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Nintendo's Hiroshi Yamauchi dead at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company’s transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85.

Kyoto-based Nintendo said Yamauchi, who owned the Seattle Mariners major league baseball club before selling it to Nintendo’s U.S. unit in 2004, died Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan.

Yamauchi, who had little interest in baseball, was approached to buy the Mariners, who may have had to move to Florida without a new backer. The acquisition made the Seattle club the first in the major leagues to have foreign ownership.

Yamauchi was company president from 1949 to 2002, and engineered Nintendo’s global growth, including developing the early Family Computer consoles and Game Boy portables.

Nintendo, which makes Super Mario and Pokemon games as well as the Wii U home console, was founded in 1889. It made traditional playing cards before venturing into video games.
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Singer/songwriter Jackie Lomax dies in England

Jackie Lomax, a singer-songwriter who worked with The Beatles and was signed to their label, has died at age 69.

His official website said Lomax died Sunday in the Wirral, near Liverpool, following a brief illness. Website manager Alistair Hepburn said Lomax’s family told him of the death. The family also released a statement to The Beatles Shop in Liverpool

Lomax was signed to the Beatles’ Apple label in the 1960s. He had known the band members since their early days at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

He lived for many years in Ojai, California, but recently had returned to England. His website says he recently finished an album that will be released within months.

Hepburn said a funeral will be held Wednesday.

Sound pioneer Ray Dolby dies at 80

Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80.

The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer.

Dolby founded his namesake company in 1965 and grew it into an industry leader in audio technology. His work in noise reduction and surround sound led to the creation of a number of technologies that are still used in music, movies and entertainment today. The innovations also turned Dolby into a rich man with an estimated fortune of $2.3 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

“Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary,” Kevin Yeaman, president and CEO of Dolby Laboratories, said in a statement.
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'Das Boot' star Otto Sander dead at 72

The gravel-voiced German actor Otto Sander who appeared in international arthouse hits such as Das Boot and Wings of Desire died Thursday at age 72, his agent said.

The cause of death was not announced, but he had suffered from cancer for several years.

Sander, also a veteran of the Berlin stage, was best known to foreign audiences for his 1981 turn in Wolfgang Petersen’s World War II epic Das Boot as a shell-shocked German submarine captain. In the film, Sander famously delivers a drunken speech to his comrades mocking both the British and Adolf Hitler.

Director Volker Schloendorff cast him in his Oscar-winning adaptation of Gunter Grass’ novel The Tin Drum as the alcoholic trumpeter Meyn.

And in 1987, he starred as the angel Cassiel in Wim Wenders’ surrealist drama about Germany’s painful Cold War division Wings of Desire and its 1993 sequel, Faraway, So Close.

Born in 1941 in the northern city of Hanover, Sander became one of the top theater actors in West Berlin and later the reunited capital. His distinctive baritone was put to good use in dubbing work and narration, and in the gritty television crime show Polizeiruf 110.
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Documentary filmmaker Saul Landau dies

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Saul Landau, who profiled political leaders like Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Chile’s Salvador Allende, has died at age 77.

Colleague John Cavanagh says Laundau died Monday night in Alameda, Calif., after battling bladder cancer.

Landau’s 1968 documentary Fidel gave U.S. audiences one of their earliest close-ups of the revolutionary leader who installed Communism in Cuba.

His most acclaimed documentary was likely 1979′s Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang, which examined the effects of radiation exposure to people living downwind from Nevada’s above-ground nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s. The film received a George Polk Award for investigative reporting and other honors.

First female 'Life' editor Judith Glassman Daniels dies at 74

The first woman to serve as the top editor of Life magazine has died at her home in Maine. Judith Glassman Daniels was 74.

Daniels blazed a trail for women in the publishing world. She served in senior editing positions at The Village Voice and New York magazine and at Time Inc. and Conde Naste over a career that spanned 35 years in New York. Her husband, Lee Webb, says she died from stomach cancer on Sunday.

Daniels was a Massachusetts native and a Smith College graduate. During her career she oversaw creation of a magazine for executive women called Savvy and helped to found the Women’s Media Group in New York. She oversaw Life magazine’s 50th anniversary.

Her family is planning an October memorial service.

Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies at age 74

Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s foremost poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, died Friday after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation’s soul. He was 74.

Heaney’s family and publisher, Faber & Faber, said in a statement that Heaney died in a Dublin hospital. He had been recuperating from a stroke since 2006. READ FULL STORY

Actor Murray Gershenz from 'The Hangover' dies at 91

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Murray Gershenz — perhaps best known for his role as Felix, the elderly man in the hospital scene from The Hangover – died August 28 of a heart attack in Los Angeles.

Despite starting his acting career at the age of 80, Gershenz won roles on shows including Pushing Daisies, Mad Men and Parks and Recreation. He frequently appeared in comedic films, playing parts in I Love You, Man as well as this year’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Gershenz was a prolific record collector. As the owner of Music Man Murray, a shop housing “hard-to-find” recordings in Los Angeles, Gershenz accumulated countless rare records for more than 50 years, an effort that led to Music Man Murray, a 2011 documentary by Richard Park chronicling Gershenz’s efforts to sell his collection.

He is survived by two sons, a daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Retired CBS newsman Bruce Dunning dies at 73

CBS News says longtime foreign correspondent Bruce Dunning has died.

CBS said in a release that the retired newsman died Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City from injuries suffered in a fall. He was 73.

In 1975, Dunning captured part of the chaotic end to the Vietnam War. He reported on the last evacuation flight out of Da Nang and the scramble to get aboard as the city fell to North Vietnamese troops.

Dunning spent most of his 35-year career at CBS News reporting from Asia, opening the network’s Beijing bureau in 1981 and serving as the Tokyo-based Asia bureau chief. He later covered Latin America and the Caribbean for CBS.

CBS says the New Jersey native’s survivors include his partner, artist Tetsunori Kawana, and a brother.

Former 'Today' news anchor Lew Wood dies

Lew Wood, a veteran broadcast journalist who covered the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy for CBS and later anchored the news report for NBC’s Today show, has died at age 84.

Wood’s daughter, Brigitte Wood, says her father died Wednesday at a hospice in Riverside County.

Wood began his career in radio in 1952 at WDZ-AM in Decatur, Ill.

He transitioned to TV the following year, working as a reporter-cameraman, and anchoring the evening news, for a fledgling TV station in South Bend, Ind.

As a correspondent for CBS in the 1960s, Wood covered the Civil Rights movement and was part of the news team in Dallas to report on Kennedy’s visit when the president was killed.

He became Today‘s news anchor in 1975.

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