Obituaries

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, file photo, actor Danny Aiello smiles while being photographed in New York. Aiello, the blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” "The Godfather, Part II," “Once Upon a Time in America” and his Oscar-nominated performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing," has died. He was 86. Aiello died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 after a brief illness, said his publicist, Tracey Miller. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 13, 2019 - 4:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Aiello, the blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” "Moonstruck" and “Once Upon a Time in America” and his Oscar-nominated performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing," has died. He was 86...
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FILE - In this file photo dated July 18, 2015, Marie Fredriksson, singer of the pop duo Roxette. Fredriksson has died, aged 61 after a long illness, according to an announcement Tuesday Dec. 10, 2019. (Suvad Mrkonjic / TT via AP)
The Associated Press
December 10, 2019 - 7:45 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61, her management agency said Tuesday. Fredriksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The two released their first album the same year and went on to achieve international success in the late...
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December 10, 2019 - 4:22 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The former mayor of Moscow and one of the founders of Russia's ruling United Russia party, Yuri Luzhkov, has died at the age of 83. Russia's Ren TV channel reported Tuesday that Luzhkov died in Munich, where he was undergoing heart surgery. Luzhkov, a political heavyweight of the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, tags with bar codes hang at a facility in Flandreau, S.D. George J. Laurer, whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at his home in Wendell, N.C. He was 94. (AP Photo/Jay Pickthorn, File)
December 09, 2019 - 6:10 pm
WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — George J. Laurer, whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world, has died. He was 94. A funeral was held on Monday for Laurer, who died Thursday at his home in Wendell, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. Sean...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2016, file photo Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, left, and former Federal Reserve chairs Ben Bernanke, center, and Paul Volcker, right, react as they listen to former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan appearing via video conference, during a panel discussion in New York. Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, according to his office, He was 92. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
The Associated Press
December 09, 2019 - 9:33 am
Paul Volcker, who as Federal Reserve chairman in the early 1980s elevated interest rates to historic highs and triggered a recession as the price of quashing double-digit inflation, has died, according to his office. He was 92. Volcker took charge of the Fed in August 1979, when the U.S. economy...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 27, 2006, file photo, Caroll Spinney, right, who portrays "Sesame Street" characters Oscar The Grouch, left, and Big Bird, arrives for the Daytime Emmy nominee party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on "Sesame Street," died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
The Associated Press
December 09, 2019 - 3:25 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes...
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Front row from left, 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees Michael Tilson Thomas, Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field, Joan Ganz Cooney, and Lloyd Morrisett, back row from left, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, and characters from "Sesame Street," Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and Elmo pose for a group photo following the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner at the State Department on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
December 09, 2019 - 3:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts. Also in this year's class were conductor Michael...
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FILE - This Nov. 9, 2013, file photo shows Rene Auberjonois at the International Myeloma Foundation 7th Annual Comedy Celebration in Los Angeles. Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. He was 79. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
The Associated Press
December 08, 2019 - 9:25 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 filer, Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi, second from left, poses for a photo with Holocaust survivors Sami Modiano, left, and Piero Terracina, right, during an event to commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Rome's Capitol Hill. Piero Terracina, 91, one of the last survivors of Italy's tiny Jewish community who were deported to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died. Rome's Jewish Community said Terracina died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. He was deported to the complex of Auschwitz-Birkenau camps with his family, where his parents, three siblings and other relatives perished. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
December 08, 2019 - 9:08 am
ROME (AP) — Piero Terracina, one of the last survivors of Italy's tiny Jewish community who were deported to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died. He was 91. Terracina died on Sunday, Rome's Jewish Community said. As a 15-year-old, he escaped the roundup by German occupying troops of Rome...
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FILE - This April 3, 1980 file photo shows Ron Leibman, from left, his wife Linda Lavin, playwright Neil Simon and Dinah Manoff in New York following the opening of the play "I Ought to be in Pictures." Leibman, who appeared in movies, theater and television in a career that spanned six decades and won a Tony for Tony Kushner's iconic play ”Angels in America," has died after an illness at age 82. Leibman's agent, Robert Attermann, said the actor died Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)
December 06, 2019 - 9:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Ron Leibman, who appeared in movies, theater and television in a career that spanned six decades and won a Tony award for Tony Kushner's iconic play ”Ängels in America," has died after an illness. He was 82. Leibman's agent, Robert Attermann, said the actor died Friday. He...
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