OBITUARIES

OBITUARIES

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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  • 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...

  • Edwin "Rip" Smith, first minority tenured professor at USC law, dies at 66

    Edwin "Rip" Smith, first minority tenured professor at USC law, dies at 66

    As a teenager growing up in Louisville, Ky., Edwin “Rip” Smith rode multiple city buses each day, leaving his largely black neighborhood for the social isolation and academic rigor of a school in a white neighborhood. He ate at segregated restaurants and swam in segregated public pools that were...

  • Ruby Wilson, 'the queen of Beale Street,' dies at 68

    Ruby Wilson, 'the queen of Beale Street,' dies at 68

    Ruby Wilson, the blues, soul and gospel singer known as “The Queen of Beale Street,” died Friday, her manager said. She was 68.  Rollin Riggs, a partner at Resource Management Group, said Wilson died at a Memphis hospital. Riggs said she had suffered a massive heart attack the previous Saturday...

  • ESPN's John Saunders dies at 61

    ESPN's John Saunders dies at 61

    Longtime ESPN personality John Saunders has died at age 61, the network announced Wednesday. No cause of death was given. His survivors include his wife, Wanda, and daughters Aleah and Jenna. Saunders joined ESPN in 1986 as a “SportsCenter” anchor. He served as a studio host and play-by-play analyst...

  • Scott Folsom, an official and unofficial watchdog over L.A. schools, dies at 69

    Scott Folsom, an official and unofficial watchdog over L.A. schools, dies at 69

    Scott Folsom, a freelance Hollywood producer who never made a big splash in show business, found his true calling in another role, that of official and unofficial watchdog over the Los Angeles Unified School District. Folsom, 69, died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer that almost never...

  • New Orleans jazz clarinet great Pete Fountain dies at 86

    New Orleans jazz clarinet great Pete Fountain dies at 86

    Pete Fountain, the goateed clarinetist who became a global ambassador of New Orleans jazz with his flawlessly slippery technique and joyful sound, died Saturday of heart failure while in hospice care in New Orleans. Fountain's son-in-law and manager, Benny Harrell, confirmed the death, the Associated...

  • Nobel Prize-winning Caltech scientist Ahmed Zewail has died at 70

    Nobel Prize-winning Caltech scientist Ahmed Zewail has died at 70

    Ahmed H. Zewail, a Caltech chemist who won the 1999 Nobel Prize in chemistry for using lasers to reveal the secrets of chemical reactions, died Tuesday. He was 70. The cause was not disclosed. The American chemist was the first Egyptian and Arab to win a Nobel in science. Well-known in Egypt, Zewail...

  • David Huddleston, who played the title role in 'The Big Lebowski,' dies at 85

    David Huddleston, who played the title role in 'The Big Lebowski,' dies at 85

    David Huddleston, a character actor who already had a vast list of credits to his name when — late in his career —  he took what was to become his most famous role as the title character in “The Big Lebowski,” has died, said his wife, Sarah Koeppe. He was 85. Koeppe, his wife and partner of 32...

  • Anne of Romania, wife of King Michael, dies at 92

    Anne of Romania, wife of King Michael, dies at 92

    Anne of Romania, the loyal and modest wife of Romania's last monarch, King Michael, has died, Romania's royal house said. She was 92.  Anne died Monday afternoon at a hospital in Morges, Switzerland, surrounded by family including four of her daughters, a statement said.  Michael, 94, who is suffering...

  • James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is dead at 72

    James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is dead at 72

    James Alan McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story collection “Elbow Room” and a longtime faculty member at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, has died. McPherson died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City from complications of pneumonia, according to Iowa program secretary...

  • Forrest Mars Jr., who shaped global Mars candy empire, has died

    Forrest Mars Jr., who shaped global Mars candy empire, has died

    Forrest E. Mars Jr., who helped shape Mars Inc. into a multibillion-dollar confectionary empire with brands such as M&M's and Snickers bars, has died. He was 84. The retired Mars co-president died Tuesday in Seattle of complications from a heart attack, the company said. He had been living in Sheridan,...

  • William H McNeill, prize-winning world historian, dead at 98

    William H McNeill, prize-winning world historian, dead at 98

    William H. McNeill, the groundbreaking scholar who wove the stories of civilizations worldwide into the landmark “The Rise of the West” and described the power of disease to forge history in “Plagues and People,” died Friday. He was 98. McNeill, who died in Torrington, Conn., wrote more than 20...

  • Former rebel Serb leader Goran Hadzic dies at 58

    The former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia, Goran Hadzic, has died. He was 58. Hadzic, who had brain cancer, died Tuesday at the Hospital Center in Novi Sad in northern Serbia, the hospital said. He was arrested in 2011 and faced war crimes charges for his leadership of a campaign to carve off...

  • Noel Neill dies at 95; first actress to play Lois Lane

    Noel Neill dies at 95; first actress to play Lois Lane

    Noel Neill, the petite, red-haired actress best known for playing spunky Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane on TV’s “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s, died July 3 at her home in Tucson, according to the Associated Press. She was 95. A minor Paramount contract player and a World War II GI pinup...

  • Sydney Schanberg dies at 82; New York Times correspondent won Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Cambodia

    Sydney Schanberg dies at 82; New York Times correspondent won Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Cambodia

    Sydney H. Schanberg, a former correspondent for the New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the genocide in Cambodia in 1975 — and whose story of the survival of his assistant inspired the film "The Killing Fields" — has died. He was 82. The Times reported that Schanberg died...

  • Larry Bock dies at 56; biotech entrepreneur launched science festivals

    Larry Bock dies at 56; biotech entrepreneur launched science festivals

    Lawrence A. Bock, an Encinitas biotech entrepreneur who founded the San Diego Science Festival and used it as a model to create the USA Science and Engineering Festival, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 56. His death Wednesday was confirmed by USA Science and Engineering, the nation’s largest...

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