Kathi Goertzen, 54, one of the most recognized and trusted anchors in Seattle-area TV news for almost 30 years, who candidly shared with...

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Kathi Goertzen, 54, one of the most recognized and trusted anchors in Seattle-area TV news for almost 30 years, who candidly shared with the public her 14-year battle with recurring brain tumors, died Monday in the hospital.

Louise McKinney, 82, philanthropist, patron of the arts, longtime educator in Seattle schools and wife of the Rev. Samuel McKinney of Mount Zion Baptist Church, died Wednesday at Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah of complications from a fall.

Helen Gurley Brown, 90, whose “Sex and the Single Girl” advice book brought her celebrity status and the attention of executives at Hearst Magazines, who in 1965 hired her as editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died Monday after a brief hospitalization in New York.

David Rakoff, 47, a prizewinning humorist whose cynical outlook on life and culture, including his own battle with cancer, developed a loyal following of readers and radio listeners, died Aug. 9 in Manhattan.

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Burl Osborne, 75, who led The Dallas Morning News to national prominence and made headlines himself by being the third recipient of an experimental anti-rejection technique for a kidney transplant in 1966, died Wednesday at a Dallas hospital.

Joe Kubert, 85, the influential comic-book artist and writer whose hypermasculine artwork included Tarzan and the flying superhero Hawkman and the WWII infantryman Sgt. Rock, died of multiple myeloma Aug. 12 at a hospital in Morristown, N.J.

Nellie Gray, 88, founder and chief organizer of March for Life, an annual anti-abortion march in Washington, D.C., was found dead Monday at her D.C. home.

Johnny Pesky, 92, the former Boston Red Sox shortstop and manager whose name was given to the right-field foul pole — “Pesky’s Pole” — at Fenway Park, died Monday at a hospice in Danvers, Mass.

Phyllis Thaxter, 92, best known for playing Clark Kent’s adoptive mother in the 1978 “Superman” film, died Tuesday in Florida. She had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

Brent Grulke, 52, creative director and driving force behind the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) died Monday in Austin, Texas, of a heart attack.

Ron Palillo, 63, who portrayed mouthy classroom goofball Arnold Horshack on the 1970s TV series “Welcome Back, Kotter,” and later taught acting at a Palm Springs high school, died of a heart attack at his Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., home Tuesday.

Martin Fleischmann, 85, the British electrochemist who sparked a controversy in 1989 when he and a colleague claimed to have achieved cold fusion, died Aug. 3 of Parkinson’s disease and diabetes at his home in Tisbury, England.

Gregory Ulas Powell, 79, one of the notorious “Onion Field” killers whose 1963 slaying of a Los Angeles police officer shattered the image of the invincible cop and changed police practices, died Aug. 12 at a prison in Vacaville, Calif., where he was serving a life sentence.

Joey Kovar, 29, an aspiring actor, former personal trainer and body builder who had battled drug and alcohol abuse and appeared in “Real World: Hollywood” and “Celebrity Rehab 3,” was found dead Friday in Chicago.