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Prodigy of Mobb Deep Dies at 42; Forged Sound of New York Rap

Prodigy, the hard-nosed Queens rapper who kiln-fired New York hip-hop into a thing of unhurried attitude and stoic elegance as half of the duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was 42.<p>His publicist, Roberta Magrini, said that Prodigy was hospitalized there following a recent Mobb Deep …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Malcolm Toon Made Waves as a Diplomat, but His Death Went Largely Unreported

Malcolm Toon was a leading State Department expert on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, a blunt ambassador with a reputation as a hard-liner in diplomatic duels with Communist governments.<p>In nearly 35 years as a Foreign Service officer, he was ambassador to Czechoslovakia, …

Russia

Benjamin R. Barber, Author of ‘Jihad vs. McWorld,’ Dies at 77

Benjamin R. Barber, a political theorist whose 1995 book, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” presciently analyzed the socioeconomic forces leading to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and a surge in tribalism around the world, died Monday in Manhattan. He was 77.<p>The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his son, …

Political Science

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Harry Huskey, one of the last surviving scientists in the vanguard of the computer revolution, who helped develop what was once billed as the first personal computer because it took only one person to operate, though it was the size of two refrigerators, died on April 9 at his home in Santa Cruz, …

University of Pennsylvania

Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, Newspaper Publisher Born for the Job, Dies at 96

Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, who challenged racial barriers, political skulduggery and environmental adversaries as publisher of The Chattanooga Times in Tennessee for nearly three decades, and who was a member of the family that controls The New York Times, died on Wednesday at her home in …

University of Tennessee

Aaron Hernandez Hanged Himself in Prison, Officials Say

Aaron Hernandez, the former star tight end with the New England Patriots who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015, hanged himself in prison on Wednesday, the authorities said.<p>He was discovered in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., …

Crime

Frederick Borsch, Bishop Who Worked to Empower Minorities, Dies at 81

Frederick H. Borsch, who as the Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles crusaded for an inclusive social justice agenda that empowered women, gays and lesbians, blacks and Hispanics, and poor and low-wage workers, died on April 11 at his home in Philadelphia. He was 81.<p>The cause was myelodysplastic …

Los Angeles

Clifton James, Who Played a Sheriff in 2 Bond Films, Dies at 96

Comedians

Roy Sievers, Slugging Washington Senator in the ’50s, Dies at 90

Roy Sievers, who won the American League’s first Rookie of the Year Award playing for the 1949 St. Louis Browns and became one of baseball’s leading power hitters of the 1950s with the original Washington Senators, died on Monday at his home in Spanish Lake, Mo. He was 90.<p>His daughter, Shawn …

Baltimore Orioles

Arthur H. Cash, Writer of British Biographies, Dies at 94

Arthur H. Cash, who wrote a definitive two-volume biography of the English novelist Laurence Sterne and became a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007 for his biography of the 18th-century English radical John Wilkes, died on Thursday in Watch Hill, R.I. He was 94.<p>The death was confirmed by his wife, the …

Literature

F. Ross Johnson, Symbol of ’80s Corporate Excess, Dies at 85

F. Ross Johnson, who as chief executive of RJR Nabisco instigated an era-defining takeover struggle that was chronicled in film and a best-selling book and made him a symbol of corporate greed, died on Thursday at his home in Jupiter, Fla. He was 85.<p>The cause was pneumonia, a spokesman for his …

Taj Mahal

Huston Smith, Author of ‘The World’s Religions,’ Dies at 97

Huston Smith, a renowned scholar of religion who pursued his own enlightenment in Methodist churches, Zen monasteries and even Timothy Leary’s living room, died on Friday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 97.<p>His wife, Kendra, confirmed his death.<p>Professor Smith was best known for “The …

University of Chicago

Allan Williams, First Manager of the Beatles, Dies at 86

Allan Williams, the stocky Liverpool club owner and impresario who, as the first manager of the Beatles, played a crucial role in the group’s transformation from a mediocre local dance band to the hard-rocking ensemble that mesmerized the world, died on Friday in Liverpool. He was 86.<p>His death, at …

Soul Music

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Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87

Elie Wiesel, the Auschwitz survivor who became an eloquent witness for the six million Jews slaughtered in World War II and who, more than anyone else, seared the memory of the Holocaust on the world’s conscience, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.<p>Menachem Rosensaft, a longtime …

Israel

Michael Cimino, Director of ‘The Deer Hunter’ and ‘Heaven’s Gate,’ Dies at 77

Michael Cimino, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker who earned a reputation as one of Hollywood’s boldest directors with the haunting 1978 Vietnam War drama “The Deer Hunter,” and then all but squandered it two years later with the sprawling and widely panned “Heaven’s Gate,” was found dead on …

Vietnam War

Jack Taylor, Founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Dies at 94

Jack C. Taylor was a young salesman at a St. Louis Cadillac dealership in 1957 when he became intrigued by the relatively new practice of automobile leasing. “You’ve been looking for someone to start the leasing business,” he told his boss. “I’d like to do it.”<p>Obtaining a quarter interest in the …

Terrorism