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Nelson Mandela, 95 (1918 - 2013)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95. South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying "we've lost our greatest son." His death...
Eleanor Parker, 91 (1922 - 2013)
JESSICA HERNDON, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," has died at 91. Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at...
Jim Hall, 83 (1930 - 2013)
CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness at his Greenwich Village apartment in...
Wilfred Billey (2013)
The Associated PressFARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Code Talker who joined the Marines as a teenager to hang out with his friends has died at his home in New Mexico.Wilfred Billey's daughter, Barbara, says her father died Thursday in Farmington following a short illness. He was 90.Wilfred Billey was one of hundreds of Navajo Code Talkers, who stumped the Japanese during World War II by...
Ron Williams (2013)
JEFF MARTIN, The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Ron Williams, a veteran Associated Press technology manager who began his career with AP as a teenager maintaining the teletype machines in the Atlanta bureau, died Thursday. He was 63.Williams, who rose to become the technology manager for seven states, died after a lengthy battle with cancer.Based in the AP's Atlanta offices, the Georgia native...
Christopher Evan Welch, 48 (1965 - 2013)
The Associated PressSANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Christopher Evan Welch, the actor whose roles on New York stages led to a series of film and television parts, including a regular spot on AMC's ...
Kate Williamson (2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Character actress Kate Williamson, who appeared in such films as "Disclosure," ''Dahmer," ''Dream Lover" and "Racing With the Moon," has died at age 82 after...
Paul Walker, 40 (1973 - 2013)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the neighborhood where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a fiery crash is known to attract street racers, law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche he...
Stan Tracey, 86 (1926 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British jazz pianist and composer Stan Tracey, who played with everyone from Sonny Rollins to Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones in the course of a...
Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, 90 (1923 - 2013)
The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, whose World War II service as a member of the Army's famed Easy Company was recounted in the book and TV miniseries "Band of...
Ahmed Fouad Negm, 84 (1929 - 2013)
HAMZA HENDAWI, The Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Ahmed Fouad Negm, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was Egypt's poet of revolution, inspiring protesters from the 1970s through the current wave...
Former Gov. Bill Allain, 85 (1928 - 2013)
EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain, a Democrat who appointed many women and minorities to government jobs and strengthened the...
Harry F. Rosenthal (2013)
CALVIN WOODWARD, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry F. Rosenthal, an Associated Press writer who covered America's golden age of space exploration, presidents back to Harry Truman and...
William L. Booker (2013)
The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — William L. Booker, one of the black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 90. Booker's family says he died Nov. 30 at a...
Betty Quadracci (2013)
The Associated PressSUSSEX, Wisconsin (AP) — Quad/Graphics Inc. co-founder Betty Quadracci, who also was president of Milwaukee Magazine and a champion of the arts, died Monday at age 75, the...
Shane Del Rosario, 30 (1983 - 2013)
GREG BEACHAM, The Associated PressNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario died Monday, nearly two weeks after the heavyweight had a heart attack. He was 30.The UFC and Del...
Ida Pollock, 105 (1908 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Ida Pollock once said she was born to write. And so she did — millions of words over more than seven decades, spinning tales of impecunious young...
Edouard Molinaro, 85 (1928 - 2013)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Edouard Molinaro, nominated for an Oscar for directing "La Cage aux Folles," a French farce about a gay couple that struck a chord with a broad range of audiences,...
Jos Vanstiphout (2013)
The Associated PressSUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Ernie Els had another sad day upon learning that his former psychologist, Jos Vanstiphout, died of a heart attack.A friend of the psychologist said...
Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala, 51 (1962 - 2013)
The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala, a four-time world champion in the flyweight and junior flyweight divisions and one of Nelson Mandela's favorite fighters, has died...
Bill Porter, 81 (1932 - 2013)
The Associated PressPORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Bill Porter, the door-to-door salesman in Portland, Oregon, who was portrayed by William H. Macy in an Emmy-winning TV movie, has died at 81.Porter spent...
Pierre Aliker, 106 (1907 - 2013)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Pierre Aliker, a politician who fought for independence from French rule for his native Caribbean island of Martinique for over half a century, has died at age 106...