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Prince tribute concert set for October at U.S. Bank Stadium

In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57.

Prince's family says an official tribute concert honoring the late icon will take place in October in the singer's hometown of Minneapolis.

Forrest Mars Jr., who shaped global candy empire, dies at 84

Forrest E. Mars Jr., who helped shape Mars Inc. into a multi-billion dollar confectionary empire with beloved brands such as M&M's and Snickers bars, has died. He was 84.


Talk show host, actor Jerry Doyle found dead at Vegas home

Actor and syndicated conservative talk show host Gerard "Jerry" Doyle has died in Las Vegas at age 60.


James Alan McPherson, prize-winning author, dead at 72

James Alan McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story collection "Elbow Room" and a longtime faculty member at the University of Iowa's prestigious Writers' Workshop, has died.


Founder of Christmas Tree Shops discount retail chain dies

The man who founded the Christmas Tree Shops discount retail chain with a single store on Cape Cod has died. Charles Bilezikian (bihl-uh-ZIHK-ee-un) was 79.


Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara dead at age 87

Einojuhani Rautavaara, arguably Finland's most famous classical composer since the era of Jean Sibelius, has died at the age of 87.


Land speed racer Sam Wheeler dies at Utah's Salt Flats

Sam Wheeler, a renowned land speed motorcycle racer, is dead after the high-performance bike he was testing at Utah's famed Bonneville Salt Flats fish-tailed, went airborne and crashed at 200 mph. He was 72.


Oklahoma's first black state senator dies at 86

Oklahoma's first black state senator, one of the state's most prominent civil rights leaders, died at his home in Oklahoma City, his daughter said.


Candy magnate Forrest Mars Jr. is dead at 84

His company has 80,000 employees worldwide.


Mad magazine artist and prolific illustrator Jack Davis dies

Jack Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, has died.


Sandy Pearlman, produced Clash, Blue Oyster Cult, dead at 72

Sandy Pearlman, a pioneering rock critic who later produced and managed Blue Oyster Cult and worked with The Clash, Patti Smith and other punk artists, has died.


Services set for Nebraska punter killed in Wisconsin crash

Services have been scheduled for Nebraska football player Sam Foltz, who died Saturday in a Wisconsin car accident.


Major Democratic fundraiser, Clinton friend Mark Weiner dies

Mark Weiner, a major Democratic fundraiser, Hillary Clinton supporter and provider of merchandise to the Democratic National Convention, died Tuesday in Rhode Island.


Actress who played TV psychic Miss Cleo dies of cancer at 53

The actress who became famous playing the Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo, claiming to know callers' futures in ubiquitous TV infomercials and commercials 15 years ago, has died of cancer.


Obituary: Jeanne Bearmon, World War II veteran and psychologist

Jeanne Goldoff Bearmon had longed to go to college. But that was a tall order for a young woman from a working-class Brooklyn family in…


American Indian Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr. dies

A longtime representative of South Dakota's Lakota people, Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr., has died on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. He was 97.


Broadway giant James 'Jimmy' Nederlander dies at 94

James M. Nederlander, who took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadway houses, has died. He was 94.


TV psychic Miss Cleo, famous for her 'Call me now!' ads in '90s, dies at 53

Miss Cleo, the psychic who rose to fame in the '90s with a series of television ads, died Tuesday at 53.


Ex-lawmaker who helped bring Confederate flag off dome dies

Former South Carolina Rep. Bill Cotty, a champion for public education who helped bring the Confederate flag off the Statehouse dome, has died. He was 69.