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R. K. Laxman, 93 (1921 - 2015)
By NIRMALA GEORGE, The Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, creator of the innocuous character the Common Man, who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ failure, his doctor said. He was 94.Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman died Monday evening, said Sameer Jog of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in the...
Bill Monbouquette, 78 (1936 - 2015)
BOSTON (AP) — Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 78. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston due to complications from leukemia, the Red Sox announced Monday. Monbouquette spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and scout. He was...
Demis Roussos, 68 (1946 - 2015)
The Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed Monday.The hospital said the singer died following a lengthy hospitalization, but did not give an exact cause...
Luke Martin, Jr. (2015)
By MARTHA WAGGONER, The Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Luke Martin Jr., the son of an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born.Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in New Bern, North Carolina, said his daughter, Fannie Martin-Williams. Her father, who suffered from congestive heart failure and other ailments, had been in declining...
David Landau (2015)
The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — David Landau, a British born author and journalist who was a former editor-in-chief of Israel's Haaretz newspaper and also worked for the Jerusalem Post, has died. He was 67.Haaretz said he died Tuesday. The paper's obituary said he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2013.Landau was Haaretz's chief between 2004 and 2008 and launched its English...
Rev. Richard McBrien, 78 (1936 - 2015)
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...
Joe Franklin, 88 (1926 - 2015)
By KAREN MATTHEWS, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they...
Ernie Banks, 83 (1931 - 2015)
By DON BABWIN, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer's family said Sunday. With Banks' widow...
King Abdullah, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By LEE KEATH and ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI, The Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — His changes looked minute to the outside world. But in a kingdom where ultra-conservative Muslim clerics long...
Tommy Mason, 75 (1939 - 2015)
The Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Running back Tommy Mason, the first draft pick in Minnesota Vikings history, has died. He was 75.Mason's sister-in-law, Suzanne MacNeil, told The Associated...
Vince Camuto (1936 - 2015)
By The Associated Press, The Associated Press Women's footwear designer Vince Camuto, who co-founded shoe company Nine West Group, has died in Connecticut at age 78. Camuto died Wednesday at...
Wendell Ford, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By BRUCE SCHREINER and ADAM BEAM, The Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. and Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford, an unapologetic smoker whose unfiltered chats and speeches endeared...
Maria Cerra Tishman, 96 (1918 - 2015)
The Associated PressPARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Maria Cerra Tishman, a U.S. fencer who finished fourth in individual foil at the 1948 Olympics, has died. She was 96.The Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home...
Toller Cranston , 65 (1949 - 2015)
By The Associated Press, The Associated PressToller Cranston, a bronze medalist at the 1974 world championships and 1976 Olympics, died at his home in Mexico, Skate Canada said Saturday.He was 65...
Johan Martin Ferner, 87 (1927 - 2015)
The Associated PressOSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway's royal household says the king's brother-in-law Johan Martin Ferner, who was part of the sailing team that won silver at the 1952 Summer Olympics in...
Edgar Froese, 70 (1944 - 2015)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Edgar Froese, who founded the pioneering German electronic rock group Tangerine Dream in 1967, has died at 70.The band said Froese died unexpectedly from the...
Peggy Charren, 86 (1928 - 2015)
The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children's Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children's programming, has died. She was...
Marcus J. Borg, 72 (1942 - 2015)
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...
Stan Irwin (2015)
By DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Irwin, a Las Vegas producer and manager for such celebrities as Johnny Carson, has died at age 94. Irwin's friend and business...
John Bayley, 89 (1925 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Author John Bayley, known for his moving memoir of life with his late wife Iris Murdoch, has died of a heart ailment. He was 89.His editor Robert Weil said...
Ray Nagel , 87 (1927 - 2015)
The Associated PressIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa and Utah head football coach Ray Nagel has died at age 87.The University of Iowa says Nagel died Jan. 15 in San Antonio. His daughter Nancy...
Melvin Gordon (2015)
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The...