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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).
  • Betty Ford Dead at 93

    07/08/2011 5:58:26 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 146 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2011 | CNN
    Betty Fordhas died at the age of 93.
  • E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons dies

    06/18/2011 9:47:33 PM PDT · by NoRedTape · 12 replies ^ | June 18, 2011 | Nekesa Mumbi Moody
    "NEW YORK—Clarence Clemons, the larger-than-life saxophone player for the E Street Band who was one of the key influences in Bruce Springsteen's life and music through four decades, has died. He was 69. Springsteen acknowledged the dire situation earlier this week, but said then he was hopeful. He called the loss "immeasurable." "We are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly 40 years," Springsteen said on his website. "He was my great friend, my partner and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a...
  • Leonard B. Stern, Creator of Mad Libs, Dies at 88

    06/09/2011 6:09:29 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 20 replies
    Leonard B. Stern, an Emmy-winning writer, producer and director for television whose frantic search for an adjective one day led him and a colleague to create Mad Libs, the game that asks players to fill in blanks with designated parts of speech to yield comically ________[adj.] stories, died on Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 88.
  • John Alison, daring WWII ace, dies in DC at 98

    06/08/2011 8:54:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/8/11 | AP
    WASHINGTON – John R. Alison, a World War II fighter pilot who helped lead a daring and unprecedented Allied air invasion of Burma, has died, a son said Wednesday. The retired Air Force major general and former Northrop Corp. executive died of natural causes Monday at his home in Washington, John R. Alison III said. Alison's wartime achievements included seven victories, six in the air, qualifying him as an ace, .. Alison was chosen in 1943 by Army Air Forces commander Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold for a top-secret mission that flew more than 9,000 troops, nearly 1,300 mules and 250...
  • Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger Dies

    06/04/2011 8:02:49 AM PDT · by library user · 45 replies
    FNC ^ | June 4, 2011
    ~ EXCERPT ~ Friends and former colleagues say Lawrence S. Eagleburger, the only career foreign service officer to rise to the position of secretary of state, has died. Word of Eagleburger's death Saturday came from representatives of former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State James Baker. No other details were immediately available. Eagleburger, who was 80, was a straightforward diplomat whose exuberant style masked a hard-driving commitment to solving foreign policy problems.
  • Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger Dies

    06/04/2011 1:33:39 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Lawrence S. Eagleburger, who briefly served as secretary of state for President George H.W. Bush, died Saturday at the age of 80. Eagleburger died in Charlottesville, Va., after a short illness, according to a family friend, Christy Reap.Few other details were immediately available.
  • Matt Fong Dead at 57

    06/01/2011 4:21:14 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011 | Updated 3:53 PM PDT | By Lori Preuitt
    Former state treasurer Matt Fong has died. Fong was 57 years old. His wife Paula told the Associated Press that he died in their Pasadena home Wednesday morning after losing a battle with skin cancer. Fong, a Republican, held the state office from 1995 to 1998. He also served as Vice Chairman of the California State Board of Equalization and was a 1998 Republican nominee for the United States Senate. Fong was born in Alameda. He was the son of former Democratic California Secretary of State March Fong Eu. March Fong Eu held that officer for 20 years and was...
  • Former Texas Gov. Bill Clements Dies

    05/29/2011 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Borges · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Texas Tribune ^ | 05/29/11 | Brandi Grissom, Reeve Hamilton and Ross Ramsey
    Former Texas Gov. William "Bill" Clements Jr., who broke the Democratic Party's century-long hold on the Governor's Mansion with his election 33 years ago, died Sunday. He was 94, had suffered a stroke and had been ill for some time. A brusque and colorful Dallas oilman, Clements shocked the political establishment by beating Democrat John Hill Jr. in the 1978 gubernatorial election. Hill, then the attorney general, had unseated Gov. Dolph Briscoe in the Democratic primary, and Capitol power players — as overwhelmingly Democratic then as they are Republican now — assumed the race was over. Clements, spending freely from...
  • 'Taxi,' 'Grease' star Jeff Conaway dies at 60

    05/27/2011 1:43:00 PM PDT · by Justaham · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5-27-11 | Erik Pedersen and Andy Eiser
    Jeff Conaway, the troubled actor of "Taxi" and "Grease" fame whose addiction problems were well chronicled for years by reality TV and the media, has died, reports the Los Angeles Times. He was 60. He was taken off life support Thursday (May 26) and died Friday in Encino, nine days after being put into a medically induced coma. Conaway's manager Phil Brock said the actor was found unconscious May 11 after an apparent overdose of painkillers. Reports said he might have been in that state for 10 hours before being found. Brock said the actor was suffering from pneumonia and...
  • Norma Zimmer, TV's 'Champagne Lady,' dies at 87

    05/11/2011 9:31:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/11/11 | Lynn Elber - AP
    LOS ANGELES – Norma Zimmer, the "Champagne Lady" of TV's "The Lawrence Welk Show" and a studio singer who worked with Frank Sinatra and other pop stars, has died. She was 87. Zimmer died peacefully Tuesday at her Brea, Calif., home, Welk's son, Larry, said Wednesday. Larry Welk didn't know the cause of death but said Zimmer had been living an active life in recent years. "She was one of the most gracious, likable people that anyone could ever meet. The other people on the show, to this day, just respect and love her," Larry Welk said.
  • Hollywood actor Jackie Cooper dead at 88

    05/04/2011 4:34:08 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    reuters ^ | May 4, 2011 | Dean Goodman
    (Reuters) - Actor Jackie Cooper, the former child star who enjoyed renewed fame years later as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies, has died near Los Angeles, his attorney said on Wednesday. He was 88. Cooper died on Tuesday at a convalescent home in the coastal city of Santa Monica. "He just kinda died of old age," attorney Roger Licht told Reuters. "He wore out."
  • Longtime Democratic Strategist Kam Kuwata Found Dead

    04/11/2011 6:06:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies · 1+ views
    CBS) ^ | April 11, 2011 5:51 PM
    Longtime Democratic strategist Kam Kuwata, a mainstay of the California political scene for decades, was found dead today in his Venice condominium. He was 57. “I am greatly saddened by the passing of Kam Kuwata,” said Eric Bauman, Los Angeles County Democratic Party chairman. “Today, we lost a dear friend and a top Democratic political mind whose influential behind-the-scenes work had touched California and American politics alike. Kuwata’s work extends nearly 30 years in campaign strategic planning, communications and messaging. He served in many key roles for major and local Democratic campaigns including: U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Daniel Akaka and...
  • 'Swan Lady' created a haven for trumpeters (MN)

    04/05/2011 7:23:48 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies ^ | 4/5/11 | KEVIN DUCHSCHERE
    It was typical of Sheila Lawrence that she didn't take her leave of Monticello until after her beloved trumpeter swans, nurtured and fattened all winter long on the Mississippi River below her house, were on their way north once again. Lawrence, 65, died Saturday after an eight-month battle with cancer. She left a legacy for her river town in the large graceful birds that now winter there, thanks to the "Swan Lady" who fed them for more than 20 years. "Maybe she was the bird whisperer. Some people have it," said her husband, Jim, who took over the feeding for...
  • Harry Coover, creator of Super Glue, dies at 94

    03/27/2011 3:07:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 27, 2011
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Harry Wesley Coover Jr., known as the inventor of Super Glue, has died at his home in Kingsport, Tenn. He was 94. Coover was working for Tennessee Eastman Company when an accident resulted in Super Glue, according to his grandson, Adam Paul of South Carolina.
  • Lt.Col Hugh Daley

    03/25/2011 7:02:20 PM PDT · by JimVT · 6 replies
    Self ^ | 03/18/11 | Jim Daley
    Lt. Col Hugh Daley
  • 'Seinfeld' actor Len Lesser dies at 88 ('Uncle Leo')

    02/16/2011 5:56:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies ^ | 2/16/11 | AP
    Len Lesser, the veteran character actor best known for his scene-stealing role as Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 88. Lesser's family said in a statement that he died Wednesday in Burbank, Calif., from cancer-related pneumonia. .. list of television credits included parts on "Get Smart,""That Girl,""The Munsters,""The Monkees,""The Rockford Files,""thirtysomething,""ER," and "Everybody Loves Raymond," .. film credits included "Outlaw Josey Wales,""Kelly's Heroes,""Birdman of Alcatraz" and "Death Hunt." .. most recently .. TV drama "Castle."
  • Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Founder, Dies at 95

    01/18/2011 2:46:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1/18/11 | CBS
    (CBS) Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., or Sargent as he was better known, has died, CBS News confirmed Tuesday. Shriver had Alzheimer's disease. Shriver was perhaps the most accomplished man never elected to public office. His career in public service and civic leadership spanned the second half of the 20th century. A call from President Kennedy ignited that career. In 1961, Mr. Kennedy asked Shriver to launch a project called the Peace Corps. It only took him six months to get the program up and running. "They have to have an internal motivation, an internal conviction," Shriver said. Born in Maryland...
  • Actor David Nelson of Famous TV Family Dies at 74

    01/12/2011 4:45:06 AM PST · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    LOS ANGELES -- David Nelson, who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," has died, a family spokesman said. He was 74.
  • 'Lone Ranger' announcer Fred Foy dies at 89 ("Hi-Yo, Silver!" )

    12/22/2010 1:34:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/22/10 | obit
    Fred Foy, the radio announcer best-known for calling out "Hi-Yo, Silver!" in his passionate lead-in to "The Lone Ranger" radio program, died Wednesday at his home in Woburn, Mass., of natural causes. He was 89. His daughter, Nancy Foy, said her father began his career as an actor before landing the job as the announcer on "The Lone Ranger" show in 1948. ..
  • Harvey Pekar (1939-2010)

    07/12/2010 11:09:14 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 7 replies · 1+ views / Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 2010.07.12 | Joanna Connors
    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Harvey Pekar's life was not an open book. It was an open comic book. Pekar chronicled his life and times in the acclaimed autobiographical comic book series, "American Splendor," portraying himself as a rumpled, depressed, obsessive-compulsive "flunky file clerk" engaged in a constant battle with loneliness and anxiety. Pekar, 70, was found dead shortly before 1 a.m. Monday by his wife, Joyce Brabner, in their Cleveland Heights home, said Powell Caesar, spokesman for Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Pekar and Brabner wrote "Our Cancer Year,"...
  • Actor Corey Haim Dead at 38

    03/10/2010 5:24:29 AM PST · by commish · 87 replies · 3,263+ views
    Fox News ^ | Mar 10, 2010 | Fox News
    Just a headline, no story yet.
  • Bobby Charles, Louisiana songwriter, dies at 71

    01/14/2010 2:19:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies · 400+ views
    The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) ^ | January 14, 2010 | Keith Spera
    Robert “Bobby” Charles Guidry, the gifted, reclusive southwest Louisiana songwriter who crafted hits for Fats Domino, Frogman Henry and Bill Haley & the Comets, died early Thursday after collapsing at home in Abbeville, his manager said. He was 71.
  • Soul Singer Teddy Pendergrass Dies at 59

    01/13/2010 9:32:24 PM PST · by John W · 36 replies · 2,266+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | January 14, 2010 | FNC
    PHILADELPHIA -- Teddy Pendergrass, who became R&B's reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and '80s with his forceful, masculine voice and passionate love ballads and later became an inspirational figure after suffering a devastating car accident that left him paralyzed, died Wednesday at age 59. The singer's son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father died at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia. The singer underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had "a difficult recovery," his son said.
  • FReeper HoosierHawk has died

    11/22/2009 12:36:25 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 174 replies · 4,682+ views
    November 22, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    Sadly, we have received word from his wife that HoosierHawk has died: Can you please place hoosierhawk on your memorial wall. Robert V. McNear Born February 17th, 1958 died October 28th 2009. As you know hoosierhawk was famous for his First Sunday Music Post, loved by everyone. Sincerely, Mrs. Hoosierhawk
  • Soviet H-bomb scientist Ginzburg dies

    11/11/2009 9:40:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 651+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/09 | Dmitry Solovyov and Michael Stott
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vitaly Ginzburg, a Russian physicist who survived Stalin's purges by working on the Soviet atomic bomb project and later won the Nobel Prize for physics, died in Moscow late on Sunday after a long illness. He was 93. Ginzburg won the 2003 Nobel physics prize for developing the theory behind superconductors, materials which allow electricity to pass without resistance at very low temperatures. He shared the prize with British-American Anthony Leggett and Russian-born U.S. scientist Alexei Abrikosov. But Ginzburg's career as a Soviet scientist almost ended when he took as his second wife a woman arrested in...
  • Former LA Times journalist Jack Nelson dies at 80

    10/21/2009 12:16:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 611+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/09 | Douglass K. Daniel - ap
    WASHINGTON – Jack Nelson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who covered the civil rights movement and the Watergate scandal for the Los Angeles Times and was the paper's Washington bureau chief for 20 years, died Wednesday. He was 80. Nelson, who had pancreatic cancer, died at his home in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Md., said Richard Cooper a family friend and longtime Times associate. Nelson spent more than 35 years with the Los Angeles Times, stepping down as its chief Washington correspondent in 2001. He joined the Times in 1965 and in 1970 began working in its Washington bureau....
  • Warsaw Ghetto uprising leader Edelman dies at 90

    10/05/2009 3:22:53 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 2,055+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-03
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of WWII Warsaw Ghetto uprising, died Friday in Warsaw at the age of 90. Paula Sawicka told The Associated Press that Edelman died at her family's home at 2 p.m. EDT (1800GMT) of old age. "He died at home, among friends, among his close people," Sawicka said.
  • Timothy "Big Russ" Russert Passes Away

    09/24/2009 8:16:00 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 8 replies · 1,396+ views ^ | Sep 24, 2009 | Chris Ariens
    Timothy "Big Russ" Russert Passes Away By Chris Ariens on Sep 24, 2009 09:15 PM Russ_9.24.JPGThe father of the late Tim Russert, and grandfather of NBC News correspondent Luke Russert, Timothy Russert passed away today. "While he was affectionately known to the world as 'Big Russ,' he carried no more important nor meaningful titles than those of father, grandfather, great-grandfather, patriot and friend," reads a statement from his family. "We warmly thank all those who were inspired by his life and his lessons." In 2004, NBC's Washington Bureau Chief and moderator of "Meet the Press" Tim Russert wrote "Big Russ...
  • Oldest WWI Veteran, Henry Allingham dies aged 113.

    07/18/2009 1:13:38 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 42 replies · 3,102+ views
    BBC ^ | 07.18.09 | BBC
    Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113 Henry Allingham was the last surviving founding member of the RAF Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of the last surviving World War I servicemen, has died at the age of 113, his care home has said. Mr Allingham served with the Royal Naval Air Service in WWI, later transferring to the Royal Air Force at the time of its creation. Bosses at his Brighton care home said everybody was "saddened by Henry's loss and our sympathy goes to his family". Last month, Mr Allingham, born in 1896, became the world's oldest...
  • Legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92

    07/17/2009 5:48:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 144 replies · 5,270+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/09 | AP
    NEW YORK – Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the networks' golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called "the most trusted man in America," has died. He was 92. CBS vice president Linda Mason says Cronkite died at 7:42 p.m. Friday with his family by his side at his home in New York after a long illness. He was the face of the "CBS Evening News" from 1962 to 1981, when stories ranged from the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to racial and...