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Another day on the obituary news desk and we have a few interesting tales to share.

Michael Klefner, a former Atlantic Records music executive whose credits include transforming the Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, from a "Saturday Night Live" skit into Grammy Award-nominated recording artists, has died. Their hits included "Soul Man." The executive also helped Cher's make her 1998 comeback with her hit song "Believe."

A trailblazer for African-American women writers in Hollywood has died. Judi Ann Mason, who launched her TV career while writing the 1970s hit sitcom "Good Times" and later co-wrote the 1993 movie comedy "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit," died at 54. She also wrote more than 25 plays that were produced and won several awards for her work along the way.

The Chicago Tribune has a great obit today on a woman jazz pianist who although not well known emerged as a musician during the 1940's on Chicago's South Side. Early on, Earma Thompson, played for such greats as Billie Holiday but it was later in life, 2004 and 2007, that she recorded her own albums.

And a former Baltimore Colts cornerback during the 1970s has died. Nelson Munsey, who played for the Colts from 1972 to 1977, helped the Colts win the AFC East Division in 1975. In the final season game, he picked off a pass by New England, returning it for 30 yards to ensure the Colts' 34 to 21 win. The team later lost to Pittsburgh in the playoffs. Here are some stats on Munsey's career.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 16, 2009; 8:07 AM ET
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