Tributes & Obituaries

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Arnold Palmer, the Magnetic Face of Golf in the ’60s, Dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, the champion golfer whose full-bore style of play, dramatic tournament victories and magnetic personality inspired an American golf boom, attracted a following known as Arnie’s Army and made him one of the most popular athletes in the world, has died, a close friend said on Sunday, …

Arnold Palmer

U.S. country singer Jean Shepard dead at 82

(Reuters) - Jean Shepard, who played a pioneering role for women in country music and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, died on Sunday at age 82, the Nashville Tennessean reported.<p>"Today is one of the hardest days of my life. Mom has been called home this morning …

Country Music

Richard P. Cooley, Former Wells Fargo C.E.O., Dies at 92

Richard P. Cooley, a former chief executive of Wells Fargo and a ubiquitous name in banking for decades in the Pacific Northwest, died on Wednesday at his home in Seattle. He was 92.<p>His death was confirmed by the Bonney-Watson funeral home there.<p>Mr. Cooley worked his way up the corporate ranks at …

Wells Fargo

Arnold Palmer: 'The King' of golf dies at 87

Arnold Palmer was the telegenic golfer who took a staid sport to TV and to the masses<p>Before accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, Arnold Palmer shared a few laughs with President George W. Bush and gave the commander in chief a few golf tips in the East Room of the White House.<p>Five …

Golf

Bill Nunn, famous for 'Do the Right Thing' role, dies at 62

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bill Nunn, a veteran actor who appeared in Spike Lee's film, "Do the Right Thing," has died. He was 62.<p>Lee paid tribute to the man who played Radio Raheem in the movie, describing him as a dear friend and a great actor.<p>Nunn and Lee both attended Morehouse College in Atlanta. Nunn died …

Spike Lee

Music legend Buckwheat Zydeco dead at 68

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stanley Dural Jr., a Louisiana music legend whose stage name was Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.<p>As an ambassador of Louisiana roots music, Dural traveled the world with his accordion, a ton of stage swagger and a deep love for his family and home state -- spreading the throbbing …

Hall of Fame

Jack Garman, Whose Judgment Call Saved Moon Landing, Dies at 72

On July 20, 1969, moments after mission control in Houston had given the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle, the O.K. to begin its descent to the moon, a yellow warning light flashed on the cockpit instrument panel.<p>“Program alarm,” the commander, Neil Armstrong, radioed. “It’s a 1202.”<p>The alarm appeared …

Moon

Karl Dietrich Bracher, German Historian of Nazi Era, Dies at 94

Karl Dietrich Bracher, a World War II veteran of the German army who argued as a historian that the German people had to take responsibility for the rise of Nazism because of their embrace of Hitler and his racist agenda, died on Monday in Bonn. He was 94.<p>His death was announced by the University …

Germany

Curtis Hanson, director of L.A. Confidential and 8 Mile, dies at 71

Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning filmmaker whose hits include 1997’s <i>L.A. Confidential</i>, 2002’s Eminem drama <i>8 Mile</i>, and the 2011 HBO movie <i>Too Big to Fail</i>, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 71.<p>An LAPD spokesperson confirmed his death to EW.<p>Born in Reno, Nevada, on March …

Los Angeles

Rose Pak, a Brash Force for San Francisco’s Chinatown, Dies at 68

Rose Pak, the brash, combative community organizer in San Francisco who never held political office but who transformed her city’s Asian-American population into a substantial political power, died on Sunday at her home there in Chinatown. She was 68.<p>A spokesman for Green Street Mortuary in San …

San Francisco Bay Area

Allister Sparks, South African Journalist Who Challenged Apartheid, Dies at 83

Allister Sparks, a prominent South African journalist who challenged apartheid and exposed a covert propaganda campaign by his government, leading to the president’s downfall, died on Monday in Johannesburg. He was 83.<p>The cause was heart failure after an infection, his son Michael said.<p>Mr. Sparks …

Africa

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder of French Culinary Institute, Dies at 67

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, a food aficionado who started a vocational course that evolved into one of the world’s leading culinary schools, died on Friday on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. She was 67.<p>She died of injuries sustained in an automobile collision, said Bruce McCann, her cousin and the …

Food

William P. Kinsella, Author of ‘Shoeless Joe,’ Dies at 81

William P. Kinsella, who wrote “Shoeless Joe,” the novel that became the basis for the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams,” and the author of numerous baseball short stories, poetry collections and several works of nonfiction, died on Friday. He was 81.<p>His literary agent, Carolyn Swayze, confirmed his …

Books

Michel C. Bergerac, Who Made Over Revlon, Dies at 84

Michel C. Bergerac, a French-born deal maker who ran the cosmetics giant Revlon for roughly a decade, diversifying its holdings before losing a battle for control of the company in 1985, died on Sept. 11 in Manhattan. He was 84.<p>His wife, Alice, confirmed his death, which came after a long …

Revlon

'Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr dies at 73

LOS ANGELES – Charmian Carr, the actress best known for sweetly portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 73.<p>Carr died Saturday of complications from a rare form of dementia in Los Angeles, Carr's spokesman, Harlan Boll, said.<p>At age …

Adult Swim voice actor, animator C. Martin Croker passes away

C. Martin Croker passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 54. Adult Swim offshoot made an announcement on Twitter noting his sudden passing.<p>RIP C. …

Animation

'Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp, dies at 73

Charmian Carr will always be 16 going on 17 for fans of "The Sound of Music." In the movie adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, she played the rebellious Liesl von Trapp, eldest daughter of a privileged Austrian clan of seven children living under the strictures of their militaristic …

Music

Acclaimed playwright Edward Albee dies at 88

Edward Albee, one of the most innovative playwrights of his generation, whose raw, unnerving dramas — and even the few comedies — scraped at the veneer of American success and happiness, died Sept. 16 at his home in Montauk, Long Island. He was 88.<p>Jakob Holder, executive director of the Edward F. …

Playwrights

Duane Graveline, Doctor Who Was Forced Out as an Astronaut, Dies at 85

In 1965, Duane E. Graveline, a doctor who did pioneering research in space medicine, was awarded one of the most coveted jobs the government can bestow: astronaut. But he resigned less than two months later without ever being fitted for a spacesuit, let alone riding a rocket into space.<p>His tenure …

NASA

Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks dies after battle with cancer

Clarence Brooks, the longest-tenured assistant coach on the Baltimore Ravens' staff, died Saturday after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 65.<p>Brooks joined the Ravens in 2005 and coached the defensive line for 11 seasons. He moved to a senior defensive assistant role in December after …

Track and Field

Gabriele Amorth, prominent Roman Catholic exorcist, dies at 91

Father Gabriele Amorth, a prominent Roman Catholic exorcist, has died after a long illness, an Italian care facility said Saturday. He was 91.<p>Santa Lucia Foundation, a Rome rehabilitation center, said Saturday that Amorth died a day earlier in another Rome hospital, where he was recently …

Catholicism

'Shoeless Joe' author W.P. Kinsella dies at 81

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella, who blended magical realism and baseball in the book that became the smash hit film "Field of Dreams," has died. He was 81.<p>His literary agent Carolyn Swayze said in a statement that Kinsella's death on Friday in Hope, British Columbia …

Books

Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee dies at 88 at his NY home: reports

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, whose provocative and often brutal look at American life in works such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" earned him a reputation as one of the greatest American dramatists, died on Friday at his home in Montauk, New York, …

New York City

Brazilian soap star Domingos Montagner drowns

<b>(CNN) —</b> Domingos Montagner, one of Brazil's most-loved television stars, drowned Thursday on the set of popular soap opera -- or telenovela -- "Velho Chico."<p>While taking a break from shooting, the 54-year-old went for a swim in the Sao Francisco River in western Brazil but never came up again, …

Performing Arts

Former Italian president, prime minister Ciampi dies

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italian president, prime minister and central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who played a key role in guiding the country into the European single currency, has died, the government said on Friday.<p>He was 95 and had been ill for some time.<p>One of Italy's most respected …

Famed Turkish actor Tarik Akan dies after cancer battle

ISTANBUL (AP) — Tarik Akan, an acclaimed Turkish actor who earned accolades for the controversial 1982 film "Yol," has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 66.<p>The Nazim Hikmet Culture and Arts Foundation, of which Akan was a board member, said the actor died early Friday. Turkey's …

Cancer

Arizona's 1st female governor, Rose Mofford, dies at 94

PHOENIX (AP) — When Rose Mofford was thrown into the role of Arizona's governor, she was also plunged into a political hailstorm. With her predecessor impeached, a budget deficit and the state refusing to enact the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Arizona was making headlines for all the wrong …

Kim McGuire, Best Known As The Iconic ‘Hatchet-Face’ In ‘Cry-Baby,’ Has Died

Kim McGuire, the actress best known for playing the role of Mona “Hatchet-Face” Malnorowski in the 1990 John Waters film <i>Cry-Baby</i>, died Wednesday afternoon at a Florida hospital. She was 60.<p>McGuire had entered a Florida hospital earlier this week after being diagnosed with pneumonia and was later …

'Cry-Baby' actress Kim McGuire dead at age 60

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Kim McGuire, who played the character known as "Hatchet-Face" in the John Waters film "Cry-Baby," has died. She was 60.<p>Her husband, Gene Piotrowsky, confirmed his wife's death Thursday to The Associated Press. Piotrowsky said she died Wednesday at a Naples, Florida, hospital of …

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