Obituaries Articles
German Sculptor Alf Lechner Passes AwayGerman Sculptor Alf Lechner Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2017

Alf Lechner, one of Germany's most important contemporary sculptors, died suddenly at his home in Bavaria on February 25th, 2017. Lechner was 91 years old. (more...)
Veteran British Actor, John Hurt, Passes Away at 77Veteran British Actor, John Hurt, Passes Away at 77
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2017

Veteran British screen actor, Sir John Hurt, has passed away at aged 77. His diverse career included turns on screen on film, television, and as a voice actor. He is best known for roles in a number of blockbuster films including Alien, the Harry Potter series, and as the title character in the film, The Elephant Man. (more...)
Photo Coverage: BroadwayWorld Remembers Kevin GeerPhoto Coverage: BroadwayWorld Remembers Kevin Geer
by Walter McBride - January 27, 2017

Geer made his Broadway debut in the 1988 revival of A Street Car Named Desire. Additional Broadway credits included: The Rose Tattoo, Side Man, and Twelve Angry Men. (more...)
Television Icon Mary Tyler Moore Has Passed Away at Age 80Television Icon Mary Tyler Moore Has Passed Away at Age 80
by Alan Henry - January 25, 2017

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Mary Tyler Moore - best known as a television icon for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. (more...)
Legendary Arts Photographer, Martha Swope, Passes Away at 88Legendary Arts Photographer, Martha Swope, Passes Away at 88
by BWW News Desk - January 12, 2017

It was reported Thursday evening that Martha Swope, the legendary arts photographer who work captured half a century of history on the stage, passed away at the age of 88. (more...)
VIDEO: Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Honored with Moving Tribute at GOLDEN GLOBESVIDEO: Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Honored with Moving Tribute at GOLDEN GLOBES
by TV News Desk - January 9, 2017

During last night's GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS on NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association paid tribute to late mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who passed away within a day of each other late last month. (more...)
Meryl Streep Performs Carrie Fisher's Favorite Song at Intimate MemorialMeryl Streep Performs Carrie Fisher's Favorite Song at Intimate Memorial
by Caryn Robbins - January 6, 2017

Close friends and family members of Carrie Fisher gathered together yesterday at the star's home in Beverly Hills, CA. Fisher passed away on December 27th at the age of 60 following a heart attack. (more...)
VIDEO: HBO Releases Full Trailer for Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds Doc BRIGHT LIGHTSVIDEO: HBO Releases Full Trailer for Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds Doc BRIGHT LIGHTS
by TV News Desk - January 4, 2017

In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, HBO announced last week that the documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS will debut this week. Watch the trailer! (more...)
Photo Flash: Remembering the Wonderful Women We Lost in 2016Photo Flash: Remembering the Wonderful Women We Lost in 2016
by Walter McBride - January 2, 2017

As we enter the new year, it is important to remember those we have lost in the preceding twelve months. Who shared their gifts with both our community and the world and whose mark will forever be left on all those lucky enough to have witnessed them in action. (more...)
Photo Flash: Remembering the Great Men We Lost in 2016Photo Flash: Remembering the Great Men We Lost in 2016
by Walter McBride - January 2, 2017

As we enter the new year, it is important to remember those we have lost in the preceding twelve months. From actors, to directors, to international pop stars, join us as BroadwayWorld remembers all the great men we lost in 2016. (more...)
Radio Broadcaster Rich Conaty Dies at 62Radio Broadcaster Rich Conaty Dies at 62
by BWW News Desk - December 31, 2016

WFUV, New York (90.7FM/wfuv.org) has announced that Rich Conaty, longtime host of The Big Broadcast on Sunday nights from 8-midnight, died peacefully on Friday, December 30, in Catskill, NY, after a battle with cancer. He was 62. The station released the following statement: (more...)
VIDEO: First Look - Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher in Documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS, Airing on HBO 1/7VIDEO: First Look - Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher in Documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS, Airing on HBO 1/7
by TV News Desk - December 30, 2016

As family, friends and fans continue to mourn the passing of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds this week, HBO will soon give an inside look at their close relationship and lives in the new documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS. (more...)
General Hospital's Barbara Tarbuck Passes Away at 74General Hospital's Barbara Tarbuck Passes Away at 74
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2016

It has been reported that Barbara Tarbuck, an actress best known for playing Lady Jane Jacks on General Hospital for over a decade, died Monday at her home in Los Angeles. The actress' passing comes after a bout with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. (more...)
HBO to Present Encore Broadcast of Carrie Fisher's WISHFUL DRINKINGHBO to Present Encore Broadcast of Carrie Fisher's WISHFUL DRINKING
by TV News Desk - December 29, 2016

HBO remembers Carrie Fisher with an encore presentation of WISHFUL DRINKING this Sunday, Jan. 1 (9:00-10:20 p.m. ET/PT) on the main HBO channel. (more...)
WILL & GRACE Stars Pay Tribute to Sitcom 'Mom' Debbie ReynoldsWILL & GRACE Stars Pay Tribute to Sitcom 'Mom' Debbie Reynolds
by Caryn Robbins - December 29, 2016

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, who passed away yesterday afternoon, was a frequent guest star on NBC's long-running comedy WILL & GRACE. The actress portrayed Bobbi Adler, the outspoken, over-the-top mother of Grace Adler, played by Debra Messing. (more...)
Debbie Reynolds Has Died At Age 84Debbie Reynolds Has Died At Age 84
by Alan Henry - December 28, 2016

Now we have learned her mother, Debbie Reynolds, (Hollywood icon and mother of Fisher), has passed away following a stroke at the home of her son this afternoon. Reynolds was reportedly taken to the emergency room just after 1pm. (more...)
How Debbie Reynolds Saved 'Old Hollywood'How Debbie Reynolds Saved 'Old Hollywood'
by Alan Henry - December 28, 2016

Debbie Reynolds is, of course, most fondly remembered as a star of musicals on stage and screen - but Reynolds did much more for Hollywood beyond standing in front of its shining lights. She is responsible for saving many of the items we today consider priceless historical artifacts, including an iconic pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers. (more...)
VIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie ReynoldsVIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie Reynolds
by Matt Tamanini - December 28, 2016

Just one day after the heartbreaking passing of her daughter Carrie Fisher, the world was again shocked to learn of the tragic passing of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds. One of the brightest stars of the Golden Age of Movie Musicals, Reynolds came to fame at just 19 years old in the MGM classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.  (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Mother and Daughter, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Share A Moving Duet in 2011 ClipSTAGE TUBE: Mother and Daughter, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Share A Moving Duet in 2011 Clip
by Stage Tube - December 28, 2016

Just yesterday BroadwayWorld was saddened to report that Carrie Fisher, best known as Star Wars' Princess Leia Organa, died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60. (more...)
Hollywood and Theatre Stars React to the Passing of Debbie ReynoldsHollywood and Theatre Stars React to the Passing of Debbie Reynolds
by BWW News Desk - December 28, 2016

Just yesterday BroadwayWorld was saddened to report that Carrie Fisher, best known as Star Wars' Princess Leia Organa, died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60. (more...)
Hollywood & Theater Stars React to Passing of Carrie FisherHollywood & Theater Stars React to Passing of Carrie Fisher
by TV News Desk - December 27, 2016

As BWW reported this morning, Carrie Fisher, best known as Star Wars' Princess Leia Organa, has died after suffering a heart attack on Friday. She was 60. Stars of stage and screen turned to social media to share their grief over the loss of a legend (more...)
Breaking News: Star of Stage & Screen Carrie Fisher Dies at Age 60Breaking News: Star of Stage & Screen Carrie Fisher Dies at Age 60
by BWW News Desk - December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher, best known as Star Wars' Princess Leia Organa, has died after suffering a heart attack. (more...)
Breaking News: British Singer and Ex-Wham Star George Michael Dies at 53Breaking News: British Singer and Ex-Wham Star George Michael Dies at 53
by BWW News Desk - December 25, 2016

According to the BBC, British singer George Michael, most known for his years as part of Wham has died at 53 years old, 'peacefully at home' with no further details available at this time.  (more...)
Beloved Broadway Costume Designer Willa Kim Dies at 99Beloved Broadway Costume Designer Willa Kim Dies at 99
by BWW News Desk - December 24, 2016

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that the beloved Broadway costume designer Willa Kim has died at 99 after years of struggling with her health. (more...)
Broadway Mourns the Passing of Tony Winner Dick LatessaBroadway Mourns the Passing of Tony Winner Dick Latessa
by Alan Henry - December 20, 2016

Yesterday BroadwayWorld was saddened to report the passing of Tony Award Winner Dick Latessa, who is fondly remembered for his timeless Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning performance as Wilbur Turnblad in the original Broadway production of Hairspray. Latessa was a veteran of the stage and screen. He was most recently seen on Broadway in the revival of Promises, Promises and The Lyons. (more...)

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