Celebrity Deaths in Politics

  • Howard Coble, 84 (1931 - 2015)

    Howard Coble

    The longest-serving Republican U.S. House member in North Carolina history has died, according to The Associated Press. For full obituary and coverage, click here.

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  • Fred Thompson, 73 (2015)

    Fred Thompson

    Fred Thompson, a Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee for eight years who also acted in feature films and on television, has died, his family says in a statement. For full obituary and coverage, click here.

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  • Ken Taylor, 81 (2015)

    Ken Taylor

    Ken Taylor, Canada's ambassador to Iran who sheltered Americans at his residence during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 81. Taylor's wife, Pat, said Ken died Thursday after a two-month battle with colon cancer. Taylor kept the Americans hidden at his residence and at the home of his deputy, John Sheardown, in Tehran for three months. Taylor...

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  • Don Edwards, 100 (1915 - 2015)

    Don Edwards

    By JANIE HAR, The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Don Edwards of California, a fierce champion of civil rights and the environment during his three decades in Washington, died at the age of 100.Leonard Edwards said his father died Thursday night in his sleep at his home in Carmel."It was a fully productive life," Leonard Edwards said Friday. "You really can't ask for more...

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  • 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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