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Lee Kuan Yew’s Legacy


Modern Singapore’s founder passed away at age 91 earlier this week.

Lee Kuan Yew, Founder And First Prime Minister Of Singapore, Dies At 91

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and long-time Prime Minister of Singapore, died over the weekend at the age of 91: SINGAPORE — Lee Kuan Yew, who as its founding father and first prime minister transformed the tiny outpost of Singapore into one of the wealthiest and least corrupt countries in Asia, died on Monday […]

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock, Dead at 83

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Leonard Nimoy, the actor who became a household name as Mr. Spock with the “Star Trek” television series and movies, has died at 83.

Arnaud de Borchgrave Dead at 88


The intrepid foreign correspondent and editor Arnaud de Borchgrave has died, aged 88, of cancer.

Ernie Banks, MLB Hall Of Famer And “Mr. Cub,” Dies At 83

Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks, who spent all of his 19 Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs and became a joyous Ambassador for baseball itself in retirement, has died at the age of 83: Ernie Banks, the greatest power-hitting shortstop of the 20th century and an unconquerable optimist whose sunny disposition never dimmed in 19 seasons with […]

Edward Brooke, First African-American Elected To Senate, Dies At 95

Edward Brooke

The first popularly elected African-American Senator, and the first African-American Senator to serve since the end of Reconstruction ended, has passed away.

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dies At 82

Mario Cuomo

A man best known, perhaps, for what he didn’t do, has passed away

Joe Cocker Dies At 70

Joe Cocker Woodstock

Joe Cocker, whose gravely voice became iconic after covering The Beatles at Woodstock some 45 years ago, has died at the age of 70: Joe Cocker, the gravelly British singer who became one of pop’s most recognizable interpreters in the late 1960s and ’70s with passionate, idiosyncratic takes on songs like the Beatles’ “With a […]

Norman Birdwell, Author Of ‘Clifford, The Big Red Dog’ Children’s Books, Dies At 86

Norman Birdwell

Norman Birdwell, the author and illustrator behind one of the most successful series of children’s books ever, has died at the age of 86: Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, a figure who looms as large in toddler lit as the great white whale does in the American canon, died on […]

David Garth, Pioneer Political And Campaign Consultant, Dies At 84

David Garth

David Garth, who served behind the scenes of American politics for some four decades and helped elect Governors, Mayors, and Senators from the 1960s through the 2000s, has died at the age of 84: David Garth, a pugnacious and indefatigable pioneer of the political commercial, who helped elect governors, senators and four New York City […]

Marion Barry, Four-Term Mayor Of Washington, D.C., Dies At 78

DC Councilman Marion Barry may be facing censure after a council vote today.

For better or worse, Marion Barry was a fixture in D.C. politics for much of the 40 year period of home rule that began in 1975.

Glen A. Larson, Creator Of Battlestar Galactica, Magnum P.I.,, Knight Rider Dies At 77


Glen A. Larson, a writer-producer who was behind some of the biggest television hits of the 1970s and 80s, has died at the age of 77: Glen A. Larson, the writer-producer behind such indelible TV dramas as “Battlestar Galactica,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Knight Rider” and “Quincy M.E.,” has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 77. […]

‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77


Tom Magliozzi, long-time co-host of NPR’s “Car Talk,” has died aged 77. ABC (“NPR ‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77“): Tom Magliozzi, the co-host of “Car Talk” on National Public Radio, died today of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, NPR has reported. He was 77. The popular radio personality, with his signature Massachusetts accent, […]

Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies At 93

Ben Bradlee Woodward Bernstein

The passing of a true legend in American journalism.

Joan Rivers Dies At 81

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, who became a pioneer for women in comedy and remained popular and active literally up until the end, has died at the age of 81, one week after being admitted to a New York hospital after going into cardiac arrest during an apparently routine outpatient medical procedure: Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who […]

James Jeffords, Former Vermont Senator, Dies At 80

James Jeffords

James Jeffords, who represented Vermont as a Congressman and Senator for a combined total of more than 30 years but became famous,  or infamous depending on your point of view, when he left the GOP to caucus with Democrats as an Independent, has died at the age of 80: MONTPELIER, Vt. — Former Vermont U.S. […]

Screen Legend Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, who came to Hollywood as a young actress and went on to become one of the most iconic stars of its Golden Era, has died at the age of 89: Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a […]

Robin Williams Commits Suicide


A man who brought joy and laughter to millions has ended his own life because he was too depressed to go on.

James Brady, Former Reagan Press Secretary, Dies At 73

James Brady

James Brady, who served as President Ronald Reagan’s Press Secretary and became the symbol of the gun control movement after being shot during the assassination attempt on the President in March 1981, has died at the age of 73: James S. Brady, the often-irreverent press secretary to President Ronald Reagan who was shot in the […]

Theodore Van Kirk, Last Surviving Member Of Enola Gay Crew, Dies At 93

Enola Gay Crew

The last surviving member of the crew that piloted the Enola Gay on August 6, 1945 when it dropped the first atomic bomb used in war in history on Hiroshima, Japan, has died at the age of 93: Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk, the navigator and last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, the B-29 […]

Actor James Garner Dies At 86

James Garner

James Garner, the star of television hits in the 1950s and 1970s, has passed away at the age of 86: James Garner, the wry and handsome leading man who slid seamlessly between television and the movies but was best known as the amiable gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s western “Maverick” and the cranky sleuth […]

Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dead At 65

The Ramones

Tommy Ramone, who founded a group that had a big influence on music even though it never really achieved commercial or chart stardom, has died at the age of 65: Tom Erdelyi, better known as Tommy Ramone, the founding drummer and last surviving original member of the Ramones, the New York band whose dizzyingly short […]

Eduard Shevardnadze, Icon Of The Final Years Of The Cold War, Dies At 86

Shevardnadze Gorbachev

Eduard Shevardnadze, who became an icon of the last years of the Cold War as Soviet Foreign Minister under Mikhail Gorbachev and then President of his native Georgia,has died at the age of 86: Eduard A. Shevardnadze, who as Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s foreign minister helped hone the “new thinking,” foreign and domestic, that transformed and […]

Former Senator Howard Baker Dies At 88

Howard Baker

One of Washington’s giants has passed away.

Prolific Actor Eli Wallach Dead At 98


Eli Wallach, whose acting career spanned five decades and movies ranging from The Magnificent Seven to The Godfather Part III has died at the age of 98: Eli Wallach, who was one of his generation’s most prominent and prolific character actors in film, onstage and on television for more than 60 years, died on Tuesday. He was 98. […]

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies at 90


Stephanie Kwolek was looking for a way to improve tires. She invented a life-saving material.

Baseball Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead At 54

Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn, who spent his entire 20 year career with the San Diego Padres and had the highest batting average in the National League eight different seasons, has died at 54 after a long battle with cancer: Tony Gwynn, who won a record eight National League batting championships, amassed 3,141 hits and gained acclaim as […]

Casey Kasem Dead at 82

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem, who became a legend in radio as host of American Top 40 as well as providing the voice to cartoon characters for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 82 after a prolonged illness: Casey Kasem, the resonant voice of Top 40 radio and a vocal fixture on cartoon programs for the […]

Legendary Steelers Coach Chuck Noll Dies At 82

Noll Bradshaw

Chuck Noll, who coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1991 and led the team to four Super Bowl Championships, has died at the age of 82: Chuck Noll, who built the “Steel Curtain”Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s into one of the most dominant teams in pro football history, becoming the only N.F.L. coach to win […]

Don Zimmer, Baseball Player, Manager, and Coach For Six Decades, Dies At 83

Don Zimmer Joe Torre

Don Zimmer, who spent nearly his entire adult life in Major League Baseball as a player, coach and manager for at least thirteen separate teams at various points in his career, died in Florida yesterday at the age of 83: Don Zimmer, the stubby, Popeye-muscled baseball lifer with the unforgettable jowls whose passion for the […]

Chester Nez, Last Of The Navajo Codetalkers, Dies At 93

Chester Nez

Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo Codetalkers, a group of Native Americans who provided a vital communications tool to the American military during World War Two, and a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor has died at the age of 93 The final member of the original Navajo code talkers, the group of […]

Poet, Author, Civil Rights Activist Maya Angelou Dies At 86

Maya Angelou

A great American writer has passed away.

Wojciech Jaruzelski, Last Communist Leader Of Poland, Dies At 90

Wojciech Jaruzelski

General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the last Communist leader of Poland who presided over the rise of the Solidarity movement and cracked down against it only to see it re-emerge and push him out of power, has died at the age of 90: Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, the last Communist leader of Poland, who sent tanks to crush Solidarity’s […]

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer Once Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Dies At 76

Hurricane Carter

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a boxer whose career was cut short in the mid 1960s after he was accused and wrongfully convicted of murder in New Jersey, died today at the age of 76:  Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an […]

James Schlesinger, Cabinet Secretary To Three Presidents, Dies At 85


James Schelsinger, who served as Defense Secretary under Presidents Nixon and Ford and Secretary of the Department of Energy under President Carter, died earlier this week at the age of 85: James R. Schlesinger, a tough Cold War strategist who served as secretary of defense under Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford and […]

Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam War Hero, Dies


Jeremiah Denton, a Vietnam War hero and one-term US Senator from Alabama, has died. He was 89.

Iran/Contra Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh Dies At 102


Lawrence Walsh, a former Deputy Attorney General and Federal District Court Judge who was named as the Independent Counsel charged with investigating the Iran/Contra affair in the late 1980s, has died at the age of 102: Lawrence E. Walsh, a former federal judge and a mainstay of the American legal establishment who as an independent […]

Comedian David Brenner Dies At 78


David Brenner, a comedian who made his name thanks in large part to his long history appearances on The Tonight Show during Johnny Carson’s era as host, died yesterday at the age of 78: David Brenner, who delivered his observational style of stand-up comedy on television and on stage for over four decades, died on […]

Sailor In Iconic V-J Day Times Square Photo Dies At 86

Times Square Kiss

The man who apparently was the male half of one of the most iconic photos of the World War II era died earlier this week at the age of 86: A Texas man thought to be the US Navy sailor kissing a nurse in an iconic end of World War Two photo has died. Glenn […]

‘Wild Bill’ Guarnere of ‘Band of Brothers’ Fame Dead at 90


Staff Sergeant William Guarnere, made famous by the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, has died aged 90.

Woman’s Death Goes Unnoticed for Years


A tale of life in modern-day America . . .

Garrick Utley Dead at 74


Veteran newsman Garrick Utley has died from prostate cancer at the age of 74.

Ralph Waite, Father On The Waltons, Dies At 85


Ralph Waite, who children of the 70s will remember as the father of the large Walton family on the television show of the same name, has passed away at the age of 85: Ralph Waite, a multifaceted actor who became etched in the American imagination as the craggy-faced, big-hearted patriarch of a rustic, Depression-era clan […]

Legendary Comedian Sid Caesar Dies At 91

Sid Caeser

Sid Caesar, who went from Hollywood and the comedy circuit  to become one of television’s first big stars, has died at the age of 91: Sid Caesar, one of the first stars created by television via his weekly live comedy program “Your Show of Shows,” has died at 91. TV host Larry King announced the […]

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46


Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is reportedly dead of a drug overdose at the age of 46.

Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dead At 94


Pete Seeger one of the primary forces behind the popular revival of American folk music and a long time political activist, has died at the age of 94: Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage […]

Alexandros Petersen Killed in Taliban Attack


Dr. Alexandros Petersen, a scholar of Eurasian energy and a former colleague at the Atlantic Council, was killed in a bomb blast in Kabul.

Ronald Mataconis, 1937-2014


Our profound condolences to Doug Mataconis on the loss of his father.

Ariel Sharon, Israeli General, Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, Prime Minister, Dead At 85

Ariel Sharon

After eight years in a coma, Ariel Sharon has passed away.

Larry Speakes, Former Reagan Spokesman, Dead At 74

Larry Speakes

Larry Speakes, who became the face of the Reagan Administration in the wake of James Brady’s near-fatal wounding during the attempting assassination of President Reagan in 1981, has died at the age of 74: WASHINGTON — Larry Speakes, who became the public face of Ronald Reagan’s presidency when a would-be assassin’s bullet gravely wounded his […]

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