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FILE - In this Feb. 6 1998, file photo Mary Kay LeTourneau listens to testimony during a court hearing in Seattle. Vili Fualaau who married his former

Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher jailed for raping student, dies

Mary Kay Letourneau, a teacher who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted of raping him in a case that drew international headlines, has died. She was 58.

Yussur Barkhad, an Afro Deli cook and Somali refugee, dies of COVID-19 at 63

July 9
Punctual and stoic, she was a devout Muslim and a humanitarian, those who knew her said.

Family re-imagines Bob Marley classic for COVID-19 relief

July 8
Bob Marley's Grammy-winning children and chart-topping grandson have re-imagined one of his biggest hits to assist children affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Local
July 9
Adwina Jackson Baptiste, educator and poet, dies of COVID-19 complications at 71

Adwina Jackson Baptiste, educator and poet, dies of COVID-19 complications at 71

Adwina Jackson Baptiste always emphasized two things to her three children. “Faith and the pursuit of knowledge,” said daughter Alicia Ayodele of New Hope. “They…
Variety
July 8

Two COVID-19-ravaged churches take different recovery paths

The paths of two New York City churches diverged this week — one reopened and one stayed closed. But they have shared a tragic fate, together losing at least 134 members of their mostly Hispanic congregations to the coronavirus.
National
July 8
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Graham, left, posed with his running mate, Wayne Mixson, at a Miami hotel on Nov. 7, 1978 while looking at elec

Wayne Mixson, Florida's governor for 3 days, has died

Former Florida Gov. Wayne Mixson, whose three-day term was shortest in state history, died Wednesday. He was 98.
Music
July 7

Ron Ricketts, Minnesota Orchestra trombonist who played with top bands in the 1960s, dies at 87

Ricketts also taught at the University of Minnesota School of Music.
Coronavirus
July 7

Mary Bradford Kilgore, a championship bowler and dedicated mother, dies of COVID-19 complications at 86

She was a member of a team sponsored by Motown Records owner Berry Gordy. The highly successful team was perennially one of the top women's teams in the country.
Variety
July 7

Brother of longest-surviving conjoined twins: 'They made 68'

A custom casket is being built for the funeral of the world's longest-surviving conjoined twins, who died July 4 in Ohio of natural causes.Donnie and…
Music
July 7
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Charlie Daniels appears at the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tenn. Daniels who ha

Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83

Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit "Devil Went Down to Georgia," has died at 83.
Stage & Arts
July 7
In this March 30, 2017, file photo, actor Nick Cordero, left, and Amanda Kloots attend the premiere of "Going in Style" in New York.

In Nick Cordero's death, a reminder of COVID-19's unknowns

The death of Broadway actor Nick Cordero from COVID-19 has shaken people far beyond the theater world, in large part because he was just 41…
Obituaries
July 6

Donald Carruth, longtime musician and Minnetonka Public Schools educator, dies at 106

Education, music and sports were lifelong passions for Don Carruth.After surviving a life-threatening illness as a child, Carruth, the youngest of 11 siblings, became the…
Business
July 6

Jonathan Sackler, co-owner of Purdue Pharma, dies

Jonathan Sackler, one of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, has died, the company confirmed.
Stage & Arts
July 6
Nick Cordero attended open night of "Rock Of Ages Hollywood" at the Bourbon Room on Jan. 15, 2020, in Hollywood, California. Cordero had been hospital

Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from virus complications

Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero, who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as "Waitress," "A Bronx Tale" and "Bullets Over Broadway," has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus. He was 41.
Movies
July 4

Earl Cameron, pioneering British film actor, dies at 102

Earl Cameron, who was one of the first Black actors to perform in mainstream British films and played supporting roles to enduring entertainment icons such…
Nation
July 4
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, people run from the collapse of one of the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York. Stephen Coope

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida

A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus, his family said.
Local
July 4

Don Hartzell, longtime principal at North Branch Elementary, dies at 86

Each morning for more than 25 years, a beaming Don Hartzell greeted his students as they poured through the front doors of North Branch Elementary…
West Metro
July 3

Rose-Mary Utne, Minnesota teacher, coach and artist, dies at 93

The "tough old Ranger" was a woman of many talents and interests: a teacher and coach, politician and artist.
Movies
July 3

Christian Garrison, author, filmmaker, dies in NC at age 78

Christian Garrison, an author and filmmaker who displayed an unfiltered slice of 1960s Mississippi hill country life in a short film about influential blues guitarist Fred McDowell, has died. He was 78.
Celebrities
July 2
Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters of ABC's "20/20" in a 1997 photo.

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television's most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99.
East Metro
July 1

University of Minnesota geography Prof. Dwight Brown dies at age 83

Brown's nearly five-decade career at the U was fueled by his own curiosity.