Double Loss

 Singer Johnny Cash dies

He was a towering figure in American music, whose career spanned country, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Singer Johnny Cash died early this morning at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 71. His manager says Cash died of complications from diabetes, resulting in respiratory failure. Cash had recently been released from the same hospital, where he had spent two weeks being treated for an unspecified stomach ailment. Cash's manager says he hopes friends and fans will pray for the Cash family to -- in his words -- "find comfort during this very difficult time." Cash had battled a disease of the nervous system and pneumonia in recent years. He had dozens of hit records, including "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," and "Sunday Morning Coming Down."

Actor John Ritter dead

He was one of the most familiar faces on T-V for years. Actor John Ritter died from a heart problem at a hospital in the Los Angeles area late last night. He was 54, and was just days short of his birthday. His publicist says Ritter died from a flaw in his heart that apparently had gone unrecognized. Ritter's portrayal of the bumbling but lovable Jack Tripper helped make the comedy series "Three's Company" a smash hit in the 1970s. Ritter revived his T-V career recently with an A-B-C sitcom called "Eight Simple Rules ... For Dating My Teenage Daughter." The show was scheduled to begin a second season. He also appeared in more than 25 television movies and a number of films. Ritter's longtime assistant says he fell ill on the set of his new show yesterday