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Tommy D — Hawaii musician and advocate for veterans — dies at 71

Born in Dunnellon, Fla., Thomas Drews was an orphan who grew up in foster homes and later volunteered for military service in Vietnam. Read More

Nancy Blomberg, champion of Native American art, dies at 72

Nancy Blomberg, who as a curator at the Denver Art Museum treated American Indian artworks as aesthetic creations, not artifacts, and championed the artists who made them, died Sept. 2 at her home in Breckenridge, Colorado. She was 72. Read More

Broadway and West End star Marin Mazzie dies

Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse Broadway performances in “Ragtime,” ”Passion” and “Kiss Me, Kate,” has died following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 57. Read More

Bill Daily, sidekick on hit 60s and 70s sitcoms, dies at 91

Bill Daily, the comic sidekick to leading men on the sitcoms “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died, a family spokesman said Saturday. Read More

Rapper Mac Miller dies at 26

Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, has died at the age of 26. Read More

Amway founder, Magic owner Richard DeVos dies at 92

Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died today. He was 92. Read More
 
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‘Smokey and the Bandit’ star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

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Burt Reynolds, the macho, mustachioed “Smokey and the Bandit” star, has reportedly died. He was 82. Read More

Author, actor, Kennedy scion Christopher Lawford dies at 63

Author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, sank into substance abuse and addiction and rose to become a well-known advocate for sobriety and recovery, has died. Read More
 

Prolific newspaperman’s words shaped stories, friendships

Veteran journalist Russ Lynch, using his characteristic two-finger typing style, churned out 30,000 stories during a remarkable 37-year career at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Read More
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Joshua Guerra / 1976-2018: Kailua paddle-out honors lifeguard

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Family members, friends and fellow lifeguards held a memorial paddle-out Tuesday at Kailua Beach Park for well-loved and respected Ocean Safety Lt. Joshua Guerra. Read More

Obituary: Jim Easterwood was as colorful as those he wrote about

Flamboyant boxing promoter Don King, a cigar in one hand, grandly waved the other in predicting a fight he hoped to bring to Honolulu would be, “the greatest ever seen here.” Read More

Dr. Elizabeth Connell, authority on contraception, is dead at 92

Connell, a proponent of improving women’s reproductive health for more than 50 years, died on Aug. 20 at Brookdale Cushing Park, an assisted living facility in Framingham, Massachusetts. She was 92. Read More

Paul Taylor, giant of modern dance, dies at 88

Paul Taylor, a towering figure in American modern dance who, in a career that spanned more than six decades, created a vast body of work that reflected both the giddy highs and the depraved lows of the human condition, has died. He was 88. Read More

Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91

Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” ”Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91. Read More

Robin Leach of ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ dies

Robin Leach, whose voice crystallized the opulent 1980s on TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died today. He was 76. Read More
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Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory sought IDs for ‘unknown’ casualties

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Later in life, Emory became legendary for fighting to add names and other identifying information to the graves of “unknown” casualties from the Dec. 7, 1941, attack buried at Punchbowl cemetery. Read More
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Ray Emory, Pearl Harbor survivor and advocate for ‘unknown’ wartime casualties, dies at 97

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Later in life, Emory became legendary for fighting to add names and other identifying information to the graves of “unknown” casualties from the Dec. 7, 1941, attack buried at Punchbowl cemetery. Read More

Longtime Hawaii Republican Fred Rohlfing supported health care, rail

Frederick W. Rohlfing, a lawyer and moderate Republican leader who served in the Hawaii Legislature for 21 years and made two unsuccessful bids for U.S. Congress, died Aug. 10 at The Queen’s Medical Center of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 89. Read More
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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at 80

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Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death he was speaking out strongly for nations working together to solve problems. Read More

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