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French President Who Stood Up to US Dead at 86

Former French leader Jacques Chirac died 'peacefully, among his loved ones'

(Newser) - Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, has died at age 86. Son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux tells the AP that Chirac died Thursday "peacefully, among his loved ones.... More »

He Conquered Peaks Worldwide, Met an 'Unreal' Fate

Davo Karnicar, first to fully ski down Mount Everest nonstop, is killed in tree-cutting mishap

(Newser) - In 1995, Davo Karnicar became the first person to successfully ski down Nepal's Annapurna from the top, the lead-in to a more high-profile descent he'd complete five years later: He became the first person to ski nonstop from the summit of Mount Everest to base camp. He went... More »

Hotel Magnate Barron Hilton Dead at 91

Paris Hilton on grandather's death: 'He was a legend'

(Newser) - Barron Hilton started out parking cars at his father's hotels and ended up running the whole chain, as well as owning an NFL team. "He was a Legend, a visionary, brilliant, handsome, kind and lived a life full of accomplishment and adventure," granddaughter Paris Hilton posted online... More »

House Hunters Host Suzanne Whang Dead at 56

The multi-hyphenate success succumbs to breast cancer

(Newser) - Sad news for House Hunters fans: Suzanne Whang, who hosted the show for nearly 10 years, died Tuesday after a long fight with breast cancer. The 56-year-old's partner, Jeff Vezain, was with her in Los Angeles when she passed, TMZ reports. "For thirteen years she confronted cancer with... More »

Civil Rights Activist and Majority Whip's Wife Dead at 80

The Clyburns raised millions for scholarships

(Newser) - Emily Clyburn, the wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina who helped raise millions of dollars to help students attend the alma mater they shared, died Thursday in Columbia, according to the congressman's office. She was 80 years old. Rep. Clyburn and the woman known affectionately... More »

Why the Name 'Cokie'? Blame Her Brother

Acclaimed journalist and author Cokie Roberts is dead at 75

(Newser) - Acclaimed journalist and author Cokie Roberts has died at age 75 of complications from breast cancer, reports ABC News . Roberts had been diagnosed back in 2002, and in August she sought to reassure worried fans after she appeared on the news program This Week. "Over the summer, I have... More »

Cars Lead Singer Ric Ocasek Found Dead

New Wave pioneer was 75

(Newser) - Ric Ocasek, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of pioneering New Wave band The Cars, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday afternoon. Police say the 75-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after relatives found him unresponsive, Fox News reports. The cause of death is unclear, though police say... More »

This Obit for a Beloved Dad Will Make You Do Double-Take

Joe Heller's family gave him a helluva send-off

(Newser) - An 82-year-old Connecticut man died over the weekend, shortly after doctors told his adult children, "Your father is a very sick man." Their response, per his obituary: "You have no idea." That's only the beginning of a very long recap of the life of Joe... More »

Author Anne Rivers Siddons Dead at 83

Novels included 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Peachtree Road'

(Newser) - Anne Rivers Siddons, a best-selling Southern author known for novels Heartbreak Hotel and Peachtree Road, has died at age 83. News outlets report Siddons died Wednesday morning at her home in Charleston, South Carolina, the AP reports. Her stepson David Siddons said the cause of death was lung cancer. Siddons... More »

He Took an Iconic Pic, Then Hid the Film in the Toilet

Charlie Cole snapped one of the historic shots in China's Tiananmen Square in June 1989

(Newser) - As Charlie Cole stood on a hotel balcony overlooking Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, a a stunning sight unfolded before his eyes. A man on the street below defiantly placed himself directly in front of a line of Chinese military tanks sent to disrupt the pro-democracy protests there, and... More »

Eddie Money Is Dead at 70

'Two Tickets to Paradise' singer had been battling esophageal cancer

(Newser) - Eddie Money has lost his battle with esophageal cancer . The 70-year-old singer, perhaps best known for his hit "Two Tickets to Paradise," died Friday at age 70, reports Variety . Other hits included "Baby Hold On" and "Take Me Home Tonight," a duet with Ronnie Spector.... More »

Singer Revered by Kurt Cobain Dead at 58

Daniel Johnston cranked out dozens of albums

(Newser) - His iconic "Jeremiah the Innocent" frog graces the corner of Guadalupe and 21st streets in Austin, his struggles with mental illness were well-documented, and his songs have been covered and revered by everyone from the Flaming Lips and Kurt Cobain to Tom Waits. Now, Texas and the entire musical... More »

Famed Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens Dead at 91

'I clearly am in the fourth quarter,' he wrote after 2017 fall

(Newser) - T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91. Pickens was surrounded by friends and family when he died of natural causes under hospice care at his Dallas home, spokesman Jay Rosser said. Pickens suffered a series... More »

A 'Giant of Photography' Is Dead

Robert Frank is considered one of the 20th century's greatest photographers

(Newser) - Robert Frank, a giant of 20th century photography whose seminal book The Americans captured singular, candid moments of the 1950s and helped free picture-taking from the boundaries of clean lighting and linear composition, has died. He was 94, the AP reports. Frank died Monday on Cape Breton Island in Nova... More »

Robert Mugabe Will Be 'Remembered as a Villain'

Strongman ruled Zimbabwe for nearly 40 years

(Newser) - Robert Mugabe has died thousands of miles away from the country he ruled for nearly 40 years. Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe's successor as president of Zimbabwe, says the former leader has died at the age of 95. In a tweet , Mnangagwa described Mugabe as an "icon of liberation" and... More »

He Was the Onlooker in This Famous, Jarring Photo

Dallas detective Jim Leavelle dead at 99, was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald

(Newser) - Jim Leavelle would never forget the day—Nov. 24, 1963—that he stood handcuffed to President John F. Kennedy's killer as Lee Harvey Oswald was fatally shot. "I'm reminded of it every day through somebody," the Dallas homicide detective said in an interview some 50 years... More »

Earth's 'Fastest Woman' Dies in Terrifying Crash

Jessi Combs was only 39

(Newser) - "The fastest woman on four wheels" is gone. Extraordinary speed racer and TV personality Jessi Combs, 36, died Tuesday trying to top her own land-speed record, NBC News reports. She perished in what one teammate calls "a horrific accident" in the Alvord Desert in Oregon. "I was... More »

184 Survived 'Non-Survivable' Plane Crash, Thanks to Him

'Humble' hero, former United Airlines pilot Al Haynes has died

(Newser) - Al Haynes was credited with saving 184 lives, but up to his death Sunday in Seattle at age 87, he continually shrugged off the label of hero. Haynes—the pilot of United Airlines Flight 232, which crash-landed in Iowa on July 19, 1989, killing 112 of 296 passengers and crew—... More »

A Close Call on Airplane Changed David Koch's Life

Conservative champion is dead at 79

(Newser) - Even casual followers of politics are likely familiar with the name of David Koch. After all, he and his brother Charles, with whom he ran the behemoth Koch Industries business, essentially reshaped American politics by steering huge amounts of money to conservative candidates and causes, reports NPR . David Koch's... More »

One of the Billionaire Koch Brothers Is Dead

David, a champion of conservative causes, was 79

(Newser) - A huge political player on the right has died: David Koch, one of the billionaire brothers who ran Koch Industries and championed conservative causes, has died at age 79, reports the AP . “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother David," Charles... More »

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