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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.

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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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Elizabeth Pena died on Tuesday of natural causes after a brief illness at the age of 55 years old, according to the actress' manager, Gina Rugolo.

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In addition to numerous projects on the big and small screens over three decades, she was also just the fourth Latina member of the Director's Guild of America.

Among her many roles, Pena is known for appearing as the mother of Gloria, the character played by Sofia Vergara, in the ABC sitcom Modern Family.
Among Elizabeth Pena's other career highlights included roles in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, La Bamba, Rush Hour and The Incredibles.

Lou Diamond Phillips, who starred in La Bamba, Tweeted:

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Mark Bell has passed away.

The electronic music pioneer, who rose to fame with the group LFO, was 43 years old.

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Warp Records, LFO’s record label, confirmed Bell's passing via a statement on their website, informing fans of the sad news via the following message:

"It's with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation. Mark's family & friends request privacy at this difficult time."

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