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  • Nephew: Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

    August 29, 2016 3:27 PM

    Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles," has died. He was 83. Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer's disease. The frizzy-haired actor was a master at playing panicked... more »
  • Longtime ESPN broadcaster John Saunders dies at 61

    August 10, 2016 11:37 AM

    Longtime ESPN broadcaster John Saunders has died, the network announced on Wednesday. He was 61. Saunders died Wednesday morning. The cause of Saunders' passing was not immediately released. Saunders, a native of Canada, had worked at ESPN since 1986 and was one of the network’s most visible and respected... more »
  • Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 82

    June 28, 2016 10:15 AM

    Buddy Ryan, who coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches, has died. He was 82. His agent, James Solano, said Ryan died Tuesday in Kentucky. He did not give a cause. The always outspoken Ryan... more »
  • Longtime WAFB anchor, reporter Paul Gates dies at 69 Play Video

    June 21, 2016 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Longtime WAFB anchor and investigative reporter Paul Gates has died at the age of 69 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Gates started his career at WAFB-TV in March 1977 as a reporter and continued his award-winning investigative reports, commonly known as “Paul Gates Investigates,”... more »
  • WBRZ viewers react to anchor John Mahaffey's passing

    April 22, 2016 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former WBRZ News 2 anchor John Mahaffey died overnight following a blood clot that happened after a Thursday surgery. Mahaffey led the WBRZ news team during the Golden Years of TV - from the 1970s until he retired in May 1999. He is remembered as being... more »
  • Former WBRZ anchor John Mahaffey dies Play Video

    April 22, 2016 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Veteran news anchor John Mahaffey died overnight. He was 77. Mahaffey is remembered as one of the most popular faces of television in Baton Rouge, leading the WBRZ news team during the Golden Years of TV – from the 1970s until he retired in May 1999.... more »
  • Former LSU tennis star dies at 38

    March 3, 2016 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former LSU tennis star died unexpectedly at his home at the age of 38 late last month. Ed Rubin, a key member of two of LSU’s men’s tennis teams that advanced to the NCAA semifinals, passed away at his Lafayette residence on Feb. 27. The... more »
  • Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey dead at 67

    January 18, 2016 5:34 PM

    NEW YORK - Glenn Frey, who co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became one of history's most successful songwriting teams with such hits as "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast Lane," has died. Frey was 67 and had been battling multiple ailments. He died Monday. The band's website... more »
  • Retired archbishop from New Orleans dies at 89

    January 18, 2016 1:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Retired Archbishop Francis B. Schulte, who led the Archdiocese of New Orleans from 1989 to 2001, has died in his native Philadelphia. Archdiocese spokeswoman Sarah Comiskey McDonald says Schulte died on Sunday at a church-run retirement facility. He was 89. Schulte, who was ordained as a Roman... more »
  • Former state Rep. Raymond Laborde passes away

    January 17, 2016 5:14 PM

    MARKSVILLE - Raymond Laborde, a former state lawmaker and commissioner of administration for Governor Edwin Edwards, has died according to his family. He was 88 years old. Laborde passed away Sunday morning in his native Marksville. Laborde was elected mayor of Marksville in 1958 and served in that office... more »
  • Natalie Cole, Grammy winning singer, has died

    January 1, 2016 12:16 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat "King" Cole who carried on his musical legacy, has died. Publicist Maureen O'Connor says Cole died Thursday night. She was 65. O'Connor had no details about how or where Cole died. Cole had battled drug problems and hepatitis... more »
  • Baton Rouge law fixture Cheney Joseph dies

    December 18, 2015 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A longtime member of the Baton Rouge legal community, Cheney Joseph Jr., passed away this week. He was 73. Joseph was named co-dean of the LSU Law Center in August to fill in for chancellor Jack Weiss, who resigned. Cheney was battling cancer at the... more »
  • Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson pay tribute to Toussaint

    November 11, 2015 1:48 PM

    NEW YORK - Mick Jagger and Robbie Robertson are paying tribute to the late Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans musician who wrote "Southern Nights," ''Mother-in-Law" and many other hits. "He was such an influential songwriter and performer," Jagger tweeted Wednesday. Early in their career, the Rolling Stones covered Toussaint's "Pain... more »
  • George Barris, creator of TV's original Batmobile, has died

    November 5, 2015 6:19 PM

    LOS ANGELES - George Barris, who created television's original Batmobile, along with scores of other beautifully customized, instantly recognizable vehicles that helped define California car culture, has died at age 89. Barris Kustom Industries spokesman Edward Lozzi says Barris died Thursday, following a lengthy illness. Barris was still... more »
  • Chef, restaurateur Paul Prudhomme dies

    October 8, 2015 12:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme, who is credited with kicking off the Creole cooking craze, has died. He was 75. WWL-TV reports that Prudhomme's restaurant, K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, confirmed his death. A representative said the chef died after a brief illness. Prudhomme was born in Opelousas... more »
  • Gatherings in Julian Bond's honor as family scatters ashes

    August 19, 2015 11:10 AM

    ATLANTA - Relatives of civil rights leader Julian Bond are inviting people who wish to honor him to spread flower petals in water at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday. That's when Bond's relatives plan to honor his wishes by spreading his ashes in the Gulf of Mexico in a private... more »
  • Local musician, community leader Earl Taylor dies at 80

    August 6, 2015 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Local musician and involved member of the Capital Area community, Earl T. Taylor, died Wednesday morning at the age of 80. Taylor was a locally and nationally renowned musician who shared his vocal talents and song leadership skills with members of the Methodist faith and beyond.... more »
  • Former professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes dead at 69

    June 11, 2015 3:31 PM

    STAMFORD, CT - WWE says Virgil Runnels, a former professional wrestler known by his fans as Dusty Rhodes, has died. He was 69. The company says Runnels died Thursday, but a spokesman declined to say where or how he passed away, saying the family had not authorized the release of... more »
  • Former Southern chancellor, system president dies at 78

    June 1, 2015 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern University System family is mourning Monday as former SU System President Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes has passed away at age 78. "We are profoundly saddened by the news of President Emeritus Dolores Spikes' death. She was a devout daughter of Southern University who became... more »
  • Harlem Globetrotter great Marques Haynes dies at 89

    May 22, 2015 3:11 PM

    PHOENIX - Marques Haynes, the Harlem Globetrotters star often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89. The Globetrotters said Haynes died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes. Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider said "basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures." Haynes made the... more »
  • Restauranteur and philanthropist T.J. Moran dies at 84

    May 18, 2015 12:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A veteran of the Capital City restaurant scene, T.J. Moran, has died at the age of 84. Moran's legacy centers around his company, TJM Restaurant Management, LLC, which owned and operated some of Baton Rouge's most notable eateries including Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, TJ Ribs, Ruffino's and... more »
  • Singer Percy Sledge dies in his Baton Rouge home Play Video

    April 14, 2015 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," has died. He was 74. "He wasn't just a part of our community but a soul legend," said Rob Payer, station production and music director at WBRH-FM, 90.3. "He was loved... more »
  • 'JB' Olinde, former president of Olinde Furniture, dies at age of 90

    April 7, 2015 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former president of furniture retailer B. Olinde and Sons Co. Inc., Joseph Beauregard "JB" Olinde Sr., died early Tuesday morning according to his family. He was 90 years old. Described by family as the "definition of an honorable man", Olinde was a New Roads native and... more »
  • Actor who played 'Dukes of Hazzard' sheriff dies at age 88

    April 7, 2015 10:36 AM

    RALEIGH, NC - The prolific actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has died. James Best was 88. His wife, Dorothy Best, said Tuesday that Best died Monday night in hospice care in Hickory from complications of pneumonia. Best... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 »
  • 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 »

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