US congresssman John Lewis, civil rights icon, dead at 80

WASHINGTON (AFP) - John Lewis, the non-violent civil rights warrior who marched with Martin Luther King Jr and nearly died from police beatings before serving for decades as a US congressman, has died at age 80, House colleagues said Friday (July 17). "Today, America mourns the loss of one of the greatest heroes of American … Continue reading US congresssman John Lewis, civil rights icon, dead at 80

France’s cabaret queen Zizi Jeanmaire dies aged 96

Paris (AFP) French dancer and singer Zizi Jeanmaire, an iconic cabaret showgirl whose grace and glamour was celebrated on stage and in film the world over, died Friday in Switzerland aged 96, her family told AFP. "My mother passed away peacefully last night at her home in Tolechenaz," a town bordering Lake Geneva, her daughter … Continue reading France’s cabaret queen Zizi Jeanmaire dies aged 96

Dutch 70s legend Wim Suurbier dies, aged 75

The Hague (AFP) Netherlands and Ajax defender Wim Suurbier, a key member of the 1970s Dutch squad who played in two World Cup finals, died at the age of 75, his former club said on Sunday. Suurbier, who won three European championships with the legendary Ajax side of the same decade, had been in hospital … Continue reading Dutch 70s legend Wim Suurbier dies, aged 75

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

Rome (AFP) Ennio Morricone, one of the world's best-known and most prolific film composers, died in Rome on Monday at the age of 91. He composed the music for about 500 films, including his old childhood friend Sergio Leone's 1966 spaghetti western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" … Continue reading Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

Top Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Geddawy dies from COVID-19

Cairo (AFP) Famed Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Geddawy died on Sunday after contracting the COVID-19 disease, the actors union said. She was 81. "Ragaa al-Geddawy passed away this morning due to COVID-19," union head Ashraf Zaki told AFP. A veteran actor, Ragaa al-Geddawy boasted a lengthy and varied career, for which she gained fame across the … Continue reading Top Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Geddawy dies from COVID-19

Saroj Khan, choreographer of over 2,000 Bollywood songs, dies at 71

Mumbai (AFP) Bollywood's first female choreographer Saroj Khan, whose sizzling dance routines breathed life into hundreds of films, died Friday, triggering further heartbreak in an industry already reeling from a string of recent deaths. Khan choreographed more than 2,000 numbers during a 40-year career that saw her work with superstars like Madhuri Dixit and Anil … Continue reading Saroj Khan, choreographer of over 2,000 Bollywood songs, dies at 71

‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Alien’ star Ian Holm dies aged 88

London (AFP) Oscar-nominated British actor Ian Holm, famed for his roles in Hollywood blockbusters "Lord of the Rings" and "Alien", has died aged 88, his agent said Friday. Nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal as the coach in the 1981 award-winning film "Chariots of Fire", Holm appeared in a host of top international films. … Continue reading ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Alien’ star Ian Holm dies aged 88

Spain’s ‘Shadow of the Wind’ author Zafon dead at 55

Barcelona (AFP) Leading Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, who scored an international hit with his Barcelona-based mystery "The Shadow of the Wind", died on Friday, his publishing house said. He was 55. "Today Carlos Ruiz Zafon has died, one of the best contemporary novelists. We will remember you forever, Carlos!" Planeta publishing house wrote on … Continue reading Spain’s ‘Shadow of the Wind’ author Zafon dead at 55

Former snooker star Willie Thorne dies

London (AFP) Former snooker star Willie Thorne has died after a short illness at the age of 66, it was announced on his GoFundMe page on Wednesday. The two-time world championship quarter-finalist had been suffering from leukaemia and was in an induced coma in a Spanish hospital following respiratory failure. Former snooker star Willie Thorne … Continue reading Former snooker star Willie Thorne dies

Artist Christo dies aged 84, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped still on track

The artist known as Christo, who made his name transforming landmarks such as Germany's Reichstag by covering them with reams of cloth, died on Sunday aged 84, his official Facebook page announced.  Christo Vladimirov Javacheff died of natural causes at his home in New York City, the statement said. File photo taken in June 2016 … Continue reading Artist Christo dies aged 84, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped still on track

Secret KISS guitarist Bob Kulick dead at 70

Guitarist and producer Bob Kulick, best known for his work with KISS and Lou Reed, has died. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. He was 70 years old. Bob Kulick initially tried out for a then-unknown band called KISS in 1972, but while group members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Peter Criss … Continue reading Secret KISS guitarist Bob Kulick dead at 70

India yogi who claimed to live without food or water dies aged 90

Ahmedabad (India) (AFP) An Indian yogi whose claims he spent decades without food or water earned him a band of devotees and the scepticism of doctors died Tuesday, his neighbour told AFP. The long-haired and bearded Prahlad Jani -- who dressed in red and wore a nose ring in the fashion of Hindu goddesses -- … Continue reading India yogi who claimed to live without food or water dies aged 90