Jerry Leiber, one of the most famous songwriters of his era, has passed away from cardiopulmonary failure. He was 78.

Often working with Mike Stolle, Leiber was born in Baltimore and penned such iconic tracks as "Stand By Me" and "Jailhouse Rock." The partners met in high school and started writing together soon after.

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Jani Lane, the former Warrant frontman who wrote that rock group's most well-known song, "Cherry Pie," has passed away. He was 47.

The singer's body was discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California last night. Officials are yet to reveal the cause of death.

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Francesco Quinn, actor and son of silver screen legend Anthony Quinn, died on Friday near his home in Malibu, Calif. He was only 48 years old.

The younger Quinn shot to stardom in the Oliver Stone movie Platoon, and became a staple on TV with regular and guest-starring roles since.

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Charles "Bubba" Smith, a former football player best known for his role as Hightower in the Police Academy franchise, passed away today. He was 66.

A bit before 1 p.m. local time, police responded to a call from Smith's Baldwin Hills home. They arrived and found the actor already dead inside. He is believed to have died of natural causes.

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Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu has been found dead in his California home. The native of Okinawa, Japan was just 42 years old.

It appears he committed suicide by hanging himself, according to reports. The L.A. County Coroner's office is trying to locate next of kin.

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Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, a freestyle skier who won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics, killed himself on Monday night. He was 29 years old.

Salt Lake County Unified Police told KTVB that Peterson actually phoned cops on Monday night to inform them of his whereabouts. His body was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

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