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Car ticketed with dead driver inside

New York -- Police in New York said a vehicle was issued a parking ticket while a man was dead in the driver's seat.

Investigators said Nicholas Rappold, 21, was slumped in the front seat of his Jeep Cherokee Tuesday morning when a traffic officer placed a ticket on the vehicle for being illegally parked during street sweeping, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

Police said the vehicle's windows were heavily tinted and the parking enforcement officer was unable to see inside. Rappold's body was discovered by a friend about an hour after the ticket was issued.

Wife of gospel singer Marvin Sapp dies

Grand Rapids, Mich. -- MaLinda Sapp, wife of gospel music star Marvin Sapp, has died from colon cancer; she will be buried Thursday, the Detroit News said.

She was co-pastor with her husband of the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, the newspaper said.

Sapp was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2009, and was told earlier this year it was in remission. But the disease returned, and the church recently asked members and the public to pray for her healing. She died Sept. 9; she was 43.

Sapp was a licensed counselor, psychologist, and a psychology professor at Grand Rapids Community College; she also managed her husband's gospel career, the newspaper said.

French filmmaker Claude Chabrol dies

Paris -- French filmmaker Claude Chabrol, a founding father of the Nouvelle Vague movement, has died in Paris, its deputy mayor says. He was 80.

Chabrol turned out more than 80 films for television and movie theaters, and he was a "colossal" director, Deputy Mayor Christophe Girard said Sunday in The Guardian newspaper.

Chabrol "was a colossal French director: free-minded, impertinent, political and loquacious. Thank you, Claude Chabrol, thank you for the cinema," Girard said.

Chabrol's proteges included Francois Truffaut and Jen-Luc Godard; he rose to acclaim in the late 1950s after the release of "Le Beau Serge." That film was widely considered to have launched a new wave in French filmmaking, the report said.

Folk music editor Irwin Silber dead at 84

Oakland, Calif. -- Irwin Silber, who helped spur the folk music movement of the 1950s and 1960s as editor of Sing Out!, has died at the age of 84, his son announced.

Frederic Silber said his father died in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday of complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Silber founded Sing Out! in 1949 in collaboration with folk singers Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. The publication soon became a focal point of the folk scene that launched the careers of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and others.

The New York Times said Silber led the criticism of Dylan's shift away from politically tinged songs. A 1964 column publicly accused the young phenom of selling his audience out in his quest for stardom.

LFO singer Rich Cronin dead at 35

Los Angeles -- Former U.S. boy band member Rich Cronin died Wednesday after a long battle with leukemia, his family told TMZ. He was 35.

Cronin sang with the group Lyte Funkie Ones or LFO in the 1990s, and penned and sang their hit 1999 song "Summer Girls."

Cronin's brother, whose name was not reported, told TMZ the singer-songwriter suffered a stroke shortly before his death Wednesday afternoon.

Bandmate Brad Fischetti told CNN Cronin died in a Massachusetts hospital.
No other details were immediately reported.

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'Beetlejuice' actor Shadix dead at 58

Birmingham, Ala. -- Actor Glenn Shadix died at his home in his native Birmingham, Ala., his family said. He was 58.

Although the cause of death Tuesday wasn't immediately reported, E! News quoted a woman identified as his sister as saying he hit his head in a fall. The woman's name was not reported.

Shadix, who lately used a wheelchair, is perhaps best known for his big-screen collaborations with filmmaker Tim Burton on "Beetlejuice," "Planet of the Apes" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas." He also appeared on the TV shows "Carnivale," "Seinfeld," "ER" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch."

E! News said his funeral is set for Saturday in Birmingham.

Orca dies at SeaWorld San Diego

San Diego -- Sumar, one of the killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego, died Tuesday at the early age of 12, a day after trainers noticed it was lethargic and seemed ill.

The whale's death was one of a series of problems that have hit the company this year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The company owns 18 whales at its theme parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Fla.

A trainer, Dawn Brancheau, was killed in February by Sumar's father, Tilikum, and SeaWorld was notified last month of a $75,000 penalty. The whale's mother, Taima, died in June while giving birth at age 20.

The orcas at SeaWorld and other aquatic parks are bred in captivity.

U. of Wyo. footballer dies in car crash

Laramie, Wyo. -- University of Wyoming linebacker Ruben Narcisse was killed and three other players were injured in an early Monday car crash, school officials said.

Wyoming President Tom Buchanan said Narcisse, a 19-year-old freshman from North Miami, Fla., died in Colorado shortly after 5:30 a.m., as the teammates were returning to Laramie, Wyo., from a trip to Fort Collins, Colo., The Miami Herald reported.

"The loss of any student saddens us immeasurably," Buchanan said in statement. "My condolences go out to Ruben's family and friends. The entire university community grieves his loss."

Comedian Schimmel dies from injuries

Phoenix -- Comedian Robert Schimmel died in a Phoenix hospital from injuries suffered in automobile accident, his spokesman said. He was 60.

Schimmel was a passenger in his daughter's car when she lost control after swerving to avoid another accident on I-10 in Phoenix on Aug. 26.

The actor was best known for his appearances on the "Howard Stern Show" and appeared on several HBO programs, including his own special, "Unprotected," ABC News said Saturday.

Schimmel's daughter, Aliyah, 19, remains hospitalized, and his 11-year-old son was uninjured. Aliyah was expected to recover from her injuries, Schimmel's spokesman, Howard Bragman, said.

Pro wrestler 'Tough' Tony Borne dead at 84

Milwaukie, Ore. -- The family of "Tough" Tony Borne says the start of wrestling's golden age died last week at the age of 84 at his home in Oregon.

Borne will be remembered at a public memorial to be held at a later date in his adopted hometown of Milwaukee.

Borne was a huge favorite in the Pacific Northwest during his days on the grappling circuit in the 1950s and 1960s. He also drew large crowds in Mexico before retiring from the ring in the 1970s to go into real estate.

His accolades included 19 Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles, including 10 he shared with partner Lonnie "Moondog" Mayne, The (Portland) Oregonian said Wednesday.