David Rockefeller, billionaire philanthropist, dead at 101 | Fox News

A billionaire philanthropist who was the last of his generation in the famously philanthropic Rockefeller family has died.

He was the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. With the passing of his siblings, he became the guardian of his family’s fortune and head of a sprawling network of family interests, both business and philanthropic, that ranged from environmental conservation to the arts.

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‘Father of rock and roll’ Chuck Berry dies

The Johnny B. Goode singer was found unresponsive at his home in Wentzville, Missouri, at 2.40pm (5.40pm GMT) on Saturday.

Paramedics tried to administer “lifesaving techniques” to no avail.

“The St Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr, better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry,” a statement said on Facebook.

“The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”

Berry was known as ‘the father of rock and roll’.

His songs include Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music and signature song Johnny B. Goode – the story of a country boy whose mum tells him he’s going to be a star.

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Julie Andrews: Rescue arts from the budget chopping block – CNN.com

Julie Andrews, stage and screen actress and director, and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, writer and producer, have written more than 30 books for children and recently co-created Julie’s Greenroom, a series for family audiences that celebrates the arts. It will be available on Netflix globally on March 17. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.

By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

The arts are a regular target of budget cuts, but this is a huge mistake, say Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. Kids who participate in arts do measurably better at school, career, life, and arts enrich communities economically and culturally.

Indeed, according to four longitudinal studies compiled and published by the National Endowment for the Arts, young people who engage regularly with the arts are twice as likely to read for pleasure, three times more likely to win an award for attendance or be elected to class office, and four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement or perform community service.

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Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies Host, Dies at 84 – The New York Times

Robert Osborne, a onetime actor who turned his lifelong love of old films into a starring role as the marquee host of Turner Classic Movies, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84.

David Staller, a longtime friend, confirmed the death.

For the last 23 years, the silver-haired Mr. Osborne brought a sophisticated, gentlemanly air to TCM, where he turned his savant-like familiarity with films, their back stories and their stars into absorbing intros, outros and interviews.

Source: Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies Host, Dies at 84 – The New York Times

Thomas Starzl, pioneering transplant surgeon, dies at 90 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – Transplant pioneer Thomas E. Starzl of Pittsburgh, who would have turned 91 on March 11, died in his sleep on Saturday at his Pittsburgh home, according to his friend, former colleague and the executor of his estate, Dr. John Fung, director of the University of Chicago Transplantation Institute. “He worked right up to the end of his life,” said Dr. Fung in an interview on Sunday morning.

Source: Thomas Starzl, pioneering transplant surgeon, dies at 90 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Worst mistake in Oscar history

The Oscars have ended in chaos, with the wrong film announced for the night’s biggest award – Best Picture.

Warren Beatty looked confused with the envelope and paused, before letting Faye Dunaway mistakenly announce La La Land had won.

Moonlight was actually the winner – something which wasn’t rectified until the cast and crew of La La Land were onstage.

Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins said it was definitely a surprise.

“I was speechless when the result was altered because I’ve watched the academy awards [and] I’ve never seen that happen before.”

La La Land actress Emma Stone said she’s happy for the Moonlight cast and can see the funny side.

“Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time?”

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Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Due to Complications from Surgery – NBC News

Bill Paxton died at the age of 61.

Paxton first got a start in the 1970s playing minor roles, but he won over audiences in the following two decades. The journeyman actor played notable characters in “The Terminator,” “Weird Science” and “Aliens” in the 1980s, and he grew to have a larger profile in the 1990s in films such as “Tombstone,” “Apollo 13,” “Twister” and “Titanic.”

In a February interview on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” Paxton looked back on his career and called himself a “working actor.”

“You see those big stars who work all the time. I’ve never had that one movie that really put it all together for me and really gave me a run on sugar,” Paxton said.

“I always felt like Avis,” he added. “They used to have a slogan, Avis Car Rental: ‘We try harder.'”

Source: Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Due to Complications from Surgery – NBC News

Fox News Channel’s Alan Colmes Dies at Age 66 | Fox News Insider

Bill Hemmer announced the sad news this morning on “America’s Newsroom,” which then aired a tribute package from Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, his former co-host on “Hannity & Colmes.”

In a statement this morning, Hannity called Alan Colmes “one of life’s most decent, kind and wonderful people you’d ever want to meet.”

“When Alan and I started ‘Hannity & Colmes,’ there wasn’t a day that went by where we didn’t say we were the two most fortunate men in all of television,” said Hannity.

Despite their political differences, Hannity said the two “forged a deep friendship” over the years.

“Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Source: Fox News Channel’s Alan Colmes Dies at Age 66 | Fox News Insider