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  • Clifton James, the swaggering Southern sheriff in two James Bond movies, dies at 96

    Clifton James, the swaggering Southern sheriff in two James Bond movies, dies at 96

    Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a Southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died at the age of 96. James died Saturday in Gladstone, Ore., due to complications from diabetes, his daughter Lynn James said. "He was the most...

  • Allan Holdsworth, electric guitar innovator, dies at 70

    Allan Holdsworth, electric guitar innovator, dies at 70

    Allan Holdsworth, an innovative and influential electric guitarist who helped shape everything from progressive rock to jazz over the past half century, died Sunday at his home in north San Diego County. He was 70. Holdsworth, who the late composer and musician Frank Zappa once said deserved credit...

  • Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

    Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

    An Italian doctor says Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person, has died in her home in northern Italy. Dr. Carlo Bava told the Associated Press by telephone that Morano's caretaker called to say the woman had died Saturday afternoon while sitting in an armchair in her home in Verbania, a...

  • Robert W. Taylor, a pioneer of the modern computer, dies at 85

    Robert W. Taylor, a pioneer of the modern computer, dies at 85

    Robert W. Taylor, one of the most important figures in the creation of the modern computer and the Internet, has died. He was 85. According to his son Kurt Taylor, the scientist died Thursday at his home in Woodside. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease and other ailments. Taylor’s name was not...

  • Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84

    Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84

    His NFL franchise was dominant in the fall, but Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney was a man for all seasons. He helped settle two players’ strikes, came up with a rule that promoted diversity in the coaching and executive ranks, collected six Super Bowl rings along the way and served as United...

  • Improv maestro Gary Austin, founder of the Groundlings, dies at 75

    Improv maestro Gary Austin, founder of the Groundlings, dies at 75

    Gary Austin, who founded the Los Angeles improv company the Groundlings — a troupe that launched the careers of Paul Reubens, Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow and Melissa McCarthy — died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. at age 75 after battling cancer. The Groundlings shared the news of...

  • Artist James Rosenquist, a key pop art figure, dies at 83

    Artist James Rosenquist, a key pop art figure, dies at 83

    Artist James Rosenquist, a key figure in the pop art movement, has died. He was 83. Rosenquist's wife, Mimi Thompson, told the New York Times that he died Friday in New York City after a long illness. Rosenquist started by painting signs and billboard advertisements in Times Square and other public...

  • Julian Stanczak, known for Op art painting, dies at 88

    Julian Stanczak, known for Op art painting, dies at 88

    Julian Stanczak, an artist known worldwide for his brightly colored, geometric Op art, has died. He was 88. Stanczak died March 25 at his home in the Cleveland suburb of Seven Hills, said Diane Rosenstein, whose Los Angeles-based gallery represented Stanczak. She said he died after a brief illness....

  • Gilbert Baker, creator of the gay pride rainbow flag, dies at 65

    Gilbert Baker, creator of the gay pride rainbow flag, dies at 65

    Gilbert Baker was a soldier from Kansas, stationed in San Francisco at the start of the gay liberation movement. When he was honorably discharged from the military, he decided to teach himself to sew. “He was a drag queen,” explained his longtime friend Cleve Jones. “He sewed gowns and costumes.”...

  • Francine Wilson, domestic abuse victim whose trial changed law and attitudes in U.S., dies at 69

    Francine Wilson, domestic abuse victim whose trial changed law and attitudes in U.S., dies at 69

    Francine Wilson, whose trial for killing her abusive husband became a landmark spousal abuse case and the subject of a book and the television movie “The Burning Bed,” has died. She was 69. Wilson died March 22 of complications from pneumonia, said Jim Hughes, one of her children. A memorial service...

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