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  • Weightlifting World record holder Vasily Alekseyev dies at 69

    11/25/2011 8:10:35 PM PST · by PallMal · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 25, 2011 | Gennady Fyodorov;
    Nov 25 (Reuters) - Former Soviet weightlifter Vasily Alekseyev, who won two Olympic and eight world super heavyweight titles and set 80 world records during his illustrious career, died on Friday following a long illness.
  • 'Family Circus' creator Bil Keane dies at 89

    11/09/2011 10:23:04 AM PST · by moviefan8 · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 9, 2011 | Amanda Lee Meyers
    PHOENIX (AP) — For more than a half century, Bil Keane's clever "Family Circus" comics entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional family values, intentionally simplistic because the author thought the American public needed that consistency.
  • Ex-heavyweight champ Joe Frazier has died

    11/07/2011 8:19:29 PM PST · by John W · 15 replies
    WPVI ^ | November 7, 2011 | WPVI
    PHILADELPHIA - November 7, 2011 (WPVI) -- Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier has lost his battle with liver cancer, his family tells Action News.
  • 'Porky's' actor Knight commits suicide in Hawaii

    11/06/2011 5:09:22 AM PST · by massmike · 16 replies ^ | 11/06/2011 | AP
    Wyatt Knight, who starred in the 1980s "Porky's" films, has been found dead in Hawaii with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 56. A family statement Friday said the actor chose to end his life after a painful bout with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which was in stage 4. He underwent radiation treatments that left him in "physical and emotional pain," and had a bone marrow transplant in 2003. Knight's most well-known role was playing Tommy Turner in the "Porky's" comedy trilogy.
  • Andy Rooney Dead at 92, One Month After Retiring

    11/05/2011 11:59:29 AM PDT · by lbryce · 51 replies
    Gawker ^ | November 5, 2011 | Staff
    Andy Rooney Dead at 92, One Month After Retiring Never retire: almost six weeks to the day after delivering his last cranky essay on 60 Minutes, writer and commentator Andy Rooney is dead of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had delivered exactly 1,097 of his trademark on-air bitch sessions. It's hard to think of a television correspondent more American than Rooney: interminably cranky, perpetually confused, stubbornly opinionated, slightly bigoted, usually wrong, and strangely likable. Rooney wrote his first "television essay"—"Essay on Doors," natch—in 1964. (It was delivered by CBS correspondent Harry Reasoner). He joined 60 Minutes in...
  • Family: Hillary Clinton's Mother Dies at 92

    11/01/2011 9:11:08 AM PDT · by ~Vor~ · 95 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-01-11 | AP
    <p>Dorothy Rodham, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton's mother-in-law, died Tuesday at age 92 after an illness.</p>
  • Wash. state Sen. Scott White (D) dies at age 41

    10/23/2011 6:59:26 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 20 replies
    yahoo news ^ | Sat, Oct 22, 2011 | By MIKE BAKER - Associated Press
    Washington state Sen. Scott White, a transit advocate who rose to majority whip, was found dead Friday at a resort hotel. He was 41. Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana said there was no sign of foul play in the death. Authorities are investigating because it remains unexplained. Housekeeping staff at the Suncadia Resort found White after he failed to check out of his room. An autopsy is planned. The Democrat represented the state's 46th District, covering northern Seattle. White joined the Senate last year and rose to serve as the Senate's majority whip, advocating for transit issues as a caucus...
  • Frank Kameny, pioneering gay activist, dies at 86

    10/13/2011 4:23:54 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 15 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | Oct. 12, 2011 4:48 PM ET | BRETT ZONGKER & JESSICA GRESKO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Frank Kameny was out and proud before people knew what being "gay" meant. Fired from his job as a government astronomer in 1957 for being gay, he refused to go away quietly. Instead, he got louder. He took his case to the Supreme Court in 1961 and helped stage the first gay rights march in front of the White House and Philadelphia's Independence Hall in 1965. SNIP "Frank Kameny was the Rosa Parks and the Martin Luther King and the Thurgood Marshall of the gay rights movement," Yale Law Professor William Eskridge told The Associated Press... SNIP...
  • Some Thoughts on the Passing of Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

    10/06/2011 9:56:45 AM PDT · by Shalmaneser · 20 replies ^ | 6 October 2011 | Bruce Lewis
    Steve Jobs is dead. I'm saddened. Besides the grief his family and loved ones must feel, his death brings a loss to the world. He was a true innovator. Apple products and the technologies derived from them have reordered our way of living. While Jobs did not invent either the personal computer or the graphical interface operating system, the PCs and personal digital devices he created implement these in a way that has had an impact on society equal to that of the automobile, telephone, and antibiotic drugs. I used Apple products exclusively throughout my thirty years as a graphic...
  • Ex-Apple CEO Steve Jobs Has Died

    10/05/2011 4:50:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 285 replies · 3+ views
    ABC News ^ | October 1, 2011 | Ned Potter
    Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died in California. Jobs was 56. His death was reported by The Associated Press, citing Apple. Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world's first personal computer, the Apple II.
  • Songwriter Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson dies

    08/22/2011 7:12:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 22, 2011 | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said. Ashford, who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown's biggest hits, died in a New York City hospital, said Liz Rosenberg, who also was Ashford's longtime friend.
  • NDP Leader Jack Layton dies (leader of the official Opposition, Canada)

    08/22/2011 9:39:09 AM PDT · by fanfan · 123 replies
    The Ottawa Sun ^ | Aug, 22, 2011 | David Akin
    OTTAWA - Jack Layton, the leader of the official Opposition, died early Monday morning, his family said. Layton, 61, had been battling cancer for more than a year and, a month ago, announced he was temporarily stepping aside from his job to fight the disease. Layton's immediate family -- his wife, MP Olivia Chow, and his children, Sarah and Michael -- issued a statement at about 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. "We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday, Aug. 22. He passed...
  • Songwriter Jerry Leiber Dies at 78

    08/22/2011 2:08:22 PM PDT · by Borges · 36 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 08/22/11 | ANDY GREENE
    Jerry Leiber, one of the most important songwriters in the history of rock & roll – whose 60-year partnership with Mike Stoller produced "Stand By Me," "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Young Blood," "On Broadway," "Yakety-Yak" and countless other classics – has died of cardiopulmonary failure. He was 78. "When Jerry and I started to write, we were writing to amuse ourselves," Stoller told Rolling Stone in 1990. "It was done out of a love of doing it. We got very lucky in the sense that at some point what we wrote also amused a lot of other people." Leiber met...
  • Great Australian WWII heroine dies at 98 in London (Nancy Wake, "The White Mouse")

    08/09/2011 1:57:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/8/11 | Madeleine Coorey - AFP
    Nancy Wake, Australia's greatest World War II heroine and a prominent figure in the French Resistance known as the "The White Mouse" for her ability to evade the Germans, has died in London. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the woman who was once the Gestapo's most wanted person, was "a devastatingly effective saboteur and spy". "Nancy Wake was a woman of exceptional courage and resourcefulness whose daring exploits saved the lives of hundreds of Allied personnel and helped bring the Nazi occupation of France to an end," Gillard said. Wake, who died in a London hospital on Sunday just...
  • Legendary NFL defender Bubba Smith passes away at age 66

    08/03/2011 4:58:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/3/11 | Doug Farrar
    Former NFL defensive end and longtime television and movie actor Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday. Coroner's reports have not yet been released, but according to the Los Angeles Times, it is believed that Smith died of natural causes. Smith attended Michigan State, where he was one of the most dominant collegiate defensive linemen of all time. He won All-America honors in 1965 and 1966, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Selected first overall in the 1967 NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts, Smith soon became,...
  • America singer Dan Peek, 60, found dead in Missouri home

    07/27/2011 10:41:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies ^ | Last updated at 5:08 PM on 27th July 2011 | By Holly Thomas
    Co-founder of folk rock group America and singer of hits such as A Horse with No Name Dan Peek has been found dead at his home in Missouri. He was 60 years old. The cause of death is as yet unknown, however a post mortem examination is planned. Peek co-founded America after meeting band members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell at London Central High School, a school for children with parents in the US Armed Services.
  • Amy Winehouse found dead

    07/23/2011 9:51:27 AM PDT · by null and void · 111 replies
    Fox News | 7/23/11
    Per Fox, found dead in her apartment, 27 years old.
  • Amy Winehouse, 27, found dead at her London flat

    07/23/2011 9:52:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 120 replies
    daily mail ^ | on 23rd July 2011
    Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London, it has been reported. The Back To Black singer was apparently found at 4pm
  • 'Gilligan's Island' creator Sherwood Schwartz dies (94)

    07/12/2011 10:35:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies ^ | 7/12/11 | AP
    LOS ANGELES, (AP) -- The man who created "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch" has died. Great niece Robin Randall says Sherwood Schwartz died at 4 a.m. Tuesday. He was 94. Schwartz was a veteran comedy writer when he created two of TV's best-remembered sitcoms in the 1960s. Over the years, they have inspired parodies, spinoffs and countless stand-up comedy jokes.
  • Former first lady Betty Ford dies at 93

    07/08/2011 8:03:15 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 253 replies
    AP ^ | Jul 8, 2011 9:53 PM (ET) | CONNIE CASS and LINDA DEUTSCH
    Betty Ford said things that first ladies just don't say, even today. And 1970s America loved her for it. According to Mrs. Ford, her young adult children probably had smoked marijuana - and if she were their age, she'd try it, too. She told "60 Minutes" she wouldn't be surprised to learn that her youngest, 18-year-old Susan, was in a sexual relationship (an embarrassed Susan issued a denial).