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Post Mortem: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

Steve McNair Found Dead

Steve McNair, former quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens, was found shot dead in downtown Nashville, according to a report on ESPN.com. At the end of the 1999 football season he led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, the only appearance in the franchise's history. McNair orchestrated a...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 4, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Herbert G. Klein, a newspaperman and longtime Nixon aide, died after a heart attack Thursday in La Jolla, Calif. at age 91. He worked for Nixon through many elections and was his White House communications director through part of the Watergate scandal, leaving in 1973. You can achieve your mark...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 3, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Just Michael and Me

Ok, I never interviewed Michael Jackson, never met him, never attended an MJ concert -- although my music-producer daughter worked with him a few times. That's as close as I can get to being a part of the goofy journalistic phenomenon Jack Shafer explores in his "Press Box" column for...

By Joe Holley  |  July 2, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Boxer Alexis Arguello, updated

Alexis Arguello, the great Nicaraguan boxing champion of the 1970s and 1980s, died July 1 in Managua, Nicaragua, of an apparent suicide. Last November, he was elected mayor of Nicaragua's capital city and had recently come under fire for allegations of corruption. But Arguello (pronounced ar-GWAY-yo) was a true national...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 2, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

We have a double compare-and-contrast game this morning. Karl Malden's obit in the Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times. And then there's boxer-politician Alexis Arguello from your favorite news organization, or the Grey Lady or the Left Coast. Comments, critiques, collective dismissals are up to you. After...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 2, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Six Feet Under?

The aftermath of Michael Jackson's death is so intriguing. I have to admit, I just can't get enough. It's becoming addicting and I promise, I will focus on something else soon. In the meantime though, People.com has reported that Colony Capital, the investment firm with a 50 percent stake in...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Karl Malden dies at 97; Alexis Arguello dead at 57

Karl Malden, the actor who won an Academy Award for best supporting actor his performance as Mitch in the 1951 film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and who was nominated for an Oscar as a priest in "On the Waterfront" (1954), has died at the age of 97. Malden...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 1, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Spotlight: Corazon Aquino

She wasn't known for her fancy shoe collection, like her predecessor's wife. She was more humble than that. Rather, she was a widowed housewife turned people's president. And today, her beloved country is praying for her health. Corazon Aquino, 76, the first woman president of the Philippines who held that...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 1, 2009; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Federal Employee Spokesman Dies

News from the Federal Eye blog here at the Post: Richard N. Brown, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees and a leading spokesperson for federal employee issues, died unexpectedly yesterday at his Arlington apartment, according to a statement released today by the union. Richard Brown. "Federal employees have...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 1, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, and welcome to July. The world's only one-handed, one-hooked piano player, as Michael Deutsch billed himself, died of cancer. He was a bass guitar player until he lost his left hand in a machine shop accident, then switched to piano and used his problem-solving skills to adapt the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 1, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Poor Farrah

Since last Thursday it's been all Michael Jackson all the time. The sudden, unexpected news of his death has riveted the public. Newspapers, magazines, websites, and the 24-hour news networks are overloaded with all things MJ. Yes we know, he was the King of Pop. He transformed the music video....

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 1, 2009; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Daily Goodbye

Another day and another singer from the Motown era leaves us. Fayette Pinkney, one of the original members of the 3 Degrees, an all female singing group hailing from Philadelphia, died over the weekend. She was 61. Although she only performed with the group until the mid-1970s, she sang in...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 30, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Remembering Michael Jackson

In most cases, when a well known person dies, his or her obituary is written, perhaps accompanied by an appreciation, and then we move on to the next story. But as we have seen over the weekend, and will continue to see in the coming days and weeks, the Michael...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 29, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

We saw some big name entertainers cross our obituary page last week and sadly, it seems to be a growing trend. Boisterous TV pitchman and infomercial king, Billy Mays, who became a pop cultural figure in appearances for cleaning products like Orange Glo and OxiClean, died yesterday at his home...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 29, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Hi! Billy Mays here for . . .'

If you were to measure the significance of a person's life -- and death -- by the range of random comments in the newsroom when they die, then Billy Mays, the ubiquitous TV pitchman, ranks right up there with Farrah Fawcett and just a step down from the King of...

By Joe Holley  |  June 28, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Hating Farrah

"Growing up in Texas, I knew a lot of girls like Farrah Fawcett, and I hated them. They had everything I didn't: blond hair, blue eyes, the power, seemingly, to get anything and everything they wanted in my small public high school -- boys, head cheerleader, the ability to decide,...

By Joe Holley  |  June 28, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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