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Post Mortem: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Manute Bol, NBA basketball player, dies at 47

The Washington Post has learned that Manute Bol, the 7-foot-7 Sudanese giant who was a shot-blocking sensation with the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors and other teams in the National Basketball Association, has died at 47. He died at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville of complications from...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 19, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Portuguese Nobel Winner Jose Saramago

Jose Saramago, the only Portuguese writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature, has died at 87. Saramago, who held a series of jobs from car mechanic to newspaper early in his life and wrote most of his novels after the age of 60, won the Nobel in 1998. He...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 18, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friday Daily Goodbye

William Lyttle, 79, who earned the nickname the "Mole Man", dug dozens of tunnels underneath his home outside London. It was estimated that he removed more than 100 cubic meters of dirt from under the foundation of his home. He'd dug so deep that he hit the water table. Gen...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  June 18, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Dien Bien Phu, Jimmy Dean, Moles, Sausage, Worms, algiers, insurgents, torture, water boarding  
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P-Funk musician Garry Shider

Post staffer and singer/guitarist Terence McArdle reports: Garry Shider, 56, a singer and guitarist whose work with the funk groups Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy's Rubber Band, influenced such later rock acts as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 17, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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More trouble at Arlington Cemetery

This entry is not strictly about obituaries, but it does relate to our nation's most hallowed ground for fallen service members, Arlington National Cemetery. In a shocking story, Post reporter Christian Davenport and photographer Gerald Martineau have revealed that headstones from Arlington Cemetery are lying neglected in the mud of...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 17, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Garry Shider, 56, funk music pioneer and director of of George Clinton's Parliament and Funkadelic bands, died June 16. He had brain and lung cancer. For his habit of wearing a loincloth onstage, the Newark Star-Ledger reports, Mr. Shider earned the nickname "Diaperman." Film critic and Wake Forest University professor...

By Emma Brown  |  June 17, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: garry shider funk music george clinton, hans dichand kronen zeitung, peter brunette film critic  
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Will Koch was the owner of the Holiday World theme park and Splashin' Safari water park, where children from southern Indiana and beyond would go to have a good time. More than a million people a year would visit his parks where flags are being flown at half-mast in...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  June 16, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Nelson Wallulatum, 84, chief of the Wasco Indians who defended his people's fishing rights and sovereignty for half a century, died May 13. He had been a leader of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, whose reservation in central Oregon comprises a fraction of the tribes' traditional homeland, since...

By Emma Brown  |  June 15, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Nelson Wallulatum warm springs tribes died, al williamson star wars comic died, f. james mcdonald died, f. james mcdonald general motors died  
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Singer, sausage entrepreneur Jimmy Dean dies

Jimmy Dean, 81, the country singer and television personality who parlayed his show-business earnings into a second successful career marketing breakfast sausages, died Sunday at his Henrico County home. During the 1950s, Mr. Dean was the voice of country music for most Washingtonians. He lived in Arlington and broadcast locally...

By Emma Brown  |  June 14, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Musicians , Terence McArdle  | Tags: jimmy dean big bad john, jimmy dean died, jimmy dean sausage died, jimmy dean sausage obituary  
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At 6'8" and weighing in at 350 pounds, it's not hard to imagine how the wrestler Aurelian "Jake" Smith earned his nickname, "Grizzly Smith." Three of Mr. Smith's children later became successful wrestlers, Jake "The Snake" Roberts,Sam Houston, and Rockin' Robin Smith. During the 1960s, he grappled in tandem with...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  June 14, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Death of 'Bright Young Thing'

The Telegraph of London has produced an obit of pure bliss. Teresa Cuthbertson, who died at 102, was once known as Baby Jungman and created a social stir in the Jazz Age. She and an older sister, the London paper reported, were determined to enjoy life "from the moment they...

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 13, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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