The Kate Spade brand of bags is immensely popular, pioneering a wave of playful but still luxury fashion. The designer and entrepreneur behind the brand, Kate Spade, died Tuesday from an apparent suicide.
Clarence Fountain was one of the last surviving founding members of The Blind Boys of Alabama. They first met as pre-teens at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the early 1940s. Fountain died Sunday of complications from diabetes at 88.
Philip Roth, one of the country's most celebrated writers, has died at 85. Roth was known for work that was funny, often gross, and deeply connected to his Jewish roots. He won numerous awards, and was often talked about as a contender for the Nobel prize.