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FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, rapper Nipsey Hussle watches an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. Hussle, 33, was shot and killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, 2019. A year after Hussle's death, his popularity and influence are as strong as ever. He won two posthumous Grammys in January, he remains a favorite of his hip-hop peers and his death has reshaped his hometown of Los Angeles in some unexpected ways. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

How a chance reunion led to Nipsey Hussle’s death

Mar. 31, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ermias Asghedom and Eric Holder both grew up in the same Los Angeles neighborhood, were both part of the gang known as the Rollin' 60s, and were both aspiring rappers. Asghedom, who went by the name Nipsey Hussle, would go on to become a hip-hop star, neighborhood legend and local hero....

This March 1, 2011, photo shows Japanese comedian Ken Shimura in Tokyo.  Shimura, the nationally popular comedian, who said was drawing inspired from Jerry Lewis,  has died of the COVID-19 pneumonia, a first known celebrity victim of the virus in Japan. He was 70.
Shimura, who had fans of all generations with his slapstick jokes and funny faces, had been treated at a Tokyo hospital, died of the virus Sunday, March 29, his agency, Izawa Office, said.(Kyodo News via AP)

Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease. He was 70. Shimura, who attracted fans of all generations with his slapstick comedy and funny...

FILE - This Aug. 22, 2018 file photo shows Joe Diffie performing at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. A publicist for Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)

Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Mar. 29, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 27, 1998 file photo, John Callahan of

Longtime soap opera actor John Callahan dies at 66

Mar. 28, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor John Callahan, known for playing Edmund Grey on “All My Children” and also starring on other soaps including “Days of Our Lives,” “Santa Barbara” and “Falcon Crest,” has died. He was 66. His ex-wife and former “All My...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 1968, file photo, Miami Floridians' Les Hunter (41) is fouled by Oakland Oaks' Jim Eakins (42) while scoring a basket during an ABA basketball game in Miami. Hunter, a star on Loyola Chicago's barrier-breaking 1963 NCAA championship team, died Friday, March 27, 2020, the school said. He was 77 and had been battling cancer. (AP Photo/Toby Massey, File)

Les Hunter, star on Loyola Chicago championship team, dies

Mar. 27, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Les Hunter, a star on Loyola Chicago's barrier-breaking 1963 NCAA championship team, died Friday. He was 77. The university announced Hunter's death, saying he battled cancer. Hunter helped Loyola — with four black starters — break down racial barriers and capture what remains...

FILE - In this 1972 file photo, Houston Astros' Jimmy Wynn, top, is greeted at the plate after a home run in a baseball game in Houston. Wynn, the slugger who earned his nickname of “The Toy Cannon” during his days with the Astros in the 1960s and '70s, has died. Wynn was 78. The Astros said he died on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Houston, but did not provide further details. (Blair Pittman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Former Astros star Jimmy 'The Toy Cannon' Wynn dies at 78

Mar. 26, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

Jimmy Wynn, the diminutive Houston slugger whose monster shots in the 1960s and '70s earned him the popular nickname “The Toy Cannon," has died. He was 78. The Astros said the three-time All-Star outfielder died Thursday in Houston, but did not provide further details. Just 5-foot-9, Wynn was packed with...

Buffalo Bills AFL star linebacker Mike Stratton dies at 78

Mar. 25, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

Former Buffalo Bills star linebacker Mike Stratton, who was a key member of the franchise’s American Football League championship teams in the mid-1960s, has died. He was 78. The Bills announced Stratton died Wednesday because of heart complications stemming from a recent fall. Stratton was living in his...

In this 2011 family photo provided by Dawn Bouska, Charles Recka and his wife, Patricia Recka, pose for a photo at a banquet in Naperville, Ill. Charles Recka died on March 12, 2020. Deep into the obituary for 87-year-old Recka is the short announcement that

Grieving and saying goodbye in the time of coronavirus

Mar. 23, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Tucked deep in the obituary for Charles Recka was an announcement that a Mass celebrating his 87 years of life “will be held at a later date.” Such notices are increasing amid the coronavirus pandemic, as an untold number of burials around the globe go forward with nothing more...

FILE - This Feb. 20, 1978 file photo shows Kenny Rogers at his home in Brentwood, Calif.   Rogers, who embodied “The Gambler” persona and whose musical career spanned jazz, folk, country and pop, has died at 81. A representative says Rogers died at home in Georgia on Friday, March 20, 2020.  (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File)

Henley, Tucker, Cyrus and others mourn the death of Rogers

Mar. 21, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

Some reactions from the world of music and beyond to the passing of Kenny Rogers, who died Friday night at age 81. "In addition to his tremendous talent, Kenny was a generous and caring man, a wise mentor to so many of us. He loved his friends, his family, his fellow musicians and his fans, and they loved him,...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2009 file photo, singer Kanye West takes the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepts the

Phone call between Kanye West, Taylor Swift again roils net

Mar. 21, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift may have ended her feud with Katy Perry but the one with Kanye West seems simply not to want to die. New leaked video clip of the entire four-year-old phone call between the rapper and pop superstar about his controversial song "Famous" have been posted online and further...