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‘Scruples’ writer Judith Krantz dies at 91

Judith Krantz was best known for her steamy romance novels such as "Scruples" and "Princess Daisy."

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Dave Bartholomew, co-wrote ‘I’m Walkin’ and ‘Ain’t That a Shame,’ dies at 100

A trumpet player, bandleader and arranger before World War II, Bartholomew befriended Fats Domino in the late 1940s and collaborated with the singer-piano player on dozens of hits.

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What did they hand out at funeral for longtime Fannie May candy dipper Georgia Sheehan? Chocolates, of course.

She often made the chocolate-covered cherries, but ‘Carmarsh’ caramel-marshmallow treats were her favorites.

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Nicholas Blase, Niles’ longest-serving mayor, dies at 91

Blase is remembered for his dedication to the local community.

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Gloria Vanderbilt, fashion icon, has died at 95

Her son, reporter/TV personality Anderson Cooper, confirmed the news in an on-air obituary Monday.

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Franco Zeffirelli, directed ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ dies at 96

He rose to be one of Italy’s most prolific directors, working with such opera greats as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Maria Callas, as well as Hollywood stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Mel Gibson, Cher and Judi Dench.

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Bernie Judge, editor at Sun-Times, City News Bureau, Tribune, dies at 79

‘There was no better place to learn investigative reporting than Chicago and no better teacher than Bernie,’ one former Sun-Times reporter said.

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‘Band of Brothers’ WWII vet dies: Al Mampre was famed unit’s last surviving medic

Skokie man survived sniper’s bullet while serving with Easy Company, which won acclaim with book, HBO series, though general says, ‘He never liked the word "hero" and never saw himself as one.’

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Journalist and mystery author John McEvoy found his niche in horse racing

He didn’t know how to ride a horse, but he knew how to write about them

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Tony Rodham, youngest brother of Hillary Clinton, dies

A cause of death was not announced.

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‘Dr. John,’ Grammy-winning New Orleans musician, dies at 77

A family statement says Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died early Thursday of a heart attack.

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Little Village entrepreneur Carmen Martinez dead at 77, overcame domestic abuse

‘This American Life’ featured currency-exchange owner’s story after she shot, wounded her first husband.

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Ralla Klepak, Chicago lawyer who championed LGBTQ rights, has died at 82

A member of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, she was an attorney for Mattachine Midwest, one of the city’s first gay rights organizations.

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Stanley Tigerman, a pillar of Chicago architecture, has died at 88

His designs included the Pacific Garden Mission, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Boardwalk Apartments.

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Roky Erickson, pioneering psychedelic rocker, dies at 71

The Texan headed the Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators, a pioneering psychedelic rock band in the 1960s that scored with "You’re Gonna Miss Me."

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Queen of Creole cuisine Leah Chase dies at 96

Chef Leah Chase transformed New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase into the city’s first white-tablecloth restaurant for black patrons. She was also involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Karate hero Sidney Bennett who rescued Sun-Times photographer Mel Larson from 1968 Chicago unrest has died

‘I didn’t have time to be afraid,’ black belt said afterward. ‘Too many people are walking along and not taking a stand.’

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Claus von Bulow, famously acquitted in attempted murder of socialite wife, dies at 92

The tall, aristocratic von Bulow was charged with putting his wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow, into an irreversible coma to gain her fortune so he could live with his mistress, a raven-haired soap opera actress.

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Musician Leon Redbone dies at 69; family jokes that he was 127

A throwback artist, he favored songs from the Tin Pan Alley era in the vein of "Shine On Harvest Moon" and "Ain’t Misbehavin’."

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John Gary Williams of R&B group The Mad Lads, dies at 73

The Mad Lads had several songs on the Billboard R&B chart in the 1960s, including "I Want a Girl" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."

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Robert J. Herguth dies at 93; reporter whose whimsy and fine writing opened up interview subjects — and the world — for readers

During nearly half a century of writing feature stories and columns, Mr. Herguth did stories on a parade of humanity — and a few animals, too.

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David Reichle, third generation in concrete burial vault business, has died at 45

His American Wilbert Vault Corporation remains among national funeral services’ company’s top licensees.

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Malcolm Ewen, stage manager who took Steppenwolf shows to Broadway, dead at 64

He worked for Steppenwolf for 32 years and was the first stage manager to become a member of the Chicago ensemble.

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Niki Lauda, Formula One great and aviation entrepreneur, dies at 70

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen paid tribute to Lauda as "an idol and an ambitious fighter who never gave up."

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R. Scott Falk, Humanities Festival chairman, dies at age 55

Falk also led the northern Illinois chapter of the American Red Cross

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Herman Wouk, author of ‘Winds of War,’ ‘Caine Mutiny’ has died

The Pulitzer Prize winner was just 10 days shy of his 104th birthday and was working on a book until the end, said his literary agent.

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Charles Barksdale, bass singer for The Dells, dies at 84

"All the 1970s bass singers learned a lot from Charles Barksdale" of The Dells, said Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites.

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Influential Irish music teacher, historian Noel Rice dies at 84

"A party without music is dead. A people without music doesn’t exist," Noel Rice said. "Without music and song, there is no such thing as culture."

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Lida Allegrini dies; she helped build bridges between U.S. and her native Italy

Lida Allegrinis clerical skills, personality, command of English and Italian came in handy when she worked for the Italian consulate after WWII.

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Jim Fowler, Emmy-winning host of ‘Wild Kingdom,’ dies at 89

"Wild Kingdom" debuted in 1963. Fowler began as an assistant and later became a co-host with Marlin Perkins before taking over as host.

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Lou Auslander dies; Westminster ‘Best in Show’ judge ran Chicago IKC dog show

Lou Auslander made Chicago's IKC dog shows "a destination for people from this country and from other countries," said Dennis Sprung, AKC president.

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Anthony Golden, Chicago Marathon’s first race director, dies at 90

Golden served as race director of the Chicago Marathon for its first 15 years. The event began in 1977 as the Mayor Daley Marathon.