Recent Celebrity Deaths

  • Leonard Nimoy, 83 (1931 - 2015)

    Leonard Nimoy

    By DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction genre, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing to lend the organization a helping hand....

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  • The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, 97 (1917 - 2015)

    The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

    By TOM COYNE, The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches. And he did it while championing human rights around the globe, from civil rights close to home — he joined hands with...

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  • Earl Lloyd, 86 (1928 - 2015)

    Earl Lloyd

    By The Associated Press, The Associated Press Earl Lloyd was a player and coach, an NBA champion and later a Hall of Famer. Within the basketball world, he's something much bigger. He was a pioneer. Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday at 86. West Virginia State, his alma mater, confirmed the death but did not provide details. "The NBA family has lost one of its...

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  • Oscar Diaz, 32 (1982 - 2015)

    Oscar Diaz

    The Associated PressSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Oscar Diaz, a former welterweight boxing contender whose career ended when he sustained a debilitating brain injury in a fight nearly seven years ago, has died. He was 32.The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Diaz died Thursday. The agency had yet to determine a cause of death Friday.Diaz was in a coma for two months and spent seven...

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  • Robert Benmosche, 70 (1944 - 2015)

    Robert Benmosche

    By MARLEY JAY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former AIG President and CEO Robert Benmosche, who led the insurer's turnaround after its $182 billion government bailout, has died of lung cancer at age 70, the company announced Friday.The company says Benmosche died Friday morning at NYU Langone Medical Center.Benmosche became AIG's CEO in August 2009, recruited for the job by the Obama...

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