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UPDATED: Mon., July 13, 2020

Kelly Preston, actor and wife of John Travolta, dies at 57

Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging from Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Twins,” died Sunday, husband John Travolta said. She was …


UPDATED: Thu., July 2, 2020

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies at age 99

Hugh Downs, a genial and near-constant presence on television on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99.


UPDATED: Tue., June 30, 2020

From Powerball winner to scandal: Jack Whittaker dies at 72

Andrew “Jack” Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72.


UPDATED: Tue., June 30, 2020

Carl Reiner, beloved creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dies

Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The …


UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

Film producer, wealthy heir, political donor Steve Bing dies

Movie producer, film financier, real estate heir and major Democratic political donor Steve Bing has died. He was 55.


UPDATED: Mon., June 22, 2020

Joel Schumacher, director of ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ dies at 80

Joel Schumacher, the journeyman director who dressed New York department store windows before shepherding the Brat Pack to the big screen in “St. Elmo’s Fire” and steering the Batman franchise …


UPDATED: Fri., June 19, 2020

‘Chariots of Fire,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor Ian Holm dies

Ian Holm, a versatile British actor whose long career included roles in “Chariots of Fire” and “The Lord of the Rings” has died. He was 88.


Ellen Robey, who led fight to save Davenport Hotel, dies at 81

Robey, who died on May 12 at age 81, was a prolific volunteer for more than four decades, helping lead numerous community groups while working as the business manager for …


UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Annie Glenn, 100, famed astronaut’s widow, dies of COVID-19

Annie Glenn, wife of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn who overcame a childhood stutter to become an advocate for others with speech disorders, died Tuesday of complications …


UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

Cassandra Callender, forced to undergo chemo, dies at 22

Cassandra Callender, who was forced by Connecticut courts as a teenager to undergo chemotherapy for cancer, has died after a five-year battle with the disease, her mother said Thursday. She …


UPDATED: Mon., May 11, 2020

Jerry Stiller, comedian and ‘Seinfeld’ actor, dies at 92

Jerry Stiller, who for decades teamed with wife Anne Meara in a beloved comedy duo and then reached new heights in his senior years as the high-strung Frank Costanza on …


UPDATED: Sat., May 9, 2020

Little Richard, flamboyant rock ’n’ roll pioneer, dead at 87

Little Richard, one of the chief architects of rock ’n’ roll whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, …


UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

Lynn Harrell, Grammy-winning cellist known for technical mastery, dies at 76

Lynn Harrell, a prize-winning American cellist and teacher, renowned for the mixture of technical command and sweet songfulness of his playing over a career that spanned six decades, died April …


UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

Top actor and Bollywood scion Rishi Kapoor dies of leukemia

Top Indian actor Rishi Kapoor, a scion of Bollywood’s most famous Kapoor family, has died


Tony Allen, famed Afrobeat drummer for Fela Kuti, dies in Paris

Tony Allen, who drummed his way out of Lagos, Nigeria, with Fela Kuti to become an architect of the Afro-beat sound, has died. Allen’s work on percussion starting in the …


UPDATED: Mon., April 27, 2020

The Rev. Bill Ellis, former dean at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, dies at age 66

The Rev. William “Bill” Ellis moved from Spokane to Bend, Oregon, after he retired from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in 2017, but still news of his death …


UPDATED: Thu., April 23, 2020

Shirley Knight, Oscar-nominated actress, has died at 83

Shirley Knight, the Kansas-born actress who was nominated for two Oscars early in her career and went on to play an astonishing variety of roles in movies, TV and the …


Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill dies at age 84

Paul O’Neill was a former Treasury secretary who broke with George W. Bush over tax policy.


’E.T.,’ ‘Bugsy’ cinematographer Allen Daviau dies at 77

Cinematographer Allen Daviau, who shot three of Steven Spielberg’s films including “E.T.”


UPDATED: Sat., April 11, 2020

Lives Lost: At 97, World War II vet takes a final road

In his final months, Bill Chambers couldn’t walk, but he found peace in motion.


UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2020

Lives Lost: At 97, World War II vet takes a final road

In his final months, Bill Chambers couldn’t walk, but he found peace in motion. Three times a week, his oldest daughter, Patty Cooper, would meet him at the adult family …


Mad magazine illustrator Mort Drucker dies at 91

One of Mad Magazine’s most loved and enduring illustrators has died


UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2020

Nancy Compau, guardian of the Northwest History Room who shared her love of local history with Jimmy Marks and the rest of Spokane, dies at 84

Nancy Gale Compau was one of Spokane’s most knowledgeable local historians, known for her generosity with her time, her advocacy for historical preservation and her belief that all peoples’ stories …


Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73 of coronavirus

Singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73.


Lives Lost: A man loved by many, a death at 80 alone in Rome

Nothing in the way Enrico Giacomoni lived during his 80-plus years in Rome corresponded to the way he died: alone.


Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland’s mother, dies at age 86

Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of Canada medicare founder Tommy Douglas, died Sunday. She was 86.


UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

Honor Blackman, who played Bond’s Pussy Galore, dies at 94

Honor Blackman, the British actress who played the Bond girl Pussy Galore in “Goldfinger,” has died. She was 94.


Anick Jesdanun, longtime AP technology writer, dies at 51

Anick Jesdanun, deputy technology editor for The Associated Press, has died in New York City of coronavirus complications


David Driskell, prominent authority on black art, dies at 88

David Driskell, one of the nation’s most influential African American artists and a leading authority on black art, has died. He was 88.


UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2020

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t …