OBITUARIES

OBITUARIES

Gabriele Amorth, prominent Roman Catholic exorcist, dies at 91

He used to call himself the Vatican’s exorcist, and that was a pretty apt description. Officially, Father Gabriele Amorth performed exorcisms for the Rome Diocese. He reveled in the role and was never shy about talking about what is one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most ancient, and controversial,...

  • Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem of Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 63

    Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem of Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 63

    Bill Nunn, a character actor best known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in director Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” has died. He was 63. Nunn’s wife, Donna, confirmed his death to the Associated Press and said he had been battling cancer. Word of his death first arrived via Instagram...

  • Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

    Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

    Accordionist, bandleader and New Orleans music icon Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. of Buckwheat Zydeco has died. He was 68. His death was confirmed by the band’s manager and frequent collaborator, Ted Fox, who wrote on the Buckwheat Zydeco’s Facebook page that Dural had died early Saturday morning....

  • John D. Loudermilk, 'Tobacco Road' songwriter, dies at 82

    John D. Loudermilk, 'Tobacco Road' songwriter, dies at 82

    John D. Loudermilk, a singer and songwriter who wrote pop and country songs such as "Tobacco Road" and "Indian Reservation," has died. He was 82. His son, Mike Loudermilk, said that his father died on Wednesday in Christiana, Tenn. Loudermilk, originally from North Carolina, began his career as...

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  • Beloved San Francisco political activist Rose Pak dies at 68

    Beloved San Francisco political activist Rose Pak dies at 68

    Rose Pak, a brash and lively community activist who helped transform San Francisco's growing Asian American population into a politically powerful constituency during an era when few women carried such clout, has died. She was 68.  Pak died of natural causes in her home Sunday morning. Friends...

  • 'Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp, dies at 73

    'Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp, dies at 73

    Charmian Carr will always be 16 going on 17 for fans of "The Sound of Music." In the movie adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, she played the rebellious Liesl von Trapp, eldest daughter of a privileged Austrian clan of seven children living under the strictures of their militaristic...

  • Ed Edelman, crusading L.A. County supervisor, dead at 85

    Ed Edelman, crusading L.A. County supervisor, dead at 85

    Ed Edelman, the longtime Los Angeles County supervisor whose crusading policymaking influenced many aspects of local life including child welfare, health services and environmental preservation, has died. He was 85.  During his 20 years on the Board of Supervisors, Edelman championed efforts to...

  • Stanley Sheinbaum, L.A. liberal lion who shaped decades of political dialogue, dead at 96

    Stanley Sheinbaum, L.A. liberal lion who shaped decades of political dialogue, dead at 96

    For more than four decades, Stanley Sheinbaum regularly gathered moguls, presidents, celebrities and activists in his Brentwood living room to sip wine and debate the issues of the day. King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Norman Lear, Barbra Streisand and Warren Beatty...

  • Greta Friedman, woman in iconic WWII Times Square kiss photograph, dies at 92

    Greta Friedman, woman in iconic WWII Times Square kiss photograph, dies at 92

    The woman who was kissed by an ecstatic sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died at the age of 92. Greta Zimmer Friedman's son says his mother died Thursday at a hospital in Richmond, Va. She died from complications of old age, he said. Friedman was a 21-year-old dental...

  • Prince Buster, Jamaican music legend who pioneered ska music, dies at 78

    Prince Buster, Jamaican music legend who pioneered ska music, dies at 78

    Ska pioneer and Jamaican music legend Prince Buster has died at 78, several years after suffering a stroke, his wife, Mola Ali, said Friday. Born Cecil Bustamante Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1938, he became one of the island’s most revered musicians as Prince Buster, performing in and producing...

  • Actor John Hostetter of TV's 'Murphy Brown' dies at 69

    John Hostetter, an actor, painter and musician best known for playing the steady stage manager in "Murphy Brown," has died. Hostetter died Sept. 2 of complications resulting from a long battle with cancer, his wife, Del Appleby, told the Associated Press on Thursday. Hostetter was 69 and died in...

  • Fred Hellerman, founder of folk group the Weavers, dead at 89

    Fred Hellerman, a founding member of the influential folk music quartet the Weavers, has died. He was 89. Hellerman died Thursday at his home in Weston, Conn., after a lengthy illness, his son, Caleb Hellerman, said Friday. The Weavers were formed in the late 1940s by Hellerman along with Pete...

  • Jerry Heller, controversial early manager of N.W.A, dies at 75

    Jerry Heller, controversial early manager of N.W.A, dies at 75

    Jerry Heller, the combative music manager whose fraught relationship with the seminal hip-hop group N.W.A was searingly portrayed in last year’s box office hit “Straight Outta Compton,” died Friday of a heart attack at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks. He was 75.  Heller’s cousin, Gary Ballen,...

  • Margrit Biever Mondavi, 'great lady' of Napa wine world, dies at 91

    Margrit Biever Mondavi, the widow of California wine pioneer Robert G. Mondavi who served as the company's cultural affairs director for decades, has died. She was 91. Mondavi died Friday afternoon of cancer at her Napa home, said Keith Roberts, her son-in-law. "She was the great lady of Napa Valley...

  • Veteran actor Jon Polito dies at 65; starred in 'The Big Lebowski,' 'Miller's Crossing'

    Veteran actor Jon Polito dies at 65; starred in 'The Big Lebowski,' 'Miller's Crossing'

    TV and film actor Jon Polito, the bumbling private snoop in “The Big Lebowski” who left his mark in several Coen Brothers films, has died. He was 65. Polito’s Coen filmography included “Barton Fink,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” and “Miller’s Crossing,” which placed him among the gaggle of actors...

  • Vera Caslavska, Czech gymnastics great who fought Soviet invasion, dies at 74

    Vera Caslavska, a seven-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, has died. She was 74. The Czech Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Caslavska died in Prague late Tuesday. Caslavska had cancer of the pancreas and underwent surgery...

  • Joy Browne, TV and radio psychologist, dead at 71

    Dr. Joy Browne, the syndicated radio and television psychologist whose upbeat and approachable style made her a favorite for nearly four decades, has died. Browne died Saturday in Manhattan, according to her daughter, Patience Browne, who did not give a cause of death. Dr. Browne was 71. Born in...

  • Roger Tsien, who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry, dies at 64

    Roger Tsien, the exuberant and resourceful UC San Diego researcher who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for helping to find a more effective way to peer inside cells and organisms, has died. He was 64. Tsien passed away Aug. 24 apparently on a bike trail in Eugene, Ore., said UC San Diego...

  • Joe Hicks dies at 75; prominent black conservative

    Joe Hicks dies at 75; prominent black conservative

    Joe Hicks, a Los Angeles-based community activist whose views as a black conservative were solicited often by the media, died Sunday at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica following complications after a routine hernia operation. He was 75. In recent years Hicks — with his bald head and...

  • Juan Gabriel, superstar Mexican singer and songwriter, dies at 66

    Juan Gabriel, superstar Mexican singer and songwriter, dies at 66

    Juan Gabriel, the beloved top-selling Mexican singer who wooed crowds on both sides of the border with ballads of love and heartbreak for more than four decades, died Sunday at his home in Santa Monica. Juan Gabriel, who had suffered from health problems in recent years, died of natural causes,...

  • Max Ritvo, L.A. poet who chronicled his cancer battle, dies at 25

     Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25. Ritvo died Tuesday morning at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, said Friday. Ritvo was diagnosed at 16 with Ewing's sarcoma,...

  • Designer Sonia Rykiel, known for a relaxed style, dies at 86

    Designer Sonia Rykiel, known for a relaxed style, dies at 86

    Sonia Rykiel, a French designer dubbed the “queen of knitwear” whose relaxed sweaters in berry-colored stripes and eye-popping motifs helped liberate women from stuffy suits, has died at 86.  President Francois Hollande's office announced her death in a statement Thursday, praising her as “a pioneer”...

  • Jazz harmonica master Toots Thielemans dies at 94

    Jazz harmonica master Toots Thielemans dies at 94

    Toots Thielemans, a jazz harmonica player, guitarist and whistler whose 1961 composition “Bluesette” became a jazz standard, has died, the Associated Press reported Monday. He was 94.  Belgian broadcaster RTL reported that his manager, Veerle Van de Poel, said that "there were no complications....

  • Prize-winning author Joyce Carol Thomas dead at 78

    Joyce Carol Thomas, a prize-winning children's author and champion of multiculturalism, has died. She was 78. Thomas died Aug. 13 at Stanford University Medical Center of cirrhosis of the liver stemming from a bad blood transfusion decades ago, according to her sister, Flora Krasnovsky. Thomas...

  • Founding guitarist of 3 Doors Down Matt Roberts dies

    Guitarist Matt Roberts, a founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down, has died in Wisconsin.  The 38-year-old was in West Bend to perform at a benefit. The West Bend Police Department says someone called authorities around 7 a.m. Saturday to report an unconscious man in a hotel hallway. Police...

  • Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

    Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

    Lou Pearlman, the disgraced music impresario who launched the Backstreet Boys, NSync and other boy bands in the 1990s before being convicted in a Ponzi scheme, has died at 62, according to the prison where Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence.  The former producer and manager died Friday at...

  • Veteran actor Jack Riley, a regular on 'The Bob Newhart Show,' dies at 80

    Veteran actor Jack Riley, a regular on 'The Bob Newhart Show,' dies at 80

    Jack Riley, who played a counseling client on "The Bob Newhart Show" in the 1970s and also voiced a character on Nickelodeon's animated "Rugrats," died Friday. The 80-year-old actor died in Los Angeles, according to his representative, Paul Doherty. Besides portraying grumpy, self-absorbed Elliot...

  • James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the industrial rock band from 1991 to 1994, died Sunday, his ex-wife Kate Van Buren, announced in a Facebook post. No cause of death was given. Woolley, 49, was part of the band in 1991 when the group recorded its album “The Downward...

  • John McLaughlin, center of influential TV pundit chat show 'The McLaughlin Group,' dies at 89

    John McLaughlin, center of influential TV pundit chat show 'The McLaughlin Group,' dies at 89

    If you recently tuned into a cable news program centered around politics, and the discourse drifted into something more akin to a combative holiday dinner than buttoned-up Beltway chatter, you have John McLaughlin to thank. He was a tireless conservative voice whose long-running weekly public television...

  • 'Innovative' jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson dies at 75

    'Innovative' jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson dies at 75

    Bobby Hutcherson, the bricklayer's son who became one of the greatest, most inventive jazz vibraphonists to pick up a pair of mallets, has died at age 75.  Hutcherson died Monday at his family home in Montara, a small seaside community south of San Francisco. The cause was complications related...

  • Joao Havelange, former longtime president of FIFA, dies at 100

    Joao Havelange, former longtime president of FIFA, dies at 100

    Joao Havelange, who as president of FIFA for two decades transformed soccer's governing body into a multibillion-dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, has died. He was 100.  Havelange, a native Brazilian, died Tuesday while Rio de Janeiro was hosting...

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