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Josh Ozersky, 47 (1967 - 2015)
By J.M. HIRSCH, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Well-known food critic Josh Ozersky, whose witty and snarky writing generally focused on his obsession with all things meat, has died in Chicago. He was 47.Ozersky, who was in the city for the James Beard Foundation Awards, was found dead in his room at the Conrad Chicago Hotel on Monday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office....
Ellen Albertini Dow, 96 (1918 - 2015)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen Albertini Dow, a feisty character actress best known for her salty rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in "The Wedding Singer," has died. She was 101.Her agent, Juliet Green, confirmed to The Associated Press that Dow died Monday.Her breakout rap in "The Wedding Singer" led to memorable and often foul-mouthed character roles in films like "Wedding...
Michael Blake, 69 (1945 - 2015)
By ASTRID GALVAN, The Associated PressTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Blake, the writer whose novel "Dances With Wolves" became a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the screenplay, has died.Blake, 69, died Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, after a long battle with cancer, his business partner, Daniel Ostroff, said.Blake, who wrote several novels, is best known for "Dances With Wolves,"...
Andrew Lewis, 44 (1970 - 2015)
The Associated PressGEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Former professional boxer Andrew Lewis has died in his native Guyana after a motorist struck him on his bicycle. He was 44.Police in the South American country say Lewis was struck Monday on a major road outside the capital. The retired boxer, nicknamed "Six Heads," was pronounced dead at a hospital.Lewis became the first boxer from Guyana to earn a...
Frank Olivo (2015)
By RON TODT, The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fill-in Santa who was pelted with snowballs and booed at a Philadelphia Eagles game in 1968 has died. Frank Olivo was 66.Olivo died early Thursday at a suburban hospital after a long battle with heart disease, diabetes and other ailments, said his cousin, Richard Monastra.The story of Olivo's misfortune has long been held up as a symbol...
David Goldberg, 47 (1967 - 2015)
By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and BARBARA ORTUTAY, The Associated Press David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO who also was Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's husband, was exercising at a gym in a...
Grace Lee Whitney, 85 (1930 - 2015)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. She was 85.Whitney died of natural causes Friday in her...
Maya Plisetskaya, 89 (1925 - 2015)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Maya Plisetskaya, regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and whose career at the Bolshoi Theater spanned more than 35 years, has died at...
Ruth Rendell, 85 (1930 - 2015)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mystery writer Ruth Rendell, who brought psychological insight and social conscience to the classic British detective story, has died at the age...
Maria Elena Velasco, 74 (1940 - 2015)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican actress and comedian Maria Elena Velasco, best known for her character "The Indian Maria," has died at age 74.The Mexican film institute announced...
Ben E. King, 76 (1938 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm 'n blues...
Peter Cronkite (2015)
The Associated PressWATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A grandson of late news anchor Walter Cronkite who voiced Dennis the Menace on film has died.Colby College President David Greene says student Peter...
Geoff Duke (2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Geoff Duke, who won six world motorcycling titles and became the sport's first global star, has died. He was 92.Duke, who retired from the sport in 1959 with 33...
Dan Farley (2015)
The Associated PressMECHANICSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Dan Farley, an award-winning horse racing writer who covered hundreds of Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup races and was a former president of the...
Pete Brown (2015)
The Associated PressAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Pete Brown, the first black player to win a PGA Tour event, died Friday. He was 80.PGA Tour officials say Brown died in Augusta. Details on the cause of...
Judge John G. Heyburn II (2015)
The Associated PressLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge whose ruling striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage led to an appeal heard this week in the U.S. Supreme Court died Wednesday. He...
Vardan Militosyan, 64 (1950 - 2015)
The Associated PressYEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Vardan Militosyan, an Olympic silver medalist and two-time European champion weightlifter for the Soviet Union, has died. He was 64.The Armenian Olympic...
Gregory Mertens, 24 (1991 - 2015)
The Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) — Lokeren says defender Gregory Mertens died on Thursday, three days after he suffered heart failure during a training match.The club in Belgium's top division...
Jozef Paczynski (2015)
By VANESSA GERA, The Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jozef Paczynski, a Polish political prisoner at Auschwitz who became the personal barber to camp commander Rudolf Hoess, has died. He...
Dan Walker (2015)
By JOHN O'CONNOR and SOPHIA TAREEN, The Associated PressSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Dan Walker, a combative populist who became Illinois governor after condemning Chicago's reaction to Democratic...
Randy Bennett (2015)
The Associated PressVICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Longtime Canadian swim coach Randy Bennett has died. He was 51.Swimming Canada, the sport's domestic governing body, said he died Monday night....
Marcel Pronovost, 84 (1930 - 2015)
The Associated PressWINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost, who spent 15 years with the Detroit Red Wings before capping his playing career with a five-year run in Toronto, has died...