obituary

Actor-comedian John Witherspoon dies at 77

Actor and comedian John Witherspoon, whose hilarious takes on father-figure characters made for iconic scenes in a number of movies and television shows including "Friday," died at his home Tuesday, a family spokesperson told CNN.

Guitarist Dick Dale, surf rock pioneer, dead at 81

Guitarist Dick Dale, whose fast, thunderous sound pioneered the California "surf rock" genre of the early 1960s and gained a new generation of fans decades later through its appearance in "Pulp Fiction," has died. He was 81.

Political world mourns the loss of John Dingell

The news of former Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell's death shook the political world Thursday night as memorials poured in from political leaders spanning his decades as the House's longest-serving member.

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, is dead at 65

Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, died Monday. He was an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist who influenced many aspects of modern life --- from technology and science to sports and music.