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Former Republican Sen. Tom Coburn Dies At Age 72

The Oklahoman reports: Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a physician who became a powerful force in Congress on fiscal matters, died early Saturday morning after a long fight with prostate cancer. He was 72. Coburn, of Muskogee, served in the Senate from 2005 to 2015 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001. After leaving the Senate, …

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VIRGINIA: Pastor Who Denounced Virus Response As “Mass Hysteria” To Hurt Trump Dies Of Coronavirus

The Friendly Atheist reports: Yesterday, one of the first deaths of a Virginia resident from COVID-19 was a Christian musical evangelist who, believing the pandemic response to be anti-Trump “mass hysteria,” took his family to New Orleans to “wash it from its Sin and debauchery.” Landon Spradlin, 66, was an accomplished blues musician who pastored several different churches over the …

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Singer Kenny Rogers Dies At Age 81 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a …

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Original CNN Anchor Bobbie Battista Dies At Age 67

CNN reports: Former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista has passed away at the age of 67, according to a family spokeswoman. Battista passed away on Tuesday morning after a four year battle with cervical cancer, according to Wendy Guarisco, family spokeswoman. “Bobbie was the consummate trooper in her struggle with cancer, she was courageous and fearless in her battle and thoughtful …

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Famed Interviewer James Lipton Dies At Age 93

Entertainment Weekly reports: James Lipton, the elegant, articulate wordsmith and theater academic whose desire to give his acting students a greater insight into their art led to the popular Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio, has died. He was 93. Lipton passed away early Monday at his home in Manhattan from bladder cancer. Conceived by Lipton in 1994, Inside the …

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Wilton Manors Mayor Justin Flippen Dies At Age 41

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: Justin Flippen, the mayor of Wilton Manors, died suddenly Tuesday. Flippen was 41. He was elected mayor in 2018 after serving as a city commissioner. City officials said that Flippen apparently was driving to Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting when he became ill and died. “We were notified that Justin apparently was on his way …

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Longtime Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak Dead At 91

USA Today reports: Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who for nearly 30 years was the resolute face of stability in the Mideast before being forced by the military to resign after 18-day nationwide protests that were part of the Arab world’s 2011 pro-democracy upheaval, died on Tuesday. He was 91. Throughout his rule, he was a stalwart U.S. ally, a …

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Famed Actor Kirk Douglas Dies At Age 103 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Kirk Douglas, the son of a ragman who channeled a deep, personal anger through a chiseled jaw and steely blue eyes to forge one of the most indelible and indefatigable careers in Hollywood history, died Wednesday. He was 103. “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the …

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Longtime PBS News Anchor Jim Lehrer Dies At Age 85

PBS NewsHour reports: It is with great sadness that we share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home. Lehrer, born May 19, 1934, served as anchor of the NewsHour for 36 years before retiring in 2011. Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the …

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Racist Shock Jock Don Imus Dead At 79 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Don Imus, who tested the limits of shock radio with his irreverent attacks on celebrities, politicians, racial and ethnic groups, women, gay people and practically anyone whose head stuck up out of the foxhole, died on Friday in College Station, Texas. He was 79. The cause was not specified. On his “Imus in the Morning” …

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Economist, Ex-Fed Chairman Paul Volcker Dead At 92

CNN reports: Paul A. Volcker, who helped shape American economic policy for more than six decades, most notably by leading the Federal Reserve’s brute-force campaign to subdue inflation in the late 1970s and early ’80s, died on Sunday in New York. He was 92. Mr. Volcker, a towering, taciturn and somewhat rumpled figure, arrived in Washington as America’s postwar economic …

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Will & Grace Actress Shelley Morrison Dies At 83

NBC News reports: Shelley Morrison, a beloved character actor known for memorable roles on two classic TV sitcoms, “The Flying Nun” and “Will & Grace,” died Sunday at 83 after a brief illness, her husband confirmed. Morrison died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center from heart failure, the filmmaker Walter Dominguez, her husband of many years, with whom she adopted three …

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Flamboyant Astrologer Walter Mercado Dies At Age 87

Entertainment Tonight reports: Rest in peace, Walter Mercardo. The legendary astrologer and actor has died, Telemundo Puerto Rico reports. He was 87. A family spokesperson, Omar Matos, reportedly confirmed that Mercado died on Saturday at the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan. Mercado’s cause of death was reportedly renal failure. Mercado, born on March 9, 1932, was known as an …

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Former Democratic Sen. Kay Hagen Dies At Age 66

The Charlotte Observer reports: Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan died Monday. She was 66. Hagan, a Democrat, served a single term after beating Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008. She lost to Republican Thom Tillis in 2014. “We are heartbroken to share that Kay left us unexpectedly this morning,” her family said in a statement. “Kay meant everything to us, …

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Former House Rep. John Conyers Dies At Age 90

The Detroit Free Press reports: U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a civil rights icon who during five decades in Congress co-founded the National Black Caucus and pushed to establish a national holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died Sunday of natural causes at the age of 90. His death comes after a long and illustrious career that spanned …

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Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies At Age 68

CBS News reports: Representative Elijah Cummings, of Baltimore, died early Thursday at the age of 68, his office said. Cummings passed away at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 2:45 a.m. from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office said. He hadn’t returned to work after having a medical procedure that he said would only keep him away for about a week, …

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Legendary Comic Rip Taylor Dies At Age 84 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Rip Taylor, a flamboyant mainstay of the comedy circuit who was known for his gags involving confetti, his brand of self-deprecating humor in which he would remove his toupee and his extensive voice work, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 84. Mr. Taylor, who introduced himself to legions of television viewers on “The …

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Oscar Nominee Diahann Carroll Dies At Age 84 [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter: Diahann Carroll, the captivating singer and actress who came from the Bronx to win a Tony Award, receive an Oscar nomination and make television history with her turns on Julia and Dynasty, died Friday. She was 84. Carroll died at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer, her daughter, producer-journalist Suzanne Kay, …

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Opera Legend Jessye Norman Dies At Age 74 [VIDEO]

NPR reports: Opera singer Jessye Norman died Monday morning at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. The official cause of death was septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015. She was 74. Her death was confirmed to NPR by a spokesperson for her family, Gwendolyn Quinn, as …

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Heralded Journalist Cokie Roberts Dies At Age 75

NPR reports: Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died. She was 75. Roberts died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer, according to a family statement. A bestselling author and Emmy Award winner, …

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