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April 19, 2015

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Obituaries

  • In this June 4, 2005, file photo, "The Dukes of Hazzard" cast member James Best sings during DukesFest 2005 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.
    Actor who played ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ sheriff dies at age 88
    April 7, 2015
    The prolific character actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has died. James Best was 88. His wife of 29 years, Dorothy Best, said that Best died Monday night in hospice care in Hickory from complications of pneumonia. Best starred on the television series that ...
  • In this Dec. 24, 1997, file photo, Rev. Robert H. Schuller delivers one of seven candlelight Christmas Eve services from the Crystal Cathedral pulpit in Garden Grove, Calif.
    Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies at 88
    April 2, 2015
    The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. In 2013, he was diagnosed with ...
  • In this July 13, 2003, file photo, Cleveland Indians great Al Rosen throws out the first pitch before the Indians' game against the Chicago White Sox at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. Rosen, the muscular third baseman who won the 1953 AL MVP and played on the last Indians team to win the World Series, died Friday, March 13, 2015. He was 91.
    Obituary: Al Rosen, All-Star baseball player, wasn’t as successful in Las Vegas
    March 15, 2015
    It's a good thing former Las Vegas casino executive Al Rosen is remembered more for being a four-time All-Star third baseman for the Cleveland Indians than he was for his years of hiring sports celebrity casino hosts for Caesars Palace and Bally’s Park Place in Atlantic City. For in the former role ...
  • In this July 13, 2003, file photo, Cleveland Indians great Al Rosen throws out the first pitch before the Indians' game against the Chicago White Sox at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. Rosen, the muscular third baseman who won the 1953 AL MVP and played on the last Indians team to win the World Series, died Friday, March 13, 2015. He was 91.
    Al Rosen, AL MVP with Indians, former exec, dies at 91
    March 15, 2015
    Al Rosen's success in baseball didn't end after he left the diamond for the final time.
  • Harry Mortenson, longtime assemblyman dedicated to preservation of Tule Springs, dies at 84
    March 13, 2015
    Harry Mortenson arguably was more scientist than politician, but he combined his skills as both an ecologically conscious nuclear physicist and dedicated longtime Nevada assemblyman to push through ...
  • In this Feb. 1, 2014, photo, Sam Simon arrives at the Writers Guild Awards, in Los Angeles. Simon, a co-creator of "The Simpsons" who made a midlife career shift into philanthropy and channeled much of his personal fortune into social causes including animal welfare, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, after a long bout with cancer. He was 59.
    ‘Simpsons’ co-creator, philanthropist Sam Simon dies at 59
    March 9, 2015
    Sam Simon, a co-creator of "The Simpsons" who made a midlife career shift into philanthropy and channeled much of his personal fortune into social causes including animal welfare, has died after a long bout with cancer. Simon died Sunday, his agent, Andy Patman said. He was ...
  • Attorney Herb Sachs waits for a pretrial hearing in District Court on Monday, Dec. 15, 2003. Sachs and local attorney Michael Cristalli assisted Houston defense attorney Dick DeGuerin with Sandy Murphy's defense. Murphy and co-defendant Rick Tabish were convicted of the 1998 murder of former casino owner Ted Binion, but the Nevada Supreme Court overturned the convictions and ordered a new trial. Murphy and Tabish then were acquitted.
    Herb Sachs, longtime Las Vegas defense attorney, dies at 83
    Feb. 27, 2015
    Defense attorney Herb Sachs, a former New York state assemblyman who represented clients in several high-profile cases in Las Vegas, died Wednesday morning ...
  • In this May 14, 2013, file photo, Leonard Nimoy arrives at the LA premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in “Star Trek” died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.
    Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83
    Feb. 27, 2015
    In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock" — an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him. Yet two decades later ...
  • Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy.
    Actress-singer Mary Healy, who left legacy in Las Vegas, dies at 96
    Feb. 5, 2015
    When television pioneer and longtime Las Vegan Mary Healy was enshrined in UNLV’s Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame in 2006, she was heralded by university officials as ...
  • Stan Irwin was not only a producer and actor, but he helped bring The Beatles and, shown here, Judy Garland to Las Vegas.  She played at the Sahara, drawing capacity crowds. The two are shown in front of a portrait of Garland at the Thunderbird Hotel on June 27, 1965.
    Showbiz innovator who brought big-name acts to Las Vegas dies at 94
    Feb. 3, 2015
    Stan Irwin may have had his roots in old-time Vaudeville, but after he got to Las Vegas in 1946 he became renowned for being a forward-thinking entertainment innovator, decades ahead ...
  • Darrell Winfield, long-serving Marlboro Man, dies in Wyoming at 85
    Jan. 14, 2015
    One of the last of the Marlboro Men has died in Wyoming. Darrell Hugh Winfield was 85. He died Monday at his home in Riverton, Davis Funeral Home said. The Marlboro Man was a macho cowboy whose ...
  • Tragedy abruptly puts an end to UNLV senior’s life
    Jan. 13, 2015
    William Yar Parke's death has generated interest in the local Burmese community. His family fled from Burma to Guam in 2005, where they lived for one year, then arrived in Las Vegas in 2009 seeking political asylum, his mother said.
  • In this March 1, 1995, file photo, Andrae Crouch displays his two Grammys backstage at the 37th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Crouch won Pop-Contemporary Gospel Album for "Mercy," and Instrumental Arrangement with Vocals for "Circle of Life," with Lebo Morake and Hans Zimmer.
    Andrae Crouch, legendary gospel figure, dies at 72
    Jan. 9, 2015
    Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as "The Lion King," has died. He was 72. Crouch died Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he had been admitted Saturday after suffering ...
  • In this March 25, 2012, file photo, saxophonist Bobby Keys signs a copy of his autobiography “Every Night’s a Saturday Night: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys” for Jo Claire Swayze in Greenwood, Miss.
    Rolling Stones’ sax player Bobby Keys dies at 70
    Dec. 2, 2014
    Bobby Keys, a saxophonist and life-long rock 'n roller known to millions for his blasting solo on the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," has died at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 70 years old. Michael Webb, who played keyboard with Keys, said Keys died on Tuesday after ...
  • Dennis Harvey, center, former Mayor Barry's godson speaks, in front of the Barry home, during a vigil to honor former Mayor and current DC City Council member Marion Barry, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Washington. Barry, who staged a comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78.
    Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
    Nov. 24, 2014
    Marion Barry, 78, former four-term mayor of the District of Columbia died on Sunday. He first made a name for himself in the South as a leader in the civil rights movement and brought his fierce advocacy to D.C. to support the fight for local residents to be freed from the rule of Congress to manage their own city affairs. But he will also be remembered for one night in 1990 when he was caught on video lighting a crack pipe in an FBI sting operation.
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