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Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dead at 87

Cosa Nostra’s “boss of bosses,” who was serving 26 life sentences as the convicted mastermind of dozens of murders of rivals for power on his Sicilian turf as well as …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5:24 p.m.

Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94

Liz Smith, the syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

Commander of 1st flight of space shuttle Challenger dies

Paul Weitz, a retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and also piloted the Skylab in the early 1970s, has died. He was 85.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolized by …

John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90

John Ashbery, an enigmatic giant of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Spokane’s Jud Heathcote, longtime coach at Michigan State, dies at 90

He was Spokane basketball’s droll godfather but legendary in the game nationwide, and not only because he unleashed Magic Johnson on the world and won a national championship.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 12:21 p.m.

Neuroscientist who studied Einstein’s brain dies at 90

Marian Cleeves Diamond, a neuroscientist who studied Albert Einstein’s brain and was one of the first to show that the brain can improve with enrichment, has died.

UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 11:14 p.m.

Leading Disney parks ‘Imagineer’ Martin Sklar dies at 83

Martin A. “Marty” Sklar, one of the central figures behind Disney’s theme parks around the world, has died.

UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

John Conley, founder of the White Elephant, dead at 90

John Conley, founder of the White Elephant and a highly regarded figure in Spokane community, has died. He was 90.

UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Fridirick Leboyer, whose light touch turned births into ‘nativities,’ dies at 98

It was somewhere around his 9,000th delivery that Fridirick Leboyer began questioning his methods and those of his colleagues – obstetricians who worked in noisy, brightly lit operating rooms and …

Ivan Puhich, veteran jockey agent and boxer at Gonzaga, dies at 89

Ivan Puhich, a jockey’s agent who represented such riders as Kentucky Derby winner Mario Gutierrez and boxed for Gonzaga University’s team in 1951, has died. He was 89.

UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

Frank Kush, coach who built ASU into powerhouse, dies at 88

Frank Kush transformed Arizona State from a backwater football program into a powerhouse. Arizona State confirmed his death at 88. Kush compiled a 176-54-1 record while coaching the Sun Devils …

Helmut Kohl, Germany’s ‘chancellor of unity’ who was marred by corruption scandal, dies at 87

Helmut Kohl, the long-serving former chancellor whose life in the political limelight spanned the joyous zenith of German reunification and the shattering nadir of a corruption scandal, died Friday at …

Pioneer jockey Jane Driggers Proctor dies at 61

Former jockey Jane Driggers Proctor, a leader among the Pacific Northwest’s pioneer women riders, died of a malignant brain tumor Monday at her home in Ocala, Florida. Known for her …

UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 8:36 a.m.

David Rodgers, mayor who ‘taught Spokane to dream big,’ dies at 93

Former Spokane Mayor David Rodgers, the father of modern Spokane who presided over the city during a time of economic expansion, died Tuesday at the age of 93.

UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 9 p.m.

Robert W. Taylor, visionary in birth of personal computing and internet, dies at 85

In 1968, Robert W. Taylor made a prediction that would guide the course of computer science for decades to come. “In a few years,” he wrote, “men will be able …

UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

Spokane-born Clifton James, sheriff in two James Bond films, dies at 96

Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. …

UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84

Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, one of the NFL’s most influential and popular executives, has died at 84. The team confirmed his death but gave no other details. Rooney took …

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies at age 67 on cruise

John “Sib” Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday. He was 67.

UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over …

Retired Idaho legislator Mike Mitchell dies

Described by friends as a gentleman and go-to government expert, longtime Lewiston lawmaker Mike Mitchell died in Boise on Friday. He was 91.

Joseph Wapner, star of ‘The People’s Court,’ dead at 97

Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over “The People’s Court” with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died Sunday at age 97.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 12:55 p.m.

Family representative says actor Bill Paxton has died

Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic” while also cherishing his work in “One False Move” and other …

Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox, dead at 66

Alan Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, has died.

A mother’s nightmare: Facing the harsh reality of an opioid addiction

It had been just less than three weeks since Leslee Hoover’s son had died from an opioid overdose on Jan. 27.

Detroit Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87

Billionaire pizza mogul and Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has died. Ilitch built Little Caesars from a single suburban Detroit restaurant into the world’s largest carry-out pizza …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Idaho human rights leader Marilyn Shuler dies at 77

Marilyn Shuler, a longtime human rights leader and director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission for 20 years, died at a Boise hospital early Friday morning. She was 77.

Brian Strimbiski, who helped take Spokane hockey to new heights, dies at 75

Brian Strimbiski, a key member Spokane’s first two Allan Cup senior amateur hockey championship teams in the early 1970s, has died after a battle with cancer in Renton, Washington. He …

Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher, dies a day after her daughter

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds was rushed to a hospital Wednesday after falling ill, and family announced several hours later that she has died.

Guitarist/singer Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies

LONDON – Musician Greg Lake co-founded both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer – bands that helped define the sprawling, influential but often-maligned genre known as progressive rock. Lake, …