Gerald A. Larue - an ordained minister who became an agnostic, archeologist, religious scholar and debunker of claims such as Lazarus rising from the dead and the discovery of Noah's ark - has died. He was 98.

Polly Bergen, an outspoken actress who also gained acclaim as a nightclub singer, a cosmetics entrepreneur and a ubiquitous quiz-show panelist, did not start out as an overnight smash.

John Toner, athletic director emeritus who is credited with building the University of Connecticut into a basketball power and hiring its two best-known coaches, has died. He was 91.

In any listing of important figures in Connecticut sports history, John Toner should hold a high place. Three decisions that elevated UConn from a competitive New England school to a national powerhouse were all Toner's, made during his time as athletic director.

A.W. Davis, an All-America guard at Tennessee who later worked as an assistant coach and broadcaster for his alma mater, has died. He was 71.

Robert E. Poli, an air traffic controller who rose to the top of his union and led a 1981 strike that turned into a momentous defeat for organized labor, died Sept. 15 at his home in Meridian, Idaho. He was 78.

Prolific writer J. California Cooper, who was writing plays until Alice Walker suggested she switch to short stories and novels, because they were an easier path to a paycheck, has died at age 82.

Rebecca Jane "Becky" Malkovich, a longtime southern Illinois journalist whose newspapering family includes actor John Malkovich, has died.

Eric "The Actor" Lynch, whose fear of werewolves, love of professional wrestling and angry, often foul-mouthed rants endeared him to fans of Howard Stern's radio show for more than a decade, has died at age 39.

The man who succeeded legendary coach Don Haskins at UTEP has died.

Gerald A. Larue - an ordained minister who became an agnostic, archeologist, religious scholar and debunker of claims such as Lazarus rising from the dead and the discovery of Noah's ark - has died. He was 98.

Israeli secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad's revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country's Olympics team, has died. He was 87.

Joel Krog, the captain of SMU's only NCAA Final Four team, has died at the age of 79.

CHICAGO - Sheldon Patinkin, a crucial figure in the development of improvisational comedy in Chicago and a mentor to generations of American and Canadian comedians, as well as aspiring theatrical directors and other theater artists, died Sunday at the age of 79, his close friend Jane Nicholl Sahlins said Sunday.

Polly Bergen, an outspoken actress who also gained acclaim as a nightclub singer, a cosmetics entrepreneur and a ubiquitous quiz-show panelist, did not start out as an overnight smash.

Emmy-winning actress Polly Bergen-who passed away at 84 on Saturday-is likely best known for her role in the original "Cape Fear," a 1962 J. Lee Thompson-directed thriller starring Robert Mitchum as a vengeful ex-convict terrorizing a lawyer and his wife (Gregory Peck and Bergen).

Rashi Fein, a Harvard economist considered one of the fathers of Medicare, who threw his intellectual and moral weight behind full, affordable health care for nearly seven decades, stretching from the Truman administration to the Obama presidency, died Sept. 8 in Boston. He was 88.

In an obituary Sept. 20, The Associated Press reported that actress Polly Bergen's survivors included daughter Pamela Fields. The story should have made clear that the daughter goes by P.K. instead of Pamela.

Ted Flicker, who co-created the hit TV series "Barney Miller" and directed the cult-favorite political film satire "The President's Analyst," died Saturday at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 84.

Will Radcliff, who built a multimillion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, has died in Cincinnati. He was 74.

The piano player at a Chicago club called Jump Town wasn't thrilled about letting the pretty blond vocalist from Milwaukee do a few numbers.

Grand Ole Opry Member George Hamilton IV, who was one of country music's first international ambassadors, has died. He was 77.

The former longtime director of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center credited with turning it into a top summer entertainment venue has died. Herb Chesbrough (CHEHZ'-broh) was 67.

HACKENSACK, N.J.-Music executive Boo Frazier of Dumont, who worked with Chuck Berry, the Shirelles, Janet Jackson, Louis Armstrong and, most famously, his cousin Dizzy Gillespie, died Saturday. He was 84.

Andriy Gusin, a former Ukraine midfielder who helped his country reach the 2006 World Cup quarterfinals, has died, the Ukrainian football federation said Wednesday. He was 41.

Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common's albums, has died.

Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83.

Joe Sample, a soft-spoken keyboard player and composer whose blending of funk, blues, jazz, gospel and the Zydeco music of his childhood lent a distinctive sound to his well-known group, the Crusaders, has died. He was 75.

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73.

Alpha Ibraham Diallo, a former IOC member from Guinea and African Olympic head, has died. He was 82.

Bengt Saltin, a Swedish professor of human physiology and a leading anti-doping expert, has died. He was 79.

Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in the country's daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda, has died. He was 87.

Denny Miller, a noted UCLA basketball player in the 1950s who dropped the sport to play the title role in the 1959 movie "Tarzan the Ape Man" and went on to appear in "Wagon Train" and numerous other TV shows, died Tuesday at home in Las Vegas. He was 80.

Mildred "Mickey" Friedman, a curator with a sharp eye for emerging talent who mounted a landmark 1986 show at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center that brought international attention to architect Frank Gehry, died Sept. 3 in New York. She was 85.

PHILADELPHIA - Tony Auth, 72, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, died Sunday.

Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth, whose sharp and creative commentary appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 40 years, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 72.

Isidoro Alvarez, the head of Spain's El Corte Ingles department store chain who turned the company into an international business with an annual turnover of around 14 billion euros ($18 billion), has died. He was 79.

Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94.

Bob Crewe - the songwriter and producer behind dozens of hits, including standards like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which boosted Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons into pop posterity - died Thursday in Scarborough, Maine. He was 83.

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75.

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