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Sylvia Kristel, an actress who rose to fame as arguably the first adult film star, has died at age 60. Cancer claimed the star's life after a long battle.

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"She died during the night during her sleep," her agent confirmed.

Sylvia Kristel was admitted to a hospital in July after suffering a stroke, though she was first diagnosed with throat and lung cancer roughly ten years ago.

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Arlen Specter, a former U.S. Senator who made headlines toward the end of his career by switching from the Republican Party to the Democratic side, passed away yesterday after a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

He was 82.

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The long-time Pennsylvania politician passed away at his home in Philadelphia, family members confirm. He was elected to the Senate in 1980 and served longer than anyone in state history.

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Actor and TV host Gary Collins has died of natural causes. He was 74 years old.

He passed away just before 1 a.m. Saturday in Biloxi, Miss., according to reports.

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In addition to leading roles in three TV series, Collins appeared on hit shows such as Perry Mason, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Love Boat and Charlie's Angels.

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Beano Cook, one of the country's most well-known college football experts, has passed away from unknown causes. He was 81.

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A University of Pittsburgh graduate, Cook worked for 10 years as a sports publicist for that school before eventually catching on as an ABC studio commentator in 1982.

He then joined ESPN in 1986 and was given the nickname "Cardinal of College Football" due to his vast knowledge of the sport. Most recently, Cook joined ESPN's Ivan Maisel on a weekly podcast.

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Alex Karras, an NFL lineman who starred with the Detroit Lions in the 1960s, then went on to a successful acting career, has died. He was 77 years old.

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Karras, who had recently suffered kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, his attorney.

Alex starred in the sitcom Webster and famously punched a horse in the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles, among other acting achievements.

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Sahara Davenport, a former contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race whose real name is Antoine Ashley, has passed away from unknown causes. He was 27.

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Logo, the network behind the reality series, confirmed the passing on its Facebook page this morning and released the following statement regarding Davenport:

"He was an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl [Westerberg], in their time of need."

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Justin Bieber is mourning the loss of his biggest and cutest fan today.

Avalanna Routh, referred to by many who knew her as "Mrs. Bieber," succumbed this afternoon to a long battle with cancer. She was six years old.

In February, due to a persistent Facebook campaign, a visit was arranged between Routh and Bieber in New York City.

The two spent hours there playing Candyland and exchanging playful kisses and hugs.

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Steve Sabol, who co-founded NFL Films decades ago and changed the way we watch the game, passed away this morning after battling brain cancer.

He was 69.

Steve reportedly suffered a seizure in March 2011. He had been receiving treatment ever since for a tumor in his brain that doctors could not remove.

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Sabol co-founded NFL Films in 1962. Its dramatic montages, music and candid player soundbites from the field fueled the league's immense popularity.

NFL Films produced several iconic shows in addition to its feature-length movies, including Hard Knocks, NFL Films Presents and Football Follies.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Sabol's deat:

"Steve’s passion for football was matched by incredible talent and energy .. Steve’s legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.”