Chuck Smith, founder of the Jesus People and the Calvary Chapel movement and one of the most influential figures in modern U.S. Christianity, has died.

Smith passed away in his home in Newport Beach, Calif., after a two-year battle with lung cancer, church officials said, at the age of 86.

Posted in: Religion

Marcella Hazan, a native of Italy who was best known for penning six cookbooks, passed away yesterday morning at her home in Florida. She was 89 years old.

Hazan's books were translated to English by Victor, her husband of 57 years, and focused on simple Italian recipes that could easily be whipped up any amateur chef.

Posted in: Food

Ken Norton Sr., a one-time heavyweight boxing champion, died today at a hospital in Arizona where he had been rehabilitating from a stroke he suffered in 2012. He was 70 years old.

Friend and manager Patrick Tenore confirmed the news of Norton's passing.

Posted in: Sports

Ray Dolby, a sound engineer who revolutionized noise reduction and whose name became synonymous with "surround" audio, has died at age 80.

The founder of Dolby Laboratories suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with leukaemia this summer.

Posted in: R.I.P.