Obituaries

FILE - In this April 9, 1997, file photo, WBC welterweight champion Pernell Whitaker adjusts his head phones during a news conference in Las Vegas. Former boxing champion Pernell Whitaker has died after he was hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach on Monday say Whitaker was a pedestrian when struck by the car Sunday night, July 14, 2019. The driver remained on the scene, where Whitaker was pronounced dead. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)
July 15, 2019 - 12:12 pm
Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist and four division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, has died after being hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach said the former fighter was hit by a car Sunday night. The driver of the car...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017 file photo, singer Jerry Lawson performs the song "Lay Down" at a life celebration and statue unveiling for the late actor Anton Yelchin at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Lawson, for four decades the lead singer of cult favorite acapella group the Persuasions, has died. Longtime friend Rip Rense says Lawson died Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Phoenix after a long illness. He was 75. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
July 11, 2019 - 11:43 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip Rense said. Lawson's smooth...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, file photo, actor Rip Torn attends the New York premiere of "Marie Antoinette." Award-winning television, film and theater actor Torn has died at the age of 88, his publicist announced Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)
July 10, 2019 - 11:06 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in television, theater, and movies, such as "Men in Black," and win an Emmy in his 60s for "The Larry Sanders Show," has died. He was 88. Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with...
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FILE - In this photo taken on Dec. 7, 2007, Valentina Cortese arrives at the Milan La Scala opera house. The renown actress, who worked with some of the best directors of both theater and cinema such as Strehler, Fellini, Truffaut and Bergman, died in Milan Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
July 10, 2019 - 9:51 am
ROME (AP) — Valentina Cortese, one of Italy's post-war screen divas who was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar, has died. She was 96. Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala announced the death Wednesday of the Milan-born actress in a tweet. Cortese was a popular muse for leading Italian directors...
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A passer-by watches a TV news reporting Johnny Kitagawa's passing away in Tokyo Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Kitagawa, who produced famous boybands including Arashi and SMAP and was a kingpin of Japan’s entertainment industry for more than half a century, has died Tuesday from a subarachnoid hemorrhage at a Tokyo hospital. He was 87. (Kyodo News via AP)
July 10, 2019 - 4:06 am
TOKYO (AP) — Johnny Kitagawa, a kingpin of Japan's entertainment industry for more than half a century who produced famous boybands including Arashi, Tokio and SMAP, has died. He was 87. Kitagawa, better known as Johnny-san, died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage Tuesday at a Tokyo hospital, where he...
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July 09, 2019 - 6:51 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The architect who designed buildings ranging from local libraries to the National Museum of African American History and Culture has died in North Carolina. Phil Freelon was 66 years old and had suffered from ALS for several years. Spokesman and friend Michael Reilly says...
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FILE - Presidential hopeful H. Ross Perot speaks at a rally in Austin, Texas, in this 1992 file photo. Perot, the Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, has died. He was 89. (AP Photo, File)
July 09, 2019 - 4:36 pm
DALLAS (AP) — H. Ross Perot rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty to become a self-made billionaire who twice ran for president with a mixture of folksy sayings and simple solutions to America's problems. His 19% of the vote in 1992 stands among the best showings by an independent...
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In this undated 1992 photo, businessman and U.S. presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, of Texas, waves. Perot, the Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, has died, a family spokesperson said Tuesday, July 9, 2019. He was 89. (AP Photo/File)
July 09, 2019 - 3:47 pm
DALLAS (AP) — H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice mounted outsider campaigns for president, has died. He was 89. The cause of death was leukemia, a family spokesman said Tuesday. Perot, whose 19% of the vote in 1992...
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FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2013, file photo, former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua, center, walks outside Argentina's Federal Court in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Former Argentine President Fernando De la Rúa, who attracted voters with his image as an honest statesman and later left the country plunged into its worst economic crisis, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019. He was 81. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)
July 09, 2019 - 8:41 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former Argentine President Fernando De la Rúa, who attracted voters with his image as an honest statesman and later left the country plunged into its worst economic crisis, died Tuesday at age 81. President Mauricio Macri sent a tweet expressing regrets at the death...
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July 09, 2019 - 8:02 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former Argentine President Fernando De la Rúa, who attracted voters with his image as an honest statesman and later left the country plunged into its worst economic crisis, has died. He was 81. The death was confirmed by the Argentine government. President Mauricio...
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