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Jewish trivia quiz: Fats Domino, z”l

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York –New Orleans musician Fats Domino died last week at the age of 89. Domino was called “the real King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Elvis Presley, and John Lennon said that “There wouldn’t have been a Beatles without Fats Domino.” What was the Jewish connection in Fats Domino’s life? A. […]

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Fats Domino, Rock And Roll Legend, Dies Aged 89

Fats Domino, who pioneered the rock ‘n’ roll sound of the 1950s and 60s, and the voice behind enduring hits like “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Blueberry Hill,” died Wednesday at the age of 89 years at his daughter’s New Orleans home, according to Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish Medical Examiner’s office […]

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Gord Downie, singer for Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, dies at 53

Gord Downie, the singer for the Tragically Hip and one of Canada’s most beloved rock musicians, died Tuesday night, according to an official statement from the band. He was 53. Downie had been previously diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable brain cancer. The disease was discovered after a 2015 seizure. The band, one of the most […]

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Former Congressman, Ambassador, Author John R. Miller, Dead at 79

SEATTLE, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — John Ripin Miller, a political leader from Seattle for over 20 years and a highly acclaimed human rights diplomat, died today in Corte Madera, CA, according to Discovery Institute. He had struggled with cancer for several years. In August, Amazon published The Man Who Could Be King, a well-received […]

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Evangelina Elizondo Dead At 88: Legendary Actress Passes Away

Evangelina Elizondo has passed away at the age of 88. The legendary actress was confirmed dead by the actors guild in Mexico, ANDI. “The directorial board on behalf of ANDI feel the loss of Evangelina Elizondo,” they wrote in a tweet. Elizondo is credited as the voiceover in Spanish for “Cinderella.” She also starred in […]

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Tom Petty legendary Heartbreakers singer dies at 66

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Tom Petty turned Jim Ladd, L.A.’s “Free Form Radio” kingpin, into a folk hero with “The Last DJ,” his 2002 album with The Heartbreakers whose central themes of the corporatization of radio, the loss of artistic freedom and money winning out over creativity dovetailed with love songs and tentative optimism. One of the great […]

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Media titan Samuel ‘Si’ Newhouse is dead at 89

NEW YORK — Samuel (Si) Newhouse Jr., the low-profile billionaire media mogul who ran the parent company of some of the nation’s most prestigious magazines, died Sunday. He was 89. Newhouse’s death was confirmed by his family, who said he died at his New York home. Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email […]

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Monty Hall, original host of popular game show ‘Let’s Make a Deal,’ dies at 96

LOS ANGELES—Monty Hall, the original host and co-creator of “Let’s Make a Deal,” the long-running game show that debuted in 1963, making kooky audience costumes and carnival-style bartering an institution on daytime television, has died, according to Associated Press. He was 96. Hall, who was also a dedicated philanthropist, died of heart failure Saturday morning […]

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Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES — Hugh Hefner, the incurable playboy who built a publishing and entertainment empire on the idea that Americans should shed their puritanical hang-ups and enjoy sex, has died. He was 91. He died of natural causes at his home, the Playboy Mansion, according to Teri Thomerson, a Playboy spokesperson. Hefner was the founder […]

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Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova dies aged 90

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, the world’s first soloist to record Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete works for keyboard instruments, died aged 90 on Wednesday, Czech media said. Ruzickova, who recorded Bach’s complete work on 35 records between 1965 and 1975, died in a Prague hospital after a short illness. Get The Times […]

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Mitchell Flint, US aviator who helped found Israeli Air Force, dies at 94

LOS ANGELES — He flew bombing missions for the U.S. during World War II and then came back to America to study law. But the escalating conflict between the newly declared State of Israel and its Arab neighbors had already gotten under Mitchell Flint’s skin. “I’m Jewish, Israel desperately needed fighter pilots, so I thought […]

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Rabbi Joshua Haberman, champion of adult Jewish education, dies at 98

Rabbi Joshua Haberman, rabbi emeritus of the Washington Hebrew Congregation and founder of the Foundation for Jewish Studies, died this week at 98. Haberman, who represented the Jewish community during the memorial service for the victims of 9/11 held at the National Cathedral, died Sunday at his home in Washington, DC, following a rabbinic career […]

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Obama Leads Tributes to Edith Windsor

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton led tributes following the death of LGBT rights campaigner Edith Windsor, 88, whose lawsuit led to the federal recognition of equal rights for same-sex couples. “America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes […]

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Boxing world in mourning as a former champ and Hall of Famer has passed away

Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos, a featherweight champion whose diminutive sized masked a giant punch, died Sunday in Mexico City. He was 75. #RIP Sugar Ramos, great @WBCBoxing featherweight champ. Won title @Dodgers stadium, battled Raul Rojas, Mando Ramos in ’70 @olympicaud pic.twitter.com/ZCbFKpWCRV — OlympicAuditorium (@olympicaud) September 4, 2017 Ramos’ career saw great success and tragedy. He […]

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