Winnie Mandela has died at the age of 81. The longtime wife of South African President Nelson Mandela, she was also known for her political involvement and efforts to combat apartheid, as well as controversial actions that led to convictions for kidnapping and fraud.
Linda Brown, the child at the center of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case, has died. The case dismantled federal education laws that allowed segregated schools for black and white students, although Brown never got the chance to attend unsegregated school.
Hubert de Givenchy has died at 91. Best known for designing Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's,’ Givenchy was one of several Paris-based designers, including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Christobal Balenciaga, who redefined fashion following World War II.
Ursula Le Guin, who pushed boundaries as a female writer in male-dominated fantasy and science fiction genres, has died at 88. The author was known for her novels including ‘The Left Hand of Darkness,’ ‘A Wizard of Earthsea,’ ‘The Tombs of Atuan’ and ‘The Farthest Shore.’
Joe Jackson, father of Michael and the rest of the Jackson family, died at 89 of cancer. At one time preparing for a professional athletic career, Jackson also started his own unsuccessful band, ultimately becoming the steel-fisted manager for the musically-inclined of his 10 kids.
Philip Roth has died in a Manhattan hospital at age 85 of congestive heart failure. Critics have compared the darkly comic novelist -- author of ‘American Pastoral’ and winner of numerous awards including two National Book Awards and a Pulitzer Prize -- to John Updike.