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President Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria died late Wednesday, apparently of heart and kidney ailments. He had been ill for some time and was last seen in public in February.

Twelve hours after his death, the new president, Goodluck Jonathan, was sworn in.

Yar'Adua was elected in 2007 after promising to restore the rule of law in Nigeria. His frequent absences from the nation's capital to seek medical care brought the country to the brink of constitutional crisis, but he successfully maintained peace in the oil-rich Niger Delta by offering amnesty to armed rebels there.

112-year-old Nyleptha Roberts, the oldest Tennessean and 13th oldest American, has died. We don't know much more about her. Do you? Please leave a comment below.

Former motocross champ Danny "Magoo" Chandler died this week at age 50.

Motocross - motorcyle cross-country racing - is a high-octane sport in which you take your two- or four-wheeled bicycle off the gentle pavement. Mr. Chandler had risen to motocross fame in the 1980s before a crash in a 1985 race left him paralyzed.

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By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 6, 2010; 9:02 AM ET
 | Tags: Africa, Death, Goodluck Jonathan, Health care, Niger Delta, Nigeria, Umaru Yar'Adua, United States  
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