Entertainment News: celebrity deaths
Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, California. He was 81.
He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday.
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Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.
Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at about 11 p.m. at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, Kagan said.
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The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor was found dead at his New York City apartment on Feb. 2.
Russell Johnson, an actor likely best known for playing the Professor on "Gilligan Island," died at age 89 on Thursday, Jan. 16.
Johnson's wife, Constance, confirmed to ABC News that the actor died of kidney failure.
Will Smith says James Avery, who played his character's Uncle Phil on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," taught him some of the "greatest lessons," in what marks the actor's first public remarks about his former colleague, who died on New Year's Eve.
Smith, 45, made his comments on his Facebook page on Sunday and also shared a photo of himself with Avery and co-stars Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) and Karyn Parsons (Hilary) (see it above).
James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died this week at age 68.
More than a year and a half ago, on June 16, 2012, the actor, who played one of television's most memorable 1990s dads, gave an inspirational speech at his alma mater, the University of California, San Diego. Avery, who was a theatre and dance major at the school's Thurgood Marshall College, spoke to about 1,400 graduates and more than 11,000 guests. Watch a YouTube video of James Avery's commencement speech and also check out a transcript below.