Recent Celebrity Deaths

  • Gene Saks, 93 (1921 - 2015)

    Gene Saks

    By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as "The Odd Couple" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs," has died. He was 93. Saks, who won three Tony Awards for his direction, died from pneumonia Saturday at his East Hampton home in...

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  • Hot Rod Hundley, 80 (1934 - 2015)

    Hot Rod Hundley

    The Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) — Hot Rod Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, died Friday. He was 80.The Jazz said Hundley died at his home in the Phoenix area.Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974-2009. He joined the franchise before its first season in New Orleans in 1974-75 and moved with the team to Salt Lake City in 1979-80....

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  • Tomas Transtromer, 83 (1931 - 2015)

    Tomas Transtromer

    By KARL RITTER and MALIN RISING, The Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday. The reclusive, mild-mannered wordsmith — considered a master of metaphor and one of the most important Scandinavian poets of the post-World War II era — died Thursday after a short illness...

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  • Jim LaRue, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Jim LaRue

    The Associated PressTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jim LaRue, who coached Arizona's football team for eight seasons and guided the Wildcats to an 8-1-1 record in 1961 and a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship in 1964 before becoming an NFL assistant, has died. He was 89.The university announced LaRue's death Monday.The Arizona Daily Star reported LaRue died Sunday night at an assisted...

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  • Chuck "Bobo" Brayton (2015)

    Chuck "Bobo" Brayton

    The Associated PressPULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Chuck "Bobo" Brayton, the long-time Washington State baseball coach and college Hall of Famer who had 1,162 career wins, has died at the age of 89.The university said Brayton died on Saturday morning."On behalf of Washington State University, I offer our condolences to Eileen and the entire Brayton family," WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos said. "In...

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