Tributes & Obituaries

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Jerry Lewis: A Life in Pictures

Comedian Jerry Lewis dead at 91

​Comedy legend Jerry Lewis – best known for his work with Dean Martin and tireless efforts to fight muscular dystrophy – died on Sunday.<p>He was 91.<p>He …

Entertainment

All Blacks rugby union legend Colin Meads dies aged 81

Meads, who has died of pancreatic cancer, played 133 games for the All Blacks, including 55 tests, from 1957 to 1971.<p>Colin Meads, the famously tough All Blacks captain hailed as New Zealand’s greatest rugby player of the 20th century, has died after suffering from cancer. He was 81.<p>Meads played 55 …

Rugby Union

Dick Gregory Dead at 84

<b>Dick Gregory</b> -- comedian, actor, writer and famed civil right activist -- died Saturday night in Washington D.C. ... according to a statement from …

Entertainment

'Antigone in New York' Playwright Janusz Glowacki Dies at 78

(WARSAW, Poland) — Renowned Polish-U.S. playwright and screenwriter Janusz Glowacki, who won top prizes for his bitter, ironic analysis of the …

Playwrights

GOP campaign guru Arthur Finkelstein dies at 72

Arthur Finkelstein — the reclusive longtime Republican pollster and campaign strategist who helped elect two U.S. presidents, scores of other GOP candidates and international politicians — died Friday night, his family announced Saturday. He was 72.<p>Finkelstein worked on the campaigns of Presidents …

Elections

Sonny Landham 'Predator' Star Dead at 76

<b>Sonny Landham</b> -- who played Billy the self-knifing military badass in "Predator" -- has passed away in a Kentucky hospital at the age of 76 from …

Pop Culture

Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89

<b>Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89.</b><p>The former Strictly Come Dancing host had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection.<p>His long career in showbusiness began when he was aged just …

Entertainment

Acclaimed modernist architect Gunnar Birkerts dies at 92

NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Gunnar Birkerts, an internationally acclaimed modernist architect who designed buildings including the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, and the University of Michigan Law Library, has died. He was 92.<p>His son, Sven Birkerts, …

Architecture

Hawkins, star at Notre Dame, worked for Dodgers, dies at 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tommy Hawkins, the first black basketball player to earn All-America honors at Notre Dame and who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year NBA career, died Wednesday. He was 80.<p>Hawkins died in his sleep at home in Malibu, son Kevin told The Associated Press. He had been …

Entertainment

Marian C. Diamond, 90, Student of the Brain, Is Dead

Marian C. Diamond, a neuroscientist who overturned long-held beliefs by showing that environmental factors can change the structure of the brain and that the brain continues to develop throughout one’s life, died on July 25 at her home in Oakland, Calif. She was 90.<p>Her son Richard Diamond confirmed …

The Brain

Frank Broyles, Football Coach Who Put Arkansas on Map, Dies at 92

Frank Broyles, a revered football coach and athletic director who helped lift the University of Arkansas into the top ranks of college sports, most memorably by leading the Razorbacks to an undefeated season in 1964 and their only national championship, died on Monday in Fayetteville, Ark. He was …

College & University

Stephen Wooldridge, Australian Olympic cycling champion, dies aged 39

The track cyclist was one of Australia’s most decorated, having won Olympic gold and four world titles in the team pursuit event<p>The Australian Olympic and world champion track cyclist, Stephen Wooldridge, has died aged 39.<p>Born in Sydney, Wooldridge won gold in the 4,000m team pursuit at the Athens …

Olympics

Montague Upshaw, Piedmont High, Cal track and field star, dies at 81

Montague “Monte” Middleton Upshaw, an amateur track and field wunderkind at Piedmont High and Cal, died July 26 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 81.<p>He is survived by his wife, Joan, his previous wife, Carol, and their four children (Joy Upshaw, Montague “Chip” Upshaw Jr., Merry …

Entertainment

Joseph Bologna, Onscreen Tough Guy With a Sense of Humor, Dies at 82

Joseph Bologna, who looked like the quintessential tough guy but couldn’t seem to resist writing and playing sensitive male characters who longed for love and commitment in films like “Lovers and Other Strangers” and “Made for Each Other,” died on Sunday in Duarte, Calif., near Pasadena. He was …

Entertainment

Joe Bologna Dead at 82

Hollywood writer and actor <b>Joe Bologna</b> died this weekend ... TMZ has learned.<p>Joe -- most known for roles in "My Favorite Year" and "Transylvania …

Entertainment

Auschwitz survivor who was world's oldest man dies at 113

Israel Kristal, who was only member of his family to survive war, described as ‘very hardworking’ by grandson<p>Israel Kristal, the world’s oldest man who lived through both world wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, has passed away just a month short of his 114th birthday, his family …

European History

Elbert T. Hudson dies; civic leader, Tuskegee airman and L.A. Police Commission's first black president was 96

When the headquarters of the Broadway Federal Bank in South Los Angeles burned down during the 1992 L.A. riots, Elbert T. Hudson knew exactly what to do: rebuild.<p>He and his son Paul C. Hudson reestablished the bank, founded by Hudson’s father, in a trailer across the street from the ruins of the …

Los Angeles

Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' dies aged 87

Ruth Pfau, a German nun who devoted her life to combatting leprosy in Pakistan, has died at the age of 87.<p>Pfau, who was known locally as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, came to the southern port city of Karachi in 1960 and spent half a century taking care of some of the country's sickest and poorest …

Pakistan

Artist and designer Alan Peckolick dead at age 76

NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Peckolick, an innovative painter and graphic designer whose creations included the bold, underlined logo for General Motors and typefaces for Pfizer and Revlon, has died.<p>Peckolick's widow, Jessica Weber, told The Associated Press that he died Aug. 3 at a hospital in Danbury, …

Graphic Design

German doctor and nun Ruth Pfau, Pakistan's 'mother of leprosy patients', dies

Ruth Pfau, a German doctor renowned in Pakistan for treating leprosy and tuberculosis patients over half a century has died aged 87. Pfau's …

Pakistan

Betty Warner Sheinbaum, an independent woman with a Hollywood pedigree, dies at 97

She was an artist whose favorite president was FDR. She devoured books and newspapers and hosted events where people could discuss social causes and politics and raise money for their efforts. She hunted for the Ho Chi Minh trail and collected modern art. And she knew how to wield a blowtorch.<p>Betty …

Ho Chi Minh City

Fred Leighton, a Jeweler Who Made Stars Glitter, Dies at 85

Fred Leighton, a so-called jeweler to the stars whose antique jewelry became coveted accessories for actresses like Nicole Kidman and Lupita Nyong’o when they walked the red carpet of the Academy Awards, died on July 26 in Manhattan. He was 85.<p>His death was confirmed by his daughter Mara Leighton.<p>A …

Fashion

Glen Campbell: A Life in Pictures

Glen Campbell Dead at 81

Singer-guitarist and TV host who achieved crossover success succumbs to Alzheimer's Disease<p>Glen Campbell, the indelible voice behind 21 Top 40 hits …

Rhinestone Cowboy

Barbara Cook, luminous singer of Broadway stage, dies at 89

Barbara Cook, the Tony Award-winning soprano who in 1957 originated the career-making Broadway role of Marian the librarian in “The Music Man” and whose later concert and cabaret performances clinched her reputation as one of the world’s leading performers of theater songs, died Aug. 8 at her home …

Metropolitan Opera

Original Godzilla suit actor Haruo Nakajima dies

<b>The man who first bought the beloved and feared monster Godzilla to life has died, the film company behind the monster says.</b><p>Haruo Nakajima, who wore the Godzilla suit in 12 movies, died on Monday from pneumonia at the age of 88, it said.<p>In an interview this year Nakajima explained how the original …

Movies

Haruo Nakajima, who played the original 1954 Godzilla, dies

TOKYO (AP) — He stomped over miniature bridges and buildings in a rubber suit and gave the world Godzilla, the fire-breathing, screeching monster that became Japan's star cultural export and an enduring symbol of the pathos and destruction of the nuclear age.<p>Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed Godzilla …

Entertainment

Don Baylor, former AL MVP, dies at 68

Former American League MVP and MLB manager Don Baylor died Monday after a long battle with cancer, his family confirmed. He was 68.<p>Baylor spent 19 seasons in the majors with six teams, including the then-California Angels, where he was tapped as the 1979 league MVP.<p>Baylor slugged 338 home runs and …

Baseball