OBITUARIES

OBITUARIES

  • Agnes Nixon dies at 93; creator of 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children'

    Agnes Nixon dies at 93; creator of 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children'

    The grand dame of daytime television drama, Agnes Nixon liked to say that “everyone's life is a soap opera.” For proof, she offered up her own.  She had an “abandonment complex” because her parents divorced soon after she was born. Growing up in an Irish-Catholic enclave in Nashville in the 1930s...

  • Shimon Peres, Israeli leader instrumental in peace process, dies at 93

    Shimon Peres, Israeli leader instrumental in peace process, dies at 93

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, an omnipresent figure of the Israeli state, chief architect of its nuclear weapons program and a driving force behind its interim peace accords with the Palestinians, died Wednesday. He was 93. The Nobel peace laureate had been hospitalized in the city of...

  • Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmaker and ‘godfather of gore,' dies at 87

    Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmaker and ‘godfather of gore,' dies at 87

    Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the “godfather of gore,” has died. He was 87.  The director of such films as “Blood Feast” and “Two Thousand Maniacs” died in his sleep early Monday, spokesman James Saito said.  Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the “splatter...

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  • 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...

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