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.
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.
Actor, Comedian Jerry Van Dyke, Brother of Dick Van Dyke, Dies at 86Jerry Van Dyke, the actor and comedian who played lead or second banana in such TV series as "Coach" and "My Mother the Car," has died.
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.
Hall of Fame Sportscaster Dick Enberg Found Dead at Home at Age 82Enberg broadcast nine no-hitters, including two by San Francisco's Tim Lincecum against the Padres in 2013 and 2014.
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.
Liz Smith, Syndicated Gossip Columnist, Dies At 94Liz Smith, the syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered, died Sunday at the age of 94.
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.
Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon, Telethon Host and Prolific Filmmaker, Dies at 91Jerry Lewis, the comedian whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, has died.
Oakland Neuroscientist Who Studied Einstein's Brain Dies at 90Marian Cleeves Diamond, a neuroscientist who studied Albert Einstein's brain and was one of the first to show that the brain can improve with enrichment, has died.

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