Obituaries

David Cassidy: A Life in Pictures

Los Angeles

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Silver-Maned Baritone From Siberia, Dies at 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the charismatic Siberian baritone who won critical acclaim and devoted fans around the world for his burnished voice, uncanny breath control and rueful expressivity, died on Wednesday in London. He was 55.<p>Mark Hildrew of Askonas Holt, the talent management agency that …

Music

Nancy Zieman, Host of Long-Running Sewing Show, Dies at 64

Nancy Zieman, who became an unlikely television star through the humblest of shows, “Sewing With Nancy,” which ran for 35 years on public television, died on Nov. 14 at her home in Beaver Dam, Wis. She was 64.<p>The cause was cancer, said an announcement from Wisconsin Public Television, which …

Sewing

Ann Wedgeworth, 83, Dies; Tony-Winning Actress Known for ‘Three’s Company’

Ann Wedgeworth, who won a Tony in 1978 for her performance in Neil Simon’s comedy “Chapter Two” and played an amorous divorced woman on the ABC sitcom “Three’s Company,” died on Nov. 16 in North Bergen, N.J. She was 83.<p>Her death, at a care facility, was confirmed by her daughter Diánna …

The Theatre

Maurice D. Hinchey, Congressman and Environmental Advocate, Dies at 79

Maurice D. Hinchey, a former United States representative from New York who built a reputation as a champion of the environment and blue-collar workers over a political career that spanned nearly four decades, died Wednesday at his home in Saugerties. He was 79.<p>The cause was frontotemporal …

U.S. Politics

Thomas Thacher, Who Fought Construction Fraud, Dies at 71

Thomas D. Thacher II, who as a public prosecutor, independent monitor and private investigator was instrumental in curbing corruption, fraud and waste in the construction industry, died on Oct 30 in Bedford, N.Y. He was 71.<p>The cause was heart failure, his daughter, Chessie Thacher, said.<p>In all …

Corruption

Naim Suleymanoglu, 50, Dies; Weight Lifting’s ‘Pocket Hercules’

Naim Suleymanoglu, a Turkish weight lifter whose diminutive size and stunning strength earned him the nickname Pocket Hercules on his way to winning three consecutive Olympic gold medals, died on Saturday in Istanbul. He was 50.<p>He had been hospitalized in late September with liver failure caused by …

Olympics

Buzz Belmondo Dies: ‘Out Of This World’ Actor Was 70 | Deadline

Buzz Belmondo, a comedian, actor and writer who was a regular on the syndicated sitcom <i>Out of This World</i> and recurred on <i>Baywatch,</i> died Tuesday of …

TV

Edward Herman, 92, Critic of U.S. Media and Foreign Policy, Dies

Edward Herman, an economist who joined the linguist Noam Chomsky in accusing the United States of foreign policy hypocrisy and the mass media of complicity in parroting government propaganda, died on Nov. 11 in Penn Valley, Pa., near Philadelphia. He was 92.<p>The cause was complications of bladder …

News (U.S.)

Pat Hutchins, 75, Dies; Wrote and Illustrated Children’s Books

Pat Hutchins, whose childhood sketches of woodland creatures led to an award-winning career as a children’s book writer and illustrator, died on Nov. 8 at her home in Hampstead, England. She was 75.<p>Her son Morgan said the cause was cancer. He was the inspiration for his mother’s series, adapated …

Books

George Avakian, Record Producer and Talent Scout, Dies at 98

George Avakian, a record producer and talent scout who played a key role in the early careers of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett and Bob Newhart, among many others, died on Wednesday at his home in on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 98.<p>His death was confirmed by his daughter …

Music

Albert Ledner, Architect With a Quirky Sense, Dies at 93

Albert C. Ledner, an architect who gave Modernism his personal, often whimsical spin, putting portholes in buildings in New York and using things like ashtrays and salvaged convent windows in unusual ways in houses in New Orleans, died on Nov. 14 in Manchester, N.H. He was 93.<p>His daughter, …

Medicine

Jon Hendricks, 96, Who Brought a New Dimension to Jazz Singing, Dies

Jon Hendricks, a jazz singer and songwriter who became famous in the 1950s with the vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross by putting lyrics to well-known jazz instrumentals and turning them into vocal tours de force, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 96.<p>His death, in a hospital, was confirmed …

Music

Charles Manson: A Life in Pictures

United States

Lilli Hornig, 96, Dies; A-Bomb Researcher Lobbied for Women in Science

Dr. Lilli Hornig, who rejected a male chauvinistic job offer to type other scientists’ top secret reports during World War II and instead found her way to produce research that helped trigger the first atomic bomb, died on Friday in Providence, R.I. She was 96.<p>The cause was heart and lung failure, …

Science

Earle Hyman, actor who played Bill Cosby's dad, dies at 91

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earle Hyman, a longtime stage and TV actor who was best known for playing Bill Cosby's father on "The Cosby Show," died Friday.<p>Hyman was 91.<p>He died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, according to Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund.<p>Hyman enjoyed an …

Entertainment

Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies

Mel Tillis, the longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.<p>A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He …

California

Musicians Who Have Died in 2017

Popular artists like Tom Petty, Chris Cornell and Prodigy. Musical trailblazers like Fats Domino and Chuck Berry. Here is a look at some of the most influential musicians who have died in 2017.<p>For a more complete gallery of important figures in sports, the arts, fashion, books, public affairs, …

Music

‘Cosby Show’ actor Earle Hyman dies at 91

LOS ANGELES — Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing granddad Russell Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” has died.<p>Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund, says that Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey. He was …

Entertainment

Terry Glenn, Star Receiver at Ohio State and in N.F.L., Dies at 43

Terry Glenn, a former record-setting N.F.L. receiver with the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys and an all-American with Ohio State, died on Monday after a one-vehicle traffic accident near Dallas. He was 43.<p>Glenn, who lived in the area, died shortly before 1 a.m. at Parkland Memorial …

Sports

Pancho Segura, Tennis Great of the ’40s and ’50s, Dies at 96

Pancho Segura, who surmounted a sickly and impoverished childhood in Ecuador to become one of the world’s leading tennis players in the mid-20th century, died on Saturday at his home in Carlsbad, Calif. He was 96.<p>The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease, said his son, Spencer.<p>Displaying a …

World News

Goodbye to the 'King of Cling': Azzedine Alaia dies aged 77

The fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, known as the 'King of Cling', has died aged 77. Born to wheat farmers in Tunisia, Alaia became one of the greats of Parisian fashion with a glamorous, sculptural aesthetic which was more concerned with flattering and celebrating women than presenting new ideas …

Michelle Obama

Steve Mostyn, Texas Democratic Fund-Raiser, Dies at 46

AUSTIN, Tex. — Steve Mostyn, a Texas trial lawyer and one of the nation’s leading Democratic donors, who spent a fortune in a long effort to turn his reliably red home state blue, died on Wednesday at his home in Houston. He was 46.<p>The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ruled the death a …

U.S. Politics

Earle Hyman, Bill Cosby’s Father on ‘The Cosby Show,’ Dies at 91

Earle Hyman, who broke racial stereotypes on Broadway and in Scandinavia in works by Shakespeare and Ibsen but was better known to millions of Americans as Bill Cosby’s father on “The Cosby Show,” died on Friday in Englewood, N.J. He was 91.<p>His death was confirmed by Jordan Strohl, a representative …

News

José Manuel Maza: Spain's attorney general dies aged 66

<b>Spain's attorney general José Manuel Maza has died suddenly in Argentina, where he was attending a conference. He was 66.</b><p>Earlier on Saturday he had been reportedly taken to an intensive care unit with a kidney infection.<p>Last month, Mr Maza called for charges to be brought against Catalan leaders, …

News

Azzedine Alaïa, Fashion’s Most Independent Designer, Is Dead at 82

Azzedine Alaïa, one of the greatest and most uncompromising designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, died on Saturday in Paris. He was 82.<p>His company said the cause was a heart attack.<p>Known as a sculptor of the female form, and worn by women from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga, Mr. Alaïa was equally …

Fashion

Shannon Michael Cane, Who Transformed Art Book Fairs, Dies at 43

Over the past several years, a phenomenon has quietly taken hold in the art world, flying in the face of its consolidation and more businesslike bearing: Art book fairs have sprung up around the world, many of them as mobbed as rock concerts, packed with young and old — but mostly young — …

The Arts

Three’s Company Acress Ann Wedgeworth Dead at 83: Reports

On Thursday, Ann Wedgeworth — who was best known for her role on <i>Three’s Company</i> — died at the age of 83, according to multiple reports.<p>According to</i> …

Celebrity News

Wendy Pepper of 'Project Runway' Season 1 Has Died at Age 53

Another "Project Runway" designer is gone much too soon.<p>Wendy Pepper, who placed third on "Project Runway" Season 1, died on November 12 at age 53. The sad news was published in an obituary in The Washington Post on November 17. There are no details on how she died, but she was surrounded by her …

Celebrity News

Salvatore Riina, Italian Mafia’s ‘Boss of Bosses,’ Dies at 87

ROME — Salvatore Riina, the Mafia’s murderous “boss of bosses,” who earned multiple life sentences and the nickname the Beast for his cruelty and for unleashing a war against law enforcement that claimed the lives of Italian prosecutors and police officers, died early Friday in a hospital in the …

Crime