Obituaries

A closeup portrait of Desiree posing her hands delicately around her face as she looks up at something off camera. She is in full glam, wearing earrings and a ring, and the photos is in black and white.
Desiree DeMornay was a celebrated performer in the drag pageant circuit, in Phoenix and across the country. Following her recent death, LGBTQ+ community members from multiple cities have come together online to grieve.
Feb. 15, 2024
Klee Benally
Klee Benally was known as an activist and musician. He was a vocal opponent of Flagstaff’s Arizona Snowbowl snowmaking at the ski resort. He also protested police violence and racial profiling. And he advocated for the cleanup of uranium mines.
Jan. 1, 2024
Super Snake
A longtime voice of Phoenix radio has died, according to an announcement from his family. Super Snake died unexpectedly early Saturday. His family did not release his age or further details about his death.
Dec. 30, 2023
Amy Osowski
As 2023 comes to a close, we're remembering several Arizonans you may never have heard of who passed away this year. We’ll hear about Amy Osowski, a Mesa resident who owned Lulubell Toy Bodega. But as her friend and fellow community activist David Crummey explains, Osowski did so much more than run a Japanese collectibles store.
Dec. 28, 2023
A collection of Aurelie Sheehan's books.
As 2023 comes to a close, here at The Show we're remembering several Arizonans you may never have heard of who passed away this year. We’ll hear about Aurelie Sheehan, a Tucson resident who wrote novels and helmed the English department at the University of Arizona.
Dec. 27, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was raised on a rural Arizona ranch near the border with New Mexico, and that’s where she’ll return, said son Scott O’Connor at her Phoenix funeral.
Dec. 22, 2023
noah brady snaps a photo of his tattoos
The Show is remembering several Arizonans you may never have heard of who passed away in 2023. Up first is Noah Brady, who was a 20-year-old Tempe tattoo artist. He was tattooing himself every day for a year, but his mom remembers how he helped people "in their darkest times."
Dec. 21, 2023
Siting U.S. Supreme Court justices, as well as retired Justice Anthony Kennedy and members of O'Connor's family, stand in front of her casket
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is being remembered as a trailblazing jurist who, as a moderate conservative, cast the deciding vote on scores of important cases dealing with everything from abortion and affirmative action to national security and campaign finance. Her quarter-century tenure on the bench was only one of the ways she shaped American society.
Dec. 19, 2023
Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as a Supreme Court justice
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will lie in repose for the public to pay their respects on Monday, Dec. 18, in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court, the court announced on Tuesday.
Dec. 5, 2023
Art Hamilton
Longtime Arizona lawmaker Art Hamilton, a Democrat who served in the state Legislature at the same time as then-state Senator Sandra Day O’Connor, shared his memories with The Show.
Dec. 1, 2023
Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as a Supreme Court justice
Ruth McGregor and Scott Bales, two retired members of the Arizona judiciary, joined The Show to remember former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who died today at the age of 93.
Dec. 1, 2023
Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as a Supreme Court justice
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor had a full, rich career and life in Arizona before she was appointed to the Supreme Court, serving in all three branches of government in the state she called home.
Dec. 1, 2023
Sandra Day O'Connor House
The Show recently visited the O’Connor House and sat in the living room to talk more with Sarah Suggs, president and CEO of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy.
Dec. 1, 2023
Sandra Day O’Connor, the nation’s first female United States Supreme Court justice, has died at age 93, the Associated Press confirmed Friday morning.
Dec. 1, 2023
portrait of woman
Williams was first elected to Phoenix City Council in 1989 and she served as Phoenix's interim mayor three times.
Nov. 15, 2023
slot machine
Donald “Don” J. Laughlin, a resort owner and the namesake of a southern Nevada town that he turned into a tourist destination, has died. He was 92.
Oct. 24, 2023
Michael 23 running.
Last week, Arizona lost a unique member of our state’s arts community. Artist and gallery owner Michael 23 posted to Facebook that he was in the hospital after collapsing at work. A few hours later, his wife, Joanna, announced that he had died.
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Jun. 15, 2023
Peterson Zah
Peterson Zah, a monumental Navajo Nation leader who guided the tribe through a politically tumultuous era and worked tirelessly to correct wrongdoings against Native Americans, has died.
Mar. 8, 2023
Former state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, testifies about his bill, Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, before a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday as Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, listens.
Former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce has died. Pearce is perhaps best known as the architect of the controversial anti-immigration legislation SB 1070, which allowed police to question and detain people suspected of being in the country illegally.
Jan. 5, 2023
Phoenix Suns Arena court
Former Phoenix Suns player Paul Silas, a member of three NBA championship teams and LeBron James’ first coach in the league, has died at the age of 79.
Dec. 11, 2022

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