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Doris Hart dies at 89; tennis great won 3 Wimbledon titles in 1 day

Tennis great Doris Hart, who won each Grand Slam tournament at least once, and once won three Wimbledon titles in a single day, died Friday at her home in Coral Gables, Fla. She was 89.

Her death was announced by the International Tennis Hall of Fame. A cause was not disclosed.

Hart, known for her …


Actor Reynaldo Rey dies at 75

(CNN)Actor and comedian Reynaldo Rey died Thursday of complications from a stroke, his manager said.

Rey was 75.

Among his most popular works are the movies, "Friday," "White Men Can't Jump" and "Harlem Nights."

Rey suffered a stroke about a year ago. He died in Los Angeles, said his manager, Vanzil …


Former Obama legal adviser Meltzer dies

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard Law School professor who served as a top legal adviser to President Barack Obama has died. Daniel Meltzer was 63.

Harvard announced Wednesday that Meltzer died Sunday after a battle with cancer.

Meltzer had been on the Harvard Law faculty since 1982. He took a leave …


John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that …

John F. Nash

Actress Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.

Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided.

The Stiller family released a statement to …

Jerry Stiller

Famed Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave dies at 78

DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.

Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave's wife Joan Belgrave, said the musician died Sunday at an Ann …


John Nash, Nobel Prize Winner and Subject of 'A Beautiful Mind,' Killed in Car Crash

John Nash, winner of the Nobel prize in economics and the subject of the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife Saturday in a car crash in New Jersey, according to state police.

Nash and his wife, Alicia, were traveling in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County when it hit …

John F. Nash

Marty Pasetta dies at 82; directed 17 Oscar shows, Elvis satellite concert

Marty Pasetta, a veteran director of live TV extravaganzas, including 17 Academy Awards shows and inaugural galas for Presidents Carter and Reagan, has died. He was 82.

Pasetta died Thursday from injuries sustained in a single-car accident in La Quinta, where he lived.

According to the Riverside …

Anne Meara

Thomas K. Jones, U.S. Arms Negotiator, Dies at 82

Thomas K. Jones, an American defense official and arms negotiator who turned Nikita Khrushchev’s defiant “We will bury you” threat on its head when he declared in 1982 that Americans could survive a Soviet nuclear attack by digging shelters — “If there are enough shovels to go around,” he said, …

Nuclear War

Harlem Globetrotters great Marques Haynes dies at 89

PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.

Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, …

Harlem Globetrotters

Noted jazz musician Bob Belden dies in NYC at age 58

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Belden, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer who was the first American musician to perform in Iran since its 1979 revolution when he toured there earlier this year, died Wednesday. He was 58.

Belden died at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan after …


Happy Rockefeller, Whose Marriage to Governor Scandalized Voters, Dies at 88

Happy Rockefeller, the socialite whose 1963 marriage to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York, soon after both had been divorced, raised a political storm in a more genteel time and may have cost him the Republican presidential nomination in 1964, died on Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown, N.Y. She …

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Garo Yepremian, Whose Kicks Outshined One Pass, Dies at 70

Garo Yepremian, a highly accomplished field-goal kicker who proved to be a comically inept Super Bowl passer in one of the most famous bloopers in the history of the National Football League, died on Friday at a hospital in Media, Pa. He was 70.

Yepremian, who lived in nearby Avondale, Pa., had a …

Super Bowl

Francis Fleetwood, Architect Who Transformed the Hamptons, Dies at 68

Francis Fleetwood, who drew on the work of Stanford White to transform the architectural aesthetic of the Hamptons on Long Island from the relatively modest, minimalist beach houses that reflected postwar modernism to the shingled Victorian behemoths that evoke the Gilded Age, died on May 8 at his …


B.B. King and The Thrill Is Gone: PIctures


B. B. King, Defining Bluesman for Generations, Dies at 89

B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

John Fudenberg, the coroner of Clark County, Nev., said the cause was a series of small …

Blues Music

Denise McCluggage, Auto Racing Pacesetter, Dies at 88

Denise McCluggage, a trailblazing auto racer and journalist who shattered stereotypes about women as professional drivers, died on Wednesday in Santa Fe, N.M., where she had lived since the late 1970s. She was 88.

Her death, at a hospital there, was announced by Autoweek magazine, the successor to …

Auto Racing

Kenan Evren, 97, Dies; After Coup, Led Turkey With Iron Hand

Gen. Kenan Evren, who led a military coup in Turkey and then imposed the harshest repression in his country’s history, leading to his trial and conviction more than 30 years later, died on Saturday in a military hospital in Ankara. He was 97.

His death was reported by the state-run Anadolu Agency.

By …


Former Turkish president, coup leader, Evren dies at 97

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kenan Evren, the Turkish general who led a 1980 coup that ended years of violence but whose rule unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings, died on Saturday. He was 97.

The ailing former general who later ruled as president for seven years, died at …

Military Coup

Maurice Flanagan, 86, Dies; Made Dubai a Hub With Emirates Airline

Maurice Flanagan, a founding manager of Emirates, the airline that put Dubai on the global map, died on Thursday at his home in London. He was 86.

Emirates announced his death but did not specify the cause.

The story of how Emirates became one of the world’s top carriers is intimately linked to …


Dianne White Clatto, Weathercaster Who Broke a Color Barrier, Dies at 76

Twelve years before Al Roker started as a weather anchor for a CBS affiliate in Syracuse, Dianne White Clatto made broadcasting history in St. Louis. In 1962, according to industry colleagues, she became the first full-time black television weathercaster in the country.

Ms. Clatto, who died at 76 on …

Bob Newhart

John G. Heyburn II, Judge in Civil Rights Cases, Dies at 66

On Wednesday, April 29, John G. Heyburn II, one of America's most distinguished federal judges, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.

Judge Heyburn, whose official obituary follows this personal tribute, was a beloved friend of our family. He and my wife were fourth cousins, but their …

Civil Rights

Errol Brown Dead: Hot Chocolate Frontman Dies Aged 66 After Suffering From Pancreatic Cancer


Ruth Rendell dies at 85; prolific English mystery writer

When the after-dinner speaker at a tennis club banquet clutched his chest and keeled over dead, one door slammed shut and another flew open for a young writer named Ruth Rendell.

Reporting for a local newspaper, Rendell wrote an account of the gala without actually having attended it, thereby …

Ruth Rendell

Ellen Albertini Dow, The Wedding Singer’s rapping granny, dies at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, known for performing “Rapper’s Delight” in the 1998 film The Wedding Singer, died Monday, as reported by Deadline. She was 101.

Born in Pennsylvania in 1913, she studied dance and piano as a child before moving to New York, where she pursued acting. In addition to performing …

Rap Music

Maya Plisetskaya, Ballerina Who Embodied Bolshoi, Dies at 89

MOSCOW — Maya Plisetskaya, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and virtually the embodiment of the Bolshoi Theater for decades, died on Saturday in Munich. She was 89.

Katerina Novikova, the Bolshoi’s press secretary, said the cause was a heart attack. Ms. Plisetskaya and her husband …

Swan Lake

William Sokolin, Wine Seller Who Broke Famed Bottle, Dies at 85

The slightest mishap can cause someone to cry over their beer, or shed tears over spilled milk, but on April 23, 1989, at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan, nobody could have blamed William Sokolin if he had sobbed over a broken bottle of wine.

Not just any bottle, even by Four Seasons …


Fanchon Blake dies at 93; lawsuit broke LAPD's glass ceiling for women

In 1971, after nearly two decades with the Los Angeles Police Department, Fanchon Blake openly objected to policies that prevented her and other women from rising above the rank of sergeant.

Then-Chief Ed Davis belittled her stance at a meeting of female officers, making it clear he felt real police …

Women Leaders

Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter in the Empire Brass, Dies at 62

Rolf Smedvig, a virtuoso classical trumpeter who helped found the Empire Brass, a renowned quintet whose repertory extends from the Renaissance to the Jazz Age, died on April 27 at his home in West Stockbridge, Mass. He was 62.

The cause was a heart attack, said his manager, Mark Z. Alpert.

A former …