Obituaries

Memorializing notable Chicagoans and people from around the world who have recently died.

Fuller’s plays were filled with complex characters and an undercutting of conventions. “The best way to dispel stereotypes and massive lies is telling something as close to the truth as you can,” Fuller once told Newsday.
Jackson, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, died Monday. She was hired as head coach at Wiley College in April.
The Kentucky coal miner’s daughter, whose frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out of poverty and made her a pillar of country music, has died. She was 90.
The Native American actress took the stage when Brando won for ‘The Godfather,’ saying he declined the Academy Award to protest ‘the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry.’
Her husband was renowned for his publicity stunts. She came up with a few of her own. She died Sept. 10 at Montgomery Place retirement community in Hyde Park.
The rapper was in Chicago last month for a set at Riot Fest.
The jazz great died in Los Angeles early Saturday, his record label announced.
Fletcher won an Oscar for playing the nurse who demands order in a mental ward.
MLB
Wills played on World Series title teams in 1959, ‘63 and ‘65 during his first eight seasons with the Dodgers. He also played for Pittsburgh and Montreal before returning to the Dodgers from 1969-72, when he retired.
Silva was also seen on such television series as “Wagon Train” and “The F.B.I.” and in such film as Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy,” Jerry Lewis’ “Cinderfella” and “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.”
The iconic “enfant terrible” of the French New Wave revolutionized popular cinema starting in 1960. A family statement gave assisted suicide, which is legal in Switzerland where the filmmaker resided, as the cause of his death.
The pianist and his trio scored a 1965 hit with “The In Crowd.”
A Chicago native, she arrived in Hollywood in 1935 and over the next 15 years appeared in dozens of films, from the Preston Sturges comedy “Easy Living” to the adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” that starred Olivier and Greer Garson.
He was grand marshal for 35 years of the annual Steuben Parade celebrating German culture and heritage and was to be honored this weekend at this year’s edition of the parade.
Shaw, who served in the Marines, worked as a reporter at CBS and ABC News before taking on the chief anchor role at CNN when the network began in 1980.
With the death of the queen, her son Charles automatically becomes monarch, even though the coronation might not take place for months.
He was president of Local 1 of the Unite Here union, winning strong contracts while increasing membership.
In power less than seven years, Gorbachev unleashed breathtaking changes that overtook him and resulted in the collapse of the authoritarian Soviet state, the freeing of Eastern European nations from Russian domination and the end of decades of East-West nuclear confrontation.
Mrs. Wrenn once hosted three Dominican Major League players for a home-cooked meal. Two of them were brothers, first basemen and outfielders: Felipe Alou of the Atlanta Braves and Matty Alou of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as Juan Marichal, then a pitcher with the San Francisco Giants.
He dreamed of being an electrical engineer and took courses, according to his daughter, but needed to work because of the responsibilities of his growing family.
“As you walk and drive around Bronzeville, Harold’s works are everywhere,” author Nathan Thompson said. “Harold was one of the freedom fighters,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said.
The actor, best known as Nat from the Peach Pit on the ’90s teen drama, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018.
The Crickets, who also included Joe B. Mauldin and Niki Sullivan, broke through in 1957 with “That’ll Be the Day,” followed by “Oh, Boy!”, “Maybe Baby,” and other singles.
NFL
“Len Dawson is synonymous with the Kansas City Chiefs,” owner Clark Hunt said in a statement on Wednesday. “Len embraced and came to embody Kansas City and the people that call it home.”
Gaines’ family said in a statement the former coach died Monday in Lubbock, Texas, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.