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Russian Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya Diest At 86

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya, the widow of legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, died Tuesday aged 86. State media report that she has suffered from heart trouble in recent years. The famed soprano was celebrated for her dramatic interpretations of classic and modern works and sang in most major opera houses across the world. For many […]

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Three-time World Boxing Champ ‘Macho’ Camacho Dead at Age 50

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Former world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho died Saturday after being removed from life support just days after he was shot in the face. The director of the hospital treating him in Puerto Rico says Camacho went into cardiac arrest overnight and died soon after being disconnected from life support. The 50-year-old Puerto Rican boxing […]

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American Indian Activist Russell Means Dies

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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American Indian activist and actor Russell Means died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 72. Means, a onetime leader of the American Indian Movement, called national attention to the plight of impoverished Native Americans in the 1970s. He helped organize the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee – a 71-day confrontation in which hundreds […]

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Former US Presidential Candidate George McGovern Dies

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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George McGovern, a former U.S. lawmaker best known for a devastating defeat in the 1972 presidential election, has died. McGovern passed away at age 90 on Sunday in his native South Dakota. Family members say he had been suffering from a “combination of medical conditions.” McGovern served terms as a Democratic Congressman and a Senator […]

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Former U.S. Presidential Candidate George McGovern Dies

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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George McGovern, a former U.S. lawmaker best known for a devastating defeat in the 1972 presidential election, has died. He was 90. McGovern passed away on Sunday in his native South Dakota. Family members say he had been suffering from a “combination of medical conditions” that had worsened. He was recently admitted to hospice care. […]

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Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk Dies

Posted October 14th, 2012 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Cambodian king, Norodom Sihanouk, has died at the age of 89. Cambodian government officials say the former leader died of natural causes early Monday , in Beijing, where he was receiving medical treatment. Sihanouk came to the throne in 1941 and went on to rule Cambodia off and on more than 60 years. Sihanouk […]

Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk Dies

Posted October 14th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media reports that Cambodia’s former king, Norodom Sihanouk, has died in Beijing. He was 89. Sihanouk came to the throne in 1941 at the age of 19. He went on to rule Cambodia off and on more than 60 years. Sihanouk was heralded for bringing his ancient kingdom through independence from France, war […]

Former Senator Arlen Specter Dies of Cancer

Posted October 14th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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(correction in graf 4)) Former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter has died of cancer at age 82. The Republican-turned Democrat represented Pennsylvania for 30 years, playing key roles in confirmation battles for U.S. Supreme Court nominees. First elected to the Senate as a Republican in 1980, Specter garnered national attention and Republican ire for resisting then-President […]

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Burmese Independence Leader Dies in China

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the last surviving Burmese independence leaders has died in exile. Former Brigadier General Kyaw Zaw died Wednesday at a hospital in southern China, where he had lived since fleeing Burma in 1976. He was 93. Kyaw Zaw rose to prominence as one of the “30 Comrades” who led the fight for Burma’s independence […]

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Dissident Vietnamese Poet Nguyen Chi Thien Dies at 73

Posted October 4th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Dissident Vietnamese poet Nguyen Chi Thien, who memorized his poems while languishing in prison where he was not allowed to write, has died at age 73. A friend of Thien announced his death this week in Los Angeles, where he had lived since 1995. Thein was first jailed in 1960 after telling a group of […]

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