Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Ezra Laderman, 90 (1924 - 2015)

    Ezra Laderman

    The Associated PressNEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Ezra Laderman, a classical music composer whose works ranged from symphonies to operas to music for Academy Award-winning films, has died. He was 90.The Yale School of Music, where Laderman was dean from 1989 to 1995, announced his death on its website. The school said he died Saturday, but didn't give a cause.His operas included "Marilyn,"...

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  • Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell, 46 (1969 - 2015)

    Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell

    The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maxee Maxwell, a member of the 1990s girl group Brownstone — best known for the hit "If You Love Me" — has died after cutting herself in a fall at home, a representative said Monday. Courtney Barnes told The Associated Press that Maxwell, 46, was at her home in Los Angeles on Friday when she fell and cut her neck on a drinking glass. Her husband...

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  • Clark Terry, 94 (1920 - 2015)

    Clark Terry

    By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on "The Tonight Show," has died. He was 94. Terry's wife announced his death on his website late Saturday night. Gwen Terry's statement did not provide further details, and she did...

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  • Lesley Gore, 68 (1946 - 2015)

    Lesley Gore

    By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68. Gore, a nonsmoker, died of lung cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan,...

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  • Lorena Rojas , 44 (1971 - 2015)

    Lorena  Rojas

    The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Popular Mexican soap opera and movie actress Lorena Rojas has died of cancer at age 44. Latin World Entertainment talent agency said in a statement that Rojas died Monday in Miami surrounded by loved ones. She had battled cancer since 2008. The Mexico City-born actress began her career in the 1990s with "Alcanzar una Estrella." She later had roles in ...

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