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“There are so many obituaries that I read, ... and I think, I’ve been aware of this person but I didn’t know this person," Thomas Lynch told us.
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How much do you care about the ultimate story of your life? For many people, that final story is contained within their obituary.

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Allan Barnes, Detroit jazz multi-instrumentalist and founding member of The Blackbyrds , has died. He was 66. Detroit drummer and Gorilla Funk Mob co-founder Tate McBroom played with Barnes for almost 10 years. Listen above, as McBroom shares insights and perspectives on Barnes' musically diverse career. (Subscribe to the Stateside podcast on iTunes , Google Play , or with this RSS link )

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Beginning this week, the massive art collection of billionaire Michigan businessman Alfred Taubman goes up for auction. Alfred Taubman died in April. He was 91. Taubman’s art collection, which spans centuries and styles, reflects the man who collected it over many decades. “He was a renaissance man,” says Alexander Rotter, the head of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s. “And he just collected what he thought was great … what he liked.” The size of the collection is forcing Sotheby’s to spread the...

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ALBEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Former three-term Democratic Michigan U.S. Rep. Don Albosta has died. He was 89.

C.M. Humpula Funeral Home says Albosta died Thursday. The Saginaw-born Albosta served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was a farmer. He was elected to the Saginaw County Commission and Michigan House before serving in Congress in 1979-1984. Albosta lost his re-election bid to Republican Bill Schuette in 1984.

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DETROIT (AP) - A family spokeswoman says Don Davis, a longtime Detroit musician, composer and recording executive, has died at 75. Lisa Wilmore said Davis died Thursday in Michigan after a brief illness. She declined to say where he died.

Davis was a session musician during the 1960s at Motown Records in Detroit. He then went to work for Memphis, Tennessee-based Stax Records. He also started the independent Groovesville label.

He was a co-writer and co-producer of ...

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DETROIT (AP) - A medical examiner's spokesman says Angelo Henderson, Pulitzer prize-winning Detroit journalist, radio host and co-founder of a prominent community patrol group, has died.

Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office spokesman Bill Mullan said Henderson died Saturday in Pontiac of natural causes but no other details were available. He was 51.

Henderson was most recently a host on radio station WCHB. He previously worked for The Detroit News and The Wall...

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) - American Axle & Manufacturing co-founder and board chair Richard Dauch has died. He was 71.

The Oakland County medical examiner's office says Dauch died Friday of cancer at his Bloomfield Hills home.

A statement on the Detroit-based auto supplier's website reads: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Dick's family and friends."

Dauch joined General Motors in 1964 after graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in...

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MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - The owner of Michigan's most famous summer hotel has died. R.D. "Dan" Musser Jr. was 80.

Musser owned the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. In a statement, the hotel says he died Saturday of congestive health failure at a Lansing hospital.

Musser started working at the hotel when he was in college in 1951. It was owned at the time by his uncle, W. Stewart Woodfill. Musser became president in 1960 and purchased the hotel, with wife Amelia, in 1979....

Remembering Sonny Eliot (VIDEO)

Nov 16, 2012
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Sonny Eliot, Detroit radio and television pioneer, died this morning at his home in Farmington Hills. He was 91. For those who don't remember Eliot, he might be best known for his role as Detroit's star weatherman. Eliot had a quick wit and predilection for puns. Here is a taste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcKajrki0bQ Spending over 60 years in broadcasting, Eliot worked into his 80s. He gave his final broadcast in September 2010. Here's a look at Eliot toward the end of his career: http:/...

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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Longtime broadcaster Marvin "Sonny" Eliot, whose corny jokes and genial manner endeared him to Detroit audiences for decades, has died. He was 91.

Friend and co-worker Don Swindell says Eliot died Friday morning at home in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills after an illness.

One of the city's most well-known media personalities, Eliot was a throwback to a time when local television established its identity through non-news programming that made up with enthusiasm and creativity.

His longest-lasting gig was as a weathercaster, first on WWJ radio in 1950 - a job he held well into the 21st century - as well as on local television stations.

Eliot retired in 2010 from broadcasting, announcing the end of his career on WWJ.

Survivors include his wife, Annette. Arrangements were pending

Former West Michigan lawmaker William Van Regenmorter, whose noteworthy accomplishments included his authorship of the Crime Victims Rights Act of 1985, has died. He was 73. Family friend Joseph Crawford says Van Regenmorter, who was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 2003, died Monday at his home in Ottawa Countys Georgetown Township.

The Republican served in the House from 1983-90 before being elected to the Senate, where he served from 1991-2002. He became a representative again from 2003-06.

Van Regenmorter served as chairman of the House and Senate judiciary committees for more than 16 years. Under the Crime Victims Rights Act, victims are required to be notified and consulted during the various steps of the legal process, such as before a prosecutor offers a plea bargain to a defendant.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - World-renowned medical illustrator Gerald Parker Hodge has died at his home in Michigan. He was 91.

His daughter Melinda Hodge says Hodge died Thursday in Ann Arbor after a fight with cancer.

Hodge was a longtime professor at the University of Michigan, where he founded the masters program in medical and biological illustration in 1964.

Beyond his work in the applied art field, he was prominent as a fine artists specializing in...

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Three-quarters of a century after Mike Wallace graduated from the University of Michigan, his name and his contributions live on at the Ann Arbor school. The veteran CBS newsman died Saturday in New Canaan, Conn., at age 93. Wallace came to Michigan from Brookline, Mass. He reported for the student-run newspaper The Michigan Daily and did radio work as well, graduating in 1939. Wallace continued to befriend the university, lending support to the Knight-Wallace...

Eleanor Josaitis, a community leader who co-founded the social services organization Focus: HOPE in the wake of Detroits 1967 riots, has died. She was 79. Her son Mark Josaitis tells The Associated Press that she died Tuesday morning at Angela Hospice in Livonia after being diagnosed last year with cancer. Mark Josaitis says his mother really believed in human dignity and helping people develop skills to be proud of. Eleanor Josaitis and the Rev. William Cunningham founded Focus: HOPE in 1968 following the race riots that widened a rift between Detroits black and white residents. The group offers job training, as well as food programs for the poor and elderly. Cunningham died in 1997. Survivors include Josaitis husband of 55 years, Donald. The couple had five children and several grandchildren.

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Detroit businessman Don Barden has died after a long bout with lung cancer. Barden was a major player in the nations casino industry. The Associated Press reports Barden had a variety of business interests, including casinos, c able TV and real estate. Earlier this year, his wife went to court in a dispute over his ability to manage his assets. B arden grew up in Inkster, near Detroit. He dropped out of college in Ohio but stayed in Lorain, Ohio, working a series of jobs before opening a...