Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

| Dec 17, 2014

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door ...

Yakuza film veteran Bunta Sugawara dies at 81

Dec 1, 2014

Yakuza film veteran Bunta Sugawara dies at 81

Renowned actor Bunta Sugawara, who won fame portraying the grittiness and cruelty of small-time gangsters, died Friday at a Tokyo hospital from liver cancer, movie company Toei Co. said Monday. He was 81. A native of Sendai, Sugawara starred in director Kinji Fukasaku’s eight-part ...

Notorious gangster known as Britain's most violent dies

Nov 27, 2014

Notorious gangster known as Britain's most violent dies

An infamous London gangster known as “Mad” Frankie Fraser has died in a hospital at age 90, a former associate said on Wednesday. In his 1960s heyday, Fraser was known as an enforcer who inflicted violence on behalf of the two gangs that dominated ...

Renowned interpreter Masao Kunihiro dies

Nov 26, 2014

Renowned interpreter Masao Kunihiro dies

Masao Kunihiro, a former Diet member and renowned interpreter who conducted simultaneous interpretation during the live TV broadcast of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969, died of natural causes Tuesday evening at a Tokyo nursing care facility. He was 84. A ...

China mourns death of film legend Takakura

Nov 19, 2014

China mourns death of film legend Takakura

China on Wednesday mourned the death of Japanese film star Ken Takakura, in a rare expression of cultural affinity between the Asian rivals. Best known in the West for his role as a tough detective in Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain,” Takakura came to prominence ...

Renowned Japanese actor Ken Takakura dies at 83

Nov 18, 2014

Renowned Japanese actor Ken Takakura dies at 83

Renowned Japanese actor Ken Takakura died of malignant lymphoma early on Nov. 10, media reported Tuesday. He was 83. Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Takakura was one of Japan’s premier actors, making his film debut in 1956’s “Denko Karate Uchi” (Lightning Karate Blow). He was ...

Nov 4, 2014

Former Lower House speaker Tamura dies at 90

Hajime Tamura, a former speaker of the Lower House and a powerful member of the Liberal Democratic Party, has died, his family said Tuesday. He was 90. First elected to the Lower House in 1955 from a district in Mie Prefecture, Tamura won 14 ...

Oct 28, 2014

Hisahiko Okazaki, security adviser to Abe, dies at 84

Former Ambassador to Thailand Hisahiko Okazaki, who later became a diplomatic and security adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, died Sunday at a Tokyo hospital, the Foreign Ministry said. He was 84. Okazaki also served as intelligence bureau chief and as ambassador to Saudi ...

Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

Oct 26, 2014

Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream, he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to thrill audiences throughout the world. Bruce, who died ...

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Oct 22, 2014

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 93. Bradlee died at his home of natural causes, the Post reported. ...