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Fresh Start Produce co-founder dies

Fresh Start Produce owner Dave Kinyon died Jan. 19, leaving an uncertain future for the produce stand and U-pick operations, at 21619 E. Wellesley Ave. He was 69.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Former Washington First Lady Lois Spellman dies

Former Washington first lady Lois Spellman died Wednesday just days after her husband John.


Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Tom Petty’s family says his death last year was due to an accidental drug overdose.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 9 p.m.

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, dead at 46

Dolores O’Riordan rose to fame as the gentle voice behind some of The Cranberries’ biggest hits, including “Zombie” and “Linger.” O’Riordan died Monday in London, her publicist said.


Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday. She was 46.


Racing pioneer Dan Gurney dead from pneumonia complications

Dan Gurney, the first driver with victories in each of the Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR Cup series, died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 86.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.

Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson, ‘the soundtrack of Saturday afternoons in the autumn,’ dies at age 89

Throughout a career that spanned 52 years, Keith Jackson’s voice accompanied the telecast of a few of the country’s – and world’s – classic sporting events. He worked 15 Rose …


Ray Thomas of British rockers The Moody Blues dies at 76

Ray Thomas, a founding member of British rock group The Moody Blues, has died at 76, months before the band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Harold Balazs, titanic figure on Northwest art scene, dies at 89

“He is a giant, a titan, and an example to us all.”


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 5:24 p.m.

Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner’s daughter dies at 27

The daughter of Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner died Saturday after a weeklong hospital stay following a heart attack.


Recy Taylor, Alabama black woman raped by 6 white men, dies

Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, has died. She was 97.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 7:45 p.m.

Recy Taylor, Alabama black woman raped by 6 white men, dies

Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, has died. She was 97.


Ex-Illinois Rep. John Anderson, who ran for president, dies

Former longtime Illinois Rep. John Anderson, who ran for president as an independent in 1980, has died at age 95.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Front Porch: Every time we say goodbye

Seventy-two. That’s how many individuals made the final cut of the book. Twenty-four. That’s how many people died before “War Bonds” made it into print. Twenty. That’s how many goodbyes …


Member of group behind “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” dies

Mitch Margo, a member of the group behind the hit song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in the early 1960s, has died at his California home. He was 70.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 6:22 p.m.

Rance Howard, actor dad of director Ron Howard, dies at 89

Veteran Hollywood actor Rance Howard, the father of director Ron Howard, died Saturday. He was 89.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

David Cassidy, former teen idol and star of ‘The Partridge Family,’ dies at 67

David Cassidy, the former star of “The Partridge Family” TV hit of the 1970s and a reluctant teen idol to the boomer generation, died Tuesday evening of liver failure, his …


Della Reese, of TV’s “Touched by an Angel,” has died at 86

Before “Touched by an Angel” debuted in 1994, Reese was mainly known as a singer, although she had costarred on “Chico and the Man,” “Charlie and Company” and “The Royal …


Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world when she sobbed on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a heartbreaking loss in the …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Charles Manson, cult leader and serial killer who terrified nation, dies at 83

Cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers killed actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died. He was 83.


Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies at age 85

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country music star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens …


Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies

Mel Tillis, the longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has …


Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dead at 87

Cosa Nostra’s “boss of bosses,” who was serving 26 life sentences as the convicted mastermind of dozens of murders of rivals for power on his Sicilian turf as well as …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5:24 p.m.

Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94

Liz Smith, the syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 11 a.m.

Moscow City Councilman John Weber dies

Moscow City Councilman John Weber was a “Moscow guy through and through,” as Mayor Bill Lambert puts it.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

‘Tonight Show’ tapings canceled after Fallon’s mother dies

Tapings for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” have been canceled all this week following the death of the talk show host’s mother.


Mountain climber Fred Beckey, an ‘American icon,’ dies at 94

Legendary mountain climber Fred Beckey, who wrote dozens of books and is credited with notching more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, has died. He was 94.


Judy Martz, first female governor of Montana, dies at 74

Montana’s only female governor and lieutenant governor, whose fiscal success running the state was overshadowed by scandal and gaffes, has died.


Legendary mountain climber Fred Becky dies at 94

Legendary mountain climber Fred Beckey, who wrote dozens of books and is credited with notching more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, has died. He was 94.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 1:16 p.m.

Robert Guillaume, Emmy-winning for ‘Soap’ actor, dies at 89

Among Guillaume’s achievements was playing Nathan Detroit in the first all-black version of “Guys and Dolls,” earning a Tony nomination in 1977. He became the first African-American to sing the …