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Powerhouse Nightlife Producer Jeffrey Sanker Dead at 62

By Matthew Wexler | May 30, 2021

Jeffrey Sanker, who took LGBTQ nightlife and the circuit party to stratospheric levels, died on Friday, May 28 at age 62, from liver cancer.

'Hooked on a Feeling' Singer B.J. Thomas Dies at 78

By Hillel Italie | May 30, 2021

B.J. Thomas, the Grammy-winning singer who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with such hits as "I Just Can't Help Believing," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "Hooked on a Feeling," has died. He was 78.

Photojournalist, Gay Rights Pioneer Kay Lahusen Dies at 91

By Michael Rubinkam | May 28, 2021

Kay Lahusen, a pioneering gay rights activist who chronicled the movement's earliest days through her photography and writing, has died. She was 91.

'School of Rock' Actor Kevin Clark Killed in Bike Accident

May 27, 2021

Kevin Clark, who played drummer Freddy "Spazzy McGee" Jones in the 2003 movie "School of Rock" with Jack Black, was killed when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle along a Chicago street early Wednesday.

Former Sen. John Warner Dies; Married Elizabeth Taylor

By Eileen Putman | May 26, 2021

Former Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, a courtly figure and longtime military expert whose marriage to Elizabeth Taylor gave him a potent dash of starpower, has died at 94.

'Head Lesbian,' Singer and Feminist, Alix Dobkin, Dies at 80

By Thalia Beaty | May 21, 2021

The lesbian singer and feminist activist who appeared in an iconic and recently resurgent 1975 photo wearing a t-shirt that read "The Future is Female," has died. Alix Dobkin of Woodstock, New York, was 80.

Charles Grodin, 'Midnight Run,' 'Heartbreak Kid,' Star, Dies

By Jake Coyle | May 19, 2021

Charles Grodin, the droll, offbeat actor and writer who scored as a caddish newlywed in "The Heartbreak Kid" and later had roles ranging from Robert De Niro's "Midnight Run" to the bedeviled father in "Beethoven," has died. He was 86.

Adult Performer Alex Riley Has Passed Away at 22

May 18, 2021

Adult performer Alex Riley has died. The 22-year-old passed away on Sunday, his longtime boyfriend and fellow performer Jacob Hansen tweeted Thursday.

Vans Co-Founder Paul Van Doren Dies at 90

By Robert Jablon | May 10, 2021

Paul Van Doren, co-founder of the Vans company whose iconic Southern California sneakers were beloved by skateboarders and became an international success, has died. He was 90.

Lloyd Price, Singer and Early Rock Influence, Dies at 88

By Hillel Italie and Andrew Dalton | May 9, 2021

Singer-songwriter Lloyd Price, an early rock 'n roll star and enduring maverick whose hits included such up-tempo favorites as "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "Personality" and the semi-forbidden "Stagger Lee," has died. He was 88.

Tawny Kitaen, Star of '80s Rock Music Videos, Dies at 59

By Daisy Nguyen | May 9, 2021

Tawny Kitaen, the sultry red-haired actress who appeared in rock music videos during the heyday of MTV and starred opposite Tom Hanks in the 1984 comedy "Bachelor Party," has died. She was 59.

Out Brazilian Star Paulo Gustavo Dies of COVID-19

May 5, 2021

Brazilian actor and comedian Paulo Gustavo passed away after a two-month battle with COVID-19, leaving behind his loving husband and two children.

LGBTQ Activist James Williams Passes Away from COVID

LGBTQ Activist James Williams Passes Away from COVID

By Brendan Walker | May 5, 2021

James Williams, an aspiring media-based LGBTQ activist, passed away from coronavirus related complications last week.

Elegant Dancer, Passionate Educator Jacques d'Amboise Dies

By Jocelyn Noveck | May 3, 2021

Jacques d'Amboise, who combined classical elegance with all-American verve and athleticism to become one of the top male dancers at New York City Ballet, then spent more than four decades providing free dance education to countless youngsters.

Olympia Dukakis of 'Tales of the City,' 'Moonstruck' Fame, Dead at 89

By Kilian Melloy | May 1, 2021

Olympia Dukakis, famed for her starring role in four "Tales of the City" miniseries as transgender landlady Anna Madrigal, and also ionic for her roles in "Moonstruck" and "Steel Magnolias," has died at the age of 89.

Alma Wahlberg, Mother of Mark, Donnie Wahlberg, Dies at 78

By Lindsey Bahr | Apr 19, 2021

Alma Wahlberg, the mother of entertainers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and a regular on their reality series "Wahlburgers," has died, her sons said on social media Sunday. She was 78.

Star British Choreographer Liam Scarlett Dies at 35

Apr 17, 2021

Liam Scarlett, a star British choreographer whose career was clouded by abuse allegations, has died. He was 35.

'Harry Potter' Actor Helen McCrory Dies of Cancer at 52

Apr 16, 2021

British actor Helen McCrory, who starred in the television show "Peaky Blinders" and the "Harry Potter" movies, has died, her husband said Friday. She was 52 and had been suffering from cancer.

AP Source: Ponzi Schemer Bernie Madoff Dies in Prison

By Michael Balsamo and Tom Hays | Apr 14, 2021

Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme, died in a federal prison early Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. He was 82.

Ramsey Clark, Attorney General Under Johnson, Dies at 93

Apr 11, 2021

Ramsey Clark, the attorney general in the Johnson administration who became an outspoken activist for unpopular causes and a harsh critic of U.S. policy, has died. He was 93.

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