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‘Modern Family,’ Mockumentary Star Fred Willard Dead at 86

Fred Willard, the comic actor who became known for his hysterically straight-faced appearances in the films of Christopher Guest, as well as for a sweet run on TV’s “Modern Family” as the father of Ty Burrell’s character, has died of natural causes at 86. Stars We Lost in 2020 View Photos Willard’s representative confirmed his […]

‘Trading Spaces’ Designer Frank Bielec Dead at 72

Frank Bielec, a designer featured on TLC’s “Trading Spaces” from its inception in 2000, died Friday in a Houston hospital of complications from a heart attack, TMZ reports. He was 72. Frank’s wife of almost 32 years, sculptor Judy Bielec, confirmed his death, saying he had suffered a heart attack Thursday, was hospitalized, and died […]

Influential R&B Singer Betty Wright Dead at 66

Just two days after singer Chaka Khan mysteriously called on all her “#PrayWarriors” to pray for Betty Wright, the R&B legend has died at 66. TMZ reports that Wright’s niece confirmed her Mother’s Day death without providing a cause, but Billboard confirmed she died of cancer. Dubbed one of the most underrated singers of her […]

Rock Trailblazer Little Richard Dead at 87

Little Richard, considered one of the founding fathers — if not the inventor — of rock ‘n’ roll, and a pivotal crossover figure instrumental in the integration of dance floors and concerts in the U.S., died Saturday at 87. Rolling Stone reports the legend’s son Danny Penniman confirmed his death without providing a cause. Stars We […]

‘Honey West’ Actor John Ericson Dies at 93

Getty Images Ericson at a pool party thrown by Debbie Reynolds in 1955 John Ericson, the German-born actor who made his mark on Broadway, in the movies, and on TV, died of pneumonia on Monday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, THR reports. He was 93. Growing up in Detroit, Chicago, and then […]

‘Judge Judy’ Announcer Jerry Bishop Dead at 84

One year before the end of “Judge Judy’s” long run, its announcer Jerry Bishop has died at 84. THR reports the voice of the show since 1996 — also a popular radio host in L.A. in the ’60s — died Tuesday of heart disease. Stars We Lost in 2020 View Photos Bishop, who was also […]

‘Judge Judy’ Announcer Jerry Bishop Dead at 84

One year before the end of “Judge Judy’s” long run, its announcer Jerry Bishop has died at 84. THR reports the voice of the show since 1996 — also a popular radio host in L.A. in the ’60s — died Tuesday of heart disease. Stars We Lost in 2020 View Photos Bishop, who was also […]

‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ Actress Shirley Knight Dead at 83

Getty Images Knight with Paul Newman in “Sweet Bird of Youth” Shirley Knight, nominated for the Oscar twice in the ’60s and a familiar face ever since on TV, in movies, and, in smaller doses, on the stage, died Wednesday in San Marcos, Texas, her daughter Kaitlin Hopkins reported on Facebook. She was 83. In […]

Legendary Photographer Peter Beard, Missing 19 Days, Found Dead

Peter Beard, the wildlife photographer who became a frequent subject himself thanks to his own wild personal life and former marriage to supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, was found dead in Camp Hero State Park in Montauk, New York, Sunday. His family confirmed in a statement to The New York Times, “We are all heartbroken by the […]

Veteran Actor Brian Dennehy Dead at 81

Brian Dennehy, who earned nearly 200 acting credits during his career, has died. He was 81. TMZ reports he passed away on Wednesday night in Connecticut. Law enforcement sources say he died of natural causes, and that there are no plans to perform an autopsy. His daughter confirmed his death was not related to COVID-19. […]