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Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • Marion Barry, 78 (1936 - 2014)

    Marion Barry

    BEN NUCKOLS, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died Sunday morning. He was 78.Barry D.C. council spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he died shortly after midnight Sunday at a hospital in Washington.Despite his problems, Barry maintained a...

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  • William Frenzel, 86 (1928 - 2014)

    William Frenzel

    JEFF BAENEN, The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Rep. William "Bill" Frenzel, a deficit hawk who spent 20 years in the U.S. House and later successfully helped lobby for the North American Free Trade Agreement, has died after a fight with cancer. He was 86. Frenzel, a moderate Republican who advised both Republican and Democratic presidents on economic matters, died...

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  • Jane Byrne, 80 (1934 - 2014)

    Jane Byrne

    By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Jane Byrne, who capitalized on Chicago's slow reaction to a snowstorm to score one of the biggest election upsets in the city's history and become its first female mayor, died Friday. She was 80. Byrne, whose four-year term brought festivals and filmmakers to Chicago but was also filled with upheaval at City Hall, died at a hospice in...

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  • Kakha Bendukidze (2014)

    Kakha Bendukidze

    The Associated PressTBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Kakha Bendukidze, the author of liberal reforms that overhauled Georgia's post-Soviet economy, has died in London where he was recovering from heart surgery, the parliament speaker announced Friday. He was 58.Lawmakers observed a minute of silence in honor of Bendukidze, who died late Thursday.In May, he was appointed adviser to Ukrainian President...

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  • Marge Roukema, 85 (1929 - 2014)

    Marge Roukema

    BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, The Associated PressTRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Marge Roukema, a New Jersey Republican who spent more than two decades in Congress sparring regularly with ideologues within her party, has died. She was 85.A spokeswoman at Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff said Roukema died at the nursing home early Wednesday. The cause was not disclosed.Roukema represented northern New Jersey's...

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