Obituaries

FILE - This Sept. 26, 2008 file photo shows debate moderator Jim Lehrer during the first U.S. Presidential Debate between presidential nominees Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. PBS announced that PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at home. He was 85. (AP Photo/Chip Somodevilla, File)
Associated Press
January 23, 2020 - 12:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer, co-host and later host of the nightly PBS "NewsHour" that for decades offered a thoughtful take on current events, has died, PBS said Thursday. He was 85. Lehner died “peacefully in his sleep,” according to PBS. He had suffered a heart attack in 1983 and more recently,...
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Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, has died at 77.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file
Associated Press
January 22, 2020 - 7:06 am
LONDON (AP) — Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, has died at 77. He had been suffering from dementia. Jones's agent says he died Tuesday evening. In a statement, his family said he died “after a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia...
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Lord of the Rings stars and crew gather with New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark (5th-R, grey shawl) and Mayor of Wellington City Kerry Prendergast (4th-R, red shawl) during the world premiere of the film, "Lord of the Rings - Return of the King"
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Associated Press
January 17, 2020 - 5:33 am
LONDON (AP) — Christopher Tolkien, who played a major role protecting the legacy of his father's “The Lord of the Rings” series, has died. He was 95. The Tolkien Society and HarperCollins UK confirmed his death but no details were provided. Tolkien's life work was closely identified with that of...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo, David Stern, NBA Commissioner, right, and Adam Silver, Deputy Commissioner, speak before the start of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat in Miami. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
Associated Press
January 02, 2020 - 1:27 am
Reaction from the basketball world and beyond to the death of former NBA Commissioner David Stern on Wednesday at age 77: “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012, file photo, Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon attend the premiere party for "The Houstons On Our Own" at the Tribeca Grand hotel in New York. Gordon, ex-partner of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, has died. He was 30. Gordon's attorney Joe S. Habachy confirmed his client's death Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Brown was the daughter of Whitney Houston. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, File)
Associated Press
January 01, 2020 - 8:30 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Gordon, who was found liable in the death of his ex-partner Bobbi Kristina Brown, has died. He was 30. Gordon's attorney Joe S. Habachy confirmed his client's death in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press. The Atlanta attorney did not give a cause of death or say where...
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James "Radio" Kennedy
Amber M. McCloskey/The Herald via AP, File
Associated Press
December 15, 2019 - 1:43 pm
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — James “Radio” Kennedy, the man who was a fixture on the sidelines of a South Carolina high school's football games for decades and whose life inspired a Hollywood movie, has died. He was 73. T.L. Hanna High School Athletic Director John Cann confirmed Kennedy's death Sunday...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 1965, file photo, French movie director Jean Luc Godard and French actress Anna Karina are shown at the International Film Festival in Venice. Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died aged 79, the French culture minister announced Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mario Torrisi, File)
Associated Press
December 15, 2019 - 12:38 pm
PARIS (AP) — Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died. She was 79. The French culture minister announced her death on Twitter on Sunday. French media said that the Danish-born Karina had cancer and died...
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FILE - In this file photo dated July 18, 2015, Marie Fredriksson, singer of the pop duo Roxette. Fredriksson has died, aged 61 after a long illness, according to an announcement Tuesday Dec. 10, 2019. (Suvad Mrkonjic / TT via AP)
Associated Press
December 10, 2019 - 7:45 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61, her management agency said Tuesday. Fredriksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The two released their first album the same year and went on to achieve international success in the late...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 27, 2006, file photo, Caroll Spinney, right, who portrays "Sesame Street" characters Oscar The Grouch, left, and Big Bird, arrives for the Daytime Emmy nominee party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on "Sesame Street," died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
Associated Press
December 09, 2019 - 3:25 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes...
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Front row from left, 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees Michael Tilson Thomas, Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field, Joan Ganz Cooney, and Lloyd Morrisett, back row from left, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, and characters from "Sesame Street," Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and Elmo pose for a group photo following the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner at the State Department on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
Associated Press
December 09, 2019 - 3:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts. Also in this year's class were conductor Michael...
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