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Sacheen Littlefeather, who declined Brando’s Oscar, dies at 75

Ms. Littlefeather was jeered and booed when she declined the best actor prize on behalf of Marlon Brando.

Joe Bussard, obsessive collector of rare records, dies at 86

Joe Bussard, who made it his life’s obsession to collect rare 78 rpm records — some 15,000 of them, encompassing jazz, blues, country, jug band and gospel — and who spread his love for the music on radio and among visitors who joined him to listen to the fragile disks in his basement, died on Monday at his home in Frederick, Maryland, one floor above his hoard. He was 86.

Hector Lopez, who broke a baseball color barrier, dies at 93

Hector Lopez, the first Black manager at the highest level of minor league baseball and one of the last living members of the early 1960s New York Yankees dynasty, who played in the team’s outfield alongside Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, died Thursday in Hudson, Florida. He was 93.

Leonard Cole, who detailed secret Army germ tests, dies at 89

Leonard Cole, a dentist who became an expert on biological weapons and chronicled in troubling detail a secret U.S. Army program that turned millions of Americans into unwitting germ-warfare guinea pigs in the 1950s and ’60s, died Sept. 18 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He was 89.

Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper, dies at 59

Coolio, the rapper whose playful and sometimes gritty takes on West Coast rap and anthemic hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise” made him a hip-hop star in the 1990s, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 59.

Hilaree Nelson, 49, top ski mountaineer, is dead in Nepal avalanche

The pioneering ski mountaineer was known for making artful turns in improbable places, with dozens of first descents from atop major and lesser-known peaks.

Bill Plante, CBS News correspondent for a half-century, dies at 84

Having covered four presidencies, Mr. Plante was one of the longest-tenured White House TV journalists in history, according to CBS.

Robert Ferrante, innovative news producer at WGBH, NPR, and ‘The World,’ dies at 87

In a decades-long career fostering innovative approaches to broadcast news programs, Mr. Ferrante also oversaw the overhaul and growth of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” during the 1990s.