11/3/2014: Public radio personality Tom Magliozzi died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 77. Magliozzi, along with his brother Ray, gained fame as the co-hosts of NPR's Car Talk, a weekly show. Their banter, wit, and immense automobile knowledge made them popular with car lovers and radio fans alike.
Magliozzi grew up in East Cambridge, MA and graduated from MIT. A car accident inspired him to quit his job as an engineer and start a do it yourself car repair shop in the 1970s. He and his brother stumbled into their radio career after appearing on a panel of car mechanics for a local public radio station. Car Talk would go national in 1987. The show has been airing archives of old shows since 2012, but is still wildly popular.
10/13/2014: Actress Elizabeth Norment passed away at the age of 61. The news was announced by The Hollywood Reporter, and confirmed by Norment's sister, Kate. She died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, though the cause of death was not known.
Norment was known for her roles on Party of Five, ER, Mad About You, and Law & Order. She also portrayed Frank Underwood's (Kevin Spacey) executive secretary Nancy Kaufberger on Netflix's House of Cards. She was also known for her extensive theatre work.
10/27/2014: Actress Marcia Strassman died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 66 years old. Her death was confirmed by her sister, Julie Strassman saying, "She was the funniest, smartest person I ever met."
Strassman was best known for her roles on Welcome Back Kotter and in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids films.
10/25/2014: Bassist Jack Bruce, former member of Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, died at his home in Suffolk, England, at age 71. According to a post on Bruce's Facebook page, he was surround by his family at the time of his passing.
As the bassist for one of rock's earliest supergroups, he helped create the tracks "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "SWLABR."also ranked#7 OF 124 The All-Time Best Rock Bassists#9 OF 44 The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
10/20/2014: Noted fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died at his home in Kent, Connecticut. He was 82 years old. His wife, Annette de la Renta, confirmed the news of his passing, due to complications with cancer. He dealt with the disease off and on for 8 years prior to his death.
de la Renta was one of the most famous names in fashion, known for dressing celebrities for red carpet events, numerous American first ladies, and designing the dress that Amal Alamuddin wore for her wedding to George Clooney, among other achievements.
10/18/2014: American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died after battling a rare case of cancer. She was 32 years old. Her family posted news of her passing on her Facebook page, saying, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered."
Borgella appeared on season 7 of American Idol, making it to the final 12 for females. She suffered from endometrial cancer, which attacks the lining of the womb.
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