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Bill Pitman, Revered Studio Guitarist, Is Dead at 102 (Fri, 12 Aug 2022)
As a versatile member of the loose association of musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, he was heard on many of the biggest pop and rock hits of the 1960s and ’70s.
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Jean-Jacques Sempé, Cartoonist of Droll Whimsy, Dies at 89 (Fri, 12 Aug 2022)
Beloved in France and popular around the world, he drew more than 100 covers for The New Yorker in an association that began in 1978.
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Roger E. Mosley, Actor Best Known for ‘Magnum, P.I.,’ Dies at 83 (Fri, 12 Aug 2022)
He played Leadbelly and Sonny Liston on the big screen. But his most high-profile role was a rugged, wry Vietnam War veteran opposite Tom Selleck on TV.
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Kamoya Kimeu, Fossil-Hunting ‘Legend’ in East Africa, Is Dead (Thu, 11 Aug 2022)
Working closely with the Leakey family in Kenya, he discovered many of the bones that rewrote how we understand human evolution.
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Paul Coker, Cartoonist at Mad for Almost Six Decades, Dies at 93 (Thu, 11 Aug 2022)
The artist behind the magazine’s long-running feature “Horrifying Cliches,” he also created, for TV, the look of Frosty the Snowman and other animated characters.
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Raymond Briggs, Who Drew a Wordless ‘Snowman,’ Dies at 88 (Wed, 10 Aug 2022)
An author and illustrator of children’s books sensitive to emotions, he used comic-strip-like panels to explore the joys and struggles of workaday British life.
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Issey Miyake, Who Opened a Door for Japanese Fashion, Dies at 84 (Thu, 11 Aug 2022)
The first Japanese designer to show in Paris, he was known for his origami-like designs, creating pleated skirts, dresses and trousers that afforded freedom.
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Lamont Dozier, Writer of Numerous Motown Hits, Dies at 81 (Tue, 09 Aug 2022)
With the brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, Mr. Dozier wrote dozens of singles that reached the pop or R&B charts, including “You Can’t Hurry Love,” by the Supremes.
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Judith Durham, Singer of ‘Georgy Girl’ and Other Hits, Dies at 79 (Wed, 10 Aug 2022)
A classically trained soprano, she became a chart-topping pop star in the 1960s with the folk-based Australian quartet the Seekers.
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Italy Salutes a War Hero and the Values He Fought For (Thu, 11 Aug 2022)
Mario Fiorentini, Italy’s most decorated resistance fighter, died at age 103 this week, and his mourners want his legacy to live on.
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Gary Schroen, Who Led the C.I.A. Into Afghanistan, Dies at 80 (Wed, 10 Aug 2022)
Weeks before the troops arrived, he took a small team into the country to prepare for an invasion and begin the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
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Chase Mishkin, Tony-Winning Producer of ‘Dame Edna,’ Dies at 85 (Thu, 11 Aug 2022)
She was nearly 60 when she began producing shows on Broadway. In 19 years, she had a hand (and her money) in 30 plays and musicals.
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Olivia Newton-John, Pop Singer and ‘Grease’ Star, Dies at 73 (Tue, 09 Aug 2022)
She amassed No. 1 hits, chart-topping albums and four records that sold more than two million copies each. More than anything else, she was likable, even beloved.
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Bert Fields, Lawyer to the Hollywood Elite, Dies at 93 (Tue, 09 Aug 2022)
A master dealmaker, he had as clients Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, the Beatles and many others, becoming something of a celebrity himself.
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David McCullough, Best-Selling Explorer of America’s Past, Dies at 89 (Tue, 09 Aug 2022)
His research — on Adams, Truman and so much more — was deep, his writing was lively, and his narrator’s voice in documentary films was familiar to millions.
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Christopher Meyer, Vocal British Envoy to the U.S., Dies at 78 (Tue, 09 Aug 2022)
He served loyally during the 9/11 attacks and Iraq invasion. But in a 2005 memoir, he faulted the “conception and execution” of the Iraq war.
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Clu Gulager, ‘The Tall Man’ and ‘The Virginian’ Actor, Dies at 93 (Mon, 08 Aug 2022)
On TV, he played Billy the Kid on “The Tall Man” and was seen on the long-running “The Virginian.” His movies ranged from “The Killers” to “The Last Picture Show.”
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Sid Jacobson, Comic Book Writer With Range, Dies at 92 (Sat, 06 Aug 2022)
His portfolio included the adventures of Richie Rich and graphic treatments of 9/11 and torture by the C.I.A. He also wrote dozens of songs.
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Albert Woodfox, Survivor of 42 Years in Solitary Confinement, Dies at 75 (Fri, 05 Aug 2022)
His term in solitary was perhaps the longest in American history. He described how he kept his sanity, and dignity, in an acclaimed memoir.
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Leon E. Rosenberg, Geneticist Who Wrote of His Depression, Dies at 89 (Fri, 05 Aug 2022)
After years of pioneering research into inherited disorders, mostly in children, he spoke openly about his struggle with mental illness.
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