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2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • King Abdullah, 90 (1924 - 2015)

    King Abdullah

    By LEE KEATH and ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI, The Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — His changes looked minute to the outside world. But in a kingdom where ultra-conservative Muslim clerics long have held a lock on all aspects of society, King Abdullah's incremental reforms echoed mightily. When Abdullah took the unprecedented step of opening a new university where men and women could mix...

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  • Wendell Ford, 90 (1924 - 2015)

    Wendell  Ford

    By BRUCE SCHREINER and ADAM BEAM, The Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. and Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford, an unapologetic smoker whose unfiltered chats and speeches endeared him to voters in a state that once thrived on tobacco and coal, has died at age 90. Ford's health had declined in the last two weeks, said Mike Ruehling, who had worked for him both as governor and...

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  • Robert E. White, 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Robert E. White

    The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Robert E. White, a former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador and strong critic of U.S. policy in the region during the Central American wars, has died at age 88, according to the Washington-based Center for International Policy where he was a senior fellow .White, who died Tuesday of cancer, spent 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service and was ambassador to El...

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  • Jozef Olesky (2015)

    Jozef Olesky

    The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jozef Oleksy, a communist-era party leader who in democratic Poland served as a left-wing prime minister until he was forced to resign over unproven accusations of spying for Russia, died Friday. He was 68.An official with Oleksy's Democratic Left Alliance party, Krzysztof Gawkowski, said Oleksy died after a long, serious illness. He was being treated...

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  • Arch Alfred Moore, Jr., 91 (1923 - 2015)

    Arch Alfred Moore, Jr.

    The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former West Virginia Gov. Arch Alfred Moore Jr. possessed personal charisma, strong oratory gifts and an uncanny ability to recall names — attributes that helped him score important political victories and establish himself as the most successful Republican of his era in a Democrat-dominated state. But his successes were also deeply tainted...

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