Son of ex-slave who fought in Union Army dies at age 97

Jan 28, 2015

Son of ex-slave who fought in Union Army dies at age 97

Luke Martin Jr., the son of an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in North Carolina, said his daughter, Fannie Martin-Williams. Her father, who ...

AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

Jan 19, 2015

AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

Journalist Jacques Lhuillery, whose more than three decades with Agence France-Presse took him to three continents, died overnight at age 61, the news agency said Sunday. The Tokyo bureau chief died in Brest in western France after a battle with cancer. “Jacques adored his ...

Jan 13, 2015

'The Avengers' writer Brian Clemens dies at 83

British screenwriter Brian Clemens, who wrote the 1960s hit spy television series “The Avengers,” has died aged 83, his son, George, said on Monday. He died in a London hospital on Saturday, George Clemens told the BBC, adding: “The world has lost a really ...

'Dolce Vita' actress Anita Ekberg dies at 83

Jan 12, 2015

'Dolce Vita' actress Anita Ekberg dies at 83

Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, known for one of cinema’s most sensual performances in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” has died in Italy at the age of 83. The voluptuous actress, immortalized by her performance as the dream woman who tempts Marcello Mastroianni ...

Naples musician who mixed blues, jazz, love for city, dies at 59

Jan 6, 2015

Naples musician who mixed blues, jazz, love for city, dies at 59

Italian singer, songwriter and guitarist Pino Daniele, whose fusion of blues, jazz, rock and traditional Neapolitan music was heavily inspired by both the beauty and ugliness of his native Naples, has died. He was 59. Carlo Saitto, an official at Sant’Eugenio hospital in Rome, ...

Former Lebanese leader Karami dies at 80

Jan 2, 2015

Former Lebanese leader Karami dies at 80

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami died Thursday at the age of 80 after suffering from an undisclosed illness, the government said. Karami died Thursday morning at Beirut’s American University Medical Center, where he was undergoing treatment, the state-run National News Agency said. The ...

Stage, screen actor Edward Herrmann dies at 71

Jan 1, 2015

Stage, screen actor Edward Herrmann dies at 71

Edward Herrmann, the towering, melodious-voiced actor who brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to life in films and documentaries, won a Tony Award and charmed audiences as the stuffy dad on TV’s “Gilmore Girls,” died Wednesday. He was 71. Herrmann died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital ...

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies at 104

Dec 31, 2014

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies at 104

Luise Rainer, a star of cinema’s golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104. Rainer, whose roles ranged from the 1930s German stage to television’s “The Love Boat,” died Tuesday at her ...

Dec 29, 2014

Famed U.S. jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco dead at 91

Acclaimed American jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco has died at the age of 91, according to his website, following a long career and numerous collaborations with the genre’s biggest names. DeFranco died on Dec. 24 in Florida, the website said. He helped spearhead jazz’s move ...

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

Dec 29, 2014

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, has died in the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago, a spokeswoman for the polygamous vegan ...

Dec 24, 2014

114-year-old woman who challenged Facebook age policy dies

A 114-year-old woman who challenged Facebook after the social media site wouldn’t let her list her real age has died. Anna Stoehr, one of Minnesota’s oldest residents, died Sunday in her sleep after several days in hospice care, according to her son, Harlan Stoehr. ...