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Originally published Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 6:15 AM

The week's passages

A roundup of the week's notable obituaries

Betty Ford, 93, the outspoken former first lady, widow of Gerald Ford, whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her nonprofit Betty Ford Center, died Friday in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

John Mackey, 69, the rugged Hall of Fame tight end for the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers and union president who later fought for stronger health benefits for retired players, has died. He suffered from frontotemporal dementia believed to have been caused by the contact in the game of football.

Cy Twombly, 83, an American artist whose deceptively simple scrawls, smudges and sculptural shapes made him one of the most significant artistic figures of the past 50 years, died Tuesday in Rome. He had cancer.

Dick Williams, 82, the gruff taskmaster who led three different teams to the World Series, managed the Athletics to two World Series championships and led the Seattle Mariners in 1986-88 in a Hall of Fame career, died Thursday of an aortic aneurysm near Henderson, Nev.

David Getches, 68, a leading American Indian-rights lawyer and recent dean of the University of Colorado School of Law, died Tuesday in Boulder of pancreatic cancer. One of his signature cases was 1974's United States v. Washington, involving the fishing rights of Northwest tribes granted under treaties signed in the 1800s.

Facundo Cabral, 74, an Argentinian novelist and one of Latin America's most admired folk singers, died Saturday when three carloads of gunmen ambushed his vehicle in Guatemala City, Guatemala. His concert promoter was the apparent target, authorities said.

Barry Bremen, 64, the "Great Impostor," a businessman known for fun-loving, gate-crashing stunts, including shagging flies in a Yankees uniform before the 1979 All-Star game in Seattle and accepting a 1985 Emmy award for best supporting actress, died of cancer died June 30 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jane Scott, 92, who braved mud and mosh pits for nearly 40 happy years as rock critic for The Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1964 until 2002, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday in Lakewood, Ohio.

Chris Cahill, 54, one of the original Dogtown Z-Boys who brought seismic changes to skateboarding, was found June 24 at his Los Angeles home. A cause of death has not been determined.

Lawrence R. Newman, 86, an educator and outspoken advocate for deaf rights who served two terms as president of the National Association of the Deaf, died Monday in Riverside, Calif., of complications of emergency surgery and Parkinson's disease.

Manuel Galban, 80, a Grammy-winning guitarist who rose to international fame in the Buena Vista Social Club, died Thursday of a heart attack in Havana, Cuba.

Pablo McNeil, 71, a sprinting coach who mentored world record-holder Usain Bolt in high school, died Monday in Jamaica after a long illness.

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