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Roy Dotrice: Guernsey actor dies aged 94

<b>Actor Roy Dotrice, known for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus, has died aged 94.</b><p>His family said he died at his London home, surrounded by relatives.<p>A character actor, Guernsey-born Mr Dotrice gained new fans in recent years as the narrator of A Song of Ice and Fire, a …

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Veteran British actor Roy Dotrice dies aged 94

LONDON (AP) — The family of veteran British actor Roy Dotrice says he has died in his London home. He was 94.<p>Dotrice was known for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning film "Amadeus" and his many theater roles.<p>He won many accolades throughout his lengthy career including a Tony Award in …

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Sky Sports presenter Kevin Cadle dies, aged 62

Former Sky Sports presenter Kevin Cadle has died at the age of 62.<p>The American television presenter was the face of Sky Sports' coverage of the NFL following a successful career as a basketball coach,<p>“We are shocked and saddened to hear that #BritishBasketball has lost a true legend in Kevin Cadle. …

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Richard Wilbur, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Winner, Dies at 96

Richard Wilbur, whose meticulous, urbane poems earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and selection as the national poet laureate, died on Saturday in Belmont, Mass. He was 96.<p>His son Christopher confirmed his death, in a nursing home.<p>Across more than 60 years as an acclaimed American poet, Mr. Wilbur …

Poetry

Richard Wilbur, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, dies at 96

Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, died. He was 96.<p>Wilbur died Saturday night in Belmont, Massachusetts, with his …

Poetry

Mary Cochran, Dancer Who ‘Lit Up the Stage,’ Dies at 54

Mary Cochran, a versatile dancer with Paul Taylor’s company for 12 years and then the chairwoman of the dance department at Barnard College, has died. She was 54.<p>A spokeswoman for the Paul Taylor Dance Company said she was found dead in her apartment in the Bronx on Oct. 6, though when she died was …

Ballet

Terry Downes, Middleweight Champion and Britain’s Pride, Dies at 81

Terry Downes, a quick-witted middleweight boxing champion from Britain, nicknamed the Paddington Express, who became wealthy outside the ring by investing in legal betting shops and later did a bit of acting, died on Oct. 6 in Hertfordshire. He was 81.<p>His wife, Barbara, said the cause was kidney …

Boxing

Armando Calderon Sol, Who Led El Salvador After War, Dies at 69

Armando Calderón Sol, the first president elected in El Salvador after 12 years of civil war, died on Monday in Houston. He was 69.<p>His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by his sister, Milena Calderón de Escalón, a member of the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly. He learned last year that he had …

Latin America

French actor Jean Rochefort dies at 87

PARIS (AP) — French actor Jean Rochefort, who starred in more than 100 movies over a half-century and was much loved by the French public, has died. He was 87.<p>French culture minister Francoise Nyssen confirmed Rochefort's death on Monday after French media reported he died in a Paris hospital …

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'Bumfights' homeless actor Rufus Hannah dies at 63

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rufus Hannah, a formerly homeless alcoholic who was paid to fight other homeless men and perform dangerous stunts in the notorious "Bumfights" videos, has died. He was 63.<p>Hannah, who was living in the town of Adrian, Georgia, was a passenger in a car driven by his sister that was …

Crime

Joseph Schmitt, 101, Spacesuit Technician for Early Astronauts, Dies

Joseph W. Schmitt, who as one of NASA’s earliest “suit techs” was often the last person to have face-to-face contact with astronauts before they shot skyward on their historic missions, died on Sept. 25 in Friendswood, Tex. He was 101.<p>His granddaughter, Susan Alexander, confirmed the death.<p>Mr. …

NASA

Robert McKay, who designed the first Taco Bell and turned it into a fast-food empire, dies at 86

Robert L. McKay, the former architect who designed the first Taco Bell restaurant and helped transform the brand into a fast-food powerhouse, has died of cancer in Santa Ana. He was 86.<p>It was 1964 when McKay, then a Sherman Oaks architect, was hired by Taco Bell founder Glen Bell to create a …

Taco Bell

Jack Good, Who Put Rock ’n’ Roll on TV in the ’60s, Dies at 86

Jack Good, who popularized rock ’n’ roll on British television in the 1950s, then followed the British invasion to the United States, where he produced “Shindig,” a prime-time series with a frantic pace, go-go dancers and guests like the Beatles, James Brown and the Rolling Stones, died on Sept. 24 …

Jerry Lee Lewis

Taco Bell designer and ex-president Robert McKay dies at 86

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Robert L. McKay, who designed the first Taco Bell restaurant and with founder Glenn Bell turned it from a quirky food stand into a fast-food empire, has died. He was 86.<p>His son, Rob McKay, says McKay died last week from cancer.<p>Bell opened his first Taco Bell in Downey, …

Taco Bell

Anne Wiazemsky, French actor, novelist and muse to Jean-Luc Godard, dies aged 70

Actor appeared in films by Bresson, Pasolini and Godard, to whom she was married for 12 years and whose memoir of their relationship was adapted into the 2017 film Redoubtable<p>Anne Wiazemsky, the actor best known for her appearances in films of the French Nouvelle Vague and marriage to director …

Film (UK)

Paul S. Otellini, Who Led Intel and Saw It Grow Even More, Dies at 66

SAN FRANCISCO — Paul S. Otellini, who as chief executive expanded Intel’s already commanding chip-making business but failed to build a company franchise in mobile phones, died on Monday at his family’s second home in Sonoma County, Calif. He was 66.<p>The company, in Santa Clara, Calif., said he died …

Santa Clara

Kurdish Ex-President of Iraq, Jalal Talabani, Dies in Germany Aged 83

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish politician who became Iraq's president after the U.S.-led invasion and helped steer the country through years of insurgent and sectarian strife, has died in a Berlin hospital at the age of 83, Kurdish officials said Tuesday.<p>Talabani died after his condition rapidly …

World Politics

Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini passes away at 67

Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini has passed away at the age of 66.<p>Otellini was a lifelong Intel employee who had silicon in his blood. He was named CEO of the world’s biggest chip maker in May 2005, and he stayed in that post until he retired in 2013. In its 49-year history, Intel has only had six …

Brian Krzanich

Jalal Talabani, Kurdish Leader and Iraq’s First Postwar President, Is Dead at 83

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish leader who used pragmatism, guile and an outsize personality to navigate a hazardous course in Mideast politics, surviving guerrilla war, the terrors of Saddam Hussein and shifting alliances to become the first president of Iraq under its postwar Constitution, died on …

Middle East

Chuck Low, Morrie from Goodfellas, dies at 89

Chuck Low, a military veteran and real estate developer who memorably appeared in Martin Scorsese’s <i>Goodfellas</i> as Morrie, died last month at a nursing …

TV

NASCAR champion owner, engine maker Robert Yates dies at 74

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robert Yates, a pioneering NASCAR owner and engine builder who with Dale Jarrett won the 1999 Cup title, has died at 74. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in May and will be inducted next year.<p>Yates had liver cancer and son Doug Yates announced the death Monday night on …

Motorsport

Tom Petty: A Life in Pictures

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Tom Petty, Rock Craftsman Admired for Four Decades, Dies at 66

LOS ANGELES — Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty, who with his band the Heartbreakers married '60s-era folk rock with the Southern accents of his native Florida into the harder-edged 21st-century musical landscape, died Monday night, his manager and publicist said. Petty was 66.<p>Petty went into …

Tom Petty

Former union chief Rodney Bickerstaffe dies

Tributes paid to 72-year-old former general secretary of Unison described as a ‘true giant of our movement’<p>Rodney Bickerstaffe, a former general secretary of Unison, has died, the union announced.<p>Tributes were paid to the 72-year-old, who led the public sector union NUPE before it merged to become …

Brexit

Donald Malarkey, WWII paratrooper portrayed in HBO's 'Band of Brothers,' dead at 96

SALEM, Ore. – Donald Malarkey, a World War II paratrooper who was awarded the Bronze Star after parachuting behind enemy lines at Normandy to destroy German artillery on D-Day, has died. He was 96.<p>Malarkey was one of several members of "Easy Company" to be widely portrayed in the HBO miniseries, …

Military History

Hockey broadcaster Dave Strader dies of cancer at 62

Ice Hockey

S.I. Newhouse, Steward of Conde Nast Publishing Empire, Dies at 89

S.I. Newhouse, the Conde Nast chairman who presided over the magazine world’s glossiest publications and most talked-about editors for more than 40 …

Bon Appetit

Monty Hall, Co-Creator and Host of ‘Let’s Make a Deal,’ Dies at 96

Monty Hall, the genial host and co-creator of “Let’s Make a Deal,” the game show on which contestants in outlandish costumes shriek and leap at the chance to see if they will win the big prize or the booby prize behind door No. 3, died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday. He was 96.<p>A …

Entertainment

Former Purdue football coach, Joe Tiller, dies at age 74

Joe Skipper / REUTERS<p>The winningest football coach in Purdue history, Joe Tiller, died Saturday morning in Buffalo, Wyo., at the age of 74, the …

College & University

‘General Hospital’ Actress Anne Jeffreys Dies At 94: What’s The Reason For Her Death?

Anne Jeffreys, the bold actress and singer who played a major role on <i>General Hospital</i> from 1984 to 2004, died Wednesday in Los Angeles.<p><i>Deadline</i> …

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