Maverick Yosemite Climber Jim Bridwell Dies at 73Jim Bridwell, a hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who lived his life vertically on some of the toughest peaks in Yosemite National Park, has died.
Legal Marijuana Trailblazer Dennis Peron Dies at Age 72 in San FranciscoDennis Peron, an activist who was among the first people to argue for the benefits of marijuana for AIDS patients and helped legalize medical pot in California, died Saturday at 72.
Oakland-Born Gospel Great Edwin Hawkins, Famed for 'Oh Happy Day,' Dies at 74Grammy Award winning gospel music composer, singer and chorus master Edwin Hawkins, whose arrangement of "Oh Happy Day" for a Bay Area church choir became an international hit died Monday at his home in Pleasanton.
Singer Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries Dies at Age 46Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly Monday in London, where she was recording.
Keith Jackson, Hall of Fame Sportscaster with 'Whoa, Nelly!' Call, Dies at 89Keith Jackson, whose signature phrases like "Whoa, Nelly!" made him the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a sportscaster, has died.
John Tunney, Ex-U.S. Senator from California, Dies at 83John Tunney, whose successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film "The Candidate," has died.
The Moody Blues' Ray Thomas Dies at 76Ray Thomas, of The Moody Blues, has died at 76, months before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Lunar Explorer John Young, 1st Space Shuttle Commander, Dies at 87Astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight has died. Young was the only agency astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs.
Longtime Country Singer, Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies at 85Mel Tillis, the affable country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.
Steely Dan Co-Founder Walter Becker Dies at 67Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock group Steely Dan, has died. He was 67.
Bay Area Beat Poet And Musician David Meltzer Dies At Age 79Like Allen Ginsberg and other Beats, Meltzer had an affinity for jazz and taught for decades at the San Francisco-based New College of California.
In Memoriam: Notable Deaths of 2016PHOTOS: A tribute to the athletes, celebrities and other newsmakers who died in the past year...

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