Obituaries

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81 

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81 

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Andrew Madoff dies of cancer in NYC

Andrew Madoff dies of cancer in NYC

“One way to think of this is the scandal and everything that happened killed my brother very quickly,” Andrew Madoff told People magazine last year.

Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, dead at 63

Booking agent Sally Irwin said Tuesday that Jamison died last weekend of an apparent heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

YOURNEWS: Matthew Leggett, killed in duty in Afghanistan, 40

Once the family moved to Colorado, the peaks of the Rocky Mountains could not stop him from enjoying the outdoors. His fascination with the outdoors involved camping, fishing, hiking, running, snowboarding (almost competitively), and sitting in a perfect spot to ponder thoughts

Edna Mosley, Aurora’s first black councilwoman, dead at 89

AURORA | Aurora’s first black city council representative and longtime community activist Edna Mosley died Aug. 26. She was 89. Friends and peers considered Mosley a pioneer in many ways, blazing trails in women’s rights, racial equality and fighting against …

Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

Valeri Nissim Mevorah, better known by his pen-name, Valeri Petrov, was born on April 22, 1920, in Sofia to a Jewish father and Bulgarian mother.

Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer dies at 86

Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer dies at 86

“Our friend ‘The Citizen’ George Barrett was an incredible force for good in many ways,” said Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan, who oversees six state universities, 13 community colleges and 27 technical colleges.

Pioneering Egyptian civil rights lawyer dies at 63

Seif, a leftist, was vocal in his criticism and undeterred by the new crackdown on dissent following the 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

De Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

De Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

In a 1999 interview with French newspaper Liberation, she said: “When your name is Rothschild, everyone thinks you had an easy childhood.”

Michael Brown's family says he was a 'gentle soul'

Michael Brown’s family says he was a ‘gentle soul’

“He did not know he was offering up a divine prophecy at that time,” Davis said.