Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • Richard Schweiker, 89 (1926 - 2015)

    Richard Schweiker

    Former Pennsylvania Senator Richard S. Schweiker, a Republican who was the vice presidential candidate in Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 campaign, has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 89. Schweiker, of McLean, Virginia, died Friday at Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center in Pomona, New Jersey, son Richard Schweiker Jr. said Monday. Schweiker headed the U.S. Department of...

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  • Mr. Mervin Field, 94 (1921 - 2015)

    Mr. Mervin Field

    By JANIE HAR, The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mervin Field, who founded the authoritative Field Poll, a mainstay of California and national politics for decades, died Monday of natural causes. He was 94."He was the trailblazer in California," said Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo, who confirmed the death of Field in Marin County.The Field Poll has published more than 2,500 reports on...

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  • Chea Sim, 82 (1932 - 2015)

    Chea Sim

    The Associated PressPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Chea Sim, a key Cambodian political figure after the fall of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and an ally of the current leader, died Monday, an official said.He was 82 and had high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic ailments. His death was confirmed by the head of his bodyguard unit, Yim Leang, who did not give the cause of death.Chea Sim...

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  • Sen. Manuel Camacho Solis, 69 (1946 - 2015)

    Sen. Manuel Camacho Solis

    The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Sen. Manuel Camacho Solis, the man who headed the Mexican government's peace negotiations with the Zapatista rebels after their 1994 uprising has died at the age of 69.Mario Resendiz, an aide to Camacho Solis, said the senator died Friday of a brain ailment he had suffered for some time. Local media said it was a brain tumor.Camacho Solis served as Mexico...

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  • Charles Kennedy, 55 (1959 - 2015)

    Charles Kennedy

    By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Charles Kennedy was a rare thing — a genuinely popular British politician — and brought his Liberal Democrat party record success before his leadership was cut short by alcoholism.His death at 55 brought tributes Tuesday from across politics and beyond for a man whose wit and warmth made him stand out from the pack.Former...

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