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Legendary dunker Darryl Dawkins dies

Darryl Dawkins, whose backboard-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died. He was 58.

"It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved husband and father, Darryl Dawkins, who succumbed today to a heart attack," …

Darryl Dawkins

Francis Sejersted, 79, Dies; Steered Nobel Peace Prize Into Controversy

Francis Sejersted, a Norwegian historian who as the chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee presided over several controversial awards, including those shared by the Israeli leaders Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin and the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, died this week at his home in Oslo. He …

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Friends remember WDBJ's Alison Parker and Adam Ward

(CNN) — Reporter Alison Parker was 24. A "rock star" reporter who loved Mexican food, whitewater kayaking and dark television characters such as Walter White on "Breaking Bad."

"The most radiant woman I ever met," in the words of a colleague.

Photographer Adam Ward was 27. Engaged to be married. …

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Marcy Borders, 9/11's 'dust lady', dies of stomach cancer

It was one of the most haunting images that emerged after 9/11: a woman covered in ash and powdered concrete fleeing the World Trade Center after the first plane struck the tower and brought horror to the heart of New York.

Marcy Borders was a 28-year-old Bank of America worker when the photograph …


Jimmy Evert, Father of Tennis Great Chris Evert, Has Died

Jimmy Evert, the father of tennis great Chris Evert, died of natural causes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, his family confirms to PEOPLE. He was 91.

Evert was a well-known tennis coach, and taught Chris and his other children at the Holiday Park courts in Ft. Lauderdale, where he also …


Svetlana Boym, 56, Scholar of Myth and Memory, Dies

Svetlana Boym, a scholar and artist whose work illuminated the haunting, quicksilver counterpoint of myth, memory and identity, died on Aug. 5 in Boston. She was 56.

Her death, from cancer, was announced by Harvard University, where she was the Curt Hugo Reisinger professor of Slavic languages and …


Ieng Thirith, Khmer Rouge Minister in Cambodia, Dies at 83

Ieng Thirith, the sister-in-law and close collaborator of the genocidal Cambodian leader Pol Pot, died Saturday in Pailin, Cambodia. She was 83.

Her death was confirmed by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, a United Nations-backed tribunal charged with trying leaders of the Khmer …

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Beloved Russian stage and film actor Lev Durov dies at 83

MOSCOW (AP) — Lev Durov, one of Russia's most prolific and best loved actors, has died. He was 83.

Durov was in more than 200 films from 1955 to 2014, often playing character or supporting roles. Among them was the role of Agent Klaus in the 1973 film "Seventeen Moments of Spring."

Durov also …


Yvonne Craig who, as Batgirl, was a pioneer of female superheroes passes away

(CNN) — Before Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman, before Joanna Cameron's Isis, before Scarlett Johannsson's Black Widow, Yvonne Craig was a pioneer of female superheroes on screen.

As an actress, she originated the role of Batgirl in the 1960s "Batman" television series. As a trained dancer, she did her …

Yvonne Craig

Longtime Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes Dies at 90

Stokes was elected to the House in 1968, becoming Ohio's first black member of Congress

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, a 15-term congressman from Ohio who took on tough assignments looking into assassinations and scandals, has died. He was 90.

He died peacefully with his wife, Jay, …


Batgirl TV Actress Yvonne Craig Dies From Cancer at 78: Family

Yvonne Craig, who starred as Batgirl in the 1960s TV series, has died at her home in California, her family said. She was 78.

She had been fighting breast cancer for two years but it had spread through her body "much to our dismay," the family said in a statement.

Craig also appeared in episodes of …


Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman and activist, dies at 75

ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Bond's life seemed to trace the arc of the civil rights movement, from his efforts as a militant young man to start a student protest group, through a long career in politics and his leadership of the NAACP almost four decades later.

Year after year, the cool, telegenic Bond …

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Longtime civil rights activist Bond dead at 75 - The Washington Post

Julian Bond, a champion of equal rights, died Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

His wife of 24 years, Pamela Horowitz, was leaving the intensive care unit when a nurse stopped her, the first admirer to offer condolences.

“She told me, ‘I want you to know it was a privilege to take care of him,’ ” …

Julian Bond

Buddy Baker, 74, dies of cancer

Buddy Baker, noted for a 34-year career in NASCAR's top series that produced 19 victories, including the 1980 Daytona 500, died Monday morning from lung cancer. He was 74.

The 6-foot-6 Baker, the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker, was known for his all-out style, one that allowed him to win …


Fans and William Shatner pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy with selfie mosaic

(CNN) — At the beginning of August, "Star Trek" actor William Shatner made a somewhat odd request of his followers.

He wanted fans to post a selfie of themselves doing the "Live long and prosper" sign with their hands, no questions asked.

Being the captain of the Enterprise and all, many fans were on …

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Rapper Sean Price dies

(CNN) — Brooklyn rapper Sean Price, a member of hip-hop groups Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik and Random Axe, died Saturday at 43, record label Duck Down Music confirmed.

"It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his …


NFL Legend Frank Gifford Passes Away at 84

Former football player and veteran sports journalist Frank Gifford has died in Connecticut, his family announced on Sunday. He was 84.

In a statement, his family said:

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank …

Frank Gifford

Louise Suggs, Hall of Fame golfer and a founder of the LPGA, dies at 91

Louise Suggs, who won more than 60 tournaments from the 1940s to the 1960s, and who, as a founder of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, played a key role in establishing women’s golf as a major professional sport, died Aug. 7 at a hospice in Sarasota, Fla. She was 91.

Her death was announced …

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Frances Kelsey, doctor who kept thalidomide out of US, dies aged 101

Frances Kelsey, a Canadian doctor known for her tenacity in keeping the drug thalidomide off the US market, has died aged 101.

Kelsey died on Friday morning, less than 24 hours after receiving the Order of Canada in a private ceremony at her daughter’s home in London, Ontario.

Kelsey was a medical …

Benton Becker, Ford Aide, Dies at 77; Negotiated Nixon Pardon

Benton L. Becker, who as President Gerald R. Ford’s personal emissary negotiated the pardon of Richard M. Nixon in 1974 and preserved his White House papers and tapes from what Mr. Becker predicted would have otherwise been “a hell of a bonfire in San Clemente,” where Nixon lived, died on Aug. 2 in …

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Manuel Contreras, Chilean Spy Chief, Dies at 86

SANTIAGO, Chile — Gen. Manuel Contreras, Chile’s intelligence chief during the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, died on Friday in the military hospital in Santiago while serving 526 years of multiple prison terms for human rights violations. He was 86.

General Contreras, who had colon …


Charles Goldstein, Lawyer Who Helped Find Looted Art, Dies at 78

Charles Goldstein, a high-stakes New York real estate lawyer who transformed himself into a tenacious advocate for recovering art looted from Holocaust victims, died on July 30 in Manhattan. He was 78.

The cause was complications of an infection, his daughter, Deborah David, said.

Mr. Goldstein, a …


Douglas LeVien, New York Detective Who Infiltrated the Mafia, Dies at 68

Douglas A. LeVien Jr., a former undercover police detective who in 1972 infiltrated the meeting ground used by New York’s five Mafia families, a landmark operation that produced scores of convictions, died on July 30 while vacationing in Saratoga, N.Y. He was 68.

The cause was a heart attack, his …


LPGA pioneer Louise Suggs dies at 91

Louise Suggs, an LPGA founder and one of the greatest female golfers of all time with 61 wins, including 11 at majors, died Friday at age 91.

The LPGA Tour said she died in a hospice in Sarasota, Fla., of natural causes.

Ms. Suggs was perhaps the most influential player in LPGA history. Along with …


George Cole, actor who played Arthur Daley, dies aged 90

The actor George Cole, best-known for playing the shifty “spiv” Arthur Daley in the TV series Minder, has died aged 90.

In a television and film career spanning seven decades, he became a household name playing cockney wideboys from the loudly dressed Flash Harry in the early St Trinian’s film to …

George Cole

Richard S. Schweiker, Former Senator and Reagan Confidant, Dies at 89

Richard S. Schweiker, a former United States representative and senator from Pennsylvania who was the secretary of health and human services during the first term of President Ronald Reagan, died on Friday in Pomona, N.J. He was 89.

His son Richard Schweiker Jr. said on Monday that Mr. Schweiker had …

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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 …