Obituaries

6:38am

Tue January 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Richard Ben Cramer, Winner Of Pulitzer Prize And Masterful Reporter, Dies

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 11:22 am

Richard Ben Cramer
Bill Marr Simon & Schuster

Richard Ben Cramer, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his reporting from the Middle East for the Philadelphia Inquirer and went on to write critically acclaimed books and magazine pieces, has died.

The Inquirer reports that Cramer, who was 62, "died Monday ... of lung cancer at the Johns Hopkins [Medical Institutions] in Baltimore."

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10:15am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Olympic Cyclist Dies After Being Hit By Taxi In South Africa

South African cyclist Burry Stander, seen here riding in the cross-country mountain bike race at the London Olympics, was killed during a training ride Thursday in South Africa.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Burry Stander, one of the world's elite mountain bikers, was killed Thursday as he rode his bike in his native South Africa. Stander, 25, a two-time Olympian who placed fifth in his event at the London 2012 Olympics, was reportedly struck by a taxi van as he trained near his home in Shelley Beach, on South Africa's southeastern coast.

The close proximity of the accident to his childhood home apparently allowed Stander's family members, reportedly including his wife, mother and father, to arrive at the scene quickly.

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8:51am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Gerda Lerner Dies, Women's Studies Trailblazer

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:00 am

Professor Gerda Lerner, in a handout from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconson, Madison

Historian Gerda Lerner, a pioneer in the creation of women's studies as an academic discipline, has died in Madison, Wisc. She was 92.

A prolific feminist author, Lerner wrote texts that traced the history of patriarchy going back thousands of years to more modern topics, such as African American women's history. Her many books included a two volume work called 'Women in History': the first book examined the history of patriarchy and the second dealt with the start of feminist consciousness.

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10:55pm

Wed January 2, 2013
The Record

Patti Page, Who Dominated The '50s Pop Charts, Dies

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 4:27 am

Patti Page, whose comforting voice made hits of heartbreaking ballads ("Tennessee Waltz") and novelty songs ("How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?"), died Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif. She was 85 years old.

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8:12am

Mon December 31, 2012
Best Music Of 2012

In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2012

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 12:26 pm

Whitney Houston performs in 1988.
David Corio Getty Images

NPR Music remembers the singers, instrumentalists, songwriters and personalities who died in 2012. Explore their musical legacies by launching our musical interactive here or by clicking on the image.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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