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Don Rickles has passed away in his Los Angeles home aged 90.

The entertainer died from liver failure. 

The legendary comedian was well know for his good-natured but edgy form of takedown comedy, most famously insulting Frank Sinatra, which the singer found hilarious.

He headlined in casinos and nightclubs across the USA and often appeared on late-night TV talk shows.

He received an ironic nickname for his abrasive but genius form of humour, with fans referring to him as Mr Warmth. 

Tributes have been pouring in for the comic across social media platforms like Twitter, where he was a very active tweeter, keeping fans updated about his life. 

The funny man was also well known for his role as Mr Potato Head in childhood Disney classic film Toy Story. 

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He was one of the most popular characters on the Game of Thrones, but sadly, Peter Vaughan has passed away at the age of 93.

The actor was best known for playing Maester Aemon Targaryen in the hit HBO series.

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His agent, Sally Long-Innes, confirmed the news to BBC today: "This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning.

"He died peacefully with his family around him."

When the news broke, many fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Peter:

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British television star, Andrew Sachs, best known for playing Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers has died. He was 86-years-old.

Andrew died last week in a care home after a four-year battle with vascular dementia. 

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His wife, Melody Lang, told the Daily Mail that he was buried last Thursday.

Andrew was born in 1930 in Berlin to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. When he was 8 years old, he and his family moved to England to escape the Nazis.

He took on the role of Manuel in the 1970s, and since then has made several appearances in soaps such as Coronation Street.

Our thoughts are with his wife and three children.

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Yesterday, the Irish rugby world was brought to a standstill as Munster paid its respects to the late Anthony Foley in Thomond Park.

Following a week of mourning which began last Sunday when news broke that the coach had died aged 42 from respiratory failure, the Munster team bet Glasgow Warriors 38-17 before joining his young sons on the pitch to perform a powerful rendition of Stand Up and Fight.

Continuing the trend of paying tribute though music, DCU’s Music Society has now released a stunning version of The Fields of Athenry in memory of Axel.

Appearing on the group’s Facebook page yesterday, the video has been viewed over 6,000 times, with commentators praising the goose bump inducing performance.

Check it out below:

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Charmian Carr – who played Liesel von Trapp in The Sound of Music – has died aged 73.

A spokesperson for the actress said she died on Saturday in LA of complications from a rare form of dementia.

According to TMZ, the author left acting after The Sound of Music to focus on interior design.

She is survived by her siblings, two children and four grandchildren.

 

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Original Willy Wonka star Gene Wilder has died aged 83.

The comedic actor – who starred in The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein – passed away yesterday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut.

His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said Gene died of complications related to Alzheimer’s disease, Variety has reported.

In a statement Jordan said that the family were “among the lucky ones” as Gene’s condition “never stole his ability to recognise those that were closest to him, nor took control of his central gentle life-affirming core personality”.

Today the two time Oscar nominee is being remembered online for his role as famed chocolate entrepreneur Willy Wonka in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

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The country was in shock yesterday when Dublin Zoo took to Facebook with some tragic news.

Their beloved silverback male gorilla, Harry, had died aged just 29.

Zoo workers and visitors have been revealing their memories of the ape in the aftermath – and now one Dublin photographer has also shared one remarkably touching moment.

Anthony Lynch posted on his Facebook page a snap which seems to show a large gorilla head 'kissing' the famed Phoenix Park obelisk.

In a message with has now garnered some 25,000 reactions, the photographer wrote: "I was sitting in my car waiting for the sun to set behind the Phoenix monument and looking through fb when I seen that Harry the gorilla had died after years in Dublin Zoo which I happened to be outside."

"Maybe I'm staring at the sun too long but does anyone else see a gorilla kissing goodbye to the phoenix park monument?"

Many fans were in agreement – with the incredible snap currently doing the rounds on social media.

The exact cause of Harry's death is still unknown, but Dublin Zoo says it is carrying out a postmortem shortly.

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Some sad news from the literary world today – author Harper Lee has sadly died aged 89.

While there has been no official word from the Lee family yet, US news site AL.com has cited multiple sources in the author's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

Just last July a sequel to Lee's beloved To Kill A Mockingbird was published, Go Set A Watchman, telling the story of an older Scout as she sees her father Atticus through an adult's eyes.

Millions of young readers have cut their teeth on To Kill A Mockingbird since its publication in 1960, and even here in Ireland it is still on the reading list for Junior Cert students.

Given Lee's Alabama upbringing as the youngest daughter of a lawyer, it's no surprise that To Kill A Mockingbird is considered by many to be a partly autobiographical novel. Born Nelle Harper Lee in 1926, the author was the youngest of four children.

Tributes for the late author are already flooding in on social media today:

 

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The man behind the famous club anthem, Infinity has died in Ibiza at the age of 51. 

The DJ, whose real name is Paul Walden, was found dead in his apartment on Sunday.

He shared the apartment on the Spanish island with his manager. His agent released a statement to the Guardian but did not reveal the cause of his death. 

"Guru Josh was without a doubt one of the biggest characters in the business and an immensely talented and creative person.

"It was a pleasure to have known and worked with him – he will be missed. RIP Paul Walden."

A source close to the musician told the Sun, 'He had troubles with his girlfriend, who walked out on him over Christmas. 

"But it's so tragic what has happened. He was an inspiration and a beautiful bloke."

The Guru was living in Ibiza where he had set up a digital graphics business and a rave promotions company.

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