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Thomas M. Menino - the longest-serving mayor in the history of the city of Boston - died today at the age of 71.

Thomas Menino

Menino was elected to his post back in 1993. He retired earlier this year after overseeing a decades-long urban renewal project that revitalized the appearance and identity of the city in which he was born and raised.

Just two months after stepping down in January of 2014, Menino announced that he was battling an advanced form of cancer that had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

Menino's most notable achievement in recent years may have been serving as a source of strength and guidance for frightened citizens in the wake of the Boston marathon bombing of 2013.

"Bold, big-hearted, and Boston strong, Tom was the embodiment of the city he loved and led for more than two decades," said President Obama in a statement issued earlier today.

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House of Cards actress Elizabeth Norment has passed away at the age of 61.

She died October 13 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, according to her family. Further details about her death are not yet known.

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Norment's character Nancy worked under Frank Underwood, the dynamic main character played by Kevin Spacey on the acclaimed political drama.

Nancy remained loyal to Underwood and his right-hand man Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), following Frank from the U.S. House to the West Wing.

House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon mourned Norment's loss.

He said that he and the cast "deeply saddened by Elizabeth's passing." Willimon added: "She was a talented actress, a warm soul and good friend to us all."

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Jack Bruce, the bassist and primary vocalist of the legendary '60s blues and rock supergroup Cream, has died at the age of 71 in his native Britain.

The Scottish native, considered one of the most respected and influential bass players in history, passed away at his home in England on Saturday.

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He was surrounded by his family, BBC News quoted his publicist as saying. Jack Bruce is survived by his wife, Margrit, five children and a granddaughter.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend," Bruce's loved ones said.

"The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts," they added of Jack Bruce's passing.

The cause of Bruce's death was not revealed, although the musician had battled liver cancer in the 2000s. He underwent a transplant, which he barely survived.

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Oscar Taveras, one of the most promising young players in Major League Baseball, was killed today in a car accident in his native Puerto Rico.

He was 22 years old.

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Taveras' girlfriend also died in the accident, according to police in Puerto Plata.

Taveras debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals this season and batted .239 in 80 games. He was scheduled to compete for a lot more playing time next year.

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Marcia Strassman, a veteran actress best known for roles on M*A*S*H and Welcome Back, Kotter, died today after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

She was 66 years old.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm director Bob Weide confirmed Strassman’s passing on Twitter, writing:

"So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today."

Best known for her lead roles in the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter and the comedy film Honey I Shrunk the Kids (along with its sequel, Honey I Blew Up the Kids), Strassman also served on the national board of the Screen Actors Guild.

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Iconic fashion designer Oscar De La Renta has passed away at the age of 82.

Over the course of his more than 50 year career, De La Renta designed clothing for some of the world's most famous women. Most recently, he designed Amal Alamuddin's wedding dress

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Born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, De La Renta first made a name for himself in the US by designing dresses for Jacqueline Kennedy.

In the decades that followed, first ladies Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush frequently wore designs by De La Renta.

De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but appeared to be in good health in recent months.

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Lynda Bellingham, a beloved English actress best known for roles in Loose Women and All Creatures Great And Small, has died at the age of 66.

She was first diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2013, after which the disease spread to her lungs and liver. She eventually succumbed to the disease.

In August 2014, Lynda decided to cease treatment for her cancer in order to “limit the suffering her family would have to endure,” according to reports.

Lynda Bellingham

In a statement, Lynda’s agent Sue Latimer confirmed her passing, saying, “Lynda died peacefully in her husband’s arms yesterday at a London hospital.

“Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support. Actor, writer and presenter ... to the end Lynda was a consummate professional.”

In 1948, Lynda was given up for adoption when she was just four months old after her mother’s strict, religious family disapproved of her being born out of wedlock.

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Joanne Borgella, a finalist on Season 7 of American Idol and the first-ever winner of Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance, died after a long battle with cancer on Saturday.

She was 32 years old.

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Borgella's family confirmed the tragic news via a brief message on Facebook that reads:

“With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne.”

Borgella competed on the opening season of Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance as “Miss F.A.T.” She went on to advance to the final 12 women in 2008 on American Idol.

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Missing actress Misty Upham has now been confirmed dead, according to a spokesperson for her family, who confirmed what many had feared.

A body found in a Seattle, Wash., ravine on Thursday afternoon is, as was widely suspected, that of the 32-year-old Native-American actress and activist.

Best known for her notable roles in the films Frozen River and August: Osage County, her family reported Misty Upham missing back on October 6.

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According to Seattle-based filmmaker Tracy Rector, a longtime friend of Upham's, it was Robert Upham, the missing woman's uncle who found her.

He had been the organizer of a search party that went looking for her three days ago. Charles Upham, her father, confirmed her identity to police.

"We waited at the site where the team had found the body," said Rector, who also was a part of the ongoing search party, late Thursday evening.

Then "it took about five-and-a-half hours to confirm. Then we gathered around her body to say prayers and now we're all gathered at the church."

Upham's cause of death has not yet been determined.

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When Joan Rivers died following a routine surgical procedure in August, the doctors in charge of the operation were accused of negligence and malpractice by a number of medical experts and media outlets.

R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014)
R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014). She will never be forgotten.

Investigations revealed a number of suspicious details, such as the fact that Rivers' doctor snapped a selfie while the operation was underway.

Rivers' cause of death remained undetermined following a standard autopsy, so the office of New York's Chief Medical Examiner launched an investigation of its own. 

The results - released today - show that Rivers died from a lack of oxygen to her brain, possibly as the result of the sedative Propofol. The Examiner has labeled the incident a "predictable complication."

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