Obituaries

FILE - In this May 25, 1967 file writer-comedian Carl Reiner poses in his new hairpiece in Los Angeles. Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died, according to reports. Variety reported he died of natural causes on Monday night, June 29, 2020, at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 98. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, File)
June 30, 2020 - 8:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Reiner was the rare untortured genius of comedy, his career a story of laughter and camaraderie, of innovation and triumph and affection. Reiner’s persona was so warm and approachable — everyone’s friend or favorite uncle — that you could forget that he was an architect of...
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FILE - Johnny Mandel appears at the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Awards Ceremony and Concert in New York on Jan. 11, 2011. Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy- winning composer, arranger and musician, died Monday, June 29, 2020, of a cardiac ailment at his home in Ojai, Calif. He was 94. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
June 30, 2020 - 2:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer, arranger and musician who worked on albums by Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole and many others and whose songwriting credits included “The Shadow of Your Smile” and the theme from the film and TV show “M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(...
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In this Aug. 30, 2007 photo Jack Whittaker speaks during an interview in Mount Hope, W.Va. Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton, West Virginia confirmed Whittaker’s death. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)
June 30, 2020 - 1:17 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Andrew “Jack” Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72. The Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton confirmed it. A funeral home official who...
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Workers collect and stack the coffins of people that have been recently cremated amid the new coronavirus pandemic, at the La Recoleta cemetery in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, June 28, 2020. The coffins are collected, destroyed, and processed by a company specialized in organic waste. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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June 28, 2020 - 10:32 pm
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say authorities in a central village may face criminal or administrative complaints for allowing a street parade and dance amid a strict coronavirus lockdown. Mayor Edgar Labella of Cebu city said officials of Basak village have been ordered to explain why...
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In this 1984 photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse, left, and general manager Phil Krueger laugh during NFL football practice in Tampa. Fla. Krueger, who helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Buccaneers' history, died Monday, June 22, 2020, at his home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. He was 90. Krueger coached offense, defense and special teams during more than three decades in the NFL and college. (Fraser Hale/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
June 28, 2020 - 1:53 pm
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Phil Krueger, who helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history, has died. He was 90. Krueger died Monday at his home, his family said...
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June 27, 2020 - 7:59 am
Charles Webb, a lifelong non-conformist whose debut novel “The Graduate” was a deadpan satire of his college education and wealthy background adapted into the classic film of the same name, has died. He was 81. Webb died June 16 in Eastbourne, England, of a blood condition, said his friend Jack...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2007 file photo, Blaine Kern, Sr. poses for a photograph with some of the creations he built for Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans. The man known as “Mr. Mardi Gras" for helping to convert the annual pre-Lenten celebration into a giant event in New Orleans has died. News outlets report that Blaine Kern Sr. died Thursday, June 25, 2020. For decades, Kern's work helped boost New Orleans' Carnival. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
June 26, 2020 - 11:12 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Blaine Kern Sr., a float builder who was often credited with helping expand New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration into a giant event known worldwide, has died. News outlets reported that Blaine Kern Sr., known as “Mr. Mardi Gras” for his decades of work that helped boost New...
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In this May 19, 2018 photo, Gregory Katz, acting London bureau chief for The Associated Press, stands in front of St. George's Chapel in Windsor near London, while covering the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Katz, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who recently led the AP's coverage of Brexit and the election of Boris Johnson as prime minister, died Monday, June 22, 2020. He had been ill in recent months and had contracted COVID-19. He was 67. (AP Photo)
June 24, 2020 - 6:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Gregory Katz, an acclaimed correspondent for The Associated Press in London who recently led the news cooperative's coverage of Brexit and the election of Boris Johnson as prime minister, died Tuesday. He had been ill in recent months and had contracted COVID-19. He was 67. His...
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A man walks past election stands of various parties including ruling Mongolian People's Party and independent candidates in the Songinokhairkhan district on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Monday, June 22, 2020. Mongolia holds parliamentary elections on Wednesday, continuing a nearly 30-year democratic system in a vast but lightly populated country sandwiched between authoritarian regimes in Russia and China and beset by economic problems. (AP Photo/Ganbat Namjilsangarav)
June 24, 2020 - 3:38 am
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolians were voting in parliamentary elections Wednesday across the vast, lightly populated country, a U.S. ally squeezed between authoritarian governments in China and Russia. The polls are being held amid considerable success in the country’s fight against the...
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In this undated family handout, Margaret Payne poses for a photo on the stairs of her home in Sutherland, Scotland. Payne, the 90-year-old grandmother who launched an epic climb to raise money for charity completed her fundraiser Tuesday, June 23, 2020 scaling her home’s stairs the equivalent of 731 meters (2,398 feet). That's enough to reach the top of the iconic Scottish peak, Suilven. The feat took her 73 days and kept her busy for 10 weeks while the nation sheltered in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Payne Family via AP)
June 23, 2020 - 2:22 pm
LONDON (AP) — In the end, Margaret Payne scaled her mountain, one step at a time. The 90-year-old grandmother who launched an epic climb to raise money for charity completed her fundraiser Tuesday. Paybe scaled the stairs at her home the equivalent of 731 meters (2,398 feet) — enough to reach the...
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