Tag: Obituaries

South African author Nadine Gordimer dies

Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer of South Africa has died at age 90, at her home in Johannesburg, her family said Monday. Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991. She was known as “one of the literary world’s most powerful voices against apartheid.” [reuters]

Eduard Shevardnadze, Soviet Foreign Minister Under Gorbachev, Is Dead at 86

Eduard A. Shevardnadze, who as Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s foreign minister helped hone the “new thinking,” foreign and domestic, that transformed and ultimately rent the Soviet Union, then led his native Georgia through its turbulent start as an independent state, died Monday. He was 86. Irakli Garibashvili, the prime minister of Georgia, praised Mr. Shevardnadze for…

Radio Legend Casey Kasem Dies At 82

Radio legend Casey Kasem died Sunday morning at age 82, a statement from his daughter confirmed. Kasem’s daughter Kerri tweeted the news Sunday morning, writing, “Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering,…

Actress and Civil Rights leader Ruby Dee dies at 91

Actress and Civil Rights leader Ruby Dee died Wednesday at age 91, a family member confirmed. Photo: Ruby Dee gives a reading at the March on Washington in 1963. (THE WASHINGTON POST/THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES via New York Daily news)

Manager Don Zimmer dies at age 83

Former Major League Baseball player, coach and manager Don Zimmer died at the age of 83, the Tampa Bay Rays confirmed. Zimmer had a 12-year major league playing career, but rose to notoriety in more than 30 years as a coach and manager. He was most recently a senior adviser for the Rays. [usatoday]

Malcolm Glazer, owner of Buccaneers, Manchester United, dies at 85

Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer died Wednesday, the team announced. He was 85. The Glazer family bought the Bucs in 1995. The team won its first and only championship after the 2002 season. Glazer also owned Manchester United, the famed English Premier League soccer club. [usatoday]

Poet Maya Angelou Has Died at Age 86

Maya Angelou has died, ABC News has confirmed. She was 86. According to her agent, Helen Brann, the noted author and poet died near her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina early this morning. “She’d been very frail and had heart problems, but she was going strong, finishing a new book,” Brann told ABC News. “I…

Popular 1950s singer Jerry Vale dies age 83

Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83. Vale, who had been in declining health, died Sunday at his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, family attorney Harold J. Levy said in a statement. Born Genaro Louis…

Legendary NASA Test Pilot Bill Dana Dies At 83

William H. “Bill” Dana, the famed NASA test pilot who helped usher in the space age in the 1960s by routinely flying rocket planes to new supersonic speeds and stratospheric heights, has died. He was 83. Dana was a square-jawed aviator during an age when pilots strapped into cutting-edge aircraft and blasted it to the…

Oklahoma inmate dies of heart attack after execution botched

An Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack Tuesday evening after his execution was halted when the delivery of a new drug combination was botched. The state Department of Corrections said Clayton Lockett died after all three drugs were administered. His execution was halted approximately 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. The director…

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dead at 76

Former boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter died Sunday in Toronto at 76. Carter became an advocate for the wrongly convicted after spending nearly 20 years in prison for a triple murder he didn’t commit.

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87

A source close to the family confirms Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at age 87. Garcia Marquez was hospitalized in the last month for infections in his lungs and urinary tract. The Colombian author’s 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages. AP…

Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies in car wreck

Puerto Rican salsa legend Jose Luis “Cheo” Feliciano, a giant of the genre, died in a car crash early Thursday morning in San Juan, police said. He was 78. A crooner with one of the most recognizable and imitated voices in Latin music, Feliciano sang with the long-running Fania All Stars in the heyday of…

Wrestling’s Ultimate Warrior Dead At 54

Professional wrestling star The Ultimate Warrior died Tuesday at the age of 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE’s hall of fame, the company announced in a statement. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon tweeted ‘We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife…

Legendary actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died Sunday at his home from unknown causes, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Born in 1920, Rooney is most remembered for having been one of the biggest child stars in entertainment history, CBS Los Angeles reports. Rooney played Andy Hardy in the 1937 movie “A Family Affair,” which…

Comedian John Pinette dies in Pittsburgh, Pa., hotel

Comedian John Pinette was found dead in a Pittsburgh, Pa., hotel room, authorities say. He was 50. A medical examiner’s office supervisor said he had been suffering liver and heart disease and that his death was due to natural causes. The Boston native appeared in films including “Duets,” “Dear God,” “The Punisher” and “Junior.” Pinette…

Dave Brockie, lead singer of shock rock band GWAR, found dead

Dave Brockie lead singer of the crazy costumed “Beavis & Butthead” worshipped speed metal band Gwar — is dead at age 50. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Brockie — a.k.a. Oderus Urungus — was found early Sunday morning dead, sitting upright in a chair at his Richmond, VA home. We’re told foul play is…

‘Homeland’ actor James Rebhorn dies at 65

Actor James Rebhorn, who played the father of troubled CIA officer Carrie Mathison on the Showtime drama “Homeland,” died at 65, his agent confirmed. During a five-decade acting career, Rebhorn appeared on a variety of shows, including USA Network hit “White Collar,” “Seinfeld” and “Law & Order.” The prolific character actor also appeared in big…

Designer L’Wren Scott, girlfriend of Mick Jagger found dead

L’Wren Scott, who left her small-town Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end fashion designer best known as the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, has died in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide. Scott was found dead in her Manhattan…

WWII vet Bill Guarnere, portrayed in ‘Band of Brothers,’ dies at 90

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, a South Philadelphia native and World War II vet who was portrayed on the television miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” died this weekend at the age of 90. Guarnere’s son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Guarnere was rushed to the hospital early…

Paco de Lucia, Renowned Flamenco Guitarist, Dies at 66

Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia – one of Spain’s most influential musicians and a composer who fused traditional flamenco with jazz and other genres – died on Wednesday of a heart attack in Mexico. A spokesman for the city hall in Algeciras, where de Lucia was born, confirmed his death and said the city would…

Actor, filmmaker Harold Ramis dies at 69

Actor, writer and director Harold Ramis has died at 69, his wife said. Ramis was best known for his work on “Groundhog Day” and “Ghostbusters.” Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the…

Shirley Temple Black, iconic child star, dies at 85

Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85. Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif. No cause was given. From 1935 through 1938, the curly-haired…