Animator Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli, Dies at 82

Isao Takahata, a highly influential Japanese animator and filmmaker, and a co-founder of Studio Ghibli alongside longtime collaborator Hayao Miyazaki, died Thursday after a brief hospitalization. He was 82. Takahata died following a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement Studio Ghibli provided to TheWrap. Takahata directed the animated wartime drama “Grave of the … Read more

Brian Lancaster, ‘Road Rules’ Alum, Dies at 43

Brian Lancaster, a competitor on Season 7 of MTV’s “Road Rules,” has died at age 43. An obituary published by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, states that Lancaster died March 29 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The obituary describes Lancaster as “a jack of many trades including advertising account manager, telecommunications … Read more

RIP Steven Bochco: Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘One of a Kind’ TV Innovator

Stars and fellow Hollywood creators paid tribute to Steven Bochco, the 10-time Emmy-winning writer and producer of TV hits like “NYPD Blue” and “Hill Street Blues.” “It was his vision, style, taste and tenacity that made me love watching TV,” former “NYPD Blue” star Sharon Lawrence tweeted on Sunday after news of his death at … Read more

RIP Steven Bochco: Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘One of a Kind’ TV Innovator

Stars and fellow Hollywood creators paid tribute to Steven Bochco, the 10-time Emmy-winning writer and producer of TV hits like “NYPD Blue” and “Hill Street Blues.” “It was his vision, style, taste and tenacity that made me love watching TV,” former “NYPD Blue” star Sharon Lawrence tweeted on Sunday after news of his death at … Read more

Craig Mack, ’90s Rapper With Hit ‘Flava in Ya Ear,’ Dies at 46

Bad Boy Records Craig Mack, a rapper who rose to fame with the 1994 hit “Flava in Ya Ear,” died Monday at age 46. Alvin Toney, who produced Mack’s debut album, “Project: Funk the World,” confirmed the news to the New York Daily News, which reported that he died of heart failure at his home … Read more

Sridevi Kapoor, Bollywood Star, Dies at 54

Getty Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor has died of a heart attack at age 54, the BBC reports. According to the BBC, the actress died in Dubai, where she was to attend a family wedding. Sridevi made her first Bollywood film in 1978, eventually starring in more than 150 films including “Mr. India” and “Sadma.” Sridevi … Read more

Reg E. Cathey, ‘Wire’ and ‘House of Cards’ Actor, Dies at 59

Jason Kempin/Getty Images Emmy-winning actor Reg E. Cathey, best known for his work on “The Wire” and “House of Cards,” has died. He was 59. “The Wire” creator David Simon first reported Cathey’s death on Friday. “Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. Not only a fine, masterful actor — but simply one of the most delightful human beings … Read more

John Mahoney Remembered by His ‘Frasier’ Co-Star Jane Leeves: ‘The Dearest Sweetest Man I Have Ever Known’

“Frasier” star John Mahoney, who died Sunday at age 77, was remembered Monday by his co-star Jane Leeves as “the dearest sweetest man I have ever known.” In a statement to TheWrap, Leeves, who played Daphne Moon on the NBC sitcom, said, “John was the dearest sweetest man I have ever known.” The actress, who … Read more

Olivia Cole, Emmy-Winning ‘Roots’ Actress, Dies at 75

Brad Barket/Getty Images Olivia Cole, the Emmy-winning star of the original “Roots” miniseries, has died at the age of 45. The actress died on Friday at her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, according to her agent Susie Schwarz of SDB Partners. Born November 26, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, Cole got her start in acting … Read more

Fredo Santana, Chicago-Based Rapper, Dies at 27

Fredo Santana, the Chicago rapper who emerged with his cousin Chief Keef, has died at the age of 27, according to media reports. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, but the rapper (born Derrick Coleman) posted on Instagram last October that he had been hospitalized with kidney and liver failure. “I’m getting back … Read more