Sep 19, 2014

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92

A spaceship designer who worked on Yury Gagarin’s Vostok spaceship and was the last to shake his hand before liftoff, Oleg Ivanovsky, died on Thursday at 92, the Russian space agency said. Ivanovsky was a senior designer at the facility codenamed OKB-1, which built ...

Lyricist and literary award winner Yoko Yamaguchi dies at 77

Sep 16, 2014

Lyricist and literary award winner Yoko Yamaguchi dies at 77

Lyricist Yoko Yamaguchi, who also won a prestigious Japanese literary award in 1985, died Sept. 6 of respiratory failure, an official close to her said. She was 77. Yamaguchi, originally from Nagoya, opened a high-class bar in Tokyo’s Ginza district and started writing lyrics ...

Fourth Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

Sep 15, 2014

Fourth Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor, a woman, died Sunday after contracting the dreaded Ebola virus, the country’s chief medical officer told AFP. Doctor Olive Buck, who was in charge of Lumley Government Hospital in the capital’s west end, tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday ...

Wartime film idol, propaganda tool Rikoran dies at 94

Sep 14, 2014

Wartime film idol, propaganda tool Rikoran dies at 94

Film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan’s dreams of Asian conquest, has died at the age of 94. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the United States and one of the biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War ...

Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74

Sep 12, 2014

Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74

Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital ...

Sep 11, 2014

Fantasy writer Graham Joyce dies at 59

Graham Joyce, one of Britain’s best known fantasy writers, has died from complications of lymphoma cancer, an ilness he had blogged about extensively. He was 59. Joyce died Tuesday afternoon in a hospital near his home in Leicester, a city north of London, said ...

Joan Rivers, queen of U.S. 'comediennes,' dies at 81

Sep 5, 2014

Joan Rivers, queen of U.S. 'comediennes,' dies at 81

Joan Rivers, the acerbic standup comic and television host who blazed a trail at a time when comedy was all but off-limits to women, died in a hospital in New York on Thursday. She was 81. The award-winning star had been in Mount Sinai ...

William Greaves, TV host and filmmaker, dead at 87

Aug 28, 2014

William Greaves, TV host and filmmaker, dead at 87

William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning co-host and executive producer of a groundbreaking television news program and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died at age 87. Greaves died Monday at his ...

Former Sogo chief Hiroo Mizushima dies at 102

Aug 21, 2014

Former Sogo chief Hiroo Mizushima dies at 102

Hiroo Mizushima, the former chairman of failed department store chain Sogo Co., has died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital at the age of 102, it was learned Thursday. Mizushima, who was at the helm of Sogo for nearly 40 years, passed away ...

Leprosy activist Kodama dies at 82

May 11, 2014

Leprosy activist Kodama dies at 82

Yuji Kodama, a prominent fighter of discrimination against former leprosy patients, died Sunday of lung cancer at a sanitarium in Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture. He was 82. Kodama represented many former leprosy patients across the country who filed lawsuits, mainly in the late 1990s, claiming ...

Apr 16, 2014

Shijuro Ogata, ex-BOJ exec who witnessed Plaza Accord, dies at 86

Shijuro Ogata, who as Bank of Japan executive director witnessed the historic 1985 Plaza Accord of economic policy coordination among major nations, died of heart failure Monday, it was learned Wednesday. He was 86. His wife is Sadako Ogata, a former U.N. high commissioner ...

Chinese 'Iron Chef' Shu Tomitoku dies

Apr 13, 2014

Chinese 'Iron Chef' Shu Tomitoku dies

A Chinese chef who became a popular fixture on Japanese TV shows has died of aspiration pneumonia at a Yokohama hospital, his family said Sunday. He was 71. Zhou Fude, who died last Tuesday, was especially well-known as a result of his appearances on ...