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Wes Craven, 76 (2015)
Wes Craven, the iconic film director whose "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" movies redefined the horror genre, has died after battling brain cancer By DAISY NGUYEN and JAKE COYLE, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic and bloody suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" that made his name...
Nelson Shanks, 77 (2015)
Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died at 77, according to the Associated Press. Shanks died Friday at his home in Andsalusia, Pennsylvania, according to Bill Wedo, spokesman for the Studio Incamminati art school Shanks founded with his wife, Leona. Shanks painted portraits of Princess Diana, Pope John...
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21 (2015)
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the actor who earned acclaim as the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway has died at the untimely age of 21. According to MSN and the New York Daily News, his death is a result of a fall from a fire escape at his mother's home. By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Jean...
Dr. James Jude, 87 (1928 - 2015)
The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Dr. James Jude, one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has died. He was 87.Peter Jude says his father died early Tuesday in Coral Gables after an extended illness. Jude says his father always wanted to help people, noting CPR has saved countless lives.In the late 1950s, the doctor and two electrical engineers,...
Red Lane, 76 (1939 - 2015)
Red Lane, a country music songwriter who wrote the Tammy Wynette hit "'Til I Get It Right," has died of cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 76. Lane, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1993, wrote songs for many of country's biggest stars.
Al Arbour, 82 (1932 - 2015)
Al Arbour, 82, who coached the NHL's New York Islanders from 1973 through 1994, winning four Stanley Cup championships along the way, has died following a long illness. As a player in the 1950s...
Lt. Gen. Frank Petersen, 83 (1932 - 2015)
Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., who was the first African-American general and aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, has died, according to his family. Petersen, who died Tuesday of lung cancer, was 83. ...
Marcy Borders, 42 (2015)
A New Jersey woman shown covered in dust in an iconic photo taken after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City has died, according to the Associated Press. Marcy Borders died Monday night...
Amelia Boynton Robinson, 104 (1911 - 2015)
Amelia Boynton Robinson, a U.S. civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the Selma, Alabama, civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black...
WDBJ Shooting Victims (2015)
A reporter and a photographer for Virginia's WDBJ TV station were shot and killed while doing an interview for a feature story Wednesday, Aug. 26, according to CNN. Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and...
Justin Wilson, 37 (2015)
Known, as ESPN describes him, as the "Gentle Giant" of racing, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday after a head injury sustained during a crash at Pocono Raceway, the Associated Press and his...
Harry Volkman, 89 (1926 - 2015)
Legendary Chicago weather forecaster Harry Volkman has died, according to multiple news sources. Volkman, who died Thursday of a respiratory illness, was 89.
Patrick Macnee, 93 (1922 - 2015)
Patrick Macnee, who played a stylish secret agent on the 1960s television series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93. Macnee, who died Thursday of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California,...
Massachusetts Plane Crash Victims (2015)
Three people died Sunday evening in Massachusetts after a small plane crashed into a single-family home, according to Massachusetts State Police. At about 6 p.m. Sunday, the small plane crashed into...
Marva Collins, 78 (1936 - 2015)
Marva Collins, the Chicago education pioneer who won praise for her innovative teaching approach at the West Side school she launched in 1975, died Wednesday of natural causes. She was 78. Her...
Don Featherstone, 79 (2015)
The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — The creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. Donald Featherstone was 79.Featherstone's wife, Nancy, told...
Sister Nirmala Joshi, 81 (2015)
The Associated PressKOLKATA, India (AP) — The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died early Tuesday, the organization said. Sister Nirmala Joshi was 81.Her...
Walter Scheib, 61 (1954 - 2015)
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a former White House chef who had been missing for more than a week after going hiking in the New Mexico mountains, authorities said. The body...
Elson Floyd, 59 (2015)
The Associated PressPULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University, has died at 59 of complications from colon cancer.Floyd had been president since 2007 and went on...
Laura Myers, 53 (2015)
By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, The Associated PressLAS VEGAS (AP) — Laura Myers, a veteran Associated Press reporter and editor who led the news cooperative's coverage of foreign affairs as the country...
Ralph Roberts, 95 (1920 - 2015)
By TALI ARBEL, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died....
John David Crow, 79 (1935 - 2015)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79. The university...