May 29, 2013 A musician who served under Art Blakey, Betty Carter and with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Miller can be heard on more than 500 albums, including several with his own bands. Beloved by multiple generations of fellow musicians for his commanding, supple style and generous mentorship, he was 57.
May 29, 2013 George Porter was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black fighter pilots, and those who supported them, in American history. A mechanic during the war, Porter found ways with his colleagues to keep their planes airborne even as they were denied the tools needed to do their jobs.
May 28, 2013 A U.S. parachute team dropped into a POW camp in China to liberate the captives after Japan surrendered in 1945. Tad Nagaki was with that team. Prior to the assignment, Nagaki had spent two years requesting combat duty, only to be denied repeatedly because of his Japanese-American ethnicity.
May 27, 2013 Jake McNiece was the leader of a crack U.S. Army paratrooper unit that dropped behind German lines on D-Day. With their wild antics, McNiece's group was known as "The Filthy Thirteen" and inspired Robert Aldrich's macho film classic The Dirty Dozen.
May 25, 2013 The Chicago native was renowned for a trailblazing series of postwar portraits of black Americans in Chicago and for co-curating the groundbreaking international photo exhibit "The Family of Man."
May 20, 2013 The keyboardist co-founded the band after meeting Jim Morrison in California. The Doors went on to become one of the most successful rock 'n' roll acts of the 1960s. Manzarek, 74, died in Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer.
May 15, 2013 Tributes are appearing online for Richard Swanson, the Seattle man whose plan to dribble a soccer ball all the way to Brazil to raise money for charity ended Tuesday after he was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Oregon.
May 10, 2013 Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, reportedly died Thursday, according to a friend of the Shabazz family. The circumstances of his death are uncertain. He was 28.
May 10, 2013 A Hollywood legend, he built cars for TV shows and movies, and customized rides for stars. It was Jeffries who painted James Dean's nickname — "Little Bastard" — on the Porsche 550 Sypder that the actor crashed in 1955. He was 80.
May 9, 2013 The legendary Hollywood FX man died Tuesday at age 92. Known for creating the monsters in such films as Mighty Joe Young and Jason and the Argonauts, Harryhausen spoke with Fresh Air in 2003 about studying animals in nature to create the monsters of our imaginations.
May 7, 2013 Margaret Groening was born a Wiggum, a name familiar to fans of The Simpsons. She died in her sleep on April 22. She was 94.