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Lois Kirschenbaum backstage at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in June 2012.

Lois Kirschenbaum, the ultimate opera superfan, dies at 88

For more than a half-century, nearly every prominent singer to perform at New York City's Metropolitan Opera could expect to be approached backstage afterward by a wispy woman in thick glasses, who held piles of memorabilia to be autographed while she praised their performance in a raspy Brooklyn accent.

Lee Delaney, the chief executive of Westborough-based BJ’s Wholesale Club, died unexpectedly on Thursday at age 49.

BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Lee Delaney dies unexpectedly

Delaney, 49, passed away on Thursday due to presumed natural causes, the Westborough-based chain said in a statement Friday.

William Gamson

William Gamson, BC sociologist who created a forerunner of Rotisserie League Baseball, dies at 87

An award-winning sociologist, Dr. Gamson created the National Baseball Seminar while a Harvard graduate student.

Charles Coolidge, oldest medal of honor recipient, dies at 99

Celebrated in Chattanooga with a park and a highway and at the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, Charles Coolidge died there Tuesday. He was 99 and the oldest living recipient of the nation’s highest award for valor.

Dr. Kantor taught at several schools, including Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine.

David Kantor, innovative psychologist of group dynamics and halfway houses, dies at 93

Dr. Kantor created a structural dynamics theory and launched a pioneering halfway house in Cambridge in 1960.

Paul Ritter attended the "Friday Night Dinner" photocall at Curzon Soho in 2020 in London.

‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Harry Potter’ actor Paul Ritter dies at 54

The versatile British actor has died, his agent said Tuesday. He had been suffering from a brain tumor.

Malcolm Cecil, synthesizer pioneer, is dead at 84

A British-born bassist with the soul of an engineer, Malcolm Cecil revolutionized electronic music by helping to create a huge analog synthesizer that gave Stevie Wonder’s albums a new sound.

This Jan. 1990 file photo shows playwright Arthur Kopit in Los Angeles.

Arthur Kopit dies at 83; playwright was a Tony nominee, Pulitzer finalist

An avant-garde playwright who thrust off-Broadway into a new era with the absurdist satirical farce “Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad,” Arthur Kopit earned Tony Award nominations for two wildly different plays, “Indians” and “Wings,” and the musical “Nine."