Obituaries

Noreen O’Leary, One of Advertising’s Most Iconic Journalists, Has Died

Noreen O'Leary, a giant of advertising journalism who spent the past 31 years perfecting her craft at Adweek, passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. She was 59.

Former PepsiCo CEO and DreamWorks Chairman Roger Enrico Has Died at 71

Roger Enrico, who led Pepsi through the high-stakes "Cola Wars" of the 1980s, has died. He was 71. Although known for his lengthy career with PepsiCo, where he inked a sponsorship deal with pop icon Michael Jackson during his time as U.S. CEO, Enrico also served as board chairman of motion pictures studio DreamWorks from 2004 to 2012. 

Harry Jacobs, The Martin Agency’s First Creative Director, Dies at 87

Harry Jacobs, an ad industry veteran who helped build a global reputation for The Martin Agency, died at his Richmond home on Sunday. He was 87.

Famed Adman Bill Backer, Best-Known for Coca-Cola’s ‘Hilltop,’ Dies

Bill Backer, the ad giant behind the world's most famous ad, Coca-Cola's "Hilltop," which had a prominent role in the finale of Mad Men, died on Friday. He was 89.

Abe Vigoda Did It All in Advertising, From a Live 1951 TV Spot to the 2010 Super Bowl

Not many actors can boast a career spanning seven decades, but Abe Vigoda—who died Tuesday at age 94—was one of them. And his commercial career was just as long, beginning not long after the advent of TV advertising itself and continuing up through the Super Bowl just a few years ago. Check out a few of his notable ad appearances below.

Adweek Co-Founder Jack Thomas Dies at 87

John C. "Jack" Thomas, one of Adweek's three co-founders—along with Ken Fadner and Penn Tudor—passed away Thursday night in New York of complications from pneumonia. He was 87.

Remembering the ‘Guerrilla Satirist’ Who Inspired Ad Creatives and Weird Al Yankovic

Stan Freberg, whose freewheeling comic career in advertising garnered him worldwide acclaim and whose satirical entertainment abounded on TV, the radio and vinyl records, has died. He was 88. Freberg died of natural causes at a Santa Monica hospital, his son and daughter, Donavan and Donna Freberg, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ben Bradlee, America’s Most Iconic Newspaper Editor, Dies at 93

He became the face, voice and spirit of tough-talking, detail-obsessed newspaper editors when his team's coverage took down a president, and Ben Bradlee's legacy is sure to live on among generations of journalists who will never even see a printing press.

Terrie Hall, Star of the CDC’s Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign, Dies at 53

Terrie Hall, who starred in Arnold's brutal national anti-smoking campaign for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, died this week in North Carolina. The image of Hall hiding the ravages of smoking-induced cancer with a wig, f

Georgia Man’s Colorful Obituary Is Hilarious, Heartwarming and Surely Not All True

He was a lover of women—women like "Crazy Pam" and "Big Tittie Wanda." He "hated vegetables and hypocrites." He was "great at growing fruit trees, grilling chicken and ribs, popping wheelies on his Harley at 50 mph, making everyone