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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Jr. Dies at 78

Marion Barry Jr., who began his career in public service during the civil rights era and spent four terms as mayor of Washington, D.C., died late Saturday night in his hometown at age 78.

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Tomgram: In Memoriam: Jonathan Schell (1943-2014)

Jonathan Schell was in the early days of this century perhaps the only person who imagined that, in our future, lay an Arab Spring, an Occupy Movement and whatever-is-still-to-come.

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Peter O’Toole, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ Dead at 81

The actor’s 1962 portrayal of an English ally of embattled Arabs is a high water mark of cinema. Long after overcoming stomach cancer in the 1970s, O’Toole died in a London hospital following an illness.

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Doris Lessing, Voice for Many Ages, Dies at 94

Doris Lessing, an influential and prolific writer who made her mark in more than 50 novels, as well as short stories, essays and poems, died Sunday in London at age 94. 

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Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Dies at 87

Along with his literary contributions, the author’s crime thrillers became part of the American cultural conversation through screen adaptations of several of his stories. He died Tuesday at his home in Michigan at age 87.

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Ed Koch’s ‘Last Word’

After the former New York City mayor’s death Friday, The New York Times released a candid interview conducted in 2007 that was “not meant to be made public” until he died. Koch had especially harsh words for Mario Cuomo, his opponent in the ugly 1977 mayoral race.

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Dave Brubeck’s Alternative Ambitions

The celebrated musician, who died Wednesday at age 91 in a hospital in Connecticut, didn’t start out with the desire to perform one of jazz music’s iconic tunes.

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Former Sen. Arlen Specter Dead at 82

The veteran politician was first elected to the U.S. Senate to represent Pennsylvania in 1980. He spent 30 years in the upper house, making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history.

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Gore Vidal Speaks Seriously Ill of the Dead

In this essay, first published in 2008, the iconic author objected to Newsweek’s obituary of his onetime rival, William F. Buckley, a “knightly man” who stood up to “bullies” like Gore Vidal ... by verbally gay-bashing him on national television.

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CounterPunch Editor Dies

Alexander Cockburn, editor of the political newsletter CounterPunch, lost a two-year battle against cancer when he died in Germany on Friday night.

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Maurice Sendak, Children’s Book Author, Dies at 83

Maurice Sendak, a man whose imagination helped generations of children discover their own, “who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche,” has died at 83 of complications from a recent stroke.

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Right-Wing Media Critic Andrew Breitbart Dies

Over the course of his career as a conservative commentator, blogger and vigilant crusader against liberal bias, as he saw it, in the mainstream American media and in Hollywood, Andrew Breitbart pulled off a few high-profile alliances and at least one major takedown.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Appreciating Tony Blankley

“Left, Right & Center” lost one of its integral members since the long-running show’s last episode with the death of conservative co-host Tony Blankley on Jan. 7. For this week’s edition, Matt Miller, Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington and guest panelist Mary Matalin pay their on-air respects.

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For Christopher Hitchens

It was like meeting a clown outside of his makeup, away from the hysteria of his profession, who appears lovely and handsome and noble, if only because he isn’t trapped in a spotlight at the center of a ludicrous pie fight. 

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Hedges on Hitchens

Though he gives credit to Christopher Hitchens’ exceptional talent, Chris Hedges remembers the newly departed writer differently from the way others might in this clip from CBC Radio. In an unflinching appraisal, Hedges recalls what Hitchens got wrong about religion, his biggest intellectual failing and what it was like to engage him in a debate.

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So Long, Columbo: Peter Falk Dies at 83

Another icon of the small screen has died, and with him goes a memorable role and a famous, if slightly bedraggled, khaki raincoat. On Friday, the news broke that “Columbo” star Peter Falk had died the day before at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83.

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R.I.P., Dr. Death

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, crusading physician for the cause of assisted suicide, died Friday in a hospital in his home state of Michigan. It was, relatively speaking, a natural death for the 83-year-old, who had been suffering from heart and kidney troubles in recent weeks.

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Osama bin Laden Is Dead (Updated)

President Obama has confirmed that a U.S.-led operation has killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, and his body is in U.S. custody. Update: In a related development, early Monday the State Department issued a worldwide warning to American travelers.

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‘Restrepo’ Director Killed in Libya

On Wednesday, Vanity Fair reported that one of its contributors, 40-year-old photojournalist and “Restrepo” co-director Tim Hetherington, was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Libya that also left three other journalists wounded.

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Remembering Almena Lomax

Almena Lomax was a crusading journalist, one of many reporters and editors who toiled away on African-American newspapers—the Negro Leagues of journalism—exposing the racism ignored by the white papers that refused to hire them.

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Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011

She was a bona fide movie star by age 12, thanks to a horsey little number called “National Velvet,” but it’s safe to say that Elizabeth Taylor was able to avoid the curse of the child actor, given the countless memorable screen moments she produced over the next 50 years.

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So Long, Jack LaLanne

Seems like following Jack LaLanne’s fitness tips pays off—at least for Jack LaLanne—as the iconic health guru, who made his way into the living rooms and kitchens of American housewives in the 1950s and stuck by his regimen ...

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Legendary Cartoonist Paul Conrad Dies

Legendary political cartoonist Paul Conrad died Saturday morning at the age of 86. An artist who won the Pulitzer Prize three times, Conrad was the cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times for 30 years and a proud member of Richard Nixon’s “enemies list.”

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Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua Dies at 58

Speculation about the health of Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua ended Wednesday with the announcement of his death at age 58. Late last year, Yar’Adua’s position was assumed by his second-in-command, acting President Goodluck Jonathan, but not without controversy.

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Lynn Redgrave Dies at 67

The Redgrave-Richardson clan has suffered another major loss with the death of actress Lynn Redgrave, who died in her Manhattan home on Sunday night, only a month after her brother Corin’s death and a year after niece Natasha Richardson’s fatal accident on a Canadian ski slope.

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‘Catcher in the Rye’ Author J.D. Salinger Dies at 91

Time magazine fancifully describes author J.D. Salinger, who died Wednesday at age 91, as “the hermit crab of American letters.” That’s because after achieving literary fame with his 1951 (and only) novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” Salinger wasn’t too keen on being in the public eye.

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AP / Charles Dharapak

Remembering the Real Deal

The light has gone out, and with it that infectious warm laugh and intensely progressive commitment of the best of the Kennedys. Not, at this point, to take anything away from the memory of his siblings—Bobby, whom I also got to know, was pretty terrific in his last years—but Sen. Ted Kennedy was the real deal.

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Ted Kennedy Dies at 77

Having beaten his doctors’ previous prognosis and living to help usher in a new American administration, Sen. Ted Kennedy succumbed to brain cancer late Tuesday night at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.

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Walter Cronkite, TV’s First Anchor, Dies at 92

One of the news industry’s longest-living legends, Walter Cronkite, died of cerebrovascular disease Friday at the age of 92. Over the course of his storied career as the anchor of CBS News, Cronkite covered some of the biggest events of the 20th century. He himself coined his famous and often-quoted sign-off line: “And that’s the way it is. ... ”

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Bea Arthur
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Goodbye to a Golden Girl

She had already enjoyed success on the stage by the time she became an even bigger star in midlife, thanks to ground-breaking television roles in “Maude” and “The Golden Girls.” Following the news of her death on Saturday, Bea Arthur was remembered for her distinctive style, her talent and her game-changing performances on stage and screen.

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Jesse Helms Dead at 86

White separatist, U.S. senator, GOP darling and otherwise racist stalwart Jesse Helms died Friday after a bout with both metaphorical and actual heart problems. For his supporters and detractors, Helms’ persona as a race-baiting Southern politician defined many debates around civil rights in the 1960s.

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Gore Vidal Speaks Seriously Ill of the Dead

The iconic author objects to Newsweek’s obituary of his onetime rival, William F. Buckley, a “knightly man” who stood up to “bullies” like Gore Vidal ... by verbally gay-bashing him on national television.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


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achievement.org

Everest Legend Hillary Dies

Sir Edmund Hillary is dead at 88 after suffering a fall. Famous for being the first climber, along with Tenzing Norgay, to reach the summit of the world’s tallest mountain, Hillary was also a champion of the Nepalese Sherpas who helped him get there and over the years he built schools and clinics for them.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 READ MORE


Nancy Reagan and Merv Griffin
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Merv Griffin’s Bodyguard of Lies

The not-so-secret gay sex life of Merv Griffin has once again raised the specter of the obituary outing, not to mention the power of prejudice to intimidate even the rich and famous.

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


Kurt Vonnegut Dead at 84

The iconic writer, who challenged conventional wisdom through 14 novels and numerous essays, died Wednesday from a brain injury. Vonnegut survived a nearly lifelong smoking habit only to succumb to a recent fall in his apartment. He once joked that he would prefer to die in a plane crash on Kilimanjaro and said he would avoid suicide “so as not to set a bad example for my children.”

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


Arthur Schlesinger
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Famed Historian Schlesinger Dead at 89

Arthur M. Schlesinger died Wednesday from a heart attack at the age of 89. A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Kennedy White House fixture, Schlesinger wrote or edited more than 25 books and once referred to George W. Bush’s post-9/11 policy as “a ghastly mess.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


Molly Ivins
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A Tribute to Molly

  • Robert Scheer remembers the irreplaceable voice and generous spirit of Truthdig’s most beloved columnist.
  • Anthony Zurcher, a longtime editor and friend, says goodbye and pays tribute to Ivins’ life, work and wisdom.
  • Plus: Molly Ivins’ last column—a stirring call to action against the war.

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    Molly Ivins
    csus.edu

    We’ll Miss You, Molly

    Molly Ivins died today at the age of 62. As a veteran journalist and columnist, Molly’s sharp tongue and stubborn determination to cut through the bull and fight for what’s right touched the lives of millions. America is poorer for her absence.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    E. Howard Hunt
    nytimes.com

    E. Howard Hunt Dead at 88

    The aspiring novelist who would ultimately be known for his central role in the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion and the botched Watergate burglary died in Miami on Tuesday at the age of 88.

    Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


    Denny Doherty
    northernstars.ca

    Doherty of Mamas and Papas Dead at 66

    The Mamas and the Papas’ Denny Doherty died on Friday at the age of 66. The singer had suffered a brief illness and was experiencing kidney problems.

    Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


    Froma Harrop: The James Brown Paradox

    When they said a candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long, they couldn’t have been talking about James Brown, whose surprising longevity made fools of the health-conscious.

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    Gerald Ford Dead at 93

    The 38th president has died after suffering a year of intermittent health problems. Ford was both the longest-living president and the only one to hold the office without being elected.

    Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


    James Brown
    abc.net.au

    James Brown Dead at 73

    The legendary innovator and icon died early Christmas morning after being hospitalized for pneumonia in Atlanta. When it comes to his influence on American culture, the “Godfather of Soul” said it best himself: “Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown. You know what I’m saying?”

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    Robert Altman
    latimes.com

    Robert Altman Dead at 81

    The auteur filmmaker behind “MASH” died of complications from cancer.  An unconventional artist, Altman was nominated for five best-directing Academy Awards over the years, and won an honorary statue this year.

    Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


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