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Marion Chesney, aka mystery writer M.C. Beaton, dies at 83

Marion Chesney, who in midlife began writing novels and produced more than 150, including mystery series written under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton that featured the endearing crime solvers Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, died on Dec. 31 at a hospital in Gloucester, in western England. She was 83. The St.…...

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Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien and keeper of his legacy, dies at 95

Christopher Tolkien, the son of the writer J.R.R. Tolkien who guarded his legacy and edited posthumous works like “The Silmarillion,” died Wednesday in France at age 95. His death was confirmed by Daniel Klass, Tolkien’s brother-in-law. Long after his father died in 1973, Tolkien worked to keep the stories that…...

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Christopher Tolkien, Keeper of His Father’s Legacy, Dies at 95

Christopher Tolkien, the son of the writer J.R.R. Tolkien who guarded his legacy and brought forth monumental posthumous works like “The Silmarillion,” died on Wednesday in France. He was 95.His death was confirmed by Daniel Klass, Mr. Tolkien’s brother-in-law.Long after his father died in 1973, Mr. Tolkien worked to keep…...

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Lorenza Mazzetti, Wartime Survivor and Seminal Filmmaker, Dies at 92

Lorenza Mazzetti, who as a child in Italy survived the wartime killings of her caretaker family by German soldiers and went on to help create an influential British film movement and write a prizewinning novel based on her experiences, died on Jan. 4 in Rome. She was 92.The death was…...

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Pro wrestler Rocky Johnson, who trained his son ‘The Rock,’ dead at 75

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson adopted his nickname from his father...

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Roger Scruton, a Provocative Public Intellectual, Dies at 75

LONDON — Roger Scruton, a prominent British philosopher and public intellectual whose espousal of conservative causes and contentious views elicited both plaudits and opprobrium, which he likened to “falling to the bottom in my own country,” died on Sunday. He was 75.His family announced the death on his website without…...

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George Nicolau, Arbitrator in Baseball’s Collusion Cases, Dies at 94

George Nicolau, a prominent arbitrator whose determinations that Major League Baseball teams colluded in the 1980s to restrict bidding for free agents led club owners to pay players $280 million in damages, died on Jan. 2 in a hospital in Manhattan. He was 94. His stepson John Oppenheimer said the…...

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Marion Chesney, a.k.a. Mystery Writer M.C. Beaton, Dies at 83

Marion Chesney, who in midlife began writing novels and produced more than 150, including mystery series written under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton that featured the endearing crime solvers Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, died on Dec. 31 at a hospital in Gloucester, in western England. She was 83.The St. Martin’s…...

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Wrestler Rocky Johnson, Dwayne Johnson’s father, dead at 75

Rocky “Soulman” Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died. He was 75. WWE issued a statement on Johnson’s death Wednesday night. Johnson and Tony Atlas became the first black world tag team champions in WWE…...

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Baker, Joseph Lee

Mr. Joseph Lee Baker, age 67, of Lynchburg, died on January 11, 2020, in Lynchburg. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Coleman Baker and the late Mr. Phil Baker Jr. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Deborah Jennings Baker, and two brothers, Earnest and Thomas Baker.…...

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