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Obituary: conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart dies aged 43

Andrew Breitbart, one of the leading conservative commentators in recent US history, has died at the age of 43. He died unexpectedly from natural causes in Los Angeles, but further details have not been released. In recent years, Breitbart’s Big Government website has become one of the most popular, but also controversial, political sites. Loved … Continue reading

Obituary: singer Whitney Houston found dead aged 48

Whitney Houston, one of the most popular singer of the past few decades, has died at the age of 48. She was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room and her death was formally confirmed by doctors at 15:55 local time. The cause of death is not yet clear. Houston is believed to have … Continue reading

Obituary: Florence Green, last surviving veteran of World War I, dies aged 110

Florence Green, the last surviving veteran of the First World War, has died at the age of 110. She died in a care home in Norfolk just over a week before she was due to celebrate her 111th birthday, bringing to an end a chapter of British history. Just 17 when she signed up with … Continue reading

Obituary: Greek film director Theodoros Angelopoulos dies aged 76 after being hit by bike

Greek film director Theodoros Angelopoulos has died at the age of 76, after being struck by a police bike while crossing a busy road in Athens. Angelopoulos was knocked down on Tuesday evening while working with his film crew. He was rushed to hospital but died a few hours later. Angelopoulos began making films in … Continue reading

Obituary: singer Etta James dies aged 73

American singer Etta James, whose careers spanned more than half a century and included hits such as Dance With Me, Henry and Tell Mama, has died at the age of 73. She had been suffering from leukemia for about a year. Born in 1938, James never knew the identity of her father for certain but … Continue reading

Obituary: winemaker Giuseppe Quintarelli dies aged 84

Legendary Italian winemaker Giuseppe Quintarelli has died at the age of 84. The news was announced by Franco Ziliani (source is in Italian), who described Quintarelli as the ‘true soul’ of the Amarone della Valpolicella. Quintarelli has long been considered one of the leading Italian winemakers of the past century. His estate, which dates back … Continue reading

Obituary: US peace activist Marv Davidov dies aged 80

Marv Davidov, one of America’s most high-profile peace activists since the 60s, has died at the age of 80. He is reported to have been suffering from health problems for a while. Remarking that it was seen by many in America as a subversive act to stand up for moral beliefs, Marv Davidov began protesting … Continue reading

Obituary: New Zealand street artist Ben Hana dies aged 54

Ben Hana, a well-known street artist from Wellington in New Zealand, has died at the age of 54. He passed away in hospital after suffering from a range of conditions related to heavy alcohol use and malnutrition, with the latter being reported by some sources as the final cause of death. Sitting on the pavement … Continue reading

Obituary: Dalziel and Pascoe author Reginald Hill dies aged 75

Reginald Hill, one of Britain’s most successful and prolific crime writers of recent years, has died at the age of 75. He had been suffering from a brain tumour. From 1970 onwards, Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe grew to become one of the UK’s most successful modern fictional detective duos. A successful BBC adaptation ran from … Continue reading

Obituary: violinist Israel Baker dies aged 92

Renowned violinist Israel Baker has died at the age of 92. An acclaimed musician, he is probably best known to most people for having led the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho. As Janet Leigh was murdered in the shower, it was Baker’s violin that was heard on the soundtrack. … Continue reading