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Ray Manzarek, a legendary musician who co-founded The Doors along with Jim Morrison, died today in Germany after a battle with bile duct cancer.

He was 74.

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The group's official Facebook page announced the sad news, confirming that Manzarek's wife and two brothers were by his side at the RoMed Clinic when he passed.

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Dick Trickle, a former NASCAR star, has died. He was 71 years old.

Police in North Carolina believe that Trickle took his own life, shooting himself at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincoln County at 12:02 this afternoon.

Trickle

Officials say they got a phone call before the shooting in which the caller said there would be a dead body at the cemetery ... and it would be his.

Operators scrambled to call back, but got no answer.

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Fred White, the longtime broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals, has died. He passed away yesterday, one day after announcing his retirement.

White was 76.

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White died of complications from melanoma. The broadcaster, who had a 40-year association with K.C., had reportedly been sick for some time.

White joined the Royals' broadcast team in 1973 and teamed with Denny Matthews in 1975, with the two serving at the team's voices though 1998.

More recently, White remained an active figure within the MLB organization, acting as the club's director of broadcast services and Royals alumni.

A team statement said the longtime broadcaster passed while in hospice care. His family has requested privacy as they deal with their grief. R.I.P.

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A Seattle native named Richard Swanson was killed yesterday morning in Lincoln City, Oregon, not long after he started on an epic trek:

The 42-year old graphic designer was trying to dribble a soccer ball from Washington to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup.

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Law enforcement officials report that Swanson was struck around 10 a.m. by a pickup truck along U.S. Highway 101. He was declared dead at the hospital shortly afterward.

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Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reported that legendary actress/singer Lena Horne died at the age of 92, citing an obituary in The New York Times.

The only problem? She died on May 9 ... 2010.

Horne

It's unclear how the Bee blew this, but Lena Horne began trending nationally and countless news outlets picked up the story (which they have since taken down).

On Twitter, thousands of users mourned, tweeting condolences as if it just happened.

“Just learned Lena Horne passed away. Saddened. A legend. A true star,” one wrote.

“Crying so hard. I didn’t know that her death would affect me like this!” said another.

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Sailing gold medalist Andrew "Bart" Simpson has died.

The 72-foot-long sailboat he was on capsized in San Francisco Bay. He was practicing for the upcoming America's Cup with the Swedish team Artemis Racing.

He was just 36 years old.

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Simpson was reportedly trapped under the boat for 10 minutes. Another sailor involved in the wreck was injured. The rest of the 13 people on the crew were fine.

He won one Olympic gold medal and one silver medal during his career.

"The entire Artemis team is devastated by what happened," CEO Paul Canyard says in a statement. "Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew's wife and family."

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Ottavio Missioni, the founder of the Italian fashion brand world famous for its colorful designs and zigzag patterns, died Thursday this morning at his residence in Sumirago, Italy.

He was 92.

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"The Missoni Family announces that Ottavio Missoni passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92, surrounded by his Family," the family said in a statement. "The day and time of his burial will be communicated soon."

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Maureen Oleskiewicz, a 28-year old teacher at Independence Junior High School in Palos Heights, died on Sunday after choking on a hot dog at Wrigley Field.

The tragic incident took place while Oleskiewicz was sitting with her brother Martin around 1 p.m., just prior to the first pitch.

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"They're sitting there eating lunch before the game, looking at the field and the next thing she's on the floor," said Margaret Oleskiewicz, Maureen's mother. "He didn't even know she was in distress and then she's on the floor."

Maureen went into cardiac arrest and never recovered, despite EMT efforts to revive her.

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Jeanne Cooper, a soap opera star best known for her long-running role on The Young and the Restless, passed away this morning from an undisclosed illness.

She was 84 years old.

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Cooper had spent a lot of time in the hospital over the past few weeks and her oldest son, actor Corbin Bernsen, confirmed the sad news today on Twitter.

“She was in peace and without fear," he wrote. "You all have been incredible in your love. In her name, share it today with others.”

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