Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • Shlomo Lahat, 56 (1957 - 2014)

    Shlomo Lahat

    The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, died Wednesday at the age of 87.Lahat's son Dan told Israel's Channel 10 that his father died in a Tel Aviv hospital. Israeli media said Lahat had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years.Born in Germany in 1927, Lahat rose...

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  • James Traficant (2014)

    James Traficant

    MARK GILLISPIE, The Associated PressCLEVELAND (AP) — James Traficant, the colorful politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from the U.S. Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73.Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family...

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  • Mike Harari, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Mike Harari

    The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad's revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country's Olympics team, has died. He was 87.Harari was also involved in planning Israel's rescue of hostages held by militants in Uganda in 1976.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

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  • Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr. (2014)

    Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr.

    ALAN FRAM, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73.His brother-in-law, journalist Steve Roberts, said Boggs died Monday morning at his home in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. The...

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  • Stefan Andrei, 83 (1931 - 2014)

    Stefan Andrei

    The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Stefan Andrei, a foreign minister under communism who decreased Romania's dependency on the Soviet Union, has died. He was 83.Andrei died Sunday at home, according to a foreign ministry official who declined to be named because she was not authorized to report the death.Andrei was named foreign minister in 1978 and developed ties with African and...

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