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Margaret Groening, the mother of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and the basis for the beloved Fox animated family matriarch Marge, has died.

She was 94 years old.

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Margaret Groening's death was announced via an obituary in The Oregonian. She passed away in her sleep back on April 22, according to the publication.

Many Groening family details made their way into The Simpsons, among them his mother's maiden name, Wiggum, and his father's name Homer.

Homer Groening, a World War II veteran and cartoonist, died in 1996. In addition to Matt, Margaret is also survived by two daughters ... Lisa and Maggie.

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Cedric Brooks, a Jamaican saxophone player and influential roots musician lauded by many as a reggae great, has passed away at the age of 70.

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One of his sisters, Paulette Keise, said Brooks died Friday of cardiac arrest in Queens. He fell ill years ago, she said, losing his ability to speak.

Brooks began his quietly legendary music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician, playing in songs such as Burning Spear's "Door Peep."

He had hits with trumpeter David Madden including "Money Maker" and "Mystic Mood" and was part of the Jamaican ska band The Skatalites.

He is survived by seven children and four sisters.

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Actor/Newscaster Mario Machado has died. He passed away this weekend at the age of 78, from complications due to pneumonia.

Machado, born in Shanghai, China, became Los Angeles' first Asian-American news anchor in 1967, for KHJ-TV.

He went on to portray a newscaster in various films, including ScarfaceRocky III, and the Robocop movies.

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Machado had been ill for some time with Parkinson's disease. He died at a West Hills convalescent facility.

He will be missed.

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John Williamson, widely considered to be a leading pioneeer of the sexual revolution that took place in the 1960s, has died at the age of 80.

The co-founder of Topanga Canyon's Sandstone Retreat, where nudity and free love occurred with abandon, died of cancer in Reno, Nev.

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Williamson and his wife, Barbara, had lived on a Northern Nevada ranch for 18 years, taking in abandoned lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats.

They were together for 47 years.

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Jeff Hanneman of the thrash metal band Slayer has died. He was just 49.

The monstrous guitar player died of liver failure, according to reports.

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The punk rock-influenced thrash-metal legend and fellow guitarist Kerry King formed Slayer when both were auditioning for the same band in 1981.

Instead, they decided to start their own, to widespread success.

Slayer's sales neared 30 million albums worldwide, and they were often called one of the "big four" in metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax.

Hanneman is survived by wife Kathy, a sister and two brothers.

R.I.P.

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Chris Kelly, one half of 1990s pop duo Kris Kross, was found unconscious at home and later pronounced dead at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday.

Kelly (below, left) was 34 years old.

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An autopsy is planned before the official cause of death is announced but there is some speculation. A spokeswoman for the Fulton County police said:

"It appears [Kelly's death] may have been a possible drug overdose."

Kelly's cause of death has not been officially confirmed at this time.

Kelly and fellow rapper Chris Smith shot to super-stardom with the release of their 1992 hit "Jump." Their big gimmick was wearing their clothes backwards.

They were just 13 in 1991 when they were discovered by music producer/rapper Jermaine Dupri while performing at the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta.

Dupri's label, So So Def, signed the boys and launched them to stardom. Back in February 2013, Kris Kross reunited for a long-overdue performance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kelly's family at this time.

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Deanna Durbin, an actress who rose to fame as a child in the 1930s and 1940s, has passed away. She was 91.

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Durbin's son, Peter David, revealed the sad news in a fan club newsletter published yesterday, simply saying his mom died a "few days ago" and asking for privacy. He did not provide any further details.

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Leila Fowler's death has a small California town stunned - and worried.

The stabbing of the 8-year-old girl in her home in Valley Springs, Calif., has residents loading their guns and keeping their kids home from school.

Police, meanwhile, have few clues as they hunt for her killer.

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Police officials say that Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother, who was home with his sister Saturday, spotted an intruder, who ran out of the house.

The boy then found his sister badly injured and phoned his parents, who were at a Little League game. Leila was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The county coroner says she died from multiple stab wounds.

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Legendary country singer George Jones has died at the age of 81.

The peerless, hard-living star recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets, perhaps most notably the classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

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Rep Kirt Webster says Jones died today at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones recorded 150 (?!) albums and notched No. 1 songs in five separate decades, from the '50s to the '90s.

He was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but artists such as Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and many others.

R.I.P.

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