Recent Celebrity Deaths

  • Marques Haynes, 89 (1926 - 2015)

    Marques Haynes

    The Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. He was 89."Basketball has...

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  • Bruce Lundvall, 79 (1935 - 2015)

    Bruce Lundvall

    By CHARLES J. GANS Associated Press Record executive Bruce Lundvall, who revived the iconic Blue Note Records label in the mid-1980s and turned it into a major influence on the contemporary jazz scene during his 25 years as president, has died at age 79. Lundvall died Tuesday at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, of complications from a prolonged battle with Parkinson's...

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  • Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller

    By FRANK ELTMAN, The Associated Press Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and one of the first women to speak publicly about her breast cancer in the 1970s, has died. She was 88. Happy Rockefeller, who earned her nickname as a child because of her pleasant personality, died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday at her home...

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  • Steve Snapp (2015)

    Steve Snapp

    The Associated PressCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Steve Snapp, a longtime Ohio State athletics spokesman and sports information director, has died. He was 69.The university confirmed his death on Thursday. Snapp had been ill a long time, battling cancer and suffering a stroke several years ago.Snapp, who was a Marine during the Vietnam War, served Ohio State from July 1973 through July 2011.He...

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  • Annarita Sidoti, 44 (1970 - 2015)

     Annarita Sidoti

    The Associated PressROME (AP) — Annarita Sidoti, a former world and European race walking champion form Italy, died Thursday. She was 44.The Italian Olympic Committee said Sidoti died at her home in the Sicilian town of Gioiosa Marea following a long illness.Sidoti won the 10-kilometer race at the 1997 world championships and the 1990 and 1998 European Championships. She competed in three...

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