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Simeon Booker, Pioneering Reporter on Race Issues, Dies at 99

Simeon S. Booker Jr., an award-winning journalist and author who provided pioneering coverage of racial injustice and the civil rights struggle for readers of Jet and Ebony magazines and was The Washington Post’s first black reporter, died on Sunday in Solomons, Md. He was 99.<p>His wife, Carol, …

Max Clifford, Celebrity Publicist and Sex Offender, Dies After Collapsing in Prison

Max Clifford, once the highest-profile public relations agent in Britain, died on Sunday in a hospital after collapsing in the prison where he was serving an eight-year sentence for sexual offenses against victims as young as 15.<p>His death was announced by the Ministry of Justice, and local media …

Celebrity Gossip

Bob Seidemann, who shot iconic images of Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, dies at 75

He photographed Janis Joplin wearing nothing but beads. He also once captured the members of the Grateful Dead looking jaunty in black as they stood in front of a row of cookie-cutter houses in a Bay Area suburb.<p>Bob Seidemann, a photographer and art director known for his iconic images of ‘60s era …

Grateful Dead

Golf: Former European Ryder Cup player Horton dies, aged 76

(Reuters) - Tommy Horton, a two-times Ryder Cup player and a stalwart of the European Tour, has died at the age of 76.<p>Horton died in hospital shortly after falling ill on Thursday, the European Tour said on Friday.<p>The Briton won four times on the European Tour and represented Great Britain and …

Golf

Actor Steve Reevis of 'Fargo,' 'Dancing With Wolves' dies

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Actor Steve Reevis, who had supporting roles in the movies "Fargo" and "Last of the Dogmen," has died. He was 55.<p>Ralph Foster of the Foster Funeral Home said Friday that Reevis died Thursday at a hospital Missoula. He did not know the cause of death.<p>Reevis was a member of the …

Entertainment

Prize-winning author-critic William Gass dead at 93

NEW YORK (AP) — William Gass, a leading experimental writer of the 1960s and '70s who went on to become an award-winning essayist and translator and an influence on many younger writers, died Wednesday at age 93.<p>Gass died at his home in St. Louis, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced. The cause of …

Literature

Maurice Carroll, Political Reporter and Pollster, Dies at 86

Maurice Carroll, who brought streetwise insights to his political reporting for a string of major newspapers, and who later became the public face of the emerging Quinnipiac University poll, died on Wednesday in Convent Station, N.J. He was 86.<p>The cause was colon cancer, his former wife, Peggy …

Former Patriots, Colts Coach Ron Meyer Dies at Age 76

Former NFL and college football head coach Ron Meyer died at the age of 76, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Tuesday night.<p>Meyer coached the New England Patriots from 1982 to 1984 and led the Colts from 1986 to 1991. Prior to arriving in the NFL, he was the SMU Mustangs' head coach for …

AAC

Christine Keeler, Central Figure in British ‘Scandal of the Century,’ Is Dead at 75

Christine Keeler, who in the early 1960s was at the center of a sensational political scandal in Britain, known as the Profumo affair, that played a role in the downfall of a Conservative government, died on Monday in Farnborough, England. She was 75.<p>Her son Seymour Platt announced her death on his …

Entertainment

Johnny Hallyday, singer known as the ‘French Elvis,’ dies at 74

French rock star and actor Johnny Hallyday, who became the first Gallic singer to popularize rock 'n' roll in France and sold over 110 million records during a music career spanning over half a century, has died, according to Agence France Presse. He was 74 and had been fighting cancer for several …

Entertainment

King Michael of Romania, Who Ousted a Hitler Puppet, Dies at 96

King Michael of Romania, who was credited with pre-emptively saving thousands of lives in World War II when, at 22, he had the audacity to arrest the country’s dictator, a puppet of Hitler, died on Tuesday at his residence in Switzerland. He was 96.<p>His death was announced in a statement from the …

Royal Family

Former Yemen president Saleh 'killed in fresh fighting'

Iran-backed militia says it killed Saleh, who sought peace with Saudi Arabia, as he fled the Yemeni capital, Sana’a<p>Yemen’s civil war has taken a dramatic turn after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels killed the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, punishing him for switching sides and seeking peace with …

Middle East

Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor dies aged 79

A scion of the Kapoor film-making dynasty, the celebrated actor appeared in a string of Indian features and Merchant Ivory films<p>Veteran Indian film industry stalwart Shashi Kapoor has died at the age of 79, it has been confirmed. His nephew Randhir told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that the actor …

India

Elton John's Mother Dies at Age 92: "I Am in Shock"

| Mon., Dec. 4, 2017 4:45 AM<p><b>Elton John</b> shared some heartbreaking news with fans Monday.<p>"So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only …

Entertainment

William Mayer, Wide-Ranging Composer, Is Dead at 91

William Mayer, a prolific composer who ranged from orchestral and chamber music to choral works, operas and more, all while displaying a whimsical streak to go along with his serious one, died at his home in Manhattan on Nov. 17, the day before his 92nd birthday.<p>His daughter the journalist Jane …

Orchestras

Vincent Scully, 97, Influential Architecture Historian, Dies

Vincent Scully, the Yale art historian whose lectures inspired students for more than 60 years and whose writings on architecture had a decisive influence on its practice in the last half of the 20th century, died on Thursday night at his home in Lynchburg, Va. He was 97.<p>Yale University announced …

Avant-garde

Joseph White, pioneering black psychologist who mentored students at UC Irvine, dies at 84

A pioneer in the field of black psychology and an influential figure to countless students at UC Irvine, Joseph L. White was 84 and planning for the future.<p>The psychologist and retired professor, friends said, had books he wanted to write. He was thinking of compiling recordings of his past …

California

Leon Cooper, Who Carried On a Battle for Tarawa, Dies at 98

Leon Cooper, a Navy landing boat commander who survived the costly Battle of Tarawa in World War II and later became a leading advocate for the preservation of the site on that Pacific atoll and the return of Marines’ remains buried there, died on Nov. 16 in Malibu, Calif. He was 98.<p>His son William …

Hallowed

Jim Nabors, Gomer Pyle on 'Andy Griffith Show,' dies at 87

HONOLULU (AP) — Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favorite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87.<p>Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, …

Entertainment

W. Marvin Watson, Johnson’s Unofficial Chief of Staff, Dies at 93

W. Marvin Watson, a World War II combat veteran who ran Lyndon B. Johnson’s White House with the protective instincts of a loyalist, the privileged power of a confidant and the efficiency of a drill sergeant, died on Sunday at his home in The Woodlands, Tex., near Houston. He was 93.<p>His death was …

Bill Moyers

Egyptian diva, actress and singer Shadia, has died at 86

CAIRO (AP) — Shadia, an Egyptian actress and singer who captivated millions for decades with memorable singles and iconic film roles, has died. She was 86.<p>Born Fatimah Shaker in 1931 but known throughout her career by her single stage name, Shadia suffered a stroke earlier this month and later went …

Entertainment

Harry Pregerson, one of the most liberal federal appeals court judges in the nation, dies at 94

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Harry Pregerson, a Los Angeles-based jurist who embraced the underdog and let his conscience inform his rulings, has died. He was 94.<p>Pregerson, who was suffering from respiratory ailments, died Saturday night at his Woodland Hills home surrounded by family, …

Judiciary

Pete Moore, an Original Miracle and Co-Writer of Hits, Dies at 79

Pete Moore, an original member of the Miracles, the hitmaking Motown group led by Smokey Robinson, and a co-writer of some of its most enduring songs, died in Las Vegas on Nov. 19, his 79th birthday.<p>His wife, Tina, said the cause was complications of diabetes.<p>Mr. Moore’s credits included three …

Tommy Keene, Power-Pop Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 59

Tommy Keene, a veteran singer-songwriter of the new wave and power-pop eras best known for his 1984 alternative-radio hit “Places That Are Gone,” …

Fashion Week

George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98

NEW YORK (AP) — George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98.<p>Avakian's daughter, Anahid Avakian Gregg, confirmed that her father died Wednesday morning at …

Jazz

Maurice D. Hinchey, Congressman and Environmental Advocate, Dies at 79

Maurice D. Hinchey, a former United States representative from New York who built a reputation as a champion of the environment and blue-collar workers over a political career that spanned nearly four decades, died on Wednesday at his home in Saugerties, in the Hudson Valley. He was 79.<p>The cause …

Environment

Buzz Belmondo Dies: ‘Out Of This World’ Actor & Comic Was 70

Buzz Belmondo, a comedian, actor and writer who was a regular on the syndicated sitcom <i>Out of This World</i> and recurred on <i>Baywatch,</i> died Tuesday of …

Entertainment

David Cassidy: A Life in Pictures

German History

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Silver-Maned Baritone From Siberia, Dies at 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the charismatic Siberian baritone who won critical acclaim and devoted fans around the world for his burnished voice, uncanny breath control and rueful expressivity, died on Wednesday in London. He was 55.<p>Mark Hildrew of Askonas Holt, the talent management agency that …

Opera

David Cassidy, 1970s teen idol, has died at 67

David Cassidy, the teen idol who soared to fame as the embodiment of 1970s youth in his role on "The Partridge Family," has died. He was 67 years old.<p>“On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David …

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