Jack Ely of 'Louie Louie' fame dies in Oregon at 71

Apr 29, 2015

Jack Ely of 'Louie Louie' fame dies in Oregon at 71

Jack Ely, the singer known for “Louie Louie,” the low-budget recording that became one the most famous songs of the 20th century, died at his home in Redmond, Oregon, after a long battle with an illness. He was 71. His son, Sean Ely, confirmed ...

Motorcycle accident claims actor, TV star Nagare Hagiwara, 62

Apr 23, 2015

Motorcycle accident claims actor, TV star Nagare Hagiwara, 62

Actor and television celebrity Nagare Hagiwara, 62, died in an accident while he was riding on a motorcycle in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, on Wednesday evening. Hagiwara, whose real name is Mitsuo Hagiwara, was found lying on the Ome Kaido highway with a large motorcycle ...

German Nobelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Apr 14, 2015

German Nobelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Germany’s Nobel-winning author, Gunter Grass, who acted as a moral compass for many in the postwar nation but later provoked criticism over his own World War II past, died Monday aged 87, his publishers said. The writer, one of Germany’s most influential if controversial ...

Cynthia, first wife of John Lennon, dead at 75, son Julian says

Apr 2, 2015

Cynthia, first wife of John Lennon, dead at 75, son Julian says

Cynthia Lennon, the British first wife of The Beatles’ songwriter John Lennon, has died at age 75, the couple’s son, Julian, said Wednesday. A message on the musician’s website said Lennon “passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but ...

| Mar 31, 2015

Obituary: Jane D. Rees

Longtime columnist for The Japan Times and other publications Jane Rees passed away on March 12 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She was 95. Rees was hospitalized after she fell at her home and suffered a serious head injury. She succumbed ...

Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91

Mar 23, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91

Singapore’s first and longest-serving prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, died Monday, the prime minister’s office said. He was 91. “The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr. Lee passed away ...

'Rakugo' classic comic storyteller Beicho dies at 89

Mar 20, 2015

'Rakugo' classic comic storyteller Beicho dies at 89

Japanese rakugo classic comic storyteller Katsura Beicho died of pneumonia on Thursday evening, his office said. He was 89. Beicho, whose real name was Kiyoshi Nakagawa, was honored by the government as a living national treasure in 1996 and was awarded the Order of ...

Children's author Miyoko Matsutani dies at 89

Mar 9, 2015

Children's author Miyoko Matsutani dies at 89

Author of children’s books Miyoko Matsutani died Feb. 28 of natural causes at a Tokyo hospital, her family said Monday. She was 89. Among her works was “Tatsunoko Taro” (“Taro the Dragon Boy”), a fairy tale published in 1960 and later made into an ...