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Jane Henson of Muppet family fame dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Jim Henson Co. says Henson's partner in marriage and Muppets has died.<p>The company says Jane Henson died Tuesday at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer. She was 78.<p>She and Jim Henson met in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they …

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Monica T. Anderson dies of natural causes at 86

Monica T. Anderson, a refined and respected South Florida businesswoman, died of natural causes at Hospice-by-the-Sea in Boca Raton on Monday after a …

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Times Editor Explains Sexist Obit to Humorless Feminists

New York <i>Times</i> public editor Margaret Sullivan grilled her colleagues on the Obituary desk over Saturday’s controversial “stroganoff lede,” which …

New York Times obit for rocket scientist introduces her as mom and cook first

<b>(YouTube)</b><p>The newspaper’s public editor has apologized, but the updated story was issued without a correction<p>Prachi Gupta<p>March 31, 2013 4:15pm (UTC)<p>Yvonne Brill, a NASA jet propulsion scientist who won the agency's Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2001 and was honored with the National Medal of …

Music producer and innovator Phil Ramone dead at age 79

Innovative music producer Phil Ramone, whose work with the major artists of the modern era won him 14 Grammys and prompted the nickname "Pope of Pop," died Saturday morning in a New York hospital, his son, Matt, told CNN.<p>The family did not immediately provide a cause of death. Ramone was 79, …

Leon Leyson: Youngest member of Schindler's List dead at 83.

The <i>Los Angeles Times</i> brings us news of the death of Leon Leyson, the youngest survivor on Oskar Schindler's list, who lost his four-year battle with …

Baby Boomers' Last Wishes: Motorcycle Hearses And Facebook Obits

Old Aristocracy Hill isn't a part of Springfield, Ill., that draws a lot of attention. The quiet neighborhood dates back to before the Civil War, its historic homes now carefully preserved by proud business owners.<p>But outside a stately funeral home, a large black-and-chrome Harley Davidson …

The Oldest Nobel Prize Winner Died This Weekend At 103

By no means a retrospective of a career that produced a Nobel Prize, the paper ("Nerve growth factor regulates axial rotation during early stages of chick embryo development") added still one more bit of knowledge about the protein involved with the growth and survival of nerve cells, a molecule …

Lawmakers petition for 'Stan Musial' bridge in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Stan Musial already has a statue in St. Louis named after him. If state and federal lawmakers get their way, a new Mississippi River bridge also will carry the name of the St. Louis Cardinals great.<p>Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, and Dick Durbin, of Illinois, …

Linda Riss Pugach, whose 1959 blinding by lover became news sensation, dead at 75.

She was 22, a sheltered, dark-haired Bronx beauty said to look like Elizabeth Taylor. He was a decade older, a suave lawyer who courted her with …

Two Deaths: A Poet And A Beetle

She'd wake up like we do, look out the window just like us, rummage through her days, but somehow what caught her attention — a grasshopper's hop, an infant's fingernails, plankton, a snowflake — when Wislawa Szymborska noticed something, she noticed it so well, her gaze reshaped the thing she saw, …

Joe Allbritton: What Those Glowing Obits Didn't Tell You

<i>Politico</i>’s fawning obituary of banker and media magnate Joseph Allbritton was predictable, given that his son Robert is the newspaper’s publisher. …

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The Obit Debate

A reader softens the “Fuck Old Media” thread:<p>Let me say first that for years I was opposed to charging for obituaries. I think obituaries are a …

Koch, embodiment of NYC, dies at 88

NEW YORK — Ed Koch, the irascible former Big Apple mayor who led the city out of a crippling fiscal crisis and whose outsize personality came to define a bygone era in New York City, has died, a spokesman said. He was 88.<p>Koch succumbed to congestive heart failure around 2 a.m., according to his …

Vidal Sassoon is Dead at 84

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Famed British hairdresser Vidal Sassoon passed away Wednesday at 84 of an "unspecified illness" at …

Renowned jazz drummer Steve Ellington dies

The percussionist, a grand-nephew of Duke Ellington, recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz.<p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Steve Ellington, an internationally known jazz percussionist and the grand-nephew of jazz legend Duke Ellington, died Friday in Montgomery at age 71.<p>Born in Atlanta, he began …

Post Mortem - Jazz pianist Hank Jones dies

The legendary pianist Hank Jones, 91, an eloquent and lyrical soloist and accompanist to every major name in jazz since the 1940s, died May 16 in New York City.<p>Mr. Jones was known for his light touch and his embrace of bebop's fast pace and complex phrasing. He played "as though he were plucking …