German Nobelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Apr 14, 2015

German Nobelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Germany’s Nobel-winning author, Gunter Grass, who acted as a moral compass for many in the postwar nation but later provoked criticism over his own World War II past, died Monday aged 87, his publishers said. The writer, one of Germany’s most influential if controversial ...

Cynthia, first wife of John Lennon, dead at 75, son Julian says

Apr 2, 2015

Cynthia, first wife of John Lennon, dead at 75, son Julian says

Cynthia Lennon, the British first wife of The Beatles’ songwriter John Lennon, has died at age 75, the couple’s son, Julian, said Wednesday. A message on the musician’s website said Lennon “passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but ...

| Mar 31, 2015

Obituary: Jane D. Rees

Longtime columnist for The Japan Times and other publications Jane Rees passed away on March 12 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She was 95. Rees was hospitalized after she fell at her home and suffered a serious head injury. She succumbed ...

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 ...