Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • Gough Whitlam, 98 (1916 - 2014)

    Gough Whitlam

    ROD McGUIRK, The Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Gough Whitlam, a flamboyant Australian prime minister and controversial social reformer whose grip on power was cut short by 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 government remains to this day. Many of its...

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  • Jean-Claude Duvalier (2014)

    Jean-Claude Duvalier

    EVANS SANON, The Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude-Duvalier, the self-proclaimed "president for life" of Haiti whose corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising that sent him into a 25-year exile, died Saturday of a heart attack, his attorney said.Reynold George said the 63-year-old ex-leader died at his home.Duvalier, looking somewhat frail, made a surprise...

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  • Shlomo Lahat, 56 (1957 - 2014)

    Shlomo Lahat

    The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, died Wednesday at the age of 87.Lahat's son Dan told Israel's Channel 10 that his father died in a Tel Aviv hospital. Israeli media said Lahat had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years.Born in Germany in 1927, Lahat rose...

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  • James Traficant (2014)

    James Traficant

    MARK GILLISPIE, The Associated PressCLEVELAND (AP) — James Traficant, the colorful politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from the U.S. Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73.Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family...

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  • Mike Harari, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Mike Harari

    The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad's revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country's Olympics team, has died. He was 87.Harari was also involved in planning Israel's rescue of hostages held by militants in Uganda in 1976.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

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