Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Feb 1, 2015

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany’s World War II surrender a “day of liberation” for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. ...

AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

Jan 19, 2015

AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

Journalist Jacques Lhuillery, whose more than three decades with Agence France-Presse took him to three continents, died overnight at age 61, the news agency said Sunday. The Tokyo bureau chief died in Brest in western France after a battle with cancer. “Jacques adored his ...

Four of France's top cartoonists killed in Paris massacre

Jan 8, 2015

Four of France's top cartoonists killed in Paris massacre

Four of France’s most famous cartoonists were among the dozen people murdered Wednesday when gunmen attacked the Paris offices of their satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, French prosecutors said. They included the editor-in-chief of the publication, Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb. The other three were: ...

Mario Cuomo, former New York governor, dies at 82

Jan 2, 2015

Mario Cuomo, former New York governor, dies at 82

Mario Cuomo, the three-time Democratic governor of New York who turned down several invitations to seek the U.S. presidency, has died at the age of 82. The precise circumstances of his death, which came on the day that his son, Andrew Cuomo, delivered inaugural ...

Dec 31, 2014

'Hong Kong's first spy' dies in China

A former police officer accused of spying for communist China in one of the former British colony’s highest-profile espionage cases has died, according to reports Tuesday. Top Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, paid tribute to John Tsang Chao-ko, whose memorial service was held ...

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

Dec 27, 2014

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco’s family said the famed musician died Wednesday evening at a Panama ...

Dec 25, 2014

Top Canadian criminal lawyer Edward Greenspan dies at 70

Edward Greenspan, one of Canada’s most prominent criminal lawyers, was remembered Wednesday as a force to be reckoned with by many in the legal community who were mourning his death. His law firm, Greenspan Partners LLP, confirmed his death Wednesday at age 70. Details ...

British blues, rock legend Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

Dec 23, 2014

British blues, rock legend Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

British blues and rock legend Joe Cocker, whose hits included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” and whose contortionist style of performance was memorably parodied by John Belushi on “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 70. His London-based agent, Barrie ...

Dec 22, 2014

Renowned British actress Billie Whitelaw dies at 82

British actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her intense collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, died on Sunday at the age of 82, her son told the BBC. Described by Beckett as the “perfect actress,” Whitelaw became the playwright’s muse and they created a series of ...

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 ...