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Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • Thomas M. Menino, 71 (1942 - 2014)

    Thomas M. Menino

    BOB SALSBERG, The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with advanced cancer in...

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  • President Michael Sata, 77 (1937 - 2014)

    President Michael  Sata

    NOEL SICHALWE, The Associated Press LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed "King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader in continental sub-Saharan Africa since 1994 when South...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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