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Gay Byrne, who tackled taboos as Ireland’s TV host, dies at 85

The beloved Irish radio and television personality broke codes of silence over sexual practices, abuse, and hypocrisy in Ireland’s deeply conservative Roman Catholic society.

Leading intellectual in Benin, Albert Tevoedjre, dies at 89

Albert Tevoedjre, a Benin political scientist and one of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s most trusted experts on social and economic development strategies for Africa, has died in Porto-Novo, Benin, at the age of 89.

Marya Columbia, whose music soothed on 9/11, dies at 63

Like many New Yorkers, Marya Columbia felt compelled to respond to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — to do something, to help someone. What she, a violinist, had to offer was music.


Overlooked no more: Annie Londonderry rode out of Boston and into history

The decade before the 20th century began saw an explosion in bicycle sales and cycling in general and in June of 1894, Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, a Latvian immigrant about age 23, cycled away from her Boston home, leaving a husband and three small children, for a journey around the world.

Stephen Dixon, prolific writer of experimental, unsettling fiction, dies at 83

Stephen Dixon, a prolific novelist and short-story writer whose humorous, freewheeling fiction traced the shocks and jolts of romance, aging, and everyday life, in an experimental but plain-spoken style that brought readers deep inside the minds of his characters, died Wednesday.

Stan Kozak, Gardner museum’s chief gardener, dies at 67

Mr. Kozak, of Stoughton, who died Nov. 3, was head of horticulture at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he had cultivated beauty for 50 years.

Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress ‘with the golden eyes,’ dies at 80

Marie Laforêt, an actress and singer who became one of the most captivating French performers of the 1960s and ’70s and who was known for her piercing eyes, melancholy voice, and freewheeling approach to fame, died Nov. 2 in Genolier, Switzerland, 20 miles north of Geneva.

Rudy Boesch, Navy SEAL and ‘Survivor’ star, dies at 91

Rudy Boesch, who had a distinguished military career that included being one of the first Navy SEALs, then attained an entirely different distinction in his 70s when he became a contestant and audience favorite on the popular CBS reality show “Survivor,” died Friday in Virginia Beach, Virginia.