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CAA agent Marty Baum dead at 86

Hollywood -- Executives at the Creative Artists Agency paid tribute this weekend to Marty Baum, one of their pivotal early talent agents, who died Friday at the age of 86.

Baum is credited with helping CAA sign big names such as Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffmann and put the fledgling agency on track to become one of the most powerful in Hollywood history.

"To those of us in his CAA family, Marty was a hero," the agency said in a written statement. "He was not only a brilliant agent, but a generous mentor to so many. We are grateful to have known Marty as a dear friend and colleague and will always be indebted to him for his inspiration and wisdom."

George 'Sparky' Anderson dies at age 76

Thousand Oaks, Calif. -- George "Sparky" Anderson, who led teams in both leagues to World Series titles, has died. He was 76.

Anderson died Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. His family announced Wednesday Anderson had been placed in hospice care because of complications related to dementia.

Anderson managed the Cincinnati Reds from 1970-78, winning four National League pennants and the 1975 and '76 World Series. He led the Detroit Tigers from 1979-85, winning the World Series in 1984. When he finished his career, he was the only person to own two franchise records for wins as a manager.

Original 'Hawaii Five-0' Danno dead at 72

Los Angeles -- U.S. television actor James MacArthur died Thursday at the age of 72, a Paramount publicist confirmed.

The son of screenwriter Charles MacArthur and actress Helen Hayes was best known for playing Danno on the original "Hawaii Five-0" series for 11 years. His big-screen credits include "Swiss Family Robinson," "The Battle of the Bulge," "The Truth About Spring," "Cry of Battle," "Spencer's Mountain" and "The Interns." said the cause of his death has not yet been announced.

A remake of "Hawaii Five-0" debuted on CBS last month with Scott Caan taking over the role of Detective Dan "Danno" Williams.

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Vanderbilt's Roy Skinner dies

Nashville -- Roy Skinner, the most successful basketball coach in Vanderbilt University history, has died, officials said.

Skinner, 80, died Monday of respiratory failure at Southern Hills Medical Center, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported.

The four-time SEC Coach of the Year did more than just rack up wins at Vanderbilt in the 1960s and 1970s, the newspaper said. He broke ground by recruiting Perry Wallace, integrating the SEC with its first African-American player.

Skinner was just 28 years old when he first coached the Vanderbilt Commodores in 1958, becoming the permanent coach from 1961 to 1976 with a 278-135 record while leading Vanderbilt to a top-10 ranking eight times.

U.S. authorities to receive swimmer's body

Philadelphia -- U.S. Swimming Federation officials say they expect to receive the body of Fran Crippen, the open-water swimmer who died Saturday in the United Arab Emirates.

Crippen, 26, died during the last leg of the Marathon Swimming World Cup, and the International Swimming Federation canceled the remaining heats "in respect for his memory," the federation's Web site said.

UAE Swimming Federation Secretary Saeed al-Hamour said Sunday doctors determined Crippen's sudden death was caused by severe fatigue.

However, Ahmed Ibrahim, the head of the water sports club in Fujairah, UAE, said earlier preliminary tests indicated he had a heart attack.

In an official report by the UAE Swimming Federation there was no mention of a heart attack, CNN reported.

Singer Gregory Isaacs dead at 59

London -- Jamaican reggae singer Gregory Isaacs has died of cancer at his home in London, his family said. He was 59.

The 1970s icon dubbed "Cool Ruler" was known as much for his designer suits, cocaine addiction and brushes with the law as he was for his "lovers rock" songs "Night Nurse," "All I Have is Love," "My Only Lover" and "Slave Master," the Los Angeles Times said Monday.

Rocker Ari-Up dead at 48

London -- Arianna Forster, a German-born punk rocker known as Ari-Up, has died following an undisclosed illness, her stepfather John Lydon's Web site said.

Lydon, former singer of the Sex Pistols, is married to Forster's mother, German publishing heiress Nora Forster.

Arianna Forster, 48, was a member of the British all-girl punk band The Slits.
"John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today (Wednesday, Oct. 20) after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed. Everyone at and PiLofficial.Com would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John, Nora and family. Rest in Peace," the message on the Web site said.

Steve Jobs: iPad Rivals Are Dead on Arrival

A very passionate Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO commented on Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) launch of Windows Phone 7 as well as the "smokescreen" that Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android open platform will prevail over Apple's closed platform: Jobs predicts a mess for users and developers. He also believes that the upcoming Android tablets will fail because of their price and software issues.

Gospel singer Albertina Walker dies

Chicago -- The Grammy-award winning "Queen of Gospel" -- Albertina Walker -- has died in Chicago, an associate said.

Walker died Friday of respiratory complications at RML Specialty Hospital, where she had been hospitalized since her 81st birthday on Aug. 29, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Walker suffered from emphysema, said Pam Morris, who coordinated the Chicago Gospel Music Festival for 20 years.

Through her vocal ensemble the Caravans, Walker launched the careers of gospel music icons Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland, Bessie Griffin and Dorothy Norwood, the Tribune said.

Actor Gordon-Levitt's brother dead at 36

Los Angeles -- U.S. actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced via Twitter his older brother, Dan, has died, but he didn't disclose the cause of his death. said the "Inception" and "3rd Rock from the Sun" star's brother was a 36-year-old fire-spinning artist and flow arts teacher at Flow Temple Arts School in Venice Beach, Calif. He went by the nickname Burning Dan.

"My super hero brother @burningdan 1974-2010," the 29-year-old actor said via Twitter Tuesday.

"BURNING dAN brightly embodied that bold beastly bliss sometimes referred to as 'the creative spirit.' He would absolutely positively insist that we not let this bad news deter us on our collective mission," Gordon-Levitt added later on his Web site.