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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, …


John McLaughlin, conservative political commentator, dead at 89

John McLaughlin, the conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington politics, has died. He was 89.


‘Big Lebowski’ actor David Huddleston dies at 85

David Huddleston, a character actor best known for portraying titular roles in “The Big Lebowski” and “Santa Claus: The Movie,” has died. He was 85.


Former longtime SR editorial cartoonist Shaw McCutcheon dies at 94

Former editorial cartoonist Shaw McCutcheon, who worked for The Spokesman-Review for 36 years before retiring in 1986, died Wednesday in Spokane. He was 94.


Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and author, dead at 87

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has died. His death was announced Saturday by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. No other details were immediately available. …


Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as ‘The Greatest,’ dies

Muhammad Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died. He was 74.


Rap pioneer Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest dies at 45

NEW YORK – Phife Dawg, a masterful lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died Tuesday from complications resulting from diabetes, …


‘Rockford Files’ star Joe Santos dies at 84

NEW YORK – Joe Santos, who played Lieutenant Dennis Becker on “The Rockford Files,” has died at 84. Santos died Friday in Santa Monica, California, after a heart attack earlier …


George Martin, who guided the Beatles to global fame, dies at 90

George Martin, the Beatles’ urbane producer who quietly guided the band’s swift, historic transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, has died, his management said Wednesday. He …


Senate GOP to Obama: Don’t bother nominating Scalia replacement

Senate Republicans united behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in insisting that President Barack Obama’s successor fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. Democrats looking to reclaim …


In victory or dissent, Antonin Scalia was a man of strong opinions

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia kept your attention, whether you liked him or not.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 4:35 p.m.

Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

WASHINGTON – Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79. The U.S. Marshal’s Service in Washington confirmed Scalia’s death at …


Former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen dies at 49

Todd Ewen, the former NHL enforcer called “The Animal” for his rugged play and fighting ability, died Saturday. He was 49. The St. Louis Blues confirmed Ewen’s death without providing …


Al Arbour, who coached Isles to 4 Cup titles, dies at 82

Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the …


Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka ‘Chocolate Thunder’ has died

Darryl Dawkins died Thursday at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to the Lehigh County coroner’s office. He was 58, and even though officials said an autopsy would be performed …


Special Olympics pioneer Marty Sheets dies at age 62

Special Olympics pioneer Marty Sheets died Thursday at the Greensboro, North Carolina, home he shared with his parents. He was 62. Sheets was born with Down syndrome. He won seven …


G&T guest column – Bill Moos: Recalling an Edwall superstar

Recently we lost an exceptional athlete and a wonderful man. Bob Simpson passed away on May 11 at the age of 68. Bob was raised in the small farm town …


Earl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details.


Former Dodger, Rocky Bridges, dies in Coeur d’Alene

Everett Lamar “Rocky” Bridges, 87, who lived in Coeur d’Alene, passed away early Tuesday from natural causes. Bridges’ professional career began in 1951 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and ended in …