Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces
Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."
Boris Johnson said he "inspired the lives of countless young people".
Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister added: "He helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life."
Mr Johnson said he received the news of the duke's death "with great sadness".
"Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world," he said.
Paying tribute to the duke's role as the longest serving consort in history, Mr Johnson also remembered Prince Philip as one of the last surviving people to have fought in World War II.
"From that conflict he took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the post-War era," Mr Johnson said.
"Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life."
DMX, the New York rapper behind such iconic songs as "Party Up (Up in Here)" and "X Gon' Give It to Ya" and the star of action movies including Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave and Romeo Must Die, died Friday.
"Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end," read a family statement. "He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”
He openly struggled with an addiction to crack cocaine, and his drug problems forced him to cancel a series of scheduled live performances in 2019 and check himself into rehab.
Walter Olkewicz, ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Seinfeld’ actor, dead at 72
Walter Olkewicz, the gentle giant who stole scenes in “Twin Peaks,” “Seinfeld” and “Grace Under Fire,” has died at 72.
The veteran character actor passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Los Angeles, his son, Zak Olkewicz, confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter.
The co-star of Steven Spielberg’s cult film “1941” and Joel Schumacher’s hit John Grisham adaptation “The Client” died after a 20-year health battle that included a series of knee surgeries that caused infections, resulting in disabilities that forced him out of show business.
‘Sopranos’ Star Joseph Siravo Dies at 66 following a “long, courageous” battle with colon cancer.
Siravo is best known for work in television as well as theater. On HBO’s “Sopranos,” he played Johnny Soprano — featuring prominently in flashback episodes to the 1960s — and later portrayed Fred Goldman, father of Ron Goldman, in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Other recent credits include TV series such as “For Life,” “The Blacklist,” “Made in Jersey,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Law and Order.” In film, he appeared in the Adam Driver-led “The Report” and Meera Menon’s 2016 film “Equity, as well as “Motherless Brooklyn,” “The Wannabe,” “Shark Tale” and “Night Falls on Manhattan.”
Born and raised in Washington D.C., the actor did his BA at Stanford before completing an MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts theatre program. He made his screen debut in “Carlito’s Way” (1993) and soon landed the Johnny Soprano role in HBO hit “The Sopranos,” which ran for six seasons.
Siravo also starred in Broadway productions of the Tony Award-winning “Oslo” and “The Light in the Piazza.” Earlier in his career, he performed in a national tour of “Jersey Boys.”
The actor has countless off-Broadway and regional theater credits to his name, including Off-Broadway New York productions of “Mad Forest” and “Up Against the Wind,” as well as “My Night With Reg” and “The Root.” Regional credits include “Hamlet” at the Long Wharf, “Anthony & Cleopatra” at Berkeley Rep and “Last of the Boys” at the McCarter Theatre.
Joye Hummel, pioneering writer for Wonder Woman comics died at her home in Winter Haven, Florida at the age of 97.
Hummel wasn’t looking for a job as a comic book writer. She was 19 years old and a recent graduate of secretarial school. But one of her instructors approached her to ask if she’d help write some stories for his comic. He was William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator, and he had noticed while teaching Hummel that she was a good writer. He wanted a young woman who believed in Wonder Woman’s feminist philosophy and could also write using current slang.
Hummel happily took the job and wrote at least 70 scripts for Wonder Woman comics between 1944 and 1947, a time when the DC Comic already had an avid audience. She included fairy tale characters, like mermaids and winged women, in the stories she wrote. Hummel stopped writing for Wonder Woman after Marston’s death, when she became unhappy with the less feminist direction the comic was taking without his influence. She later worked as a stockbroker. Her name hadn’t appeared on her work, so she remained largely unknown until she was profiled in Jill Lepore’s 2014 book, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.” In 2018, Hummel was honored at San Diego Comic-Con International with the Bill Finger Award, which recognizes unsung writers.
Infamous Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has died, Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms
Bernard Madoff, mastermind of the biggest investment fraud in U.S. history, ripping off tens of thousands of clients of as much as $65 billion, died Wednesday. He was 82.
His death at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, was confirmed by the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Madoff died apparently from natural causes, the AP reported earlier, citing an unidentified person familiar with the matter. He would have turned 83 on April 29.
Madoff was serving a 150-year sentence at the prison, where he had been treated for what his attorney called terminal kidney disease. His request for compassionate release from prison was denied in June.
He pleaded guilty in 2009 to a scheme that investigators said started in the early 1970s and defrauded as many as 37,000 people in 136 countries over four decades by the time Madoff was busted on Dec. 11, 2008 — after his two sons turned him in. Victims included the famous — director Steven Spielberg, actor Kevin Bacon, former New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon, Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Weisel — and ordinary investors, like Burt Ross, who lost $5 million in the scheme.
Madoff insisted the fraud did not begin until the early 1990s, when, he said, “the market stalled due to the onset of the recession and the Gulf War.” In a 2013 email to CNBC from prison, Madoff claimed the break in the market that started the Great Recession led to his scam.
Mark Elliott, Iconic Voice of Disney Movie Trailers, Dies at 81
Elliott died Saturday in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering two heart attacks, friend and fellow voiceover artist Charlie Van Dyke told The Hollywood Reporter. He also was battling lung cancer. "He was one of a kind … and kind is a great word to describe him," Van Dyke said.
A well-known radio DJ who became one of Hollywood's premier voiceover artists, Elliott was heard on a slew of movie trailers and promos for both CBS and Fox during the 1980s and '90s, but it was his warm and comforting Midwestern tone promoting Disney products that made him familiar to millions around the world.
Another fellow voiceover artist, Joe Cipriano, said in a Facebook post that Elliott taught him "two things about promos — never take a vacation and never buy a home based on voiceover income."
Born John Harrison Frick Jr. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Sept. 24, 1939, Elliott started his professional career as a disc jockey on commercial radio in his hometown in 1957. After working at various stations in Iowa, Ohio, Ontario and San Francisco (where he was given the radio name Mark Elliott for the first time), he ended up in Los Angeles in 1970 for the first of two stints at KHJ, with a brief period working at KISS sandwiched in between.
After 20 years in radio, Elliott branched out into voiceovers in 1977. His first paid work was the voiceover on the trailer for Smokey and the Bandit, and from there he scored the radio voiceover for George Lucas' Star Wars and the rom-com The Goodbye Girl. All three movies would all go on to become blockbusters and culturally important movies, catapulting Elliott from a complete unknown to the most sought-after voiceover talent in Hollywood.
Lee Aaker, Child Actor on 'The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin,' Dies at 77
Aaker had suffered a stroke and died April 1 near Mesa, Arizona, Paul Petersen, the former Donna Reed Show star who serves as an advocate for former child actors, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Aaker had battled drug and alcohol abuse during this life and was alone with one "surviving relative that could not help him," Petersen said, adding that Aaker's death certificate lists him as an "indigent decedent." He was helping him get a proper burial.
For Petersen, it marked another sad end to the life of a Hollywood child actor. "You are around just to please everyone," he said, "and when there's nothing left, they are done with you."
On The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, which ran on Friday nights for five seasons (1954-59) and 164 episodes, Aaker starred as Rusty, a youngster being raised by U.S. Cavalry soldiers (including James Brown as Lt. Rip Masters) at Fort Apache after his parents were killed by Native Americans.
Earlier, Aaker portrayed the kidnapped son of a nuclear scientist (Gene Barry) in The Atomic City (1952), the son of an Arizona homesteader (Geraldine Page in her film debut) in the John Wayne-starring Hondo (1953) and the son of a desperate woman (Barbara Stanwyck) trying to save her trapped husband (Barry Sullivan) in Jeopardy (1953).
Robert Fletcher, 'Star Trek' Costume Designer, Dies at 98
Fletcher died in Kansas City on April 5. He is considered the father of the classic Klingon and Vulcan as they have evolved over the years as part of the Star Trek film franchise.
Fletcher was also a major set and costume designer for opera and ballet companies, having worked on Lincoln Kirstein’s ballet and opera projects, with Jerome Robbins on musicals, and designed the costumes for the original Broadway productions of the musicals How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Walking Happy.
He also designed the costumes for and played the role of Edgar in Orson Welles's 1956 New York City Center production of Shakespeare's King Lear. Fletcher was married for 65 years to the late Jack Kauflin, who was an original member of the New York City Ballet, a singer and a Broadway dancer.
As he turned to television, Fletcher in the 1950s was NBC’s general designer. And he produced Noel Coward’s High Spirits and the off-Broadway revival of Best Foot Forward, which introduced Liza Minnelli.
Fletcher received three Tony Award nominations for his work on Little Me (1963), High Spirits (1964), where he was a co-producer, scenic and costume designer, and Hadrian VII (1969). He received a Drama Desk Award nomination for outstanding costume design for Othello in 1982, which starred James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer and Dianne Wiest.
In 2005 Fletcher was awarded the Career Achievement Award from the Costume Designers Guild and in 2008 he received a Theatre Development Fund / Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for his set design work.
Helen McCrory, star of Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter, dies aged 52
Born in London to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father, McCrory spent a year in Italy before studying acting at the Drama Centre. Her film roles included portraying Cherie Blair in Peter Morgan’s The Queen and The Special Relationship in 2006 and 2010 respectively. She also played Narcissa Malfoy in the final three films in the Harry Potter franchise, and appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall. On television, she had a leading role as the Shelbys’ matriarch Polly Gray in the BBC’s period crime drama Peaky Blinders, and appeared in series including Doctor Who, Inside No 9 and His Dark Materials.
In 2020, she appeared in the Hugh Laurie political drama Roadkill on the BBC, and ITV’s Quiz.
McCrory was also an accomplished stage actor, and was nominated for an Olivier for her stage role as Rosalind in As You Like It in at London’s Wyndham’s theatre in 2006.
In 2020, McCrory and Lewis led fundraising efforts to provide hot meals for NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their work led to almost £1m in donations to the Feed NHS scheme, and partnerships with chains including Leon and Wasabi.
McCrory is survived by Lewis, whom she married in 2007, and their two children Manon and Gulliver.