hospital.</b><p>Edward Gibson was attacked in an alleyway beside Divis Tower at 17:10 BST on …

Belfast

Alvin Stardust, glam rock singer, dies aged 72

<b>Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness.</b><p>He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife and family around him, his manager said.<p>Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and …

Buddy Holly

Lynda Bellingham: Tributes paid after actress dies at 66

<b>British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had cancer, has died at the age of 66, her agent has confirmed.</b><p>Sue Latimer said she died yesterday "in her husband's arms".<p>The actress, best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had been battling colon cancer since …

Bellingham

US actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

<b>US actress Elizabeth Pena, who appeared in films including Lone Star and Rush Hour, has died at the age of 55.</b><p>Pena was also known for TV shows like sitcoms I Married Dora and Modern Family, in which she played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character Gloria.<p>Other film credits included La Bamba, …

Beverly Hills

Lynsey de Paul: Singer-songwriter's funeral held

<b>Famous faces and friends have gathered at the funeral of singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul, who died last week at the age of 64.</b><p>The musician was best known for a clutch of hits in the 1970s and represented the UK at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest.<p>De Paul also became the first woman to win an Ivor …

North London

Jules Bianchi: What lessons can F1 learn from Japan crash?

<b>The accident during the Japanese Grand Prix that left Marussia driver Jules Bianchi in hospital with severe head injuries is an illustration of the unsolvable and sometimes terrible paradox at the heart of motor racing.</b><p>No-one wants to see racing drivers hurt, and yet it is an inescapable reality …

Andrea De Cesaris: Italian former Formula 1 driver dies aged 55

<b>Former Formula 1 driver Andrea De Cesaris has died at the age of 55.</b><p>The Italian was killed in a motorbike accident in Rome, the official F1 website confirmed.<p>He started 208 races in his Formula 1 career between 1980 and 1994, but never won a Grand Prix, a record for the most races without a win.<p>He …

Motor Racing

Singer Lynsey de Paul dies aged 64

<b>Singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64, following a suspected brain haemorrhage.</b><p>De Paul, who represented the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rock Bottom, had five top 20 UK chart hits, including 1972's Sugar Me.<p>She became the first woman to win an Ivor …

AC/DC: Malcolm Young suffering from dementia

<b>AC/DC founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young is suffering from dementia, his family has confirmed.</b><p>It was announced last week the 61-year-old would not be returning to the rock band after taking a break earlier this year due to an unspecified illness.<p>"Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the …

The Who unveil first new song in eight years

<b>Rock legends The Who have unveiled their first song in eight years as they mark their 50th anniversary.</b><p>Be Lucky includes lyrical references to Australian rockers AC/DC and French electro band Daft Punk and will be included in a double album featuring the group's greatest hits.<p>The band will donate …

Sir Donald Sinden: Legendary actor dies aged 90

<b>Theatre, film and TV actor Sir Donald Sinden has died at his home aged 90 following a long illness.</b><p>He made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor and appeared in more than 70 film and TV productions.<p>He had been suffering from prostate cancer for several years, and died of the disease at his …

Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young dies

<b>Robert "Throb" Young, the guitarist who helped Primal Scream to rock stardom in the 1990s, has died at the age of 49.</b><p>Young founded the band with school friend and singer Bobby Gillespie in Glasgow in 1984.<p>They hit the heights with psych-pop album Screamadelica in 1991, which included songs like …

Joan Rivers funeral: Stars mourn late comedian

<b>Family, friends and famous names from the worlds of TV, film and comedy have said a final farewell to Joan Rivers at her funeral in New York.</b><p>The mourners included radio host Howard Stern, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, mogul Donald Trump, comic Kathy Griffin and film star Whoopi Goldberg.<p>Crowds of …

Joan Rivers: Life and work of comedian is remembered

<b>Famous faces have paid tribute to comedian and TV host Joan Rivers, who has died in New York at the age of 81.</b><p>US talk show host David Letterman said that the acerbic wit was "a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy".<p>Presenter Ellen DeGeneres echoed her significance, …

Comedy

Survivor singer Jimi Jamison dies aged 63

<b>Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, has died aged 63.</b><p>Jamison, who joined the band in 1984 and co-wrote the Baywatch theme I'm Always Here, was described by the band as "our brother".<p>They said on their Facebook page: "The …

Baywatch

Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love voted best guitar riff

<b>Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2.</b><p>The rock classic came out top from a list of 100 riffs drawn up by a panel of Radio 2 and 6 Music DJs, critics and record producers.<p>Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns 'N' Roses was second in the …

Guitar

Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

<b>Oscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son has said.</b><p>Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.<p>In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two …

Jurassic Park

Gerry Anderson: Broadcaster dies after long illness

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_ni/1102000/1102418_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534624629_084d933515d36abc3032c77f1fa808e5<p><b>Gerry Anderson, one of Northern Ireland's best-known presenters, has died aged 69 following a long illness.</b><p>In a career spanning 30 years, he hosted …

Northern Ireland

James Alexander Gordon: Voice of football results dies, aged 78

<b>James Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognisable voices in British broadcasting, has died aged 78.</b><p>Gordon read the classified football results on BBC radio for 40 years before stepping down in 2013.<p>He retired following throat surgery after he was diagnosed with cancer.<p>Match of the Day presenter …

Former Coronation Street set to be demolished

<b>The former Coronation Street set is to be demolished following the soap's move to a new site.</b><p>The set on the old Granada TV lot in central Manchester was turned into a visitor attraction after filming moved to Trafford in January.<p>But developer Allied London, which bought the Quay Street site for …

Coronation Street

Star Trek Spock bride Arlene Martel dies at 78

<b>Actress Arlene Martel, who was best known for playing T'Pring, the prospective bride of Mr Spock in Star Trek, has died in California aged 78.</b><p>Her son told the Hollywood Reporter she died from complications of a heart attack on Tuesday in Santa Monica.<p>Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, tweeted: …

Star Trek

Robin Williams 'had Parkinson's' when he died

<b>Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife has said.</b><p>Susan Schneider said her husband had been sober but "not yet ready to share publicly" his struggles with Parkinson's.<p>She added that he had also been suffering from anxiety and …

Robin Williams

Robin Williams: Children pay tribute to 'gentle' star

<b>The children of late actor Robin Williams have said that "the world will never be the same" without him.</b><p>Among heartfelt tributes to her father, daughter Zelda said: "One of his favourite things in the world was to make you all laugh."<p>But she added she would "never understand" how Williams could …

Robin Williams

US actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

<b>US film and stage actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89.</b><p>Her Hollywood career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in To Have and Have Not.<p>More than 50 years later, The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden Globe Award and …

The Oscars