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Flamboyant boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho dies after being shot in the face

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Hector "Macho" Camacho, known for his flamboyant style during his career, is fighting for his life in a Puerto Rico hospital after being shot Tuesday.

Hector "Macho" Camacho, a Puerto Rican boxer known for skill and flamboyance in the ring as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police, was declared dead on Saturday, four days after being shot in the face. He was 50.

Shot while sitting in a parked car outside a bar Tuesday with a friend in the city of Bayamon, he was declared dead at the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. The friend, 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, died at the scene of the shooting. Police said Mojica had nine small bags of cocaine in his pocket and a 10th bag was found open in the car.

Originally from Bayamon, just outside San Juan, Camacho was long regarded as a flashy if volatile talent, a skilled boxer who was perhaps overshadowed by his longtime foil, Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez, who would beat him in a long-awaited showdown in Las Vegas in 1992.

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Larry Hagman, 'Dallas' and 'I Dream of Jeannie' actor, dies at 81

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In this file photo, actor Larry Hagman poses during a press preview of the auction of his personal antiques, fine and decorative art, furniture, and memorabilia from the classic 1980'??s primetime soap opera “Dallas” on May 24, 2011.

Larry Hagman, whose predatory oil baron J.R. Ewing on television's long-running nighttime soap opera "Dallas" became a symbol for 1980s greed and coaxed forth a Texas-sized gusher of TV ratings, has died. He was 81.

Hagman, who returned as J.R. in a new edition of "Dallas" this year, passed away Friday afternoon due to complications from his battle with cancer, according to a statement from the family provided to The Associated Press by Warner Bros., producer of "Dallas."

"Larry was back in his beloved hometown of Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved the most," the family said. "Larry's family and closest friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday."

Hagman was diagnosed in 1992 with cirrhosis of the liver and acknowledged that he had drunk heavily for years. In 1995, a malignant tumor was discovered on his liver and he underwent a transplant.

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Actor, TV host Gary Collins dies at 74

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Actor and TV host Gary Collins dies in Mississippi. The former master of ceremonies for the Miss America pageant was 74.

Gary Collins, an actor, television show host and former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, has died. He was 74.

Collins, a resident of Biloxi, Miss., died of natural causes just before 1 a.m. Saturday after he was brought to Biloxi Regional Medical Center, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove.

During the 1980s, Collins hosted the Miss America pageant and TV's "Hour Magazine."

As an actor he appeared in numerous movies and TV shows dating back to the 1960s. He was a cast member of the series "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" in the 1960s, and the star of the series "The Sixth Sense" in the 1970s.

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Nora Ephron dead at 71

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Author Nora Ephron attends the "Julie & Julia" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 30, 2009 in New York City.

Nora Ephron, the acclaimed writer behind "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," has died. She was 71. The Washington Post initially reported the news.

The cause was pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, her son Jacob Bernstein told the New York Times.

Nicholas Latimer of Alfred A. Knopf confirmed to the Associated Press earlier Tuesday her very ill condition hours after celebrity columnist and friend Liz Smith published what appeared to be a memorial for the writer.

Smith told the Associated Press that she had spoken to Ephron's son Jacob on Tuesday morning and was told that Ephron was dying. She said when she heard that funeral plans had been arranged, she published the column on the website Women on the Web. The post was subsequently removed, creating some confusion on Tuesday.

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Hair icon Vidal Sassoon dies in Los Angeles at age 84

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Vidal Sassoon at a special screening of "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie,” in New York in 2011. Sassoon, whose 1960s wash-and-wear cuts freed women from endless teasing and hairspray, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at his home. He was 84.

Vidal Sassoon, the famed beauty icon responsible for international beauty trends, layered, geometric styles, and Hollywood hairdos like Mia Farrow's "Rosemary Baby," cut, has died at age 84.

Sassoon's "If you don’t look good, we don’t look good," low-maintenence hair philosophy originated as a response to the complicated styles of the 1950s, and by the 1980s his name was attached to a salon chain and a variety of products.

LAPD officials told NBC LA that officers responded to a report of a death at his Mulholland Drive residence at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Sassoon was reported to have died of natural causes and it was not immediately clear whether the coroner was at the scene.

The London-born Sassoon was married four times, and shared four children with his second wife.

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