Stories tagged: Obit
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 5:37 p.m.
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, 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.
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 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 …
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 6:23 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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 and a highly regarded figure in Spokane community, has died. He was 90.
UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
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 …
Thu., June 22, 2017, 8:38 p.m.
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 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 …
Fri., June 16, 2017, 11:07 a.m.
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 …
Wed., April 19, 2017, 6:42 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
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.
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 …
Sat., March 4, 2017, 7:34 p.m.
Described by friends as a gentleman and go-to government expert, longtime Lewiston lawmaker Mike Mitchell died in Boise on Friday. He was 91.
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
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.
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 …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 2:48 p.m.
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.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 7 a.m.
It had been just less than three weeks since Leslee Hoover’s son had died from an opioid overdose on Jan. 27.
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 5:56 p.m.
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.
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.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 6:43 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, 3:11 p.m.
Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds was rushed to a hospital Wednesday after falling ill, and family announced several hours later that she has died.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 10:49 p.m.
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, …