Celebrity Deaths in Music

  • Val Doonican, 88 (1927 - 2015)

    Val Doonican

    Val Doonican, an Irish singer who appeared regularly on the BBC Television Network as host of "The Val Doonican Show," died Wednesday, July 1. He was 88. The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Val Doonican, an easygoing Irish singer whose warm style and fondness for knitwear made him an icon of light entertainment, has died. He was 88.Doonican's family said he died Wednesday at a nursing home...

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  • Chris Squire, 67 (1948 - 2015)

    Chris Squire

    Chris Squire, who co-founded and played bass for the progressive rock band Yes, has died. He was 67. Squire's death followed his announcement last month that he had a rare form of leukemia. He was the only group's only member to have performed on every Yes studio album. Current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted the news, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad...

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  • Albert Evans, 46 (2015)

    Albert Evans

    By JOCELYN NOVECK, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Albert Evans, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer and one of the most prominent African-Americans in classical dance, has died following a short illness.Evans, who was 46, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital on Monday night, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman for the ballet company. He did not have details on the nature of the...

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  • James Horner, 61 (1953 - 2015)

    James Horner

    James Horner, the Oscar-winning film composer, died Monday morning in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, California, according to multiple major news media reports. He was 61.

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  • Gunther Schuller, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Gunther Schuller

    By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Gunther Schuller, a horn player, educator and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who was the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music, died Sunday at age 89.His son, Ed Schuller, said his father died Sunday morning at a hospital in Boston. He said his father had several medical conditions."He was a great...

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