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Celebrity Deaths in Religion

  • Cardinal Edward Egan, 82 (1932 - 2015)

    Cardinal Edward Egan

    By RACHEL ZOLL, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.Egan, who retired in 2009 after nine years as archbishop, died of cardiac arrest at a New York hospital,...

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  • Niki Aziz, 84 (1931 - 2015)

    Niki Aziz

    By EILEEN NG, The Associated PressKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, a revered Islamic spiritual leader who helped bolster unity in Malaysia's opposition bloc and was a key advocate of Islamic law, has died. He was 84.His son Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz said his father, who was battling prostate cancer, died Thursday at his home in northeastern Kelantan state."The angels came...

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  • Rev. Richard McBrien, 78 (1936 - 2015)

    Rev. Richard McBrien

    By TOM COYNE, The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) — The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theologian known for his unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on Catholicism, died Sunday in his native Connecticut, according to the school. He was 78. The often-quoted theology professor, who for nearly 50 years penned a weekly column...

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  • Marcus J. Borg, 72 (1942 - 2015)

    Marcus J. Borg

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Marcus J. Borg, a prominent liberal theologian who attracted praise and controversy by helping to lead efforts to analyze Jesus as a historical figure, has died at age 72.Borg died Wednesday at his home in Portland, Oregon, according to his publisher, HarperOne. The publisher announced Thursday that Borg had been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,...

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  • Dr. Maher Hathout, 79 (1936 - 2015)

    Dr. Maher  Hathout

    By GILLIAN FLACCUS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Maher Hathout, a prominent interfaith leader hailed as the father of the Muslim American identity, has died. He was 79.Hathout, who was born in Egypt but became a steady and insistent voice for Muslim American civic engagement over four decades, died Friday at the City of Hope in Duarte after a yearlong battle with liver cancer,...

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