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Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former president of Tunisia, dies at 83

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s former autocratic president whose extravagant life and oppressive rule inspired the 2011 Arab Spring revolts, died on Thursday in exile in Saudi Arabia, the Tunisian state news agency reported.

Larry Garron, running back for original Boston Patriots, dies at 82

Larry Garron, 82, of Framingham, who died Sept. 13, was a running back for original Boston Patriots.

Sander Vanocur, TV newsman who covered Kennedy, dies at 91

Mr. Vanocur became familiar to American viewers as a prominent White House correspondent during the Kennedy administration and as a tough questioner in presidential debates.

Phyllis Newman, Tony Award-winning Broadway star, 86

Ms. Newman began her acting career as a young child and, driven by her own later struggles with breast cancer, raised millions of dollars to help women in entertainment deal with serious health problems.

Ken Bader, 70, a collegial, principled force in public radio

In his work on such programs as The World and Monitor Radio, he was known for his principles and his geniality.

Author Graeme Gibson, longtime partner of Atwood, dead at 85

Graeme Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist and the longtime partner of Margaret Atwood, died Wednesday at age 85.

Journalist Cokie Roberts dies at 75

Both a political reporter and commentator, she was widely respected both by her fellow journalists and by those she covered.

Juanita Abernathy, a force in the civil rights movement, dies at 88

Juanita Abernathy, who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and took part in other pivotal protests at the outset of the civil rights era alongside the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, her husband and a leader of the movement, died on Thursday at a hospital in Atlanta.