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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

World mourns the death of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved,” “Song of Solomon” and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

Jim Bouton, former pitcher, “Ball Four” author, dies at 80

Jim Bouton, the former New York Yankees pitcher who shocked and angered the conservative baseball world with the tell-all book “Ball Four,” has died. He was 80. Bouton’s family said …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

Emmy-winning actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88

Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in theater, television and movies and win an Emmy in his 60s for his comedy …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

Record-setting Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen, 38, dies

Jared Lorenzen, a husky left-handed quarterback who set multiple Kentucky passing and offensive records before backing up Eli Manning on the New York Giants’ Super Bowl-winning 2007 team, has died. …


Max Wright, famous for playing good-natured dad on ‘ALF,’ dead at 75

Max Wright, the actor best known for portraying the exasperated yet good-natured father of the Tanner clan on the comedy series “ALF,” has died at the age of 75.


French actress Edith Scob, who starred in horror flick ‘Eyes Without a Face,’ dead at 81

Edith Scob, the French actress whose illustrious career in film and theater spanned nearly six decades, died Wednesday at the age of 81.


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 5:44 p.m.

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at 95

Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the “poor little rich girl” of the Great Depression, and reigned during the 1970s and ’80s …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75 before Hall enshrinement

Pat Bowlen, the longtime Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals, has died just under two …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 9:42 a.m.

Gabriele Grunewald, runner with cancer who inspired many, dies at 32

One of the country’s top middle-distance runners has died at her home in Minneapolis after inspiring many with a long and public fight against cancer. Gabriele Grunewald was 32. She …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10 p.m.

Tulip Town co-owner and man behind Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Tom DeGoede, dies at 85

Tom DeGoede, who owned Tulip Town with his wife Jeannette and helped start the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, died Sunday at 85.


UPDATED: Mon., May 27, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Edmund Morris, known for his biography of Reagan, dies at 78

Presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 78.


F1 great and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda dies at 70

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent …


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

Grumpy Cat, who entertained millions online, dies at age 7

Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet and spawned hundreds of memes, national television commercials and even a movie, died at age 7. Grumpy Cat’s agent is …


I.M. Pei, architect who designed Louvre Pyramid, dies at 102

I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, …


Bob Schloredt, first 2-time MVP of Rose Bowl, dies at 79

College Football Hall of Famer Bob Schloredt, the first two-time MVP of the Rose Bowl, has died at the age of 79. The University of Washington issued a statement on …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 8:27 p.m.

Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in the ‘Star Wars’ films, dies at 74

Actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

John Havlicek, Boston Celtics great, dies at 79

John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics great whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference final against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

Forrest Gregg, lineman for mighty Packers teams, dies at 85

The Pro Football Hall of Fame says Green Bay Packers great Forrest Gregg has died at 85. The Hall did not disclose details in its statement. Gregg starred at tackle …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 8:48 a.m.

Edward Nixon, brother of President Richard Nixon, dies at 88 in Seattle suburb

Edward Nixon, the youngest brother of former President Richard Nixon who staunchly defended his sibling’s White House legacy, died Wednesday. He was 88.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:12 p.m.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s global icon, dies in Paris

Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic couturier whose designs at Chanel and Fendi had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring of love and …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. George Mendonsa was 95.


‘Top Chef’ star dies after battle with cancer

“Top Chef” star Fatima Ali, who battled bone and soft tissue cancer, has died at 29 years old, Bravo announced Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Music pioneer and hitmaker Bonnie Guitar dies

Music pioneer and legend Bonnie Guitar died early Sunday morning. She was 95.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Gray, activist from lunch counter protest photo, dies at 84

A community organizer shown in an iconic photograph while challenging racial segregation at a Mississippi lunch counter in the 1960s has died at his home in Pocatello, Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

Bob Einstein, comedian and actor best known for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and Super Dave character, dead at 76

Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy-award winning actor known for his recurring role in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Super Dave character, has died after battling cancer, his representative confirmed to the …


Acclaimed author Amos Oz dies at 79

Israeli author Amos Oz, one of the country’s most widely acclaimed writers and a pre-eminent voice in its embattled peace movement, died on Friday after a battle with cancer, his …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Sigi Schmid, winningest MLS coach, dies at 65

Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, has died. He was 65.


Audrey Geisel, widow and promoter of Dr. Seuss, dies at 97

As Dr. Seuss neared the end of his life, the children’s author told his wife that she would have to look after the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 11:54 p.m.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led …