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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, readers.

Yet another celebrity death: Gidget, the bug-eyed, big-eared Chihuahua, star of 1990s Taco Bell commercials, died of a stroke at the age of 15.

John Dawson, founder and lead singer of the psychedelic country-rock group "New Riders of the Purple Sage" with the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, died in Mexico Wednesday of stomach cancer.

Dr. Joel D. Weisman, who died at 66 on Saturday, was one of the first physicians to detect the AIDS epidemic. In 1980, he noticed a troubling pattern: He had three seriously ill patients with the same constellation of symptoms and all were gay men. He co-wrote a report that appeared in the June 5, 1981, issue of the Centers for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That report signaled the official start of the epidemic that was later named acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

Kitty Bernard an Irish poet who spent much of her life in Paris, died a week ago. Her personality made her a stalwart of the Irish community in France. Lover of words, drink and theatre, "she could be indiscreet, which could cause a bit of upset," a friend said. "She had a way of looking a person straight in the eyes and saying, 'Now tell me all about yourself', and really expecting to get a lot of information."

And don't forget to look at the Post's major obits of the day: Seymour Kaufman, an NIH research scientist whose work helped lay the groundwork for understanding genetic disorders such as phenylketonuria, and Frank Gosman, a milkman turned country-music impresario whose various business schemes are sure to elicit a laugh.

And hey, tell us what you think of these stories.

By Patricia Sullivan |  July 23, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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