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Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Kirk Douglas, dies at 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.

Douglas died of cancer at a motion picture industry retirement home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood, according to an obituary from Michael Douglas's production …

Kirk Douglas

Boyd K. Packer, Advocate of Conservative Mormonism, Dies at 90

Boyd K. Packer, the leader of the highest governing body of the Mormon Church and a vigorous advocate for a highly conservative strain of Mormonism, died on Friday at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 90.

The church announced his death on its website.

Mr. Packer had been a member of the Quorum of …


Lawrence Herkimer, Grandfather of Modern Cheerleading, Dies at 89

Lawrence R. Herkimer, who elevated cheerleading into an aspirational goal for generations of youths and a highly successful business for himself, organizing camps for would-be cheerleaders and selling the clothing and gear they would need, died on Wednesday in Dallas. He was 89.

The cause was heart …


Mormon leader Boyd K Packer dies, aged 90

Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, president of the faith’s highest governing body, has died at the age of 90.

Packer died on Friday afternoon at his home in Salt Lake City from natural causes, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins.

Packer, known for being a staunch advocate for a conservative form …


‘Britain’s Schindler,’ saviour of Holocaust children, dies at 106

Nicholas Winton, a humanitarian who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label “Britain’s Schindler,” has died. He was 106.

Son-in-law Stephen Watson said Winton died on Wednesday. The Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which Winton was a …


Yes co-founder Chris Squire dies

(CNN) —Bassist Chris Squire, a founding member of progressive British rock band Yes, died Saturday in Phoenix after battling leukemia, his bandmates confirmed.

"It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend," the band said in a post …

Chris Squire

Winsome champ of the chessboard

Walter S. Browne, who dropped out of high school to embark on a legendary career in competitive chess that made him an American champion several times over, died June 24 in Las Vegas. He was 66.

His death was widely reported in chess publications. On its Web site, the Las Vegas International Chess …

New York City

Rondal Partridge dies at 97; photographer known for irreverence

Rondal Partridge apprenticed himself to Ansel Adams as a teenager, lugging the master photographer's heavy equipment up and down Yosemite's majestic peaks.

He also was fired on several occasions, including the time he tied Adams' shoelaces together and made him fall on his face.

Such irreverence …


Veteran TV actor and Eight Is Enough star Dick Van Patten dies at age 86

Dick Van Patten, the genial, round-faced comic actor who appeared on Broadway as a child, starred on TV in its infancy and then, in middle age, found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV’s Eight is Enough, has died.

Van Patten died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, of complications from diabetes, …

Dick Van Patten

James Salter, novelist with exquisite prose style, dies at 90

James Salter, a writer who contemplated love, mortality and the lives of men of action in his novels and short stories and who built a quiet reputation as an extraordinary prose stylist, died June 19 in Sag Harbor, N.Y. He was 90.

He collapsed while at a gym, his wife, Kay Eldredge, told the …


Allen Weinstein, Historian of Alger Hiss Case, Dies at 77

Allen Weinstein, a historian of Cold War espionage whose 1978 book, “Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case,” marshaled a mountain of new evidence to argue that Alger Hiss was guilty as charged in one of the most famous spy trials of the postwar era, and who served as the ninth national archivist of the …

Political History

Harold Battiste, influential New Orleans jazz musician, dies at 83

Harold Battiste, the New Orleans-born composer, producer, arranger and musician who put his distinct stamp on the city's music for several decades, died Friday after a lengthy illness, his son Harlis has confirmed. He was 83.

Battiste founded the first African American musician-owned record label, …


James Salter, author of 'A Sport and a Pastime,' dead at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — James Salter, the prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a Pastime" and other fiction, has died at age 90.

Salter's death was confirmed Friday to The Associated Press by Alfred A. Knopf spokesman Paul …

James Salter

John Carroll, Former Editor of LA Times, Baltimore Sun, Dies at 73

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — John S. Carroll, former editor of The Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times, which won 13 Pulitzer Prizes during his five-year tenure, has died. He was 73.

Carroll died Sunday morning at his home in Lexington, where he was once editor of Tthe Lexington Herald-Leader, said his …

John Carroll

Ronald A. Wilford, Manager to a Host of Legendary Maestros, Dies at 87

Ronald A. Wilford, a spotlight-shunning manager who became one of the most powerful figures in classical music in the second half of the 20th century not by conducting orchestras but by orchestrating the careers of conductors, died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 87.

His death was announced by Tim …


Frank Zachary, Editor and Art Director, Dies at 101

Frank Zachary, a celebrated magazine editor and art director who pioneered graphic innovations and creative photography while chronicling postwar America’s fascination with travel and leisure and the affluent society, died on Friday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 101.

His daughter Amy …


Robert Sherwood Morse dies at 91; dissident Episcopal clergyman

Robert Sherwood Morse, a dissident clergyman who objected to changes in traditional Episcopalian practice and urged fellow religious conservatives to leave a mainstream he likened to the Biblical "fleshpots of Egypt," has died. He was 91.

What people don't understand about the whole concept of the …


Robert Chartoff, Producer of ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Rocky,’ Dies at 81

Robert Chartoff, half of the powerful Hollywood producing team behind “Rocky” and “Raging Bull” as well as other high-profile dramas, died on Wednesday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 81.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, his son William said.

For two decades, beginning in 1967, Mr. …

Raging Bull

Jane Hart, Activist and Nearly an Astronaut, Dies at 93

Jane Briggs Hart, a flying enthusiast, would-be astronaut and competitive equestrian and sailor whose outspoken views on women’s rights, the Roman Catholic Church and the Vietnam War sometimes made political life a challenge for her husband, Philip A. Hart, a Democratic senator from Michigan in the …


Monica Lewis, actress and singer in Chiquita Banana cartoon, dies at 93

The actress and singer best known for voicing the Chiquita Banana cartoon character, Monica Lewis, died on Friday of natural causes. She was 93.

Lewis began her career as a vocalist in Benny Goodman’s orchestra then went on to record some jazz hits in the ’40s. In 1950 she signed an exclusive …


Ornette Coleman, Jazz Iconoclast, Dies At 85

Ornette Coleman, the American saxophonist and composer who liberated jazz from conventional harmony, tonality, structure and expectation, died early on Thursday of cardiac arrest in Manhattan. He was 85.

Coleman was an American icon and iconoclast — a self-taught musician born poor and fatherless in …


Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

The veteran actor, best known for a variety of films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster …

Christopher Lee

UK actor Ron Moody, best known as Fagin, dies aged 91

LONDON (AP) — British actor Ron Moody, best known for playing Fagin in the 1968 film "Oliver!" has died aged 91.

His agent said Moody, who received an Oscar nomination for best actor for his performance in the Charles Dickens adaptation, died in the hospital Thursday.

The actor was born Ronald …


'Lethal Weapon,' 'Goonies' actress Mary Ellen Trainor dead

(CNN) —Mary Ellen Trainor, an actress who appeared in all four "Lethal Weapon" films and in several movies directed by her then-husband, Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis, has died. She was 62.

Trainor, who also stood out as homemaker Mrs. Walsh in "The Goonies" (1985), died May 20 at her home in …

Meghan Trainor

Indie-rapper Pumpkinhead dead at 39

(CNN) —Pumpkinhead, also known as PH -- a fixture on the underground and battle-rap circuits for nearly two decades, died Tuesday morning (June 9) at the age of 39. The cause of death was not made public at press time. He is survived by a wife and two sons, and only just days ago announced that the …

Talib Kweli

James Last, German-born big band leader, dies at 86

BERLIN (AP) — Big band leader James Last, who sold tens of millions of records over his 50-year career, has died. He was 86.

Born Hans Last in 1929, he pioneered what became known as "Happy Sound" — light entertainment that appealed to a huge audience in his native Germany and abroad.

Known to his …

James Last

Vincent Bugliosi, Charles Manson Prosecutor, Dead at 80

'Helter Skelter' author passes away following battle with cancer

Vincent Bugliosi, the former Los Angeles deputy district attorney who prosecuted the Manson family, passed away Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital following a battle with cancer. He was 80. Bugliosi also penned the 1974 book Helter

Charles Manson

'Goonies,' 'Lethal Weapon' Actress Trainor Dead at 62

Actress and philanthropist Mary Ellen Trainor, who appeared in every "Lethal Weapon" film and played the mother in "Goonies," has died. She was 62.

The San Francisco-born Trainor moved in 1980 to Los Angeles, where she married director Robert Zemeckis. She started a career in television and film, …


Singer Ronnie Gilbert of folk group Weavers dies

(CNN) —Singer Ronnie Gilbert, a member of the influential 1950s folk group The Weavers, died Saturday in California at 88.

Her death was confirmed by her partner Donna Korones, several media outlets reported.

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie mourned the death of a "great and talented gal, noting that only …

Folk Music