Celebrity Deaths in Activism

  • Niki Quasney (2015)

    Niki Quasney

    The Associated PressMUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A terminally ill woman whose desire to have her same-sex marriage recognized by Indiana before she died helped galvanize efforts to overturn the state's gay marriage ban has lost her battle with cancer.Niki Quasney died Thursday, gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal said Sunday. She was 38.Quasney and Amy Sandler challenged Indiana's ban on same-sex...

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  • Reie Lopez Tijerina, 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Reie Lopez Tijerina

    The Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Reies Lopez Tijerina, a champion of Chicanos' land-rights claims and the leader of a group that raided a northern New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years ago, has died at age 88.Family representative Estela Reyes-Lopez said the prominent activist died Monday at an El Paso, Texas, hospital, of natural cases. Nephew Luis Tijerina also confirmed the death...

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  • Bess Myerson, 90 (1924 - 2014)

    Bess Myerson

    By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America and a New York political force until a series of scandals dubbed the "Bess Mess" forced her into obscurity, has died. She was 90.Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, California, according to the Los Angeles coroner's office and Department of Public Health Vital Records Office....

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  • Martin Litton, 97 (1917 - 2014)

    Martin  Litton

    The Associated PressPORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Martin Litton, a bold whitewater navigator and even bolder advocate for preserving the wildlands of the American West, has died at age 97.Litton had been in hospice care and died Sunday at his home in Portola Valley, said Alison Sheehey, programs director at Sequoia ForestKeeper, where Litton was president.Litton was "active in protecting the...

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  • Raul Alvarez Garin (2014)

    Raul Alvarez Garin

    The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Raul Alvarez Garin, a leader in the 1968 student uprising that culminated in the massacre of protesters in Mexico City, has died at age 73.Alvarez Garin died Friday in the capital after a yearlong battle with cancer, according to a Facebook statement posted by the Committee of the '68 Pro Democratic Liberties. He founded the group to demand punishment for...

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