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Jazz-funk pioneer Joe Sample dies at 75

American pianist and composer Joe Sample performs on the Stravinski Hall stage during the 75th Birthday gala night of the American music producer and Grammy Award winner Tommy LiPuma at the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in this July 5, 2011, file photo. Sample died on Sept. 12, 2014, in Houston, Texas, his family announced on his Facebook page. Sample was 75. Jean-Christophe Bott / Getty Images

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75. More

Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies aged 88

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Dublin — The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast, his wife said. He was 88. More

Breast cancer survivor Lillian Erdeljan 'found joy in helping other people'

Mrs. Erdeljan

When Lillian Erdeljan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 she began a journey that led her to decades of volunteer service. More

Detroit-born Bond villain Richard Kiel dies

In this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo, actor Roger Moore, right, who played the part of James Bond 007 in seven films, poses with actor Richard Kiel who played the role of Jaws in 'The Spy Who Loved Me,' during a ceremony honoring Moore with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Kiel, the 7-foot-2-inch performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Moore's Bond in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker' has died. He was 74. Mark J. Terrill / AP

Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. The Detroit native was 74. More

Jazz musician Gerald Wilson dies at 96

In this Feb. 28, 2003, photo, jazz trumpeter and former Navy band member Clark Terry, left, plays under the watchful eye of guest conductor Gerald Wilson, also a former Navy band member, at a concert at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. Wilson, the dynamic jazz big band leader, composer and arranger whose career spanned more than 75 years, died Sept. 8, 2014. He was 96. Brian Kersey / AP

Los Angeles — Gerald Wilson, the dynamic jazz big band leader, composer and arranger whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96. More

Jane Rayburn, former Detroit News restaurant critic, dies

Jane Rayburn was a restaurant critic and feature writer at The Detroit News from 1991-2007.

Former Detroit News restaurant critic and features writer Jane Rayburn, 65, died Aug. 22 in her Grosse Pointe Park home. She was fondly remembered in the newsroom for her lively prose, hearty laugh and big heart. More

'Chicago Fire' actress Molly Glynn dies after being struck by tree

Molly Glynn AP

Molly Glynn, an accomplished Chicago theater actress who also played a recurring role as a doctor on the TV series 'Chicago Fire,' has died after a tree toppled by a powerful storm struck her as she rode her bike in a forest park. She was 46. More

Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy has died

S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, poses in a replica of 'The Dwarf Grill,' the original restaurant he started in Atlanta in 1946 in this 2001 photo. A spokesman said Cathy, who started the postwar diner in Atlanta that grew into the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, died early Sept. 8, 2014. Ric Feld / AP

Atlanta — Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy died early Monday at 93. The billionaire rose from poverty, building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday but drew unwanted attention for the Cathy family’s opposition to gay marriage. More

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