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Edda Servi Machlin, champion of Italian Jewish cuisine, dies at 93

She survived the harrowing World War II years in Italy by hiding out with anti-Fascist partisans, then immigrated to the United States and wrote a definitive cookbook on Italian Jewish food.

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, skilled papal emissary, dies

The cardinal was dispatched by Pope John Paul II to negotiate for the Roman Catholic Church with Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, and leaders of the Chinese Communist Party.

Tonga’s prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78

Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He was 78.

The Rev. Michael Haynes, who made an impact across the state, dies at 92

The Rev. Haynes, who was perhaps best known for his friendship with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1950s, shaped and guided generations of young people struggling to overcome poverty and racial discrimination.

Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dies at 70

The husky-voiced, blue collar performer, known for such hits as ‘‘Two Tickets to Paradise’’ and ‘‘Take Me Home Tonight,’’ had recently announced he had stage 4 esophageal cancer.

Daniel Johnston, gifted and enigmatic songwriter, dies at 58

In a career that was filled with stops and starts, Mr. Johnston became something of a man-child celebrity of the artistic underground, earning the admiration of rock stars such as Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits.

Diet Eman, who risked her life to rescue Dutch Jews, dies at 99

For 50 years, Ms. Eman remained largely silent about her role in the Dutch Resistance during World War II. It wasn’t until 1978 that she began to think that she had an obligation to reveal her story.

Mary Lyerly Alexander, keeper of the Coltrane flame, dies at 92

Ms. Alexander worked to preserve the legacy of her cousin John Coltrane and in the process became a pillar of the Philadelphia jazz scene.