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  • Ann Meara, 85 (1929 - 2015)

    Ann Meara

    By SANDY COHEN and FRAZIER MOORE, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. She was 85. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released...

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  • John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86 (1928 - 2015)

    John Forbes Nash, Jr.

    By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him a household name even more so than his...

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  • Marty Pasetta (2015)

    Marty Pasetta

    The Associated PressLA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Marty Pasetta, a television veteran who directed Academy Awards telecasts for most of the 1970s and 80s, has died.Pasetta died Thursday night in La Quinta, California, after being hit by an unattended car that was apparently left running. He was 82.Pasetta directed 17 Oscar telecasts from 1972 to 1988. He also directed several Grammy Awards, The...

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  • Marcus Belgrave, 78 (1936 - 2015)

    Marcus Belgrave

    By JEFF KAROUB, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday. He was 78. Belgrave died at an Ann Arbor care facility and the cause of death was heart failure, said Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave's wife Joan. ...

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  • Marty Sheets (2015)

    Marty Sheets

    The Associated PressGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Special Olympics pioneer Marty Sheets has died at 62.Forbis & Dick Funeral Service says he died Thursday at the Greensboro home he shared with his parents.Sheets was born with Down syndrome. He won seven medals at six Special Olympics World Games, starting with the inaugural games in Chicago in 1968. His total medal count over 42 years in local, state...

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