Michael Wolff’s mother, Van, died Tuesday morning after a two and half year illness, the Observer has learned.
Mr. Wolff wrote about his mother’s declining health and worsening dementia in a moving and controversial story for New York Magazine in May that questioned the modern approach to end-of-life care.
Mike Wallace, long considered one of the most fearsome interviewers in broadcast news, has died. He was 93. A spokesman for CBS told the Associated Press that Mr. Wallace died Saturday night.
Mr. Wallace went into a kind of semi-retirement from regular appearances on 60 Minutes in 2006 but kept a promise made upon announcing his slowdown to do occasional new reports, profiling Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007 as well as “suicide doctor” Jack Kevorkian.
Over the course of his 6 decades as a newsman Mike Wallace frequently went toe-to-toe with the famous and powerful in interviews legendary for their confrontational and emotional nature. As the A.P. reports in his obituary, Mr. Wallace once managed to break through Barbra Streisand’s intensely controlled public persona:
Online publisher and conservative media activist Andrew Breitbart died shortly after midnight at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed. He passed “unexpectedly from natural causes,” according to one of his websites, BigJournalism.com. He was 43.
The Associated Press reports via its Twitter account that singer Whitney Houston has passed away at the age of 48. The A.P. cites Ms. Houston’s publicist Kristen Foster as their source for the news:
The AP reports that Joe Paterno, one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football, has died. Paterno’s condition deteriorated rapidly over the last few days from complications from chemotherapy he was receiving for lung cancer. He was 85 years old. Paterno was the all-time record holder for Division I college football, winning 409 games before he was fired in November 2011 over his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.