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Rock singer Joe Cocker dies at age 70

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Musician Joe Cocker died Monday morning in his Colorado home after battling lung cancer. He was 70 years old.

Born in 1944, Cocker grew up in Sheffield, England, and began pursuing a music career in his 20s. He shot to fame in 1968 when his cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" rose to No. 1. Cocker's version of the hit song would later be used as the theme song for the ABC television show "The Wonder Years." (Video via Regal Zonophone / Joe CockerABC / "The Wonder Years")

In 1983, Cocker won a Grammy for "Up Where We Belong." The duet with Jennifer Warnes was featured in the film "An Officer and a Gentleman."

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Queen Elizabeth awarded Cocker an Order of the British Empire in 2007 for his services to music, and in 2010, Cocker was included in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. The outlet called his voice "an irresistible force that combines a love of American soul music with an undeniable depth of feeling."

Cocker released his 23rd and final album in 2012. It hit No. 1 on Germany's charts.

After learning of Cocker's death, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr wrote on Twitter: "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends. peace and love."

And Sony Music's chief executive, Edgar Berger, released a statement saying, "Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I've ever met."

Cocker leaves behind his wife, stepdaughter and two grandchildren.

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Norman Bridwell, creator of 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' books, dies at 86

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Norman Bridwell, best known as the creator of the children's book series "Clifford the Big Red Dog," has died. He was 86.

According to his publisher, Scholastic, Bridwell died Friday at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The cause of death was not released.

Scholastic first published Bridwell's extensive "Clifford" series more than 50 years ago. Since then, it's reportedly sold more than 129 million copies in 13 different languages.

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Scholastic's CEO released a statement saying, "Norman Bridwell's books about Clifford, childhood's most loveable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor."

Bridwell also was quite tenacious to get the book originally published. "Clifford" was rejected by nine publishers before Scholastic finally gave it the green light.

The gigantic friendly canine even wound up in a PBS cartoon using the same name.

"Clifford" also made his debut on the big screen in 2004, and there's another movie in the works that's due out in 2016.

Bridwell completed two more "Clifford" books before he died: "Clifford Goes to Kindergarten" and "Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah." Both are due out next year.

Norman Bridwell said, "I feel very fortunate in this part in teaching children to read. Something I didn't plan but it's worked out that way."

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Missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge found dead

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Police in Columbus, Ohio, say they have found the body of missing Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge

Police Sgt. Rich Weiner told reporters, "We received a call from somebody stating they found a body in the dumpster at this location. ... We are able to confirm ... that it is the body of Kosta Karageorge."

According to the police, the former OSU lineman's body was found in a dumpster one block from his apartment. The investigation is still ongoing, but Karageorge appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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Karageorge had been missing since Wednesday, when he left his apartment after telling friends he needed to take a walk to clear his head. His disappearance sparked a city-wide manhunt for the missing student.

A police report says his mother told investigators Karageorge suffered concussions and spells of confusion, and Karageorge sent his mother a text complaining about his concussions half an hour before disappearing. 

Ohio State issued a statement saying, ​"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time."

Karageorge spent three years wrestling for OSU before walking onto the football team this year. He was 22 years old. 

Director Mike Nichols dies; world reacts on social media

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The Associated Press is reporting that director Mike Nichols, husband of Diane Sawyer, has died at age 83.

Nichols was known for his work on films, television and stage shows such as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot."

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Rev. Myles Munroe reportedly among victims of Bahamas plane crash

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A small plane crashed Sunday in the Bahamas, killing all nine people on board, according to The Associated Press.

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation said the plane, a Lear 36 Executive Jet, had taken off from Nassau and crashed while attempting to land about 5 p.m. in Freeport.

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Among the victims was the Rev. Myles Munroe, leader of Bahamas Faith Ministries, the Bahamas Tribune reported.

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'Car Talk' host Tom Magliozzi dies at 77

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Tom Magliozzi, one half of "Click and Clack," the hosts of NPR's "Car Talk," passed away Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.

Magliozzi, shown here on the left, hosted the show with his younger brother, Ray. The show ran on NPR for more than 25 years and became more well-known for the on-air antics of its hosts than for its discussion of automobiles. (Video via Martha Stewart)

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Tom Magliozzi: "This is the only theory of which I'm sure: I don't know if the Earth goes around the sun or vice versa, I don't know about electromagnetism, but I know it never pays to buy a new car."

Tom and Ray stumbled into the radio business by accident. Tom was asked to speak during a local WBUR broadcast about cars in 1977 and was a hit. That station asked him back again, and that time he brought Ray. Their careers in talk radio took off from there.

A longtime producer of the show told NPR, "His laugh is the working definition of infectious laughter. ... I'd just hear his laughter and then there'd be more of it, and people would sort of gather around him. He was just kind of a magnet."

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For a while, the brothers owned a car repair shop in their hometown of East Cambridge, Massachusetts. They liked to pretend they were just regular mechanics, but both brothers had degrees from MIT, and Tom even received a doctorate from Boston University.

In a statement on the 'Car Talk' website, Ray said of his older brother, "We can be happy that he lived the life he wanted to live."

The brothers retired in 2012, but NPR still airs old episodes of the show. Ray asked that instead of flowers, people wanting to make donations should give to their favorite public radio station in Tom's memory.

This video contains images from WBUR Boston's NPR News Station / CC BY NC ND 2.0.

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Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras dies in car crash

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Sad news out of professional baseball. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend have died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, his home country. Taveras was 22.

Details are still scarce, but USA Today reports that Dominican officials say Taveras and his girlfriend were involved in a crash while traveling to his hometown near Puerto Plata. A policeman said, "[Rainfall] might have contributed to the accident."

Taveras had been widely touted as one of the top hitting prospects in the Cardinals organization.

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He batted just .239 in his first season in the big leagues but left his mark in the playoffs with a big pinch-hit home run in the National League Championship series in Game 2 against the Giants.

Before his time at the professional level, Taveras had dominated the minor-league ranks with a .320 batting average over six seasons and was expected to have a bright future with the Cardinals.

Baseball America ranked Taveras the third-highest prospect in all of baseball in 2014.

St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. released a statement on Facebook expressing grief for Taveras' passing. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Taveras was a "wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest." 

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Ben Bradlee, Washington Post editor during Watergate, dies at 93

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Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, has died. He was 93.

At the helm of the Post from 1968-1991, he led the paper through some of its most defining moments. He oversaw coverage of the Watergate scandal, earning him a portrayal in the Oscar-winning film “All the President’s Men.” (Video via The Washington PostWarner Bros. / "All The President's Men")

BRADLEE VIA ABC: “These guys were on a roll. They had the town by the throat. Nobody else was touching them.”

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During his tenure, he also fought the Nixon administration over his decision to run a trove of leaked documents on the Vietnam War known as the Pentagon Papers.

In September, his wife, fellow Post reporter Sally Quinn, disclosed Bradlee’s Alzheimer’s had gotten worse and he was in hospice care at their home. 

SALLY QUINN VIA C-SPAN: “I don’t think we’ve ever been as loving with each other as we are now. You know, we spend a lot of time together, and we hold hands, and he knows me.”

For the past 23 years, he’d carried the title “vice president at large” at the Post. He also published a memoir titled “A Good Life.”

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Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

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Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82.

A family member confirmed the news to ABC Monday evening. The cause of death wasn't immediately made public, though de la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and had been battling it since.

In an interview at New York City's 92nd Street Y last year, he opened up about his diagnosis. 

"There are two realities about life, one day we're born, and one day we die. The dying aspect we will never accept."

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De la Renta first rose to fame in the fashion world by dressing some of the most famous celebrities of the 1960s, including First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

And he continued to design beautiful gowns for the rich and famous through to present-day. 

Some of his most famous admirers include Cameron Diaz, Oprah Winfrey and Penelope Cruz.

He even designed Amal Clooney's gorgeous wedding dress for her and George's nuptials in Italy.

One of his most famous fans, Gloria Estefan, tweeted a touching tribute to the fashion legend. "RIP iconic designer Oscar De La Renta,who was a big part of 3 of my life's biggest moments.Much love & peace2 his family& all who loved him!"

And many other fashion icons, including Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia, also shared their grief on social media.

Funeral arrangements for de la Renta and other details were still unclear as of Monday night.

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Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy dead at 93

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Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, a Southern icon for the company he created and for the religious principles that kept the chain’s stores closed on Sundays, has died at 93.

According to The Associated Press, Cathy died at home near family members, Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin said early Monday. Funeral plans were not finalized, he said.

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Cathy created his marquee sandwich in the early 1960s, testing it on customers at the Dwarf Grill (now called the Dwarf House in Hapeville, Georgia). He got the idea for the chicken patties after a poultry distributor asked if he could use chicken leftover from meals made for the compact food servings on flights.

He grew the company from one store in 1967 to more than 1,800 locations today and $5 billion in revenue in 2013. The chain surpassed longtime chicken king KFC in U.S. sales in 2012, although KFC is still larger when its foreign stores are factored in.

Cathy slowed down in the past few years. In 2013, his son Dan Cathy assumed the post of chief executive officer and chairman. Truett Cathy became chairman emeritus.

Chick-fil-A caused some controversy in 2012 after Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company backed "the biblical definition of a family," the AP reported. Gay-rights groups held boycotts at Chick-fil-A restaurants.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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