British blues, rock legend Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

Dec 23, 2014

British blues, rock legend Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

British blues and rock legend Joe Cocker, whose hits included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” and whose contortionist style of performance was memorably parodied by John Belushi on “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 70. His London-based agent, Barrie ...

Dec 22, 2014

Photographer Jane Bown who snapped royalty and rockstars dies at 89

British photographer Jane Bown, who captured Samuel Beckett, John Lennon and Queen Elizabeth II in iconic black and white portraits, has died aged 89, her former employer, The Observer, reported on Sunday. The newspaper employed Bown in 1949, and she came to the office ...

Austrian crooner Udo Juergens, 80, dies in Switzerland

Dec 22, 2014

Austrian crooner Udo Juergens, 80, dies in Switzerland

Austrian crooner Udo Juergens, whose more than 50-year career was studded with hits in languages ranging from German to Japanese, died on Sunday following a heart attack. He was 80. Juergens, who also held Swiss nationality, took ill while walking in the countryside in ...

Last of original 'Murrow's Boys' Richard C. Hottelet dies at 97

Dec 18, 2014

Last of original 'Murrow's Boys' Richard C. Hottelet dies at 97

Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original “Murrow’s Boys,” the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Wednesday that Hottelet died Tuesday night at his home ...

Pioneer of video games, Simon dies at 92

Dec 9, 2014

Pioneer of video games, Simon dies at 92

Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to “Pong” and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92. Baer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at ...

Son convicted of looting N.Y. philanthropist Astor dies at 90

Dec 2, 2014

Son convicted of looting N.Y. philanthropist Astor dies at 90

Anthony Marshall, whose aristocratic life as philanthropist Brooke Astor’s only child unraveled as he was convicted of raiding her fortune, has died, his lawyer said Monday. Marshall was 90. Marshall, a decorated World War II veteran who later became a diplomat and Broadway producer, ...

Yakuza film veteran Bunta Sugawara dies at 81

Dec 1, 2014

Yakuza film veteran Bunta Sugawara dies at 81

Renowned actor Bunta Sugawara, who won fame portraying the grittiness and cruelty of small-time gangsters, died Friday at a Tokyo hospital from liver cancer, movie company Toei Co. said Monday. He was 81. A native of Sendai, Sugawara starred in director Kinji Fukasaku’s eight-part ...

British detective writer P. D. James dead at 94

Nov 28, 2014

British detective writer P. D. James dead at 94

British detective writer P. D. James, creator of the best-selling series featuring poetry-writing sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, died on Thursday at the age of 94. Faber and Faber, which published James since her first book in 1962, said she died peacefully at home in Oxford, ...

Musician-actor Johnny Okura dies at 62

Nov 27, 2014

Musician-actor Johnny Okura dies at 62

Musician and actor Johnny Okura, who played a supporting role in the 1983 Japanese-British film “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,” died in a Tokyo hospital on Nov. 19, his management office said Thursday. He was 62, and the cause of death was pneumonia. Okura shot ...

Nov 26, 2014

U.S. doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies at 98

Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed the most widely accepted theory on aging that’s now used to study cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98. Harman, who worked into his mid-90s at the University of Nebraska ...

Nov 18, 2014

U.N.'s Ebola pointman in Guinea dies

The United Nations envoy charged with leading the response to the Ebola crisis in Guinea died on Monday, just a month after taking on the role, the organization said. Rwandan national Marcel Rudasingwa, 59, “died suddenly,” Aissata Cisse Yao Yao of the U.N. Development ...