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31 Aug, 2016

Killed in airstrike

IS spokesman and head of external operations Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is pictured in this undated handout photoIslamic State says al-Adnani, one of its most prominent and longest-serving leaders, was killed in what appeared to be an airstrike on a vehicle traveling in the Syrian town of al-Bab, depriving the militant group of the man in charge of directing attacks overseas. US officials  stopped short of confirming Adnani’s death, as assessments often take days and often lag behind official announcements by militant groups.

26 Aug, 2016

Killed by miners


Deputy Interior Minister Illanes is beaten to death after he was kidnapped by striking mineworkers, who had blocked a major highway near Panduro, around 160 km (100 miles) from capital city La Paz. Officials said he died of blows to the head. Illanes’ assistant was also badly beaten and is in intensive care in a hospital in La Paz. President Morales calls for three days of national mourning and declares a day of “deep pain” for the country. Up to 100 people have been arrested as authorities vowed to punish those responsible. Prosecutor:

The cause of death was basically bleeding in the brain. Ribs were also broken.

23 Aug, 2016

US soldier killed in Afghanistan

Matthew V. Thompson headshotStaff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, California, is killed during an anti-Taliban operation near Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand. The Army Green Beret was on a foot patrol with other American troops advising Afghan special operations forces where the Taliban have engaged in heavy combat. Thompson is killed by a bomb blast that leaves another American service member and six Afghan soldiers injured.


4 Jun, 2016

Muhammad Ali dies age 74

Ali dies in Phoenix, AZ, of respiratory failure, age 74. His daughter Hana Ali, said the family was surrounding her father, hugging and kissing him, holding his hands and chanting an Islamic prayer, while his heart kept beating as his other organs gave out.

No one had even seen anything like it. A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!

3 Jun, 2016

Luis Salom dies age 24

Salom crashes on turn 12 of the Catalunya circuit, while participating in Moto2 Free Practice. The cause of the accident remains unclear. No other riders are involved. Two medical cars and two ambulances are immediately on scene to treat him, and a medical helicopter is deployed to assist in his treatment. Due the severity of his condition, he is taken by road to the nearby Hospital General de Catalunya. On arrival, he undergoes surgery, but dies at 16:55pm local time.

The FIM, Dorna, IRTA, RFME and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya wishes to pass on its condolences to the family, friends and team of Salom.




Patty Duke dies age 69

Patty Duke dies at age 69. Her agent confirms her death to the Associated Press, saying she died early in the morning of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. Son Sean:

She had “really, really suffered” with her illness, was a really, really, really hard process. It was hard for her, it was hard for the people who love her to help her….

6 Mar, 2016

Nancy Reagan dies age 94

Reagan dies at her home in Los Angeles, from congestive heart failure. The Reagan Library announces that she will be buried next to her husband in Simi Valley, CA.

14 Jan, 2016

Alan Rickman dies age 69

Rickman dies of cancer at 69. Family statement:

The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.

22 Dec, 2015

Killer whale dies

An 18-year-old killer whale, called Unna, dies in San Antonio Sea World, of a resistant strain of the Candida fungus. Umma is the third whale to die at the location in the past six months.

While there were some indications that the treatment was having a positive effect, Unna had remained in serious condition and under 24/7 care/


Six airmen killed

Six airmen are killed in Afghanistan, including four OSI agents and two security forces, when they are targeted by Taliban forces as they moved through a village near Bagram Airfield. One of the women killed was the first openly lesbian woman in the armed forces. Army spokesperson:

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of those affected in this tragic incident, especially during this holiday season.

23 Nov, 2015

San Diego Rhino dies

Nola, one of the the world’s last four remaining northern white rhinos, dies after surgery in San Diego Zoo Safari Park. She was 41-years old, and had been a popular attraction at the since 1989.

9 Nov, 2015

Policeman kills U.S. trainers


A Jordanian policeman shoots and kills two of his American instructors in Jordan. The attacker is said to be a Captain with the Jordan police force is also said to have killed a South African along with injuring two others Americans and four Jordanian. An investigation had been launched. U.S. Embassy:

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of all of the victims. The investigation is ongoing and it is premature to speculate on motive at this point. We are working closely with the government of Jordan and local security services on a full and comprehensive investigation. We strongly condemn this incident and we deeply appreciate the co-operation and support received from our Jordanian partners.

1 Nov, 2015

Fred Thompson dies age 73

Thompson dies from lymphoma, with his family at his side at his home in Nashville, age 73. Family statement:

It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, father and grandfather who died peacefully Nashville surrounded by his family. Fred once said that the experiences he had growing up in small-town Tennessee formed the prism through which he viewed the world and shaped the way he dealt with life. Fred stood on principle and common sense, and had a deep love for and connection with the people across Tennessee whom he had the privilege to serve in the United States Senate. He enjoyed a hearty laugh, a strong handshake, a good cigar, and a healthy dose of humility. Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home. Fred believed that the greatness of our nation was defined by the hard work, faith, and honesty of its people. He had an enduring belief in the exceptionalism of our country, and that America could provide the opportunity for any boy or girl, in any corner of our country, to succeed in life.

28 Oct, 2015

Scott Marshall dies age 41

Marshall dies at the age of 41. A preliminary autopsy shows the cause of death is related to unspecified heart issues. Police are trying to determine what happened between the time Marshall called his wife from the shop on Saturday night and told her he wasn’t feeling well enough to get home and when he was discovered hours later dead in a hotel room.

5 Oct, 2015

Homeless woman found dead at HK store

Police are trying to confirm the identity of a homeless woman who was found dead in a 24-hour McDonald’s outlet at a public housing estate in Kowloon Bay. The woman, aged around 50 to 60 years, was found slumped over her table in a quiet corner, 24 hours after she entered the restaurant at Ping Shek Estate, while other customers were unaware what had happened. McDonald’s says that the woman had not ordered any food, but staff noticed she was moving, and had asked for water from the counter.

To complement the modern lifestyle of people in Hong Kong, some McDonald’s restaurants operate 24 hours a day. We welcome everyone to visit out restaurants any time. In order to provide a pleasant dining environment, we would not disturb our customers, but our service will be offered promptly upon request.


Captain dies at the controls

The pilot of an American Airlines Airbus A320 flight from Phoenix to Boston dies mid flight. An air stewardess – apparently a former nurse – tries to help. The company says the cause of death is from “illness.” The co-pilot takes over and lands the flight in Syracuse.

Medical emergency, captain is incapacitated, request handling for runway 108.

29 Sep, 2015

Puppy dies

Johnson’s puppy Brutus dies after accidentally consuming a poisonous mushroom.

Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed. At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and @laurenhashianofficial had to make the painful decision to end Brutus' suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil' paw as he was finally at peace. As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return. I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil' family members. Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City. We'll always love you Brutus.. and you'll always be my lil' main man and rough housing Brute. #RIPBrutus #WishICouldHaveSavedYouOneMoreTime #TheresPickUpTrucksInHeavenYouCanPeeIn

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22 Sep, 2015

Bill Myers killed age 64

Dixon Smith fatally shoots Myers, a Florida sheriff’s deputy, several times from behind after being served a domestic violence injunction. The order being served by Myers was to bar Smith from possessing firearms. Myers is walking to Smith’s car to retrieve some weapons when Smith pulls out a concealed gun and begins shooting. Smith flees to a nearby Comfort Inn about nine miles away in Niceville, where he barricades himself in a room. When a special response team fired tear gas into the room, Smith charges out with a weapon and is fatally shot.


Yogi Berra dies age 90

The Yogi Berra Museum announces Berra has died at the age of 90. Family statement:

While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom. We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed.


Richard G. Scott dies age 86

Scott dies at the age of 86. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says he died of natural causes at his home in Salt Lake City surrounded by his family. Scott had been a member of a church governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the last 27 years. He is the third top member of the quorum to die this year, leaving three vacancies on the quorum for the first time in more than a century. Quorum president Boyd K. Packer died mid this year from natural causes, and quorum member L. Tom Perry died early this year from cancer. Replacements for the trio are expected to be named in the coming months.

19 Sep, 2015

Jackie Collins dies age 77

Collins dies of breast cancer age 77. Family statement:

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today. She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over four decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.


Jake Brewer killed age 34

Brewer is killed while taking part in the 150-mile Ride to Conquer Cancer event. He loses control of his bike and is hit by a vehicle. His wife posts the news of the death:

We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don't have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father's, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it's because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin' most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we'll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3

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17 Sep, 2015

Megan Park dies

Park dies while undergoing initial training at Pirbright army camp. She collapsed while taking part in physical exercise believed to have been a mile-long run or march. The run was against the clock and not what is referred to as “a beasting” which is an informal punishment exercise. The Army has said the incident is being investigated and it has no further comment at this time:

We offer our condolences to the family and ask that you respect their privacy while they come to terms with their sudden loss. She would have been on phase one training.

Family statement:

It is with deepest regret that we must announce that Megan has sadly passed on, doing the thing she loved. Ever since Megan was at school, she always wanted to be in the armed forces. Everybody who knew Megan was aware of this.


Tourist dies in fall

A Japanese tourist dies after allegedly slipping down the stairs at the Taj Mahal. An eyewitness says the tourist fell while taking a selfie at the monument’s Royal Gate. Police have said he lost consciousness immediately after the fall and succumbed to head injuries in hospital. He had been with three other people when the incident occurred and one of his colleagues who also fell fractured his leg. There have been several deaths linked to selfies in recent years and an investigation is being conducted into the incident.


Refugee child dies in accident

A three-year-old refugee boy from the Iraq dies in an accident at a welcome party for refugees in Germany. The boy is swinging on a rope hung between two large flowerpots when one fell and crushes him. He is taken to hospital but later died of head injuries. The boy and his family arrived there four weeks ago after a journey of more than 4,000 km (2,500 miles).


Migrant electrocuted

A migrant is found dead on the roof of a freight train carriage. Police say he climbed onto one of the shuttles that carry lorries through the tunnel, and was electrocuted, presumably by overhead power lines. He is the tenth person to die in or near the tunnel since the middle of this year. Authorities say new security measures have recently been introduced at the tunnel entrance. This has led to a fall in migrant intrusion attempts from about 2,000 down to 150 attempts each night.

3 Sep, 2015

Aylan Kurdi drowns age three

Aylan Kurdi imageKrid, his mother Rihan, his father Abdullah, and and his five-year-old brother are in one of two boats carrying a total of 23 people that set off separately from the Akyarlar area of Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula, apparently headed to the Greek island of Kos, where they could have attempted to enter the European Union. Reports suggested that their ultimate destination was Canada.

The boat capsizes, and Aylan, his brother and mother drown. Aylan’s body is washed up washed up a few miles to the northeast in Turkey, not far from a beach resort. Seven people are rescued, and two reach the shore in life jackets. The boy’s father, Abdullah, survives. The image of Aylan’s dead body on the beach is broadcast around the world.

28 Aug, 2015

Darren Goforth murdered at 47

Goforth, a deputy county sheriff in Harris County, Texas, dies after being shot multiple times in the back while filling up his car.  The officer was in uniform and had stopped at a gas station near Houston about 30 minutes after attending to a routing traffic accident. Goforth is survived by his wife and two children.


26 Aug, 2015

Smaller cub dies

The smaller of twin panda cubs born to Mei Xiang dies after experiencing respiratory difficulty. After the twins were born, zoo keepers decided to swap the cubs in Mei Xiang’s possession every four hours so each had time to nurse and spend quality time with her. After the most recent swap staff noticed the smaller cub’s weight was faltering.

We are sad to report that the smaller of the two panda cubs has died. The larger cub appears to be strong, robust, behaving normally and is with mother Mei Xiang.

16 Aug, 2015

E’Dena Hines stabbed to death age 33


Hines, Freeman’s step-granddaughter, is fatally stabbed in New York City. Her body is found lying in the street outside her home, with multiple stab wounds to her torso. EMS to Harlem Hospital and pronounced dead. A 30-year-old man is arrested at the scene. Freeman:

The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.

15 Aug, 2015

Julian Bond dies age 75

Bond dies in Fort Walton Beach, FL. His wife says the cause was complications of vascular disease. Wife:

[He] never took his eyes off the prize and that was always racial equality…He had a wonderful sense of humor. You know, that got him through the serious things he dealt with all his life. He used to joke that on his tombstone, one side would say ‘Race man’ and the other side would say, ‘Easily amused.’

8 Aug, 2015

Saad Dawabsheh dies age 32

Dawabsheh’s father dies of wounds sustained in the fire. A postmortem is to be held in Rafidiya hospital in Nablus. A Palestinian official says this will provide evidence for a complaint to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Saad Dawabsheh will be buried next to his son.

5 Aug, 2015

Come Harerimana killed

Harerimana, president of the CNDD FDD chapter in Kanyosha, is attacked and killed in Bujumbura. He is heading to his office on the back of a motorbike when a crowd throw stones at him, pull him off the bike and shoot him.

2 Aug, 2015

Adolphe Nshirimana killed in rocket attack

Nshimirimana is killed, along with three bodyguards, in a rocket attack on his car in Bujumbura. Nshimiramana was widely seen as the central African nation’s de facto internal security chief and considered by some as the president’s effective deputy. He was seen as the mastermind behind the crackdown on the protests as well as a key player in foiling the coup attempt. The presidency’s communications chief:

I have lost a brother, a companion in the struggle. The sad reality is that General Adolphe Nshimirimana is no longer with this world.

31 Jul, 2015

Ali Dawabsheh dies in fire at 18-months

download (1)Eighteen-month-old Dawabsheh burns to death after Jewish extremists attack his family in the Palestinian village of Duma. Ali’s uncle says the attackers approached the village in the early hours and knocked on the windows of the Dawabsheh house. The attackers then hurl molotov cocktails inside, setting fire to the house. Before fleeing, the attackers left the word Revenge in Hebrew spray-painted on the house, a so-called price tag attack.

30 Jul, 2015

Lynn Anderson dies aged 67

Anderson dies of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She had been hospitalized for pneumonia. She is survived by her father, three children, four grandchildren and her partner Mentor Williams.

27 Jul, 2015

Abdul Kalam dies at 83

Kalam dies at a hospital in Meghalaya, where he had gone to deliver a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. Doctors say he suffered from a cardiac arrest. He is addressing students at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong when he collapses on stage. He is rushed to the Bethany Hospital without a pulse. Doctors are not able to resuscitate him


Ann Rule dies at 84

Rule dies at the age of 84. She was able to see all of her immediate family before she passed at Highline Medical Center.  Rule’s daughter, says on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart problems. She asks that donations are made to an animal shelter.

26 Jul, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown dies age 22

Brown dies after six months in an induced coma. Family representative:

Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.