Sir Christopher Lee: Screen legend dies aged 93

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Sir Christopher Lee, the veteran actor and star of many of the world's biggest film franchises, has died aged 93.
The English-born actor, who made his name playing Dracula and Frankenstein's monster in the Hammer horror films, appeared in more than 250 movies.
He was best-known for his villainous roles - including Scaramanga in James Bond and evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings.
The actor's other credits include The Wicker Man and Star Wars.
The actor is reported to have died on Sunday at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London, after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.
A Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Register Office issued a death certificate for Mr Christopher Lee on Monday 8 June, Mr Lee died on Sunday 7 June."
He was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity and was awarded a Bafta fellowship in 2011.


Soul singer Percy Sledge dies aged 73

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US soul singer Percy Sledge, famed for his song When a Man Loves a Woman, has died aged 73.
Steve Green from talent agency Artists International Management Inc confirmed to the BBC that he died at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday.
"He was one of my first acts, he was a terrific person and you don't find that in this business very often," said Green. "He was truly a standout."
Sledge had surgery for liver cancer in January 2014 but soon resumed touring.
Sledge's debut single When a Man Loves a Woman reached the top 10 twice in the UK and topped the US Billboard chart for two weeks in 1966, when it also got to number four in the UK chart.
During an interview for the the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals, he recalled his first recording of it.


German author Guenter Grass dies

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Guenter Grass, German Nobel literature prize winner and author of The Tin Drum, has died aged 87.
His publisher said he passed away at a clinic in Luebeck on Monday morning.
Born in what was then Danzig, Grass served in the German military in World War Two and published his breakthrough anti-Nazi novel, The Tin Drum, in 1959.
Later in life he became a vocal opponent of German reunification in 1990, and argued afterwards that it had been carried out too hastily.
The German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was "deeply dismayed" to hear of the author's death, the foreign ministry tweeted.
Writer Salman Rushdie described Grass as "a true giant, inspiration, and friend."


Sir Terry Pratchett: Tributes paid to Discworld author

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Authors and Alzheimer's campaigners have been among those paying tribute to author Sir Terry Pratchett, who has died at the age of 66.
Novelist Philip Pullman said he would be remembered for the "love of humanity in what he did", while actor Sir Tony Robinson called him a "contradiction" - a shy man in "urban cowboy clothes".
He suffered from Alzheimer's, and a charity said he opened the "floodgates" to help people talk about the disease.
Sir Terry's last tweet said: "The end."
His daughter Rhianna tweeted: "Miss you already."
Sir Terry died on Thursday, eight years after being diagnosed with a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's called posterior cortical atrophy.
He campaigned in favour of assisted suicide after his diagnosis, but his publishers said he did not take his own life.
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Gospel music legend Andrae Crouch dies

Andrae Crouch, a seven-time Grammy winner and gospel music legend, died Thursday at a Los Angeles-area hospital, his publicist said on his website.
Crouch was 72 and had been hospitalized at Northridge Hospital Medical Center since Saturday.
While Crouch was well-known for his gospel work with his choir, the Disciples, he also produced and arranged songs for pop artists such as Michael Jackson.
No cause of death was given.
Crouch revolutionized gospel music in the 1970s, giving it a power and verve that propelled him out of the church and into the mainstream, although he really never left the church either.


Singer Joe Cocker is dead at 70

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Joe Cocker, the British blues-rock singer whose raspy voice brought plaintive soul to such hits as "You Are So Beautiful" and the duet "Up Where We Belong," died Monday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70.
Cocker's performing career spanned some 50 years, from Woodstock, where he sang the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," to the digital-music era. He had tour dates scheduled well into 2015.
"Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love," tweeted Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
Cocker began as a singer in England at the same time as the Beatles, with whom he was often linked. He played pubs across the country in a series of rock bands before he and his Grease Band recorded "With a Little Help From My Friends" in 1968 with Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood and others.


Static-X frontman dies at 48

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Wayne Richard Wells, the frontman and founder of the California metal band Static-X, has died. He was 48.
The band announced Wells' death in a Facebook post late Saturday night, but did not disclose the cause.
Wells, who performed under the name Wayne Static, founded Static-X in 1994.
The band released six albums, the most notable being 2001's "Wisconsin Death Trip," which went platinum.


Asamoah Gyan Consoles Castro Family And Recounts Exactly What Happened

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Black Stars striker Asamoah Gyan and his brother Baffour Gyan have in an official press release revealed exactly the turn of events which led to the mysterious drowning of Hip-life musician Castro and his close friend Jane Bandu, sadly on Sunday.
We present to readers full details of the press release by the Gyan family.
On Sunday 6th July 2014, we were on Holiday in the company of friends and a few acquaintances on the banks of the Volta River, shuttling between Peace Holiday Resort And Aqua Safari Resort at Ada when we noticed that our close Friend and popular musician, Castro (Known in Private Life as Theophilus Tagoe) had gone missing on the Volta River together with an acquaintance Miss Jane Bandu, who had apparently hitched a ride with Castro on a Jet Ski rented by Castro.

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