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Obituaries

  • Long-time Las Vegas resident, Emilio Muscelli, poses for a portrait in the back yard of his home over-looking the 5th hole of the Las Vegas Country Club Estate golf course, Monday Jan. 9, 2012. Emilio worked as Vegas' most beloved maitre'd of the Hilton, and the International before that, and befriended many important people in the "who's who" of Vegas, Hollywood, and the world.
    Revered maitre d’ enjoyed decades-long front seat to Las Vegas history
    April 17, 2014
    Emilio Muscelli, an Italian immigrant who worked 27 years as lead maitre d’ at five major Las Vegas resorts, becoming as popular with some customers as the legendary acts that graced the showroom stages, died Tuesday of pneumonia at a Las Vegas hospital. As a revered Las Vegas maitre d’, Muscelli seated thousands of locals and visitors at the Rat Pack’s performances at the Sands in the early 1960s and to Elvis Presley’s attendance-record-setting shows at the Las Vegas Hilton in the 1970s. But he saved the best table for himself ...
  • This April 8, 2004, file photo shows actress Phyllis Frelich posing in New York. Frelich, a Tony award-winning actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.
    Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Frelich dies
    April 12, 2014
    Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.
  • Mickey Rooney attends the Governors Ball after the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles.
    Mickey Rooney, decades-long fixture in Las Vegas, dead at age 93
    April 7, 2014
    In Las Vegas, Mickey Rooney loved the ladies – he married eight of them including actress Ava Gardner at the Little Chapel of the West on the Strip – as well as swilling booze...
  • In this July 1, 2007, file photo, the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. prepares to protest outside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Phelps, the founder of the Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, died Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 84.
    Anti-gay, hate-preaching pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84
    March 20, 2014
    Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society's tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil. All of that was irrelevant to Phelps, who...
  • Comedian David Brenner and his sons Wyatt, 11, center, and Slade,14, watch a boxing match Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at the Orleans. Oliver McCall won the 10-round fight by unanimous decision over Franklin Lawrence.
    ‘A sad day’: Comedians lament loss of irreverent legend David Brenner
    March 15, 2014
    “He was my hero,” Flamingo headliner George Wallace said when asked about David Brenner, who died today in New York of pancreatic cancer. He was 78. “We dined together frequently. He was the first, young, flashy dresser in the ’70s, and we ...
  • In an undated file photo, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, center, and Harold Ramis, right, appear in a scene from the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters". Harold Ramis died early Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Chicago from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease, according Fred Toczek , an attorney for Ramis. He was 69.
    ‘Ghostbusters’ actor Harold Ramis dies at 69
    Feb. 24, 2014
    Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis, best known for his roles in movies such as "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes," died Monday at his suburban Chicago home after a four-year battle with an autoimmune disease, his talent agency said.
  • In this Jan. 30, 2007, file picture, actor Maximilian Schell poses in front of a poster of his sister Maria Schell in Frankfurt, Germany. Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won the best actor Oscar in the early 1960s for his portrayal of a defense attorney in the drama "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83.
    Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83
    Feb. 1, 2014
    Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83.
  • In this Sunday May 16, 2004, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during a news conference in his Jerusalem office regarding education reform. Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The 85-year-old Sharon had been in a coma since a debilitating stroke eight years ago.
    Ariel Sharon, Israel's bulldozer in politics, dies at 85
    Jan. 11, 2014
    It was vintage Ariel Sharon: His hefty body bobbing behind a wall of security men, the ex-general led a march onto a Jerusalem holy site, staking a bold claim to a shrine that has been in contention from the dawn of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • Klondike Sunset principal John Woodrum pictured in front of the Henderson casino in this file photo.
    Former owner of the Klondike 'saw opportunities to do things and then got things done'
    Jan. 7, 2014
    John G. Woodrum, the son of a dirt-poor Kentucky tobacco sharecropper, who in just six short years rose from a casino sales representative to a downtown casino general manager and finally to owner of the Klondike — which later relocated to Henderson and became the Klondike Sunset — died Friday at Summerlin Hospital. He was 75.
  • San Diego Padres radio announcer Jerry Coleman holds back tears during a ceremony honoring his 70 years in baseball, 40 of them with the Padres, and to honor for his service in the Marine Corps, before the game between the Padres and the Colorado Rockies in San Diego on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.
    Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman dies at 89
    Jan. 5, 2014
    The San Diego Padres say Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, a former major league ballplayer whose pro career was interrupted by two wars, has died after a brief illness. He was 89.
  • The Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, are shown performing onstage, July 31, 1964.
    Everly Brothers' history includes a rocky stretch in Las Vegas
    Jan. 4, 2014
    Phil and Don Everly made beautiful music together. That is when they were not feverishly arguing with — or barely speaking to — each other during a long-running period of disharmony, the roots of which can be traced to a 1973 Las Vegas rehearsal brouhaha between the two.
  • This 1965 file photo released by 20th Century Fox shows actor Peter O'Toole in a scene from "How to Steal a Million Dollars and Live Happily Ever After." O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died. He was 81.
    'Lawrence of Arabia' star Peter O'Toole dead at 81
    Dec. 15, 2013
    A reformed — but unrepentant — hell-raiser, O'Toole long suffered from ill health. Always thin, he had grown wraithlike in later years, his famously handsome face eroded by years of hard drinking.
  • Philanthropist had long love affair with Nevada history, dance troupe Rhythmettes
    Dec. 3, 2013
    Native Nevadan Terry Gialketsis performed in Las Vegas High School’s Rhythmettes — a dance squad of such precision that it appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." And as an adult, she commemorated the struggles of 19th century pioneer women such as American Indian activist Sarah Winnemucca. But she was most proud of her quiet philanthropy.
  • In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, file photo, Lou Reed performs at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Punk-poet, rock legend Lou Reed is dead of a liver-related ailment, his literary agent said Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Reed was 71.
    Lou Reed, iconic punk-poet, dead at 71
    Oct. 27, 2013
    Lou Reed, the punk-poet of rock n' roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the 1960s cult band Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, has died.
  • In this August 1962 file photo, astronaut Scott Carpenter has his space suit adjusted by a technician in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the last surviving original Mercury 7 astronauts, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. He was 88.
    Scott Carpenter, second American astronaut in orbit, dies at age 88
    Oct. 10, 2013
    Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, was guided by two instincts: overcoming fear and quenching his insatiable curiosity. He pioneered his way into the heights of space and the depths of the ocean floor.
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