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Death of Texas tycoon James Cotter, originally from Boise, leads to estate issues

Real estate tycoon and cowboy extraordinaire James F. Cotter died as he lived, sowing confusion among the people he loved.


UPDATED: Sun., May 20, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

After a lifetime of accomplishments, the Inland Northwest’s Dr. Linda Pall has died at 73

Dr. Linda Pall, a former Idaho politician, attorney and professor at Washington State University, has died at the age of 73 after battling varied illnesses, according to a statement by …


Tom Wolfe, pioneering ‘New Journalist,’ dead at 88

Tom Wolfe, the white-suited wizard of “New Journalism” who exuberantly chronicled American culture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race before turning his satiric wit to such novels as …


Oldest person in US dies; Pennsylvania woman was 114

A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home.


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

Bob Dorough of ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ is dead at 94

A musician whose songs helped teach children on ABC’s “Schoolhouse Rock” has died.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 10:26 p.m.

Mourners pay final respects to Barbara Bush

His daughter standing behind him, former President George H.W. Bush sat at the front of the cavernous sanctuary of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. He gazed up at the rose-draped casket …


Poet Sam Hamill dies at age 74

Sam Hamill, a poet and translator and the founding editor of an independent publishing company in Washington state, has died. He was 74.


’Night Court’ star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the television comedy series “Night Court,” was found dead …


Mitzi Shore, whose club was a comedy mecca, dies at 87

Mitzi Shore, owner of the Los Angeles club the Comedy Store and one of the most influential figures in stand-up for more than four decades, has died. She was 87.


Prolific voice actor and comedian Chuck McCann dies at 83

Actor and comedian Chuck McCann, who recorded the famous line “I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!” has died. He was 83.


Studio Ghibli co-founder, director Isao Takahata dies at 82

Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn “manga” look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died. He was 82.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

South Africa to give state burial to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in her own right whose reputation was sullied by scandal, has died. She was 81.


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 4 p.m.

Lawyer: Ex-Guatemala dictator Efrain Rios Montt dies at 91

Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who seized power in a 1982 coup and presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala’s civil war in which soldiers waged a scorched-earth …


Johan van Hulst, Dutch schoolteacher who saved hundreds of Jewish children during Holocaust, dies at 107

Johan van Hulst, who was credited with saving more than 600 Jewish babies and children during World War II and, in 1972, was named Righteous Among the Nations by the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

Kansas girl at center of 1954 school segregation ruling dies

Linda Brown, the Kansas girl at the center of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools, has died at age 76.


TV personality known for playing Bozo the Clown dies at 89

Frank Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, his family said in a statement to WCVB-TV. He was the first nationally syndicated Bozo the Clown.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

TV personality known for playing Bozo the Clown dies at 89

BOSTON – A longtime Boston television personality and entertainer known for playing Bozo the Clown has died at age 89. WCVB-TV reports Frank Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home …


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Renowned pediatrician Dr. T. Berry Brazelton dies at age 99

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, one of the world’s most well-known pediatricians and child development experts whose work helped explain what makes kids tick, has died at age 99.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Civil rights lawyer Joaquin Avila dead at 69

The civil rights lawyer Joaquin Avila, who for decades fought discrimination in the classroom, the work place and the voting booth with groundbreaking success, has died, according to the Mexican …


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

French couturier Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91

French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” has died at the age of 91.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

William H.T. ‘Bucky’ Bush was brother, uncle of presidents

William H.T. “Bucky” Bush, a wealthy investor and the brother and uncle of presidents, has died. He was 79.


Bill Cosby’s daughter Ensa, 44, dies in Massachusetts

Bill Cosby’s 44-year-old daughter Ensa Cosby died Friday in Massachusetts from kidney disease, a spokesman for the comedian said Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 11:49 a.m.

Billy Graham, minister to presidents and millions worldwide, dies at 99

Billy Graham, the most dominant American pastor of the second half of the 20th century, who lifted evangelism into the religious mainstream and through the power of his voice and …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Ray Hobbs remembered for shaping sports culture at area high schools

Hobbs compiled a 188-104-8 record with the Greyhounds football team, highlighted by three consecutive undefeated seasons. He was named the Inland Empire Coach of the Year in 1979 and was …


Broadway star, 5-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell dies at 61

Maxwell made her Broadway debut as an understudy in the 1989 production of the musical “City of Angels.”


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 11:19 a.m.

Comedian Marty Allen dies in Las Vegas at 95

Allen died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia with his wife and performing partner of the last three decades Karon Kate Blackwell by his side, Allen’s spokeswoman Candi Cazau …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Sister Laura Michels, chaplain to Gonzaga basketball and baseball teams, dies

Sister Laura Michels, who served the Gonzaga University community in various capacities for nearly 30 years, including as chaplain for the baseball and women’s basketball teams, has died, according to …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 7:48 p.m.

Jon Huntsman Sr., Utah billionaire and philanthropist, dies

Utah billionaire and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr., who overcame poverty to become one of the state’s most successful and powerful people, died Friday at age 80.


Gene Sharp, advocate for nonviolent resistance, dies at 90

Gene Sharp, a lifelong advocate of nonviolent resistance whose influence has been cited in social upheaval around the world, has died.


Furniture for all: IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad dies at 91

Ingvar Kamprad, the IKEA founder who turned a small-scale mail order business into a global furniture empire, has died at 91, the company said Sunday.