Queen Elizabeth II, 96, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, whose widely popular seven-decade reign survived the tectonic shifts in his country’s post-imperial society and overcame the successive challenges posed by romantic choices, missteps and the entanglements of his descendants, died Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, his summer retreat. The Royal Family announced her death online, saying she “died peacefully”. The announcement did not specify a cause.
On Tuesday, she met the new Tory Prime Minister, Liz Truss – the 15th Prime Minister the Queen has dealt with during her reign. His death elevated his eldest son, Charles, to the throne, as King Charles III.
Bernard Shaw, 82, a former CNN anchor and pioneering black journalist remembered for his blunt question during a presidential debate and calmly reporting the start of the 1991 Gulf War from Baghdad while under attack, died Wednesday of pneumonia, unrelated to COVID-19 at a Washington hospital, according to former CNN chief executive Tom Johnson.
Moon Landrieu, 92, who reshaped racial politics in one of the nation’s most polyglot and unstoppable cities, New Orleans, where he won the mayorship in 1970 with a rare coalition of white and black supporters, died Monday at his home in New Orleans.
Jason Winters, 43, a lifelong professional pilot who loved aviation since helping wash and load seaplanes as a high school student in Manson, Chelan County, died after a plane he was flying crashed near Whidbey Island on 4 September. Officials have not released details about the cause or circumstances of the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Joanne Mera, 60, a San Diego business owner who was returning home to celebrate a wedding anniversary after visiting family in the Seattle area, was among passengers aboard a plane that crashed off the coast from Whidbey’s Island on September 4th. Mera was CEO of Pacific Event Production, a 40-employee company that works on large-scale events for corporate clients, local organizations and non-profit organizations.
Luke and Rebecca Ludwig, a Minnesota couple, were among 10 people who died Sept. 4 in last Sunday’s seaplane crash off Whidbey Island. “We have nothing to share at this time other than facing this tragedy with the overwhelming support of family, friends and a loving community,” family member Kyle Hosker wrote in a statement to the family.
Ross Michael, 47, Lauren Hilly39 years old and their 22 month old son, Remy, were passengers aboard a seaplane that crashed off Whidbey Island on September 4. Mickel was a renowned Washington winemaker and founder of Eastside-based Ross Andrew Winery, and Hilty was an accountant who worked with small businesses on payroll and accounting.
Pat Hicks, 66, a retired schoolteacher who has blessed Spokane with her gentle nature and community spirit, such as when she returned from a vacation in the San Juan Islands with her partner, the Spokane civil rights activist Sandy Williams, when a seaplane they were traveling with eight other people crashed on September 4 off Whidbey Island. Williams was a hugely important leader in Spokane’s black community and overall, cherished as a helper and respected as a truth-teller. Together, she and Hicks radiated love, said Jacquelynne Sandoval, a friend.
Gaby Hanna, On Sept. 29, a travel-loving Seattle lawyer who cooked elaborate meals for her doting family died in the Sept. 4 seaplane crash off Whidbey Island. A graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and the University of Washington School of Law, Hanna was a partner in the Seattle office of Cooley LLP, an international law firm.
Peter Straub, 79, whose literary novels of terror, mystery and the supernatural such as “Julia” (1975) and “Ghost Story” (1979) put him at the forefront of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and 1980s , alongside writers like Ira Levin, Anne Rice and her close friend and collaborator Stephen King, died Sept. 4 in New York City from a broken hip, his wife, Susan Straub, has said.
Lord Sterling, 102, a literary agent who worked for years to find a publisher for Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and over the next few decades arranged deals for everyone from real-life crime writer Joe McGinniss to the creators of the Berenstains. Bears, died Sept. 3 in Ocala, Florida.
Barbara Ehrenrich, On September 81, the author, activist, and self-proclaimed “mythbuster” who, in such notable works as “Nickel and Dimed” and “Bait and Switch,” challenged conventional thinking about class, religion, and gender. very idea of an American dream, died on September 1st. 1 at a hospice in Alexandria, Va., where she also had a home. His daughter, Rosa Brooks, said the cause was a stroke. “She was, she said, ready to go,” her son, Ben Ehrenreich, tweeted on Friday. “She was never very much about thoughts and prayers, but you can honor her memory by loving one another and fighting like hell.”
Pastor Patrinell “Pat” Wright, 78, founder and director of the Total Experience Gospel Choir of Seattle and an accomplished singer in her own right, died Aug. 30 after a long illness. Wright founded the choir in 1973 at Franklin High School for the school’s underserved black students. Over the years, Total Experience Gospel Choir has become Seattle’s oldest and largest community gospel choir, traveling across America and abroad. Singing in front of President Barack Obama – three times – was a career highlight for Wright. But it was her work with black youth, however, that Wright was most proud of, her daughter Julie Washington said.