Tag: Deaths (Obituaries)

Betty Corwin, Who Preserved Theater’s Legacy, Dies at 98

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced an ambitious program in 1970 to preserve evanescent theatrical performances for posterity on film. Betty L. Corwin was described as assisting the man in charge, the chief of research. But the project, which would become the renowned Theater on Film and Tape Archive, was the […]

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Cokie Roberts, Veteran Broadcast Journalist, Is Dead at 75

Cokie Roberts, the pioneering broadcast journalist known to millions for her work with ABC News and NPR, died on Tuesday in Washington. She was 75. ABC News, in a posting on its website Tuesday morning, said the cause was breast cancer, which was first diagnosed in 2002. Ms. Roberts started her career at CBS, then […]

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Cokie Roberts, Journalist and Commentator, Is Dead at 75

Cokie Roberts, the longtime journalist and commentator for ABC News and NPR, died on Tuesday in Washington. She was 75. ABC News announced her death. The cause was complications of breast cancer. Ms. Roberts, a winner of three Emmy Awards, co-anchored ABC’s “This Week” with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002. She was also a […]

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Phyllis Newman, Tony Award-Winning Broadway Star, Dead at 86

Phyllis Newman, the Tony Award-winning Broadway star who began her acting career as a young child and, driven by her own later struggles with breast cancer, raised millions of dollars to help women in entertainment deal with serious health problems, died Sunday at her home in Manhattan. She was 86. Her death was confirmed by […]

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Juanita Abernathy, a Force in the Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 88

Juanita Abernathy, who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and took part in other pivotal protests at the outset of the civil rights era alongside the Rev. Dr. Ralph Abernathy, her husband and a leader of the movement, died on Thursday at a hospital in Atlanta. She was 88. The cause was a stroke, her […]

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Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Is Dead at 70

Eddie Money, whose string of rock hits in the late 1970s and ’80s included “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 70. His family announced the death in a statement. Mr. Money, whose birth name was Edward Mahoney, had announced last month that he had stage […]

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William Y. Chang, Whose Newspaper Spoke to Chinatown in English, Dies at 103

William Yukon Chang, a Hawaiian-born journalist whose English-language newspaper for the children of Chinese immigrants in New York sought to promote an American identity in them, died on Sept. 4 in San Francisco. He was 103. His daughter Dallas Chang confirmed his death, at a rehabilitation facility. For 17 years starting in 1955, Mr. Chang’s […]

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Chester Williams, Rugby Champion Who Signaled Apartheid’s Defeat, Dies at 49

Chester Williams, the only nonwhite player on the South Africa rugby team that won the Rugby Union World Cup in 1995, a victory on home soil that marked a historic moment of reconciliation just a year after apartheid fell, died on Sept. 6 in Cape Town. He was 49. South African Rugby, the sport’s governing […]

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B.J. Habibie Dies at 83; Ushered in Democracy in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia — B. J. Habibie, who as president of Indonesia ushered in an era of democracy that ended the rule of Suharto, whose 32-year dictatorship is considered one of the most brutal and corrupt of the 20th century, died on Wednesday in a hospital in Jakarta. He was 83. His son Thareq Kemal Habibie […]

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Daniel Johnston Dies; Gifted and Enigmatic Songwriter Was 58

Daniel Johnston, a singer-songwriter and visual artist whose childlike, haunted songs brought him acclaim as one of America’s most gifted outsider voices, was found dead on Wednesday morning at his home in Waller, Tex., outside Houston. He was 58. His brother and manager, Dick, said in an interview that Mr. Johnston had probably died overnight. […]

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T. Boone Pickens Is Dead; Oil Magnate and Corporate Raider Was 91

T. Boone Pickens Jr., the swashbuckling Texas oil-and-gas entrepreneur whose storied life cast him in the disparate roles of corporate raider, defender of shareholder rights, unlikely environmentalist, no-holds-barred polemicist for political conservatism, and controversial philanthropist, died on Wednesday at his home in Dallas. He was 91. Jay Rosser, his spokesman and longtime chief of staff, […]

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T. Boone Pickens, Oil Magnate and Corporate Raider, Dies at 91

T. Boone Pickens Jr., the swashbuckling Texas oil-and-gas entrepreneur whose storied life cast him in the disparate roles of corporate raider, defender of shareholder rights, unlikely environmentalist, no-holds-barred polemicist for political conservatism, and controversial philanthropist, died on Wednesday at his home in Dallas. He was 91. Jay Rosser, his spokesman and longtime chief of staff, […]

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Robert Frank Dies; Pivotal Documentary Photographer Was 94

Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, whose visually raw and personally expressive style was pivotal in changing the course of documentary photography, died on Monday in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He was 94. His death, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, was confirmed by Peter MacGill, […]

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Robert Frank, Pivotal Figure in Documentary Photography, Is Dead at 94

Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, whose visually raw and personally expressive style was pivotal in changing the course of documentary photography, died on Monday in Inverness, Nova Scotia. He was 94. His death was confirmed by Peter MacGill of Pace-MacGill Gallery in Manhattan. Mr. Frank, who was born […]

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James Atlas, an Ambassador for Biographies, Dies at 70

James Atlas, a leading figure in New York literary circles as an editor and publisher and as a writer whose books included well-regarded biographies of Saul Bellow and the poet Delmore Schwartz, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 70. His wife, Dr. Anna Fels, said his death, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, was […]

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Steven Gubser, a Bright Star in the Physics Universe, Dies at 47

Steven Gubser, a Princeton theoretical physicist who did groundbreaking work in trying to unite the two great fields of physics — quantum mechanics and general relativity — as part of a broad effort in the scientific community to devise “a theory of everything,” died on Aug. 3 in a rock-climbing accident in the French Alps. […]

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Francisco Toledo, Celebrated Mexican Artist and Arts Philanthropist, Dies at 79

Francisco Toledo, the celebrated Mexican artist and cultural philanthropist who drew on his indigenous pre-Colombian heritage to create striking work suffused with shamanistic animal imagery, died on Thursday. He was 79. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico announced the death on Twitter, calling Mr. Toledo “a true defender of nature, customs and traditions of […]

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Robert Mugabe, Strongman Who Cried, ‘Zimbabwe Is Mine,’ Dies at 95

Robert Mugabe, the first prime minister and later president of independent Zimbabwe, who traded the mantle of liberator for the armor of a tyrant and presided over the decline of one of Africa’s most prosperous lands, died on Friday. He was 95. The death was announced by his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa. “It is with […]

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