Obituaries

 
 

William M. Hoffman, playwright who put AIDS on center stage, dies at 78

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on May 03, 2017, at 7:45 a.m.
William M. Hoffman, a playwright who forced theatergoers to confront the stigma and agony of AIDS with his pathbreaking work “As Is,” died April 29 at a rehabilitation facility in the Bronx. He was 78.

Author Jean Stein, who wrote about New York and Hollywood elite, dies at 83

By Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times on May 03, 2017, at 7:44 a.m.
Jean Stein, the literary editor and author known for producing engrossing oral histories on topics as disparate as the tumultuous life of an Andy Warhol acolyte and the dastardly intrigues of early Hollywood, has died at 83.

Richard ‘Racehorse’ Haynes, colorful Texas lawyer who won high-profile murder cases, dies at 90

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on April 30, 2017, at 9:12 a.m.
Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, a flamboyant Texas lawyer with a spellbinding courtroom style, who won acquittals in several high-profile murder cases and was acclaimed as one of the country’s foremost defense attorneys, died April 28 at his home in Trinity, Texas. He was 90.

Norman Hatch, Marine who captured heroism and horror on film, dies at 96

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on April 27, 2017, at 6:08 a.m.
The Marine Corps cinematographer produced some of the most intimate and harrowing glimpses of war seen on film, and his dramatic footage of the Battle of Tarawa during World War II won an Academy Award.
Jonathan Demme is photographed on Sept. 3, 2015, at the "Spotlight" film premiere during the 72nd Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Demme died Wednesday morning in New York City. He was 73.

Jonathan Demme, director of the ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ dies at 73

By Jill Serjeant, Reuters on April 26, 2017, at 12:57 p.m.
Movie director Jonathan Demme, best known for “The Silence of the Lambs” has died of cancer. He was 73.

‘Happy Days’ star Erin Moran died of cancer, coroner says

By Reuters on April 26, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Erin Moran, known for playing Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days,” most likely died of stage-four cancer, Variety has confirmed.

Kate O’Beirne, feisty conservative commentator, dies at 67

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on April 26, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
In addition to policy matters, cultural issues — including the legacy of feminism — became a defining concern of conservatives.

Julia Hamblet, director of Women Marines in the 1950s, dies at 100

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on April 26, 2017, at 6:23 a.m.
She was among the first women sworn in as commissioned officers during World War II.

Robert Pirsig, author of counterculture classic ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ dies at 88

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times on April 25, 2017, at 7:39 a.m.
Robert Pirsig, a perfectionist who published only one major work after “Zen” but inspired college classes, academic conferences and a legion of “Pirsig pilgrims” who retrace the anguished, cross-country motorcycle trip at the heart of his novel, died Monday at his home in South Berwick, Maine.

Lawrence J. Hogan Sr., Maryland Republican who called for Nixon’s impeachment, dies at 88

By The Washington Post on April 24, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
Lawrence J. Hogan Sr., a combative Maryland political figure who rose to national prominence in 1974 by being the first Republican member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to call for President Richard M. Nixon’s impeachment, died April 20 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 88.

Jaak Panksepp, ‘rat tickler’ who revealed emotional lives of animals, dies at 73

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on April 23, 2017, at 8:52 a.m.
Jaak Panksepp, a neuroscientist who helped reveal the emotional lives of animals by tickling rats and listening to their ultrasonic laughter in experiments that upended his field and opened new possibilities for the treatment of depression and other forms of mental illness, died April 18 at his home in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was 73.

Jay Dickey, former Congressman who wielded influence on gun-control laws, dies at 77

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on April 23, 2017, at 8:07 a.m.
Jay Dickey, an Arkansas Republican who served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was best known for a 1996 amendment that effectively put an end to federal research on gun violence — and who later regretted what he had done — died April 20 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was 77.

Erin Moran, child star of ‘Happy Days,’ dies at 56

By Stuart Oldham, Reuters on April 23, 2017, at 6:50 a.m.
Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the 1970s sitcom “Happy Days,” has died. She was 56.
Cuba Gooding Sr., in a July 15, 2013, file image on stage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, was found dead on Thursday, April 20, 2017. He was 72.

Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., 72, found dead

By Reuters on April 21, 2017, at 6:22 a.m.
Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in Los Angeles, according to ABC. He was 72 .

Allan Holdsworth, progressive guitar virtuoso, dies at 70

By Reuters on April 18, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.
Allan Holdsworth, known as a guitarist’s guitarist for his progressive rock and jazz fusion work with bands including Soft Machine, Gong, and U.K., died on Sunday, according to a Facebook post from his daughter Louise. He was 70.
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, sits on her bed during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy, Nov. 29, 2016.

Emma Morano, whose life spanned three centuries, dies in Italy at 117

By Philip Pullella, Reuters on April 16, 2017, at 11:01 a.m.
Emma Morano’s life spanned three centuries, two world wars and more than 90 Italian governments.

Linda Hopkins, Tony Award-winning singer with ‘raw gospel power,’ dies at 92

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on April 16, 2017, at 10:54 a.m.
Linda Hopkins, a Tony Award-winning singer and actress, who brought a full-throated, gospel-driven spirit to her concert performances and long-running Broadway musical shows, died April 10 in Milwaukee. She was 92.

Henry Hillman, who helped fund KKR, Kleiner Perkins, dies at 98

By Laurence Arnold, Bloomberg News on April 16, 2017, at 10:12 a.m.
Henry Hillman, a billionaire who diversified his family’s Pittsburgh-based coal and coke fortune and provided startup funding for private-equity firm KKR & Co. and Silicon Valley venture-capital company Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has died. He was 98.

Clifton James, sheriff in James Bond films, dies at 96

By Reuters on April 16, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.
Clifton James, a veteran actor who appeared as Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond films, died Saturday morning at age 96.

Robert Taylor, whose early vision helped create the internet, dies at 85

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on April 16, 2017, at 8:58 a.m.
Robert Taylor, whose ideas for using computers as communication devices were considered visionary, and who fostered several major advances that contributed to the development of the internet and personal computers, died April 13 at his home in Woodside, California. He was 85.