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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for wisemanl.jpgHappy Monday.

Grammy-winning singer Mercedes Sosa, an Argentine singer who often sang of the political struggles and turmoil of the Argentine people, died. Her politically infused songs earned her the nickname, the "voice of the voiceless." She released 70 albums over a career that spanned six decades and sang with musicians including Sting, Joan Baez and Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés.

Reinhard Mohn, who steered his family's business, Bertelsmann AG from a German book publisher to an international media company, has died at 88.

Also in media news, Alain Bernheim, a literary agent and producer who famously sued Paramount studios with Art Buchwald over the original rights to the film "Coming to America" starring Eddie Murphy, died at 88. The pair claimed that the movie was based on a treatment that Buchwald originally sold to the studio in 1983 about an African prince who leaves his homeland to find a wife. After a seven-year battle the pair received a settlement of $825,000.

Peg Mullen, a former Iowa farm wife who hounded the U.S. government about her sons death in Vietnam and later wrote the memoir, "Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir," has died. After her son Michael died at 25 near the South Vietnamese village of Tu Chanh, she began protesting the war and looking into the details behind Michael's death, caused by another U.S. soldier. She became one of the more notable war protesters of the day.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  October 5, 2009; 8:08 AM ET
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