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Post Mortem: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Who Will the Emmys Remember?

While many will gather around the tube on Sunday night, oohing and aahing over television celebrities on the red carpet and guessing which nominees will take home Emmy awards, we on the obituary desk at the Post are playing another game. We would like to know which celebrities who passed...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  September 18, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Lauren Wiseman  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. A physician and politician, Stanley Haidasz played a major role in bringing medicare to all Canadians, passing the Canadian Pension Plan and the Clean Air Act. He was the country's first multiculturalism minister. He died last month in Toronto. Linda C. Black, who wrote those newspaper horoscopes that...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 18, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary

Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, has died at the age of 72. We didn't hear about her until about 9 p.m. Wednesday, when the obits staff had already gone home to rest after several onerous days of work -- we've had a ton of major obits in...

By Matt Schudel  |  September 17, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Trevor Rhone, Jamaican Author, Dies

Terence McArdle, a bluesman who works in the newsroom, is occasionally recruited to help out on musical obituaries. He wrote one today for Jamaican playwright Trevor Rhone. McArdle writes: Rhone's greatest impact with American audiences occurred with the screenplay he co-wrote with director Perry Henzel, "The Harder They Come" (1972)....

By Adam Bernstein  |  September 17, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, obit fans. Here's a thoughtful piece on why it seems that so many celebrities have died this past summer. In sum, it's not them, it's us. And along those lines, we learned of the deaths yesterday of Henry Gibson of Laugh-In, Mary Travers of the folk trio Peter,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 17, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, compadres. Juan Almeida Bosque, a comrade of Fidel Castro since the start of his guerrilla struggle more than half a century ago, died of a heart attack Friday in Havana, government media announced. He was 82. Zakes Mokae, the Tony-winning South African actor who appeared in such films...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 16, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tell Us Your Favorite Swayze Film

To honor actor and dancer Patrick Swayze, who died yesterday, we wanted to hear from our readers. So we created a poll. Please let us know which Swayze film is your favorite. If you have another to add to the list we would love to hear from you. POLL...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  September 15, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, after a late night. Nothing like a pair of big obits late in the day to get your motor running. I speak, of course, about Patrick Swayze and Jody Powell, an unlikely pair who died within hours of each other. The real-life Norma Rae, Crystal Lee Sutton, died...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 15, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spotlight: Patrick Swayze

Say it ain't so. Patrick Swayze, the hunky, sexy, smooth-talking dancer from that iconic film, "Dirty Dancing," has died. I've watched the movie hundreds of times. Heck, I even owned the soundtrack (on a cassette no less.) Tell me, what 13-year-old girl didn't want to be swept onto the dance...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  September 14, 2009; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Punk Rocker, Poet Dies, Dies

Jim Carroll, 60, a poet-turned-punk rocker whose book "The Basketball Diaries" chronicled his descent from elite high school basketball star to Times Square drug addict, thief and prostitute, died Sept. 11 at his home in Manhattan after a heart attack. In addition to the autobiographical account of his early teen...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 14, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Musicians , Patricia Sullivan  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, readers. After a battery of deaths over the weekend, including the truly estimable Norman Borlaug, what do we have this morning? A notable fly fisherman, whose prose, as quoted, reminds me of Norman Maclean (and if you don't know who he is, you probably shouldn't read tales of...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 14, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Father of the Green Revolution

It's easy to conjure up the names of the notorious who've been responsible for the deaths of millions -- think Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot -- but what about the name of a man responsible for saving millions? As writer Gregg Easterbrook noted in 1997, "America has three living winners of...

By Joe Holley  |  September 13, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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