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Susie Brown,

the mother of singer James Brown, died Thursday of heart failure in Augusta, Ga., family members said. She was 87.

Brown became one of her son's most devoted fans, attending nearly all of his shows in New York.

John Randolph,

who won a Tony for Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" and played Roseanne's father in the television show Roseanne and Tom Hanks' grandfather in the film You've Got Mail, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 88. His film career was hobbled in the 1950s because of the anti-communist blacklist, but he played many character roles.

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