Celebrity Deaths in Television

  • William Bast, 84 (1931 - 2015)

    William  Bast

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — William Bast, a TV writer who co-created the 1980s "Dynasty" spin-off "The Colbys" during a four-decade career, has died. He was 84.His friend, Niki Marvin, tells the Los Angeles Times that Bast died on May 4 at a Los Angeles care facility from Alzheimer's disease.Bast wrote for numerous TV shows and received an Emmy nomination for his 1977 adaptation of ...

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  • Grace Lee Whitney, 85 (1930 - 2015)

    Grace  Lee  Whitney

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. She was 85.Whitney died of natural causes Friday in her home in the Central California town of Coarsegold, about 50 miles north of Fresno, her son Jonathan Dweck said on Sunday.Whitney played Yeoman Janice Rand in the first eight episodes before being...

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  • Maria Elena Velasco, 74 (1940 - 2015)

    Maria Elena  Velasco

    The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican actress and comedian Maria Elena Velasco, best known for her character "The Indian Maria," has died at age 74.The Mexican film institute announced through its Twitter account that Velasco, also a screenwriter and director, died Friday, but did not specify the cause.Velasco's "La India Maria," which exaggerated stereotypes about Mexico's indigenous...

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  • Suzanne Crough, 52 (1963 - 2015)

    Suzanne Crough

    SALLY HO, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The youngest daughter on hit 1970s television show "The Partridge Family" has died. Suzanne Crough Condray, who played Tracy Partridge, was found dead Monday night at home in Laughlin, near Las Vegas. She was 52. Her husband, William Condray, said his wife was a patient and loving wife, mother and grandmother. "She was madly in love...

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  • Jayne Meadows, 95 (1919 - 2015)

    Jayne Meadows

    AP Television Writer, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95. Meadows died of natural causes Sunday at her home in the Encino, California, area, spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Monday. Her son, Bill Allen, and other family members were with her. "She was not...

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