Obituaries

Last original Ramones member dies

Last original Ramones member dies

Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone, taking their surname from an alias Paul McCartney used to check into hotels, formed in Queens, N.Y. in 1974.

Kasem was an island of calm in swirl of pop music

Kasem was an island of calm in swirl of pop music

“American Top 40,” with Kasem’s soft, homey voice counting down the hits, was a refuge from shock jocks or the screaming big-city radio voices. It was dependable, broadcast on some 1,000 stations at its peak, so if you were driving in Connecticut or Kansas, California or Kentucky, you could always take a measure of the pop charts with Casey.

Daughter: Actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

Daughter: Actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

“We have had her for so long and we loved her so much,” Day said. “She took her final bow last night at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren.”

'Brady Bunch' actress Ann B. Davis dies in Texas

‘Brady Bunch’ actress Ann B. Davis dies in Texas

“I know at least a couple hundred glamour gals who are starving in this town,” she told the Los Angeles Times in 1955, the year the Cummings show began its four-year run.

Author Maya Angelou dies at 86 in North Carolina

Author Maya Angelou dies at 86 in North Carolina

“I’m not modest,” she told The Associated Press in 2013. “I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out.”

Crazy Horse sculptor's widow dies, project ongoing

Crazy Horse sculptor’s widow dies, project ongoing

“Ruth Ziolkowski, the remarkable matriarch of Crazy Horse Memorial, was loved and admired by millions who were inspired by her example to ‘never forget your dreams,’” said Jack Marsh, a member of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.

Vincent Harding, activist, King aide, dies at 82

Vincent Harding, activist, King aide, dies at 82

Harding, who died Monday, first met King when he traveled from Chicago to Atlanta to work in the civil rights movement. Harding became an adviser and friend to both King and Coretta Scott King.

Lawyer for Claudine Longet in shooting trial dies 

Weedman, a highly respected member of the Los Angeles bar, was summoned in 1977 to defend Longet. The case was a harbinger of sensational celebrity cases to come as members of the news media from around the world crowded into the ski resort and overflowed the tiny courtroom

Reclusive German art collector Gurlitt dies at 81

Reclusive German art collector Gurlitt dies at 81

“Everybody involved — the authorities as well as private people who think some of the art may have once belonged to their families — wants to know more than anything what’s going to happen to the collection,” said Markus Stoetzel, a German lawyer specializing on the restitution of Nazi-looted art.

'Mona Lisa' actor Bob Hoskins, dies at 71

‘Mona Lisa’ actor Bob Hoskins, dies at 71

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob,” said a statement from wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack.