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Facebook famous 101-year-old great-grandmother has died

Rosa Camfield, 101, holds her newborn great-granddaughter, Kaylee, on March 17.
Rosa Camfield, 101, holds her newborn great-granddaughter, Kaylee, on March 17.
Published Apr. 3, 2015

Arizona

Facebook famous grandma has died

A 101-year-old woman who became a social media sensation last month when she was photographed cradling her newborn great-granddaughter has died, a family member said Thursday. Sarah Hamm said her grandmother, Rosa Camfield, died in her sleep in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. Hamm took a picture of her newborn daughter with Camfield on March 17 and posted it to her Facebook page. The photo shows Camfield, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in November, holding the then-2-week-old Kaylee. According to Hamm, someone put the photo on the social networking website Reddit, where it was spotted by Patrick Quinn, who handles social media for entertainment website Life of Dad. "The part that stuck out to me was the stark difference of one life coming to an end and the other one just beginning," Quinn said. The post has garnered more than 2.5 million "likes" and has been shared nearly 79,000 times.

Alabama

Inmate to be free after 30 years on death row

An inmate who spent nearly 30 years on death row will go free today after prosecutors told a judge there's not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Laura Petro on Thursday dismissed the case against Anthony Ray Hinton. The district attorney's office in a Wednesday court filing said forensic experts couldn't determine if six crime scene bullets, the crux of the evidence against Hinton, came from a gun investigators took from his home. Hinton, now 58, was convicted of two murders during robberies of fast-food restaurants in Birmingham. The U.S. Supreme Court last year sent his case back for a potential new trial, which prompted a re-examination of the evidence. "We've been hoping for this. We've believed that this should have happened," said Bryan Stevenson, Hinton's attorney and director of the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson has argued for 16 years that Hinton was innocent. Hinton wept Wednesday night after learning he would finally go free after spending more than half of his life in prison, Stevenson said.

Puerto Rico

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide on ship

A couple were found dead Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide aboard a Holland America cruise ship that docked in Puerto Rico, four days after sailing from Tampa, officials said. The unidentified man and woman were in their 50s and from Cleveland, police Sgt. Ricardo Cruz said. Cruz said blood was found in their cabin on the Ryndam, but it was unclear how they died. He said the ship's crew found the bodies when they checked on the couple after not seeing them for a while. The FBI is investigating.

California

Creator of pop culture icon Pet Rock dies

Over beers in a San Francisco Bay area bar, Gary Dahl's buddies spewed tales about incontinent dogs, destructive cats and vacations foiled because no one could babysit the bird. Everyone had problems with a pet except Dahl, who claimed his was hassle-free. "I own a pet rock," he quipped. His friends cracked up and turned it into a running joke. Dahl laughed his way to the bank. Dahl, who died at 78 last week in Jacksonville, Ore., was the creator of the Pet Rock, one of the most successful gag gifts of all time. Although it was only sold during the three-month holiday buying season in 1975, it endures in pop culture history as the inane fad that resonated with the "Me Generation."

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