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Nobel laureate and US 'national treasure' Toni Morrison dead at 88

New York - Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of America's best loved writers, has died following a brief illness, her family said Tuesday. She was 88.

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88: family

New York - Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died following a brief illness, her family said in a statement Tuesday. She was 88.

Greenpeace warrior Steve Sawyer dies

Den Haag - Renowned wind energy campaigner and original crew member of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior ship, Steve Sawyer has died of lung cancer, the environmental group said Wednesday. He was 63.

Spain's former Socialist leader Rubalcaba dies

Madrid - Former Spanish Socialist leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, who as interior minister cracked down on armed Basque separatist group ETA, died on Friday aged 67 after suffering a stroke, his family said.

French Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand dies aged 86

Paris - Prolific French composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars and five Grammys during a career spanning more than half a century, died Saturday aged 86, his spokesman said.

Former Nigerian president Shagari dies aged 93

Abuja - Former Nigerian president Shehu Shagari, who was in power between 1979 and 1983, died Friday aged 93, the country's current president said.

S.Africa's apartheid-era foreign minister Pik Botha dies aged 86

Johanesburg - Former South African foreign minister Roelof "Pik" Botha, whose long career in government straddled both the apartheid era and the presidency of Nelson Mandela, has died aged 86, local media reported Friday.

Nukes and nationalism: Former Indian PM Vajpayee

New Delhi - Former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died Thursday aged 93, will be remembered for declaring India a nuclear-armed state while struggling to maintain his image as the moderate face of Hindu nationalism.

Longest-serving Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers dies

Den Haag - Ruud Lubbers, the longest-serving prime minister ever of the Netherlands and a former UN high commissioner for refugees, died Wednesday, the Dutch government announced. He was 78.

Popular Amsterdam mayor dies after lung cancer battle

Den Haag - Amsterdam's popular mayor Eberhard van der Laan, widely seen as the embodiment of the Dutch capital's reputation for tolerance, has died of lung cancer aged 62, the city announced Friday.

Dario Fo, a master of agit prop and political farce

Rome - Dario Fo was one of the leading figures in modern farce and political theatre, whose brilliant satire earned him both a rebuke from the Vatican and the literary world's highest honour.

Egyptian Nobel prize winning chemist Zewail dies aged 70

Cairo - Nobel prize-winning Egyptian chemist Ahmad Zewail, who served as a science and technology advisor to US President Barack Obama, has died in the United States at the age of 70, Egypt's presidency announced.

Former French PM Michel Rocard dies aged 85

Paris - Former French Socialist prime minister Michel Rocard, hailed a "visionary statesman", died Saturday aged 85 his son Francis told AFP.

Holocaust survivor Martin Gray dies in Belgium

Brussels - Best-selling author and Holocaust survivor Martin Gray has died in Belgium aged 93, a local official told AFP on Monday.

Iggy Pop hails Bowie as 'light of my life'

London - US rock musician Iggy Pop, a key collaborator of David Bowie on tracks including "China Girl", paid tribute Monday to the icon following his death, calling him "the light of my life"."David's friendship was the light of my life.

Tributes to music icon David Bowie, dead aged 69

London - The death of music icon David Bowie drew tributes from around the world Monday, with figures from music and showbusiness recalling his transformation of music and trailblazing, androgynous style.Here are some of the reactions:- Madonna: "Talented.

Music legend David Bowie dies aged 69

London - British music icon David Bowie has died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style.

Passing away in 2015: some notable deaths

Paris - From legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif to Germany's ex-chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Nobel-winning author Gunter Grass, here are some of the notable figures who died in 2015:- January -- 3: Edward Brooke, the first popularly elected black US senator...

Controversial Russian media mogul found dead in Washington

Washington - Controversial Russian media mogul Mikhail Lesin, who helped launch the English-language television network RT, has been found dead at a Washington hotel. He was 57.

Turkey ex-leader who survived two coups dies aged 90

Istanbul - Turkey's former president and prime minister Suleyman Demirel, a political giant for over half a century who survived two military coups and a ban on holding office, died Wednesday. He was 90.

U.S. Vice President Biden's son Beau dies of cancer, aged 46

Washington - Beau Biden, the eldest son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and the former attorney general of Delaware, has died of brain cancer, his family announced. He was 46.

2011 Nobel literature laureate Tomas Transtroemer dies

Stockholm - Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature, has died at the age of 83, his publishing house Bonniers said on Friday.

Beverly Hillbillies star dead at age 81

Zachary - The actress who played Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies has died at the age of 81. Donna Douglas played the beautiful but dim-witted daughter of Jed Clampett on the long running television show.

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dead at 82

New York - Mario Cuomo, former three term governor of New York, has died at the age of 82. Cuomo's son Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, had canceled his swearing-in ceremony yesterday in Albany to spend time with his father, just hours before the elder Cuomo passed away.

Guru who sparked global yoga craze dies aged 95

New Delhi - BKS Iyengar, the Indian yoga guru credited with helping to fuel a global explosion in the popularity of the ancient spiritual practice, died on Wednesday aged 95, his website said.

Former Haitian president Leslie Manigat dies at 83

Port-au-prince - Former Haitian president Leslie Manigat, who was ousted in a coup after 120 days in office, died Friday at his home in Port-au-Prince. He was 83.Manigat, who suffered a stroke in 2012, had retired from political life.

Actor Maximilian Schell dead at 83

Vienna - Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won an Oscar for best actor for his role in the 1961 film "Judgment at Nuremberg", has died at the age of 83, his agent announced Saturday.

Dear Abby columnist has died

Pauline Friedman Phillips, better known as advise columnist Dear Abby, has died at the age of 94 of natural causes Wednesday. Her burial was on Thursday.

General 'Stormin Norman' Norman Schwarzkopf dead at age 78

Tampa - Retired United States General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. died Thursday in Tampa, Florida from complications of pneumonia. In 1991 Schwarzkopt led the United States military during Operation Desert Storm.

Ravi Shankar dead at 92

San Diego - Ravi Shankar has died at the age of 92. The Indian sitar player was a mentor to the Beatles and brought Indian music to the world.
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