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Merrell Williams, Jr. (2013)
BRUCE SCHREINER, The Associated PressLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Merrell Williams Jr., a one-time Kentucky paralegal who took on Big Tobacco as a whistleblower who leaked internal documents exposing health risks and the addictiveness of cigarettes, has died in Mississippi, decades after he joined the fight that forever changed perceptions of smoking.Williams died last week of a heart attack in Ocean...
Merrell Williams , Jr., 72 (1941 - 2013)
BRUCE SCHREINER, The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Merrell Williams Jr., a one-time Kentucky paralegal who took on Big Tobacco as a whistleblower who leaked internal documents exposing health risks and the addictiveness of cigarettes, has died in Mississippi, decades after he joined the fight that forever changed perceptions of smoking. Williams died last week of a heart attack...
Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, 91 (1922 - 2013)
The Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, the once-feared boss of Mexico's powerful oil workers union, died Monday at age 91, his sons said. Hernandez died after spending several days in a hospital in the northern city of Tampico for stomach problems, said his son Juan Manuel Hernandez Correa. "Because of his advanced age he couldn't hold on," the son said. ...
Jennifer Martin Neuman-Roper (2013)
The Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman who sued so she could marry her longtime partner this summer in one of a cascade of same-sex weddings in the state has died.Jennifer Martin Neuman-Roper, who lived in the community of Pojoaque near Santa Fe, had been suffering from terminal brain cancer and died on Friday at the age of 44, according to an obituary on DeVargas Funeral...
Francisco Mayoral (2013)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Francisco Mayoral, a noted defender of Mexico's gray whales and one of the country's earliest and most-experienced whale-watching guides, died of a stroke Tuesday in Mexico's Baja California peninsula. He was 72.A longtime fisherman, Mayoral became a whale guide and for four decades took researchers out to see the whales, said Serge Dedina, executive...
Evelyn Lowery (2013)
JEFF MARTIN, The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Evelyn Lowery, a pioneer in civil rights and women's empowerment and the wife of the Rev. Joseph Lowery, died Thursday at her home in Georgia, a...
Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72 (1940 - 2013)
ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for...
Chin Peng (2013)
GRANT PECK, The Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) — The tough former communist guerrilla who led a bloody but failed insurgency against British rule in Malaysia in the late 1940s and early 1950s died in...
Terrie Hall (2013)
MIKE STOBBE, The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — A North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking died Monday of cancer.Terrie Hall died...
Darren Manzella, 36 (1977 - 2013)
The Associated PressPITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the Army after criticizing the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy in a 2007 television...
Sean Sasser (1969 - 2013)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A man who made history when he publicly exchanged vows with well-known gay partner and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora in the 1990s has died. Sean Sasser was 44.In...
Dmytro Groisman (2013)
The Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Dmytro Groisman, a pioneering Ukrainian rights advocate, has died after years of battling heart disease, his colleague said. He was 41.Groisman was one of...
Julius Chambers, 76 (1936 - 2013)
The Associated PressCHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Julius Chambers, a Charlotte attorney whose practice was in the forefront of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, has died, his law firm...
Garry Davis, 91 (1921 - 2013)
The Associated PressMONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) — A man who renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1948 and for the next six decades led a movement for global citizenship has died in the U.S., his...
Cynthia Brown (2013)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Activist Cynthia Brown, one of the guiding forces at the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch, has died at age 60 after fighting cancer. Brown...
Boruch Spiegel (2013)
VANESSA GERA, The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Boruch Spiegel, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the powerful...
Anna Merz (2013)
CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — A game reserve in Kenya plans to hold a memorial service next month for Anna Merz, a conservationist who sought to protect the...
Debi Austin (2013)
SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who smoked a cigarette through a hole in her throat to illustrate her struggle with nicotine addiction in a California public...
Pat Derby, 69 (2013)
The Associated PressSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former Hollywood animal trainer who trained Flipper and Lassie and later devoted her life to protecting performing animals after seeing widespread...
James Hood, 70 (1942 - 2013)
BOB JOHNSON, The Associated PressMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — One of the first black students who enrolled at the University of Alabama a half century ago in defiance of racial segregation has died....
Aaron Swartz, 26 (1986 - 2013)
VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a Reddit co-founder is blaming prosecutors for his suicide just weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he...
Spencer Cox (1968 - 2012)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — AIDS activist Spencer Cox, who helped form an organization to boost treatment research and recently appeared in a documentary about an AIDS coalition, has...
Richard Adams (2012)
ANDREW DALTON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Adams, who used both the altar and the courtroom to help begin the push for gay marriage four decades before it reached the center of...
Jesse Hill, Jr., 86 (1926 - 2012)
PHILLIP LUCAS, The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Jesse Hill Jr., a civil rights leader and businessman who later became the first black president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, died Monday....
Hartford "Sonny" Black Eagle, Jr. (2012)
MATTHEW BROWN, The Associated PressBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An elder from Montana's Crow Indian Tribe whose family ceremoniously adopted then-Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential race has...
Lawrence Guyot, 73 (1939 - 2012)
The Associated Press, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who survived jailhouse beatings in the Deep South in the 1960s and went on to encourage...
David Durk, 77 (2012)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A New York City detective who helped expose widespread police corruption in the 1960s and '70s has died.David Durk died Tuesday at his home in Putnam County, N.Y...
Aung Gyi, 91 (1919 - 2012)
The Associated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Aung Gyi, a senior army officer who served briefly in Myanmar's post-coup military junta but later became a founder of the country's pro-democracy...
Russell Means, 72 (1939 - 2012)
DIRK LAMMERS, The Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Russell Means spent a lifetime as a modern American Indian warrior. He railed against broken treaties, fought for the return of stolen...
Vojin Dimitrijevic, 70 (1942 - 2012)
The Associated PressBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's leading human rights and pro-democracy activist Vojin Dimitrijevic has died. He was 80.His family said he died Friday. The cause of his death...