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Studio Ghibli co-founder, director Isao Takahata dies at 82

Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn “manga” look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died. He was 82.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

TV personality known for playing Bozo the Clown dies at 89

BOSTON – A longtime Boston television personality and entertainer known for playing Bozo the Clown has died at age 89. WCVB-TV reports Frank Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 7:48 p.m.

Jon Huntsman Sr., Utah billionaire and philanthropist, dies

Utah billionaire and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr., who overcame poverty to become one of the state’s most successful and powerful people, died Friday at age 80.


Fresh Start Produce co-founder dies

Fresh Start Produce owner Dave Kinyon died Jan. 19, leaving an uncertain future for the produce stand and U-pick operations, at 21619 E. Wellesley Ave. He was 69.


Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Tom Petty’s family says his death last year was due to an accidental drug overdose.


Recy Taylor, Alabama black woman raped by 6 white men, dies

Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, has died. She was 97.


Vera Katz, longtime Portland mayor, dies

Vera Katz, a former three-term Portland mayor and first female speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, has died. She was 84.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Celebrity publicist Clifford dies during sex crimes sentence

Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford, a confidant to the stars who fell from grace amid Britain’s investigation of past sexual abuse, died Sunday after collapsing in prison. He was 74.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Front Porch: Every time we say goodbye

Seventy-two. That’s how many individuals made the final cut of the book. Twenty-four. That’s how many people died before “War Bonds” made it into print. Twenty. That’s how many goodbyes …


Member of group behind “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” dies

Mitch Margo, a member of the group behind the hit song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in the early 1960s, has died at his California home. He was 70.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 6:22 p.m.

Rance Howard, actor dad of director Ron Howard, dies at 89

Veteran Hollywood actor Rance Howard, the father of director Ron Howard, died Saturday. He was 89.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Charles Manson, cult leader and serial killer who terrified nation, dies at 83

Cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers killed actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died. He was 83.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as “Highway to Hell,” “Hells Bells” and “Back in …


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. …