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Jack Kraft, Villanova basketball coach, dies at 93

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Former Villanova basketball coach Jack Kraft has died at 93. The school said in a statement Friday he died Thursday in New Jersey. Kraft coached the Wildcats for a dozen seasons, […]

08/29/2014

This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live."  Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96. (AP Photo/NBC, Al Levine)

Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

  NEW YORK (AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded “Saturday Night Live.” Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer […]

08/19/2014

FILE - This Feb. 11, 2000 file photo shows former White House press secretary for President Reagan James Brady, left, in  a group photo following a dedication ceremony for the new James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. From left are, Brady, presidential press secretaries Joe Lockhart (Clinton), Jerald terHorst (Ford), Larry Speakes (Reagan), Mike McCurry (Clinton) and Pierre Salinger (Kennedy). (AP Photo/Susan Walsh/File)

Former White House press secretary Jim Brady dies

  WASHINGTON (AP) — James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died […]

08/04/2014

This June 17, 2014 photo released by Danny Zelisko shows Dick Wagner, left, and Alice Cooper. Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper’s hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, July 30, his personal manager and business partner said Friday. He was 71. (AP Photo/Danny Zelisko)

Guitarist, songwriter for Alice Cooper dies at 71

  NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper’s hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, his personal manager […]

08/01/2014

In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Linda Blair portrays a possessed Regan MacNeil in a scene from, "The Exorcist." Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning make-up artist who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist," died  Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in California of natural causes. He was 92.  (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment)

‘Godfather of Makeup’ Dick Smith dead at 92

  NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning “Godfather of Makeup” who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” and Linda Blair in “The Exorcist” among […]

07/31/2014

James Garner with his family including his wife Lois Clarke, far left, for the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Actor James Garner dies at 86

NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. […]

07/20/2014

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo shows actress Elaine Stritch posing for a photograph during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu, File)

Elaine Stritch mourned as a feisty, funny broad

NEW YORK (AP) — Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and […]

07/17/2014

FILE - In this Friday, June 19, 2009 file photo, Johnny Winter plays during the Canton Blues Festival 2009 in downtown Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Repository, Bob Rossiter)

Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

GENEVA (AP) — Texas blues legend Johnny Winter emblazoned himself into the world’s consciousness with his tattooed arms churning out lightning-fast guitar riffs and his striking long white hair flowing from under his cowboy hat. His […]

07/17/2014

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Universal Music Group shows bassist Charlie Haden. (AP Photo/Universal Music Group)

Jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies at 76

NEW YORK (AP) — Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz a half-century ago as a member of the groundbreaking Ornette Coleman Quartet, has died. He was 76. Haden, who had in […]

07/11/2014

FILE - This Oct. 29, 1977 file photo shows Eileen Ford of Fords Models Inc. in New York. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation’s standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, […]

07/10/2014

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