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Michael Cuscuna, Grammy-Winning Producer and Titan of Jazz, Dies at 75

Michael Cuscuna, the three-time Grammy winner, Mosaic Records co-founder, historian and archivist who produced hundreds of jazz reissues and studio sessions during his career, has died. He was 75. Cuscuna died Saturday of cancer at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, Grammy-winning recording artist Billy Vera, a longtime friend, announced. Cuscuna produced the 1970 album Buddy […]

Dusty Kay, Writer and Producer on ‘Entourage’ and ‘Roseanne,’ Dies at 69

Dusty Kay, a writer and Emmy-nominated producer with credits including Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Roseanne and Entourage, has died. He was 69. Kay died April 10 in Summerlin, Nevada, after an undescribed brief illness, Bill Nuss, his friend and longtime collaborator, announced. The pair authored the book for a musical based […]

Meg Bennett, Soap Opera Actress and Writer, Dies at 75

Meg Bennett, the Daytime Emmy winner who did double duty as an actress and writer on the daytime soap operas The Young and the Restless, General Hospital and Santa Barbara, has died. She was 75. Bennett died April 11 after a battle with cancer, her family announced. Bennett portrayed Marty Maraschino for more than two […]

Lourdes Portillo, Oscar-Nominated ‘Las Madres — The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo’ Director, Dies at 80

Lourdes Portillo, the prominent Mexican filmmaker and social activist behind The Devil Never Sleeps and the Oscar-nominated Las Madres – The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, has died. She was 80. Portillo died Saturday at her home in San Francisco, her friend Soco Aguilar told The Hollywood Reporter. She was surrounded by her three […]

Jane Nefeldt, Former WGA West Exec, Dies at 71

Jane Nefeldt, a 35-year veteran with the Writers Guild of American West, has died. She was 71. The WGA West said she died April 16 in Hermosa Beach, California. No cause of death was specified. Nefeldt joined the guild in 1972 in the operations department, rose to the position of assistant executive director in 1986 […]

Grammy-Winning ‘American Idol’ Season 5 Alum Mandisa Dies at 47

American Idol alum Mandisa has died at 47. The Christian singer was found dead in her Nashville home on Thursday, the artist’s rep said in a statement posted on Mandisa’s verified Instagram account. The cause of death is unknown, the rep said, declining to share further details. “We ask for your prayers for her family […]

Samantha Davis, Actress and Co-Founder of Little People U.K. With Husband Warwick Davis, Dies at 53

Samantha Davis, actress and wife of Warwick Davis, has died at 53. Warwick confirmed in a statement shared by LucasFilm that his spouse died on March 24. “My wife and soulmate, best friend. Devoted mother, My favorite human. My most trusted confidant and an ardent supporter of everything I did in my career, has passed,” […]

Barbara O. Jones, ‘Daughters of the Dust’ Actress, Dies at 82

Barbara O. Jones, the admired actress who emerged from the L.A. Rebellion movement of Black filmmakers at UCLA in the 1970s to star in Haile Gerima’s Bush Mama and Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, has died. She was 82. Jones died Tuesday at her home in Dayton, Ohio, her brother Raymond Minor told The […]

Dickey Betts, Allman Brothers Band Co-Founder and Legendary Guitarist, Dies at 80

Guitar legend Dickey Betts, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band and wrote their biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man,” has died. He was 80. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer died at his home in Osprey, Florida, David Spero, Betts’ manager of 20 years, confirmed. Betts had been battling cancer for more than a year and […]

Hollywood’s Most Notable Deaths of 2024

The entertainment industry has already had to say goodbye to several actors, singers, performers, creatives, executives and all-around industry legends this year. The Hollywood Reporter is highlighting some of the most well-known names who have died in 2024, including Carl Weathers, Chita Rivera, Richard Lewis, Chance Perdomo and Toby Keith. Weathers, who was best known for […]

Roger Dicken, VFX Artist on ‘Alien’ and ‘When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth,’ Dies at 84

Roger Dicken, the Oscar-nominated British special effects artist, sculptor and model maker known for his work on Alien and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, has died. He was 84. Dicken died Feb. 18 at his home in North Wales, Mick Cooper, a friend of more than five decades, told The Hollywood Reporter. On his first […]

Dan Goozee, Renowned Walt Disney Imagineering and Movie Poster Artist, Dies at 80

Dan Goozee, the acclaimed artist who created posters for such films as Clash of the Titans, Superman IV and the James Bond movies Moonraker, Octopussy and A View to a Kill, has died. He was 80. Goozee died April 7 at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center of an age-related condition he had battled for […]