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Neil Peart, star drummer and lyricist of Rush, dies at 67

Jan 11, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Neil Peart of Canadian rock group Rush dies at 67 after a battle with brain cancer

Performer Diahann Carroll dies at 84

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The Oscar-nominated TV and Broadway actress dies after a years-long battle with breast cancer

Veteran actor Tony Mabesa dies at 84

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:38 AM

The film and theater veteran is remembered by his colleagues in the industry.

TONY MABESA. The actor, seen here receiving the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival, has died. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Veteran actress Mona Lisa dies at 97

Aug 25, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The actress' daughter confirms her death

U.S. celebrity YouTuber Etika found dead – police

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Desmond Amofah, known as 'Etika' on YouTube, was found dead in New York almost a week after his disappearance

Heiress Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Her son, Anderson Cooper, delivers a eulogy on-air

'EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.' Gloria Vanderbilt speaks during SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' With Gloria Vanderbilt at SiriusXM Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. She died on June 17, 2019. Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

Comedian Gary Lising dies at 78

Jun 01, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The comedian's brother confirms the news on Facebook

GARY LISING. The veteran comedian passes away. Photo from Gary Lising on Facebook

Gary Valenciano’s mother Grimilda Ortiz dies at 84

Apr 20, 2019 - 12:43 PM

Gary V remembers on Instagram happy times with his mother

MOTHER AND SON. Gary Valenciano and Grimilda Ortiz sing together on stage in 2008. Screenshot from Instagram.com/garyvalenciano

Comedian Bentong dies at 55

Feb 09, 2019 - 1:17 PM

He passed away early on February 9

BENTONG. The comedian appears on 'Wowowin' in 2016. Screenshot from YouTube.com/GMANETWORK

British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

Feb 09, 2019 - 12:58 AM

The 'Murder on the Orient Express' actor passes away surrounded by family

ALBERT FINNEY. The actor receives the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001. Screenshot from Twitter.com/BAFTA

LOOK BACK: Pepe Smith's indelible mark on Filipino rock

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Which Pepe Smith song is your favorite?

ROCK LEGEND. Pepe Smith may have rocked his last, but his memories – especially his music – lives on. File photo by Luis Liwanag/Rappler

'Rakenrol in heaven': Singers, celebrities mourn Pepe Smith's death

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Tributes for the rock legend pour in

Rocker Pepe Smith dies

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:07 AM

Pepe Smith's daughter Daisy confirms his death

French Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand dies aged 86

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The composer won 3 Oscars throughout his long career

REST IN PEACE. French composer Michel Legrand dies. Facebook.com/MichelLegrandComposer

Award-winning lyricist Norman Gimbel behind "Killing Me Softly" dies at 91

Dec 29, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Norman Gimbel is also known for the English lyrics of 'The Girl from Ipanema'

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dies at 95

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:15 AM

Lee had suffered a number of illnesses in recent years

CREATOR OF HEROES. Marvel Legend Stan Lee is remembered for co-creating iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and Iron Man. Photo from Twitter.com/TheRealStanLee

Ariana Grande pays tribute to rapper ex-boyfriend Mac Miller

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'I adored you from the day I met you,' the singer writes on Instagram

IN MEMORY. Ariana Grande and Mac Miller in 2017. Screenshot from Instagram.com/arianagrande

Rapper Mac Miller dead of overdose at 26

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) The rapper's family confirms his death

'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' host Robin Leach dies

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Leach, 76, died after suffering a stroke and being hospitalized since last year

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 4, 2017, television host and writer Robin Leach arrives at a memorial for Jerry Lewis at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Leach, the high priest of pizzazz and an early pioneer of reality TV with hot show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died, family and colleagues announced on August 24, 2019. He was 76. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Ethan Miller

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dead at 68

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:35 PM

King was one of the band's early members, and co-wrote their famous hit, 'Sweet Home Alabama'

ED KING. The former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist  has died. Photo from Ed King's Facebook

Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit

Aug 18, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The funeral will be held in her hometown after a two-day public viewing for fans

ARETHA FRANKLIN. The late singer's funeral will be held in her hometown in Detroit. Screenshot from Facebook.com/arethafranklin

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Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:25 PM

(UPDATED) Aretha Franklin's bell-clear voice with its 4 octaves found its way into the styles of stars. She died Thursday with family and friends beside her. She was 76.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 6, 2015 Aretha Franklin poses on the red carpet before the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.  Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76 on August 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit according to her publicist. / AFP PHOTO / MOLLY RILEY

Asia Argento on Anthony Bourdain: 'He was my love, my rock, my protector'

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:41 AM

The actress pays tribute to her partner, who died on June 8

TRIBUTE. Asia Argento writes about her partner, the late chef and food writer Anthony Bourdain. Photo from Instagram.com/asiaargento

Celebrity chef, food critic Anthony Bourdain dies

Jun 08, 2018 - 7:43 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A CNN statement says 'his love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.'

ANTHONY BOURDAIN. The chef and host dies. Photo from Instagram.com/anthonybourdain

DJ Avicii's funeral to be 'private' – family

May 23, 2018 - 11:27 AM

'The funeral will be private, in the presence of the people who were closest to Tim,' the family confirms

'Superman' actress Margot Kidder dies

May 15, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Margot, 69, is known for playing reporter Lois Lane in the 'Superman' films starring Christopher Reeve

DJ Avicii 'could not go on any longer' – family

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:19 AM

The DJ's family issues a second statement following his death

AVICII. The DJ's family pens an open letter a week after his death. Screenshot from Instagram.com/avicii

'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Apr 22, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The actor is known for playing Mini-Me' in the 'Austin Powers movies

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Verne Troyer arrives at Best Buddies Miami Gala 2015 at Ice Palace on November 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Sergi Alexander/Getty Images/AFP

Top DJ Avicii dead at 28 – representative

Apr 21, 2018 - 2:08 AM

(UPDATED) Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, dies in Oman

Remembering Baguio boy Bert Nievera

Mar 30, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Although known now as 'Martin Nievera’s father,' Bert could very well hold the microphone on his own, known for years as the 'Timeless Balladeer' and the 'Johnny Mathis of the Philippines'

Martin Nievera's father Bert Nievera dies

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:35 PM

Bert Nievera dies at the age of 81

Actor Rolly Quizon dies

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Rolly Quizon, son of Dolphy, dies a week after his brother Dino passed away

PURUNTONG FAMILY. The cast of 'John en Marsha.' (Standing) Matutina, Dely Atay-atayan, (seated) Maricel Soriano, Dolphy, Nida Blanca and Rolly Quizon. Photo from Facebook

Veteran actor Bernardo Bernardo dies

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Memorial services begin on Sunday, March 11, at St Peter's Chapel in Quezon City

Bill Cosby's daughter Ensa dies

Feb 27, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Ensa, 44, dies from renal disease according to Cosby's publicist

Bill Cosby arrives on the sixth day of jury deliberations of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 17, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.   The jury of the trial for American actor Bill Cosby suspended its work Friday night, unable to determine a verdit after 52 hours of deliberations. / AFP PHOTO / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ

Zanjoe Marudo's mom is laid to rest

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The actor's mom Rosanna passes away while he is on set to film for a show

'Glee' actor Mark Salling dies at 35

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:13 AM

The actor dies weeks before his sentencing for possession of child pornography

MARK SALLING. The actor is found dead weeks before being sentenced for possession of child pornography. Screengrab from Facebook.com/sallingmark

Director Maryo J Delos Reyes dies

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The director died due to a heart attack

Korean actor Jeon Tae Soo dies

Jan 22, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The actor's agency requests for privacy for his family

JEON TAE SOO. The actor dies is known for his roles in shows such as ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal,’ ‘All My Love,’ and ‘It’s Okay Daddy’s Girl.’ Instagram.com/taesoo1984

Late Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan to be buried on Tuesday

Jan 21, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The singer's funeral takes place the Church of Saint Ailbe in Ireland

Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan of Irish band The Cranberries performs on stage during the 23th edition of the Cognac Blues Passion festival in Cognac on July 07, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT

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The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies, aged 46

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:53 AM

(UPDATED) Her death is confirmed by her publicist

DOLORES O'RIORDAN. The lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries dies on January 15. File photo shows Dolores performing on stage at the Cognac Blues Passion festival in Cognac in 2016. Photo by Guillaume Souvant/ AFP

Pitoy Moreno, famed Filipino fashion designer, dies

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The late designer's wake will be at the Sanctuario de San Antonio Parish in Makati from January 17 to 19. He will then be brought to Manila Memorial Park on January 20, where he will be laid to rest.

Actor Spanky Manikan dies

Jan 14, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The veteran actor dies after battling lung cancer

SPANKY MANIKAN. The actor has died after a long battle with lung cancer at 75. Screengrab from YouTube/GMA Network

In Memoriam 2017

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Let us remember the men and women from the local entertainment industry who joined our creator in 2017

'Sound of Music' star Heather Menzies-Urich dies – industry

Dec 26, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Heather, known for her role as Louisa Von Trapp dies at 68 on Christmas Eve due to brain cancer

'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy dies at 67

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:35 PM

'David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long,' says his family

DAVID CASSIDY. The actor is remembered as a 70s teen idol. Screengrab from Facebook.com/David-Cassidy

WATCH: Franco Hernandez's girlfriend shares their last video together

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Janica Floresca shares the last video that she and Franco took before he drowned

Isabel Granada is laid to rest

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Family and friends bid farewell to the actress, who is given full military honors at her burial