Recent Celebrity Deaths

  • Mal Peet (2015)

    Mal Peet

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67.Peet's agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday. He had been diagnosed with cancer several months ago.Peet wrote young-adult novels, as well as educational children's books co-authored with his wife Elspeth Graham. He won the 2005 Carnegie Medal...

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  • Jeff McKnight , 52 (1963 - 2015)

    Jeff  McKnight

    The Associated PressBEE BRANCH, Ark. (AP) — Jeff McKnight, a versatile player who spent six seasons with the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, has died. He was 52.McKnight's family told the Mets that McKnight died Sunday after having leukemia for 10 years. His father, Jim, who briefly played for the Chicago Cubs in the early 1960s, was born in Bee Branch.Jeff McKnight made his big league...

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  • Gordie Gillespie, 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Gordie  Gillespie

    The Associated PressJOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Gordie Gillespie, one of the winningest coaches in college baseball history who also had success coaching football and basketball, has died. He was 88.The University of St. Francis said Gillespie died Saturday night at his home in Joliet. He spent a quarter-century of his 59-year career as the baseball coach at the NAIA school.Gillespie had 2,402 wins in...

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  • Claude Dilain, 66 (1948 - 2015)

    Claude Dilain

    The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Claude Dilain, a Socialist politician who became a leading advocate for France's most troubled and impoverished neighborhoods as mayor of a town at the heart of three weeks of rioting in 2005, has died, officials said. He was 66.He died at a Paris hospital of complications from a recent heart attack, said Lamya Monkachi, an adviser to Dilain when he was mayor of...

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  • Dave Mackay, 80 (1934 - 2015)

    Dave Mackay

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Dave Mackay, a former Tottenham captain who also won the English league and FA Cup double with the club in 1961, has died. He was 80.Tottenham announced Mackay's death late Monday, but did not give a cause.Mackay joined Tottenham in 1959 from Scottish club Hearts and became "one of the most influential players of his era," Tottenham said on its website.Mackay...

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