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Post Mortem: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Betty Allen & Marian Anderson

In today's paper we have an obituary for Betty Allen, 82, one of the first African American opera singers to make it big on the international stage. She died Monday in Valhalla, N.Y., of complications from kidney disease. You can read more about Miss Allen's life here. As Emily Langer...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 27, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Musicians  
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Michael Jackson Obit, the Backstory

About 7 p.m. Thursday evening, former Post managing editor Bob Kaiser wandered past the obits desk and asked, ever so innocently, "Any noteworthy deaths today?" Kaiser, who has been at the Post since 1963, knows the gallows humor of newsrooms better than anyone, and of course he knew we were...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 26, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Daily Goodbye

Wow, the king of pop and Gen X's favorite pinup girl both died yesterday, on the heels of Ed McMahon's death a day earlier. Regarding the unexpected death of Michael Jackson, there are about a million sidebars, retrospectives, deconstructions of both, not to mention the fan gatherings. Let's see if...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 26, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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Jackson's 'Victory' in D.C.: The Post Looks Back

In early 1984, when it looked like Michael Jackson's Victory tour might not make it to the Nation's Capitol, the star got a friendly suggestion from the man in the White House. Jackson was in town helping promote an anti-drunk-driving campaign he'd worked on; he visited the executive residence to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 25, 2009; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Michael Jackson Update

The Los Angeles Times reported at 3:15 p.m., Pacific time, that Michael Jackson is dead at age 50. The Times attributed the information to city and law enforcement sources. He had been rushed to a hospital earlier in the afternoon by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and was reportedly in...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 25, 2009; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Spotlight: Farrah Fawcett

The actress Farrah Fawcett has died in California after a two and a half year battle with cancer. She was 62. Earlier this morning, Barbara Walters told "Good Morning America" that Fawcett received last rites and her friends and family were saying their goodbyes. The death was expected, with...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 25, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Movies  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, all. A particularly interesting set of obits awaits us this morning, starting with news broken yesterday of the death of Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, the doctor who while posted to the South Pole, diagnosed and treated herself for breast cancer. Once again, we have multiple versions: the Boston...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 25, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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South Pole Doctor Dies

One of the most compelling medical news stories of the last decade was the story of Jerri Nielsen, an emergency room doctor who accompanied dozens of National Science Foundation researchers to the South Pole in 1999. She later wrote of wanting to escape to the South Pole to forget an...

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 24, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

We have more details on the victims of the Washington D.C. subway train crash of two days ago. News of Ed McMahon's death broke just as we were posting yesterday. Here are a few of his obits, from the Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Tell us...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 24, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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Metro Crash Victims

This week's Metro Red Line crash killed nine people and was the deadliest Metrorail accident in the transit system's 33-year history. We've profiled some of the victims and would like to hear what you remember about them. You can also visit our remembrance page. Please click on the entries below...

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 23, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gooooodbye Ed McMahon!

Venerable entertainer, Ed McMahon, best known as Johnny Carson's sidekick for 30 years on "The Tonight Show," died this morning in Los Angeles. He may be the most well known sidekick of all time and while other late-night variety shows copied the format none imitated the Carson/McMahon success. Carson's replacement...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 23, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Daily Goodbye

This just in: TV's Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon has died of cancer. On a morning when all of Washington DC is mourning the people who died in a needless subway system crash, we turn to other deaths around the world. Neda Agha-Soltan, the Iranian woman who died on...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 23, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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Spotlight: Larry Flynt and More

Hustler magazine owner and founder, Larry Flynt, was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital on Saturday, moaning in pain. His condition remains a mystery. The publishing mogul, whose media empire includes the magazine, novelty shops and a gentleman's club, is paralyzed from the waist down, the result of a...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 22, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, readers, and welcome to summer. Dorothy Waggoner worked for better inspections and enforcement of nursing home regulations in Milwaukee most of her life. When she opened a bed and breakfast in the small town of Menomonee Falls, Wis., suspicious residents "thought we were going to run a brothel,"...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 22, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frowned on strip ping-pong

Scanning some of the British papers this morning, I noticed several interesting obituaries for World War II veterans, and I remembered writing a story a few years ago about how we're losing more than a thousand WWII vets a day. The numbers are mounting, of course. Their deaths are also...

By Joe Holley  |  June 21, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Joe Holley , Military  
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Magic Fingers

We've had two obituaries in the past two days, you could say, about magic fingers or "Magic Fingers." The first, on Saturday, was Robert Thomason's obituary of Ali Akbar Khan, a Bengali musicain who was a virtuoso of Indian music and, in particular, the 25-string lutelike instrument called the sarod....

By Matt Schudel  |  June 21, 2009; 5:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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