Obituaries

In this undated photo provided by Random House Sonny Mehta poses for a portrait. Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," died Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at his home in Manhattan, at age 77. (Michael Lionstar/Random House via AP)
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December 31, 2019 - 9:10 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sonny Mehta, the urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world's most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The...
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FILE - Fred Graham of CBS News, is shown in this Dec. 11, 1980 file photo. Graham, who covered legal affairs at the Supreme Court, Justice Department and in high-profile court cases for The New York Times, CBS News and Court TV, died at his Washington home over the weekend. He was 88. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
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December 30, 2019 - 11:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fred P. Graham, who covered the Supreme Court and momentous legal affairs of his era for The New York Times, CBS News and Court TV, has died at his Washington home. He was 88. The cause of his death Saturday was complications from Parkinson’s disease, according to his wife, Skila...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2011 file photo, Monty Python collaborator and Rutles singer Neil Innes attends the screening of George Harrison: Living In The Material World at the BFI in London. Innes has died at the age of 75, his agent has confirmed on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. A statement released on behalf of his family said: "It is with deep sorrow and great sadness that we have to announce the death of Neil James Innes on December 29 2019. (Ian West/PA via AP, File)
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December 30, 2019 - 9:54 am
LONDON (AP) — Monty Python writer and actor Neil Innes has died aged 75, his agent has confirmed. The comedian and musician died of natural causes Sunday night, agent Nigel Morton said. Innes was known for his work with the British comedy group Monty Python and The Bonzo Dog Band. A statement...
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December 29, 2019 - 8:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sue Lyon, who at age 14 played the title character in director Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film “Lolita,” has died. Lyon's longtime friend Phil Syracopoulos told The New York Times she had been in declining health for some time, and died Thursday in Los Angeles. No further details on her...
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December 28, 2019 - 7:16 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Fraser, a Canadian pop artist who gained attention for an Inuit-language cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” part of her advocacy efforts for her indigenous culture, has died. Fraser was 26. Thor Simonsen, Fraser’s friend and producer, said he was told the day after Christmas by...
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This 2015 photo provided by Jason Mendelson shows Lee Mendelson in Hillsborough, Calif. Lee Mendelson, the producer who changed the face of the holidays when he brought "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to television in 1965 and wrote the lyrics to its signature song, "Christmas Time Is Here," died on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (Jason Mendelson via AP)
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December 28, 2019 - 1:32 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Mendelson, the producer who changed the face of the holidays when he brought “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to television in 1965 and wrote the lyrics to its signature song, “Christmas Time Is Here,” died on Christmas day, his son said. Mendelson, who won a dozen Emmys in his...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 file photo,Radio personality Don Imus interviews Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., by telephone during his debut show on the Fox Business Network in New York. Disc jockey Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to radio stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. He was 79.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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December 27, 2019 - 9:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Radio personality Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died. He was 79. Imus died Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in...
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December 26, 2019 - 9:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — William Greider, a longtime political writer for The Nation, Rolling Stone and The Washington Post, died Wednesday at the age of 83, according to his former editor. The Nation's Editorial Director Katrina vandenHeuvel tweeted Thursday that Greider understood “something all too...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016 file photo, Ari Behn is interviewed during the Celebrity Gala 2016 and Wenche Foss' honorary award at Chat Noir in Oslo. Scandinavian author Ari Behn — the ex-husband of Norwegian Princess Martha Louise and among the people who had accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct — died this week, his manager said. He was 47. Behn died by suicide Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 at his home in Norway, his manager told the Norwegian news service NTB. (Jon Olav Nesvold/NTB Scanpix via AP)
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December 26, 2019 - 2:07 pm
Scandinavian writer Ari Behn — the ex-husband of Norwegian Princess Martha Louise and among the people who had accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct — died this week, his manager said. He was 47. Behn died by suicide Wednesday, his manager told the Norwegian news service NTB. Authorities...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2013 file photo, conductor Peter Schreier smiles after receiving the Bach Medal in Leipzig, Germany. German opera singer and conductor Peter Schreier has died in Dresden, Germany, the dpa news agency announced Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 citing his longtime secretary. Schreier was in demand on opera stages all over the world and performed at the Berlin State Opera in his native East Germany. (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP, file)
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December 26, 2019 - 1:50 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Opera singer and conductor Peter Schreier, who won fame at the Salzburg festival and Milan's La Scala, has died in Dresden, Germany. He was 84. The dpa news agency reported Thursday that he died Wednesday, citing his longtime secretary. Schreier, a tenor, was in demand on...
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