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Maya Angelou died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina last night after battling a mysterious illness.

The legendary poet, author and activist was 86. No funeral or memorial service arrangements have been announced at this time.

Often attributed to others, this is one of Maya Angelou's most famous quotes.

One of the most famous literary figures of her time, Angelou received dozens of honorary titles and degrees from universities all over the globe.

She is perhaps best known for her 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which recounts Angelou's early years growing up in the prejudiced South of the 1930s.

Angelou would follow that book with six more volumes of memoirs each exploring a different period of her remarkable life.

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Manuel Uribe, a Mexican man believed to be the world's heaviest human at one point before dropping some weight in recent years, has died at the age of 48.

According to news reports, his death was confirmed by an official of the health department of Nuevo Leon, where the city of Monterrey is located.

Uribe had slimmed down to about 867 pounds, which was actually well below his then-record peak weight of 1,230 pounds, a Guinness World Record.

Still, Uribe had been confined to his bed, unable to walk on his own. Since 2002, Uribe had been bedridden, relying on his mother and friends to feed and clean him.

The official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, said Uribe had been taken to the hospital on May 2 because of an abnormal heartbeat.

He had to be taken to the hospital with a crane by emergency and defense workers.

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Sad news out of Hollywood over the weekend:

Matthew Cowles, a veteran actor best known for his long-running role as Billy Clyde Tuggle on All My Children, died Thursday at the age of 69.

His manager, Tsu Tsu Stanton confirmed this sad news to The Hollywood Reporter, although the cause of death is unknown at this time.

Matthew Cowles on All My Children

He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone," Stanton Tweeted Friday.

Cowles earned two daytime Emmy nominations and is survived by his wife over more than three decades Christine Baranski (The Good Wife).

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul was found dead yesterday in Stockholm, Sweden, according to local police officials and the Associated Press.

He was only 36 years old.

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A cause of death was not specified, but spokesperson did say it was not being treated as suspicious. No other details were immediately available.

Born and raised in Sweden, Malik Bendjelloul won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2013, for his acclaimed film Searching for Sugar Man.

The movie chronicled the life and career of singer Sixto Rodriguez, and the efforts of two of his fans who set out to discover what had become of him.

Bendjelloul started off as a child actor in the '90s. He later studied journalism and media production and worked for a time as a reporter, as well.

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The worlds of art and visual effects lost an iconic figure today.

While HR Giger may not be a household name in the US, if you're a fan of science fiction films, you've almost certainly enjoyed his work at some point in the last 35 years.

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Giger will perhaps be best remembered for a book of artwork he released in 1977 that inspired the appearance of the "xenomorph" character in Ridley Scott's original Alien film.

That movie, of course, launched a franchise that continues to spawn sequels to this day.

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Keith Crisco, the Democratic candidate running against Clay Aiken in North Carolina's Second Congressional District, died at his home in Asheboro on Monday.

He was 71 years old.

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Initial reports indicate Crisco suffered injuries from a fall at his house around 1 p.m. today. He was announced dead at the scene.

At the time of Crisco's passing, the District 2 race was considered “too close to call," though Aiken lead Crisco by 369 votes at last count.

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Actor Lee Marshall, who gave Kellogg's mascot Tony the Tiger his voice and signature grrrrrrrrrreat Frosted Flakes tagline, has passed away, reports indicate.

He was 64.

Tony Voice

He died of esophageal cancer at a California hospital, according to The AP.

Lee was the second actor to play the voice of Tony the Tiger, known for generations for his deep-voiced plug for the popular breakfast cereal.

He began playing Tony in 1999, filling in for the original, Thurl Ravenscroft.

When Ravenscroft passed away, the job was his full time. In addition to his gig as Tony the Tiger, voice actor Marshall also worked as a wrestling announcer.


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Elena Baltacha, a former member of the Top 50 of the Women's Tennis Association, died over the weekend after a long battle with liver cancer.

She was 30 years old.

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The WTA confirmed this sad news on its website, writing that the Kiev-born Baltacha died peacefully while surrounded by family and friends.

Baltacha represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics and was diagnosed with the diseased in January, two months after retiring from tennis and just weeks after getting married.

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Legendary hip-hop DJ EZ Rock has died at 46. He is best known for the track "It Takes Two" with partner MC Rob Base, who confirmed his death on Facebook.

No cause of death was immediately available.

DJ EZ Rock (real name Rodney Bryce) was best known for the 1988 hit with Base, a lifelong friend and collaborator who he’d known since fourth grade.

The hit, which was produced by new jack swing legend Teddy Riley, featured a sample of Lyn Collins' 1972 James Brown-produced song “Think (About It).”

“It takes two to make a thing go right / It takes to to make it outta sight,” the iconic hook of the track that melded hip-hop and house music genres goes.

He was the man behind the turntables, but as Rob Base rapped, “Rob is in the front, E-Z Rock is on the back-up … Rock the mike with the help of EZ.”

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