Jazz Great Ellis Marsalis Jr. Dead At 85; COVID-19 Involved“Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz. He was a teacher, a father, and an icon — and words aren’t sufficient to describe the art, the joy and the wonder he showed the world."
1st African American On Illinois High Court Dies At 86Current Chief Justice Anne M. Burke heralded Freeman as someone with a sharp legal mind who broke down barriers throughout his life.
James Lipton, Longtime Host Of 'Inside The Actors Studio,' Dead At 93The high-minded showcase of the acting craft attracted a who's who of Hollywood over the years, including Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Anthony Hopkins.
Jack Welch, The GE Chief Who Became A Superstar, Has DiedIn 1986, Welch made one of his boldest moves, a $6.4 billion acquisition of RCA, including the NBC television network. The deal energized GE, which made hundreds more acquisitions as the company moved aggressively into financial services, medical equipment and jet engines.
Aurora-Born Clive Cussler, Adventure Novelist, Dies At 88 In ArizonaCussler's plots ranged from the bold to the incredible. "The Treasure" features an aspiring Aztec despot who murders an American envoy, the hijacking of a plane carrying the United Nations Secretary-General and soldiers from ancient Rome looting the Library of Alexandria.
Computer Scientist Who Pioneered 'Copy' And 'Paste' Has DiedAfter leaving Apple in 1997 he co-founded an education software company and held executive positions at Amazon, Yahoo and the genetics-testing service 23andMe before turning to independent consulting.
Chicago Bulls, United Center Honor Lakers Legend Kobe BryantThe Bulls players have been rocked by the news. They are young and many never saw Michael Jordan play. Kobe was their Jordan growing up
Music Stars Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant At Grammys Award ShowHost Alicia Keys said she was feeling “crazy sad” about Bryant. She was joined on stage with Boyz II Men, who collectively sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
Second African Lion Dies At Brookfield Zoo“Isis and her mate were majestic animals who had a strong bond. The staff, who dedicated their lives to care for these charismatic lions, are heartbroken by their loss."
Neil Peart, Drummer And Lyricist Of Rush, Has Died At 67Peart joined the Canadian band in 1974, and together Rush went on to sell millions of records and develop a massive, dedicated fan base.
Broadway Composer Jerry Herman, Wrote 'Hello, Dolly!' And 'La Cage Aux Folles,' Is Dead At 88Many of his most notable musicals centered around charismatic women, like "Hello, Dolly!" "Mame" and "Mack & Mabel," which starred Broadway titans Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters, respectively.
Diahann Carroll, Oscar-Nominated Pioneering Actress, DiesAlthough she was not the first black woman to star in her own TV show (Ethel Waters played a maid in the 1950s series "Beulah"), she was the first to star as someone other than a servant.
Eddie Money, 'Two Tickets To Paradise Singer, Has Died At Age 70In 1987, Money received a best rock vocal Grammy nomination for "Take Me Home Tonight," which featured a cameo from Ronnie Spector.
Joan Johnson, Co-Founder Of Johnson Products, Maker Of Afro Sheen Has DiedThe company also helped the growth of another American icon which got its start in Chicago: "Soul Train." In the early 1970s Johnson Products became a sponsor of the groundbreaking TV dance and musical variety program, which went on to run in national syndication for almost four decades.
Peter Fonda, 'Easy Rider' Star, Dead at 79