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Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, 88 (1926 - 2015)
By FRANK ELTMAN, The Associated Press Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and one of the first women to speak publicly about her breast cancer in the 1970s, has died. She was 88. Happy Rockefeller, who earned her nickname as a child because of her pleasant personality, died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday at her home...
Kenan Evran, 96 (1918 - 2015)
The Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say Kenan Evren, the leader of Turkey's 1980 military coup and former president who died aged 97, will be given a state funeral but no government official will attend. The coup was initially welcomed for ending years of street fighting by rival militias but the former general — who died Saturday — is now mostly despised for the...
Jim Wright, 92 (1922 - 2015)
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL and DAVID WARREN, The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — As a member of what he called "the people's house" for more than a generation, Texas Democrat Jim Wright was known for his rich oratorical skills in the U.S. House. He never relied on them more than the day in 1989 when he told those who had elected him speaker that he was prepared to resign after being accused of...
Dan Walker (2015)
By JOHN O'CONNOR and SOPHIA TAREEN, The Associated PressSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Dan Walker, a combative populist who became Illinois governor after condemning Chicago's reaction to Democratic National Convention demonstrations as "a police riot" and later went to prison for bank fraud, died Wednesday. He was 92.The self-styled reformer died at his home in Chula Vista, California, according to...
Pierre Claude Nolin (2015)
The Associated PressOntario (AP) — The Speaker of Canada's Senate, Pierre Claude Nolin, has died after a five-year battle with a rare form of cancer.A spokeswoman for the Senate said Friday that Nolin died Thursday evening. He was 64.Nolin was appointed to the Senate in 1993 by former Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.He became Speaker last November, the unanimous choice of...
U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, 91 (1923 - 2015)
By ED WHITE, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, a Michigan Republican whose withdrawal of support hastened President Richard Nixon's resignation during the...
Surya Bahadur Thapa, 87 (1928 - 2015)
The Associated PressKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Surya Bahadur Thapa, who served as Nepal's prime minister five times, has died in a hospital in India where he was being treated for stomach cancer, an...
Stanislav Gross, 45 (1969 - 2015)
The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — Stanislav Gross, who became the Czech Republic's youngest prime minister but was forced to resign nine months later, has died at the age of 45.The Social...
Gerry Calabrese (2015)
The Associated PressCLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A man believed to be New Jersey's longest-serving mayor has died. Gerry Calabrese was the mayor of Cliffside Park for the past 50 years.Family...
Raul Hector Castro, 98 (1916 - 2015)
By PAUL DAVENPORT and JONATHAN J. COOPER, The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Raul Hector Castro first noticed discrimination on his way to school in a dusty Arizona border town. Why, he...
Victor Gotbaum, 93 (1921 - 2015)
By JENNIFER PELTZ, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Victor Gotbaum, an influential New York labor leader who both fought City Hall and helped it survive its 1970s fiscal crisis, has died, his...
John Paul Hammerschmidt, 92 (1922 - 2015)
By CLAUDIA LAUER, The Associated PressLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — John Paul Hammerschmidt, the longtime Arkansas congressman who defeated Bill Clinton in the former president's first race for...
Carlos Gaviria, 77 (1937 - 2015)
By JOSHUA GOODMAN, The Associated PressBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Carlos Gaviria, a former Colombian presidential candidate who became an icon of the country's democratic left while presiding over its...
Yehuda Avner, 56 (1958 - 2015)
The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Yehuda Avner, a former Israeli diplomat and aide to a string of prime ministers who turned his insider stories about the country's leaders into a best-selling...
Lee Kuan Yew , 91 (1923 - 2015)
By JEANETTE TAN, The Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans stood in silence Wednesday as Lee Kuan Yew's coffin traveled on a ceremonial gun carriage a short distance from the...
Bob Kastenmeier, 91 (1924 - 2015)
The Associated PressMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Kastenmeier, an early and staunch opponent of the Vietnam War who served 32 years in Congress, has died. The Wisconsin Democrat was 91...
Jerry Warren (2015)
The Associated PressSAN DIEGO (AP) — Jerry Warren, the editor of San Diego's largest newspaper for 20 years and a White House press secretary during the Nixon and Ford administrations, has died. He...
Malcolm Fraser, 84 (1930 - 2015)
By ROD McGUIRK, The Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the...
Providencia Paredes (2015)
JULIET LINDERMAN, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The special assistant to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, believed to be one of the first persons of Latino descent to work in...
Jim Molyneaux, 94 (1920 - 2015)
By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, The Associated PressDUBLIN (AP) — Jim Molyneaux, a soft-spoken, cautious politician who led the Ulster Unionist Party through some of Northern Ireland's bloodiest years and...
F. Ray Keyser, Jr., 87 (1927 - 2015)
By WILSON RING, The Associated PressMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — F. Ray Keyser Jr., the former Republican governor of Vermont whose 1962 defeat by a Democrat is seen as a turning point in the state's...
Claude Dilain, 66 (1948 - 2015)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Claude Dilain, a Socialist politician who became a leading advocate for France's most troubled and impoverished neighborhoods as mayor of a town at the heart of...
Deedee Corradini, 70 (1944 - 2015)
The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deedee Corradini, the only female mayor in the history of Salt Lake City who helped bring the Winter Olympics to Utah, has died. She was 70.Corradini died...
Natalia Revuelta Clews, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Natalia Revuelta Clews, the Cuban socialite who emptied her bank account and sold her diamond jewelry to support Fidel Castro when he was a...
Tom Schweich, 54 (1960 - 2015)
By DAVID A. LIEB, The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, an outspoken critic of the uncompromising nature of modern politics, is expected to speak...
Deng Liqun, 99 (1915 - 2015)
The Associated PressBEIJING (AP) — Deng Liqun, a former conservative propaganda chief known for his criticism of China's economic reforms, died Tuesday in Beijing of illnesses, according to the...
U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, 56 (1958 - 2015)
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, The Associated Press TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest...
Richard von Weizsaecker, 94 (1920 - 2015)
By GEIR MOULSON, The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he...
Zhelyu Zhelev, 79 (1935 - 2015)
The Associated PressSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president, died Friday, his family said. He...
John Myers, 87 (1927 - 2015)
The Associated PressCOVINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Myers, who represented western Indiana's 7th District for three decades, has died.Owner Robert Shelby of Shelby Funeral Home in...