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Frank Olson, Executive Who Linked O.J. Simpson With Hertz, Dies at 91 (Fri, 12 Apr 2024)
He negotiated Mr. Simpson’s star turn in commercials, tapping into his football fame, and formed a social bond with him — until there were murder charges. They died on the same day.
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Eleanor Coppola, Who Chronicled Her Family’s Filmmaking, Dies at 87 (Fri, 12 Apr 2024)
She made documentaries of her husband Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and her daughter Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides” and recalled their lives in books.
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Roberto Cavalli, Fashion Designer Who Celebrated Excess, Dies at 83 (Fri, 12 Apr 2024)
From the mid-1990s onward he was one of the biggest names in fashion, with stores around the world and celebrity admirers like Lenny Kravitz and Cindy Crawford.
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Robert MacNeil, Earnest News Anchor for PBS, Dies at 93 (Fri, 12 Apr 2024)
With his longtime co-host Jim Lehrer, he delivered thoughtful reports that stood in stark contrast to the commercial networks’ ever more sensational newscasts.
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Rumi Missabu, Avant-Garde Drag Performer Who Glittered, Dies at 76 (Fri, 12 Apr 2024)
He was one of the stars of the Cockettes, a psychedelic collective formed at the turn of the 1970s in San Francisco, that was short-lived but inspired generations.
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Richard Leibner, Agent for Top Broadcast Journalists, Dies at 85 (Fri, 12 Apr 2024)
His negotiations led to Dan Rather’s elevation from “60 Minutes” to anchor of the “CBS Evening News” and sent Diane Sawyer from “60 Minutes” to ABC.
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O.J. Simpson, NFL Star Acquitted of Murder, Dies of Cancer at 76 (Thu, 11 Apr 2024)
He ran to football fame and made fortunes in movies. His trial for the murder of his former wife and her friend became an inflection point on race in America.
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Evan Stark, 82, Dies; Broadened Understanding of Domestic Violence (Thu, 11 Apr 2024)
He and his wife wrote pioneering studies; he used the term “coercive control” to describe psychological and physical dominance by abusers.
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Trina Robbins, Creator and Historian of Comic Books, Dies at 85 (Thu, 11 Apr 2024)
Obsessed with comics from a young age, she was a pioneer in a male-dominated field and later documented the contributions of other women.
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Bennett Braun, Psychiatrist Who Fueled ‘Satanic Panic,’ Dies at 83 (Fri, 12 Apr 2024)
He diagnosed dozens of patients with what he said were suppressed memories of being tortured by cults. He later lost his license.
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Overlooked No More: Lizzie Magie, the Unknown Inventor Behind Monopoly (Fri, 12 Apr 2024)
Magie’s creation, The Landlord’s Game, inspired the spinoff we know today. But credit for the idea long went to someone else.
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Akebono, Hawaii-Born Sumo Champion in Japan, Dies at 54 (Thu, 11 Apr 2024)
Born in Hawaii, he moved to Japan in 1988 and won 11 grand championships. His success drove a resurgence in the sport’s popularity.
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Thomas Gumbleton, Catholic Bishop and a Progressive Voice, Dies at 94 (Thu, 11 Apr 2024)
He was arrested protesting war and clashed with fellow bishops in supporting gay marriage and the ordination of women and championing victims of sex abuse by priests.
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Nijole Sadunaite, Lithuanian Nun Who Opposed Soviet Rule, Dies at 85 (Thu, 11 Apr 2024)
A dissident who promoted democracy and religious freedom, she was arrested by the K.G.B. After independence from Moscow, she was honored by Lithuania’s Parliament.
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Pat Zachry, Pitcher Known for a Lopsided Trade, Dies at 71 (Wed, 10 Apr 2024)
In 1977, the Mets dealt Tom Seaver, a future Hall of Fame pitcher, for what The Times called “four players of far less magnitude.” Zachry was one of them.
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Peter Higgs, físico que descubrió la ‘partícula de Dios’, muere a los 94 años (Wed, 10 Apr 2024)
El bosón de Higgs lleva su nombre. Es un elemento clave del modelo estándar, que encapsulaba todo el conocimiento humano hasta el momento sobre las partículas elementales.
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Rev. Cecil Murray, Leader Amid Los Angeles Riots, Dies at 94 (Fri, 12 Apr 2024)
He used his church, First African Methodist Episcopal, as a base to address the social ills that confronted the city’s Black population.
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Trevor Griffiths, Marxist Writer for Stage and Screen, Dies at 88 (Thu, 11 Apr 2024)
For him, “art played a particular role in social change,” the director Mehmet Ergen said. “Everything was political.”
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Clarence Henry, New Orleans R&B Star Known as the Frogman, Dies at 87 (Tue, 09 Apr 2024)
A local hero in his hometown, he was best known for his hit “Ain’t Got No Home,” which showcased the vocal versatility that earned him his nickname.
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Peter Higgs, Physicist Who Discovered the ‘God Particle,’ Dies at 94 (Wed, 10 Apr 2024)
The Higgs boson was named for him. It was a key element of the Standard Model, which encapsulated all human knowledge so far about elementary particles.
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Herbert Kroemer, 95, Dies; Laid Groundwork for Modern Technologies (Wed, 10 Apr 2024)
He shared a Nobel Prize in Physics for discoveries that paved the way for high-speed internet communication, mobile phones and bar-code readers.
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Anthony Insolia, Who Led the Expansion of Newsday, Dies at 98 (Mon, 08 Apr 2024)
The Long Island paper won seven Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure, and he was a top editor for the Arizona Project, which investigated a reporter’s murder.
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Col. Ralph Puckett Jr., Belated Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 97 (Thu, 11 Apr 2024)
One of the Army’s most highly decorated servicemen, he received the military’s supreme tribute for valor, for his actions in the Korean War — 71 years after the fact.
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Jerry Grote, Mets Catcher for 1969 World Series, Dies at 81 (Mon, 08 Apr 2024)
Known for his field savvy and his powerful arm, he helped propel the New York Mets through their storied 1969 World Series run.
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Casey Benjamin, Free-Spirited Saxophonist, Dies at 45 (Tue, 09 Apr 2024)
A musical voyager who wouldn’t be limited by genre, style or even instrument, he brought exuberance to the Robert Glasper Experiment and other groups.
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