Cause of Death



Bea Arthur

LOS ANGELES — Beatrice Arthur, the tall, deep-voiced actress whose razor-sharp delivery of comedy lines made her a TV star in the hit shows Maude and The Golden Girls and who won a Tony Award for the musical Mame, died Saturday. She was 86.

Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side, family spokesman Dan Watt said. She had cancer, Watt said, declining to give further details.

“She was a brilliant and witty woman,” said Watt, who was Arthur’s personal assistant for six years. “Bea will always have a special place in my heart.”

Arthur first appeared in the landmark comedy series All in the Family as Edith Bunker’s loudly outspoken, liberal cousin, Maude Finley. She proved a perfect foil for blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor), and their blistering exchanges were so entertaining that producer Norman Lear fashioned Arthur’s own series.

Newspaper is survived by nearly every electronic media known to man, most notably Digg, Craigslist, and late night television.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Newspaper's name to the shareholders of the Sun-Times Media Group, The New York Times Company, the Hearst Corporation, News Corporation, Tribune Company, and the C. F. Kane estate, as well as a nickel to the little boy shouting “Extra, extra!”


Mark Fidrych

Whether he was dominating hitters or hauling asphalt, Mark Fidrych had fun.

The colorful pitcher talked to baseballs, smoothed the mound with his hands and high-fived teammates in the middle of the diamond. He had one terrific season in 1976, and after injuries curtailed his career — just five years in the majors with the Detroit Tigers — he lived on his farm in Northborough, Mass., where he enjoyed driving his truck and using it for building projects.

On Monday, Fidrych was found dead beneath a 10-wheel dump truck by Joseph Amorello, a friend and owner of a road construction company who sometimes hired Fidrych. He was 54.

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In a 2008 interview with The Associated Press, Arthur said she was lucky to be discovered by TV after a long stage career, recalling with bemusement CBS executives asking about the new “girl.”

“I was already 50 years old. I had done so much off-Broadway, on Broadway, but they said, ‘Who is that girl? Let’s give her her own series,’” Arthur said.

The Newspaper

The literate world lost a longtime trusted friend recently. The Newspaper, a companion at breakfast and on the bus, has passed away completely expectedly at roughly the age of 500 years old.

In Newspaper's youth, it was regarded as revolutionary and inspiring. Together with its cousin, the printing press, Newspaper was able to bring tidings of important events for all of the literate around the world. It grew rapidly more integral to the cohesiveness of the general public in the 17th century and enjoyed a sizable growth spurt in the 18th and 19th centuries. As the literate population grew, so, too, did our good friend Newspaper. Even with shenanigans such as “Dewey Defeats Truman” and the birth of a mischievous nephew in Tabloids, Newspaper was the one we all looked to for guidance in tough times. Among Newspaper's greatest accomplishments are an implied mention in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and numerous political scandals brought to light for the public.