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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South Africa’s ‘Mother of the Nation,’ dies at 81

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela and for decades one of South Africa’s most prominent and polarizing figures, died April 2 at a hospital in Johannesburg. She was 81.<p>Her family confirmed the death in a statement and said she had been hospitalized for an illness earlier …

South Africa

Stephen Hawking Dies at 76; His Mind Roamed the Cosmos

Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. …

Physics

Rev. Billy Graham honored at U.S. Capitol

Billy Graham, the evangelist and adviser to past U.S. presidents, died on Feb. 21 at the age of 99. Graham was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1992. Graham will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday, where Washingtonians, politicos, and fans can pay their respects. Graham …

Evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99; reached millions

The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died.<p>Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, …

Billy Graham

R&B Singer-Songwriter Denise LaSalle Dies in Tennessee

<i>JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) —</i> Singer and songwriter Denise LaSalle, whose hit “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” topped the R&B charts in 1971, has died. She …

Della Reese, Recording Star and Actress of TV's "Touched by an Angel," has Died at 86

<i>LOS ANGELES (AP) —</i> Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the …

Entertainment

Diana’s Public Life, in Photos and Headlines

With Britain commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, on Thursday, we looked at archival photographs and the pages of The New York Times to remember how her life was seen as she lived it.<p><b>Thrust Into the Spotlight</b><p>Tabloids called it the “wedding of the century.” …

Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the comedian, actor and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.<p>His death was confirmed by his publicist, Candi Cazau.<p>Mr. Lewis …

Dick Gregory, Barrier-Breaking Comedian and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 84

LOS ANGELES — Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.<p>Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week, his son …

Comedy King Jerry Lewis, 91, Dies 'Peacefully at Home of Natural Causes,' Says Daughter

Comedy king Jerry Lewis, whose manic style amused generations of moviegoers on both sides of the Atlantic, yet whose popularity often confounded …

Glen Campbell, clean-cut country star and crossover hitmaker, dies at 81

Glen Campbell, a guitar prodigy and ballad singer who dominated the polished, string-swelling countrypolitan sound of the late 1960s and 1970s and cultivated a clean-cut image at odds with his once-stormy personal life, died Aug. 8 in Nashville. He was 81.<p>His publicist confirmed the death to the …

‘Chocolate City’ Has Lost Our Anchor Extraordinaire

There are few shining examples of Black male excellence in broadcast TV, a field that suffers from a dearth of brothas like Jim Vance. The man who …

Jeff Bezos briefly surpassed Bill Gates to become world’s richest person

It didn’t last long<p>Amazon founder Jeff Bezos surpassed Bill Gates this morning to become the world’s richest person. <i>Bloomberg</i> reported that a surge in Amazon’s stock helped propel Bezos to the top of rich list, ahead of the company’s earnings report. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has held the top …

Harvard’s first female president stepping down after 11 years

After more than a decade at the helm, Harvard University’s president said Wednesday she will step down from her post at the end of the next academic year.<p>Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard’s first-ever female president, said now is the “right time for the transition to Harvard’s next chapter,” in an e-mail …

Why Denise Really Left The "Cosby Show" Plus Other Actors Who Disappeared From Shows

Yvette Nicole on <i>Community</i><p>Shirley was <i>not</i> in the sixth season of <i>Community</i>, but that was at Yvette Nicole’s request. She was on the show since it …

Cosby Show

Roger Moore, suave actor who held James Bond role the longest, dies at 89

In a career that seemed impervious to critical drubbing, Roger Moore owed his enduring box office appeal to exceptionally good looks, terrific luck and a self-deprecating charm.<p>The English actor, who has died at age 89 in Switzerland, became an international star in playboy-adventurer roles, first …

James Bond

Cuba Gooding Sr., Singer and Father of Oscar-Winning Actor, Found Dead in Car

LOS ANGELES — Cuba Gooding Sr., the father of an Oscar-winning actor and a chart-topping R&B singer in his own right, was found dead in his car in …

Singer Percy Sledge dies at Baton Rouge home after battle with cancer

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Don Rickles, lightning-fast launcher of comic insults, dies at 90

Rickles, the bigmouthed, baldheaded “Mr. Warmth” whose verbal assaults endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged grandmaster of insult comedy, died April 6. He was 90.<p>Rickles, the bigmouthed, baldheaded “Mr. Warmth” whose verbal assaults endeared him to audiences and peers …

Brilliant Legal Pioneer and Influential Black Republican William T. Coleman Dies at 96

Though many may not know his name, William T. Coleman Jr. was a champion of civil rights, an influential African American and a pioneering Cabinet …

Roger Wilkins, civil rights champion in government and journalism, dies at 85

Roger W. Wilkins, a ranking Justice Department official during the 1960s who later composed Pulitzer Prize-winning editorials about the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post and wrote unsparingly about the conflicts and burdens he experienced as a black man in positions of influence, died March …

Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock and Roll, Has Died at 90

Legendary musician Chuck Berry has died, police confirm. He was 90.<p>The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed on Facebook that …

Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer Al Jarreau Dies at 76

<i>LOS ANGELES (AP) —</i> Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, just …

William Christopher Dead - 'MASH' Actor Dies at 84

<b>William Christopher</b>, best known for playing Father John Mulcahy on the hit series <i>M*A*S*H</i>, has sadly passed away at the age of 84.<p>The actor’s son <b>John</b> …

Entertainment

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Lived a Mother-Daughter Story Unlike Any Other

Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive—Getty Images<p>D.H. Song—AP<p>Hulton Archive—Getty Images<p>Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs—Getty Images<p>Archive Photos—Getty …

Debbie Reynolds, Wholesome Ingénue in 1950s Films, Dies at 84

Debbie Reynolds, the wholesome ingénue in 1950s films like “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Tammy and the Bachelor,” died on Wednesday, a day after the death of her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher. She was 84.<p>Her death, following a stroke, was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher, according to her …

George Michael's partner Fadi Fawaz says the pop star died alone

<b>(CNN) —</b> The partner of late British pop musician George Michael has told of how he found the star dead in bed on Christmas Day.<p>Fadi Fawaz, 43, said on Twitter that he would never forget "finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning."<p>"I will never stop missing you," he …