A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
David R. Fahey Jr., 23, of Norwalk, Conn., an Army private first class based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, died Monday in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when his unit was hit by a roadside bomb. He was assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade.
Shandon Wright, 29, a five-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, died Thursday night as he recovered at his Puyallup home from recent surgery for a duty-related shoulder injury.
Douglas W. Luna, 67, a Seattle-born man who helped create a judicial court for the Tlingit-Haida Tribe in Alaska — he was part Tlingit and part Filipino — and served as an elected judge on that court for nearly 20 years, died Feb. 23 in Seattle from complications of a heart condition.
Greg Goossen, 65, a former Seattle Pilots baseball player, was found dead Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. The cause has yet to be determined. He played six seasons in the major leagues, then worked as a boxing trainer and a stand-in for actor Gene Hackman in more than a dozen films.
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Jane Russell, 89, a dark-haired siren who made a sensational debut in the 1943 film “The Outlaw” but later turned her sexy image to comic effect in films with Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe and others, died after a short illness Monday in Santa Maria, Calif.
Frank Buckles, 110, who lied about his age to enlist in World War I at 16 and served in England and France, then outlived every other American who’d gone overseas in that war, died last Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, W.Va.
Necmettin Erbakan, 85, a leader of Turkey’s Islamic political movement and briefly the country’s prime minister in the first Islamic-led coalition in Turkey’s modern history, died of heart failure in Ankara last Sunday.
Annie Girardot, 79, the perky, gravelly voiced actress who became one of France’s most enduring and acclaimed modern stars, died in Paris on Monday. She had Alzheimer’s disease.
Walter Zacharius, 87, a publisher and iconoclast who had the savvy and sales talk to help romance novels make the transition from drugstores to superstores to the Internet, died of cancer Wednesday in Manhattan.
Suze Rotolo, 67, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s former girlfriend and muse in New York’s Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, died of cancer Feb. 25 in New York.
Blair River, 29, a 575-pound man who gained a measure of fame as spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill — a Phoenix-area restaurant that unabashedly touts its menu of huge hamburgers, milkshakes and fries cooked in lard — died Tuesday. Friends say he may have contracted pneumonia after the flu.
Eugene Fodor, 60, an American violinist who made international headlines in the 1970s after earning a top prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition and in the 1980s after being arrested on drug charges, died Feb. 26 in Arlington, Va., of cirrhosis.