CALIFORNIA LIVES Notable Obituaries From the Archives
From the Archives: Richard Pryor; a Groundbreaking, Anguished Comedian

Richard Pryor, whose blunt, blue and brilliant comedic confrontations confidently tackled what many stand-up comics before him deemed too shocking to broach, died early Saturday. He was 65.

Pryor suffered a heart attack at his home in the San Fernando Valley. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

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Van Williams, TV's 'Green Hornet' and later an L.A. cop, dies at 82

Van Williams was teaching scuba diving in Waikiki when a man approached him and said he looked like Hollywood material.

The idea seemed comical to Williams. A Texas kid who’d chased adventure around the South Pacific and finally to Hawaii, his resume consisted of exactly one high school stage production and a whole lot of football.

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Popular Indian actress-turned-political-force Jayaram Jayalalithaa dies at 68

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, died Monday. She was 68.

The Apollo Hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai said Jayalalithaa died after undergoing surgery following a heart attack on Sunday night.

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From the Archives: Joan Bennett, Movie, Stage, TV Star, Dies

Actress Joan Bennett, whose 50-year career included more than 75 film roles ranging from sweet, young blondes to sinister and vampy schemers, has died at her home in Scarsdale, N.Y. She was 80.

Bennett's daughter, Shelley Wanger, said the actress died of a heart attack while having dinner. She was declared dead on arrival at White Plains Hospital Friday evening.

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From the Archives: Rock 'n' Roll's Roy Orbison Dies

Roy Orbison, whose personal life often mirrored the melancholy themes of his music, died late Tuesday night in a Hendersonville, Tenn., hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The singer and composer, who had transcended mere performing to become a legend in the country-oriented rock 'n' roll that he had helped pioneer, was 52.

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From the Archives: Desi Arnaz, TV Lucy's Loving Co-Star, Dies

Desi Arnaz, a refugee Cuban conga player who loved Lucy for 10 of the most entertaining and profitable years in television history, died early Tuesday of cancer.

The bandleader-executive whose business acumen doomed live television and made him and Lucille Ball multimillionaires, was 69 and died in his home in Del Mar, a San Diego suburb. His daughter, Lucie, was at his side. His son Desi Jr.

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