• Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday. Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams’ personal assistant found the actor Monday in a bedroom at his Tiburon home. The actor also had superficial cuts on his wrist, and a pocketknife was found nearby. Boyd said Williams, star of “Good Will Hunting,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” and dozens of other films, was seeking treatment for depression. He would not say whether the actor and comedian left a suicide note. The 63-year-old comedian’s wife had last seen him the night before and had left the home that morning

  • Obituary: Humble and gracious, Tulsan Billie Letts unchanged by later-in-life literary fame

    By TIM STANLEY - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Leading up to the premiere, where she would at last get to see her beloved characters come to life on screen, Billie Letts quietly worried about what Hollywood had done to them. But her fears were soon allayed. After seeing the movie with an audience for the first time, the Tulsa native was satisfied and even surprised, she told the Tulsa World later. Not only had Novalee Nation and the other characters from Letts’ novel “Where the Heart Is” survived the transition to film, they had been treated with the respect she felt they deserved. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Services pending for Tulsa author Billie Letts

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Billie Letts, author of several novels, including “Where the Heart Is,” died Saturday. She was 76. Services are pending with Mallett Funeral Home in Wagoner. Letts was a native Tulsan and retired teacher of English and creative writing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. Her husband, Dennis Letts, was an actor and also taught English at Southeastern. He died in 2008. Her son Tracy Letts is a playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play “August: Osage County.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Memorial set for Oklahoma higher education official Paul Risser

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Paul Gillan Risser, former Oklahoma chancellor for higher education and chairman and chief operating officer of the University of Oklahoma Research Cabinet, will be remembered during a Monday memorial service.

  • News 9: Former longtime OKC radio DJ dies Thursday

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    A former Oklahoma City radio DJ has passed away, according to a KXY-FM radio Facebook post, News 9 reports. Dan along with Dave Murray were a staple in Oklahoma City morning radio until the two ended their run together in 2005, and another one of Dan's colleagues at KXY, long-time co-host Patti Garrett, passed away in ...