BUCHAREST, Romania – Romanian prosecutors say a man has been detained over the killing of American basketball player Chauncey Hardy. Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia surrendered to police early Monday. He is accused of beating up Hardy in a bar in the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu on Saturday night. Mediafax new agency reported Tanasoaia attacked Hardy […]

BANGKOK — From the titans of high technology to teenagers armed with iPads, millions of people around the world mourned digital-gadget genius Steve Jobs as a man whose wizardry transformed their lives in big ways and small. Google, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft – corporate giants that have all been bruised in dustups with Jobs’ baby, the […]

Legendary record producer Sylvia Robinson has passed away at age 75, in a hospital in New Jersey. Robinson played a seminal role in bringing hip-hop music into the mainstream, while forming The Sugarhill Gang, and releasing their hit, “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979. She had passed Thursday morning at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey, family […]

TAMPA, Fla. — Lee Roy Selmon, the Hall of Fame defensive end who teamed with his brothers at Oklahoma to create a dominant defensive front that helped lead the Sooners to consecutive national championships, died Sunday – two days after being hospitalized for a stroke. He was 56. A statement released on behalf wife Claybra […]

DETROIT — Esther Gordy Edwards, who helped build Motown Records alongside her brother Berry Gordy Jr. and led efforts to turn its original Detroit headquarters into a museum, has died. She was 91. Edwards died Wednesday surrounded by family and friends in Detroit, the Motown Historical Museum said in a statement. Edwards was a Motown […]

Legendary Motown songwriter Nick Ashford died Monday evening, but his legacy will forever live on. On Facebook status updates and Twitter feeds, commiseration and nostalgia was the order of the evening by music fans quoting old Ashford & Simpson lyrics. Part of his legacy will forever live on in the next generation. VIDEO: Ashford’s life […]

A white powdery substance believed to be narcotics was discovered on the body of a megachurch pastor who was discovered dead in a Times Square hotel room, police said Monday. Pastor Zachery Tims of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, 42, was found dead at the W Hotel in Times Square Saturday. His cause […]

Dorothy Brunson, the first African-American woman to own a radio station, has died at 72-years-old. Brunson died Sunday of complications from ovarian cancer at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, according to Baltimore Sun. The media pioneer acquired Baltimore’s WEBB-AM in 1979 and later added stations in Atlanta and Wilmington, N.C., as well as a […]

WASHINGTON — Charles L. Gittens, who in 1956 became the first black Secret Service agent, has died. He was 82. The McGuire Funeral Home in Washington confirmed that Gittens died July 27 in Maryland. A spokesman for the Secret Service confirmed that Gittens was the first black agent but said no further details would be […]

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Frank Foster, a jazz saxophonist who played with the Count Basie Orchestra and composed the band’s hit, “Shiny Stockings,” died Tuesday. He was 82. Foster died Tuesday morning at his home in Chesapeake, Virginia, of complications from kidney failure, according to Cecilia Foster, his wife of 45 years. Foster was recognized in […]

Mia Amber Davis, the plus-size model who unexpectedly passed away during routine knee surgery in May, died from a blood clot in her lungs, according to new reports. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office released an updated death certificate after an autopsy, finding that Davis had a pulmonary thrombo-embolism. According to TMZ.com, Davis’ husband Michael […]

Prominent politician and clergyman James “J.O.” Patterson, Jr. passed away after suffering kidney failure Saturday. Patterson was Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, and was appointed interim mayor in 1982. “He served during one of the most volatile times in the history of this city — during the sanitation worker strike in ’68. […]