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January 26, 2015

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  • 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.
  • Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin, 78, dies in Las Vegas
    Nov. 19, 2014
    Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed ...
  • In this June 19, 2008 photo, brothers Ray, left, and Tom Magliozzi, co-hosts of National Public Radio's "Car Talk" show, applaud during a premier of a cartoon show about them in Cambridge, Mass. NPR says Tom Magliozzi died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.
    Co-host of NPR’s ‘Car Talk’ dies at 77
    Nov. 3, 2014
    One of the hosts of National Public Radio's popular "Car Talk" show has died. The news organization says Tom Magliozzi died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old. NPR says Magliozzi and ...
  • Forrest  Williamson, left, and homeless advocate Linda Lera-Randle El shop for some necessities at a thrift store on Main Street Friday, Jan. 17, 2003. Williamson was homeless in the Las Vegas valley for seven years and just got off the street when a portion of the $34,000 in Social Security disability benefits were restored to him.
    Longtime champion of homeless in Las Vegas dies at 64
    Oct. 24, 2014
    For more than a quarter of a century Linda Lera-Randle El stood as a beacon of light for the homeless in Southern Nevada, advocating for job training, community outreach and ...
  • Niki Devine is shown with her bichon frise Magic.
    Niki Devine, longtime Las Vegas socialite, dies at 87
    Sept. 3, 2014
    When socialite Niki Devine moved to Las Vegas in 1975 and considered buying a posh high-rise condominium, she heeded the words of her brother-in-law, a veteran New York firefighter, who warned her that ...
  • Longtime Las Vegas newsman Murray Westgate dies at 85
    Aug. 26, 2014
    A memorial service for longtime Las Vegas television and radio newsman Murray Westgate is scheduled for Palm Downtown Mortuary at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 on what would have been his 86th birthday, his family announced late Monday...
  • Joanie Spina.
    Longtime assistant to magician David Copperfield dies at 61
    Aug. 18, 2014
    Joanie Spina, longtime assistant to magician David Copperfield, died Sunday at a Houston hospital while awaiting lung and liver transplants. She was 61. Spina, a Las Vegas resident who also coached young magicians and an aspiring filmmaker, suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease. She also had been...
  • This April 2, 2013, file image released by the O+M Company shows Elaine Stritch performing her final engagement at the Cafe Carlyle in New York with Rob Bowman at the piano. Stritch died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.
    Elaine Stritch mourned as a feisty, funny broad
    July 17, 2014
    Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and ties, or just black stockings and a white flowing shirt. Her weapon of choice was the zinger.
  • Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, helped by friend Gil Castillo, is introduced to former Houston coach Guy Lewis, helped by daughter Sherry Lewis, before a news conference during the induction weekend for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Springfield, Mass. The two coaches have a combined 1,298-477 record.
    For years, he prepared the wet towel for Jerry Tarkanian to chew
    July 1, 2014
    The most iconic courtside photo of UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, through a career of disappointing defeats and stunning victories and championships, was of him leaning forward ....
  • Jazz giant Jimmy Scott, 88, dies at his Las Vegas home
    June 16, 2014
  • Jim and Beverly Rogers arrive at the Epicurean Charitable Foundation's 11th Annual M.E.N.U.S. scholarship fundraiser at the M Resort on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
    Media mogul remembered as ‘fearless advocate’ for education whose ‘charity was unmatched’
    June 15, 2014
    The staunchest supporters and most outspoken critics of Jim Rogers undoubtedly would agree that so often it seemed that Rogers’ tongue dripped with acid — as did his pen — while he had a heart of gold that overflowed with generosity. But, during his lifetime, Rogers gave away an estimated $4 of every $10 he earned. Rogers died Saturday after battling cancer. He was 75 ...
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