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Celebrity Deaths in Activism

  • Sarah Kemp Brady (2015)

    Sarah Kemp Brady

    By KASEY JONES, The Associated PressSarah Kemp Brady, who became an activist for gun control after her husband was shot in the head in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Friday.Brady, 73, died in a retirement community in Alexandria, Virginia, after battling pneumonia, family members said in an email.Brady's husband, former White House Press Secretary James Brady, died Aug...

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  • Hayley Okines, 17 (1997 - 2015)

    Hayley Okines

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — A campaigner who raised awareness of the rare genetic condition progeria, which causes those affected to age about eight times faster than average, has died at age 17.The U.S.-based Progeria Research Foundation said Hayley Okines, from East Sussex in England, died Thursday at her home. It didn't provide more details.The group's executive director Audrey Gordon...

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  • Neil Alexander (2015)

    Neil  Alexander

    The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — Neil Alexander, a financial planner who worked with the University of Pittsburgh to create the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, has died of the disease he fought to cure. He was 49.Alexander died Tuesday, officials at the Live Like Lou Center said. The center was formed last month to work toward a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the...

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  • Arnett Doctor (2015)

    Arnett Doctor

    The Associated PressSPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Arnett Doctor, a key figure responsible for securing reparations for victims of the Rosewood massacre, has died in the Tampa Bay area following a long illness. He was 72.A St. Petersburg funeral home says Doctor was found dead in his Spring Hill home Monday.The 1923 massacre started in the north Florida town after a married white woman accused a...

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  • Bernhard "Buddy" Elias, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Bernhard "Buddy" Elias

    The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Bernhard "Buddy" Elias, the first cousin and last close relative of teenage Holocaust diarist Anne Frank, has died at age 89.The Anne Frank Fonds said Wednesday that Elias died peacefully Monday at his home in Basel, Switzerland, surrounded by his family.Anne Frank became famous for a diary she kept while her family went into hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam...

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