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Richard Williams, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ animator, dies at 86

Mr. Williams’s career straddled the ‘‘Golden Age of Animation,’’ which petered out between the 1950s and 1960s, and the rise of computer-assisted animation in the 1990s and beyond.

Yolanda Stratter, who ran Allston-Brighton’s iconic Disk’overy used books and records shop, dies at 78

Ms. Stratter was among the merchants who helped turn Allston and Brighton into neighborhoods where many new residents now choose to stay.

Michael Krauss, Alaska linguistics expert, dies

Mr. Krauss documented conversations with the last surviving speakers of Eyak, advocated for preserving endangered languages, and created a map of Alaska Native languages.

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana’s governor during Katrina, dies

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state’s first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died.

Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific collegiate rushers, dies at 36

The University of Texas star and former NFL running back died in a motorcycle accident.

Jean-Pierre Mocky, iconoclastic French film director, dies at 90

Mr. Mocky was a contemporary of French New Wave directors François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. But his films, unlike theirs, were decidedly more grindhouse than art house.

Ernie Colón, comic book artist who drew 9/11, dies at 88

Mr. Colón teamed up with writer Sid Jacobson to create a graphic novel version of the 9/11 report, the government-commissioned study that became a surprise bestseller in 2004.

Katreese Barnes, a musical force behind the scenes, dies at 56

Starting in 2001, she served for about a decade as the pianist on “Saturday Night Live,” eventually becoming the show’s musical director.