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Sydney Brenner, who helped decipher genetic code, dies at 92

Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was …


Ex-US Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings of South Carolina dead at age 97

Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, has died. He …


Artist who created first paint-by-numbers pictures dies

An artist behind the first paint-by-numbers pictures who helped make the kits an American sensation during the 1950s has died


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Former North Idaho basketball standout Chris Harrison dies of heart attack

Chris Harrison had a smile for everyone he met and brought his charisma onto the basketball court, along with a fierce competitive streak.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

‘Brilliant’ man who was an inventor of the calculator dies

Jerry Merryman, one of the inventors of the hand-held electronic calculator, has died in Dallas


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Peter Tork of the Monkees is dead at 77

The made-for-TV rock band landed in the old Spokane Coliseum during a nationwide tour in 1967.


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

Frank Reynolds, beloved child cancer doctor at Deaconess and Sacred Heart, dies at 83

Colleagues, patients and co-workers remember the longtime doctor’s devotion to the care of the whole patient at a time when many families faced uncertain futures and frightening diagnoses. Reynolds insisted …


Perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche dead at 96

Lyndon LaRouche Jr., the political extremist who ran for president in every election from 1976 to 2004, including a campaign waged from federal prison, has died. He was 96.


‘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: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Effervescent ‘Hello, Dolly!’ icon Carol Channing mourned

Tributes from stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler poured in to honor the life and career of Carol Channing, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy star who delighted American …


Family, friends mourn Wapato woman who long sought answers in sister’s 1971 disappearance

For most of her life, Trudi Lee Clark wondered what happened to her sister, Janice Marie Hannigan. Lee Clark, whose search for her missing sister intensified after her parents passed …


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: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 1:14 p.m.

Penny Marshall, sitcom star and hitmaking director of ‘Big’ and ‘League of Their Own,’ dies at 75

The actress parlayed her sitcom success into a directing career, and she became the first woman to direct a film that made $100 million.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 6:53 p.m.

An echo of history as Locomotive 4141 carries George H.W. Bush to his final resting place

When the curtain parted in College Station, Texas, revealing a two-toned blue locomotive standing nearly 16 feet tall and bearing the number 4141 in his honor, former president George H.W. …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

Bush mourned as a great statesman, a man of uncommon decency

Americans will begin saying goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush on Monday when his body arrives in Washington for public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda – a rare honor …


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Stan Lee, creator of superheroes, dies at 95

Stan Lee’s name became synonymous with the company that would become Marvel Comics, which he joined as a teenage assistant and stayed with for much of his adult life.


Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove dies at age 49

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a prolific player who provided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Grammys, has died at age 49, his manager …


A daughter’s hilarious obituary unravels the mysterious life of her father

The obituary that ran last week in Delaware Online is a mystery – the tale of a globe-trotting Renaissance man who disappeared in a single-engine plane over the Atlantic Ocean …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Idaho Vandals Hall of Fame basketball player Don Newman dies at age 60

Don Newman set the tone in his two seasons as Idaho climbed the Big Sky Conference ladder by winning 11 and 17 games, respectively, setting the table for coach Don …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 1:37 p.m.

Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91

Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

For McCain, a cross-country farewell from public, presidents

Two former presidents are expected to speak at Sen. John McCain’s service and he will lie in state in both the nation’s capital and Arizona as part of a cross-country …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Senator, war hero and GOP presidential candidate John McCain dies at 81

Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

Former Carroll College coach Bob Petrino Sr. dies in Montana

Longtime Carroll College football coach Bob Petrino Sr., the father of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino and Idaho coach Paul Petrino, has died at his home in Montana. He was …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

Obit, memorial service of 5-year-old Iowa boy gets attention

A unique memorial service set for 5-year-old Garrett Matthias of central Iowa is matched only by the one-of-a-kind obituary the preschooler had a hand in authoring and that is now …


World’s ugliest dog dies weeks after winning title

A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest.


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 3:09 p.m.

Musician Richard Swift, who played with the Shins and the Black Keys, dead at 41

A post on Swift’s Facebook page confirmed his death with a black-and-white photo of the artist and the words, “And all the angels sing ‘Que Sera Sera.’”