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  • Vibrant TV icon dead at 71

    December 9, 2013 10:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An icon of television in south Louisiana died Monday, media here reported. Frank Davis, 71, had been on local TV for three decades before he retired in 2011. He and his wife moved to Texas to be closer to family after he was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory... more »
  • 'SnoBall Queen' dies at 103

    November 27, 2013 2:58 PM

    METAIRIE- The woman who helped pioneer a south Louisiana favorite has died. Josie Marino Ortolano, known as the "SnoBall Queen," died recently outside New Orleans. She was 103. Ortolano, with her husband George, created the SnowWizard SnoBall machine that's used in countless snowball stands across the region. ... more »
  • It's the best obituary ever written

    October 2, 2013 9:57 PM

    GULFPORT- It's possibly the best obituary ever written, it's just a shame that it's catching attention after so much time has passed since the man's death in March. But, one thing is for sure, Harry Weathersby Stamps, a ladies' man according to the writing, would have been very interested in... more »
  • George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:35 AM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81. Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville... more »
  • Longtime educator Dr. Huel Perkins dies

    April 16, 2013 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Huel D. Perkins, a longtime music professor and educator who authored Southern University's fight song, passed away last night according to a Southern spokesperson. Perkins graduated from Southern in 1947 and served as a music professor there from 1951 to 1960. He later served as... more »
  • Former Ascension Parish sheriff dies

    January 31, 2013 5:55 PM

    GONZALES - Harold Tridico, a longtime sheriff of Ascension Parish, has died according to the sheriff's office. He was 86. According to the department's website Tridico spent was a sheriff "with an iron fist and an iron jaw." Tridico was elected in 1974 and spent 22 years in the... more »
  • 'Top Gun' director left behind notes to loved ones

    August 20, 2012 10:44 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Coroner's officials investigating Tony Scott's death say the director left several notes to loved ones in his car before jumping from a Los Angeles bridge Sunday. Coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey says initial investigative notes do not classify the writings as suicide notes, but the office is treating... more »
  • Sally Ride's secret from the grave

    July 25, 2012 7:55 PM

    The late astronaut, Sally Ride, who died this week protected her privacy and came out as being gay only in her obituary. The obituary she co-wrote before her death mentions her same-sex partner of 27 years. Her circle of family and friends have known for years she was gay but... more »
  • Utah man uses obituary to confess indiscretions

    July 17, 2012 12:31 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A 59-year-old Utah man who wrote his own obituary before he died last week used the opportunity to come clean. Friends and family of Val Patterson learned Sunday that the man they thought held a doctorate from the University of Utah received the degree thanks to... 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 »
  • Obamas praise Summer, voice sorrow over her death

    May 17, 2012 6:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are expressing sadness over the death of Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco who succumbed to cancer at the age of 63. The Obamas said their thoughts and prayers were with Summer's family and fans. They praised the singer's voice... more »
  • Police: Pa. man fakes mom's obit to get time off

    December 12, 2011 12:44 PM

    BROOKVILLE, Pa. - Authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania say a man published an obituary for his living mother in a ploy to get paid bereavement time off from work. Relatives called The Jeffersonian Democrat newspaper in Brookville after the obit appeared to report the woman was actually alive and well. ... more »
  • Co-writer of 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' dies

    October 13, 2011 2:37 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Charlie Daniels Band member and a co-writer of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" has been killed in a car crash in Tennessee. A news release from the band says Joel "Taz" DiGregorio died Wednesday night in a crash on Interstate 40 west of Nashville.... more »
  • Former archbishop who gave JFK eulogy dies at 98

    September 29, 2011 7:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan, who gave the eulogy for President John F. Kennedy and later served more than three decades as the head of the New Orleans Roman Catholic Archdiocese, died Thursday. He was 98. The archdiocese said he died peacefully shortly after 3 a.m.... more »
  • Former NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies

    August 3, 2011 5:53 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Former NFL defensive star Bubba Smith, who found a successful second career as an actor, has died in Los Angeles at age 66. Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter says Smith was found dead Wednesday at his Baldwin Hills home. Winter says he didn't know... more »
  • Restaurant owner John Mosca dies

    July 14, 2011 3:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - John Mosca, whose two-room roadhouse near New Orleans serves only big platters of food and has fans as far as Paris and Italy, is dead at age 86. His daughter, Lisa Mosca, says her father died Wednesday night at his home in Harahan. She says he... more »
  • Elizabeth Edwards dies at 61

    December 7, 2010 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a six-year fight with cancer, her family said. She was 61. The Edwards family released the following statement today: "Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains... more »
  • Chair of LSU engineering department dies

    September 20, 2010 11:10 AM

    The chair of LSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has died, according to university officials. A statement from the school said Jorge L. Aravena passed away Friday at a Baton Rouge hospital. He was 65 years old. Aravena, a native of Chile, had just been made chairman of the... more »
  • Little Rock Nine member Jefferson Thomas dies

    September 6, 2010 11:07 AM

    Jefferson Thomas, one of the first nine black students to enroll in desegregated Arkansas' schools, has died at age 68 in Columbus, Ohio. Fellow Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Trickey Brown says Thomas died Sunday. Trickey Brown did not know the cause of death and declined further comment. In 1957,... more »
  • Writer James Kilpatrick dies at 89

    August 16, 2010 11:16 AM

    James J. Kilpatrick, who rose from cub reporter to become one of the South's most prominent newspaper editors and the nation's most widely syndicated political columnist, has died. He was 89. Kilpatrick's wife, Marianne Means, says he died Sunday night at George Washington University Hospital. Means says he was... more »
  • BR community leader dies

    May 4, 2010 12:18 AM

    Kirt Bennett, a community leader in Baton Rouge and former candidate for lieutenant governor, died Monday night. Bennett placed fourth in the 2003 race for lieutenant governor, an election won by Mitch Landrieu. A year later, he served as a delegate for the state at the Republican National Convention.... more »
  • Conservative columnist, former White House speechwriter dies

    September 27, 2009 2:24 PM

    Pulitzer-prize winning writer William Safire died Sunday, according to his assistant. He was 79. Safire had been diagnosed with cancer and died in hospice care. He spent more than 30 years writing for the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. Safire was also a speechwriter for President... more »

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