Tributes & Obituaries

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Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Khan has died at 73

CAIRO (AP) — One of Egypt's best-known film directors, Mohammed Khan, whose realism shed light on the country's urban landscape since the 1980s, has died. He was 73.<p>Filmmakers and friends from his generation, including Said Shimi and Yousry Nasrallah, said on social media that he died on Tuesday …

Tim LaHaye, a Christian Fundamentalist Leader, Dies at 90

The Rev. Tim LaHaye, a leader of the Christian fundamentalist movement and co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” series of apocalyptic novels prophesying mass slaughters and the end of the world, died on Monday in a San Diego area hospital. He was 90.<p>His death, days after he had a stroke, was …

Books

My Fair Lady and West Side Story 'ghost singer' Marni Nixon dies, aged 86

Marni Nixon, the singer whose voice can be heard filling in for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, has died aged 86, according to the New York Times. Randy Banner, a friend and student, said she died from breast cancer.<p>Nixon, whose full name was Margaret Nixon …

Audrey Hepburn

Thomas Sutherland, Lebanon Hostage Who Was Freed After 6 Years, Dies at 85

Thomas Sutherland, a former agriculture professor who was swept up in an international drama when he was kidnapped by Islamic militants in Lebanon in 1985 and held for more than six years, died on Friday at his home in Fort Collins, Colo. He was 85.<p>His wife, Jean, said the cause had not been …

Sutherland

Lewie Steinberg, Original Booker T. & the M.G.'s Bassist, Dead at 82

Lewis "Lewie" Steinberg, Booker T. & the M.G.'s original bassist who played on the soul group's classic 1962 instrumental "Green Onions," died Thursday following a battle with cancer, Memphis' <i>Commercial Appeal</i> reports. He was 82. The Stax Museum confirmed Steinberg's death.<p>Steinberg served as the …

Entertainment

Ex-Lebanon hostage Thomas Sutherland dies in Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Thomas Sutherland, a teacher was held captive in Lebanon for more than six years until he was freed in 1991 and returned home to become professor emeritus at Colorado State University, has died.<p>Sutherland died in Fort Collins on Friday at the age of 85, according to …

Sutherland

Dennis Green, Pioneering Coach of the Vikings and the Cardinals, Dies at 67

Dennis Green, a pioneering head coach who led the Vikings to a consistent run of excellence in the 1990s, died on Thursday. He was 67.<p>The cause was cardiac arrest, his family announced in a statement posted on the Arizona Cardinals’ website. Green was the head coach of the Cardinals for three years …

Larry Fitzgerald

Betsy Bloomingdale, Reagan friend and philanthropist, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Betsy Bloomingdale, a department store heir's widow who hobnobbed with the world's elite, epitomized high fashion and was best friends with former first lady Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93.<p>The socialite and philanthropist died Tuesday at her home in the exclusive Holmby Hills …

Nancy Reagan

Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a war veteran and long-time legislator known for his bright nature and deep commitment to service, died in his home after a months-long battle with cancer.<p>Just 49 years old, the first-term Democrat from Hawaii was surrounded by family when he died of pancreatic …

Hawaii

Pro extreme skier dies in Chilean avalanche while filming video game promos

Matilda Rapaport, a Swedish extreme free skier, has died after she was caught in an avalanche while filming promotional material for an upcoming video game last week in Chile. She was 30.<p>Rapaport was engulfed by the avalanche Thursday after a winter storm in the resort village of Farrellones, about …

Avalanches

Richard Gere pays tribute to Garry Marshall: He was 'one of those truly important people'

Richard Gere has joined the long list of celebrities honoring Garry Marshall, who died Tuesday night at the age of 81.<p>Gere starred in two of the legendary director’s films: <i>Runaway Bride</i> (1999) and <i>Pretty Woman</i> (1990), the latter of which has since been hailed as a rom-com classic and remains one of …

Richard Gere

Chief Zee, legendary superfan and unofficial Redskins mascot, dies

Zema Williams, who went by Chief Zee, had been a fixture at Redskins games for nearly 40 years<p>Longtime Redskins fan and unofficial mascot Zema Williams, better known as Chief Zee, died Tuesday. He was 75.<p>"The Washington Redskins will always appreciate Zema Williams' unique passion and dedication to …

Washington Redskins

Ukraine journalist Pavel Sheremet killed in Kiev car bombing

A prominent journalist working for a Ukrainian online investigative newspaper has been killed by a car bomb in central Kiev.<p>Pavel Sheremet, who wrote for Ukrayinska Pravda, was driving to work in the car of the newspaper’s owner on Wednesday morning when it was blown up, an adviser to the interior …

Journalism

John Gruen, Cultural Renaissance Man, Dies at 89

John Gruen, a cultural critic renowned for the vast breadth of his artistic net and the vast candor of his art-world memoir, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89.<p>His daughter, Julia, confirmed the death.<p>A former critic for The New York Herald Tribune and New York magazine, Mr. Gruen …

The Arts

Garry Marshall Dead: 'Pretty Woman' Director and 'Happy Days’ Creator Was 81

<b>Garry Marshall</b>, a legendary figure in TV and film who created such hit shows as <i>Happy Days</i> and directed films including <i>Pretty Woman</i>, died at age 81 …

Julia Roberts

Robert B. Morgan, Senator Undone by His Panama Canal Votes, Dies at 90

Robert B. Morgan, a former United States senator from North Carolina whose votes for treaties to turn the Panama Canal over to Panama in 1978 cost him his seat after only one term, died on Saturday at his home in Buies Creek, N.C. He was 90.<p>His death was confirmed by Carroll Leggett, his former …

Panama Canal

Wendell Anderson, Former Governor Behind the ‘Minnesota Miracle,’ Dies at 83

Wendell Anderson, a Democratic wunderkind who as governor wrought legislation hailed as “the Minnesota Miracle” to finance education, only to be rejected by the voters after engineering his own appointment to a Senate vacancy, died on Sunday in St. Paul. He was 83.<p>His son, Brett, said the cause of …

Minnesota

Alan Vega, Suicide Singer and Punk Icon, Dead at 78

Alan Vega, singer in the influential protopunk duo Suicide, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday. He was 78.<p>Henry Rollins first reported news of Vega's death, sharing a statement from Vega's family. "With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you …

Punk music

NBA legend Nate Thurmond dies at 74

NBA great Nate Thurmond died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74.<p>The seven-time All-Star center's death came a month after two of his former teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, met in the NBA Finals. Both franchises have retired Thurmond's number 42 …

Golden State Warriors

Carolyn See, memoirist, novelist and book reviewer for The Post, dies at 82

Carolyn See, a memoirist and novelist whose writings captured the untamed world of California, where she spent her life, and her accumulated wisdom on moxie in the face of adversity, died July 13 at a hospice center in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 82.<p>She had congestive heart failure, said a …

Literature

Héctor Babenco, Oscar-nominated director of Kiss of the Spider Woman, dies at 70

Héctor Babenco, acclaimed Argentine-Brazilian film-maker, has died of a heart attack at the age of 70.<p>The director, who received an Oscar nomination for his prison-set drama Kiss of the Spider Woman, had a career spanning five decades and worked with actors including Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson …

Willem Dafoe

William H. McNeill, historian and author of ‘The Rise of the West,’ dies at 98

Historian William H. McNeill in 1964. (J.L. Marchael/AP)<p>William H. McNeill, a prize-winning historian who wove the stories of civilizations into the landmark “The Rise of the West” and helped pioneer the history of disease and epidemics in “Plagues and People,” died July 8 at his home in …

Books

Texas Congressman Ted Poe, 67, says he has leukemia

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Congressman Ted Poe says he has cancer.<p>The conservative Republican from Houston announced Wednesday that he's been diagnosed with leukemia. The 67-year-old Poe says he's being treated at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.<p>Poe said in a statement that …

American South

Former Clemson Basketball Player Demontez Stitt Dies at Age 27

Former Clemson Tigers guard Demontez Stitt died at the age of 27 Wednesday, according to David Hood of TigerNet.com.<p>The school released the following statement on Twitter with regard to Stitt's death:<p>Stitt played four seasons at Clemson from 2007-08 through 2010-11, appearing in four consecutive …

Basketball

William H. McNeill, Professor and Prolific Author, Dies at 98

William H. McNeill, a professor and prolific author whose catholic exploration of world history widened the traditional Eurocentric approach to the subject, died on Friday in Torrington, Conn. He was 98.<p>His death was confirmed by his son John Robert McNeill, a third-generation historian, with whom …

Books

Bill Jones, Photographer of the Black Glitterati, Dies at 81

Bill Jones, who, as one of the first black photographers working the celebrity beat in Hollywood, brought attention to Halle Berry, Denzel Washington and other black stars early in their careers, died on June 25 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.<p>The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, his …

Photographers

Italian mafia boss Bernardo 'the tractor' Provenzano dies

Sicilian mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, nicknamed “the tractor” for the way he mowed his victims down, has died after a long illness.<p>Provenzano, 83, was the Cosa Nostra crime group’s “boss of bosses” until his arrest in 2006 after 40 years on the run, during which he communicated with his …

Italy

Matt Villines Dead: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Director Dies at 39

<i>Saturday Night Live</i> director Matt Villines died after a battle with stage IV cancer over the weekend, according to reports. He was 39.<p>Villines was …

Saturday Night Live

John Brademas, Indiana Congressman and N.Y.U. President, Dies at 89

John Brademas, a political, financial and academic dynamo who served 22 years in Congress and more than a decade as president of New York University in an all-but-seamless quest to promote education, the arts and a liberal agenda, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 89.<p>His death was announced by …

Indiana