Japanese journalist, antiwar activist Takeji Muno dies at 101

Aug 21, 2016

Japanese journalist, antiwar activist Takeji Muno dies at 101

Centenarian journalist and antiwar activist Takeji Muno died Sunday at his home in the city of Saitama, his family announced. He was 101. Known as the publisher of Taimatsu (Torch), a weekly newspaper, Muno’s articles included those that revealed his regret for not reporting ...

'Star Wars' R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker dies at 81

Aug 14, 2016

'Star Wars' R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker dies at 81

Kenny Baker played the lovable droid R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” films, achieving cult status and fans’ adulation without showing his face or speaking any lines. The 3-foot 8-inch (112-cm) performer — a word he preferred to actor — inside the waste-bin-shaped costume has ...

Aug 11, 2016

Versatile ESPN 'Sports Reporters' host John Saunders dies at 61

John Saunders, the versatile sportscaster who has hosted ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters” for the last 15 years, has died, the network announced Wednesday. He was 61. Saunders joined ESPN in 1986. The Canadian did play-by-play on various sports, led NHL Stanley Cup and World ...

Clarinetist Pete Fountain dead at 86

Aug 7, 2016

Clarinetist Pete Fountain dead at 86

Clarinetist Pete Fountain, whose Dixieland jazz virtuosity and irrepressible wit endeared him to his native New Orleans and earned him decades of national television fame, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 86. Benny Harrell, Fountain’s son-in-law and manager, said Fountain was in hospice ...

Cancer claims famed pianist Hiroko Nakamura, 72

Jul 29, 2016

Cancer claims famed pianist Hiroko Nakamura, 72

Noted Japanese pianist Hiroko Nakamura, a prizewinner at the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, died of bowel cancer at her Tokyo home Tuesday. She was 72. A native of Yamanashi Prefecture, Nakamura, whose real name was Hiroko Fukuda, was one of the first students ...

Death of Yumi Ito of twin pop duo The Peanuts confirmed

Jul 11, 2016

Death of Yumi Ito of twin pop duo The Peanuts confirmed

Yumi Ito, the younger member of the pop duo Peanuts, comprising identical twin sisters, died May 18, a person related to her former management office said Monday. She was 75. Ito and her sister Emi formed The Peanuts and made their recording debut in ...

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami dies in France at 76

Jul 5, 2016

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami dies in France at 76

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76 in France, Iranian media reported on Monday. Kiarostami, who won the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for “Taste of Cherry,” left Tehran last week to undergo treatment ...