Obituaries

November 09, 2019 - 5:45 am
LONDON (AP) — Photographer Robert Freeman, who helped define the image of The Beatles with some of the band's best-known album covers, has died aged 82. A statement on The Beatles' official website announced Freeman's death Friday but didn't give a cause. Born in 1936, Freeman began his career as a...
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November 06, 2019 - 8:51 am
COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Albert Tevoedjre, a Benin political scientist and one of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's most trusted experts on social and economic development strategies for Africa, has died in Porto-Novo, Benin, at the age of 89. Tevoedjre served for two years as Annan's special...
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FILE - This April 12, 1977 file photo shows author Ernest Gaines who wrote "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," in his San Francisco home. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation town germinated the stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Louisiana governor's office released word of his death on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo, File)
November 05, 2019 - 2:42 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which sponsors a literary award named in Gaines' honor...
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FILE - This June 14, 2012, file photo shows James Hart Stern, of Jackson, Miss., at a news conference in Jackson, Miss. Stern, who took control of one of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups, and vowed to dismantle it, has died amid a legal fight over who would lead the group. James Stern died Oct. 11, 2019 after getting hospice care for cancer, according to one of his attorneys, Bob Ross, and a friend, Arne Edward List. Stern died at home in Moreno Valley, California, List said. He was 55. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
November 04, 2019 - 3:07 pm
A black activist who took control of one of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups — and vowed to dismantle it — has died amid a legal fight over who would lead the group. James Stern died Oct. 11 after getting hospice care for cancer, according to one of his attorneys, Bob Ross, and a friend, Arne...
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FILE - This Sept, 2004, file photo shows Gert Boyle at the company's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Boyle, the colorful chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear Co. who starred in ads proclaiming her as "One Tough Mother," died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. She was 95. (Stephanie Yao/The Oregonian via AP, File)
November 03, 2019 - 3:43 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gert Boyle, the colorful chairwoman of Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear Co. who starred in ads proclaiming her as "One Tough Mother," died Sunday. She was 95. Company spokeswoman Mary Ellen Glynn did not disclose the cause of death. Boyle, who was chairwoman of the company...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado, also known as Shanti Ananda, gives a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mercado, a flamboyant astrologer and television personality whose daily TV appearances entertained many across Latin America for more than a decade, died on Nov. 26. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, File)
November 03, 2019 - 2:02 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Television astrologer Walter Mercado, whose glamorous persona made him a star in Latin media and a cherished icon for gay people in most of the Spanish-speaking world, has died. He was 88. Mercado was known throughout Latin American for the melodrama of his daily...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., gives her concession speech during an election night rally in Greensboro, N.C. Family and friends gathered Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, for a memorial service for Hagan, who died Monday, Oct. 28 of a rare virus, at the age of 66. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
November 03, 2019 - 1:57 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Family and friends have paid tribute to former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who died of a rare virus at the age of 66. Hagan's funeral service was held Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, where she lived for decades. Gov. Roy Cooper and former...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2000, file photo, a group of "Survivor" contestants, break into laughter during a live town hall meeting at CBS Studios in Hollywood in Los Angeles. Survivors are, from left, bottom row, Susan Hawk, Rudy Boesch, Kelly Wiglesworth and Richard Hatch, covering his face, top row, Greg Buis, Jenna Lewis, Gervase Peterson, Colleen Haskell and Sean Kenniff. Boesch, a retired tough-as-nails Navy SEAL and fan favorite on the inaugural season of "Survivor," died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
November 02, 2019 - 3:05 pm
Rudy Boesch, a retired tough-as-nails Navy SEAL and fan favorite on the inaugural season of "Survivor," has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. He died peacefully Friday night in hospice care in Virginia Beach, Virginia, surrounded by loved ones, said Steve Gonzalez,...
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Anti-government protesters try to sneak to the Green Zone while Iraqi security forces close the the Joumhouriya bridge during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
November 01, 2019 - 2:29 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of Iraqis massed in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest demonstrations since anti-government protests erupted a month ago, defying security forces that have killed scores of people and harshly criticizing Iran's involvement in the country's affairs. The...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2009, file photo, John Witherspoon leaves a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York. Actor-comedian Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” films, has died at age 77. Witherspoon’s manager Alex Goodman confirmed late Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, that Witherspoon died in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
October 30, 2019 - 10:33 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films, has died. He was 77. Witherspoon's family issued a statement to the website Deadline saying that Witherspoon died Tuesday in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released. The actor had a...
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