Tributes & Obituaries

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Jeff Flake's Father Dies

Senator calls him "My hero, my idol, my father"<p>Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced that his father Dean Flake died on Monday night at the age of …

Jeff Flake

Hope Ryden, Wildlife Protector and Photographer, Dies at 87

Hope Ryden, whose lifelike photographs of North American beavers, coyotes, mustangs and other wildlife helped elevate them into poster animals for conservation campaigns, died on June 18 in Hyannis, Mass. She was 87.<p>The cause was complications of hip surgery, her brother, Ernest E. Ryden, said.<p>An …

Wild Horses

Madison football coach Lenny Schultz killed in traffic accident

Madison football coach Lenny Schultz was killed Saturday in a traffic accident on the Inner Loop of the Beltway near Springfield, Virginia State Police said. Schultz was 52 years old.<p>Schultz and Albert Schultz IV, his nephew, were attempting to “re-secure” a boat on a trailer towed by a pickup …

College & University

Frank Kush, Hall of Fame Coach of Arizona State, Dies at 88

Frank Kush, the college Hall of Fame coach who took Arizona State University to national football prominence, but who was fired midway through his 22nd season when he was accused of trying to impede an investigation into an assault allegation lodged by a player, died on Thursday in the Phoenix …

College & University

Mao Kobayashi: Japanese cancer blogger dies at 34

<b>A former Japanese newsreader who won legions of admirers after deciding to publicly chronicle her battle with cancer has died of the disease.</b><p>Mao Kobayashi, who was named one of the BBC's 100 Women in 2016, died late on Thursday at home in Tokyo, aged 34.<p>Her husband, famous kabuki actor Ichikawa …

Cancer

Pete Flynn, Mets Groundskeeper for Almost 50 Years, Dies at 79

Pete Flynn was a New York Met longer than Ed Kranepool, Keith Hernandez and Bud Harrelson combined. He stayed with the team as it went from National League punch line to World Series champion, and as it moved from the Polo Grounds to Shea Stadium and then to Citi Field.<p>Mr. Flynn, who was a Mets …

Major League Baseball

Former NFL LB Ryan Jones Dies at Age 26

Former NFL linebacker Ryan Jones was shot and killed on Sunday, June 18, according to Chris Murray and Sarah Litz of <i>USA Today</i>.<p>Two other men were shot and were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Reno Police Department spokesman Tim Broadway didn't reveal any details on …

NFL

Hank Deutschendorf, baby Oscar from 'Ghostbusters II,' dies at age 28

Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf, who played baby Oscar in 1989's "Ghostbusters II," has died at age 28.<p>Deutschendorf, who shared the role with his twin brother Will, was found by his brother in his Escondido, California apartment according to E! News, citing the coroner's report that called the death a …

Movies

Robert Campeau, Flamboyant Canadian Who Owned Bloomingdale’s, Dies at 93

Robert Campeau, a Canadian real estate developer who built a debt-fueled department store empire in the United States, including Bloomingdale’s, only for it to swiftly collapse in the frenzied financial climate of the 1980s, died on June 12 at his home in Ottawa. He was 93.<p>His family confirmed his …

Real Estate

Jerry Nelson, Designer of the Segmented Telescope, Dies at 73

Jerry Nelson, who conceived of the design for the segmented telescope, which allowed scientists to peer farther into the universe than ever before, died on June 10 at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 73.<p>His death was confirmed by his daughter, Alexandra Nelson, who said she did not know the …

Astronomy

Prodigy of Mobb Deep dies at 42

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rapper Prodigy, one half of the influential hip hop duo Mobb Deep has died, according to a co-author on one of his books, Kathy Iandoli.<p>He was 42.<p>A cause of death has not been released, but the rapper had been hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell anemia prior to his death, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Carla Fendi, philanthropist and fashion force, dies at 79

MILAN (AP) — Carla Fendi, one of the five sisters who transformed the family leather goods business into a global luxury fashion house long known for its furs, has died following a long illness. She was 79<p>The Rome-based fashion house confirmed Fendi's death Monday, expressing pain for the loss and …

Fashion

Stephen Furst, Who Played Flounder in ‘Animal House,’ Dies at 63

Stephen Furst, whose early role as the hapless, lovable fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit 1978 comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House” earned him lasting recognition, died early Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif. He was 63.<p>The cause was probably congestive heart failure brought on by …

Entertainment

Former UFC Fighter Tim Hague Dies at Age 34

Former UFC fighter Tim Hague died Sunday as a result of a knockout loss from a Friday night boxing match.<p>Dan Grummett of CTV confirmed the news while also passing along a statement from the family:<p><i>"It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today. He was</i> …

UFC

Ernestina Herrera de Noble, Media Mogul in Argentina, Dies at 92

Ernestina Laura Herrera de Noble, the publisher of Argentina’s largest-circulation daily, Clarín, who was instrumental in turning her husband’s newspaper into one of the largest media conglomerates in the Spanish-speaking world, died on Wednesday in Buenos Aires. She was 92.<p>Grupo Clarín, a holding …

Latin America

Stephen Furst Flounder from 'Animal House' Dead at 63

<b>Stephen Furst</b> -- actor and filmmaker known for playing Flounder in '<b>Animal House</b>' -- has died due to complications from diabetes ... TMZ has …

TV

Ben Finney, Anthropologist Who Debunked Theory on Island Settlement, Dies at 83

On June 4, 1976, the Hokulea, a double-hulled sailing canoe of ancient design, glided into Papeete Harbor in Tahiti, greeted ecstatically by a crowd of 17,000 — more than half the island’s population. For the first time in six centuries, a traditional Polynesian sailing vessel had made the voyage …

Hawaii

Flamboyant entrepreneur Robert Campeau dies at 93

He began his working life as a grade school drop-out from a northern Ontario mining town, built himself into a titan of the real estate and department store industries, amassed a large fortune – then pretty much lost it all.<p>Robert Campeau, a flamboyant and hard-driving Franco-Ontarian …

Real Estate

'Rocky' director John G. Avildsen dies at 81

Oscar-winning director John G. Avildsen, whose “Rocky” sent a shot of adrenaline through movie theaters and turned Sylvester Stallone into one of cinema’s most unforgettable boxers, has died at 81.<p>Avildsen’s eldest son, Anthony, said the filmmaker died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical …

Entertainment

Helmut Kohl, Chancellor Who Reunited Germany, Dies at 87

Helmut Kohl, a towering postwar figure who reunified Germany after 45 years of Cold War antagonism, propelled a deeply held vision of Europe’s integration and earned plaudits from Moscow and Washington for his deft handling of the fall of the Berlin Wall, died on Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen, …

Germany

Germany's Helmut Kohl dies, aged 87

<b>Helmut Kohl, Germany's ex-chancellor and architect of reunification in 1990, has died at 87.</b><p>Kohl led Germany for 16 years (from 1982 to 1998). He is credited with bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall.<p>Together with his French ally President Francois Mitterrand, …

Germany

Longtime Los Angeles Times photojournalist Gary Friedman dies at 62

Gary Friedman, a longtime photojournalist who over the decades covered presidential elections, Olympic games and the devastation of the 9/11 terror attacks for the Los Angeles Times, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 62.<p>Friedman, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles, had an expansive …

Los Angeles

Robert S. Leiken, Political Scientist Who Defied Labels, Dies at 78

Robert S. Leiken, a maverick political scientist who stunned fellow liberals in the 1980s when he denounced the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua, died on June 7 in Boston. He was 78.<p>The cause was complications of neuro-Behcet’s disease, an inflammatory condition, his son Samuel said.<p>The …

Muslim Brotherhood

Armstrong-era UCI chief Verbruggen dies at 75

BERLIN (Reuters) - The former president of the international cycling union (UCI), Hein Verbruggen, who was in charge during the reign of disgraced doping offender Lance Armstrong and spearheaded preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has died aged 75.<p>The Dutchman headed the UCI from …

Cycling

Ed Victor, a Stylish and Frenetic Book Agent, Dies at 77

Ed Victor, a debonair Bronx-born, Cambridge-educated book agent who dazzled London’s fusty literary elite with his star-studded client roster and cheeky deal-making, died on Wednesday in London. He was 77.<p>The cause was complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the Ed Victor Literary Agency in …

Books

Edith Shiffert, a Poet Inspired by Nature and Her Life in Japan, Dies at 101

Edith Shiffert, an American poet whose work was profoundly influenced by the half-century she spent in Japan, died on March 1 in Kyoto, where she had long made her home. She was 101.<p>Her death, announced on the website Writers in Kyoto, was not publicized outside Japan. Ms. Shiffert, who had …

Poetry

Adam West, Star of Iconic Batman TV Show, Dies at 88

After the series ended, West made a name for himself as a voice actor.<p>Adam West, the gray-stockinged star of the 1960s <i>Batman</i> TV show, has died at the age of 88.<p>“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our …

Batman

Chana Bloch, Poet and Hebrew Translator, Is Dead at 77

Chana Bloch, a poet and an acclaimed translator of Hebrew verse whose intimate lyrics explored the mysteries and pains of love, her own illness and the unraveling of her first marriage, died on May 19 at her home in Berkeley, Calif. She was 77.<p>The cause was complications of sarcoma, her husband, …

Poetry

Hawaiian pizza inventor Sam Panopoulos dies aged 83

<b>Sam Panopoulos, who has died aged 83, leaves a legacy that has delighted, confused and appalled diners worldwide. Often at the same time.</b><p>Panopoulos is the Canadian man who invented Hawaiian pizza, a dish so divisive it led to a presidential outburst this year.<p>He passed away in hospital suddenly on …

Pizza