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Helmut Kohl, Chancellor Who Reunited Germany, Dies at 87

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Helmut Kohl, who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1982 to 1989 and then presided over the reunification with East Germany, has died at age 87: Helmut Kohl, a towering postwar figure who reunified Germany after 45 years of Cold War antagonism, propelled a deeply held vision of Europe’s integration and earned plaudits from […]

Adam West, Television’s Batman, Dies At 88

Adam West and Burt Ward in Batman.

R.I.P., Caped Crusader

Frank Deford, Longtime Sports Writer, Dies At 78

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Frank Deford, who was among the best sports reporters in the business, has died at the age of 78: Frank Deford, who mined the sports world for human stories and told them with literary grace over six decades in Sports Illustrated, a shelf of books and many years of radio and television commentary, died on […]

Manuel Noriega, Former Panamanian Dictator, Dies At 83

Manuel Noriega

Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian dictator who was ousted after a 1989 invasion by American troops, has died at the age of 83: Manuel Antonio Noriega, the brash former dictator of Panama and sometime ally of the United States whose ties to drug trafficking led to his ouster in 1989 in what was then the […]

Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dies At 69

Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band and helped define the genre that came to be known as “Southern Rock,” died over the Memorial Day weekend at the age of 69: Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, the incendiary group that inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock […]

Jim Bunning, Hall Of Fame Pitcher And U.S. Senator, Dies at 85

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Jim Bunning, who followed-up his career as a Hall of Fame pitcher in Major League Baseball with a stint as a Republican Senator from Kentucky, has died at the age of 85 Jim Bunning, the Hall of Fame pitcher who threw a perfect game and later forged a second career as a fervently conservative and […]

Zbigniew Brzezinski Dead at 89

FILE PHOTO - Former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

A legendary statesman has passed.

James Bond Actor Roger Moore Dead At 89

Roger Moore, who played James Bond for a longer period and in more films than any other actor to date, has died at the age of 89.

Roger Ailes Dead at 77

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The disgraced former head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has died, aged 77. CNN: Roger Ailes, who transformed cable news and then American politics by building Fox News into a ratings powerhouse, died Thursday. He was 77. The death was announced by his family and reported on Fox News Channel. “I am profoundly sad and […]

Reflections on the Passing of Will Moore

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When a prominent political scientist committed suicide yesterday, I was deeply struck by how much he was like not only me but most of the people in my professional circle.

Don Rickles, Legendary Comedian, Dies At 90

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Don Rickles, the legendary comedian who made a career out of insults of everyone from audience members to seemingly intimidating stars such as Frank Sinatra, has passed away at the age of 90: Don Rickles, the acidic stand-up comic who became world-famous not by telling jokes but by insulting his audience, died on Thursday at […]

Chuck Berry, Rock And Roll Pioneer, Dies At 90

Chuck Berry

A pioneer of Rock & Roll has passed away.

Former Congressman And Republican Leader Bob Michel Dies At 93

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Former Congressman Bob Michael, who served as House Republican Leader during a prolonged period when the party was in the minority, has died at the age of 93: Robert H. Michel, who became the longest-serving Republican leader in the history of the House of Representatives while earning a reputation as a genial conciliator who worked […]

Al Jarreau, Jazz Singer Who Spanned Musical Genres, Dies At 76

Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau, a singer whose half-century career spanned a number of musical genres, has died at the age of 76 only days after announcing his retirement from touring: Al Jarreau, a versatile vocalist who sold millions of records and won numerous Grammys for his work in pop and R&B as well as his first love, […]

John Hurt, Award-Winning British Actor, Dies At 77

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John Hurt, the award-winning British actor know for everything from his starring role in “The Elephant Man” to his appearance in science fiction classics such as “Alien” and “Doctor Who,” has died at the age of 77: John Hurt, an unprepossessing British character actor who vanished inside dozens of roles, from Shakespeare to science fiction, […]

Television Icon Mary Tyler Moore Dies At 80

Another television icon has passed away.

Eugene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

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One of the few members of a small fraternity of heroes has passed away.

William Christopher, Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, Dies At 84

William Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H during it’s eleven seasons on television, died yesterday at the age of 84: William Christopher, the actor who played the sensitive and soft-spoken Father John Mulcahy on the long-running CBS comedy “M*A*S*H,” died Saturday at his home in Pasadena, Calif. He was 84. The actor’s son, John Christopher, […]

Debbie Reynolds, Hollywood Legend And Mother Of Carrie Fisher, Dies At 84

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Debbie Reynolds, who became a Hollywood star in the 1950s beginning with her role in the musical “Singin’ In The Rain” and other now-famous films, and the mother of Carrie Fisher, died yesterday at the age of 84, just one day after her daughter: Debbie Reynolds, the wholesome ingénue in 1950s films like “Singin’ in […]

Carrie Fisher Dies At 60

Rest in Peace, Princess. May the Force be with you.

George Michael, Pop Music Superstar, Dies At 53

George Michael

Another music superstar has passed away.

Dr. Henry Heimlich, Inventor Of Technique That Has Saved Thousands Of Lives, Dies At 96

Henry Heimlich

The doctor who developed a now universal technique to save the life of someone who is choking on an object lodged in their throat has died at the age of 96: It is called the Heimlich maneuver — saving a choking victim with a bear hug and abdominal thrusts to eject a throat obstruction — […]

John Glenn, First American To Orbit Earth, Dies At 95

John Glenn

Godspeed, John Glenn.

Fidel Castro Dead At 90

Fidel Castro

One of the Cold War era’s last dictators has finally died.

Florence Henderson, Iconic Television Mom, Dies At 82

Florence Henderson

Rest In Peace, Mrs. Brady.

Journalist Gwen Ifill Dies At 61

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Gwen Ifill, a print journalist who made the transition to television late in her career only to become a huge success in a very quick period of time, has died at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer: Gwen Ifill, a groundbreaking journalist who covered the White House, Congress and national campaigns during […]

Actor Robert Vaughn Dies At 83

Robert Vaughn, who was perhaps best known for his role in the 1960s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ and was also one of the stars of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ has died at the age of 83: Robert Vaughn, the cleft-chinned actor who reached the peak of his fame in the 1960s playing Napoleon Solo, the debonair international […]

Leonard Cohen, Legendary Singer, Songwriter, And Poet, Dead At 82

Leonard Cohen

Another great loss for music in what has been a difficult year.

Janet Reno, First Female Attorney General, Dies At 78

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Janet Reno, who served as Attorney General for nearly all of the Bill Clinton Administration, has died at 78.

Steven Den Beste, RIP

Steven Den Beste, one of the quintessential early bloggers (dubbed by someone one of the “Four Horsemen of the Ablogalypse” in those silly days when this medium was new) has passed after a long illness. Brickmuppet has a nice collection of tributes along with a summary of the news: Steven was brilliant, a former engineer with […]

Former Israeli Prime Minister And President Shimon Peres Dies At 93

Shimon Peres

One of the last survivors of Israel’s founding generation has passed away.

Golf Legend Arnold Palmer Dies At 87

Arnold Palmer

A golf legend passes away.

Greta Friedman, Who Claimed To Be Nurse In Iconic V-J Day Photo, Dies At 92

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Greta Friedman, who claimed to be the nurse in an iconic photograph taken by Time/Life photographer Alex Eisenstadt, has died at the age of 92: Greta Friedman, who said she was grabbed and kissed by a sailor in a euphoric moment that made for one of the most defining American photos of the 20th century, […]

Gene Wilder, Comedian And Film Actor, Dies At 83

Gene Wilder

A skilled comedian and unlikely leading man has passed away at the age of 83.

D.A. Henderson, Leader Of Effort To Eradicate Smallpox, Dies At 87

D.A. Henderson

A true, albeit largely anonymous, hero of humanity has passed away.

Steven Hill, Who Played D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies At 94

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Steven Hill, a long-time actor who achieved fame late in life as the long-serving District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order, has died at 94: Steven Hill, who originated imposing lead roles on two notable television series, “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s and “Law & Order” in the 1990s, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. […]

John McLaughlin, McLaughlin Group Host, Dead At 89

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A precursor to modern cable political news with an interesting past has passed away at the age of 89.

Kenny Baker, The Actor Inside R2-D2, Dies At 81

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Kenny Baker, best known as the man inside R2-D@, one of only two characters to appear in all of the principal Star Wars films that have been released to date, has died at the age of 81: Kenny Baker, the British actor who rose to fame by playing the robot R2-D2 in six “Star Wars” […]

Garry Marshall, Creator Of Classic Television Shows, Dies At 81

Garry Marshall

The creator of some of the most popular television programming of the 1970s has passed away at the age of 81.

Sydney H. Schanberg, New York Times Reporter Who Chronicled Khmer Rouge Terror, Dies At 82

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Sydney H. Schanberg, the New York Times reporter who chronicled the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the mid-1970s and whose reporting became the basis for the critically acclaimed film The Killing Fields, has died at the age of 82: Sydney H. Schanberg, a correspondent for The New York Times who won […]

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor, Author, And Human Rights Advocate, Dies At 87

Elie Wiesel

A man who survived great horrors to become a tireless witness for truth and advocate for human rights has passed away.

Alvin Toffler, Author of ‘Future Shock,’ Dies At 87

Alvin Toffler, whose book ‘Future Shock’ and its sequels reached some level of mass popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 87: Alvin Toffler, the celebrated author of “Future Shock,” the first in a trilogy of best-selling books that presciently forecast how people and institutions of the late 20th century […]

N.F.L. Coaching Legend Buddy Ryan Dies At 82

Buddy Ryan

An N.F.L. defensive legend has passed away at the age of 82.

Pat Summitt Dead at 64

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One of the greatest coaches of all time has passed.

George Voinovich, Ohio Governor And Senator, Dies At 79

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George Voinovich, who had a long political career as both a Senator and Governor in Ohio, has died at the age of 79: George Voinovich, a former U.S. senator and two-term Ohio governor who preached frugality in his personal and public life and occasionally bucked the Republican establishment, died June 12 at his home in […]

Hockey Legend Gordie Howe Dead At 88

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Gordie Howe, long-time player for the Detroit Red Wings and a legend in the National Hockey League, has died at the age of 88: Gordie Howe, one of the greatest and most durable players in the history of hockey, who powered his Detroit Red Wings teams to four Stanley Cup championships and was 52 years […]

Muhammed Ali Dead At 74

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine.

The Greatest Of All Time.

Morley Safer, Legendary 60 Minutes Correspondent, Dies At 84

Morley Safer

A journalistic legend has passed away just days after his retirement was officially announced.

Bill Backer, Creator Of ‘I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke’ Ad, Dies At 89

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Bill Backer, the man behind the creation of the most famous commercials of the 1970s if not all time, has died at the age of 89: Bill Backer, a lapsed lyricist whose classic 1971 commercial taught a fractious world of potential Coca-Cola consumers to sing in perfect harmony and was featured in the finale of […]

Prince Dead At 57

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A music legend has passed at far too young an age.

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