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Ann Meara, 85 (1929 - 2015)
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...
John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86 (1928 - 2015)
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...
Marty Pasetta (2015)
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...
Marcus Belgrave, 78 (1936 - 2015)
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. ...
Marty Sheets (2015)
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...
Marques Haynes, 89 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved...
Bruce Lundvall, 79 (1935 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS Associated Press Record executive Bruce Lundvall, who revived the iconic Blue Note Records label in the mid-1980s and turned it into a major influence on the contemporary...
Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, 88 (1926 - 2015)
By FRANK ELTMAN, The Associated Press Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and one of the first women to speak publicly...
B.B. King, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By KEN RITTER, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the...
Prashant Bhargava, 42 (1973 - 2015)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Prashant Bhargava, a deeply humane filmmaker and artist perhaps best known for the 2011 film "Patang" ("The Kite"), died Friday of cardiac arrest in New York....
James Skeffington (2015)
The Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington, a lawyer who became the minor league affiliate's public face and lead cheerleader for a plan to move...
Elisabeth Bing , 100 (1914 - 2015)
By JENNIFER PELTZ, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — When Elisabeth Bing became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, women were often heavily medicated and dads were generally...
Asim Thabit Abdullah al-Khalaqi (2015)
The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — A man who was released from the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December and resettled in Kazakhstan has died in that Central Asian country, a Pentagon...
Steve Snapp (2015)
The Associated PressCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Steve Snapp, a longtime Ohio State athletics spokesman and sports information director, has died. He was 69.The university confirmed his death on Thursday....
Annarita Sidoti, 44 (1970 - 2015)
The Associated PressROME (AP) — Annarita Sidoti, a former world and European race walking champion form Italy, died Thursday. She was 44.The Italian Olympic Committee said Sidoti died at her home...
Bob Belden, 58 (1956 - 2015)
By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Belden, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer who was the first American musician to perform in Iran since...
Lu Vason (2015)
By DONNA BRYSON, The Associated PressDENVER (AP) — Denver impresario Lu Vason has died, leaving a legacy of creating opportunities for black cowboys and of celebrating a little-known aspect of...
Raphael Tenthani (2015)
By LYNSEY CHUTEL, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of Malawi's most prominent journalists was killed in a car accident, his family said on Sunday.Raphael Tenthani, a contributor for The...
Garo Yepremian (2015)
By STEVEN WINE, The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Cypriot native Garo Yepremian, the former NFL kicker who helped the Miami Dolphins win consecutive NFL championships but is best remembered for a...
Rev. John Lo Schiavo (2015)
The Associated PressLOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. John Lo Schiavo, former president of the University of San Francisco who presided over the university's resurgence and a shutdown of its...
Gill Dennis (2015)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Gill Dennis, the screenwriter who co-wrote the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" and studied film alongside Terrence Malick and David Lynch, has died. He was...
Franz Wright, 62 (1953 - 2015)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his concise and penetrating style and heartbreaking command of emotions, has died. He was 62. Wright...