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Playwright A.R. Gurney, who explored a vanishing America, dies at 86

A.R. Gurney, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright whose work offered a window into the inner lives of the upper-crust white Anglo-Saxon Protestants he grew up among, has died at age 86.

Gurney's agent Jonathan Lomma said the playwright died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. No cause of death was given.

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Anita Pallenberg, Keith Richards' former girlfriend and muse to the Rolling Stones, dies

Anita Pallenberg, the former girlfriend of Keith Richards and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, and — briefly — a paramour of Mick Jagger, died Tuesday after a long illness.

A representative of Richards’ told the Associated Press that Pallenberg died Tuesday at St Richard's Hospital in the city of Chichester in southeast England.

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Angela Brodie, breast cancer research pioneer credited with saving the lives of thousands, dies at 92

Angela Hartley Brodie, a scientist whose research improved treatments for breast cancer and was credited with helping save the lives of thousands of women, has died of complication from Parkinson’s disease. She was 82.

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Jim Stewart, Scripps diver who opened the sea to scientists, dies at 89

Jim Stewart, an innovative Scripps Institution of Oceanography diver-educator who helped open the world’s oceans to scientists in the 1950s and ’60s by training them to use some of the first scuba equipment, has died. He was 89.

Stewart died from natural causes Wednesday in Irvine, according to Scripps.

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Adnan Khashoggi, wealthy arms dealer and Iran-Contra figure, dies at 81

Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, once one of the world's richest men who was implicated in the Iran-Contra affair, has died at 81.

A statement from his family says Khashoggi died in London on Tuesday. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Khashoggi was notorious for his lavish lifestyle. He was estimated to be worth about $4 billion at the peak of his wealth in the 1970s.

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Ex-Austrian official who helped tear down the Iron Curtain dies at 82

Former Austrian Foreign Minister Alois Mock, who made international headlines nearly three decades ago when he cut through the barbed wire that represented the communist Iron Curtain, has died at the age of 82.

Mock and his Hungarian counterpart helped speed along the thaw in the icy relations between the West and the Soviet bloc when they snipped away the wire fence separating their countries.

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