Obituaries

3:00pm

Fri August 10, 2012
Remembrances

David Rakoff Saw The World In All Its Dark Beauty

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:04 pm

David Rakoff, the author of Half Empty, Don't Get Too Comfortable and Fraud, was a frequent contributor to This American Life. He died Thursday at the age of 47.
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When writer David Rakoff died Thursday at the age 47, he was barely the age he said he was always "meant" to be. In his 2010 memoir, Half Empty, he wrote, "Everyone has an internal age, a time in life when one is, if not one's best, then at very least one's most authentic self. I always felt that my internal clock was calibrated somewhere between 47 and 53 years old."

Rakoff died in New York City after a long struggle with cancer — an ordeal that he wrote about with sobering honesty and biting wit.

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12:15pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Record

Marvin Hamlisch, Movie And Broadway Composer, Has Died

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:22 pm

Marvin Hamlisch (left) with Liza Minnelli and Barry Manilow in 1987.
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10:39am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Tears And Tequila: Mexico City Says Goodbye To Chavela Vargas

Fans wait to see the coffin of late Costa Rican-born Mexican singer Chavela Vargas during a ceremony in her honour at Garibaldi Square in Mexico City on Monday.
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We would be remiss not to note that the legendary ranchera singer Chavela Vargas was sent off last night in Mexico City.

Her coffin was on display in Plaza Garibaldi, where Vargas was known to knock back a few drinks. NPR's Jasmine Garsd wrote about the 93-year-old Vargas on Sunday after her death. She was a woman who torched through barriers, many times singing about heartache with a pistol in her harness and a bottle of tequila in her hand.

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7:44am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dies, Family Spokesman Says

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 9:04 am

Marvin Hamlisch in 1979.
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"Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including The Sting and won a Tony for A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles at the age 68," The Associated Press reports.

According to the wire service:

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8:12pm

Sun August 5, 2012
The Record

Chavela Vargas, Legendary Ranchera Singer, Dies

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:23 pm

Chavela Vargas performing in Buenos Aires in 2004.
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A legend of Latin American song has died. Chavela Vargas was a cultural icon across the Spanish-speaking world, with a voice that redefined notions of beauty and an attitude that brashly bent gender roles. Vargas died Sunday; she was 93.

She was born Isabel Vargas Lizano in Costa Rica, but audiences knew her as Chavela, a hard-partying, rabble-rousing, fiery singer who adopted Mexico as her homeland and began singing on the streets in her early teens.

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