Tributes & Obituaries

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Veteran character actress Alice Drummond dies at 88

Alice Drummond, the veteran character actress whose long list of credits included such films as <i>Ghostbusters</i>, <i>Awakenings</i>, and <i>Doubt</i>, died Wednesday in New York City at age 88. Her friend and executor, the actress June Gable, confirmed the news to <i>The New York Times</i>.<p>A petite but plucky presence, …

New York City

Erich Bloch, IBM mainframe pioneer, dies at 91

Erich Bloch, who helped develop the IBM mainframe that changed the face of computing, has died. He was 91.<p>Bloch died November 25 in Washington from complications of Alzheimer's disease, his daughter, Rebecca Rosen, told the Washington Post.<p>The mainframe computers Bloch helped to develop ushered in …

IBM

Andrew Sachs, Hapless Waiter on the BBC Sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers,’ Dies at 86

Andrew Sachs, who starred in the television comedy series “Fawlty Towers” as Manuel, the earnest but bumbling waiter who was regularly recruited into the schemes of the hotel owner Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese, died on Nov. 23, according to news reports in England. He was 86.<p>The death of Mr. …

Ousmane Sow, Sculptor of Larger-Than-Life Figures, Dies at 81

Ousmane Sow, often called the Auguste Rodin of Senegal, who earned an international reputation for his expressive sculptures of the Nuba, Masai and other African peoples, died on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal. He was 81.<p>The death was reported by Agence France-Presse.<p>Mr. Sow (pronounced So) spent much …

Art

Sebastian Leone, Borough President Who Championed Brooklyn, Dies at 91

Sebastian Leone, who as borough president in the 1970s worked to raise Brooklyn’s profile long before its current renaissance, died on Nov. 14 in Brooklyn. He was 91.<p>The cause was complications of pneumonia, his wife, Helene Leone, said.<p>Mr. Leone, a Democrat, was borough president from 1970 to …

New York City

Actor Keo Woolford Of 'Hawaii Five-0' Dead At 49

Woolford died on Monday after suffering a stroke three days earlier.<p>”Hawaii Five-0” actor Keo Woolford died at a hospital Monday in Oahu, Hawaii, three days after suffering a stroke, his publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 49.<p>A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Woolford was best known …

Hawaii

NBC boss and hit-making producer Grant Tinker dies at age 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Tinker, who brought "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and other hits to the screen as a producer and a network boss, has died.<p>Tinker died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his son, Mark Tinker. He was 90.<p>Though he spent years at NBC, Tinker is best known for his work …

Entertainment

Al Brodax, Who Steered the Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ to the Screen, Dies at 90

Al Brodax, a television producer who delivered an enduring psychedelic classic when he turned the Beatles song “Yellow Submarine” into an animated film in 1968, died on Thursday in Danbury, Conn. He was 90.<p>The death was confirmed by his daughter, Jessica Harris.<p>In the 1960s, Mr. Brodax (pronounced …

John Lennon

Keo Woolford, Hawaii Five-0’s Detective James Chang, Dies at 49 After Suffering Stroke

<b>Keo Woolford</b>, best known for his role as Detective James Chang on <i>Hawaii Five-0</i>, passed away on Monday, November 28, his publicist confirmed to the</i> …

Hawaii

Tributes to Fidel Castro in Pictures

Beijing

Joe Esposito Dies at 78; Spent 20 Years Assisting Elvis Presley

Joe Esposito, who was Elvis Presley’s right-hand man, close friend and road manager for nearly two decades, died on Wednesday at his home in Calabasas, Calif. He was 78.<p>The cause was complications of dementia, his daughter Cindy Bahr said.<p>Mr. Esposito met Presley in 1959, when both men were serving …

Elvis Presley

David Hamilton, Photographer Known for Nude Images of Girls, Dies at 83

David Hamilton, the British photographer whose diaphanous images of prepubescent girls blurred the line between art and pornography, was found dead on Friday in his Paris apartment, one week after a former model accused him of raping her in 1987 when she was 13.<p>He was 83.<p>The police said that the …

Photography

Fidel Castro: A Life in Pictures

Beijing

Fidel Castro, Cuba's longtime revolutionary leader, dies at 90

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fidel Castro, the Cuban despot who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died at age 90.<p>Castro's brother and the nation's President, Raul, announced his death Friday on Cuban TV.<p>At the end, an elderly and infirm Fidel Castro was a …

Latin America

Designer of Soviet MiG jet fighters Mikoyan dies at 89

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vano Mikoyan, one of the developers of the MiG fighter jets for the Soviet and then Russian air force, has died at the age of 89, aircraft maker MiG said on Friday.<p>Mikoyan is best-known for engineering the MiG-29 jet fighter, a warplane that entered service in the 1980s as the …

Russia

Florence Henderson, Upbeat Mom of ‘The Brady Bunch,’ Dies at 82

Florence Henderson, who began her career as an ingénue soprano in stage musicals in the 1950s but made a more lasting impression on television, as the perky 1970s sitcom mom on “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday. She was 82.<p>Her death was reported by The Associated Press, citing a statement from Ms. …

Florence Henderson

Brady Bunch stars pay tribute to Florence Henderson

<i>The Brady Bunch</i> stars Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick paid tribute to their TV mom, Florence Henderson, who died Thursday at age 82.<p>“Deeply saddened,” Williams, who played Greg on the sitcom, tweeted Friday. “Florence was one of the most gracious people I have ever known, Proud to call her Mom …

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson, Famed Mom Of 'The Brady Bunch,' Dead At 82

She was known for her seminal role as Carol Brady.<p>Florence Henderson, known for playing Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” has died, according to reports from the Associated Press and NBC. She was 82.<p>She died surrounded by family in Los Angeles, her manager confirmed to The Huffington Post. The …

Florence Henderson

Whitney Smith, Whose Passion for Flags Became a Career, Dies at 76

Whitney Smith, who turned a childhood fascination with flags into a scholarly discipline — vexillology — of which he was the leading light, died on Thursday in Peabody, Mass. He was 76.<p>The cause was advanced Alzheimer’s disease, his son Austin said.<p>Mr. Smith, the author of the standard work “Flags …

History

Los Angeles music writer, proto-punker and sharp dresser Don Waller has died

When music writer Don Waller, who died Thursday at age 65, had an issue with an artist, he didn't pull his punches. More important, when he loved something, he usually had something to say about it — and used his pen to shout it to the world.<p>Whether as singer of Los Angeles proto-punk band the …

Los Angeles

Writer William Trevor dies aged 88

<b>William Trevor, the Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer, has died at the age of 88, his publisher has announced.</b><p>Penguin Random House Ireland tweeted: "We regret to announce the death of William Trevor, one of Ireland's greatest writers."<p>It added: "We extend our deepest condolences to …

Literature

Former Greece President Costis Stephanopoulos dies

Former Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos has at the age of 90. Stephanopoulos served as president between 1995 and 2005 and won praise for his modesty during his time in office.<p>Greece's Athens News Agency reported former Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos died late Sunday evening after a …

Europe

Ruth Gruber, a Fearless Chronicler of the Jewish Struggle, Dies at 105

Ruth Gruber, a photojournalist and author who documented Stalin’s gulags, life in Nazi Germany and the plight of Jewish refugees intercepted by the British on the infamous passage of the Exodus to Palestine in 1947, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 105.<p>Her son, David Michaels, …

History

Fierce soul singer Sharon Jones dies at 60

Grammy nominee Sharon Jones died Friday at 60 after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to her band's website.<p>The soul singer was known for her high-energy performances with her band the Dap Kings; some had even called her the "female James Brown." Jones was a latecomer to the stage, …

Entertainment

Leonard Cohen died after fall at his Los Angeles home

Manager says death was ‘sudden, unexpected and peaceful’, revealing singer-songwriter, 82, died in his sleep after falling in the middle of the night<p>Leonard Cohen died in his sleep after a fall at his home in Los Angeles, his manager has said.<p>The Canadian singer-songwriter died on 7 November at the …

Leonard Cohen

Melvin Laird, Defense Secretary Who Challenged Vietnam Policy, Dies at 94

Melvin R. Laird, who as President Richard M. Nixon’s first secretary of defense quietly challenged the administration’s hawkish military policies during the war in Vietnam, prompting deep suspicion — and even spying — between the White House and the Pentagon, died on Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla. …

Asia

Memorials planned for Leon Russell in Tennessee, Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Public memorial services are planned in Tennessee and Oklahoma for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell, who died Sunday at the age of 74.<p>Bond Memorial Chapel says a funeral will be held Friday at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, then another service will be …

Oklahoma

Prominent lawyer Tony Brooklier, son of powerful L.A. Mafia boss, dead at 70

Anthony Brooklier, a prominent Los Angeles attorney who went from defending his father, a powerful mob boss, to representing celebrities, corrupt businessmen, drug kingpins and the Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss, died Tuesday. He was 70.<p>Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office …

Crime

Billy Miller, Curator and Historian of Fringe Music, Dies at 62

Billy Miller, a rock ’n’ roll archivist and collector whose record label, Norton, gave new life to forgotten rockabilly artists and garage bands of yesteryear, died on Sunday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 62.<p>The cause was complications of multiple myeloma, kidney failure and diabetes, his wife …

Rock Music