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  • Fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

    March 12, 2015 10:45 AM

    LONDON - Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died at the age of 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's disease, had earned wide respect throughout Britain with his dignified campaign for the... more »
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Claude Sitton dies at 89

    March 10, 2015 10:37 AM

    ATLANTA - Journalist Claude Sitton, who was a leader among reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, has died. He was 89. Sitton's son Clint said his father died Tuesday in Atlanta. He had... more »
  • CC's Norman Saurage dies at 77, wrote own obit

    March 9, 2015 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of Community Coffee and architect of its modern success, Henry Norman Saurage III died this weekend. He was 77. Saurage was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gherig's disease, in January 2014. His grandparents founded Community Coffee in 1919, and by 2005 it was the... more »
  • Ag broadcaster Mike Danna dies at 54

    March 6, 2015 4:01 PM

    ZACHARY - Louisiana agriculture broadcaster Mike Danna died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 54. The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation said on their Facebook page that Danna passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday morning. Danna was the longtime host of "This Week in Louisiana Agriculture,"... more »
  • Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek', dies

    February 27, 2015 11:36 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Former "Star Trek" co-star William Shatner is among those mourning the death of Leonard Nimoy, who played the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock on the TV series and in several movies. Shatner says, "We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love." He says,... more »
  • 'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68

    February 16, 2015 3:19 PM

    NEW YORK - A singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst "It's My Party" and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me" has died. Lesley Gore was 68. According to her partner of 33 years,... more »
  • Restaurateur Tim Hood dies Monday

    February 9, 2015 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson announced Monday that Baton Rouge restaurateur Tim Hood, owner of The Chimes and Parrain's, passed away after a battle with cancer. The announcement was posted to the The Chimes' Facebook page , saying he would be missed terribly. "His refusal to be overwhelmed... more »
  • Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

    January 29, 2015 5:49 PM

    NEW YORK - Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music and verse recordings won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81. His half brother, Edward McKuen Habib, says McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center... more »
  • Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies

    January 28, 2015 5:58 PM

    BERKELEY, CA - Charles Hard Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at age 99. Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, where Townes was a professor emeritus, said he had been in poor health before he died Tuesday on the way to... more »
  • EBR actress Donna Douglas dies at 81 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 2, 2015 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Donna Douglas, the Louisiana actress best known as Elly May Clampett on the 'Beverly Hillbillies' TV show, has died according to family members. Douglas passed away Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 81 years old. "Yesterday, our family lost a mother, grandmother,... more »
  • Mother of NFL great Jerry Rice dies

    January 1, 2015 7:16 AM

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Eddie B. Rice, the mother of former NFL great Jerry Rice, has died. She was 77. Rice died at a Jackson hospital on Christmas Day. The cause of death was not released. Jerry Rice wrote about his mother's death on Twitter, saying "thank u all for the... more »
  • Former state Rep. Alphonse Jackson dead at 87

    December 26, 2014 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former state Rep. Alphonse Jackson, a civil rights activist and charter member of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, has died. Jackson died Tuesday at The Crossing at Clarity Hospice of Baton Rouge. He was 87. Originally from Shreveport, Jackson had the distinction of being the first black... more »
  • Joe Cocker dies at 70

    December 22, 2014 1:28 PM

    LONDON - British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. Cocker was known for a memorable Woodstock performance and cover of the Beatles' "With a... more »
  • Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

    December 16, 2014 4:09 PM

    OAK BLUFFS, Mass. - Norman Bridwell, creator of the popular "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series of children's books turned into a PBS TV show, has died. Scholastic, his longtime publisher, says Bridwell died Friday in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. He lived in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Starting in 1963 with "Clifford, the... more »
  • Influential La. lobbyist Tommy Boggs dies

    September 16, 2014 11:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Well-known Washington D. C. lobbyist and Louisiana native Tommy Boggs Jr. has died. He was 73 years old. Boggs' sister said he died of a heart attack Monday. The New Orleans native was the son of Thomas Hale Boggs, a U. S. Representative from Louisiana's... more »
  • Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy has died

    September 8, 2014 2:39 AM

    ATLANTA, GA - A spokesman says S. Truett Cathy, who started a postwar diner in Atlanta that grew into the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, has died. He was 93. Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin tells The Associated Press Cathy died early Monday at home surrounded by family members. For decades, Cathy's fast... more »
  • Don Pardo, iconic TV announcer, dies at 96 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 19, 2014 1:55 AM

    NEW YORK - Announcer Don Pardo, whose booming baritone was known to fans of "Saturday Night Live," ''The Price is Right" and other programs, has died. He was 96. An NBC spokesman confirmed Pardo's death on Monday, but he had no immediate details. For decades, Pardo's majestic voice, with its... more »
  • Actor Robin Williams found dead in home check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 11, 2014 6:09 PM

    TIBURON, Calif. - Sheriff's deputies in California reported Monday that actor Robin Williams has died. He was 63 years old. Deputies said Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, Calif. They believe he committed suicide. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said they received a 911 call... more »
  • Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70 in Zurich

    July 17, 2014 11:13 AM

    GENEVA, Switzerland - Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s with his energetic performances and recordings that included producing his childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. His representative, Carla Parisi, confirms today that Winter died in a hotel room... more »
  • Retired federal Judge John Parker dies at 85

    July 15, 2014 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Retired U. S. District Judge John Parker passed away this week, according to his family and federal court officials. He was 85. The LSU-educated Parker was nominated to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He served as chief judge until assuming senior status... more »
  • Oldest WWII vet from Ascension buried check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 1, 2014 6:35 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The oldest veteran of World War II from Ascension Parish was buried Tuesday in Prairieville. Iry J. Breaux passed away on June 27. He was 97. Breaux was a member of the Army Air Corps during WWII. His official duty was airplane mechanic but because he... more »
  • Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54

    June 16, 2014 11:15 AM

    SAN DIEGO - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54. Gwynn's sweet left-handed swing made him one of San Diego's best-loved athletes. He was nicknamed "Mr. Padre" during his 20-year major league career. He had been on a medical leave from his job as baseball coach... more »
  • Founder of Hi Nabor grocery store chain dies at 88

    June 5, 2014 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sam Crifasi, who founded the Hi Nabor grocery store chain, died last night at 88. He had thyroid cancer. Crifasi had five kids at home when he took out a second mortgage on his house to open his first Hi Nabor store in 1963, at Winbourne... more »
  • Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

    May 28, 2014 8:52 AM

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86. Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release Wednesday. She gained acclaim for her first book, her... more »
  • Remembering Issac Greggs: Leader of the Human Jukebox check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2014 6:31 PM

    Dr. Isaac Greggs, who created the well-known "Human Jukebox" marching band, has died according to Southern University. He was 85 years old. more »
  • Former SU band director Isaac Greggs dies check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 28, 2014 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Isaac Greggs, who created the well-known "Human Jukebox" marching band, has died according to Southern University. He was 85 years old. Greggs served as band director for 36 years before retiring at the end of 2005. He was inducted into the Louisiana Black History Hall... more »
  • Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84

    March 20, 2014 11:30 AM

    TOPEKA, Kan. - The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of a Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, has died. He was 84. Daughter Margie Phelps says Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn't give the cause of death or the condition that... more »
  • Attorney for Harold Ramis says actor has died

    February 24, 2014 11:57 AM

    CHICAGO - Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis has died at his suburban Chicago home. A spokesman for United Talent Agency says Ramis died early Monday morning of complications from an autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69. Ramis is best known for his roles in comedies such as "Ghostbusters"... more »
  • AP photographer Martin collapses at game, dies

    January 1, 2014 10:37 AM

    ATLANTA - Dave Martin, a longtime Associated Press photographer based in Montgomery, Ala., died after collapsing on the Georgia Dome field at the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night. Martin was 59. He ran onto the field immediately following Texas A&M's 52-48 win over Duke and took photos of Aggies coach... more »
  • Nelson Mandela dies at 95

    December 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically-elected president and a colossal figure in global politics, has died at the age of 95. South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, made the announcement today, saying "we've lost our greatest son." President Barack Obama also issued a statement Thursday evening... more »
  • Former LSP Superintendent passes away

    December 3, 2013 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police said Tuesday that former Superintendent Grover W. "Bo" Garrison passed away recently. Current LSP Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson made the announcement on the State Police Facebook page. Garrison led LSP from November 1976 to January 1984. Edmonson said he epitomized the department's core... more »
  • Former state Senator, Baker mayor dies

    November 18, 2013 3:25 PM

    BAKER - Mike Cross, former Baker mayor and state Senator, has died at 69. Cross was diagnosed with lung cancer less than a month before after being hospitalized in early October with what was thought at the time to be pneumonia, his son Ryan Cross said. He died about 10:20... more »
  • Former boxing champ Ken Norton dies

    September 19, 2013 10:48 AM

    LAS VEGAS - Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and later lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday at a local care facility, his son said. He was 70. Ken Norton Jr., a coach with the Seattle Seahawks, confirmed the death to... more »
  • Former heavyweight champion Norton dies

    September 18, 2013 9:17 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, has died. His son says he passed away Wednesday at a local care facility. He was 70. Norton had been in poor health for the last several... more »
  • Boxer Tommy Morrison dies at 44

    September 2, 2013 10:36 AM

    OMAHA, Neb. - Tommy Morrison, a former heavyweight champion who gained fame for his role in the movie "Rocky V," has died. He was 44. Morrison's former manager, Tony Holden says his longtime friend died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital. The family would not disclose the cause of death.... more »
  • Reality star Gia Allemand dies in New Orleans

    August 14, 2013 3:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gia Allemand, a reality TV star and girlfriend of NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson, has died after being taken off life support at a hospital in New Orleans. According to a statement sent Wednesday by her publicist, the former model and cast member of ABC's "The Bachelor"... more »
  • Well-known cycling pastor Rev. Fealing dies at 87

    August 9, 2013 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rev. Herbert Fealing, 87, died Tuesday according to family members. Fealing had been an associate minister at Second Baptist Church on North Acadian Thruway West for more than 20 years and had been competing in Louisiana Senior Olympics for nearly as long. His family said he had... more »
  • Flags at half-staff for passing of Lindy Boggs

    July 29, 2013 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal ordered flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of Lindy Boggs, who died this weekend. She was 97. Boggs, who was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, was the first woman from Louisiana elected to the U. S. House of... more »
  • Dennis Farina, star of 'Law & Order,' dead at 69

    July 22, 2013 12:29 PM

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on "Law & Order," has died. Lori De Waal, his representative, says Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69. Born... more »
  • Legendary NFL player passes away

    June 4, 2013 10:43 AM

    UNDATED - David "Deacon" Jones, one of the giants of the NFL in the 1960's, has died at the age of 74 from natural causes. The Hall of Fame defensive end is credited with coining the term "sack" for how he knocked down quarterbacks. His death was reported by the... more »
  • Don Pelts, founder of Corky's, dies in Memphis

    May 16, 2013 12:06 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A relative says that Don Pelts, founder of Memphis-based barbecue restaurant Corky's Ribs and Bar-B-Q, has died. Pelts' son, Barry Pelts, said his father died suddenly Wednesday night of a heart attack at age 72. Pelts opened the first Corky's in Memphis in 1984, serving ribs and... more »
  • Gerry Lane dies after battle with cancer

    May 3, 2013 8:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Longtime car dealer Gerry Lane has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 82 years old. According to a family spokesperson, Lane passed away peacefully in his home early Friday morning. Lane's auto dealerships across the U. S. generated more than $10 billion in... more »
  • Former state fire marshal passes away

    March 12, 2013 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state fire marshal's office announced Tuesday that the former fire marshal who oversaw response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita passed away last week. Henry Fry died Friday at his home in Covington, according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning. Fry served as state fire... more »
  • Voice of Louisiana Hayride, Frank Page dies check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 11, 2013 3:40 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The man who introduced a then-unknown Elvis Presley to worldwide audiences through his work with the Louisiana Hayride - the state's version of the heralded Grand Ole Opry - has died. Veteran radio broadcaster Frank Page died late Wednesday after succumbing to a severe respiratory infection while hospitalized... more »
  • Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88

    December 17, 2012 5:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Influential Sen. Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, has died. The Democrat from Hawaii broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals. He had served in the Senate for 50 years... more »
  • Jazz great Dave Brubeck dies

    December 5, 2012 12:53 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - Pioneering jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck has died. Russell Gloyd, Brubeck's manager, says he died Wednesday morning of heart failure, after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son. He would have turned 92 on Thursday. The Dave Brubeck Quartet's pieces... more »
  • TV chef Art Ginsburg, "Mr. Food", dies at 81

    November 21, 2012 10:19 AM

    MIAMI, Fla. - Art Ginsburg, the delightfully dorky television chef known as Mr. Food, has died at his home in Weston, Fla. Ginsburg, who was 81, enticed viewers for decades with a can-do focus on easy weeknight cooking and the tagline "Ooh! It's so good!" He was diagnosed with... more »
  • Former NFL player and actor Alex Karras dead at 77

    October 10, 2012 12:20 PM

    DETROIT - He was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, but to many people, Alex Karras will always be the cowboy who punched a horse in "Blazing Saddles" or the lovable dad from the sitcom "Webster." Karras died today at his home in Los Angeles.... more »
  • Actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    September 3, 2012 4:46 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Michael Clarke Duncan's fiancee says the Oscar nominee for "The Green Mile" has died while being hospitalized following a July heart attack. Publicist Joy Fehily released a statement from Clarke's fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, saying the 54-year-old actor died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital... more »
  • First American woman in space dies at 61

    July 23, 2012 5:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, has died. She was 61. NASA confirmed her death Monday afternoon. Her office in San Diego said she died of pancreatic cancer. Ride flew into space on the shuttle Challenger in 1983 when she was 32. President Barack... more »
  • Founder of Baton Rouge TV station WAFB dies

    June 25, 2012 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The founder of Baton Rouge television station WAFB-TV, Tom Gibbens, died this weekend. He was 95. Gibbens launched the station in 1953 and was its first general manager. It was the first live television station in Baton Rouge, and only the second in Louisiana. Visitation... more »
  • Fred Foy, famous for Lone Ranger intro, dies at 89

    December 22, 2010 2:26 PM

    BOSTON - Fred Foy, the radio announcer best-known for calling out "Hi-Yo, Silver!" in his passionate lead-in to "The Lone Ranger," has died at his Massachusetts home. His daughter, Nancy Foy, says her father died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 89. Nancy Foy says her father worked as an... more »
  • U. S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies

    December 13, 2010 7:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - An administration official says Richard Holbrooke, a longtime U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers, was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan and served as President Barack Obama's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has died. He was 69. The official spoke on condition... more »
  • "Empire Strikes Back" director Irvin Kershner dies

    November 29, 2010 11:06 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Irvin Kershner - who directed the Star Wars sequel "The Empire Strikes Back," the James Bond film "Never Say Never Again" and "Robocop 2" - has died at age 87. Kershner died Saturday in Los Angeles after a long illness, said Adriana Santini, a France-based actress who... more »
  • AP source: Yankees' George Steinbrenner dies at 80

    July 13, 2010 8:56 AM

    An Associated Press source says the owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner, died Tuesday morning. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made the announcement. STATEMENT FROM: FAMILY OF GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER III RE: THE PASSING OF YANKEES PRINCIPAL OWNER /... more »
  • 'Golden Girls' star dies

    June 3, 2010 10:46 AM

    Golden girl Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76. Her manager says she suffered a massive stroke. McClanahan, known for her role as Blanche Deveraux, suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while she was recovering from bypass surgery. The only star of the show still... more »
  • Former WBRZ TV anchor dies

    May 5, 2010 6:48 AM

    Former WBRZ TV Anchor and radio personality Ed Buggs died late last night. According to his younger brother Clarence Buggs, he likely died of a heart attack. An autopsy will likely performed today. As soon as funeral arrangements have been made, we will post them on WBRZ.com. Please... more »
  • World's oldest person dies

    September 11, 2009 10:30 AM

    Doctor says world's oldest known person, Gertrude Baines, has died in Los Angeles at age 115 of a possible heart attack. Baines was born in 1894 in Shellman, Georgia. She became the world's oldest living person when a 115-year-old woman, Maria de Jesus, died in Portugal in January. Baines celebrated... more »

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