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Post Mortem: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Obits on TV: 'Circling the Drain'

Prosecco and caviar? Or champagne and foie gras? The Bugatti or the Aston Martin? Do we keep our rendezvous with Anna Chapman at Abe Lincoln's nose on Mount Rushmore? Yes, the sex, romance and intrigue of life on the obit desk is about to get its due. Timothy Smith, a...

By Adam Bernstein  | December 10, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jazz great James Moody dies at 85

James Moody, a jazz saxophonist and flutist whose stellar career lasted more than six decades, died Thursday in San Diego at age 85. Moody created one of the historically significant solos in jazz history, with his 1949 recording of "I'm in the Mood for Love." Moody describes the original recording,...

By Matt Schudel  | December 10, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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This day in Beatles history: the death of John Lennon

Thirty years ago today, John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his New York City apartment. The 40-year old former Beatle turned solo artist had just released what some hailed as his comeback album, "Double Fantasy," which in 1981 won Album of the Year at the...

By Lauren Wiseman  | December 8, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Elizabeth Edwards dies at 61

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former U.S. senator (D-N.C.) and vice presidential nominee John Edwards, has died at the age of 61 at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mrs. Edwards had breast cancer, which had metastisized to other organs. She was a lawyer and author as well as...

By Matt Schudel  | December 7, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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108-year-old tenor Hugues Cuenod dies

Hugues Cuenod, a 108-year-old Swiss tenor who sang professionally for more than 70 years, died Dec. 3, according to Swiss media reports. Something of a physical marvel, Mr. Cuenod made his first stage appearance in the opera "Jonny spielt auf" in 1928; made his Metropolitan Opera debut at age...

By Emma Brown  | December 7, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dec. 7, 1941: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

Today is the 69th anniversary of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. Among those who attempted to repel the surprise attack early on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, was Navy Lt. John W. Finn. Lt. Finn, who died last May at age 100, was then a chief petty...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | December 7, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Don Meredith dies; famed Cowboys QB was TV personality

Update: the full obituary for Don Meredith can be viewed here. Don Meredith,72, a three-time NFL pro-bowl quarterback who played nine season with the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a television football analyst, has died. He died last night at a hospital near his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He had...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | December 6, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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