The week's passages
Delores Hall Hamm, 92, or "Auntie Delores," the maternal aunt who played a major role in raising Seattle rock star Jimi Hendrix, died Tuesday...
Delores Hall Hamm, 92, or "Auntie Delores," the maternal aunt who played a major role in raising Seattle rock star Jimi Hendrix, died Tuesday of stomach-cancer complications.
Don Mincher, 73, the first baseman who represented the Seattle Pilots at the All-Star Game in 1969 in their lone American League season, died last Sunday at his Huntsville, Ala., home after a long illness. He went on to play 13 seasons in the American League.
Robert B. Sherman, 86, who with brother Richard formed the prolific Disney songwriting duo that composed the music for "Mary Poppins" and authored "It's a Small World (After All)," described as the most-played, most-translated and most-hair-pullingly-catchy tune on Earth, died Monday in London of undisclosed causes. They won two Academy Awards.
Donald Payne, 77, New Jersey's first black member of Congress, a Democrat who served in the House of Representatives since 1988, died of colon cancer Tuesday in Livingston, N.J.
Franklin McMahon, 90, an artist who defied journalism's preference for photographs to make a renowned career of drawing historic scenes in elegant, emphatic lines for magazines and newspapers, died March 3 in Lincolnshire, Ill.
Steve Bridges, 48, who used prosthetics and wigs to turn into presidents and laughs to make a living (he earned a 2003 White House invitation as George W. Bush), was found dead at his Los Angeles home Monday of apparently natural causes. An autopsy was planned.
Maxwell Keith, 87, an attorney who defended two members of the Manson family in their trials for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca killings, died of pneumonia Tuesday in Templeton, Calif.
Maurice Andre, 78, who left the coal mines as a boy and became one of classical music's most acclaimed trumpeters, credited by ex-Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz with helping the trumpet gain recognition as a solo instrument, died Feb. 25 in Bayonne, France.
Christopher Lyles, 30, whose cancerous windpipe was swapped in November for a synthetic one seeded with his own cells in only the second operation of its kind, died Monday in Baltimore. His family did not disclose the cause of death.
William Heirens, 83, the "Lipstick Killer" who in 1946 confessed to three murders in Chicago and then spent the rest of his life in prison despite questions about his guilt, was found dead Monday in his cell in Dixon, Ill. No cause was given, though he was known to have diabetes.
Ralph McQuarrie, 82, the artist who helped filmmaker George Lucas envision how the signature characters, sets and spaceships would look for the first "Star Wars" trilogy, died March 3 in Berkeley, Calif. He had Parkinson's disease.
Harry Wendelstedt, 73, an umpire in five World Series in a 33-year Major League career who taught hundreds of aspiring umpires at his Florida school, died Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla. He had a brain tumor.
Benedict Freedman, 92, a math professor who with wife Nancy turned the true-life adventure of a teenager who married a Canadian Mountie into the best-selling 1947 novel, "Mrs. Mike," and two sequels, among other books, died Feb. 24 in Corte Madera, Calif.