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Deaths from Across the Globe

‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio dies at age 59

Coolio died at the Los Angeles home of a friend, longtime manager Jarez Posey told The Associated Press. The cause was not immediately clear.

Renowned author Joan Didion honored by hundreds at memorial

"Years later, my sister's most vivid memory was of Joan coming down for breakfast in a pink chenille robe, drinking a cup of coffee and smoking cigarettes."

Obituaries from the Area

Body of Telluride hiker Hilaree Nelson recovered from Nepal mountain

Her body was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Kathmandu where doctors planned to perform an autopsy.

Aurora icon and former Mayor Paul Tauer dies at 86

Tauer was an iconic and perennial force in the city for decades. A Denver Public Schools teacher for 30 years, he was elected to the Aurora City Council in 1979 and served until he was elected mayor in 1987. He served three terms as mayor, through 2003, leaving after being term limited.

Annie Ayers, community activist and spirit, rides off for the final time at 65

She was the true embodiment of grit. Even serious rheumatoid arthritis and the debilitating pain it produced did not deter her from her mission – to help others help themselves.

Donald Walton remembered for his humor, generosity and life without a home in Aurora

“Even as staff I know he would have taken a bullet for me,” said Valerie Quintrell, a peer specialist with Mile High Behavioral Health.

Gladys Nadine Whitsett, 92

Gladys Nadine Whitsett, an icon at Heather Gardens community, died peacefully at her home in Aurora, Colo. on Nov. 30, 2020

Connie Lynn Darnell, 1950-2021 — reception slated for Nov. 21

C onnie Lynn Darnell of Centennial, Colorado passed away peacefully in her home on Oct. 10, 2021. She was 70.

Randy Luke Pope, known by many affectionate names, dies at 59

Luke was the owner/operator of a local HVAC company, Lukewarm Services. He took immense pride in his work, and it was his second passion after his children. Luke was a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan, always rooting for the underdog. He had a wonderful and playful sense of humor. He gave everyone he met laughter and excitement.

Longtime presence in Aurora Public Schools, Jewell Maxine Stetson Shanley dies at 91

Jewell Maxine Stetson Shanley, 91, died Oct. 1, 2021, in Cheyenne, WY.

Pulitzer-winning Rocky Mountain News reporter Jim Sheeler dead at 53

Jim Sheeler, a former Rocky Mountain News journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his extensive and compassionate reporting on the families of Colorado soldiers killed in the Iraq War and the man tasked with notifying them, has died. Sheeler, who was also an author, was 53.

Pulitzer-winning reporter Jim Sheeler dead at 53

Sheeler died last week at his home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, according to Case Western Reserve University, where he taught journalism and media writing.