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Sally Forrest, dancer lifted to dramatic roles by Ida Lupino, dies at 86

Sally Forrest, a dancer who appeared in 1940s MGM musicals before being cast by Ida Lupino in dramatic roles, died March 15 at her home in Beverly Hills. She was 86.

She had long battled cancer, said publicist Judith Goffin.

Forrest, whom columnist Hedda Hopper once called "a typical example of …

Beverly Hills

Marcella Leach dies at 85; advocate for Marsy's Law on victims' rights

Marcella Leach, who became a leading advocate for crime victims' rights after the brutal murder of her college-student daughter, died March 15 at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange. She was 85.

The cause was complications of Alzheimer's disease, said her son, Henry T. Nicholas III.

Leach was a key …


George Spitz, Civic Gadfly Helped Transform Marathon, Dies at 92

George N. Spitz, a relentless gadfly who is credited with recasting the New York City Marathon from a four-lap run around Central Park with 339 finishers to a celebratory five-borough race that has become the largest of its kind in the world, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 92.

His death, of …


Jazz mourn loss of Hot Rod Hundley


PHOENIX -- Hot Rod Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, died Friday. He was 80.

The Jazz said Hundley died at his home in the Phoenix area.

Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974 to 2009. He joined the franchise before its first season …

Hot Rods

Tomas Transtromer, Nobel-Winning Poet, Dies at 83

Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2011 for a body of work known for shrewd metaphors couched in deceptively spare language, crystalline descriptions of natural beauty and explorations of the mysteries of identity and creativity, died on Thursday in …


Steven Smith, Tea Explorer, Dies at 65

Steven Smith, a tea company founder who, steeped in memories of sweet Red Rose brewed by his grandmother, helped transform the nation’s tea-drinking habits as much as any American since that party in Boston Harbor in 1773, died on Monday in Portland, Ore. He was 65.

The cause was liver cancer, his …

Marco Polo

24 Actress Alberta Watson Dies at 60

After a lengthy battle with cancer

Canadian film and television actress Alberta Watson has died. She was 60.

Watson – who was best known for her role as special agent Erin Driscoll on the Fox drama 24 – died Saturday at Kensington Hospice in Toronto after a lengthy battle with cancer, her agent …


A. James Clark, ‘King of Concrete,’ Dies at 87

A. James Clark, the reclusive billionaire “King of Concrete” whose contracting company transformed the District of Columbia and built sports stadiums and convention centers across the country, died on March 20 at his home in Easton, Md. He was 87.

The cause was congestive heart failure, according to …


Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, has died aged 91, its current leader has confirmed.

In a statement, the serving prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said the country’s former leader died in the early hours of Monday morning local time.

“The prime minister is deeply grieved to announce the …

Lee Kuan Yew

Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik dies

Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik died at the age of 89 early Saturday morning after battling an illness at his assisted-living facility, the team announced.

Bednarik played 14 seasons as both a linebacker and center, winning a pair of NFL Championships with the Eagles in 1949 and 1960.

Inducted into the …


Malcolm Fraser, former Australian prime minister, dies aged 84

The former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser has died at the age 84, after a brief illness.

His death was confirmed in a short statement from his office on Friday. “It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of …


Arthur A. Hartman, U.S. Ambassador to Soviet Union, Dies at 89

Arthur A. Hartman, who was Washington’s longest-serving ambassador to the Soviet Union and the Reagan administration’s point man in Moscow during a succession of delicate Cold War crises, died on Monday in Washington. He was 89.

The cause was complications after surgery for a leg he broke in a fall, …


Free bass player Andy Fraser dies; daughter says he was 'a force of nature'

Andy Fraser, who co-wrote the rousing rock anthem "All Right Now" when he was the teenage bassist for the British rock band Free, has died in California at age 62.

Fraser had been living in the Southern California desert community of Temecula, where he died Monday, the Riverside County coroner said …


Toto bassist Mike Porcaro dies at 59

For over two decades, bassist Mike Porcaro was a rock star with the band Toto, playing venues around the world.

Now, the music world is mourning the death of Porcaro, who died after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. He was 59.

"Our brother Mike …

Lou Gehrig

Al Rosen, AL MVP with Indians, former exec, dies at 91

CLEVELAND (AP) — Al Rosen's success in baseball didn't end after he left the diamond for the final time.

A muscular third baseman for the Cleveland Indians who won the 1953 AL MVP and later worked in the front offices of several teams, died Friday. He was 91.

Rosen was a member on the Indians' 1948 …

Major League Baseball

Brian Sutton-Smith, Scholar of What’s Fun, Dies at 90

Brian Sutton-Smith, a developmental psychologist whose work — prolific, scholarly and precedent-setting — was quite literally child’s play, died on March 7 in White River Junction, Vt. He was 90.

His death, at a nursing home, was from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter Emily …


Rev. Willie T. Barrow, a Fighter for Civil Rights, Dies at 90

The Rev. Willie T. Barrow, who championed civil rights for minorities, women, gay people and consumers; opposed the war in Vietnam and apartheid; and mentored generations of community organizers, including a young Chicagoan named Barack Obama, died on Thursday at her home in Chicago. She was 90.

Her …

Civil Rights

Dell Williams, Founder of Sex Boutique, Dies at 92

Dell Williams, who in 1974, after being humiliated by a department-store clerk when she tried to buy a vibrator, was moved to start Eve’s Garden, the New York boutique widely described as the nation’s first sex shop catering specifically to women, died on Wednesday at her home in Manhattan. She was …


Portland Building Architect and Disabled Design Advocate Michael Graves Dies at 80

While the Portland Building may be his best known accomplishment, the architect should be remembered for his contributions to humanitarian design.

For the better part of his life, Michael Graves stood up for the Portland Building.

In 1980, on the eve of an important city vote that would set the fate …

Pacific Northwest

Joe McDonnell, Los Angeles sports media fixture, dies at 58

Joe McDonnell, a Los Angeles sports commentator and talk show host who was known for his once enormous size and magnetic personality, has died, the Angels confirmed. He was 58.

McDonnell died Friday afternoon at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, according to family friend and sports publicist …

Los Angeles

Richard Glatzer, Co-Director of ‘Still Alice,’ Dies at 63

Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and co-directed “Still Alice,” a film about Alzheimer’s disease, while suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 63.

His death was announced by his publicist, Ekta Farrar.

Mr. Glatzer’s speech had become slurred and he …

Julianne Moore

Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, dies aged 66

Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld comic fantasy series of novels, has died aged 66.

Publishers Transworld announced the news “with immeasurable sadness”. Managing director Larry Finlay, said: “The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.”

The author of more than 70 books passed …

Terry Pratchett

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Former Archbishop of New York, Dies at 82

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a stern defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who presided over the Archdiocese of New York for nine years in an era of troubled finances, changing demographics and an aging, dwindling priesthood shaken by sexual-abuse scandals, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was …


'Seinfeld' actor Daniel von Bargen dies at 64 -

Daniel von Bargen, the talented character actor perhaps best known for playing George Costanza's imbecilic boss Mr. Kruger during the last season of "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64.

Von Bargen, who also stood out as Commandant Edwin Spangler on the ABC sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle," died Sunday …

Malcolm in the Middle

Alex Johnson dies at 72; former American League batting champion

Former California Angels star Alex Johnson, the 1970 American League batting champion, died Tuesday in Detroit, the Angels announced. He was 72.

Johnson played with eight teams over 13 seasons in the 1960s and '70s, but the left fielder's best season in the majors came during his first season with …

Alex Johnson

Henry T. Segerstrom, California Developer and Arts Patron, Dies at 91

Henry T. Segerstrom, a California developer and arts patron who transformed his family’s lima bean farm into Orange County’s booming cultural and commercial downtown, died on Feb. 20 at his home in Newport Beach. He was 91.

His death, after what was described as a brief illness resulting from war …


Eugenie Clark dies at 92; Respected scientist swam with sharks

As a schoolgirl in the 1930s, Eugenie Clark spent countless hours pressed up to the tanks at a New York City aquarium, absorbed by the alligators, sea turtles and hundreds of species of fish just beyond the glass.

There was one creature, however, that completely enthralled her. "If only," she …


R.I.P. Anthony Mason, Soul of the '90s

No one basketball player defined the '90s better than Anthony Mason, a bulldog who led the brutish and flawed Knicks almost all the way to the finish line.

If you root for a sports team over a considerable period of time, you’re going to find that there are players who encapsulate what it means to …

Michael Jordan

Yasar Kemal, Turkey's literary giant, dies aged 92

Istanbul (AFP) - Yasar Kemal, who was one of Turkey's most celebrated writers, a traditional storyteller with a social conscience and an outspoken champion of the Kurdish cause, died on Saturday at the age of 92, state media reported.

Kemal died in an Istanbul hospital where he was being treated for …