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Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy dead at 93

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Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, a Southern icon for the company he created and for the religious principles that kept the chain’s stores closed on Sundays, has died at 93.

According to The Associated Press, Cathy died at home near family members, Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin said early Monday. Funeral plans were not finalized, he said.

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Cathy created his marquee sandwich in the early 1960s, testing it on customers at the Dwarf Grill (now called the Dwarf House in Hapeville, Georgia). He got the idea for the chicken patties after a poultry distributor asked if he could use chicken leftover from meals made for the compact food servings on flights.

He grew the company from one store in 1967 to more than 1,800 locations today and $5 billion in revenue in 2013. The chain surpassed longtime chicken king KFC in U.S. sales in 2012, although KFC is still larger when its foreign stores are factored in.

Cathy slowed down in the past few years. In 2013, his son Dan Cathy assumed the post of chief executive officer and chairman. Truett Cathy became chairman emeritus.

Chick-fil-A caused some controversy in 2012 after Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company backed "the biblical definition of a family," the AP reported. Gay-rights groups held boycotts at Chick-fil-A restaurants.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

'X Factor' star Simone Battle of G.R.L. found dead

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Singer Simone Battle, who rose to fame on "The X Factor," was found dead in her Los Angeles home.

TMZ broke the story and reports that the 25-year-old's death was an apparent suicide. 

CNN reports that Battle was an L.A. native who grew up singing in a church choir and studied music and songwriting at the University of Southern California.

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Battle's music career started to take off after her run on "The X Factor" in 2011. 

She signed on as one-fifth of the pop group G.R.L., which is best known for its collaboration with Pitbull on "Wild Wild Love."

G.R.L. was started by Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin as the next generation of her original group.

The group commemorated Battle on its Twitter account, writing: "Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart."

Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who knew Battle from their time on "The X Factor," dedicated her performance to the late singer in South Africa on Saturday night.

Richard Attenborough, actor and Oscar-winning director, dies

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British actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough has died at 90 years old. 

Modern audiences may remember him best as the eccentric billionaire in "Jurassic Park" or Santa in the '90s remake of "Miracle on 34th Street."

But Attenborough began his acting career more than seven decades ago with his first role in "In Which We Serve."

​He went on to play roles in countless other films, as well as forming his own production company and becoming a prominent director.

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Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director for his 1982 film "Ghandi." 

Following the news of his death, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts released a statement saying, "Lord Attenborough occupies a special place in the hearts of so many and will be missed enormously."

Prime Minister David Cameron remembered Attenborough's work on "Brighton Rock" and "Ghandi," and journalist Piers Morgan called him "a true legend of the screen and a delightful man."

Attenborough spent the last few years in a nursing home with his wife.

He's survived by his wife, two children and four grandchildren. 

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Celebrities react to the death of Lauren Bacall

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Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall died Tuesday at age 89. Here's how celebrities paid tribute to the actress on social media.

>> STORY: Actress Lauren Bacall dies at age 89

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Why the death of Robin Williams is hitting so hard

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​Sadly, unexpected celebrity deaths are not uncommon. But the news of Robin Williams’ suspected suicide hit particularly hard Monday night. Here’s why.

First, he was a comedian.

UNITED ARTISTS / "THE BIRDCAGE": “Madonna! Madonna! Madonna! But you keep it all inside.” 

​​There’s something truly torturous about knowing a man who comforted us with humor was hurting so much inside. We suddenly feel guilty for laughing; it’s like learning the friend we thought we knew was an entirely different person. We replace comedy with tragedy. (Videos via Buena Vista PicturesTriStar Pictures)

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Second, Williams was a true comedian. True comedians go for more than dumb laughs — he made us smile with movies like “Dead Poets Society,” “Patch Adams” — with that story about his wife farting in “Good Will Hunting.” The truly talented find the funny in real, vulnerable life; he did that by making movies that touched people’s hearts. (Videos via Buena Vista PicturesUniversal Studios,Miramax)

And third, comedy legends last. Williams was a man who multiple generations grew up with — starting with “Mork & Mindy” in the '70s, through “Good Morning Vietnam” in the '80s, through “Aladdin,” “Hook” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” in the ‘90s. Even “Night at the Museum” brought him to kids in the 2000s. For the past 40 years, children have loved Robin Williams. (Videos via ABCTriStar PicturesTwentieth Century Fox)

Within minutes of the news of his death breaking, Williams was dominating all trending topics on Twitter

Many celebrities and fans sent out their condolences and shared memories, but Kevin ​Spacey may have said it best. Robin Williams made the world laugh ... and think.

BUENA VISTA PICTURES / "DEAD POETS SOCIETY": "That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

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Character actor James Rebhorn dead at 65

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​Veteran American actor James Rebhorn died at his home in New Jersey Friday night. The actor was 65 years old.

TMZ reports Rebhorn passed away from skin cancer and says he was diagnosed with melanoma in 1992. Despite his deteriorating condition, his wife says he still wanted to work.

Rebhorn’s career spanned five decades. Recently, he starred as Carrie Mathison's father on Showtime’s "Homeland" and as a special agent on USA Network’s "White Collar." (Via TV Guide / Showtime / Kent Smith)

Other shows he appeared in include "Seinfeld," "The Practice," "Law & Order," "Boston Legal" and "30 Rock." (Via Sony / "Seinfeld", NBC / "Law & Order")

He also appeared in several films: "Independence Day," "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Meet the Parents," to name a few. (Via IMDB / "Independence Day")

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DeNiro: "We’re getting creamed, people.”

Rebhorn: "Well if Lawrence Nightingale over here would play a little defense."

Stiller: "Larry I missed one shot."

Rebhorn: "It was a big shot." (Via Universal Studios / "Meet the Parents")

In addition to his TV and film resume, The Hollywood Reporter points out Rebhorn also worked with the Roundabout Theatre Company. He recently starred in the show "Too Much, Too Much, Too Many."

Rebhorn attended Wittenberg University and said that's really where his acting career began.

"When I was a senior I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. But because I had been so involved in theater and so involved specifically with acting I thought I would try to pursue that." (Via YouTube / Wittenberg University)

Rebhorn is survived by his wife Rebecca and their two daughters.

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