Judge Joseph Wapner, who presided over "The People's Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died at home in his sleep Sunday, Feb. Don Rickles, the hollering, bald-headed "Merchant of Venom” whose barrage of barbs upon the meek and the mighty endeared him to audiences and his peers for decades, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at his home in Los Angeles. Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at age 52.
Police in Harrison County, Indiana said that she had been found unresponsive Saturday, April 22, 2017, after authorities received a 911 call. Actor Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2017, of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan.
While we're just over halfway through 2017, the world has already lost quite a few beloved celebrities. Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty (left), a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," died Thursday, Jan.
As one might guess from his aggressive guitar playing and the defiant tone of many of his songs, Chuck Berry had a hard edge.
Although Berry complained bitterly that he spent his life as a victim of racism, it was difficult to blame all his offences — including armed robbery, tax evasion and secretly filming dozens of women in a restaurant lavatory — on white prejudice.
He's shown here in 2007 with singer Willie Nelson and the cast of "Hee Haw" as he accepts the Entertainer's Award during the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Former astronaut Gene Cernan (right), the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died Jan.
Actor Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2017, of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan. Sam Lovullo (center left), who as producer and co-creator of "Hee Haw" brought country music and homestyle humor to millions of American homes, died at his home in Los Angeles on Jan.
When he returned home, Norris soon opened his karate studio.