Obituaries

FILE - This July 4, 2010 file photo shows American opera singer Jessye Norman performing on the Stravinski Hall stage at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland. Norman died, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. She was 74. (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre, File)
September 30, 2019 - 4:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessye Norman, the renowned international opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor, has died, according to family spokesperson Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 74. A statement released to The Associated...
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FILE - In this July 11, 2007 file photo, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wilson, the diplomat who disputed pre-war intelligence on Iraq and endured retribution, has died. He was 69. Valerie Plame confirmed in a text message that Wilson died Friday of organ failure in Santa Fe, N.M. She called him a patriot with the heart of a lion. Wilson's denial of pre-war intelligence under the administration of President George W. Bush touched off retribution against Plame and a criminal cover-up. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
September 27, 2019 - 3:44 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador who set off a political firestorm by disputing U.S. intelligence used to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion, died Friday, according to his ex-wife. He was 69. Wilson died of organ failure in Santa Fe, said his former wife, Valerie Plame, whose...
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FILE - In this June 16, 1995 file photo, leaders attending the G7 Summit in Halifax gather around French President Jacques Chirac, center, for a serious discussion outside just prior to a group photo. From left are; Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien; British Prime Minister John Major, an unidentified translator, President Clinton and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, has died at age 86. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)
September 26, 2019 - 2:30 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on former French President Jacques Chirac's death (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Parisians and visitors are writing messages in condolence books left outside Paris city hall to pay tribute to former President Jacques Chirac, who died Thursday at age 86. Paris Mayor Anne...
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FILE - In this Nov.14, 2006 file photo, French President Jacques Chirac poses with residents during his visit to Amiens, northern France. Former French President Jacques Chirac has died at 86. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
September 26, 2019 - 3:24 am
PARIS (AP) — Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, died Thursday at age 86. His son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux told The Associated Press that Chirac died "...
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September 24, 2019 - 4:26 am
Alfred Alvarez, a critic and author with a non-literary streak who helped shape the modern poetry canon in his native England, explored everything from oil digging to poker and wrote a best-selling history of suicide bracketed by his attempt on his own life and the death of his friend Sylvia Plath...
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September 22, 2019 - 7:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Television celebrity chef and restaurateur Carl Ruiz has died. He was 44. His New York City restaurant, La Cubana, confirmed his death in an Instagram post on Sunday. The restaurant said "no words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of their dear friend and brother."...
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FILE - In this May 21, 1980 file photo, Barron Hilton, head of the Hilton Hotel chain, is shown in Chicago. Hilton, a hotel magnate who expanded his father's chain and became a founding owner in the American Football League, has died. Hilton's family says he died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, of natural causes at age 91 in his Long Angeles home. He transformed Hilton into the industry's top brand during his 30 years as its chief executive. (AP Photo/Charles E. Knoblock, File)
September 21, 2019 - 2:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barron Hilton, a hotel magnate who expanded his father's chain and became a founding owner in the American Football League, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. He was 91. Hilton's family said he died of natural causes. He transformed Hilton into the industry's top brand during...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1984 file photo, Robert Boyd of Knight-Ridder Newspapers joins other panelists who will question Vice President George H.W. Bush and Democratic candidate Geraldine Ferraro at Pennsylvania Hall, in Philadelphia. Boyd, who shared a 1973 Pulitzer Prize with colleague Clark Hoyt for coverage of Democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton's exit from the campaign due to mental health issues, has died. He was 91. The journalist died of congestive heart failure at a retirement home, Sept. 18, 2019 in Philadelphia, Hoyt said. (AP Photo/George Widman)
September 20, 2019 - 4:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert S. Boyd, who shared a 1973 Pulitzer Prize with colleague Clark Hoyt for coverage of Democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton's exit from the campaign due to mental health issues, has died. He was 91. The journalist died of congestive heart failure at a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2004, file photo, Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State in 1955, autographs a Hula Bowl T-shirt for a fan in Kaanapali, Hawaii. Cassady, a Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL running back, died early Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Tampa, Fla., Jerry Emig, the Ohio State associate athletic director said. He was 85. Cassady played both football and baseball at Ohio State in the early 1950s, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1955. He also played 10 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Detroit, and got the nickname "Hopalong" from local sports writers after the black-hatted Western star of the 1950s. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
September 20, 2019 - 8:35 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, the 1955 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State and running back for the Detroit Lions, died Friday. He was 85. He died in Tampa, Florida, his longtime home, the university said. "We've lost not only a legendary Buckeye, but also a wonderful person in...
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September 18, 2019 - 8:55 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Graeme Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist and the longtime partner of Margaret Atwood, has died. Gibson's death was announced Wednesday by Doubleday, which has published both Gibson and Atwood. He was 85 and had been suffering from dementia. Atwood, whose novel "The...
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