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Blues guitarist Long John Hunter, who lived in Phoenix for the last part of his life, died Monday in his sleep at the age of 84.
Jan. 5, 2016
Meadowlark Lemon was arguably the team's most popular player, playing 7,500 consecutive games with the Globetrotters.
Dec. 28, 2015
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Arizona lost one of its last “cowboy legislators” yesterday - Jack Brown, a Democrat from St. Johns died.
Oct. 29, 2015
Lillian Fisher
Judge Lillian Fisher was credited with establishing Arizona Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Jun. 10, 2015
The Academy Award-winning writer of "Dances With Wolves" has died in Tucson at age 69.
May. 4, 2015
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Mayor Greg Stanton’s office said John Driggs, a former two-term mayor, died Thursday morning at his Phoenix home.
Dec. 11, 2014
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The longest-held American civilian prisoner during the Vietnam War has died. Ernie Brace was held in multiple North Vietnamese prisons. He was eventually housed in a cell next to Sen. John McCain during his captivity.
Dec. 9, 2014
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Former Arizona representative David Burnell Smith has died. He was the first state lawmaker ordered out of office by the Citizens Clean Elections commission.
Oct. 27, 2014
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One of Arizona’s most dedicated animal shelter volunteers has died. Marge Wright hosted the local TV show “Pets On Parade” for more than four decades.
Aug. 27, 2014
Former State Representative Ben Miranda died unexpectedly Friday. A Democrat, Miranda served in the legislature from 2002 until 2010.
Nov. 15, 2013
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Manuel ‘Lito’ Peña, was known as the ‘Godfather of Senate Dems,’
Oct. 15, 2013
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The former chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation has died. The death of Augustine B. Lopez Sr. was announced Friday by his southern Arizona Tribe. Neither Lopez’s age nor cause of death was released, but a short bio was made public by tribal officials.
Apr. 21, 2013
Paolo Soleri
Italian architect Paolo Soleri has died at the age of 93. Paolo Soleri was a famed architect, most well-known around Phoenix for his design of Arcosanti, the experimental community.(Photo courtesy of Arcosanti) A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri was born in Turin, Italy, in 1919, but was most well-known in Arizona as the designer of the experimental community Arcosanti.
Apr. 9, 2013
Eddie Basha, the CEO and Chairman of the Bashas' family-owned grocery store chain in Arizona died yesterday. Basha's family said he had been ill for some time. Basha was an Arizona Board of Regent member for several years and also ran for governor.
Mar. 27, 2013
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Legendary Phoenix television news anchor Bill Close has died at the age of 91.
Jan. 28, 2013
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Former Arizona lawmaker Bill Konopnicki has died. The Republican from Safford served in the state House of Representatives for eight years, but had been in declining health. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
Oct. 18, 2012
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Former Arizona Congressman Sam Steiger has died in Prescott at the age of 83. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein reports…STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Steiger, a Republican, served five terms in the U.S. House before running for the Senate in 1976.
Sep. 28, 2012

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