Former heavyweight boxer Ken Norton Sr. dies at 70
L.A. Times: Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973 before losing in the rematch later that year, has died at 70, his friend and manager Patrick Tenore says. Norton had congestive heart failure and died in an Arizona hospital where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year.
Photo: Ken Norton Sr., left, trades punches with Muhammad Ali during their 1973 rematch. Ali won the fight by split decision. (Associated Press / September 11, 1973)
Muriel Siebert, 1st woman to buy seat on NYSE, dies at 80
NY Times: Muriel Siebert, the first woman who bought a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and the first woman to head one of the exchange’s member firms, has died at 80. Siebert was also the first woman to be superintendent of banking for New York State; the appointment was made in 1977.
Her friend Jane H. Macon says the cause of death was complications of cancer.
Photo credit:Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times
Elmore Leonard, one of America’s greatest crime novelists, has died following complications from a stroke, his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter confirmed. He was 87.
Among Leonard’s best-known works are “Hombre” (starring Paul Newman), “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight” and “Jackie Brown” (based upon his “Rum Punch”). Some of his stories include ones that became the films “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Tall T,” as well as the FX TV series, Justified.
Actor Dennis Farina, star of ‘Law & Order,’ dies at 69
AP: Dennis Farina, a former Chicago police officer who as an actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died at 69. Farina’s representative, says the actor died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung.
In addition to his role on “Law & Order,” Farina appeared in films including “Get Shorty” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
Science fiction author Richard Matheson dies at 87
io9: Science fiction author Richard Matheson has died at 87 after a long illness, his daughter said on Facebook. Best known for “I Am Legend,” Matheson also wrote “What Dreams May Come,” “A Stir of Echoes,” and “The Shrinking Man,” all of which became Hollywood movies. He was also one of the original “Twilight Zone’s” screenwriters.
Puppeteer and philanthropist Jane Henson, the widow of the legendary Jim Henson, died Tuesday at her home in Connecticut.
Mrs. Henson, who was the co-creator of the iconic Muppets, passed away following a long battle with cancer, according to a news release from the Jim Henson Foundation. She was 78.
Photo: Jane Henson, co-creator of the Muppets, participates in a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
AP: George Lowe, the last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest has died at 89, his wife says. Mary Lowe said her husband died Wednesday at a central England nursing home after an illness.
Lowe and Edmund Hillary were the only two New Zealanders on the 1953 British-led attempt to climb Mount Everest.
AP: Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the mixed-race daughter of one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond, has died at 87.
Washington-Williams was the daughter of Thurmond and his family’s black maid. Her father’s identity was rumored for decades in political circles and the black community. After Thurmond’s death in 2003 at 100, Washington-Williams came forward and said her father was the white man who ran for president on a segregationist platform and served in the US Senate for more than 47 years.
She said she kept his secret because, “He trusted me, and I respected him.”
Photo: This Jan. 31, 2005 file photo shows Essie Mae Washington-Williams during a book signing in Washington. (Lawrence Jackson)
Patty Andrews, last surviving member of Andrews Sisters, dies
AP: Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters, died Wednesday at 94 of natural causes. The singing trio was known for hits such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” and “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” capturing the home-front spirit of World War II.
Patty Andrews was the lead singer. As she remarked in 1971, “There were just three girls in the family. LaVerne had a very low voice. Maxene’s was kind of high, and I was in between. It was like God had given us voices to fit our parts.”
Photo: This 1947 publicity photo shows pop vocal trio, The Andrews Sisters, from left, Maxine Andrews, Patty Andrews, and LaVerne Andrews. (Anonymous / AP Photo / File)
Dave Brubeck, a pioneering jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” died this morning in Norwalk, Connecticut, his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd says. Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure. Read more from the Chicago Tribune.
Photo: Kennedy Center honorees Mel Brooks, left, and Dave Brubeck in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 6, 2009. (Alex Brandon / AP)
Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty found dead in NY apartment
Chris Lighty, longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey, died Thursday morning after he shot himself during an argument with his ex-wife inside his Bronx, NY, apartment, sources tell the Daily News.
Photo: Chris Lighty is seen with Sean “Diddy” Combs. (Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com)
From The Times Herald-Record: “We lost Levon at 1:30 today surrounded by friends and family and his musicians have visited him,” said Larry Campbell, Helm’s longtime guitarist and band leader. “As sad as this was, it was very peaceful.”