Obituaries

3:14am

Mon April 7, 2014
Remembrances

The Inimitable Mickey Rooney Dies At 93

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 10:48 am

Mickey Rooney plays Oliver Nugent in the short-lived television series One of the Boys in 1982. Rooney died Sunday at the age of 93.
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Mickey Rooney was a 5-foot-3 dynamo. Whether he was acting, singing or dancing, he poured an uncanny energy into his performances. It's an energy that sustained a lifelong career alongside some of the biggest names in show business, including Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor.

He died Sunday at his North Hollywood home, at age 93. He was still working — on a new film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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6:48am

Sun April 6, 2014
Obituary

Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 9:31 am

Writer Peter Matthiessen died Saturday at age 86 after a long fight with leukemia, according to his publisher. Here, he stands in the yard of his house in Sagaponack, N.Y., in 2004.
Ed Betz AP

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia; he died Saturday afternoon, his publisher confirmed.

In a career that began in the 1950s, Matthiessen connected readers to people and places that were being irrevocably changed by the modern world. And in the process, he often gave them a window into the changes that shaped his own life, as well.

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2:01pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Remembrances

Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 8:45 am

Frankie Knuckles in 2007.
Getty Images

Frankie Knuckles, a legend in the world of dance music and one of the inventors of house music, a steady, beat-driven style played in nightclubs all over the world, died unexpectedly at his Chicago home on Monday. He was 59.

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4:59am

Tue February 11, 2014
National

Shirley Temple Dies; Childhood Movie Star Became Diplomat

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:55 am

Shirley Temple when she was the nation's biggest movie star.
AP
  • 'Morning Edition' looks back at the life of Shirley Temple
  • A bit of 'On the Good Ship Lollipop'

Shirley Temple, who charmed the nation as a child movie star in the 1930s and went on to become one of the nation's diplomats in posts that included ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, has died.

She was 85.

The Associated Press writes that publicist Cheryl Kagan says the actress, known as Shirley Temple Black in her private life, died late Monday evening at her home near San Francisco. Kagan tells the AP that Temple's family and caregivers were with her.

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4:54am

Tue January 28, 2014
Music

Pete Seeger, Folk Music Icon And Activist, Dies At 94

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 9:00 am

Pete Seeger closes out the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.
Anna Webber WireImage
  • On 'Morning Edition': A look back at Pete Seeger's life, from former NPR newscaster Paul Brown

Pete Seeger, "a tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness," died Monday at the age of 94.

As former NPR broadcaster Paul Brown adds in an appreciation he prepared for Morning Edition, Seeger's tools "were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments."

The songs he'll be long remembered for include "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone."

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