Obituaries

April 24, 2019 - 9:06 pm
Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79. Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter,...
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April 24, 2019 - 4:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling author Warren Adler who chronicled dysfunction and duplicity, most notably in his divorce novel "The War of the Roses," a dark comedy that was made into a hit film has died. He was 91. Adler died at his Manhattan home on April 15. The Washington Post reports that his...
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April 23, 2019 - 3:34 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tax preparer H&R Block says its co-founder, Henry Bloch, has died at the age of 96. The company says he died of natural causes Tuesday at St. Luke's Hospice in Kansas City. Bloch founded H&R Block in 1955 with his brother, Richard, after the Internal Revenue Service...
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FILE-In this July 24, 2014 file photo Heidi Hetzer poses at a Hudson Great Eight Oldtimer (1930) in Berlin, Germany. Businesswoman Heidi Hetzer, whose late-in-life decision to drive around the world in an American vintage car won her many fans back home in Germany, has died. (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP)
April 23, 2019 - 10:34 am
BERLIN (AP) — Heidi Hetzer, a Berlin businesswoman whose late-in-life decision to drive around the world in an American vintage car won her many fans back home in Germany, has died. She was 81. Hetzer's family said Tuesday she died at her home in the German capital over the weekend; the cause of...
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In this 1960 photo made available by NASA, Jerrie Cobb prepares to operate the Multi-Axis Space Test Inertia Facility (MASTIF) at the Lewis Research Center in Ohio. The three-axis rig was developed to train Project Mercury pilots in bringing a spinning spacecraft under control. The two controllers in Cobb's hands activated small nitrogen gas thrusters that were used to bring the MASTIF under control. She was one of several female pilots who underwent the skill and endurance testing that paralleled that of the Project Mercury astronauts. In 1961 Jerrie Cobb was the first female to pass all three phases of the Mercury Astronaut Program. NASA rules, however, stipulated that only military test pilots could become astronauts and there were no female military test pilots. Cobb, NASA’s first female astronaut candidate, died in Florida at the age of 88 on March 18, 2019. (NASA via AP)
April 18, 2019 - 4:25 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 last month. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving as a family spokesman. In 1961, Cobb became the first woman to pass astronaut...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008 file photo, Peru's President Alan García smiles during the opening ceremony of Expo Peru 2008 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Current Peruvian President Martinez Vizcarra said Garcia, the 69-year-old former head of state died Wednesday, April 17, 2019, after undergoing emergency surgery in Lima. Garcia shot himself in the head early Wednesday as police came to detain him in connection with a corruption probe. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
April 17, 2019 - 1:12 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Alan García, a former Peruvian president whose first term in the 1980s was marred by financial chaos and rebel violence, and who was recently targeted in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal, shot himself and died on Wednesday at the age of 69. President Martin Vizcarra...
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This June, 2004, photo shows cartoonist Monkey Punch drawing his character Fujiko Mine on whiteboard at a symposium in Nishinomiya, western Japan. Monkey Punch, best known as the creator of a Japanese megahit comic series of master thief Lupin The Third, has died at age of 81. His office, MP Pictures, said Wednesday, April 17, 2019, that Monkey Punch, whose real name is Kazuhiko Kato, died of pneumonia on April 11.(Kyodo News via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 4:51 am
TOKYO (AP) — Cartoonist Monkey Punch, best known as the creator of the Japanese megahit comic series Lupin III, has died at age of 81. His office, MP Pictures, said Wednesday that Monkey Punch, whose real name is Kazuhiko Kato, died of pneumonia on April 11. The story of master thief Lupin's...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 1992, file photo, Mary Tyler Moore, right, is joined by former "Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star Georgia Engel, left, who played Georgette, at New York's Russian Tea Room, as the two reunited during an Emmy Awards screening party Moore hosted at the famous New York restaurant. Engel died Friday, April 12, 2019, in Princeton, N.J., at age 70. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke, File)
April 16, 2019 - 10:13 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70. Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey, said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of...
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Pallbearers for U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings carry his casket back to the hearse following a funeral service of Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. Hollings died earlier this month at age 97. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
April 16, 2019 - 4:01 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As a college student fighting for racial equality in the early 1960s, Jim Clyburn was invited to the office of then-Gov. Fritz Hollings in an attempt to assuage racial tensions bubbling on the campus of South Carolina State University. Clyburn, now the majority whip and...
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In this 1973 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Owen K. Garriott floats in front of the Apollo Telescope Mount console in the Multiple Docking Adapter of the Skylab space station in Earth orbit. The space agency said Garriott died at his home in Huntsville, Ala., on Monday, April 15. 2019. He was 88. (NASA via AP)
April 16, 2019 - 12:13 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America's first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, has died at age 88. He died Monday at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, according to NASA. "Dad had a great 88 orbits around the sun!" tweeted son...
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