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2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Recent Celebrity Deaths

  • Colleen McCullough , 77 (1937 - 2015)

    Colleen  McCullough

    The Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday in a hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said in a statement. McCullough had continued producing books despite a...

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  • Charles H. Townes, 99 (1915 - 2015)

    Charles H. Townes

    By LISA LEFF, The Associated PressBERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that would lead to the laser, the invention he's known for and which transformed everyday life and...

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  • John Myers, 87 (1927 - 2015)

    John Myers

    The Associated PressCOVINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Myers, who represented western Indiana's 7th District for three decades, has died.Owner Robert Shelby of Shelby Funeral Home in Covington says the 87-year-old Myers died Tuesday morning in his home following a brief illness.Myers was a lifelong Covington resident. The Republican served in U.S. House from 1967 to 1997.Visitation...

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  • Lt. Col. Edward Saylor (2015)

    Lt. Col. Edward Saylor

    By PHUONG LE, The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner, Washington.He was a young flight engineer-gunner and among the 80 airmen who...

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  • Helen Eustis, 98 (1916 - 2015)

    Helen Eustis

    The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Eustis, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors, has died. She was 98. Eustis' son, Adam Fisher, said Thursday that she died Jan. 11 at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City of natural causes. Eustis' "The Horizontal Man" was a crime story about a murdered English...

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