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Bob Baker (2014)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Baker, the founder of one of America's oldest puppet theaters, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.The cause of death was kidney failure, his biographer, Gregory Williams, said.The Bob Baker Marionette Theater captivated children and adults with its ornate wooden puppets and props. The theater was a vestige of the days when marionettes...
Saeed Akl, 102 (1912 - 2014)
Obit Text Preview The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Saeed Akl, Lebanon's leading poet whose fame spread throughout the Arab world, has died, state media and officials said Friday. He was 102. The ultra-nationalist Akl wrote his poems in classical Arabic as well as the Lebanese dialect, which he referred to as "the Lebanese language." Some of his most famous poems were sung by Lebanon...
Jack Kyle, 88 (1926 - 2014)
The Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Jack Kyle, the dashing flyhalf for Ireland in the 1940s and '50s and one of rugby's greatest players, has died. He was 88. The Irish Rugby Football Union said Friday he died Thursday after a prolonged but unspecified illness. Kyle played 46 times for Ireland during an 11-year international career, scoring seven tries. He helped the country win a grand...
Roberto 'Chespirito' Gomez Bolanos, 85 (1929 - 2014)
By ISAAC GARRIDO, The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character "El Chavo del Ocho" that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday at age 85.Known as "Chespirito" (chess-pee-REE-to), he changed comedy in Latin America, taking his inspiration from Laurel and Hardy as well...
Matteo Cassani (2014)
The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The general manager of an Italian-owned electricity company in Romania has died after falling from the company building in Bucharest.Enel confirmed that Matteo Cassani, the Italian general manager of Enel Energy and Enel Energy Muntenia, died Thursday.Police spokesman Bogdan Ghebaur said police and a prosecutor were investigating "a suspicious death...
Frank Yablans, 79 (1935 - 2014)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Yablans, a former president of Paramount Pictures in the 1970s who oversaw the release of several groundbreaking pictures, has died. Yablans died...
P.D. James, 94 (1920 - 2014)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never...
Phillip Hughes, 15 (1998 - 2014)
By DENNIS PASSA, The Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) — Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a...
Sabah, 87 (1927 - 2014)
By DIAA HADID, The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer...
"Mad" Frankie Fraser, 91 (1923 - 2014)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — "Mad" Frankie Fraser, an old-school London criminal who spent more than 40 years in prison and became an underworld celebrity, has died. He...
Gilles Tremblay, 75 (1938 - 2014)
The Associated Press MONTREAL (AP) — Gilles Tremblay, a former Montreal Canadiens forward who played on four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 1960s, has died. He was 75. The team announced...
Murray Oliver, 77 (1937 - 2014)
The Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Murray Oliver, a five-time NHL All-Star who briefly coached the Minnesota North Stars, has died from a heart attack. He was 77.Oliver, who died on Sunday,...
Leo Moskovitz (2014)
The Associated PressJERMYN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania banker and philanthropist who said the key to his longevity was having an unlisted phone number has died at age 109.Leo Moskovitz would have...
Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, 98 (1916 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEWPORT, Rhode Island (AP) — The International Tennis Hall of Fame says Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, the first American woman to win the tournament now known as the Australian Open,...
Juan Carlos Llorca (2014)
The Associated PressEL PASO, Texas (AP) — Juan Carlos Llorca, a veteran Associated Press journalist who covered immigration and the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border, and whose reporting on...
Larry Kelm, 49 (1964 - 2014)
The Associated PressCOLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Larry Kelm, a linebacker on Texas A&M's Wrecking Crew defense who went on to play in the NFL, has died. He was 49.The university said Monday he...
Michael Shanahan (2014)
By WILL LESTER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Shanahan, a veteran Washington political reporter for The Associated Press and Newhouse Newspapers who used that experience to...
Samuel Klein, 91 (1923 - 2014)
The Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) — Samuel Klein, the Polish-born founder of Brazil's largest home-appliance retailer, has died, the company said in a statement. He was 91.Casas Bahia said Klein...
Jadwiga Pilsudska-Jaraczewska, 94 (1920 - 2014)
VANESSA GERA, The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jadwiga Pilsudska-Jaraczewska, a World War II pilot and a daughter of Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, the father of Poland's independence, has died...
Mary Alison Glen-Haig (2014)
The Associated PressLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — One of the first women to be a member of the International Olympic Committee, Britain's Mary Alison Glen-Haig, has died. She was 96.Glen-Haig, who...
Alice Lee (2014)
The Associated Press MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alice Lee, the sister of the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird" author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, died Monday...
Dessie Hughes (2014)
The Associated PressCHELTENHAM, England (AP) — Dessie Hughes, a leading Irish racehorse trainer who rode Davy Lad to victory in the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1977, has died. He was 71.The...