Celebrity Deaths in Religion

  • Niki Aziz, 84 (1931 - 2015)

    Niki Aziz

    By EILEEN NG, The Associated PressKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, a revered Islamic spiritual leader who helped bolster unity in Malaysia's opposition bloc and was a key advocate of Islamic law, has died. He was 84.His son Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz said his father, who was battling prostate cancer, died Thursday at his home in northeastern Kelantan state."The angels came...

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  • Rev. Richard McBrien, 78 (1936 - 2015)

    Rev. Richard McBrien

    By TOM COYNE, The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) — The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theologian known for his unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on Catholicism, died Sunday in his native Connecticut, according to the school. He was 78. The often-quoted theology professor, who for nearly 50 years penned a weekly column...

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  • Marcus J. Borg, 72 (1942 - 2015)

    Marcus J. Borg

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Marcus J. Borg, a prominent liberal theologian who attracted praise and controversy by helping to lead efforts to analyze Jesus as a historical figure, has died at age 72.Borg died Wednesday at his home in Portland, Oregon, according to his publisher, HarperOne. The publisher announced Thursday that Borg had been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,...

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  • Dr. Maher Hathout, 79 (1936 - 2015)

    Dr. Maher  Hathout

    By GILLIAN FLACCUS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Maher Hathout, a prominent interfaith leader hailed as the father of the Muslim American identity, has died. He was 79.Hathout, who was born in Egypt but became a steady and insistent voice for Muslim American civic engagement over four decades, died Friday at the City of Hope in Duarte after a yearlong battle with liver cancer,...

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  • Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, 75 (1939 - 2014)

    Ben Ammi Ben-Israel

    By IAN DEITCH, The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, has died in the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago, the polygamous vegan group said Sunday.Ben Ammi Ben-Israel died Saturday at the age of 75, the group said....

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