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Post Mortem: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Death and A Spreadsheet

One of the things people seem to find fascinating about obituaries is how there are seasons to the obit year -- more people tend to die over the winter holidays and at the end of winter, we've noticed. When we get a bad weather month, the number of requests for...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 24, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Stress and Suicide

One of the saddest stories in today's Washington Post outlines the suicide of David B. Kellermann, the Freddie Mac executive who was found dead yesterday. Overstressed, under the pressure of turning the housing giant around, and a long-time employee committed to the agency's success, Mr. Kellerman lost money and privacy....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 23, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fruitless

Here's a disconcerting bit of information from New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristoff -- disconcerting, that is, if you're a Muslim fundamentalist suicide bomber. Kristoff reports today that a scholar at a recent international conference on the Koran at the University of Notre Dame suggested that the "houri" promised...

By Joe Holley  |  April 23, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Acclaimed Filmaker Jack Cardiff Dies

Jack Cardiff, the British-born Academy-Award winning cinematographer who became one of the most accomplished cinematographers of his generation, died at 94. He worked with directors including Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston and actors such as Marilyn Monroe, who called him "the best in the world." Famed Hollywood director, Martin...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 22, 2009; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tilahun Gessesse, Leading Ethiopian Singer, Dies

Tilahun Gessesse, a dominant musical voice in his native Ethiopia, died April 19 in Addis Ababa. He was 68. One news story called him the ''Ethiopian Pavarotti," which is a bit of a stretch culturally even in the world of puffery agents. It also could be seen as an offense...

By Adam Bernstein  |  April 21, 2009; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The High Cost of Death

Big spender or thrifty consumer? That question is confronting all of us in these times of economic strife, even when we are faced with some of the last expenses for a loved one. The average funeral in the United States costs $7,323, according to a Washington Post story on the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 20, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Stephen Hawking Ill

Stephen W. Hawking, the British theoretical astrophysicist whom many considered the greatest scientific mind since Einstein, has been rushed to the hospital and is reportedly very ill. Two weeks ago, he canceled his appearance as the headliner at Arizona State University's Origins Symposium, reportedly recovering from a chest infection. The...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 20, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

I thought I'd post a few links to interesting obituaries around the world. Here's an obit from the Toronto Star about a woman who, with her husband, was one of the foremost scholars of the monarch butterfly. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on the death of a former owner of...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 19, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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