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Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • David Garth (2014)

    David Garth

    By KILEY ARMSTONG and JONATHAN LEMIRE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Powerful political adviser David Garth, who spearheaded the creation of the modern political TV commercial and helped elect governors, senators and mayors, has died at age 84.He died Monday at his home in Manhattan after a long illness, said longtime colleague George Arzt, who served as former Mayor Ed Koch's press...

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  • Rose Clayton Cochran (2014)

    Rose Clayton Cochran

    By JACK ELLIOTT JR., The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Rose Clayton Cochran — who became a focal point in the re-election campaign of her husband, Sen. Thad Cochran, when a man was accused of taking bedridden photos of her to use against the Republican — has died. She was 73. She died Friday at a hospice facility in Ridgeland, Mississippi, after a long battle with dementia,...

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  • John Driggs, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    John Driggs

    The Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) — Former Phoenix Mayor John Driggs, who is credited with helping establish a group of mountain parks in the desert city, has died at the age of 87.Mayor Greg Stanton's office announced Driggs died Thursday at his Phoenix home.Driggs' son, state Sen. Adam Driggs, said on his Facebook page that John Driggs had been suffering from complications related to...

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  • Herman Badillo, 85 (1929 - 2014)

    Herman Badillo

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Herman Badillo, a New York City politician who became the first person born in Puerto Rico to become a U.S. congressman, died Wednesday morning. He was 85.The office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. confirmed the death. Badillo died of complications of congestive heart disease at a hospital in Manhattan on Wednesday morning, according to George Arzt,...

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  • Dennis Walaker, 73 (1941 - 2014)

    Dennis Walaker

    By DAVE KOLPACK, The Associated PressFARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo, North Dakota, Mayor Dennis Walaker, the man known as the "flood mayor" for leading the state's largest city through several successful fights against the Red River, died Tuesday at his home, city officials said. He was 73.Walaker had been battling kidney cancer for several months. Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney said Walaker was...

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