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Keith Jackson, 89, announcer with 'Whoa, Nelly!' call, dies
January 13, 2018
Keith Jackson laid down the soundtrack to Saturday for a generation of college football fans with phrases such as his signature "Whoa, Nelly!" From the World Series to the Olympics, NFL to NBA, he did it all over five decades as a sportscaster, but most appropriately his final assignment...
John Tunney, ex-US senator from California, dies at 83
January 12, 2018
LOS ANGELES — Former U.S. senator from California John Tunney has died. He was 83.
Brother Jay Tunney says John Tunney died Friday in Santa Monica, California of prostate cancer.
John Tunney was the son of heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney, and was among the youngest...
Hall of Fame ump Harvey, called 'God' by players, dies at 87
January 15, 2018
VISALIA, Calif. — Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate.
"I never did have any doubt in my mind," he once said. "The only thing in my mind...
Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke dies at 67
January 11, 2018
LONDON — British hard rock band Motorhead says former guitarist Edward "Fast Eddie" Clarke has died aged 67.
Motorhead says on Facebook that Clarke died Wednesday in a hospital while being treated for pneumonia.
Clarke joined Motorhead soon after it was founded in 1975 by...
NASA: Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young has died
January 06, 2018
Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died, NASA said Saturday. Young was 87.
The space agency said Young died Friday night at home in Houston following complications from pneumonia.
NASA called Young one of...
Popular French singer France Gall dies at 70
January 07, 2018
PARIS — French pop singer France Gall, who shot to fame in the 1960s by winning the Eurovision Song Contest then produced hits and sold millions of albums over a four-decade career, died Sunday. She was 70.
Her agent Genevieve Salama told The Associated Press that the singer, with her...
Thomas S. Monson, president of Mormon church, dies at 90
January 03, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY — Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of the Mormon church, has died after overseeing the religion for nine years. He was 90.
Monson died Tuesday night at his home in Salt Lake City, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins.
Monson spent more than five decades...
Sue Grafton, writer of popular 'alphabet' mysteries, dies
December 29, 2017
LOS ANGELES — Sue Grafton, author of the bestselling "alphabet series" of mystery novels, has died in Santa Barbara. She was 77.
Grafton was surrounded by family, including husband Steven Humphrey, when she died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark,...