CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2002 |
Col. Floyd J. Thompson, who endured nearly nine years of torture, disease and starvation in Vietnam as the longest-held prisoner of war in American history, has died. He was 69. Thompson was found dead at his Key West, Fla., home Tuesday after an apparent heart attack over the weekend, said Charles Ingraham, a friend and spokesman for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Key West.
September 26, 2011 |
According to James Curtis, author of the new 1,056-page "Spencer Tracy: A Biography," it could have been actress Loretta Young who became the love of Tracy's life, not Katharine Hepburn, his partner for 26 years with whom he made nine films. Tracy and Young, both Catholics, began their romance while working together on the 1933 Depression-era drama "A Man's Castle. " Though Tracy was married to Louise Treadwell, the illicit pair would go to Mass and confessions together. "I think they were drawn together because of the shared bond of faith," said Curtis, who spent six years on the book, drawing from Tracy's own papers and obtaining the cooperation of the actor's daughter, Susie Tracy.
August 30, 1997
While everyone knows you don't have to be a math major to become a Times sportswriter . . . Ross Newhan's declaration that "there is a Sept. 31 deadline for submitting a 1998 schedule . . . " I hope the union is holding its breath. Mike DiGiovanna's declaration that Tony Conigliaro "suffered a massive heart attack in 1983 and was in a coma for about eight years before he died Feb. 24, 1990." Time flies when you're having fun, right, Mike? CRAIG LESLY Santa Ana
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1992 |
A man who died of natural causes in a Ventura park restroom has been identified as Craig Steinhauer of Ventura, the county coroner's office said. Steinhauer was identified by a former employer who read a description of him in a newspaper, investigator Zelmira Isaac of the coroner's office said. The body of the 46-year-old man was discovered Thursday in a public restroom at Plaza Park. Steinhauer was not carrying identification, authorities said.
February 28, 1988
Hale D. Baney, 64, of Los Angeles, a longtime supporter of the USC women's basketball program, died after collapsing during halftime of Saturday night's USC-Washington women's game in the USC campus gym. The teams, nearing conclusion of their halftime warmups, left the court as paramedics worked for more than 25 minutes on Baney. According to a hospital spokesperson, Baney was was taken to California Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from what was believed to be a massive heart attack.
December 4, 1987 |
Apollo astronaut Donn Eisele, who died in Tokyo this week, will be buried next week with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, his family said. A memorial service will be held Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Arlington. Eisele, 57, was in Tokyo on a private business trip when he suffered a massive heart attack Tuesday, his wife said. He was found in his hotel room in his jogging clothes.
November 7, 1986 |
Bobby Nunn, founder of the wisecracking doo-wop group The Coasters and the original Charlie Brown whose resonant voice boomed, "Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" has died at 61, the group said today. Nunn, who performed with The Coasters on Saturday in Phoenix and appeared in good health, died at his Los Angeles home Wednesday night of a massive heart attack, said Coasters singer Tony Ruiz.
April 19, 2012 |
Dick Clark might have been one of Hollywood's shrewdest businessmen, but for many Americans, his lesser-known role as a stroke survivor determined to live a normal life likely will be a more lasting legacy. Clark died Wednesday at age 82, suffering a massive heart attack after a medical procedure. He had had a debilitating stroke in 2004 and had to learn to walk and talk again -- often with difficulty. But Clark didn't give in to the symptoms of that stroke, which included slurred, slowed speech and partial paralysis.