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Jules Hirsch, physician-scientist who reframed obesity, dies at 88

Jules Hirsch, a physician-scientist who helped reframe the modern understanding of obesity by demonstrating that people do not become fatter or thinner simply by indulging in or depriving themselves of food, a finding that supported biochemical explanations for a condition long attributed to …

Mary Ellen Mark

Aja Zanova, Top Czech Skater Who Defected to West, Dies at 84

Aja Zanova, a world champion figure skater whose defection from Czechoslovakia as a teenager in 1950 made headlines around the world, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 84.

Her death, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s hospital, was from complications after a recent stroke, her stepdaughter, Carol …

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Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for 'Rose Garden,' dead at 67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Country music singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning smash hit "Rose Garden," has died of a heart attack at a hospital in Nashville, her publicist said on Friday. She was 67.

Anderson, who had recently returned from a trip to Italy, was admitted to …

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Billy Pierce, pitcher on Giants’ 1962 World Series team, dies

CHICAGO — Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who was a key member of the Giants’ 1962 pennant-winning team and spent most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, died Friday at 88.

Mr. Pierce died in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights, Ill., after a battle with gall …

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Roddy Piper, pro wrestling 'bad guy,' dies at 61

(CNN) — He once cracked another wrestler over the head with a coconut. He kicked singer Cyndi Lauper in the head. He mesmerized fans as he fired frenzied insults and threats at opponents.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper -- the kilt-wearing heel who headlined the first WrestleMania and helped the WWE push other …

Roddy Piper

Steel Guitar Great Buddy Emmons Dies

Pedal steel player backed up artists from Ernest Tubb to Linda Ronstadt

Musician Buddy Emmons, widely regarded as the world's foremost steel guitarist, hailed for his unique playing style and innovations with regard to tuning, has died at age 78.

Born Buddie Gene Emmons in Mishawaka, Indiana, and …


Jules Hirsch, Pioneer in Obesity Studies, Is Dead at 88

Jules Hirsch, whose clinical investigations into body weight regulation helped establish the biological underpinnings of obesity — including that a person’s weight is in part determined by the body’s own predisposition — died on July 23 in Englewood, N.J. He was 88.

His death was confirmed by a …


Ann Rule, true crime writer, dies at 83

(CNN) — Ann Rule, the author of such true-crime books as "The Stranger Beside Me" and "Every Breath You Take," has died. She was 83.

Rule died Sunday at Highline Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule had been in declining health, …

Crime Writer

Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at 22

Atlanta (CNN) — Two days before she was found face-down in the bathtub at her home outside Atlanta in January, it seemed like Bobbi Kristina Brown's career might have been picking up.

"Let's start this career up&&moving OUT to TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!" she said in an enthusiastic …

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Bobbi Kristina Brown: An Obit in Pictures

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Russian film director Vasily Pichul dies at 54

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies say film director Vasily Pichul, whose gritty perestroika-era movie "Little Vera" attracted international attention, has died at age 54.

The 1988 movie caused a sensation at home for sex scenes that were unusually revealing for generally prudish Soviet cinema. It …


Cardinal William Baum, former archbishop of Washington, dies at 88 - The Washington Post

William W. Baum, who, as the Catholic archbishop of Washington, welcomed Pope John Paul II to the nation’s capital in 1979 and who became the longest-serving U.S. cardinal in history, died July 23 at a Catholic care facility in the District. He was 88.

His death was announced by Cardinal Donald …


Theodore Bikel, 'Sound of Music' star, dies at 91

(CNN) — Theodore Bikel, a prolific performer and political activist who created the role of Captain Georg Von Trapp in the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music" and defined the role of Tevye the Milkman during more than 2,200 performances of "Fiddler on the Roof," has died. He was 91.


E.L. Doctorow, author of ‘Ragtime’ and ‘Billy Bathgate’ dies in New York at age 84

Writer E.L. Doctorow, who wryly reimagined the American experience in such novels as “Ragtime” and “The March” and applied its lessons to the past and future in fiction and nonfiction, has died. He was 84.

His son, Richard Doctorow, confirmed he died Tuesday at a New York hospital from complications …

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George Coe, Original 'SNL' Cast Member, Dead at 86

Longtime actor also voiced Woodhouse on 'Archer' for six seasons

George Coe, an original Saturday Night Live cast member and longtime actor and voiceover artist with over 50 years of credits, passed away Saturday in Santa Monica, California after battling a long illness, Variety reports. He was 86. …

Godfather Actor Alex Rocco Dies at 79

He played mobster and casino owner Moe Greene

Emmy-winning character actor Alex Rocco, best known for his role as mobster Moe Greene in The Godfather, died Saturday at age 79.

No other information regarding his death, announced by his daughter Jennifer on Facebook, was immediately available.

Rocco came …

Nobel Prize-winner in physics helped unlock the mystery of matter

Yoichiro Nambu, a theoretical physicist who received the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work on subatomic particles, bringing about a fuller understanding of the behavior of matter at the most basic levels, died July 5 in Osaka, Japan. He was 94.

His death was announced by Osaka University, …


Philipp Missfelder, Rising Politician in Germany, Dies at 35

BERLIN — Philipp Missfelder, who despite his youth rose swiftly in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union party to become its foreign affairs spokesman, died on July 12 near Coesfeld in North Rhine-Westphalia. He was 35.

He suffered a lung embolism, and his wife, a …


Lezly Ziering, Professional Skater and Skate Advocate, Dies at 82

Lezly Ziering, a professional dancer who in midlife set his art on wheels, reinventing himself as a skater, teacher, coach and promoter and achieving the fame of a guru within New York City’s roller-skating subculture, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.

His wife, Robbin, said that …

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Advocate for CIA employees’ spouses

Barbara H. Colby once recalled turning on the washing machine to muffle her husband’s conversations. She accompanied him on a road trip in Scandinavia, purportedly to visit castles but in fact so that he could supply anti-communist operatives with radio devices hidden in the car’s trunk. In Saigon, …

Mary Ellen Mark

Pioneering TV journalist Marlene Sanders dies at 84

In 1964, broadcast journalist Marlene Sanders became the first woman to anchor an evening network newscast.

It was a breakthrough, but more or less accidental. At a time when opportunities were scarce for women in network news, Sanders got the chance to anchor the ABC broadcast because the regular …

Jeffrey Toobin

Pioneering Television Journalist Marlene Sanders Dies at Age 84

She was the first female journalist to report from Vietnam for network TV

Emmy-winning television journalist Marlene Sanders died Tuesday at age 84. The cause of death was cancer.

Her son, The New Yorker staff writer and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, announced the news on Facebook. “She informed …


Jon Vickers dies at 88; opera singer nicknamed 'God's tenor'

Canada-born opera singer Jon Vickers, nicknamed "God's tenor" for his inimitable voice and strong Christian beliefs, has died. He was 88.

The Royal Opera House opera, citing a statement from Vickers' family, said he died Friday in the Canadian province of Ontario after a struggle with Alzheimer's …


Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Chief Executive, Dies at 55

Satoru Iwata, who as chief executive of Nintendo oversaw the introduction of gaming systems such as the Nintendo DS and the Wii, died on Saturday, the company said in a statement.

The statement said the cause was a bile duct growth. He was 55.

A former video game development star, Mr. Iwata was …


Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier dies at 57

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fashion designer Christian Audigier, who was born in France but gained fame and fortune in the United States with his tattoo-inspired, street-wise designs for the Ed Hardy and Von Dutch brands, died Friday. He was 57.

Audigier died at 3:45 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, …

Christian Audigier

James Tate, decorated poet of the ordinary and extraordinary, dies at 71

James Tate, who planned to be a gas station attendant but changed course in college when he discovered that he could write poetry, the art form that occupied him for the rest of his life and for which he received the highest honors in American letters, died July 8 in Springfield, Mass. He was …


Actor Omar Sharif dies aged 83

Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his roles in classic films Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has died aged 83.

Egypt-born Sharif won two Golden …

Lawrence of Arabia

Jerry Weintraub Reported Dead at 77

He produced successful films like The Karate Kid and the Ocean's Eleven franchise

Jerry Weintraub, the well-connected producer behind series like Ocean’s Eleven and The Karate Kid, has reportedly died at 77.

Former President George H.W. Bush, a close friend, confirmed the news via a spokesperson in a …

Jerry Weintraub

Burt’s Bees cofounder Burt Shavitz has died

Burt Shavitz, co-founder and namesake for natural care product company Burt’s Bees, has died, the company said on Sunday. He was 80.

Shavitz, a “a wild-bearded and free-spirited Maine man” and beekeeper, co-founded the company with artist Roxanne Quimby in 1984, the company said in a statement.

The …

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