August 12, 2017
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Israel Kristal, the oldest man in the world, died Friday, his family reported, after becoming ill the previous day. He was 113, just one month shy of his 114th birthday.

Born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Poland in 1903, Kristal lived through both world wars and survived imprisonment in Nazi Germany's Auschwitz concentration camp, where his first wife was murdered. Two of Kristal's children were also killed during the Nazi occupation of Poland, but in spite of "all that he went through ... he had a lot of optimism," said his daughter, Shula Koperstoch, "and he always saw only light and good in everything."

Kristal was recognized by Guiness World Records as the oldest living man in the world in 2016, when he was 112 years and 179 days old. "He managed to accomplish a lot," said Kristal's grandson, Oren Kristal. "Every year he lived was like a few years for somebody else." Bonnie Kristian

August 8, 2017
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Singer and guitarist Glen Campbell, the Grammy winner behind such hits as "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman," died Tuesday, following a "long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease," his family announced in a statement. He was 81.

Over a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold more than 45 million records, and before making his own albums he was a famed sessions player, appearing on such hits as Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" and the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." In 2011, Campbell revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and he embarked on a farewell tour, playing 151 shows.

Campbell was born in Billstown, Arkansas, in 1936, and picked up a guitar as a child. He dropped out of school at 14 and went with an uncle to Wyoming, where they played together at bars. After finding success in Los Angeles as a musician, Campbell moved to television, hosting The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1969 to 1972. He was married four times, and has five sons and three daughters. You can learn more in Matthew Walther's appreciation for Campbell, the "most underappreciated musician in America." Catherine Garcia

July 26, 2017
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Barbara Sinatra was still married to former Marx Brother Zeppo Marx when she started a relationship with Frank Sinatra, whom she wed in 1976. But Sinatra had unsuccessfully hit on her in 1957, when he was drinking with his fellow Rat Pack pals at the Riviera casino in Las Vegas, where she was a showgirl. Barbara and Frank Sinatra's marriage lasted almost 22 years, until the singer's death in 1998. In that time, they founded and raised millions for the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, a nonprofit to help children who had been physically, mentally, or emotionally abused.

Barbara Sinatra died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, on Tuesday, at age 90. John Thorensen, the director of Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, confirmed her death, which he attributed to natural causes. Barbara Sinatra was born in Bosworth, Missouri, in 1926; her butcher father moved the family to Wichita when she was 10, and she moved to California and became a model in the 1940s. She is survived by Robert Oliver Marx, her son from her first marriage, to singer Bob Oliver; his wife, Hillary; and a granddaughter, Carina Blakeley Marx. Peter Weber

July 23, 2017

The oldest manatee living in captivity, Snooty, died two days after his 69th birthday in a "heartbreaking accident," the South Florida Museum said Sunday.

Officials said Snooty, who was also the first manatee born in captivity, in 1948, drowned after being trapped by a hatch door at the museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium. Jeff Rodgers, provost and chief operating officer of the museum, said the hatch was normally bolted shut, and they will investigate how it opened. It's believed that Snooty, who weighed 1,300 pounds and moved to the aquarium in 1949, was also the oldest captive manatee on record.

Rodgers said the staff is "heartbroken" and grieving alongside Snooty's fans, who have been leaving flowers for him outside the aquarium. The museum has a manatee rehabilitation program that takes care of manatees and prepares them to return to the wild, but Rodgers said the staff is "still processing Snooty's loss right now," and it's yet to be determined if they will have another resident manatee. Catherine Garcia

July 22, 2017

Actor John Heard, best known for his roles in Home Alone and The Sopranos, died Friday in Palo Alto, California. He was 72.

Heard was staying in a hotel room and recovering from minor back surgery at the time of his death, which has been confirmed by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office.

Heard came to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with roles in movies including Tom Hanks' Big, Martin Scorsese's After Hours, and Bette Midler's Beaches. Today, however, he is best remembered for playing Kevin McAllister's dad in the first two Home Alone films. "At the time, we didn't know the movie was funny," he later said of the role. "We were playing the parents who lost their kid, so we didn't how funny-stupid we could be."

Heard is survived by three children and continued acting through this year. Bonnie Kristian

July 16, 2017
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Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning actor who starred in television's Mission: Impossible and the films North by Northwest, Ed Wood, and Crimes and Misdemeanors, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Over the course of his career, Landau, who served as the West Coast co-artistic director of the Actors Studio, was nominated for three Academy Awards and five Emmys. He was a cartoonist with the New York Daily News from 1948 to 1951, and then became an actor. Many of his leading roles were on television, and he received his first Oscar later in life, for his 1994 portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood. His role in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest led to a part in Cleopatra, but after a year of filming, his scenes were all cut, Variety reports. "What could I do?" he said later. "They couldn't cut Richard Burton or Elizabeth Taylor." He was also Gene Roddenberry's first choice to play Spock on Star Trek, but after Landau chose to star in Mission: Impossible, the part went to Leonard Nimoy.

Landau is survived by daughters Susan Landau Finch, a writer, producer, and casting director, and actress Juliet Landau; a sister; and a granddaughter. Catherine Garcia

July 6, 2017
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Joan Lee, the wife of comics icon Stan Lee and said to be the person who inspired him to create the Fantastic Four, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 93.

A spokesman for Stan Lee said she died surrounded by her family; she reportedly suffered a stroke earlier this week and had been hospitalized. The Lees were married on Dec. 5, 1947, and had two children, Joan Celia (J.C.) and Jan, who died in 1953, three days after she was born. Joan Lee was a hat model, and she met Stan Lee when he was looking for a different model that his cousin had told him to go on a date with. Stan Lee told The Hollywood Reporter last year that when he first saw Joan, "she was the girl I had been drawing all my life," and he was so smitten "I think I proposed at lunch."

Stan Lee got his big break in comics in 1961, when he co-created The Fantastic Four with Jack Kirby. He has said that he was depressed over the state of the industry, but before quitting, his wife told him, "Why don't you write one comic you are proud of?" That's what launched the Fantastic Four, and from there the Hulk, Avengers, Iron Man, and other members of the Marvel universe. In 1987, Joan Lee wrote a book, The Pleasure Palace, and her daughter said she had three additional completed but unpublished novels at home. Catherine Garcia

July 5, 2017

The New York police officer who was shot and killed early Wednesday while sitting in a marked truck in the Bronx is being remembered as a "jovial" and loving mother of three.

Miosotis Familia, 48, was a 12-year veteran of the force who worked in the 46th Precinct. She was with her partner when she was "assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops," said James O'Neill, the New York police commissioner. The suspect, 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, allegedly shot through the window of the truck, and then took off. Officers found Bonds running a block away from the shooting, and he drew a gun when confronted; he was then shot and killed by police, O'Neill said. A silver revolver found at the scene, CNN reports, had been stolen four years ago in Charleston, West Virginia.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Familia's fellow officers for quickly coming to her aid after she was shot "serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in, and doing the job she loved." Friend Isabel Roman told CNN that Familia was a "very jovial, happy person," and devoted to her children — 12-year-old twins and a 20-year-old — while brother-in-law Carlos Corporan called her an "excellent" person, adding that the family was "completely devastated" by her death. Catherine Garcia

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