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Pope John Paul II, born Karol Jozef Wojtyla, was born on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, a small city near Krakow, Poland. He was the second of two sons born to Karol Wojtyla, Sr., a retired army officer and tailor, and Emilia Kaczorowska Wojtyla, a schoolteacher. During his childhood the Pope experienced many hardships, including the loss of his mother, Emilia, and his only brother, Edmund. His father died in 1941 when Karol was twenty. As a teenager he enjoyed religion, poetry and theater. In...
NEW YORK (AP) - Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday at age 62. A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company, said he died in the afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip. "We're all sort of shattered," she said. ...
NEW YORK Oct 3, 2005 — Nipsey Russell, who played the Tin Man alongside Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in "The Wiz" as part of a decades-long career in stage, television and film, has died. He was 80. The actor, who had been suffering from cancer, died Sunday afternoon at Lenox Hill Hospital, said his longtime manager Joseph Rapp. Born in Atlanta, Russell launched his television career as Officer Anderson in the 1961 television series "Car 54, Where are You?" He also appeared in the...
Ray Bradbury Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ray Bradbury, the science...

Dorothy Bridges Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorothy Bridges, a poet, widow...

Steven Fromholz Obituary (AP News)

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) — Texas singer and...

Mary Daly Obituary (AP News)

BOSTON (AP) — Radical feminist Mary Daly, the...

Jim Carroll Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Carroll, the poet and punk...

John Trudell Obituary (AP News)

John Trudell, American Indian activist, poet and...

Leonard Cohen Obituary (AP News)

Leonard Cohen, a legendary Canadian-born...

Todd Christensen Obituary (AP News)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Raiders tight end...

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