Obituaries

This Sept. 11, 1997 file photo shows actor Leslie Grantham in London. Leslie Grantham, who played arch-villain "Dirty Den" Watts on British soap opera "EastEnders," has died at the age of 71. Grantham's management, Advocate Agency, says he died Friday, June 15, 2018 but did not disclose the cause of death. "EastEnders" debuted in 1985, and Grantham's Watts, landlord of the Queen Vic pub, soon became one of its most popular characters. (Fiona Hanson/PA via AP, file)
June 15, 2018 - 10:57 am
LONDON (AP) — Actor Leslie Grantham, who became a British TV icon during the 1980s as arch-villain "Dirty" Den Watts on the soap opera "EastEnders," has died. He was 71. Grantham's management company, Advocate Agency, said he died Friday but did not disclose the cause. "EastEnders" first aired in...
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FILE- In this Oct. 16, 2004 file photo, longtime Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana performs at the 50th anniversary celebration concert of Elvis Presley's first performance at the Louisiana Hayride in Sherveport, La. Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock 'n' roll as Elvis Presley's sideman, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday, June 14, 2018. Karen Fontana told The Associated Press that her husband died Wednesday, June 13 in his sleep in Nashville. (Robert Ruiz/The Shreveport Times via AP)
June 14, 2018 - 7:06 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — D.J. Fontana, a rock 'n' roll pioneer who rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, Louisiana, to the heights of musical history as Elvis Presley's first and longtime drummer, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday. Karen Fontana told The Associated Press that her...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2006, file photo, Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan, right, talks to Shaunzinski Gortman during the fourth quarter of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Chicago Sky in Chicago. The Storm won 74-61. Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, of heart failure. She was 56. Donovan's family confirmed the death in a statement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
June 13, 2018 - 9:43 pm
Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56. Donovan's family confirmed the death in a statement. "While it is extremely difficult to express how...
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June 12, 2018 - 10:47 pm
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in southern Utah Monday surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side. He was 94. Holiday was among hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their...
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This 2014 photo shows Civil Rights leader Dorothy Cotton, speaking during VSU's Founders Day celebration in Chesterfield County, Va. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced that Cotton died Sunday, June 10, 2018. (Patrick Kane/ The Progress Index via AP)
June 11, 2018 - 2:56 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Dorothy Cotton, who worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., taught nonviolence to demonstrators before marches and sometimes calmed tensions by singing church hymns, has died. She was 88. Cotton died Sunday afternoon at the Kendal at Ithaca retirement community in New...
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FILE - This Dec. 19, 2001 file photo shows Anthony Bourdain, the owner and chef of Les Halles restaurant, sitting at one of the tables in New York. On Friday, June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper,File)
June 10, 2018 - 11:20 am
Anthony Bourdain's culinary passions went far beyond the cuisine he put on a plate. He also was committed to the immigrant workers who toil in his and other kitchens throughout the restaurant industry. Bourdain, who died Friday in France in an apparent suicide at age 61, was an outspoken critic of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2004 file photo, Holcaust survivor Gena Turgel poses for a photo, in London. Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted diarist Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp months before its liberation, has died. She was 95. Britain's chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said Turgel died Thursday, June 7, 2018. Turgel had been in two other camps before she met Anne Frank in a hospital at Bergen-Belsen where the teenager was dying from typhus. After World War II, Turgel married one of the camp's British liberators, Norman Turgel, earning the nickname "The Bride of Belsen." (Paul Faith/PA via AP, File)
June 09, 2018 - 5:09 pm
LONDON (AP) — Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist's death and the camp's liberation a month later, has died. She was 95. Turgel died Thursday, Britain's chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said on Twitter. The news...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 file photo, Anthony Bourdain arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. On Friday, June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
June 09, 2018 - 6:41 am
Many people thought Anthony Bourdain had the most enviable career in existence. He didn't deny it. "I have the best job in the world," the globe-trotting food-taster and culinary storyteller once told the New Yorker magazine, stating the rather obvious. "If I'm unhappy, it's a failure of...
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FILE In this July 4, 1959 file photo, Maria Bueno of Brazil holds up the trophy after winning the women's singles final in the All-England Lawn Tennis championships at Wimbledon. The Brazilian "queen" of tennis, who won three Wimbledon and four US championship singles titles, died Friday,June 8, 2018, in Sao Paulo. She had been suffering from mouth cancer since last year and was hospitalized in May. (AP Photo,File)
June 09, 2018 - 4:03 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — Maria Bueno, a Brazilian tennis great who won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped usher in modern women's tennis, has died after battling mouth cancer. She was 78. Bueno was admitted to the Nove de Julho hospital in Sao Paulo...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 21, 2017 file photo, Emma Thompson poses for photographers during the photo call for the film The Meyerowitz Stories at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. British actors Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Tom Hardy and Nobel Prizewinning author Kazio Ishiguro are among those receiving honors in the name of Britain’s monarch. The list published late on Friday, June 8, 2018 by Britain’s Cabinet Office includes many receiving honors for merit, service and bravery. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, file)
June 09, 2018 - 2:19 am
LONDON (AP) — British film stars Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Tom Hardy and Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro are among those receiving honors in the name of Britain's monarch. The list published late Friday by Britain's Cabinet Office includes many receiving honors for merit, service...
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