Jeffrey Zaslow →
Jeffrey Zaslow, a Wall Street Journal reporter with a flair for inspirational stories who produced three nonfiction bestsellers, beginning with the 2008 book “The Last Lecture” about life lessons from a dying man, was killed in a car crash on Feb. 10. He was 53. Zaslow’s death was announced on the website of Detroit’s Fox 2 News, where his wife, Sherry Margolis, is an...
Dr. William Lamers Jr. →
Dr. William Lamers Jr., a psychiatrist who helped start one of the first hospice programs in the U.S., died Feb. 2. He was 80. It was the early 1970s, when most people with incurable illnesses died in a hospital, in a lonely room, attended by doctors and nurses with no specialized knowledge of the dying patient’s emotional and physical needs. There was no system for caring for the dying at...
Kids' dispute makes obit of mom, Josie Anello of... →
Embalmer takes speech case to Mass. high court →
Troy Schoeller admits he could have chosen his words more carefully when he talked to a reporter about bodies he worked on as an embalmer at a funeral home. Among a litany of graphic remarks Schoeller made was that he hates embalming fat people. He also described the body of a baby as a “bearskin rug” and made other crude observations about the difficulties of his work. After his...
Dead bodies stored in cupboards on the Tube →
The bodies of people who commit suicide on the London Underground network are often stored in cleaning cupboards and store rooms until an undertaker can collect them, a new documentary has revealed.
Richard Threlkeld →
Richard Threlkeld, 74, a far-ranging correspondent who worked for both CBS News and ABC News, died Jan. 13. He covered the Persian Gulf War and the Vietnam War, Patty Hearst’s kidnapping and her trial, and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Bill Janklow →
Former four-term South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow, 72, whose political career was brought to an end by a traffic accident, died Jan. 12. Elected as state attorney general in 1975 and to his first term as governor four years later, Janklow lured the credit card business of Citibank to South Dakota 30 years ago, driving a financial services boom for what was then a mainly farming state. The...
Turning the dead into beads: South Korea's 'odd'... →
Forget “creepy” burial urns. One company allows clients to memorialize the dead by turning their remains into colorful, caviar-like stones
New Facebook App 'If I Die,' Lets Users Compose... →
The deathbed is an inconvenient place to compose your last Facebook update. Frankly, at that point, you might have other priorities. However, a new application for the social media site called If I Die gives people a chance to write their final status update in advance.
Charles Price II →
Charles Price II, 80, a banking executive who ran his family’s Midwestern candy company before serving as a U.S. ambassador, died Jan. 12. Price was credited with contributing to the friendly relationship between President Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, both of whom he counted as friends.
Edgar Kaiser Jr. →
Former Denver Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser Jr. died Jan. 11. He was 69. Kaiser, who purchased the Broncos in 1981 for an estimated $30 million from Denver’s Phipps family, sold his majority share in the team to current owner and chief executive Pat Bowlen in 1984.