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  • Edward Lofgren, physicist who built early particle accelerator, dies at 102

    Edward Lofgren, physicist who built early particle accelerator, dies at 102

    A pioneering physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who helped build a key tool for studying the universe and played a role in the project that created the first atomic bomb has died, a lab official said Thursday.  Edward Joseph Lofgren led the development, construction and operation...

  • Mia Farrow's son Thaddeus dies after being found injured in car

    Mia Farrow's son Thaddeus dies after being found injured in car

    Mia Farrow's 27-year-old son, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, has died after being found seriously injured in his vehicle in Connecticut.  State police say Thaddeus Farrow was found Wednesday afternoon in Roxbury with a life-threatening injury and was pronounced dead at a hospital.  Officials say there appeared...

  • Author W.P. Kinsella dies at 81; wrote the novel that became ‘Field of Dreams'

    Author W.P. Kinsella dies at 81; wrote the novel that became ‘Field of Dreams'

    Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella, who blended magical realism and baseball in the book that became the smash hit film “Field of Dreams,” has died. He was 81.  His literary agent, Carolyn Swayze, said in a statement that Kinsella's death on Friday in Hope, British Columbia was doctor-assisted. Details...

  • Frank Wyle, aerospace innovator and L.A. museum benefactor, dies at 97

    Frank Wyle, aerospace innovator and L.A. museum benefactor, dies at 97

    Frank Wyle was once asked how he had managed to navigate a life of diverse experiences. The aerospace innovator replied that he envisioned it as a series of chapters: Each was to be embraced with excitement and without wistfulness for the past. That philosophy guided Wyle down a colorful path during...

  • Rose Mofford, Arizona's first female governor, dies at 94

    Rose Mofford, Arizona's first female governor, dies at 94

    Rose Mofford, Arizona's first female governor and a shepherd for the state during a period of political turbulence, died Thursday. She was 94.  Mofford was injured in a fall last month and placed in a hospice facility, where she died, former spokeswoman and longtime friend Athia Hardt said.  A...

  • Man who set fire that killed 87 people at a New York nightclub dies in prison

    The man who started the fire that killed 87 people at a New York City nightclub 26 years ago has died at an upstate prison. The New York Daily News reported that a state corrections spokesman said 61-year-old Julio Gonzalez died Tuesday at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh. Gonzalez...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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