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Sunday, May 28, 2017

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Boxer Tommy Morrison died Sunday in what news reports said was at "a Nebraska hospital" and of an "undisclosed cause."  He lost only three out of a total of 52 professional fights. Morrison's nickname, "The Duke," is based on the claim that he was a grandnephew of Hollywood star John Wayne.

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He lost to Lennox Lewis but beat George Foreman in 1993 to win the WBO heavyweight title, and he appeared in Rocky V. In the winter of 1995, an HIV test came back positive and Nevada suspended his boxing license. At a news conference, he blamed his circumstances on a "permissive, fast and reckless lifestyle."

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(August 8, 1977—August 29, 2013)

Former Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and spoke out against the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' died in a car accident near Rochester, NY, August 29, 2013.  He was 36 years old.

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In Loving Memory

Manzella was a brave, powerful and important voice in the battle to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", speaking out about his sexuality when it was taboo to do so. It led to his discharge.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Seargent Manzella's husband, family and friends, and we give thanks for his courage and service.

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AIDS activist Sean Sasser, whose on-screen marriage to late "Real World" star Pedro Zamora was a landmark moment in TV history, has died at age 44. Zamora and Sasser exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony, the first ever broadcast on U.S. TV.  Zamora died of AIDS shortly after the season wrapped in 1994.

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Michael Kaplan, Sean Sasser partner said he died of mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lungs. Sasser had been HIV positive for 25 years but developed cancer this summer after a June blood test showed an abnormality. Sasser resurfaced this year in Washington having become a pastry chef at RIS, an upscale cafe on L Street.

 

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With the arrival of the Prince of Cambridge on July 22, 2013 and the 32nd Anniversary of Diana and Prince Charles Royal Wedding on July 29, we present a special tribute to the most beloved and humanitarian Princess of all times and throughout the world.

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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor

February 27, 1932–March 23, 2011