Tributes & Obituaries

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Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

Hans Berliner, a former world champion of correspondence chess who won one of the greatest games ever played on his way to the title and later became a pioneering developer of game-playing computers, died on Friday in Riviera Beach, Fla. He was 87.<p>His death was confirmed by Carl Ebeling, a former …

Computer Science

Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

The last person to leave footprints on the moon has died. NASA reported that Gene Cernan died Monday at the age of 82, surrounded by his family.<p>Gene Cernan flew in space three times, including twice to the moon. Cernan was big, brash and gregarious. And if he hadn't been lucky, he could have missed …

Space

Bishop Eddie Long, Controversial Megachurch Pastor, Dies At 63

Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial megachurch leader who fell from grace after he was accused of sexually coercing four young male congregants, has died. He was 63.<p>Long's death was confirmed in a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and reported by multiple news outlets.<p>According …

Faith

Bishop Eddie Long, Controversial Megachurch Pastor, Dies At 63

Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial megachurch leader who fell from grace after he was accused of sexually coercing four young male congregants, has died. He was at 63.<p>Long's death was confirmed in a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and reported by multiple news …

Religion

Kevin Starr, California's premier historian, dies at 76

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who is deemed the pre-eminent historian of the Golden State, has died. He was 76.<p>Starr's wife, Sheila Starr, said he died of a heart attack Saturday evening at a hospital in San Francisco.<p>Starr, a professor of history at the …

California

Jimmy Snuka, Ex-Pro Wrestler Known as Superfly, Dies at 73

Jimmy Snuka, a former professional wrestler known for his acrobatic moves in the ring and for a late-in-life murder charge that was thrown out after he was declared mentally unfit, died on Sunday in Florida. He was 73.<p>The death was announced on the website of World Wrestling Entertainment, where …

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, Wrestling Legend, Dead at 73

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, the high-flying Fijian-born professional wrestler who rose to fame alongside icons Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and …

WWE

Beatles Associate 'Magic Alex' Dead at 74

Yanni "John" Alexis Mardas, or "Magic Alex" as he was known in the Beatles universe when he was among Apple Corps' earliest employees, died Friday at …

Entertainment

Zhou Youguang, Architect Of A Bridge Between Languages, Dies At 111

Zhou Youguang, the inventor of a system to convert Chinese characters into words with the Roman alphabet, died Saturday at the age of 111. Since his system was introduced nearly six decades ago, few innovations have done more to boost literacy rates in China and bridge the divide between the …

China

'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dies at 89

Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the bestselling novel and Oscar-winning movie “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 89.<p>Blatty died Thursday at a hospital in …

The Arts

John Jacobs, European Tour's 'Founding Father,' Dies at 91

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- John Jacobs, the captain of the first European Ryder Cup team and a tour official on the continent, has died. He was …

Lord Snowdon, ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86

Lord Snowdon, the society photographer and filmmaker who married Britain’s Princess Margaret and continued to mix in royal circles even after their divorce, has died. He was 86.<p>Buckingham Palace said that Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret’s sister, had been told that he died.<p>“The Earl of Snowdon died …

Royal Family

Tommy Allsup, Guitarist Who Avoided 'Day the Music Died' Crash, Dead at 85

Tommy Allsup, the guitarist who famously avoided "the Day the Music Died" after losing his plane seat in a coin toss to Ritchie Valens, died …

Entertainment

Jerusalem Post says former chief editor Ari Rath dead at 92

VIENNA (AP) — The Jerusalem Post says Ari Rath, its former chief editor who advocated the peaceful coexistence of Israelis and Palestinians, has died in Vienna. He was 92.<p>Rath was best known for a more than decade-long tenure at the daily's helm. His support of dialogue to resolve past and present …

Israel

Levi Felix, champion of unplugging from tech, dies at 32

Levi Felix, a former tech worker who advocated for the health benefits of occasionally disconnecting from technology, died Wednesday of a brain tumor. He was 32.<p>Felix, a former creative director at a tech startup who often worked 70 hours a week, co-founded Digital Detox and Camp Grounded: Summer …

India

Victor Lownes, 88, Playboy Executive Who Shaped Company’s Libertine Ethic

Victor Lownes, a professed rake whose close friendship with Hugh Hefner helped shape Playboy magazine, its libertine ethic and the Playboy empire’s business success, died on Wednesday in London. He was 88.<p>Mr. Lownes had a heart attack at his New Year’s Eve celebration and died in the hospital after …

Obituaries

John M. Richman, Chief of Kraft Who Oversaw Merger With Philip Morris, Dies at 89

John M. Richman, who as the chief executive and chairman of Kraft Inc. oversaw its $13.1 billion acquisition by the Philip Morris Companies in 1988, one of the largest mergers in United States history at the time, died on Monday in Weston, Fla. He was 89.<p>The cause was complications of pneumonia, …

Peter Nowell, who has died at 88, revolutionized cancer research — by accident

Peter C. Nowell, a medical researcher who, in the simple process of cleaning slides bearing leukemic cells, helped uncover the first clear sign of a genetic cause of cancer, died Dec. 26 in Newtown Square, Pa. He was 88.<p>The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said a daughter, Kristin …

Cancer

Graham Taylor, former England manager, dies at the age of 72

• Taylor also managed Aston Villa and Watford on two occasions • Playing career took Taylor to Grimsby Town and Lincoln City<p>The former England manager Graham Taylor has died aged 72, a spokesman for the family has said.<p>Taylor, whose playing career took him to Grimsby Town and Lincoln City, also …

Obituaries

Anthony King, face of BBC election night coverage, dies aged 82

Professor who taught at University of Essex for half a century was fixture on results nights from 1983 to 2005<p>Prof Anthony King, one of the undisputed giants of postwar British political science and a familiar face in the BBC’s live coverage of general election night results, has died aged 82.<p>Born …

Elections

Oliver Smithies, Tinkerer Who Transformed Genetics and Won a Nobel, Dies at 91

Oliver Smithies, a British-born biochemist and inveterate tinkerer who shared a Nobel Prize for discovering a powerful tool for identifying the roles of individual genes in health and disease, died on Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 91.<p>His death, after a short illness, was announced by the …

Ukulele legend and Honolulu original Eddie Kamae dies at 89

Eddie Kamae, one of the most influential Hawaiian musicians of the last half-century and a filmmaker who painstakingly documented the culture and history of the islands, has died at his home in Honolulu. He was 89.<p>Kamae, who died Saturday, had long been the face of The Sons of Hawaii, a popular …

The Arts

Paralyzed New York detective who became voice for peace dies

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Department Detective Steven McDonald, who was paralyzed by a teenage shooter's bullet in 1986 but publicly forgave the shooter and became an international voice for peace, died Tuesday at age 59.<p>McDonald had been hospitalized Friday on Long Island after suffering a …

Obituaries

Clare Hollingworth, Reporter Who Broke News of World War II, Dies at 105

From a single gust of wind, Clare Hollingworth reaped the journalistic scoop of the century.<p>Ms. Hollingworth, the undisputed doyenne of war correspondents, who died on Tuesday in Hong Kong at 105, was less than a week into her first job, as a reporter for the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, …

News Media

Former German President Roman Herzog dies at 82

Former German President Roman Herzog has died. He was 82.<p>Current President Joachim Gauck announced Herzog’s death on Tuesday, describing him as “a distinctive personality” who “advocated readiness for reform and at the same time stood for preserving the tried and tested.”<p>Herzog, a former law and …

Germany

The Rev. Marvin Gorman, who prompted Jimmy Swaggart’s downfall in the ’80s, dies at 83

The Rev. Marvin Gorman was many things to many people: a charismatic televangelist, a spiritual guide and a prolific author. But to his rival, the pioneering Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, Gorman was a pestilence, a spear in his side.<p>Both men ascended to fame using religion as their guiding light, and in the …

Religion

Columnist Nat Hentoff dies at 91; relished 'the freedom to be infuriating'

Nat Hentoff, an eclectic columnist, critic, novelist and agitator dedicated to music, free expression and defying the party line, died Saturday at age 91.<p>His son, Tom Hentoff, said his father died from natural causes at his Manhattan apartment.<p>Schooled in the classics and the stories he heard from …

Garry Shandling

Columnist Nat Hentoff dies at 91

William Christopher<p>Richard Adams<p>Robert Vaughn<p>Gene Wilder<p>Michael Cimino<p>Pat Summitt<p>Prince<p>Chyna<p>Merle Haggard<p>Mother Angelica<p>Frank Sinatra Jr.<p>Abe Vigoda<p>NEW YORK (AP) — Nat Hentoff, an eclectic columnist, critic, novelist and agitator dedicated to music, free expression and defying the party line, died …

Obituaries

Mário Soares Dies at 92; Guided Portugal’s Shift to Democracy

Mário Soares, the pugnacious Socialist leader who guided Portugal’s rocky transition to democracy in the 1970s after decades of dictatorship, died on Saturday in Lisbon. He was 92.<p>Mr. Soares died on Saturday in the Red Cross hospital in Lisbon where he had been hospitalized since mid-December, …