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Deaths from Across the Globe

‘Laverne & Shirley’ actor Cindy Williams dies at 75

Cindy Williams, who was among the most recognizable stars in America in the 1970s and 1980s for her role as Shirley opposite Penny Marshall's Laverne on the beloved sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has died, her family said Monday.

Italian film legend Gina Lollobrigida dies at age 95

A drawn portrait of the diva graced a 1954 cover of Time magazine, which likened her to a "goddess" in an article about Italian movie-making. More than a half-century later, Lollobrigida still turned heads with her brown, curly hair and statuesque figure, and preferred to be called an actress instead of the gender-neutral term actor.

Obituaries from the Area

Second Chance Bikes founder, Ernie Clark, dies at 66 — ‘He made us who we are’

Clark leaves behind a decades-long legacy of helping thousands of people by providing bicycles to young children, homeless people and others in need. 

Colorado House Minority Leader Hugh McKean dies at 55

McKean was found dead in his Loveland home Sunday morning after complaining of feeling unwell the day before, Roger Hudson, deputy chief of staff of the Colorado House GOP caucus, told The Colorado Sun. The cause and manner of death have not been released.

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.