Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • Pierre Claude Nolin (2015)

    Pierre Claude Nolin

    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...

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  • U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, 91 (1923 - 2015)

    U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin

    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 Watergate scandal, has died at age 91. Griffin was defeated in 1978 but landed a new career in 1987 as a Michigan Supreme Court justice — a job he described as his "highest calling" as a public...

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  • Surya Bahadur Thapa, 87 (1928 - 2015)

    Surya Bahadur Thapa

    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 official said Thursday. He was 87.Thakur Sharma, a spokesman for Thapa's Rastriya Prajatantra Party, said he was hospitalized at Medanta Hospital on the outskirts of New Delhi last week and died...

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  • Stanislav Gross, 45 (1969 - 2015)

    Stanislav Gross

    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 Democratic Party said Gross died Thursday but offered no details. Public television said he had been battling illness.Gross became premier at the age of 34 in July 2004 and took over as chairman of the leftist...

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  • Gerry Calabrese (2015)

    Gerry Calabrese

    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 members say the 90-year-old Calabrese died Monday. They haven't disclosed the cause of his death.Calabrese was a Democrat who was first elected as the Bergen County community's chief executive in 1959. He...

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