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George Kuchar Dies At 69

Director George Kuchar (August 31, 1942 – September 6, 2011) who with his twin brother Mike, made campy but influential low-budget films that inspired directors including John Waters, died earlier today in San Francisco of prostate cancer. He was 69.
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Jose Sierra Dies At Bronx Marina During Irene

Police say an autopsy will be conducted to determine whether a Bronx marina death was storm related....
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Julio Lora, Shot In Bronx Robbery, Dies

A livery cab driver who was shot by a passenger during a Bronx robbery attempt has succumbed to his injuries....
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Isayah Muller's Funeral This Thursday

Funeral services will be held Thursday for the Bronx football star who was stabbed after his high school graduation....
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Eugene Colan Dies At 84

Eugene "Gene" Colan (September 1, 1926 – June 23, 2011) was an American comic book artist best known for his work for Marvel Comics, where his signature titles include the superhero series, Daredevil, the cult-hit satiric series Howard the Duck, and The Tomb of Dracula, considered one of comics' classic horror series. ...
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Rosaly Yalow Passes At Age 89

Rosalyn Yalow, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who co-developed the laboratory technique of radioimmunoassay that permits measurement of once immeasurably small quantities of hormones and other biological molecules, died May 30 in the Bronx. She was 89....
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Cosimo Serio Passes At Age 59

On May 5, 2011 the world lost a legend and a man who lived for his family and touched everyone he encountered....
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Geraldine Anne Ferraro Dies At 75

Geraldine Anne Ferraro (August 26, 1935 – March 26, 2011) was an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first female Vice Presidential candidate representing a major American political party....
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Mike DeStefano Dies At 44

He was known for his appearance on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and the sometimes uncomfortable honesty he put into in his shows. He was set to start a one-man show in New York on Wednesday....
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John Concannon Dies At 86

John Concannon, an Irish-American journalist and a former public relations guru for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, has died. He was 86....
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Dr. Mary Theresa Gillespie-Miles, 70

Dr. Mary Theresa Gillespie-Miles, 70, died on March 1, 2011 at the Talbot Hospice House in Easton, MD....
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Dr. Richard Daines, Former Health Commissioner, Dies At 60

Dr. Richard F. Daines, the former state health commissioner who presided over hospital downsizing, the fight against swine flu and an unsuccessful attempt to enact a soda tax, died Saturday at his family farm in Dutchess County....
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Guy J. Velella, Bronx (R), Dies At 66

Ex-Sen. Guy Velella, who went to jail after being convicted on federal bribery charges, has died at the age of 66....
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Dr. Eleanor Galenson Passes At 94

Eleanor Galenson was born in the Bronx on Oct. 28, 1916, one of two children of Louis and Libby Galenson....
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Mike Silverman Dies At 90

The son of a sweatshop tailor, he started life living above a pickle shop in the Bronx and ended it owning a Cape Cod-style home on a stretch of Malibu called Billionaire's Beach....
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In Memoriam Of Girolama Brancaccio

Girolama “Gerry” Brancaccio, age 86 of Wilton, wife of the late Nicholas Brancaccio, died on Monday, March 22, 2010 at her home. Born in NYC, Gerry was a lifelong resident of the Pelham Bay section of Bronx....
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The Passing Of Megan Charlo

Statement from the Borough President Diaz: The Passing of Megan Charlop:...
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Soupy Sales Dies At 83

Slapstick comic Soupy Sales died yesterday at the age of 83. His manager and friend Dave Usher says Sales passed away at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, where he was admitted last week. He had been battling health problems for the past several years....
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Dave Valentin, Grammy-Winning Jazz Flutist From Bronx, Passes At 64

Bronx-born Latin jazz legend Dave Valentin died Wednesday. He was 64.
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Eleanor Hyde Passes At 77

Eleanor Hyde, 77, of Bronx, NY, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in Red Hook, NY.
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Former Queens Borough Preisdent Helen Marshall Passes At 87

Marshall was born on September 30, 1929, in Bronx, New York City. She graduated with a B.A. in education from CUNY Queens College. She was a teacher for eight years.
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Former Bronx Congressman Robert Garcia Passes At 84

Former Bronx Congressman Robert García died this week in Puerto Rico. He was 84.
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Bronx Graffiti Writer NEAR KGB Dies

The graffiti community lost another one of its own this week. Bronx-based graff writer NEAR KGB (i.e. “Kings Getting Busy”) died on January 14. Another tragic loss to what? We do not know.
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Roberta Peters Passes At 86

Roberta Peters, the Bronx-born coloratura soprano who at 20 was catapulted to stardom by a phone call, a subway ride and a Metropolitan Opera debut — her first public performance anywhere — all in the space of five hours, died on Wednesday at her home in Rye, NY. She was 86.
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Peter Noel Schultz Passes At 65

Peter Noel Schultz passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016 at the age of 65. Pete was born in Bronx, New York on December 25, 1951 to Eugene and Dorothy Schultz.
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John Philip Parker Passes At 59

John Philip Parker, 59. A beloved father and friend lost his battle with diabetes on August 9th, 2016. John was born October 22nd, 1956 in Manhattan to Leola Parker. He was raised in New York and loved everything about this city including his favorite basketball team, the New York Knicks.
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Mary Philomena "Phyl" Coburn Passes At 93

Mary Philomena "Phyl" Coburn, 93, formerly of Miami and Leesburg, FL, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016 peacefully in her sleep. As she wished, there will be no service.
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Alberta A. Wynimko Passes At 81

Alberta was born on September 14, 1933 and passed on on June 24, 2015.

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