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Post Mortem: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

John Wooden, basketball coach

John Wooden, the longtime basketball coach at UCLA, who may well have been the greatest coach in any sport in American history, died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 99. In a span of 12 years, Wooden's UCLA Bruins won 10 national championships in men's basketball -- a...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 5, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rue McClanahan, Golden Girl Blanche, dies at 76

Rue McClanahan, who played the widowed Southern vixen Blanche Devereaux on the 1980s sitcom "The Golden Girls," died this morning after a massive stroke, People magazine is reporting. "The Golden Girls," about four older women who share a Florida home, aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992. It won two...

By Emma Brown  |  June 3, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Emma Brown  | Tags: rue mcclanahan golden girls died; rue mcclanahan Blanche Devereaux died; rue mcclanahan died betty white  
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The Daily Goodbye

Barbara Greenspun, real estate developer, philanthropist and publisher of the Las Vegas Sun, died June 1 at age 88. She was born in London and raised in Ireland before moving to Las Vegas with her husband, Hank Greenspun, in the mid-1940s. He bought the newspaper that would become the Sun...

By Emma Brown  |  June 3, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Goodbye

Eugenia P. Strauss moved to Hollywood at 16 with high ambitions. She was signed by Warner Bros. as a dancer and later landed a recurring role on the "Zorro" television show. She appeared in " Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and in the 1960 film "Gunfighters of Abilene." William A. Fraker was...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  June 2, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Bullitt, Ford, Mustang, Potato Chips, Steve McQueen, Zapps, Zorro  
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Larry Dale, Bluesman, Dies at 87

Here's a dispatch from Terence McArdle, an obituaries contributor: 87 year old blues singer and guitarist Larry Dale died in New York City on May 19th. He was born Ennis Lowery in Wharton, Texas. While not quite a marquee name on the order of B.B. King or Muddy Waters, Dale...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  June 1, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Musicians  | Tags: BB King, Larry Dale, Muddy Waters  
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The Daily Goodbye

The son of former ABC news anchor Ted Koppel was found dead in New York "after a daylong drinking binge with a man he had just met in a Midtown bar," according to the New York Post. Andrew Koppel, 40, was declared dead at 1:30 am Monday morning at a...

By Emma Brown  |  June 1, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: andrei voznesensky died, andrew koppel died, peter orlovsky died, ted koppel's son died, ted koppel's son dies, trivial pursuit creator chris haney died  
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Celebrity Lunch at the Jockey Club

Tim Smith, a frequent contributor to the Obituaries section, has written this Sunday's Local Life feature about Jacques Vivien, maitre d' of the Jockey Club during the Kennedy years. He writes: When Jacques Vivien presided over the dining floor of the Jockey Club at the Fairfax Hotel, it was the...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 30, 2010; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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