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Ray Thomas, Founding Member of the Moody Blues, Dies at 76

Ray Thomas, Founding Member of the Moody Blues, Dies at 76

The Moody Blues in London in 1971; from left, Graeme Edge, Ray Thomas, John Lodge, Mike Pinder and Justin Hayward.

Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese Baseball’s Iron Man, Is Dead at 71

Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese Baseball’s Iron Man, Is Dead at 71

Sachio Kinugasa, right, was in the stands on June 14, 1996, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., when Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in his 2,216th consecutive game, against the Royals, breaking Kinugasa’s world baseball record for durability.

Tom Murphy, Acclaimed Irish Playwright, Is Dead at 83

Tom Murphy, Acclaimed Irish Playwright, Is Dead at 83

Tom Murphy outside Druid Theater Company’s Mick Lally Theater in Galway, Ireland, in 2012. “With plays,” he said, “I didn’t have to know grammar or syntax or any rules to write the way that people spoke.”

Laszlo Tabori, Celebrated Hungarian Runner Who Bolted to U.S., Dies at 86

Laszlo Tabori, Celebrated Hungarian Runner Who Bolted to U.S., Dies at 86

Laszlo Tabori becoming the third man to run the mile in under four minutes in a historic race in London in 1955 in which two others also broke that mark: Chris Chataway, left, and Brian Hewson.

Keely Smith, Torch Singer With a Deadpan Role, Is Dead at 89

Keely Smith, Torch Singer With a Deadpan Role, Is Dead at 89

Keely Smith and Louis Prima, as captured in the 1999 documentary “Louis Prima: The Wildest.”

Nancy Barbato Sinatra, 101, an Idol’s First Wife and Lasting Confidante, Dies

Nancy Barbato Sinatra, 101, an Idol’s First Wife and Lasting Confidante, Dies

Frank and Nancy Barbato Sinatra in Hollywood in 1949. They were married in 1939 and divorced in 1951, but they remained close.

Frances Walker-Slocum, 94, Pioneering Pianist and Teacher, Dies

Frances Walker-Slocum, 94, Pioneering Pianist and Teacher, Dies

Frances Walker-Slocum in an undated photo. She championed the works of black composers and was the first black women granted tenure at Oberlin College and Conservatory.

Frank Lary, Pitcher Known as the Yankee Killer, Dies at 87

Frank Lary, Pitcher Known as the Yankee Killer, Dies at 87

Frank Lary, left, with Bucky Harris, the manager of the Detroit Tigers, in the mid-1950s.

Josh Greenfeld, Who Chronicled His Son’s Autism, Dies at 90

Josh Greenfeld, Who Chronicled His Son’s Autism, Dies at 90

Josh Greenfeld in an undated photo. He was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of “Harry and Tonto” but gained his widest attention as an author.

Judith Leiber, 97, Dies; Turned Handbags Into Objets d’Art

Judith Leiber, 97, Dies; Turned Handbags Into Objets d’Art

Judith Leiber in her shop on Madison Avenue in 1996.

Dr. Ronald Fieve, 87, Dies; Pioneered Lithium to Treat Mood Swings

Dr. Ronald Fieve, 87, Dies; Pioneered Lithium to Treat Mood Swings

Dr. Ronald R. Fieve in his office in 1980. He believed that Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill might have benefited from being bipolar.

Takeshi Onaga, Critic of U.S. Bases as Okinawa Governor, Dies at 67

Takeshi Onaga, Critic of U.S. Bases as Okinawa Governor, Dies at 67

Gov. Takeshi Onaga of Okinawa, left, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mr. Abe’s official residence in Tokyo in 2015. They met before Mr. Abe’s visit to the United States, amid controversy over the future of a United States military base in Okinawa.

Janet Benshoof, Women’s Champion on a Global Scale, Dies at 70

Janet Benshoof, Women’s Champion on a Global Scale, Dies at 70

Janet Benshoof, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in her Manhattan office in 1998.

Robert Blizzard, Who Gave Children Hormones to Grow, Dies at 94

Robert Blizzard, Who Gave Children Hormones to Grow, Dies at 94

Dr. Robert Blizzard in an undated photograph. He was among the first doctors to use hormones to boost children’s height.

Dr. Robert Newman, Apostle of Methadone Treatment, Dies at 80

Dr. Robert Newman, Apostle of Methadone Treatment, Dies at 80

Dr. Robert G. Newman at a Manhattan methadone clinic in 2002. He said of heroin addiction, “It’s a medical problem — for which a treatment exists, but for which at the moment a cure does not.”

William Prochnau, Journalist and Author, Is Dead at 80

William Prochnau, Journalist and Author, Is Dead at 80

William Prochnau in an undated photograph. His article “Adventures in the Ransom Trade” was the basis for the movie “Proof of Life,” a kidnapping thriller starring Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe.


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