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 ...

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 ...