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Peter Falk Dies at 83

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Actor Peter Falk has died at the age of 83. Falk is best known for his portrayal of the rumpled, seemingly slow-witted television detective Columbo, a role that earned him four Emmy awards. One of Lieutenant Columbo’s trademarks was an ever-present, wrinkled raincoat that was plucked from Falk’s personal closet. In 2006 Falk wrote a […]

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Famed British Peace Activist Brian Haw Dead at 62

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Brian Haw, a peace activist who for years held a nearly non-stop vigil in a tent across from Britain’s parliament, has died, his family announced Sunday. Almost everyone who worked in or visited the London landmark had seen him. A former carpenter and member of the Merchant Navy, Haw set up his tent near opposite […]

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Soviet-Era Human Rights Activist Yelena Bonner Dies at 88

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Veteran Soviet-era rights activist Yelena Bonner, widow of Nobel Peace laureate Andrei Sakharov, has died in the United States at the age of 88. Bonner died of heart problems Saturday in Boston, where she lived with her son and daughter. Bonner was a relentless critic of human rights abuses by Soviet-era authorities. She was born […]

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Springsteen Sax Star Clarence Clemons Dies

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Clarence Clemons, the burly star saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band, died Saturday, six days after suffering a stroke following surgery. Clemons was 69. His bandleader, Springsteen, said on his website Clemons’ loss is “immeasurable.” Springsteen said “we are honored and thankful to have know him and had the opportunity to stand beside him […]

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Soviet-Era Human Rights Activist Yelena Bonner Dies in US

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Veteran Soviet-era rights activist Yelena Bonner, the widow of Nobel Peace laureate Andrei Sakharov, has died in the United States at the age of 88. Bonner died of heart problems Saturday in Boston, where she had lived in recent years with her son and daughter as her health deteriorated. She had previously suffered two heart […]

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Ex-Zambian President Chiluba Dies

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba died early Saturday at his home in Lusaka. He was 68-years old. Mr. Chiluba’s spokesman, Emmanuel Mwamba, said the country’s first democratically elected leader suffered a heart attack after spending most of Friday with members of parliment and his lawyers. Mwamba said Mr. Chiluba became ill Friday evening and died […]

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Ex-Zambian President Chiluba Dies

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Zambian spokesman says Frederick Chiluba, the country’s first democratically elected president, died at his home Saturday. He was 68. His spokesman says he had been suffering from heart and kidney problems. Mr. Chiluba led Zambia from 1991 to 2002. The son of a copper miner and former union leader, Mr. Chiluba took office after […]

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Indian Spiritual Leader Dies After Months of Fasting

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Indian spiritual leader Swami Nigamanand, who was on a hunger strike for 115 days to protest environmental abuses in the country, died late Monday at the age of 36 in a hospital in Uttarakhand state. Nigamanand was fasting to bring attention to pollution of India’s revered Ganga River, also known as the Ganges. Nigamanand, who […]

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Award-Winning Travel Writer Patrick Leigh Fermor Dies at 96

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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World renowned British travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, who kidnapped the Nazi military commander of occupied Crete in World War II, has died at age 96. Leigh Fermor’s books about life in Greece and travel across Europe and the Caribbean are regarded as some of the best travel books ever written. They include The Traveller’s […]

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India’s “Picasso” Dies at 95

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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India’s most eminent artist, Maqbool Fida Husain, sometimes called “the Indian Picasso,” died Thursday in London at the age of 95. Indian President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and artists and ordinary Indians paid tribute to Husain after news of his death spread across the country. Husain began his career in India as a […]

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