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Phil Ramone, the famed record producer who worked with a who's who of music industry legends, has died from complications of pneumonia. He was 79.

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Ramone, who shepherded some of the greats - Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand - throughout their careers, began as a sound engineer.

Soon, he made the move to producing, and the music world was never the same.

Over a 50-year career, Ramone won 14 Grammy Awards and one lifetime achievement Grammy while supervising production on a slew of legendary albums.

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Shain Gandee, the star of MTV's Buckwild, was found dead this morning in West Virginia.

He was reported missing after telling folks around 3 a.m. Sunday that he was going four-wheeling with his uncle, David, with authorities confirming this morning that Shain and two others were discovered in the vehicle in Sissonville, W.V.

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Shain was 21 years old. The whereabouts of David Gandee are unknown at this time.

We'll update this story as more news breaks and our thoughts go out to Gandee's family.

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Elwin Wilson, a former Ku Klux Klan supporter who publicly apologized later in life for his violence and racism, has died at the age of 76 in South Carolina.

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His wife, Judy Wilson, told the Associated Press that her husband was relieved he lived long enough to try to make amends for years of racial hatred.

He detailed his deeds at length when he called The Herald of Rock Hill to apologize shortly after President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009.

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Richard Griffiths, the British actor know for his role as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter movies, has died at age 65.

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The actor died in the hospital due to complications following heart surgery.

Potter's Daniel Radcliffe told the BBC, "Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him. Any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence."

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Anthony Lewis, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a columnist for The New York Times, has passed away from complications related to Parkinson's disease. He was 85.

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Lewis championed such causes as free speech, human rights and constitutional law during 32 years of writing for the aforementioned newspaper.

He won his first Pulitzer in 1955 for defending an innocent Navy civilian accused of sympathizing with Communists; and his second in 1963 for reporting on The Supreme Court.

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Joe Weider, a child of the Great Depression who built a bodybuilding empire, has died at the age of 93. The cause was heart failure, said his publicist.

Weider grew an empire of magazines, fitness equipment, doubtful dietary supplements and Olympic-style contests featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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As a teenager in Montreal, he hated being roughed up by neighborhood hooligans, discovered bodybuilding in a magazine and bought into it for life.

He developed a V-shaped torso with bulging biceps and abs like Michelangelo’s David, and was still ripped and jut-jawed in his 70s and 80s.

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Jason Molina, a singer/songwriter most famous for his work with Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., has passed away. He was 39 years old.

As first reported by Chunklet, Molina died of organ failure brought on by many years of drinking.

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The star's label, Secretly Canadian, confirmed the news - though not the cause of death - via the following Tweet:

"Our friend Jason Molina passed away from natural causes on Saturday, March 16th in Indianapolis."

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Steve Davis, the quarterback of two national championship football teams at the University of Oklahoma, has died in a plane crash at the age of 60.

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Davis, 60, and Wesley Caves, 58, died yesterday when their twin-jet plane crashed into a house in South Bend, Indiana, the Associated Press reported.

The cause of the crash is unknown. Pete Moris, a spokesman for Oklahoma football, confirmed Davis’s death and said the school plans to issue a statement.

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