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 ...

Feb 27, 2015

Popular Mexican singer Ariel Camacho dies in car crash

Young, up-and-coming Mexican singer Ariel Camacho has died in a traffic accident after leaving a concert, his record company confirmed Thursday. Camacho, already popular in his home state of Sinaloa and parts of the U.S. as a singer of the “grupera” genre, was touring ...

Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina dies in Pakistan at age 34

Feb 24, 2015

Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina dies in Pakistan at age 34

Maria Golovnina, Reuters bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan who was widely loved and admired for her courage, compassion and professionalism, died in Islamabad on Monday. Golovnina, 34, was found collapsed and unconscious in the bureau and was rushed to a hospital, but medical ...

Kabuki actor Bando Mitsugoro X dies at 59

Feb 23, 2015

Kabuki actor Bando Mitsugoro X dies at 59

Renowned kabuki actor Bando Mitsugoro X died Saturday in a Tokyo hospital. He was 59 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Mitsugoro, born Hisashi Morita, was head of the Bando-ryu school of classical Japanese dance. He played a wide range of roles in ...

Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry dies at 94

Feb 23, 2015

Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry dies at 94

Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, whose seven-decade career as a leader of big bands and sideman spanned a golden era of 20th century jazz, has died at 94, his wife announced on Sunday. “Our beloved Clark Terry has joined the big band in heaven where ...

Feb 20, 2015

Obituary: Richard W. (Dick) Petree

The founding president of the U.S.-Japan Foundation and a former U.S. diplomat in Japan, Richard W. (Dick) Petree died Feb. 8 at a hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 90 years old. After service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Petree earned ...

'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68

Feb 17, 2015

'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, “It’s My Party,” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” died Monday. She ...