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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black …


Hair Club for Men founder — and client – Sy Sperling dies

Hair Club for Men founder Sy Sperling, famous for the TV commercials where he proclaimed “I’m not only the Hair Club president but I’m also a client,” died in Florida. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Virginia Danke, a ‘trailblazer’ for women’s sports in Spokane, dies at 94

The woman considered the mother of girls high school sports in Spokane has died.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Songwriter and ‘Good Times’ actress Ja’Net DuBois dies

Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Mickey Wright, golf great and early LPGA force, dies at 85

Mickey Wright, the golf great with a magnificent swing who won 13 majors among her 82 victories and gave the fledgling LPGA a crucial lift, died Monday of a heart …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

‘True Grit’ novelist Charles Portis dies at age 86

Novelist Charles Portis, a favorite among critics and writers for such shaggy dog stories as “Norwood” and “Gringos” and a bounty for Hollywood whose droll, bloody Western “True Grit” was …


Noted jazz keyboardist Lyle Mays dies at age 66

Lyle Mays, a jazz keyboardist whose work, chiefly with the Pat Metheny Group, won nearly a dozen Grammy Awards, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Homero Gómez González, Mexico’s monarch butterfly defender, found dead

Homero Gómez González, a former logger who became one of central Mexico’s most prominent defenders of the region’s monarch butterfly population, was found dead Wednesday.


Bob Shane, founding member of Kingston Trio, dead at 85

Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of the popular folk group the Kingston Trio and the lead singer on its million-selling ballad “Tom Dooley” and many other hits, has …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant dies in California helicopter crash

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Former Idaho interim athletic director Pete Isakson dies at 48

In perhaps one of the most satisfying days in his tenure as athletics director, Pete Isakson got to take part in the groundbreaking for the UI’s new basketball arena, set …


‘Ugly Betty’ co-creator Silvio Horta dies in Miami at 45

Award-winning producer Silvio Horta, who was acclaimed for creating the hit series “Ugly Betty,” has died. He was 45.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Driver who died in crash at Seven Mile ORV Park was ‘adrenaline junkie’ who looked out for friends

For Christmas, Shad Bordwell gave his son a set of tools so the pair could work on the motor of what would have been the 11-year-old’s first truck. But a …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Don Larsen, who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90

Don Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory in 1956 for the New York Yankees when he threw a perfect game and the only no-hitter in …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

Don Imus, New York radio legend, dead at 79

Radio icon Don Imus – a New York institution for decades at WNBC and WFAN – is dead at 79.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Danny Aiello, actor who excelled as blue-collar heavies and hotheads, dies at 86

Danny Aiello, a late-blooming actor who memorably portrayed blue-collar heavies and hotheads in films such as “The Godfather: Part II,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and “Do the Right Thing,” …


Ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates dies at 34

Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday. …


Sesame Street puppeteer responsible for Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch dies at 85

The Sesame Workshop says Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Japan’s ex-Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone dead at 101

Yasuhiro Nakasone, former nationalist Japanese Prime Minister who tried to change his country’s pacifist policies, has died at age 101


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65

Jake Burton Carpenter, the pioneer who brought snowboarding to the masses and helped turn the sport into a billion-dollar business and Olympic showpiece, has died at 65.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Dale Stedman, advocate of north-south freeway and local AAA leader, dies at 92

Dale Stedman, a longtime leader of the local AAA and outspoken advocate of the north-south freeway, died on Nov. 12 at his home on Spokane’s South Hill. He was 92. …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

John Blanchette: ‘Positive stubbornness’ allowed Sam Jankovich to reshape Washington State athletics

Sam Jankovich, who died in his sleep early Wednesday morning at the age of 85, was sometimes brusque, often polarizing, combustible, fiercely loyal. Also wise counsel and enduring friend.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Former Spokane Indians player, Seattle Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly dies at age 81

With an unmistakable style featuring a self-deprecating sense of humor and unique voice, Ron Fairly was a distinctive presence on the Seattle Mariners radio and television broadcasts for 14 seasons.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Former Washington State, Miami athletic director Sam Jankovich dies at 85

Jankovich began his tenure at Washington State in 1968 as an assistant on Jim Sweeney’s football staff.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

Former Whitworth baseball coach ‘Spike’ Grosvenor leaves lasting legacy on, off the field after his death

A curveball that didn’t curve. That’s how I met Spike Grosvenor.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Ex-French President Chirac, who stood up to US, dies at 86

Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust and who defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, died …


Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead’s poetic lyricist, dies at 78

Robert Hunter, the man behind the poetic and mystical words for many of the Grateful Dead’s finest songs, has died at age 78.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019

Groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank dies at age 94

Robert Frank, a giant of 20th century photography whose seminal book “The Americans” captured singular, candid moments of the 1950s and helped free picture-taking from the boundaries of clean lighting …


Robert Mugabe, longtime leader of Zimbabwe, has died at 95

Robert Mugabe, the longtime leader of Zimbabwe who was forced to resign in 2017 after a military takeover, has died.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

Valerie Harper, TV’s sassy, lovable Rhoda, dies at 80

Valerie Harper, a four-time Emmy winner for playing TV’s sassy, lovable Rhoda, dies at 80