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Bill Minor, Journalist Who Was Called Conscience of Mississippi, Dies at 94

Bill Minor, whose courageous reporting helped open Americans’ eyes to everyday racial discrimination in the South in the 1960s and won him recognition as the “conscience of Mississippi,” died on Tuesday in Ridgeland, Miss., outside Jackson. He was 94.<p>His death, at a hospice, was confirmed by his …

Alex Tizon dies at 57; journalist told stories about America and won Pulitzer for exposing corruption

It wasn’t like Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Tizon to leave his readers puzzled. He was a polished and distinctive storyteller, and his writing brimmed with clarity.<p>But when the journalist, author and University of Oregon assistant professor died unexpectedly Thursday at his home in Eugene, Ore., his …

The Arts

Agustina Castro Ruz, sister of Cuban leaders, dies at 78

Agustina del Carmen Castro Ruz, the youngest sibling of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, died March 26 at a hospital in Havana. She was 78.<p>The cause was complications from a recent surgery following a fractured hip, her sister Juanita Castro said.<p>Agustina Castro was the youngest of seven …

Cuba

Darlene Cates, 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' Star, Dead At 69

Best known for playing Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's mom, Cates was a force on screen.<p>Darlene Cates, who starred as Bonnie Grape in 1993’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” died in her sleep on Sunday morning, her family told TMZ.<p>Cates, best known for playing Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio’s …

Hollywood

Golden Globe winner Christine Kaufmann dies in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actor who became the country's first Golden Globe winner and was married to Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72.<p>Kaufmann died in Munich after a battle with leukemia, her management company told the dpa news agency Tuesday.<p>Born in 1945, …

Obituaries

David Storey, British Novelist and Playwright, Dies at 83

LONDON — David Storey, a British writer who drew on his experiences as a miner’s son, a farmworker, an art student, a professional rugby player and a teacher to create novels and plays that won acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, died here on Sunday. He was 83.<p>A niece, Samantha Storey, said the …

Obituaries

Ahmed Kathrada dies at 87; Nelson Mandela's trusted ally helped overturn apartheid in South Africa

Ahmed Kathrada, a close confidante of Nelson Mandela who dedicated his life to opposing apartheid and racism, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning. He was 87.<p>Kathrada died after suffering a "short period of illness," according to a statement from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He was …

South Africa

Don Hunstein, 'Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' Photographer, Dead at 88

Don Hunstein, the photographer who captured the iconic image of Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo that adorns the singer's <i>Freewheelin' Bob Dylan</i>, died March …

Music

Robert Silvers, a Founding Editor of New York Review of Books, Dies at 87

Robert B. Silvers, a founder of The New York Review of Books, which under his editorship became one of the premier intellectual journals in the United States, a showcase for extended, thoughtful essays on literature and politics by eminent writers, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.<p>…

Literature

Anatoly S. Chernyaev, Key Aide and Gorbachev’s ‘Alter Ego,’ Dies at 95

Anatoly S. Chernyaev, a crucial adviser to Mikhail S. Gorbachev as he tried to refashion the Soviet Union’s relations with the West, died on March 12 in Moscow. He was 95.<p>The Gorbachev Foundation announced his death. He had been treated for a respiratory ailment for several weeks, a friend said.<p>As …

Russia

Bravery of PC Keith Palmer honoured by friends, colleagues and MPs

James Cleverly, who had known the officer for 25 years, led MPs’ tributes to policeman who died trying to protect them<p>Friends, colleagues and MPs have paid tribute to Keith Palmer, the policeman who was stabbed to death as he guarded the Palace of Westminster from a terrorist.<p>Palmer, 48, was a …

John Bercow

Dallas Green, Who Led the Phillies to Their First Title, Dies at 82

Dallas Green, a hot-tempered former pitcher with a booming voice who managed the Philadelphia Phillies to a World Series title in 1980 but whose lack of success with the Yankees and the Mets led to his being dismissed, died on Wednesday in Philadelphia. He was 82.<p>The Phillies confirmed his death …

Baseball

'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87

NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," has died. He was 87.<p>Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, …

Obituaries

Martin McGuinness, an I.R.A. Leader Turned Peacemaker, Dies at 66

Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army commander and Sinn Fein political leader who helped negotiate peace in Northern Ireland after decades of sectarian violence, and became a senior official in its power-sharing government, has died in Derry. He was 66.<p>Sinn Fein said on its website on …

Europe

Martin McGuinness, Irish rebel turned politician, dies at 66

DUBLIN (AP) — Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who led his underground, paramilitary movement toward reconciliation with Britain, and was Northern Ireland's deputy first minister for a decade in a power-sharing government, has died, his Sinn Fein party announced Tuesday on …

Ireland

Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books, dies at 87

Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books, died Monday at home in Manhattan after a brief illness. He was 87.<p>Under his guiding editorial hand, the New York Review of Books set a new standard for engaged literary criticism in America. Read far beyond the five boroughs, the New …

The Arts

Trisha Brown, Choreographer and Pillar of American Postmodern Dance, Dies at 80

Trisha Brown, the choreographer and exemplar of the founding generation of American postmodern dance, died on Saturday in San Antonio. She was 80.<p>Barbara Duffy, the executive director of Ms. Brown’s dance company, confirmed the death. Ms. Brown had been treated for vascular dementia since 2011.<p>Few …

David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Head of Chase Manhattan, Dies at 101

David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world even longer as he spread the gospel of American capitalism, died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. …

New York City

Jimmy Breslin, Famed New York Columnist and Novelist, Dies

NEW YORK — Jimmy Breslin, the cigar-chomping, Pulitzer-Prize winning tabloid newsman who became the gruff voice of ordinary New Yorkers and the scourge of wise guys and crooked politicians, has died. He was 88.<p>Breslin's death was confirmed by his wife, Ronnie Eldridge, a New York politician and …

New York City

Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 86

Jimmy Breslin was the biggest, the baddest, the brashest, the best columnist in New York City.<p>And the first to say so, too.<p>The Pulitzer Prize-winning …

Journalism

Chuck Berry: A Life in Pictures

Rock Music

Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll pioneer, dead at 90

(CNN)Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called "the Father of Rock 'n' Roll," died Saturday at his home outside St. Louis, his verified Facebook page said. He was 90.<p>A post on the St. Charles County police Facebook page said officers responded to a medical emergency at the residence around 12:40 …

Rock & Roll

Derek Walcott, Poet and Nobel Laureate of the Caribbean, Dies at 87

Derek Walcott, whose intricately metaphorical poetry captured the physical beauty of the Caribbean, the harsh legacy of colonialism and the complexities of living and writing in two cultural worlds, bringing him a Nobel Prize in Literature, died early Friday morning at his home near Gros Islet in …

Poetry

Blues harmonica star James Cotton dead at 81

James Cotton, a Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master whose full-throated sound backed such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin' Wolf, has died at age 81.<p>A statement from Alligator Records, Cotton's label, says he died Thursday of pneumonia at St. David's Medical …

Music

Nobel laureate, poet and playwright Derek Walcott dead, aged 87

Walcott, who died in Saint Lucia, was famous for his monumental body of work that wove in Carribean history, particularly his epic Omeros<p>The poet and playwright Derek Walcott, who moulded the language and forms of the western canon to his own purposes for more than half a century, has died aged …

Poetry

James Cotton, Blues Harmonica Legend, Dies at 81

James Cotton, a pioneering harmonica player who worked with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and helped establish his instrument as an integral part of modern blues, died on Thursday in Austin, Tex. He was 81.<p>Marc Lipkin, the director of publicity at Alligator Records, Mr. Cotton’s label, said the …

Obituaries

Tommy LiPuma, Record Producer and Grammy Winner, Dies at 80

Tommy LiPuma, a record producer and music executive who found enormous success melding the sounds of jazz and pop on albums by George Benson, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole and others, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 80.<p>His death, at a hospital, was announced by his family, which did not specify a …

Obituaries

Kika de la Garza, Texas Congressman and Farmers’ Ally, Dies at 89

Kika de la Garza, a Democrat who helped found the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and whose 32-year tenure in the House representing South Texas spanned the presidencies of Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton, died on Monday in McAllen, Tex. He was 89.<p>The cause was heart and kidney failure, his wife, …

Government

Royal Robbins, Conscience of Rock Climbers, Dies at 82

Royal Robbins first visited the Yosemite Valley as a teenager with the Boy Scouts a few years after World War II, a time when thoughts of climbing the sheer granite walls of massive formations like El Capitan and Half Dome were mostly in the most vivid of imaginations.<p>Robbins had one of those …

Mountaineering