Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Obituaries of Note

Susan Howarth of WEDU, who worked to keep state funding for public TV, dies at 66

Susan Howarth of WEDU, who worked to keep state funding for public TV, dies at 66

TAMPA — For Florida audiences, Susan Howarth helped keep Big Bird on the job.In 2011, when the state eliminated its funding for the state’s nonprofit public broadcasting stations, the future of the stations and programming like Sesame Street was thro...
Published: 09/11/18
Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26 of apparent overdose, reports say

Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26 of apparent overdose, reports say

Rapper Mac Miller has died at the age of 26, according to his attorney David Byrnes.The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a home in the 11600 block of Valleycrest Road around 11:50 a.m. for a death investigation, a department spokeswoman sai...
Published: 09/07/18
Burt Reynolds, who described Tampa as 'my other hometown,' dies at 82

Burt Reynolds, who described Tampa as 'my other hometown,' dies at 82

Burt Reynolds, whose blend of Southern-fried machismo and wise-guy playfulness launched his worldwide celebrity in the 1970s, first as a freewheeling chat-show guest, then as a nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine and finally as a Hollywood actio...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/07/18
‘King of the Sideshow’ Ward Hall, who helped make Gibsonton ‘Freak Town,’ dies at 88

‘King of the Sideshow’ Ward Hall, who helped make Gibsonton ‘Freak Town,’ dies at 88

Ward Hall was 8 when he attended his first circus. Impressed by the boy’s enthusiasm for the Big Top, Hall’s grandfather suggested, "You ought to join a traveling circus."Eight years later, Hall decided to follow the advice."Get it out of your system...
Published: 09/04/18
Updated: 09/05/18

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John McCain, ‘maverick’ of the Senate and former POW, dies at 81

John McCain, ‘maverick’ of the Senate and former POW, dies at 81

U.S. Sen. John McCain, the son and grandson of four-star admirals, was bred for combat. He endured more than five years of imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese as a young naval officer and went on to battle foes on the left and the right ...
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WWE star, Pasco resident Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

WWE star, Pasco resident Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

WESLEY CHAPEL — Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, a former star with World Wrestling Entertainment who was known for his maniacal laugh, long goatee beard and powerhouse moves, died on Monday. He was 63.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Mr. Neidhart fel...
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Epilogue: Former Clearwater police chief left a mark here and across the state

Epilogue: Former Clearwater police chief left a mark here and across the state

CLEARWATER — Once you met Willis Booth, you had a friend and a mentor for life. Tim Moore remembers meeting Mr. Booth briefly at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He was a "nobody" and yet after their brief encounter, Mr. Booth sat him down ...
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