Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • Frank Mankiewicz, 90 (1924 - 2014)

    Frank Mankiewicz

    JENNIFER C. KERR, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday. He was 90.Mankiewicz died of a heart attack at George Washington University Hospital, said a family friend, journalist...

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  • Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, 83 (1931 - 2014)

    Ayatollah  Mohammadreza  Mahdavi  Kani

    The Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A leading Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who headed the country's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation's supreme leader, has died. He was 83.Kani was the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 senior clerics that monitors the supreme leader and picks a successor after his death....

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  • Gough Whitlam, 98 (1916 - 2014)

    Gough Whitlam

    ROD McGUIRK, The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, whose government was credited with instituting lasting social reforms during a short tenure that ended in a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98. Although national leader for only three turbulent years until 1975, the legacy of Whitlam's Labor Party...

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  • Tom Slade (1936 - 2014)

    Tom  Slade

    The Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Slade, who led the Republican Party of Florida as Jeb Bush and the GOP rose to power, died Monday after being hospitalized last week for heart failure, according to a statement released by a family spokeswoman. He was 78.Slade led the party from 1993 to 1999, a period in which Bush lost a 1994 election to Gov. Lawton Chiles, Republicans took...

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  • Jean-Claude Duvalier (2014)

    Jean-Claude Duvalier

    EVANS SANON, The Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude-Duvalier, the self-proclaimed "president for life" of Haiti whose corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising that sent him into a 25-year exile, died Saturday of a heart attack, his attorney said.Reynold George said the 63-year-old ex-leader died at his home.Duvalier, looking somewhat frail, made a surprise...

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