William Spriggs, economist who highlighted racial disparities, dies at 68

President Biden called Dr. Spriggs, an economics professor at Howard University and chief economist for the AFL-CIO, a “towering figure in his field."

By Steven GreenhouseJune 9, 2023

Ama Ata Aidoo, Ghanaian writer who was voice of African women, dies at 81

Ms. Aidoo's works explored the ghosts of the past such as colonialism and slavery.

By Brian MurphyJune 9, 2023

Pat Cooper, stand-up comic who mined his Italian roots, dies at 93

Credited with coining the phrase “bada-bing,” Mr. Cooper’s schtick was the Italian version of Jackie Mason’s jokes about Jewish mothers.

By Michael S. RosenwaldJune 8, 2023

Richard Snyder, titan of publishing industry, dies at 90

The longtime chief of Simon & Schuster grew the company into one of the largest publishing houses in the world.

By Associated PressJune 8, 2023

George Winston, pianist who sought to echo nature, dies at 74

Mr. Winston's compositions became part of the New Age music wave. He called his style "folk piano."

By Brian MurphyJune 8, 2023

James Watt, combative interior secretary under Reagan, dies at 85

He battled environmentalists and offended even some allies with the uninhibited rhetoric that ultimately drove him to resign.

By Emily LangerJune 8, 2023

Mark Worth, newspaper copy editor, dies at 42

He spent much of his career at the Miami Herald before a brief stint at The Washington Post.

By Washington Post staffJune 8, 2023

Pat Robertson, televangelist who mixed politics and religion, dies at 93

With a mass TV following, he spearheaded a powerful political coalition of religious conservatives.

By Matt SchudelJune 8, 2023

Ilya Kabakov, whose art punctured Soviet propaganda, dies at 89

Mr. Kabakov was renowned for his immersive installations that told bleak stories of life under Communism.

By Michael S. RosenwaldJune 7, 2023

Jim Hines, sprinter who broke 10-second mark in 100 meters, dies at 76

Mr. Hines was part the famed "Night of Speed" at the 1968 U.S. track and field championships.

By Brian MurphyJune 7, 2023

Hossein Vaziri, wrestling’s villainous Iron Sheik, is dead

The Iranian-born athlete became one of the most reviled — and yet most popular — personalities in the sport during the 1970s and 1980s.

By Ben SumnerJune 7, 2023

Roger Craig, evangelist of the split-finger fastball, dies at 93

As a coach and manager, he taught the devastating pitch to a generation of pitchers. It looks like a fastball, then dives at the last moment.

By Michael S. RosenwaldJune 6, 2023

Astrud Gilberto, who struck fame with ‘The Girl From Ipanema,’ dies at 83

Astrud Gilberto released more than 15 albums and compilations over four decades but remained best-known for "The Girl From Ipanema," her accidental hit.

By Brian MurphyJune 6, 2023

Françoise Gilot, celebrated artist, writer and muse to Picasso, dies at 101

She made celebrated paintings exhibited at the Met and MoMA, and wrote a best-selling account of her years with Picasso.

By Harrison SmithJune 6, 2023

Robert Hanssen, FBI agent who spied for Moscow, dies in prison at 79

He disclosed highly classified materials and betrayed U.S. assets -- including two who were later executed -- in one of the worst breaches in U.S. history.

By Michael S. Rosenwald, Emily Langer and Adam BernsteinJune 5, 2023

Harvey Pitt, who had turbulent reign as SEC chairman, dies at 78

He was among the nation’s foremost authorities on securities law, but political missteps damaged his credibility.

By James R. HagertyJune 5, 2023

Thomas Buergenthal, Holocaust survivor who shaped global rights law, dies at 89

Dr. Buergenthal was part of cases ranging from Israel's separation barrier to atrocities in Central America.

By Brian MurphyJune 3, 2023

Kaija Saariaho, innovative Finnish composer, dies at 70

Ms. Saariaho’s music was admired by professional musicians and was increasingly popular with the general public.

By Tim PageJune 3, 2023

Jessie Maple, who broke barriers in filmmaking, dies at 86

The filmmaker and camera operator was called “the first African-American woman to direct an independent feature film in the post-civil rights era.”

By Harrison SmithJune 2, 2023

Cynthia Weil, Grammy-winning pop lyricist, dies at 82

She helped write “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “On Broadway” and many other era-defining hits

By Associated PressJune 2, 2023