Today’s Obituaries

Search Obituaries

Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies of heart failure at 89

5:00pm
Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis Prima, has died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs. She was 89.

'Celebration of life' for San Francisco mayor who died at 65

7:15pm
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was remembered Sunday for his humility, integrity and infectious smile during a public celebration of his life at City Hall, attended by family members, former staff, politicians and residents.

obituaries features

  • In Memoriams

    Remembrances of those who have gone. To place a notice, call 612-673-4130

  • Email Alerts

    Set up an email alert and receive notification when an obituary is published.

  • Funeral Home Directory

    Find a funeral home and get more information by visiting their website.

Business
December 16

Hunter Harrison, CEO of railroad company CSX, dead at 73

Hunter Harrison, the president CEO of railroad giant CSX, has died, the company announced Saturday. He was 73.
Local
December 15

Longtime Star Tribune sports editor Bud Armstrong, 79, enjoyed food, wine, good company

It takes a special kind of person to work on a newspaper’s night desk — an audacious sort who doesn’t fear crushing deadlines and punishing…
National
December 15

Mourners bow, pray over casket of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Government workers, local celebrities and residents who didn't personally know late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee streamed past his body to say goodbye to the city's leader of seven years.
Music
December 15

Vincent Nguini, guitarist for Paul Simon, dead at 65

Vincent Nguini, a guitarist from Cameroon who worked with Paul Simon since the late 1980s, died last week in Brazil. He was 65.
National
December 15

The Latest: Line in San Francisco to view mayor's casket

The Latest on (all times local):
National
December 13

Celebrations planned to honor San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

People will be able to pay their respects to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Friday, when his body will lie in repose at City Hall. The casket will be closed.
Local
December 13

Jack Goodwin, longtime writer and editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, dies at age 91

Jack Goodwin started writing about sports at the Minneapolis Star newspaper right out of college, hired as a summer replacement. As he liked to tell…
Music
December 13

Pat DiNizio, lead singer of Smithereens, dead at 62

Pat DiNizio, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens blended pop, rock and New Wave music for such hits as "Blood and Roses" and "A Girl Like You," has died at age 62.
Minneapolis
December 12

Mankato's Bud Lawrence, champion of Dakota causes, dies at 86

A chance meeting with a Dakota Indian leader forever changed the course of Louis George “Bud” Lawrence’s life, leading him to march in support of…
National
December 12

The Latest: Safeway spokeswoman says workers will miss mayor

The Latest on the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (all times local):
National
December 12

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

Under Mayor Ed Lee's seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where housing costs skyrocketed and the chasm between the wealthy and everyone else grew. Lee died Tuesday at 65 after collapsing while grocery shopping.
Local
December 12

Obituary: Former judge Roland Amundson advocated criminal justice reform after time in prison

Roland Amundson rose to one of the highest seats in the Minnesota legal system as a judge on the state Court of Appeals. He also…
Movies
December 12

Bruce Brown, whose 'Endless Summer' redefined surfing, dies

Bruce Brown, whose 1966 surfing documentary "The Endless Summer" molded the image of the surfer as a seeker of adventure and fulfillment and transformed the sport, has died. He was 80.
National
December 11

Vera Katz, who helped turn Portland into hipster haven, dies

Vera Katz, a Jewish refugee who was elected to three terms as Portland's mayor and helped transform it from a sleepy backwater into a trendy city known for its public transit, eco-conscious design and live-work architecture style, died Monday. She was 84.
Nation
December 11

Former pro BMX rider Kevin 'K-Rob' Robinson dies at age 45

Kevin "K-Rob" Robinson, a former professional BMX rider who set a world record for the longest power-assisted bicycle backflip, has died. He was 45.
Variety
December 11

Roy Reed, Times reporter who covered civil rights, dies

Roy Reed, who covered key events during the civil rights movement for The New York Times before returning to his native Arkansas to write and teach, has died. He was 87.
Variety
December 11

Last of WWII black paratrooper pioneers dies at 96

The last living member of a pioneering unit that paved the way for the U.S. military's first black paratroopers has died. Clarence Beavers was 96.
TV & Media
December 10

Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker dies at age 99

Simeon Booker, a trail-blazing African-American journalist and the first full-time black reporter at The Washington Post, died Sunday at the age of 99.
Minneapolis
December 9
Freddy Gates Jr., a public servant who advised some of Minnesota’s greatest political minds, died Dec. 1 in hospice care at age 73

Freddy Gates, Hubert Humphrey's right-hand man in Minnesota, dies at 73

Gates, a public servant who advised some of Minnesota's greatest political minds, died Dec. 1 in hospice care at age 73.
Movies
December 8

Actor Steve Reevis of 'Fargo,' 'Dancing With Wolves' dies

Actor Steve Reevis, who had supporting roles in the movies "Fargo" and "Last of the Dogmen," has died. He was 55.