Tags: Deaths (Obituaries)
Nat Hentoff, Journalist and Social Commentator, Dies at 91

Nat Hentoff, Journalist and Social Commentator, Dies at 91

Mr. Hentoff was an author, journalist, jazz critic and civil libertarian who called himself a troublemaker and proved it with a shelf of books and a mountain of essays.
On the Runway: China Machado, Breakthrough Model Until the End, Dies at 86

On the Runway: China Machado, Breakthrough Model Until the End, Dies at 86

Ms. Machado was the first nonwhite supermodel, and it’s a legacy the fashion industry has to wrestle with.
Benjamin Gilman, a New York Congressman for 30 Years, Dies at 94

Benjamin Gilman, a New York Congressman for 30 Years, Dies at 94

Mr. Gilman was a chairman of the House International Relations Committee and a leading Republican critic of the Clinton administration’s foreign policy strategies.
Sharon Jones, Powerful Voice of Soul With the Dap-Kings, Dies at 60

Sharon Jones, Powerful Voice of Soul With the Dap-Kings, Dies at 60

Ms. Jones recorded and performed at an unrelenting pace, and a documentary film chronicled her battle with pancreatic cancer.
Leonard Cohen, Epic and Enigmatic Songwriter, Is Dead at 82

Leonard Cohen, Epic and Enigmatic Songwriter, Is Dead at 82

Mr. Cohen was an unlikely and reluctant pop star, but his lyrics captivated other artists and gave him a reputation as “the master of erotic despair.”
Janet Reno, First Woman to Serve as U.S. Attorney General, Dies at 78

Janet Reno, First Woman to Serve as U.S. Attorney General, Dies at 78

Ms. Reno’s eight years in the office placed her in the middle of some of the most divisive episodes of the Clinton presidency.
Fashion Designer Richard Nicoll Dies at 39

Fashion Designer Richard Nicoll Dies at 39

The London-born Central Saint Martins graduate was known for his distinctive, Modernist approach, candy-colored palettes and sculptured designs.
Gloria Naylor, National Book Award Winner, Dies at 66

Gloria Naylor, National Book Award Winner, Dies at 66

Ms. Naylor won the National Book Award for her first novel for “The Women of Brewster Place.”
Neville Marriner, Prolific Musician and Acclaimed Conductor, Dies at 92

Neville Marriner, Prolific Musician and Acclaimed Conductor, Dies at 92

Mr. Marriner, who established the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, was honored three times for his service to music in Britain.
This Life: The Art of Condolence

This Life: The Art of Condolence

The rules of expressing sympathy have become muddied at best, and concealed in an onslaught of emoji at worst.
Oscar Brand, Folk Singer Whose Radio Show Twanged for Decades, Dies at 96

Oscar Brand, Folk Singer Whose Radio Show Twanged for Decades, Dies at 96

Mr. Brand wrote books and scores for musicals and films, but was best known for WNYC’s “Folksong Festival,” the longest-running radio show in history with a single host.
Richard D. Trentlage, 87, Who Wrote ‘The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song,’ Dies

Richard D. Trentlage, 87, Who Wrote ‘The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song,’ Dies

Mr. Trentlage’s may not be a household name, but generations know his work writing advertising jingles for companies such as Oscar Mayer and McDonald’s.
Agnes Nixon, Who Injected Social Ills Into Soap Operas, Dies at 93

Agnes Nixon, Who Injected Social Ills Into Soap Operas, Dies at 93

Her “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” tackled drug addiction, abortion, child abuse and AIDS along with the usual soap tales of infidelity.
Shimon Peres of Israel Dies at 93; Built Up Defense and Sought Peace

Shimon Peres of Israel Dies at 93; Built Up Defense and Sought Peace

Mr. Peres helped build up his country’s military might, then worked as hard to establish peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors.
Arnold Palmer, the Magnetic Face of Golf in the ’60s, Dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, the Magnetic Face of Golf in the ’60s, Dies at 87

Palmer, who won seven major titles, captivated fans with his ferocious swing and fearless attitude, helping to inspire an American golf boom.
Edward Davis, ‘World’s Grumpiest Boss,’ Dies at 85

Edward Davis, ‘World’s Grumpiest Boss,’ Dies at 85

The Houston oil and gas magnate, who owned Tiger Oil, gained notoriety as the author of blunt office memos that earned him the unofficial title.
Stanley Dural Jr., Founder of Buckwheat Zydeco, Dies at 68

Stanley Dural Jr., Founder of Buckwheat Zydeco, Dies at 68

Founded in 1979, Buckwheat Zydeco mixed Louisiana Creole traditions with R&B and rock to become one of the world’s great party bands.
Bill Nunn, Who Played Radio Raheem in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 63

Bill Nunn, Who Played Radio Raheem in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 63

Mr. Nunn starred in several movies by the director Spike Lee, but he made his greatest mark in the 1989 role as Radio Raheem.
John D. Loudermilk, Who Wrote ‘Tobacco Road’ and ‘Indian Reservation,’ Dies at 82

John D. Loudermilk, Who Wrote ‘Tobacco Road’ and ‘Indian Reservation,’ Dies at 82

The country singer and songwriter wrote dozens of hits in the 1960s and ’70s, performed by artists including Eddie Cochran and Paul Revere and the Raiders.
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