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Obituary
12:16 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Sen. Mike Carrell dies at age 69

Washington state Senator Mike Carrell of Lakewood has died from complications related to treatment for a pre-leukemia blood disorder.

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said Carrell died Wednesday morning at a Seattle hospital of lung complications from his ongoing treatment of transplants from his brother and chemotherapy. Schoesler says that Carrell died in his sleep with his wife, Charlotte, nearby.

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Other News
2:10 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

'Dear Abby' dies; Pauline Phillips was adviser to millions

Pauline Phillips — Dear Abby — in 2001.
Fred Prouser Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:52 am

Pauline Phillips, known to millions of advice-seekers around the world as the original "Dear Abby," has died. She was 94.

The company that syndicates Dear Abby says on its website that she "died Wednesday ... in Minneapolis after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease."

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Obituary
6:26 am
Mon October 22, 2012

George McGovern, An Improbable Icon Of Anti-War Movement

Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern talks about the bombs being used in Vietnam at a $250-a-person fundraising dinner in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, 1972.
AP

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:11 am

If George McGovern often seemed miscast as a presidential candidate, he was at least as improbable as an icon of the anti-war movement.

The Vietnam War gave birth to an opposition movement unlike any America had seen in its previous wars. It was young, unconventional and countercultural, defiant of authority and deeply suspicious of government.

McGovern himself was none of these things.

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Animal obituary
11:33 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Ivan, formerly of Tacoma, dies at 50: A gorilla's life remembered

Ivan chews on his finger at Zoo Atlanta in 1996.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 11:11 am

I've written before in this space about how an animal obituary may help mark a life of significance. Here is my obituary for Ivan the gorilla.

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Remembrances
1:06 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Comedy's Self-Deprecating Pioneer Phyllis Diller Dies

Diller poses with a photo at her Los Angeles home in 2005.
Chris Pizzello AP

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 3:02 pm

A queen of comedy has died. Phyllis Diller had audiences in stitches for more than five decades with her outlandish get-ups and rapid-fire one-liners. She died at her home, where she had been in hospice care after a fall. She was 95.

Diller was glamorously outrageous — or at least the character she created was glamorously outrageous, the one who wore wigs that made her look like she had her finger in an electrical outlet, who wore gaudy sequined outfits. She was known for her laugh and those nasty jokes about her dimwitted husband, "Fang."

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Phyllis Diller, legendary comedian, is dead

In this May 20, 1966 file photo, comedian Phyllis Diller appears in character in the ABC-TV comedy series "The Pruitts of Southampton."
AP

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 12:48 pm

Phyllis Diller, who was known for her trademark self-deprecating humor and laugh, has died at 95.

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Obituary
12:22 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Tuskegee airman G. Hickman dies in Seattle at 88 


George Hickman sits by a photo of himself in the cockpit of an AT6 trainer plane in then-Tuskegee Army Air Field during an interview on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, in Seattle.
The Associated Press

George Hickman, one of the original Tuskegee airmen and a longtime usher at University of Washington and Seattle Seahawks game, has died at age 88.

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Obituary
2:23 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Longtime Seattle news anchor Goertzen dies

Longtime Seattle television news anchor Kathi Goertzen has died following a lengthy, public battle with brain tumors.

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Gore Vidal, In Words

Gore Vidal in 1991. He died Tuesday, at the age of 86.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 4:16 am

The death of writer and cultural critic Gore Vidal on Tuesday, at the age of 86, means many are trying today to capture that man of words' life in just a few phrases:

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Remembrances
8:14 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Gore Vidal, American writer and cultural critic, dies

Author Gore Vidal in 1986. Vidal, whose prolific writing career spanned six decades, died Tuesday at age 86.
AP

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 4:31 am

Gore Vidal came from a generation of novelists whose fiction gave them a political platform. Norman Mailer ran for mayor of New York City; Kurt Vonnegut became an anti-war spokesman. And Vidal was an all-around critic. His novels sometimes infuriated readers with unflattering portraits of American history.

He also wrote essays and screenplays, and his play The Best Man currently has a revival on Broadway.

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Obituary
2:50 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Oscar-winning film star Ernest Borgnine dies

Ernest Borgnine
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Ernest Borgnine, the beefy screen star known for blustery, often villainous roles, but who won the best-actor Oscar for playing against type as a lovesick butcher in "Marty" in 1955, died Sunday. He was 95.

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Obituary
9:54 am
Wed June 6, 2012

'Fahrenheit 451' author Ray Bradbury dies at 91

Ray Bradbury's career spanned more than 70 years — during which he transported readers to other dimensions with his futuristic and innovative stories. He died Tuesday at age 91.
Lennox McLendon AP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:17 pm

Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, died Tuesday. He was 91. Bradbury was known for his futuristic tales — but he never used a computer, or even drove a car.

Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Ill., in 1920 and grew up during the Great Depression. He said it was a time when people couldn't imagine the future, and his active imagination made him stand out. He once told Fresh Air's Terry Gross about exaggerating basic childhood fears, like monsters at the top of the stairs.

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Blues
12:53 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Stax Bassist Duck Dunn Remembered In Memphis

Donald "Duck" Dunn onstage about 1990.
David Redfern Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:49 pm

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Obituary
11:58 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Seattle philanthropist, developer Benaroya dies

In 1993, Jack and his wife, Becky, provided the $15 million seed money to help launch the Seattle Symphony's home, Benaroya Hall.

Jack Benaroya, the philanthropist and developer for whom Seattle's symphony hall was named, has died at age 90.

Benaroya is known as a businessman with impeccable timing and a quiet generosity.

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Obit
8:46 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Richard Beyer, creator of 'Interurban' sculpture, has died

Just a day in the life of the "Waiting for the Interurban" sculpture in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.
The Associated Press

The artist behind "Waiting for the Interurban," a popular sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, has died. Richard Beyer created the piece in 1978, which launched his career in public artwork. 

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