‘Elephant Man’ star John Hurt dies at 77

‘Elephant Man’ star John Hurt dies at 77

Veteran British actor Sir John Hurt, Oscar-nominated for his star turn in “The Elephant Man” and his supporting role in “Midnight Express”, has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, a representative said on Saturday. He was 77. Hurt, who had starred in more than 200 films and television series over a career spanning […]

US television icon Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80

US television icon Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80

Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV’s beloved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, has died. Moore died Wednesday with her husband and friends nearby, her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said. She was 80. Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife […]

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies following hospitalisation

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies following hospitalisation

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a wily political survivor and multimillionaire mogul who remained among the ruling elite despite moderate views, died Sunday, state TV reported. He was 82. Iranian media reported earlier Sunday that he was taken to a hospital north of Tehran because of a heart condition. State television broke into programming […]

US actress Debbie Reynolds dies, a day after daughter Carrie Fisher

US actress Debbie Reynolds dies, a day after daughter Carrie Fisher

Actress Debbie Reynolds, a Hollywood star known for her role in the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain” and the mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at the age of 84, her son announced Thursday. Reynolds was rushed to hospital Wednesday after suffering a possible stroke, a day after the death of her movie star […]

Suspect in murders of Kurdish activists dies in Paris hospital

Suspect in murders of Kurdish activists dies in Paris hospital

A 34-year-old Turkish man suspected of killing three Kurdish activists, including one of the cofounders of the banned PKK, in Paris in January 2013 died Saturday morning in a Parisian hospital days before the start of his trial. Omer Güney, the only suspect in the 2013 killings of three female Kurdish activists in Paris in […]

Israel’s former president Shimon Peres dies at 93

Israel’s former president Shimon Peres dies at 93

  Veteran Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, whose distinguished political career spanned almost 60 years and saw him occupy the highest office in the state of Israel, died on Wednesday at the age of 93, his personal doctor said. Peres died at around 3:00 am local time (0000 GMT), Rafi Walden, who is also Peres’s son-in-law, […]

Golf great Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Golf great Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, the golf great whose charisma and common touch made him adored by a legion of fans known as “Arnie’s Army,” died Sunday at the age of 87, the US Golf Association said. “We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador, at age 87,” the USGA said in a […]

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ playwright Edward Albee dies aged 88

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ playwright Edward Albee dies aged 88

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, who wrote provocative works such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” that earned him a reputation as one of the greatest American dramatists, died on Friday in Montauk, New York. He was 88. He died in the late afternoon at his summer home in Montauk, a seaside fishing hamlet on […]

Uzbek President Islam Karimov dies at 78

Uzbek President Islam Karimov dies at 78

Uzbek President Islam Karimov, who the government said on Friday had died aged 78 after suffering a stroke, saw himself as the protector of his Central Asian nation against the threat of militant Islam. To his critics, he was a brutal dictator who used torture to stay in power. Karimov, who steered his former Soviet […]

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel dies

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel dies

Activist and writer Elie Wiesel, the World War Two death camp survivor who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, has died, Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said on Saturday. Wiesel, a philosopher, speaker, playwright and professor who also campaigned for the tyrannized and forgotten around the […]

Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies

Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies

Former French Socialist prime minister Michel Rocard, hailed as a “visionary statesman”, died Saturday aged 85 his son Francis told AFP. Rocard served as prime minister for three years from mid-1988 under Francois Mitterrand, a two-term Socialist president who led the country from 1981 to 1995. Mitterrand appointed Rocard to succeed future centre right president […]

Muhammad Ali, boxing’s ‘greatest’, dies at 74

Muhammad Ali, boxing’s ‘greatest’, dies at 74

Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s most celebrated and voluble sports figures, who famously described himself as “The Greatest”, died Friday night in Phoenix, Arizona, at age 74. For legions of his fans across the world, Ali was the living embodiment of the American Dream – even as he blasted the […]