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Goodbye, Sweet Polar Bear Goodbye, Sweet Polar Bear

Tundra, the Bronx Zoo’s resident polar bear, was euthanized last Saturday. At the time of his demise, he was the last polar bear left in New York City, following the deaths of Central Park Zoo polar bears Gus, in 2013, and Ida, in 2011. Though Tundra was 26 (which is very old in polar bear years) and was suffering…

Working at Gothamist Taught Me How To Think And What To Think About Working at Gothamist Taught Me How To Think And What To Think About

Yesterday, it was announced that Gothamist and DNAinfo, two sites vitally important to New York City’s news ecosystem, were shutting down. Its owner, Joe Ricketts, it seemed, would sooner lay off a combined staff of 115 people than see his workers unionize.

Billionaire Owner Shuts DNAInfo and Gothamist Down Just Days After They Vote to Unionize Billionaire Owner Shuts DNAInfo and Gothamist Down Just Days After They Vote to Unionize

Less than one week after a contentious unionization effort ended with local New York news sites DNAInfo and Gothamist voting to unionize, the sites’ owner, billionaire Joe Ricketts, announced on Thursday that he was shutting both sites down.

Project Runway's Mychael Knight Dead at 39 Project Runway's Mychael Knight Dead at 39

Mychael Knight, who placed fourth in the third season of Project Runway, died this morning at age 39.

RIP Tom Petty RIP Tom Petty

After a confusing day swirling with misinformation, Tom Petty has died at the age of 66. The news was confirmed by his longtime manager, Tony Dimitriades, who released the following statement:

Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies at 91 Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies at 91

Hugh Hefner, who founded the legendary Playboy in 1953, a magazine whose at times scintillating writing has been eclipsed by its photoshoots, died of natural causes at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on Wednesday. He was 91.

French New Wave Film Icon Jeanne Moreau Dies at 89 French New Wave Film Icon Jeanne Moreau Dies at 89

Famed French actress Jeanne Moreau reportedly died in her home on Monday at the age of 89. Moreau was considered one of the greatest actresses of her time, and is perhaps best known for her role in Francois Truffaut’s new wave film Jules et Jim.

True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Is Dead at 39 True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Is Dead at 39

Nelsan Ellis—best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood—has died of complications from heart failure. He was 39.

Legendary Reporter Jimmy Breslin Dead at 88 Legendary Reporter Jimmy Breslin Dead at 88

Jimmy Breslin, one of the most towering figures in New York City journalism, died on Sunday in his Manhattan home. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his wife, Ronnie Eldridge, who said that he’d been recovering from pneumonia.

Chuck Berry Has Died At 90 Chuck Berry Has Died At 90

Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr.—better known as guitar god “Chuck” Berry—has passed away at the age of 90.

Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Following Surgery Complications Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Following Surgery Complications

Beloved Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton died at 61 on Sunday due to complications from surgery, People reports.

Emmanuelle Riva, Known for Amour and Hiroshima Mon Amour, Has Died At 89 Emmanuelle Riva, Known for Amour and Hiroshima Mon Amour, Has Died At 89

The French actress Emmanuelle Riva, an Academy Award nominee known for her starring roles in 2012's Amour and 1959’s Hiroshima Mon Amour, died in Paris on Friday after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 89.

So Long, Wet Seal, Source of So Many Beloved Terrible Purchases So Long, Wet Seal, Source of So Many Beloved Terrible Purchases

Wet Seal, the juniors shop that can take any awkward wardrobe from sad to sassy with just a quick trip to the mall, is no more. The Wall Street Journal reports that its remaining 171 stores will be closed after being purchased out of bankruptcy in 2015.

The Biggest Moments in xoJane History The Biggest Moments in xoJane History

In December, we learned that xoJane’s legendary founder, Jane Pratt, was leaving the company and that the famously controversial personal essay hub would fold into InStyle, signaling the end times for the overly confessional hate-read. (Hearst’s The Mix, more or less cut from the same cloth as xoJane, quietly died…

Tilikum Dies Tilikum Dies

Tilikum, the famous killer whale sadly best known for being involved in the deaths of three individuals, has died at SeaWorld’s Orlando facility, the company said Friday. He was approximately 36 years old.

Debbie Reynolds, Hollywood Icon, Is Dead at 84 Debbie Reynolds, Hollywood Icon, Is Dead at 84

Debbie Reynolds, the iconic Hollywood actress and mother of Carrie Fisher, died on Wednesday after suffering a stroke earlier that day. She was 84.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Socialite Queen, Is Dead At 99 Zsa Zsa Gabor, Socialite Queen, Is Dead At 99

Zsa Zsa Gabor—the actress and socialite known for her nine trips down the aisle—has died at 99.

Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch Matriarch, Has Died At Age 82 Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch Matriarch, Has Died At Age 82

Florence Henderson, the kind-faced matriarch of The Brady Bunch television series, has died at the age of 82.

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